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Gurjars, 4 other communities to get 1% reservation in NBC category

Thousands of unemployed youths can look forward to getting a government job now. Thanks to a timely and wise decision by Vasundhara Raje government of granting one per cent separate reservation to Gurjars and four other communities in Most Backward Class (MBC) category. Gurjar community may be skeptical about the move but it has paved way to fill up 72,000 posts in the government; the recruitment process for which was stuck because of reservation tangle.For last two years, 72,000 posts in 13 different categories and departments could not be filled because of OBC reservation act. Among them 55,000 posts were those for which notification had been issued. In fact, the government had to extend application deadline five times for level 2 of REET teachers’ recruitment 2016, whereas second grade teachers’ recruitment result was not declared for six months.The recruitment process was stalled only because of reservation issue but now everything is clear as Raje government has made a provision by which Gurjars and four other communities will enjoy one per cent separate reservation in MBC and continue to receive OBC reservation benefits as well.Though, the Gurjar community is still not convinced and threatening to launch stir once again.Notably, the SBC reservation got stuck in the court. The state government had to cancel it. After that, Raje government brought OBC bill to give 5 per cent reservation to Gurjars but before a notification could be issued the matter reached court.Since the overall reservation limit went up to 54%, Supreme Court quashed the bill reiterating its stand that reservation cannot go beyond the cap of 50%. The government discussed the matter with Gurjars and tried to convince them to agree to accept MBC but they refused.However, the government released notification of MBC. Now, the unemployed are eagerly waiting for opening up of the recruitment process.Social justice and empowerment minister, Arun Chaturvedi hailed the decision claiming that MBC will restart stalled recruitment process at speedy level.State president of Berojgar Ekikrat Mahasangh, Upen Yadav, however, demanded that the government should not lose time to restart recruitment process at the same time appointments in old recruitments should be given immediately to fulfill its promise.But, Gurjar leader, Himmat Singh alleged cheating. “The government has duped us. The one percent reservation was available even during the Gehlot government. Instead of keeping youths unemployed, the government could have given this benefit earlier. Our agitation is for 5 per cent reservation will continue. We will oppose the government in upcoming by polls and in assembly elections,” he said.

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Devotees cheer govt’s decision to take over Mumbadevi temple

Its a good news for the devotees of the Mumbadevi, as the Mumbadevi temple is soon likely to get facilities like extended temple premises, food stalls, parking space, better sanitary facilities among others, following the government’s decision to appoint a trustee after making a legislation.“The temple has a great historical importance for the Mumbai city, however, the trust maintaining the temple is not serving the Mumbadevi devotees properly,” alleged local MLA Raj Purohit.Purohit since last two years has been saying that the Mumbadevi temple trust is corrupt, mismanaged and does not give required facilities to the thousands of devotees who visit the temple daily. Following the demand that the trustees now will be appointed by the state government.Speaking to DNA MLA Purohit said, “It is not only the appointment of a trustee by the government, but there is a big piece of land costing Rs 5000 crore next to the temple. The state government will acquire the plot and build facilities like bhakt niwas, parking space, a restaurant, tea stalls and better sanitary facilities will be provided”.However, manager of Mumbadevi temple, Hemant Jadhav said, “There is no communication to us till now. When the government will approach us, then only I can comment on why they want to appoint another trustee”.Rajhans Tapke, general secretary of Koli Mahasangh said, “We are very happy that government is acquiring the temple trust. It is a historic decision. Mumbadevi is our patron deity and has a lot of importance for Mumbai. However, we want that the government should hand over the trust to us (Koli Mahasangh) and we will maintain the temple and preserve its historical importance”.Kalpana Mate a regular devotee of Mumbadevi said, “Yes, we have to stand in a queue. If we get more toilets, tea stalls and space to sit on the premises after offering prayers will be nice. The temple is in a very congested area”.

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BJP’s Prasad Lad wins MLC bypoll, beats Oppn by 15 votes

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday proved that their claim of 15-20 MLAs from Opposition being in touch with them was not hot air as the BJP candidate Prasad Lad won bye-election for legislative council seat with at least 15 more votes from Opposition MLAs.The bye-election was due after Narayan Rane resigned as MLC and also left Congress party. Dilip Mane, the congress candidate got 73 votes despite the fact that Congress and NCP together had 83 votes. Two votes were invalid while two AIMIM MLAs Waris Pathan and Imtiaz Zaleel did not vote.BJP has 122 MLAs while Shiv Sena has 62, Congress 42 and NCP has 41 MLAs. The Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) has three MLAs while Bahujan Vikas Aghadi has 3 MLAs. AIMIM has two while Samajwadi Party has one MLA in Abu Azami.MNS has one MLA, Rashtriya Samaj Party has one mla, RPI has one MLA and Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh and CPI (M) has one mla while there are seven independents. Lad was expected to get 194, but got 209 votes, which means at least 15 MLAs cross-voted in favour of BJP. If claim by Congress leader Sharad Ranpise that two invalid votes are of BJP MLAs is true, then two more votes from Opposition have gone in Lad’s favour.VOTES ON THE CARDSLad won at least 15 more votes from Opposition MLAs, suggesting support for the BJP The election was due after Narayan Rane resigned Cong’s Dilip Mane got 73 votes although his party and NCP had 83 votes BJP has 122 MLAs while Shiv Sena has 62, Congress 42 and NCP has 41 MLAs
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Maharashtra: 15,000 auto drivers on strike in Palghar District, commuters stranded

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Around 15,000 autorickshaw drivers from Vasai-Virar region and in the adjoining areas of entire Palghar District went on strike demanding the immediate construction of brake test track, which was ordered by the Bombay High Court this month.Thousands of commuters were left stranded due to the strike.The Bombay High Court on September 14, had granted time till April end next year to provide 250-metre-long tracks to conduct brake tests of vehicles in all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs).A division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice Riyaz Chagla was hearing Srikant Karve’s PIL alleging that RTO officers were issuing fitness certificates to various vehicles without mandatory checks laid down under the Motor Vehicles Act. “We have been told to visit Kalyan RTO for the brake test despite the closest being Vasai RTO. The government should ensure that they construct the track as soon as possible so that we do not suffer. The strike is called against the government for failing to develop the brake test track.”, said Vijay Khetle,President,Auto Rickshaw Taxi Chalak Mahasangh.”The Public Works Department should allocate the land and develop the track. Thousands of new transport vehicle owners will have to go at Kalyan and get the test conducted which will be a major hassle.”, said Khetle.

Pune: After outrage over casteism, IMD scientist withdraws case against non-Brahmin cook

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After receiving flak from all corners for registering a cheating case against a 60-year-old cook for posing as a ‘Brahmin’ to get a job, senior scientist from Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Medha Khole on Saturday submitted an application with the police to withdraw the case against the cook.Huge controversy was erupted on Thursday when Khole approached Sinhgad road police station and lodged a complaint against her cook Nirmala Yadav alleging that when Khole wanted a Brahmin cook to prepare meal on special religious occasion, Yadav concealed her caste and posed herself as Brahmin to get the work at Khole’s place. Following the case, various organisations staged protest against Khole for being castiest. Even Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Mahasangh criticised Khole’s action of filing police complaint against Yadav.Following the controversy, Khole visited the Sinhgad police station on Saturday afternoon and she submitted an application to withdraw the complaint. Assistant commissioner of police (Swargate division) Shivaji Pawar told DNA, “When Khole approached us, she stated that the case was her personal issue and she did not have the intention to create any tension in the society on the basis of caste issue.
ALSO READ IMD scientist lodges ‘cheating’ case against cook for hiding caste After witnessing the controversy over her complaint, she decided to put an end to it by withdrawing the case against Yadav.””Now since she has submitted the application for withdrawal of the case, we will be preparing a report which we will submit in the court for further procedure to withdraw the case,” Pawar added.Based on Khole’s complaint, police have registered a case for cheating by personation under section 419, punishment for assault or criminal force under section 352 and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace under section 504 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Yadav.

DNA Impact: Support pours in for Pune cook after scientist files police complaint against her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after the controversy over an Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist filing a complaint against her cook for concealing her caste to get the job, several organisations came out in support of the cook. Akhil Bharatiyya Brahman Mahasangh has also urged the scientist to withdraw the case to maintain social harmony.Controversy erupted on Thursday when Medha Khole, a senior scientist at IMD’s Pune office, lodged a cheating complaint against 60-year-old Nirmala Yadav claiming that inspite of being a non-Brahmin, Yadav concealed her caste to get a job at Khole’s place when Khole wanted a Brahmin cook to prepare meals on religious occasions.Several organisations in Pune came out in support of Yadav. Sambhaji Brigade even met joint commissioner of police Ravindra Kadam and demanded police action against Khole.Santosh Shinde, district president of Sambhajji Brigade told DNA, “It is not just an individual case; it has created a strong social impact. The case has been filed by a person who holds key position at a government office. The case shows her casteist mentality. Therefore, we have demanded police to register complaint against Khole to sent strong message in the society.”Even the members of some right wing organisations including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Raje Shivray Pratishthan visited Yadav’s residence on Sinhgad road and extended their support to the elderly woman.Following the complaint, Khole has received flak on social media for being casteist.Sampat Charwad, convener of Bajrang Dal in Pune said, “We met Yadav to give a message that we do not support casteism. Filing a case against a poor elderly woman on the basis of caste discrimination is absolutely wrong. Khole should tender an apology and she she should immediately withdraw the case.”Even Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Mahasangh has urged Khole to withdraw case. Vishwajeet Deshpande, state executive president of Mahasangh said, “It is personal choice of any person regarding whom to deploy at his or her place for any work. However, the reaction by Khole was extreme. She should not have filed a complaint. We are urging her to withdraw complaint.”

Support pours in for non-Brahmin cook after IMD scientist files police complaint against her for ‘cheating’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after a controversy over Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist filing a complaint against her cook for concealing her caste to get a work, several organisations came out in support of the cook. Akhil Bharatiyya Brahman Mahasangh has also urged the scientist to withdraw the case to maintain social harmony. Controversy erupted on Thursday when Medha Khole, a senior scientist who holds a post of deputy director general at IMD’s Pune office lodged a cheating complaint against 60 year old Nirmala Yadav claiming that inspite of being non Brahmin, Yadav concealed her caste to get a job at Khole’s place. The scientist wanted a Brahmin cook to prepare meal on religious occasions. Following the complaint, Khole has been receiving flak on social media for being casteist. Even several organisations in Pune came out in support of Yadav. Sambhaji Brigade even Joint Commissioner of police Ravindra Kadam and demanded police action against Khole.
ALSO READ IMD scientist lodges ‘cheating’ case against cook for hiding caste Santosh Shinde, district president of Sambhajji Brigade told DNA, “It is not just an individual case but an instance which can have strong social impact. The case has been filed by a person who holds key position at government office. The case shows her casteist mentality. Therefore, we have demanded police to register complaint against Khole to sent strong message in the society.” Members of some right wing organisations including Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Raje Shivray Pratishthan visited Yadav’s residence on Sinhgad road and extended their support to the elderly woman. Sampat Charwad, convener of Bajrang Dal in Pune said, “We met Yadav to give a message that we do not support casteism. Filing a case against a poor elderly woman on the basis of caste discrimination is absolutely wrong. Khole should tender an apology and she she should immediately withdraw the case.”Even Akhil Bhartiya Brahman Mahasangh has urged Khole to withdraw case. Vishwajeet Deshpande, state executive president of Mahasangh said, “It is personal choice of any person regarding whom to deploy at his or her place for any work. However, the reaction by Khole was extreme. Shshould not have filed a complaint. We are urging her to withdraw complaint.”

Farmers stage protest in Raipur in support of demands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farmers today took out a march towards the residence of the Chhattisgarh Governor in support of their various demands and tried to gherao the premises. Police, however, foiled their plan to lay siege to the governor’s residence. At least 41 farmers were taken into custody during the protest but were later released unconditionally, police said. Around 500 farmers from 125 villages under the banner of Chhattisgarh Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh took part in the agitation, Mahasangh’s convener member Sanket Thakur said. The agitators later tried to meet the governor to put forward their demands, but they were stopped by the police from going ahead, he added. “Farmers have been holding protests at several places of the state since the past two months but so far nobody from the state government has paid heed to their demands,” Thakur said. Farmers are disappointed with both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress for not discussing their issues in the just concluded session of the assembly, he said. Their demands included MSP of Rs 2,100 per quintal for paddy and Rs 300 bonus and farm loan waiver, among others, Thakur said. Some of the agitating farmers removed their shirts and sat on the road shouting slogans. As many as 41 of them were taken into custody and later released unconditionally, said Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj IAS officers to donate day’s salary to empower CM’s dream project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to give boost to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s dream project Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Abhiyan (MJSA), the IAS officers of Rajasthan cadre had announced donating one day’s salary.After this announcement, the Finance Department issued orders on Wednesday to deposit of IAS officers’ one day salary of June in the account of the Abhiyan fund. Meanwhile, the state government employees’ associations have once again opposed the move.Finance Secretary (Budget) Manju Rajpal has issued an order to all the district collectors and head of departments.According to this order, all district treasury and drawing disbursing officers would deduct an amount equal to one day basic salary of June 2017 of all IAS officers of Rajasthan cadre.All the treasury officials have been told to deposit the amount in the MJSA fund. The details of the deposited amount will be attached separately.He has also directed that the said amount should be compiled separately in the Abhiyan fund in the treasury.In addition, Rajpal has also ordered that information regarding official wise salary deduction should also be sent to IAS Association.Notably, it was during the Collector-SP conference that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had appealed IAS and IPS officers to give their one day salary to MJSA fund which aims to resolve water problems in the state.On this, director general of police Manoj Bhatt had immediately given his approval while chief secretary OP Meena had said that he would give a reply after consultation with IAS officers.But Rajya Karamchari Samyukt Mahasangh Ekikrit district president Gajendra Singh has opposed deduction of one day’s salary of state government employees for the campaign fund.He said that ministers, IAS, IPS, RAS, RPS and other gazetted officers should cut down their expenses on facilities and the money saved from it could be spent on the campaign.

Oppn likely to field own consensus candidate: Left

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition parties are likely to field their own consensus candidate against NDA’s nominee Ram Nath Kovind for the July 17 presidential polls, sources in the Left parties said today. Leaders of the non-NDA parties, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, NCP president Sharad Pawar and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, will meet on June 22 to discuss the matter, they added. According to the sources, former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, ex-Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, CPI national secretary D Raja, Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh leader and grandson of Dr BR Ambedkar, Prakash, and retired diplomat Gopal Krishna Gandhi are some of the probable contenders whose names the Opposition parties are considering. Sources in the CPI said Raja’s name has been proposed by “some individuals and not any non-NDA parties”. The Left party will discuss the issue wihin itself before Opposition leaders meet on June 22, the sources added. They also claimed that the BJP fielding Kovind has “not hurt” the unity among the 17 opposition parties. “These are very crucial polls and we will have to ensure we protect the Constitution. There will be a contest,” a source said. The sources reiterated that since the BJP has named Kovind, a Dalit leader, the Opposition may also zero in on a candidate from the same community. They alleged the BJP made the “unilateral” decision probably to remake its image in the wake of alleged attacks on the Dalits in recent past. They also said the party picked a candidate from politically crucial state keeping in mind the the next general election. Kovind hails from Kanpur Dehat in Uttar Pradesh. The sources said the BJP’s decision to nominate the 71- year-old without consulting the Opposition has not “surprised” them. They, however, said the Opposition should have declared their consensus candidate before the BJP announced the NDA nominee yesterday. Asked if there was a division among the opposition parties, particularly after Mayawati said BSP was “positive” about Kovind’s nomination, the sources said, the unity is not hurt. “It is very much there.” The sources also said that before the ruling party announced Kovind’s name, the opposition parties had thought of fielding a tribal candidate after reports that the NDA would field Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu, a tribal leader. “But now that they have named a Dalit leader, the equation has changed altogether, one of the sources added. Meanwhile, Raja termed the presidential election as “very critical” and one that will have “far-reaching” impact on the country’s future. “It has become critical election, it has become battle of ideology, it has become battle for safeguarding the Constitution, safeguarding the secular democracy,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farmers stage road blockade in Chhattisgarh for their demands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Farmers today staged a ‘chakka jam’ (road blockade) here and in many parts of Chhattisgarh in support of their various demands mainly Rs 2,100 minimum support price and Rs 300 bonus against per quintal of paddy. The protest which was held under the banner of Chhattisgarh Kisaan Mazdoor Mahasangh (CKMM), was by and large peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the state. However, farmers were detained at a few places including Durg, Rajanandgaon and Rajim to avoid scuffle. They were later released unconditionally. “As many as 31 various farmers and labourers organisations took part in the road blockade which was held in atleast 25 district headquarters for three hours (12 noon to 3 pm),” Sanket Thakur, convener member CKMM said. In Raipur, the road blockade was held at Serikhedi on the outskirts of the city, where farmers from Raipur, Aranag, Nawagaon and Dharsinwa area took part, he said. The ruling BJP government in Chhattisgarh had promised in its manifesto during 2013 assembly polls to provide Rs 2,100 MSP and Rs 300 bonus to farmers against procuring their each quintal of paddy but so far it has failed to do so, he said. Besides, the demands also include to procure every single grain of paddy, waive crop loan, implement report of Swaminathan committee and others, he said. Keeping in view the protest, police personnel were deployed in large number in the places where protest was proposed to be held across the state. Meanwhile, the Congress has accused the BJP government of “ditching” farmers and sought to fulfil their demands. “Both the Centre and the state government are silent over promises made to farmers in Chhattisgarh. Instead of paying heed to their demand the state government is trying to oppress them. Each and every demand of the farmers should be fulfilled,” the Congress said in a statement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nun, four girls detained on suspicion of conversion bid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh forced a nun and four girls on their way to Bhopal to get off a train, and detained them following a complaint that the girls were going to be converted. A local magistrate’s court later found that there was no substance in the complaint. Sister Veena Joseph (50) of Carmelite Sisters of Saint Teresa Congregation, Bhopal, and the four girls were taken off Shipra Express at Satna station at around 11.30 am yesterday. Workers of Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad had complained that Joseph was taking the girls to Bhopal from Jharkhand’s Pakur district for religions conversion. Following the complaint, district authorities rushed to the station. Tehsildar B K Mishra said he recorded their statements before handing them over to police. The police then took them to sub-divisional magistrate Balveer Raman’s court. The judge noted that the girls were from Christian families, and were going to Bhopal for studying there, so they should be allowed to go wherever they want, said inspector Sitaram Bakri of GRP. However, one of the four girls was handed over to an NGO as she is a minor. She would be handed over to her family members who had been informed, inspector Bakri said. After the SDM’s court said that no case was made out, police set the nun and the other three girls free at around 11.30 pm yesterday. They had to spend the night with a local catholic organisation as there were no trains for Bhopal at that hour. MP Isai Mahasangh spokesperson Richard James said the organisation’s representatives would meet the MP Director General of Police tomorrow. “We will demand action against the people who literally tortured the nun and the girls,” he added. “The incident proves that we can no longer move in groups in the state. A smear campaign is on to defame us for no reason,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Excess fee refund: HC refrains from staying AAP govt action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today refused to stay the AAP government’s proposed action against a private school for not refunding excess fee allegedly charged by it on the pretext of implementing the 6th Pay Commission. A bench of justices Sunil Gaur and C Hari Shankar issued notice to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) seeking its response on the school’s plea challenging the department’s May 29 notice to the institution to refund the excess fees. The private school is one of 531 institutions which as per the high court-appointed Justice Anil Dev Singh committee had charged excess fees on the pretext of implementing the 6th Pay Commission. In its May 29 notice, sent to several defaulting schools, the DoE had said that failure to refund the excess fees as recommended by the panel could lead to de-recognition of the institution or taking over of its management by the department as per the Delhi School Education Act and Rules of 1973. The school contended before the court that it had several times made a representation to the DoE and the panel seeking review of its recommendation, but till date no decision has been taken. The lawyer for the school sought stay of the notice saying its representation is yet to be decided. In response to this, additional standing counsel of the Delhi government, Santosh Kumar Tripathi, said neither the DoE nor the panel itself can review its recommendation and the school ought to have come to court much earlier. After hearing the brief arguments, the court listed the matter for hearing on June 14 by when the DoE has to file its response. The notice of May 29 was issued by the DoE after the court had asked the department to ensure compliance of the committee’s recommendations. The court’s direction had come on a plea by an NGO, Abhibhavak Mahasangh, which had alleged that the DoE was not ensuring implementation of the recommendations of the committee. The panel was set up in 2011 by the high court to review the fees of the private schools. After examining 1092 private schools, the panel had said that 531 among them had charged excess fee and recommended that it should be refunded with nine per cent interest. It had also recommended special inspection of 247 schools. The DoE had on May 31 filed an affidavit listing the measures already taken and intended to be taken by it, after perusing which the court had directed the department to take the steps it has laid out and had listed the matter for further hearing on August 10. The NGO in its plea has claimed that over 500 private schools were yet to refund Rs 350 crore of excess fee taken from students on the pretext of implementing the 6th Pay Commission. It had sought initiation of contempt proceedings against all such institutions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

438 pvt schools yet to refund excess fees charged: govt to HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 438 private schools in the national capital are yet to refund the excess fees charged by them, the AAP government told the Delhi High Court today. The submission was made by the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) in an affidavit filed in response to the court’s query on why its directions as well as the recommendations of an expert panel to refund the excess fees charged by the private schools have not been implemented. Justice Anil Dev Committee, set up by the high court to review the fees of the private schools, had said that 531 institutions had charged excess fees and recommended that it should be refunded with nine per cent interest. The DoE has said that 53, out of a total of 531 schools, have completely refunded the amounts charged by them on the pretext of implementing the Sixth Pay Commission. It also said that 40 schools have partially refunded the amounts. Of the remaining 438 defaulting schools, several have sent representations to the DoE seeking review of the expert panel’s recommendations, the department said in its affidavit. It has also said after the court’s May 23 order asking what steps have been taken, the Deputy Directors of Education have been asked to carry out special inspection of defaulting schools under their jurisdiction and examine their financial records and accounts. The DoE has said its Regional Directors have been asked to issue necessary orders to all defaulting private unaided schools in their jurisdiction to ensure compliance of the recommendations of the committee and the court directions. The court had set up the panel and also issued directions for refund of excess fees in 2011 on a plea by an NGO, Abhibhavak Mahasangh. Thereafter, the NGO had moved the court claiming that over 500 private schools were yet to refund Rs 350 crore of excess fee taken from students on the pretext of implementing the Sixth Pay Commission and sought initiation of contempt proceedings against all such institutions.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong-NCP govt neglected urban areas, says Maha CM Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today accused the previous Congress-NCP government of not giving importance to urban areas in the state. “The previous Congress-NCP government did not give importance to urban areas and allotted less budget for the cities. But my government has raised budget for the cities,” the Chief Minister said here after laying foundation stone of Rs 128-crore internal water distribution system project for Jalna. He also said pollution in cities is a major problem. “90 percent pollution is generated from the urban areas and only 10 percent pollution is caused due to industrialisation,” Fadnavis said. Meanwhile, an activist of the Maratha Mahasangh raised slogans demanding reservation for the Maratha community when the Chief Minister was speaking, following which police took him into custody.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra’s Chief Information Commissioner assaulted; 8 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least eight persons, including an ex-corporator of Bharip-Bhaujan Mahasangh were arrested for assaulting Maharashtra’s Chief Information Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad at Aurangabad today, police said. The incident took place at 3.30 PM at Subhedari government guest house where Gaikwad had gone for some official work, they said. According to police, Gaikwad was manhandled as he got down from the car by supporters of Bharip-Bahujan Mahasangh, a political party of Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar. “The assailants were supporters of Prakash Ambedkar, who has been critical of Gaikwad over demolition of the ‘Ambedkar Bhawan’ in Mumbai last year,” Wasim Hasmi, senior Police Inspector of Begumpura Police Station, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj govt forms committee to examine 7th pay commission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan government has set up a committee headed by a retired IAS officer D C Samant to examine and implement the recommendations of seventh pay commission for the state employees. Two retired officers of Rajasthan Account Service D K Mittal and M P Dixit will be the members of the committee which will look into the recommendations of the commission and submit its report to the state government in three months with its recommendations for revising and fixing pay level, assessment of financial burden on the government and examine various allowances given to the employees. The appointment order was issued yesterday by the administrative department. Reacting to the decision, the state government employees union (joint) alleged that the government wants to delay implementation of the commission’s recommendations. General Secretary of Rajasthan Rajya Karmchari Sanyukt Mahasangh Tej Singh alleged that the government has no intention to provide the benefits of the seventh pay commission.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt says revised late fees for transport dept services not

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of complaints by several transport unions, the Centre has clarified that states cannot retrospectively charge revised delay fees for driving licence, fitness certificates and other services and they have to be calculated only from December 29. Last month, Bhartiya Private Transport Mazdoor Mahasangh had complained to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari that transport offices, including in Delhi, have allegedly been charging revised delay fees retrospectively while the notification in this regard came into effect on December 29. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued a notification on December 29 increasing fees of driving licence fitness certificates and other services significantly. “It is clarified that the revised rates for delay fees can be charged at the new rates from the date of publication of the notification i.e. 29th December 2016 and not retrospectively,” Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary (Transport Ministry) said in his letter to states and UTs’ transport principal secretaries, secretaries and commissioners. Rajendra Soni, national vice-president of Mahasangh, alleged that some of transport offices in Delhi have been charging revised delay fees retrospectively. Meanwhile, several autorickshaw, taxi, phatphat and gramin seva unions have threatened to stage a dharna outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence on February 5 demanding that the AAP government not implement the new rates in the national capital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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