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Connectivity drags down Digital India in rural areas

The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has completely failed to even kick off the Digital India programme and will be unable to do so till March, 2019, as there is no mobile or internet connectivity in many rural parts of the country.Digital India, a flagship programme of the government of India with a vision to transform the country into a digitally empowered society, is one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet projects.The ministry cannot start the programme as it doesn’t have basic infrastructure or platform in place. It is dependent on the Department of Telecommunication and its initiative Bharat Net, a high-speed digital highway connecting all 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of the country. Bharat Net, expected to be the world’s largest rural broadband connectivity project using optical fibre, is estimated to be completed by March, 2019.For instance, e-Panchayat project, one of the Mission Mode Projects under the Digital India Programme, is yet to be properly started.Under the project, core common software applications had been developed to address various aspects of Panchayat functioning, including budgeting, planning, accounting, monitoring, social audit, and delivery of citizen services.But all this is of no use as “there is no network connectivity in major rural areas of the country.” A ministry note stated: “The ministry would take effective and expeditious steps to increase the connectivity coverage so that the e-Panchayat is enabled in every village.”For strengthening of Panchayats and gram sabhas, the ministry needs to reach out to multiple and diverse groups, especially the rural populace, and media and publicity play a very important and crucial role in creating awareness. Due to zero internet or mobile connectivity, however, they are unable to do anything.The ministry has prepared various audio-visual programmes, documentaries, and mobile applications, but all these serve no purpose till there is no connectivity. “The elected representatives are not aware of their rights and privileges. This has become a major hurdle in effective delivery of citizen services,” the note stated.Furthermore, the ministry has also been unable to start a scheme to provide ATM services in Panchayat bhawans. To kick it off, an inter-ministerial committee has already been constituted. But again, the connectivity problem remains. Another problem is the lack of basic infrastructure. Of the 2.5 lakh gram Panchayats, nearly 46,000 do not have their own building.

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Separatists in Jammu and Kashmir call for poll boycott

The recently-called Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir are already in jeopardy as the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL)of separatists have called for a boycott and asked people to stay away from the democratic process.After a gap of two years, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday announced the decision to hold Panchayat elections from February 15 in the strife- torn state.”Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stooges, who on a daily basis trample upon democracy and humanity have been using this election drama to negate the Kashmiri demand for self-determination and freedom. As a living nation, it is our responsibility to safeguard sacrifices rendered by our martyrs,” said the JRL.The JRL is an amalgam of Hurriyat hawk Syed Ali Geelani, Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded last year’s unrest in Kashmir valley that left 100 people dead.”By exemplary boycott, Kashmiris will deliver a message to India and to the international community that they want freedom and that they will accept nothing less,” said the separatist trio.Invoking executed JKLF leader Maqbool Butt and parliament attack convicted Afzal Guru, the JRL said India stages the election drama to hoodwink international community. “Pro-India parties and their leaders try to lure people and after the drama, declare this vote as a vote for India,” they added.

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Teacher sits on 6 mats, kids on floor; DEO issues notice

During winter, people seek cozy environment! But, when you are at work, this might not be possible.The District Education Officer (DEO) Mahesh Mehta has recently issued a notice to a teacher of a government school in Ahmedabad district for sitting on six mats even as 25 children of the class sat on the cold floor in winter.Interestingly, the teacher, Deepika Suthar of government primary school of Loliya village in Dholka block, had placed the mats on the top of two chairs. The mats were meant for Pragya classes.Mehta spotted this ‘insensitivity’ on a field visit and as a punishment, Suthar’s one year increment has been stalled. The episode will also find a mention in her Service Book. The officer found out that the kids were asked to bring mats from their homes if they want to sit on the same though under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, the mats and school infrastructure has been provided to each school.The notice read that as per the disciplines and disputes, the teacher has barred the kids from their child rights. It further stated that according to Gujarat Panchayat Service Rule 1997 Act-6, without any future implication she will be barred from an increment.DNA has a copy of the notice issued by DEO to the concerned teacher.TEACHER FACES MUSICInterestingly, the teacher, Deepika Suthar of government primary school of Loliya village in Dholka block, had placed the mats on the top of two chairs. The District Education Officer (DEO) Mahesh Mehta spotted this ‘insensitivity’ on a field visit. A notice has been served to her and her one year increment stalled.

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Parsis giving a treat to Amdavadis on Dec 29

Amdavadis, gear up for a ‘Parsi treat’ before the year ends. The Ahmedabad Parsi Panchayat in association with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is all set to bring a first of its kind ‘Parsi fest’ to the city.The fest will be held at 100-year-old Nowrojee Hall in Shahibaug on December 29 and will offer Parsi delicacies, an insight into their garments, vintage car collection and books.Mehr Medora, a member of Parsi Panchayat and trustee of Ushta-te Foundation, said, “On request from the heritage cell of AMC, we have organised the event which will begin from 5.30 pm. Gujarat Governor OP Kohli will preside over the function.”Medora added, “The feat will have stalls displayed by Parsis from across the state. There will be a talk on the contribution of Parsis in the city, Parsi textile exhibition, a tour of Nowrojee hall to delve into the life of how Sir Norojee lived.” The stalls will also be on Parsi cuisine. The star attraction would be stall where visitors can dress up like Parsis in their traditional attire and get photographs clicked with vintage cars in the background.Medora added, “The aim is to showcase our community to the non-Parsis of Ahmedabad. We have invited students of CEPT university, IIMA, NID, NIFT, MICA, etc along with some prominent personalities of Ahmedabad.”Key AttractionsTalk on contribution of the Parsis of Ahmedabad. Textile exhibition. Tour of Nowrojee Hall, to see how Sir Nowrojee lived. Parsi Cuisine. Live music with a dance floor. Dress like a traditional Parsi and get your photographs with a traditional heritage background and Vintage Cars.

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Rajasthan polls: Congress to fight BJP with a positive campaign, says Sachin Pilot

The Congress will launch an “affirmative and positive” campaign in Rajasthan to counter the “acrimonious” charge of the BJP and advocate a new model of governance while highlighting the failures of the state government, Member of Parliament Sachin Pilot has said.Buoyed by the results of recent bye-elections to local bodies, where the Congress fared well, the party has decided to strengthen its base at the booth level and reach out to the masses through an aggressive mass contact programme to be launched soon, the Rajasthan Congress chief said.Unlike the BJP, the Congress campaign will not be reduced to their level of acrimonious campaign and will not be negative. We will instead launch an affirmative and positive campaign, where the failures of the Vasundhara Raje-led government will be highlighted, Pilot told PTI.Also readPeople have made up mind, will support Cong: Sachin PilotThe party has already launched its Mera booth, mera gaurav (My booth, my pride)” campaign and will soon unroll its mass contact programme across the state.He said the Congress did not seek to reach out to the people merely on the failures of the BJP, but would offer them a better alternative.Also readSachin Pilot ‘ticks off’ Raje govt on fourth anniversaryWe will present the people with the blueprint of a model of alternative governance which will be holistic and inclusive, will care for the young and old, create jobs and have a vision to take the state forward, he said.Pilot said the workers in the state were already geared up and ready to tackle the BJP now that Rahul Gandhi had taken over the leadership of the Congress and infused new energy into it.The Rajasthan government has nothing to show for the four years that the BJP has been in power in the state, he said, charging it with selling off assets to generate money.This, Pilot stressed, was poor fiscal management.He alleged that the state s assets, including buildings, schools, roadways, hospitals and other infrastructure, were being sold to a select few in the name of public-private partnerships.This is nothing but an example of poor fiscal management. Such a policy where precious assets of the state are given out to a select few at throw-away prices smacks of crony capitalism,” he said.Once voted back to power, the Congress would “review and reverse all such decisions taken arbitrarily” and re-acquire the state s assets, he added.Pilot said the Congress, which faced a historic defeat in 2013 when it could win only 21 of the 200 Assembly seats, had got its vigour back and in the just-concluded bypolls had won seven out of 14 urban local bodies.He said the vote share gap between the Congress and the BJP, which had widened to 25 per cent, had narrowed down to 1.5 per cent in the state Panchayat elections held last year.In the Panchayat polls, the Congress won 45.5 per cent of votes against the BJP s 47 per cent. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress was down to 31 per cent, compared to the BJP’s 56 per cent.The former Union minister said the Congress party would now aggressively take its campaign forward while highlighting the problems of the jobless, farmers and the common man.This, he said, would be done through public rallies and by underlining the Congress’s plans for the future.The Congress will “force” the BJP government in the state to announce farm loan waivers to help ease the burden of debt that farmers faced, he said.Pilot wondered why the government was dithering over loan waivers when it could bring in a law that allowed former chief ministers to select a house for their lifetime.”The people of the state did not vote the former chief ministers in so that they could have the power to have a house for life, he said.Asked about the Mera booth, mera gaurav scheme, he said every leader would be put in charge of a booth and would launch a mass contact programme to reach out to every voter in the state.There are a total of 51,000 booths in the state.Rajasthan goes to the polls in 2018, along with Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

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From carnival to tradition to protest, X’mas is here

Christmas is here, and Mumbai is all geared up to welcome it in its traditional and varied style. From carnivals and road shows to rekla and crib competition, and singing carols to holding protest to express solidarity with murder victims, believers didn’t leave out anything. “We have a carnival every year, and it is attended by people of all communities,” said Mary D’Souza, member of Vakola and Kalina youth association. The carnival, held between Vakola and Kalina, had live East Indian band, live tableau, live cribs and revellers dancing in Santa hats and t-shirts. Rekla competition, which is otherwise held during the feast of St. Jerome at Kashimira, was held at the Gorai. People from eastern states decorate horses and bullock cart carriages and ride on them. “Earlier, we used to have rekla competition. But since the rules do not allow them now, we just have our people decorate their reklas without the horses or bullocks. A number of people still preserve and decorate their reklas. Hence, we thought of giving prizes to the best three. Earlier they would decorate it and go for the feast in Kashimira on them,” said Rossi D’Souza of Gorai Gaothan Panchayat, a body that organises the rekla competition. Mobai Gaothan Punchayet held a crib competition to encourage decorations in the city. The organisers said the best cribs will be given an award. In Bandra, there was also a carol singing service to sympathise, show solidarity, protest and seek justice after the killing of Afrazul Khan in Rajasthan and attack on carol singing groups in different states. “It was a spontaneous decision to come together. Carol singing is a joyous thing but we did this in the light of what happened in Rajasthan and Satna and other places where right wing groups attacked Christians who were singing carol,” said Dolphy D’Souza, one of the participants.

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Development without discrimination govt’s only agenda: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to minority communities

To establish direct dialogue with the minorities, the Union minority ministry on Sunday held a “Progress Panchayat” at Kishangarh Bas in Alwar, Rajasthan. The initiative was launched in 2016 from Mewat in Haryana so that policies could be trimmed according to their needs and delivery of schemes could be ensured to encourage their mainstreaming.Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Modi Government was “determined to development without any discrimination” and that “we have ensured that all sections of the society including Minorities are becoming an equal partner of development process”.Addressing the panchayat, Naqvi said that by defeating those people who wanted to disrupt the process of development, the government was following the path of “empowerment without appeasement” and “development with dignity” so that the “light of development” reached all the needy sections.Attacking the previous Congress regimes, Naqvi said the blockade of “loot lobby” from “power corridors” had ensured that each and every penny of the government money was being utilised for the welfare of the needy. “Some people are unable to digest the atmosphere of trust and development created by the Modi Government. These people are trying to disturb the atmosphere of development through their negative agenda. But, the Modi Government will not allow any destructive agenda to dominate our development agenda.”Naqvi said his ministry’s schemes such as “Hunar Haat”, “Seekho aur Kamao”, “Nai Manzil”, “Gharib Nawaz Skill Development Scheme”, “Nai Roushni” have proved to be an important step towards the skill development of minorities. In the past three years, these schemes have succeeded in providing job opportunities to more than 50 lakh people from minority communities.

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Land abandoned after mining

Land mining near Bhamod Gram Panchayat has led farmers to abandon their cultivation due to a shortage of water. This was revealed in a recent study conducted by 30 research scholars during a short course organised by Institute of Development Studies.According to the research, the land mining has led to depletion of the groundwater level and the water shortage in the village.As a result, small farmers have abandoned their cultivation as there was no money to bring water through the pipeline from faraway places. Hence, a major chunk of the cultivable and fertile land in the village is left uncultivated for a long time.Farmers reportedly remain idle throughout the year as there is no other alternative employment opportunities in the village.In the field survey, 74 per cent farmers reported that farming is not profitable for them as a source of livelihood. The next best alternative is to depend on cattle rearing as 43 per cent of farmers reported. However, cattle rearing is also not considered as a feasible solution as the optimum price is not levied in the market.In addition to this, the saline water has left the farmers with many diseases such as joint pain and kidney diseases. The villages do not have government dispensaries and veterinary hospitals.

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Mamata Banerjee likely to talk about drinking water problem at Purulia today

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be addressing a public meeting at Purulia district on Tuesday. On Monday, she had conducted a meeting with district TMC leaders such as party MLA and Purulia district TMC president Shantiram Mahato, MLA Sandhyarani Tudu. Sources said that district leaders had expressed their concern over the paucity of drinking water in Purulia.In the meeting which had lasted over an hour, sources said that Mamata wanted to know about the prime concerns of the area and had been told about how some of the villages of the district had been reeling under severe drinking problem and in spite of many discussions and meetings in the past, there had been no solution to it.Ahead of the Panchayat elections next year, BJP has already started raking up the issue of dearth of drinking water here and that has been a major cause of concern for the TMC leadership in Purulia. BJP had been talking about the lack of infrastructural development in the district and TMC leaders know that the had been pushed at the back foot owing to the problem of potable water.Also readMamata Banerjee says will protect Muslims, Dalits in stateIt is expected that Mamata would be talking about the drinking water problem at the meeting on Monday and would assure people that a solution would be found soon.Works undertaken by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are on but so far have not produced any desired solution to people’s plight.Also readMamata banerjee mocks Swachh Bharat mission over Sri Lankan players wearing masksAt about 1 pm Mamata is scheduled to inaugurate several welfare projects and address a public meeting at Jaipur area of the district.Ahead of the meeting, on Sunday some leaders from CPI(M) and Congress had defected to TMC.

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BJP’s UP win not a landslide

The impression of a landslide win for the BJP at the Uttar Pradesh local bodies polls, an analysis of the results reveal that the real picture was quite contrary.While the BJP won 14 out of 16 Mayor’s posts where EVM was used, it had to bite the dust in other polls — Nagar Nigam, Nagar Palika Parishad (chairmen), Nagar Palika Parishad (members), Nagar Panchayat (chairmen) and Nagar panchayat (members) — where ballot papers were used. In addition, BJP candidates lost deposit in as many as 3,656 seats which is much higher that the 2,366 posts that the party won. The BJP had fielded a maximum of 8,038 candidates for the 12,644 seats in these elections, but ended up with 45 per cent of its members forfeiting their deposits.The BJP’s performance in the civic body elections during Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s rule is starkly in contrast to the huge majority it won in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The party had won 73 out of 80 seats in 2014 LS polls.While the BJP’s vote share for all the posts in the three-tiered elections was 30.8 per cent, it got the lowest vote share of 11.1 per cent in Nagar Panchayat elections. While the BJP won 664 members posts, 1,462 of its candidates lost their deposits.BJP’s secured a maximum vote share of 41.4 per cent in Mayor’s elections, followed by 27 per cent in Nagar Nigam (members). However, in Nagar Palika Parishad (members) and Nagar Panchayat (chairmen) polls the share reduced to 16 per cent and 19.8 per cent. In Nagar Palika Parishad, 1,612 of its candidates lost deposit against 922 wins, and in Nagar Panchayat polls it won 100 seats, but lost deposit on 199 or 50 per cent seats.The percentage of candidates of other rival parties who forfeited their deposit was even higher with SP, BSP and Congress losing 54% , 66 % and 75% seats respectively but that should not be a solace to BJP given its latest record.Stats SummaryBJP candidates lost deposit in 3,656 seats while it won 2,366 posts. It had fielded 8,038 candidates for a total of 12,644 seats. But it ended with 45 per cent candidates forfeiting deposits. While BJP’s vote share for all the posts was 30.8%, it was as low as 11.1% in Nagar Panchayat elections.
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Oppn blames EVMs for BJP win in UP civic polls

As the Bharatiya Janata Party hailed Uttar Pradesh local body results as ‘massive victory’ and vindication of people’s faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s policies including GST, rival parties got together to hit back and blamed the results, especially of Mayor elections, on EVM tampering.Social media sites were abuzz with analysis of local bodies results claiming that the BJP’s victory was limited to winning 14 out of 16 Mayor posts and on other bulk of posts it had not done too well.Declaring it as a victory of PM Modi’s governance, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met the Prime Minister at his residence in Delhi.Using the UP results at a rally in Gujarat, BJP national president Amit Shah said, “Whatever has happened in Uttar Pradesh is nothing compared to what is going to happen in Gujarat on December 18. After the (vote) counting on December 18, the BJP will emerge victorious and form the government with 150 seats.”Soon a stinging rebuttal came from veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram as he tweeted, “After media reports on Q2 GDP and UP local bodies, Oxford and Webster should re-define the words ‘surge’ and ‘sweep’.”Raising the pitch, BSP chief Mayawati said she has full confidence that the saffron party would lose the general elections in 2019 if ballot papers are used, instead EVMs.”If BJP claims that they enjoy the mandate of the people, and the entire country is with them, then they should set aside the EVMs and hold the elections through ballot paper. And, I can say with full confidence that if the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are held by ballot paper, (the BJP) will not come to power,” Mayawati claimed.Joining the chorus Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav too cried foul.”Interestingly, where the polls were conducted through EVMs, the victory percentage of BJP was 46 but where it was carried through ballots, it was 15 per cent,”he said.For the record, BJP won 69 Municipal Chairperson posts as against 126 won by others, for Nagar Panchayat President BJP candidates won on 100 posts against 338 non BJP candidates.In case of Nagar Parishad posts BJP won on 596 whereas 701 were won by non-BJP candidates. Whereas in Nagar Palika BJP secured 916 posts against 4295 by others and in Nagar Panchayat polls it won won- 663 seats in comparison to 4715 won by other parties and independents.About 70% of the elected representatives of the other posts were independent candidates.
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Twitterati have a field day mocking Opposition after BJP sweeps UP civic polls

In what comes as a major boost to the BJP ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, the saffron party today swept the Uttar Pradesh civic polls.In the polls which were being dubbed as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s first electoral test, the BJP bagged several prestigious mayoral seats including Ayodhya, Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur and was leading in several others.Of the BJP 16 mayoral seats results of which were declared, the Bharatiya Janata Party (​BJP) scored win in 14 seats. Thew BSP, which fought the civic polls on its symbol after 17 years, won two seats.The Congress faced a humiliating defeat Amethi, a bastion of the Lok Sabha constituency of its vice president Rahul Gandhi. The Congress lost in Jais and Gauriganj where Nagar Palika polls were held. In Amethi and Musafirkhana, where Nagar Panchayat polls were held, the party had not fielded candidates.While the top BJP leaders took to Twitter to congratulate Yogi and other state level functionaries of the party, there was somewhat a silence on the Opposition side.Also readTwitterati have a field day mocking Opposition after BJP sweeps UP civic pollsThe results gave another day to twitterati to mock the Opposition leaders. Here are some of the reactions on micro-blogging site after the UP civic poll results:Also readUP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 years
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Assam told to accept ration card to update citizen data

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following multiple instances where retired Army jawans in Assam were asked to prove their Indian citizenship, the Ministry of Home Affairs has told the state government that the ration card can be used to update data in the National Register of Citizens.The ministry in a letter to NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela has said that the ration card is to be treated as a valid ‘supporting document’ for the purpose of citizenship update, which is due on December 31.The letter also stated that while village panchayat certificates will not be considered valid until the Supreme Court rules on it, the ration card is can be accepted for the purpose.”While approving modalities dated March 13, 2015, the list of documents that were admissible, which were to be enclosed by each applicant was also approved. The list contained two supporting documents –ration cards and Gaon Panchayat certificates, issued by the Secretary of Village Panchayat. It is clarified that all documents as appearing on March 13, 2015, except Gaon Panchayat certificates, which is sub-judice, are valid documents.”The ministry’s latest move will bring relief to those refugees who entered Assam and were given shelter, ration cards by the erstwhile Congress government.The letter also said that that careful scrutiny and thorough investigation is done before disposing applications based on ration cards in accordance with Citizenship Rules of 2003.The letter said, “As far as linkage is concerned, all legally admissible documents may be accepted.”WHAT PROMPTED THE MOVEThe Home Ministry wrote to the state government following reports of retired Army jawans being asked to prove their nationality
The Centre said that the ration card is a valid ‘supporting document’ to update the National Register of Citizens
Citizens have to update their details before Dec 31

Gujarat assembly elections: Congress party flooded with 2,200 applications for 182 seats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the chances of Congress party surges in Gujarat assembly elections scheduled to take place on December 9 and 14, the screening committee set up by Congress party has been flooded with over 2,200 aspirant applications for 182 seats.According to the screening committee, initially, they received 1500 applications.“After Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi visited parts of Gujarat by road, more aspirants want to contest on Congress symbol now. We are also surprised to receive such huge numbers of applications at eleventh hours. It is a tough job to finalise the candidates,” said one of the members of four members screening committee headed by Balasaheb Thorat, senior Congress leader from Maharashtra.When contacted Balasaheb Thorat, he confirmed that they had received 2,200 applications but refused to reveal more details.“Initially, we received applications from sitting MLAs and newly elected members of Taluka and District panchayat, its various committee presidents. Out of 32 District Panchayat in Gujarat, the 23 are controlled by Congress. Now, ex-MLAs, Member of Parliaments (MP) and ex-ministers are also putting pressure on us for a ticket,” said another member of screening committee requesting anonymity.”They feel that the chances of Congress coming to power has increased. If they get elected, they will have natural claim and chance of getting a ministerial berth in ‘next Congress government’ in Gujarat,” he added.Further stating that Rahul Gandhi has categorically told them not to succumb to any pressure, he added, “We have been asked to go by merits. We have now stopped taking applications.”A member said that before issuing a ticket, they are also taking inputs from multiple agencies and social groups. “Now, most groups have recommended the same names. In next two-three days, we are having the screening committee meeting in Delhi in presence of Congress President and Vice President and other in-charge of Congress party in Gujarat. In this meeting, names of candidates contesting in the first phase will be finalized and declared,” he said.The party leader who is close to Rahul Gandhi said that they have made a cluster system to avoid the division of votes among various caste groups. “In one Lok Sabha constituency, there are six-seven assembly seats. In one constituency, Patidar will be given a ticket while in other Thakore or any other dominant caste candidate will be fielded. So all these castes who are attached to Congress will remain intact during polls,” he said.

No action against duping sarpanch’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two years ago, Rajasthan became the first State in the country to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions. However, a large number of people managed to contest elections and many even won by using ‘fake’ certificate. Though complaints were filed against them even after crossing half the term, the government has not taken any action against them.As per rule 80 of Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act 1994, the election can be challenged only before a district judge. The Panchayati Raj department can take action against an elected representative only after the competent court has framed the charges. There are many cases in which the court had framed charges but the department seemed reluctant to act against the elected representative.The amendment to article 19 of Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act 1994 made it mandatory for a candidate to pass Class VIII for the post of sarpanch — except in tribal reserved areas, where the minimum qualification is Class V — and Class X for Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti elections.Since a large number of candidates used fake mark sheets, elections were held again at many places resulting in unnecessary expenditure of taxpayers’ money as well as stalling development in the villages.FACT FILEMass level irregularities in Panchayati Raj electionsSarpanchs used fake mark sheet to contest electionMaximum complaints against sarpanch634 out of 686 complaints against the sarpanchHalf the term is over but action in only a few cases

Four daughters carry mother to her funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Jhunjhunu, one of the districts with the top sex ratio in the state, daughters have taken one more brazen step to model an outstanding example. In Singhana, 62 kilometers away from the district headquarter, four sisters shouldered the dead body of their mother to the Mokshdham to perform her last rites on Wednesday evening, defying the age-old tradition of son’s performing last rites.According to recent provisional data, Jhunjhunu has a sex ratio of 949, which is far better than the figure of 939 for the state. The district also tops the list of female literacy rate in Rajasthan.In Singhana, Savitiri Devi breathed her last on Wednesday, leaving behind four daughters. She had no son, so four sisters shouldered the bier to the cremation ground and one of the sisters, Savita, performed the last rite of ‘mukhagni’ and lit her mother’s funeral pyrein the presence of other relatives.Savita, who is also an elected sarpanch of Dhana Gram Panchayat, said, “Our mother brought up four of us, Sunita, Sarita, Satoj and me, just like a son. She provided us with the best resources and never craved for a son. In a male dominant society, she never let us feel inferior by any mean at any time. So for her last rites, we performed all the rituals that traditionally a son performs.””Jhunjhunu has always been ahead in the state when it comes to women empowerment,” Santosh Ahlawat, Member of Parliament from Jhunjhunu constituency, said. “The district has higher female literacy and sex ratio compared to others, and it is our proud daughters like Savita, that the name of Jhunjhunu is among the top in the ‘beti bachao, beti padhao’ abhiyan.”On the right roadAccording to recent provisional data, Jhunjhunu has a sex ratio of 949, which is far better than the figure of 939 for the state. It also tops the list of female literacy rate

Watch: We will form high-powered committee to see Padmavati, says Raj HM Kataria

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government will form a high powered committee to see the film Padmavati. If the film contains scenes that hurt public sentiment then it will tell Bhansali to remove those scenes before release.This was stated by home minister Gulab Chand Kataria at a public function in Jhunjhunu on Thursday. “In case there are any scenes that hurt the sentiments of the public, they will be removed only then will the film be released,” he said. “We will speak to Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the issue. The dignity of Padmini will not be put at stake under any circumstances,” said Kataria. The home minister however, clearly said that there would not be a ban on the film in the state. The home minister was in Jhunjhunu for a programme to honour widows of martyrs.Part 1Part 2The sentiment seems to be quite similar among other ministers of the Rajasthan government Panchayat Raj and Rural Development minister Rajendra Rathore said in Jaipur, “No film can be allowed to hurt public sentiments.” “Tampering with history in the name of entertainment will not be permitted at any cost.” said Rathore . Minister of state for education Vasudev Devnani tol DNA, “Padmini represents the pride of Rajasthan. No film, novel or television serial will be allowed to hurt public sentiment and tamper with history.” Controversy related to the film is escalating with passing day. Meanwhile Bajrang Dal has planned a protest against the film in Jaipur on Friday.

Amid poll heat, new clip alleges Narendra Patel was paid Rs 25L

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after PAAS leader Narendra Patel produced an audio clip in which he was allegedly offered Rs 1 crore bribe by, now a BJP member, Varun Patel, another audio clip, which talks about payment of Rs 25 lakh to Narendra Patel, emerged on Friday.The clip contains an alleged conversation between Narendra Patel and an unknown person in which the former talks about an entry of Rs 25 lakh in his name though he did not receive any money.In the clip, which was delivered to media houses, Patel is heard telling someone that the Rs25 lakh was described in a diary as a part of the grant received by Mehsana District Panchayat, which was given to PAAS Committee of Mehsana and North Gujarat.Patel is heard asking why the entry has been made in his name when he has not taken any money. He quotes one Pahlaj bhai who tells him that he had given the money to three people on receiving a call from the State Congress. Patel is even heard saying that he would speak with state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and ask him about who was given the money. Later in the clip, Patel said that he received a call from Patel reservation stir leader Hardik Patel, who asked him not to talk about the matter to anyone, and also asked him not to make an issue of the same. While Narendra Patel claimed that he is not the person who is heard talking in the audio clip, Bharatsinh Solanki rubbished the clip, saying the talk of the funds is fake.”I have not been involved in any such talks. The BJP is spreading these lies. I am demanding an inquiry into the matter,” Solanki said. The clip surfaced a day after Patel produced a clip in which Varun Patel is heard offering Rs1 crore to Patel for joining the BJP. In the clip, Varun is heard asking Patel to accept 60% of the amount as an advance, while 40%, i.e. Rs40 lakh, would be paid after he joined the party.WHAT CLIP SAYSIn the clip, Patel is heard saying that the Rs 25 lakh was described as a part of a grant received by Mehsana District Panchayat.
According to the clip, Patel said that he received a call from Patel reservation stir leader Hardik Patel, who asked him not to talk about the matter to anyone.

UP civic bodies poll to commence from November 22, first big test for Adityanath govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Being viewed as a referendum on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s seven-month rule and a prelude to 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh, the State Election Commission on Friday announced schedule for the urban local bodies polls in three phases, beginning November 22.With the announcement of schedule for the urban local bodies polls, notification has been issued to enforce Model Code of Conduct. This will put a break on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s spree to announce development and welfare projects worth several crores during his whirlwind tour of the state. The commission has also put a ban on transfers and postings till counting is over.The second and third phases polling would be held on November 26 and 29 while counting of votes will take place on December 1 to announce winners on 16 Nagar Nigams, 198 Nagar Palika Parishad and 438 Nagar Panchayat seats.“For the first time we are using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for polling in 16 Nagar Nigams whie ballot papers would be used in Nagar Palikas and Nagar Panchayats with photographs of each candidates for the convenience of voters,” said S.K. Agarwal, the State Election Commissioner. In the first phase on November 22, 24 districts would go polls while 25 districts would go to polls during second phase on November 26 and remaining 26 on November 29 during the third and final phase of polling.The State Election Commission has also doubled the poll-related expenditure limits for Mayors in Nagar Nigams having 80 or more wards from Rs 12 lakh to Rs 25 lakhs. Corporators can now spend Rs 2 lakhs instead of Rs one lakh fixed earlier. About 3.32 crore voters will use their franchise at 32,269 polling stations to elect their representatives in these urban local bodies. The polling will be held under tight security from 7.30 am to 5 pm. The BJP, SP, BSP and Congress have already announced to contest the urban local bodies polls on their party symbols. After having a pre-poll alliance in 2017 Assembly polls, the SP and Congress are contesting separately. The BSP too has decided to go alone. The opposition disunity may go in favour of the BJP.

Bihar: Mother-daughter duo buried alive in freak accident after ground caves in while digging for mud

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A woman and her daughter were buried alive on Sunday when a mound of earth caved in while they were busy digging mud for domestic purpose.According to Ravi Paswan, in-charge of Govindpur police station, the incident took place at Bhilua village which falls under Sarkanda Panchayat.He said, Sarita Devi (33) had gone to the mound on the outskirts of the village, along with her 13-year-old daughter Nibha Kumari and a number of other women residing in their neighbourhood for digging mud.The mother and daughter stayed back after the other women had returned to their homes and apparently dug too deep, leading to the mishap, Paswan said.Their bodies were exhumed by family members and other villagers who informed the police about the incident, he added.

NCP wins in village adopted by Devendra Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After claiming victory in the first round of Gram Panchayat elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered a setback of sorts in the second leg, with the Opposition triumphing over BJP candidates in villages adopted by Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule.In Phetari village near Nagpur, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) claimed Dhanashri Dhomane won against BJP’s Jyoti Raut. It needs to be noted that Gram Panchayat elections are not contested on party symbols and the winning candidate is claimed by the party he or she is close to. Dhomane got 805 votes, while Raut got 710 votes. The result is significant as the village has been adopted by the CM under the Model Village Scheme.Fadnavis made light of the result, saying he had left it to the villagers whom they wanted as their sarpanch and did not appeal to vote for a specific candidate.Similarly, in Suradevi village in Vidarbha, Congress claimed victory against a candidate owing allegiance to BJP. Mukesh Dhomane, elected Sarpanch Danshri’s husband, told DNA that anger against BJP-led government policies reflected in votes. “Farmers are not happy with the BJP government for the delay in the farm loan waiver,” he said, “Unemployment is also a major issue in rural areas. People had hoped that the BJP government would bring some positive change in their lives, but nothing of sort happened. On the contrary, demonetisation and GST has adversely affected and worsened lives of peoples.”Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president, reiterated that the BJP was going on a return journey after Nanded. “This trend is now sweeping across Maharashtra, he said. “People have now realised that the BJP can only make tall promises, but it falters when it comes to fulfilment. People are losing jobs and inflation is also at an all-time high. Therefore, people want the Congress-NCP regime back.”Chavan further claimed that the Congress had got more seats and Sarpanch posts than any other party in the Grampanchayat elections. “Congress is the clear choice for the people; It has emerged the largest gainer in this Grampanchayat elections,” he added.NCP leader Ajit Pawar, too, attributed the turnaround in Congress-NCP fortunes to farmers’ discontent, the section that was most affected by government policies. “The rise in minimum support price has not been substantial,” Pawar told DNA. “When the BJP was in Opposition, they demanded Rs 7,000 per quintal as the rate for cotton. Even after three years in power, farmers are forced to sell their produce at much lower rate – between Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,500 per quintal. BJP has failed to fulfil its own promises. Therefore they are losing everywhere – from Gurudaspur in Punjab to villages in Vidharbha.”

Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Elections: BJP leave Cong, Sena, NCP in the dust; win 1311 seats out of 3692

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the second phase of panachayat election in Maharashtra, the BJP did magnificently to win 1311 seats followed by Congress who finished a distant second with 312.Sharad Pawar’s NCP came third with 297, while the Sena managed to capture 295 seats.A total of 3692 gram panchayats spread over 16 districts went to polls in the second phase.Hailing the performance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter: “Great result in Phase 2 of the Gram Panchayat polls! Thank you Maharashtra. The continued faith in BJP inspires us to work even harder.”However, there was a minor jolt for Maha CM Fadanvis in his adopted village Fetri where the Congress-NCP backed candidate won. Dhanashree Dhomne of Congress-NCP alliance was elected as the sarpanch in Fetri village, adopted by the chief minister.Transgender sarpanch elected In a first in Maharashtra, a transgender was today elected sarpanch of a gram panchayat in the state.Dnyandev Shankar Kamble was declared elected sarpanch for the Tarangfal gram panchayat in Malshiras tehsil of Solapur district. Kamble defeated six other candidates.Polling was held yesterday and results were declared today.Elections were also held for panchayats in various parts of Maharashtra yesterday. Around 81 per cent polling was reported, a State Election Commission official saidWith inputs from PTI

Change in MahaRERA rules urged

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA), since its inception, has received maximum complaints about delayed possession from homebuyers. To overcome the quantum of cases, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, has written to the authority asking them to lay down a rule that will benefit homebuyers.The rule aims to force developers to directly pay interest to homebuyers in case of project delay. And to keep a tab on whether developers have made the payment or no to these affected homebuyers, they will be required to submit a compliance report quarterly. This will in turn reduce the number of cases reaching the regulatory authority.The letter reads, “Most of the ongoing projects registered with MahaRERA are delayed for a period ranging from 1 year to even 6/7 years or even more. Huge amounts of hard earned money and even borrowed amounts of allottees are stuck with the promoters of such ongoing delayed projects. Giving the revised date of possession to MahaRERA while registering such projects does not absolve such promoters from their liability to pay interest to the allottees for the original delay.”The provision under section 18 (1) of the RERA act, requires promoters of such delayed projects to pay allottees interest on their amount paid at the SBI’s Highest Marginal Cost of Lending Rates plus two per cent interest.Advocate Shirish Deshpande, of MGP, said, “We do feel that the promoters on their own will not pay such interest to the allottees for every month of delay unless they are directed by MahaRERA. Hence, the authority should direct all the promoters of delayed projected to comply with the mandate of section 18 (1) and start paying interest. The promoter should also be directed to file compliance of the decision with MahaRERA in their quarterly updates.”The aim of this is that if such directions are issued then thousands of homebuyers will not have to file complaints seeking payment of such interest with MahaRERA. In the last one week, Runwal and Nirmal Lifestyle were asked to pay interest to the allottees for delayed projects.The letter further states, “The intention of the Parliament in this scenario is that the allottees already suffering hardships due to delays should not be forced to approach the MahaRERA or any other court. In each such case and the interest payment to the allottees by the promoters is expected to be automatic as the promoters recover interest from the allottees in case of delay in payment of any instalment by just raising a demand letter.”…& ANALYSISThere are hundreds of projects that have been delayed by developers and thousands of homebuyers who continue to suffer.
If a developer, doesn’t hand over possession on time he is bound to pay interest to the homebuyer. But then, for that, the homebuyer has to approach MahaRERA.
If this new rule is laid down and compliance report is submitted, then, homebuyers won’t have to approach the court or MahaRERA.

Victory in Maharashtra Gram Panchayat polls shows support for BJP’s development agenda: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday hailed the Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the Gram Panchayat polls in Maharashtra and thanked people for their unwavering support.The Prime Minister also congratulated Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state party chief Raosaheb Danve.”I thank people of Maharashtra for the impressive win of BJP in Gram Panchayat polls across the state. I congratulate @BJP4Maharashtra, @Dev_Fadnavis and @raosahebdanve for the impressive performance in Gram Panchayat polls across the state,” Modi said in a series of tweets.”Wonderful victory of @BJP4Maharashtra in rural areas shows the unwavering support of the farmers, youth & poor for BJP’s development agenda,” he said in another tweet.According to reports, the results of 2,974 bodies of 3,884 which went to polls in the first phase were declared on Monday. Reports claim that the BJP won 1,457, followed by Congress (301), Shiv Sena (222) and Nationalist Congress Party (194).However, the BJP suffered a setback in Pankaja Munde’s hometown Parali in Beed district of Marathwada where the NCP emerged as a winner.The victory for the BJP comes at the time when the BJP government is facing severe criticism due to a slowdown in the economy and receiving flak over farm loan waiver issue.”Thank you Hon @narendramodi ji! It is the victory of people’s faith on your strong leadership &vision of taking development to the last man,” said Fadnavis in reply to PM Modi.

Will develop Pushkar temple like Akshardham’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the second day of her visit to Ajmer, chief minister Vasundhara Raje reached Pushkar for ‘CM Jan Samwad’ program while holding dialogues with the representations of various castes and heard their grievances and issues. Like Kishangarh, she doled out many sops to the region including the development of Pushkar temple on the line of Akshardham temple.“Pushkar will be developed on the like of Akshardham temple. Our government is also working to beautify Pushkar Lake’s Ghats (series of steps towards the lake) and get rid of the drainage water,” said a statement released on the behalf of Raje.As by-election in Ajmer parliamentary is due after the death of Sanwar Lal Jat, the CM is leaving no stone unturned to reconcile with the communities which are reportedly unhappy with the government. A day after holding talks with Rajput community leaders in Kishangarh, the CM held one to one interaction with the selected representatives of Dalit community which plays an important role to decide the very parliamentary seat.Addressing to the community leaders, Raje spoke that her government is committed to the welfare of Dalits. “Dalit made the nation proud. Today the nation’s highest post, the president is occupied by Ramnath Kovind while in the state, Kailash Meghwal heads the state assembly as speaker. This is a proud moment for Dalit,” said the statement quoting Raje.Along with holding talks with community leaders, the CM was also seen disposing of public related issues which came into light during the trip. For instance, in Ararka village of Srinagar Panchayat Samiti, the CM, when told by the people of the water problem, has instructed to make a water tank sanctioning Rs 80 lakh on the spot.Two top cops promotedGood news came for the two IPS officers of Rajasthan on the eve of October 6. IPS Kapil Garg of batch-83 and IPS Nand Kishor of batch-84 were promoted to DG from ADG rank. The circular was issued on late Friday evening by Department of Personnel. IPS Garg was earlier serving as ADG, SCRB and IPS Nand Kishore was serving as ADG, training. After promotions of the rank, the profile will remain same.

2-child norm: Dist panchayat member wins fight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After knocking on doors of various authorities, Ahmedabad District Panchayat (ADP) member Savitaben Rathod, whose election was challenged in 2016, got relief from the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday.The first division bench of chief justice R Subhash Reddy and justice Vipul Pancholi has allowed the Congress member Rathod’s appeal to continue as the member of the 34-member district panchayat. She was elected from the Ghangad seat in the general elections held on November 29, 2015.In January 2016, Mobubhai Chauhan had challenged her election before the Additional Development Commissioner, alleging that she was mother of three children and as per the Panchayat Act’s section 30 (1)(m), no candidate having three children can contest the elections. The Act also states that if one has hid the information and got elected, the member stands to get disqualified.Petitioner Savitaben’s contention was that she had three children before the cut off date August 4, 2006 and thus can’t be disqualified as member. Additional Commissioner concluded that Savitaben has incurred disqualification under the said Act. Meanwhile, as Rathod produced the third child’s two birth certificates (issued by different authorities) before the Additional Commissioner and Development Commissioner, the latter concluded that date of birth of third child can be decided only by the civil court.While one certificate that Rathod had produced carried date of birth of her third child as April 22, 2004, the other depicted it as August 2, 2006.Aggrieved with this order, Rathod challenged this before the single bench judge which too did not grant any relief and upheld the Development Commissioner’s order. Aggrieved with this order, she had challenged it before the division bench which granted her relief.

Amendment to Panchayat Act challenged in High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The president of a district panchayat has challenged an amendment made to the Panchayat Act by the state government in the Gujarat High Court.In 2015, the state had amended the Panchayat Act reducing the district panchayat’s president and vice president’s term from five years to two and half years.The amendment has been challenged by the president of Bhavnagar District Panchayat on grounds of equality, whose contention is that panchayat tenure and president and vice president’s tenure are co-existant. Any change in this term is in violation of article 14 and 243(a) of the constitution. When the petition came up for hearing, before the first division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice Vipul Pancholi, on Friday, petitioner’s advocate AJ Yagnik sought time to carry out research and add more citation. The matter will be heard next week.The petition states that in 2015, the state government had made an amendment in the Panchayat Act 1993 section 81(2) through which it had intended to reduce the tenure of Panchayat president and vice president. The petition argues that when the panchayat term is fixed for five years, how can the term of the president/vice president can be reduced.The petition cited examples of Maharastra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh where the term of the president and vice president is five years. Even the Panchayat act’s section 81 also states same of co-existance of tenure of president/vice president with the panchayat term.The petitioner’s prayer is the state action is counter rational of not keeping co-extensive duration of Panchayat and that of its elected representatives.The petitioner prayed that till it is decided, the court should stay the effect of the amendment and declare Section 81(2) illegal, unconstitutional and ultra vires.THE PETITIONThe petitioner has contended that the panchayat tenure and president and vice president’s tenure are co-existant.
Any change in term is in violation of article 14 and 243(A) of the constitution.

Aapki Sarkar, Dalit ke Dwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, on the second day of her three-day visit to Bundi district under Aap Ka Zila, Aap Ki Sarkar programme, while returning to Bundi, unexpectedly stopped at a Dalit’s home in Matunda village near Bundi city and had lunch with them. She reached Babulal Bairwa’s home where Babulal’s mother Sohanibai and wife Sanjana served her home cooked food that included dal, kadi, chatni, and palak curry, salad and roti. “I would never forget the taste of such a delicious food for years,” Raje said, adding the urban food can never match the delicious taste of the rural food.State UDH minister Srichand Kripalani and food and supplies minister Babu Lal Verma were among those present with the district officials.However, the dilapidated and unhygienic conditions at places she visited left a bad taste in her mouth. Raje not only expressed her displeasure but she also took the officials concerned to the task.At the tribal hostel on Nainwa road, much to her annoyance she found deplorable conditions. The hostel ground was full of stray cattle and haystack. The hostel superintendent complained to the CM that the cattle feed sellers have encroached upon the hostel ground. The CM immediately ordered the removal of encroachment.Raje also visited the girls’ hostel of Babu Jagjivan Ram college and inspected the conditions. The girls informed the CM that there was no boundary wall around the hostel ground. The CM directed the district collector Shivangi Swarnkar to build a boundary wall around the hostel ground. Stains of spitting on the walls really upset her.During surprise visits at the primary health centre (PHC) and Gram Panchayat Cooperative Societies office and godown in Barupura Ojha village she expressed her displeasure on finding the ANM absent from the duty. On noticing the primary, secondary and senior secondary schools running separately, Raje directed the district collector to merge these schools into one. The villagers in Bharupura Ojha complained that the RO plant installed long ago in the village was not functional.At Khatkat village on the way on her surprise visits, Raje stopped at Annapurna Bhandar and examined the register of beneficiaries. The locals complained that the names of prosperous people, having good homes and sources of livelihood have been included in the list of BPL families. She also checked the list of commodities being sold at fair price shop and took a serious note of the complaint and delivered necessary directions to the district officials.Raje also inspected the overbridge constructed in 2016 on Motipura-Pipliya route and looked unhappy with the quality of construction and immediately called the principal secretary of PWD Alok and delivered necessary instructions. CM Raje also made a surprise visit at model government senior secondary school in Pipliya village and expressed her unhappiness over filthy conditions and an inadequate number of toilets and mismanagement.

RERA setting a bad example by going soft on builders: Housing experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Housing experts in Mumbai feel that Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is going soft on builders, especially in terms of levying fines on developers for late registration. Their basic apprehension is that the law allows developers to be fined up to 10 per cent of the total project cost, while RERA is charging the highest fine of Rs 10 lakh and lowest of Rs 2 lakh from developers for late registration.On Friday, MahaRERA decided the new fine for developers who applied after the period August 16 to August 31, to be Rs 1 lakh or an amount equivalent to the registration fee of the said project, whichever is more. For applications coming in from September 1 to September 30, the fine has been hiked to a minimum of Rs 2 lakh or an amount equivalent to double the registration fee, whichever is more. A ceiling of Rs 10 lakh has been set on the fine.Mumbai Grahak Panchayat’s Shirish Deshpande, said, “The law says that developers who haven’t registered after the deadline of July 31 should be charged a penalty up to 10 per cent of the total project cost. However, they are charging very less. Rs 2 lakh as fine is setting a wrong example. MahaRERA is in the forefront and doing a good job, but if it goes soft, then the same example may be followed by other states.”Echoing the same sentiments, Dr Sanjay Chaturvedi, an expert on RERA said, “Fine should be moderate, but not Rs 2 lakh. This is very low.”Meanwhile, the authority in the order tried to justify the fine. “If any penalty linked to percentage of the project cost of each project has to be levied, every defaulting promoter will have to be given a chance to hear them individually before passing such an order. The act has in any case prohibited the said (unregistered) ongoing projects from advertising and selling with effect from August 1, MahaRERA recognised the fact that delaying the registration of the ongoing project will only jeopardise the interest of the allottees of the said projects, since the details will not be in the public domain for scrutiny and filing of complaints. It was hence decided that a similar procedure be adopted as for applications received up to August 16,” he said Gautam Chaterjee, the chairman of MahaRERA did not respond to our messages.Justified?Authorities have tried to justify the low fine by saying the act has anyway prohibited the said (unregistered) ongoing projects from advertising and selling with effect from August 1, MahaRERA recognised the fact that delaying the registration of the ongoing project will only jeopardise the interest of the allottees

Politicians should remain open to ideas from ordinary, illiterate people, says K J Alphons

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The politicians and bureaucrats should remain open to accepting ideas even from “ordinary, illiterate and semi-literate” people while discharging their duties, Minister of State for Tourism K J Alphons said on Saturday.He urged the government officials to reach to people and listen to them as they could have “fantastic” ideas.”Bureaucrats and politicians do not have all the wisdom in the world. We need to listen to the ordinary, simple, illiterate and semi-literate people, who have fantastic ideas.Bureaucrats, those who govern must keep their eyes and ears open, learn to listen to people and meet them,” he said addressing an event.He recounted how an 80-year-old woman inspired him as a District Collector to embark upon a programme to resolve the problems of the people residing in the villages in his jurisdiction.”The 80-year-old lady walked into my house and shouted at me. This is the third time I have come to your house, last couple of times you were not around. It is so difficult to reach you. The government has given you a car why can’t you come and see me in my village,” Alphons said.After which, the Minister said that he along with 2,000 district officers decided to visit the villages.They selected two panchayats and a venue and announced on television, radio, churches, mosques and temples that the collector would be visiting there in two months.He also sought petition on issues pertaining to the government at the Panchayat office.The minister recalled having received 5,000 applications, which were then marked to departments concerned and many problems of the villagers were sorted out.He also said that during his tenure as the Commissioner DDA, his office demolished 14,310 illegal mansions and not one illegal brick was laid in Delhi and not an inch of land was encroached upon. He said that the bureaucrats and government functionaries need to be committed to the citizens.

Will move casinos out of Mandovi in next 3 yrs, claims Godinho

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho today said the state government is committed to move casinos out of Mandovi river and claimed that it would be done in the next three years. Godinho said there would not be a single casino in Mandovi down the line three years and the government will execute it through a policy. “The BJP government is committed to remove casinos from Mandovi river. You will see that three years down the line there will not be any casino there,” he told a press conference here today. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had told the state legislative assembly in the recently concluded monsoon session that the vessels would be moved out of Mandovi by adopting a policy. When asked about where the casinos would be relocated in the near future, he said government is working out various alternatives and solutions to decide about it. “The decision will be taken in consultation with the stakeholders,” he said. Godinho, a former Congress leader, charged that it was the opposition party which brought casinos to the state. “Congress brought casinos to Goa and are now wanting them to be removed,” he said. The minister alleged that scams like land allotment to Special Economic Zones (SEZs) or be it rise of drug trade in the state, it all began during the previous Congress regime. “We are committed to get rid of the drug menace. We are concern about our youth. It is a serious issue and every BJP member and its coalition MLAs want to make Goa free from drugs,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aiming to win 22 Lok Sabha seats in 2019: West Bengal BJP President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after BJP national president Amit Shah said that he was looking at 120 more seats in the next Lok Sabha elections in 2019, West Bengal BJP president said they are aiming at winning 22 Lok Sabha seats out of 42 in Bengal.“We will win in 22 Lok Sabha seats including seven from north Bengal,” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday talking to DNA. He said that preparations were on to take TMC head on and it would begin with the Panchayat polls next year. “About 50,000 party workers will be trained till the booth level to strengthen the grassroot organisation. We have already reached out to BJP supporters from 45,000 booths and after Durga Puja we will step up our movement of reaching to all the 77,000 booths of Bengal,” Ghosh said.Asked what he expected out of the Panchayat election next year he said it would be a 50-50 fight between TMC and BJP which would be the dress rehearsal before the big fight in 2019. “We will strengthen our organisation and ensure that people have the confidence of going to the booths and casting their own votes. That itself will boost the morale of people and our workers,” he added.
ALSO READ TMC sweeps civic polls in West Bengal, BJP emerges as main challengerTalking about the alleged state-sponsored violence during election he said that it would not be easy in panchayat polls and that the state BJP would not take any such attempts sitting down. “Assembly elections are different. There, the ruling party brings in people from outside the state and creates trouble but Panchayat election is very localised. Goons from some other villages cannot come over to create trouble in any village. And we will be on the guard too. If there is any attempt by the state government we will break their legs,” he said adding that the recent civic poll results were showed a positive sign that BJP had come up as the second strongest party in the state.TMC leaders refused to react to it. “Reacting to statements like these from the state BJP president would give the party more unnecessary attention, which we don’t want to,” said party general secretary Subrata Bakshi.

Trinamool Cong’s seminar touted a ‘revival bid’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what is being touted as a revival bid of the Nationalist Trinamool Congress Party (NTCP), a seminar would be held on Wednesday to bring all Opposition parties of Bengal together. The idea of forming the party was conceived when Mukul Roy had been sidelined in TMC in 2015 and was considered to be heading NTCP from behind the scenes.Technically, the seminar – ‘Khola Hawar Sondhane’ (in search of fresh air) – is a non-political one and has been put up by convenor Surya Mukherjeem. Most founder-members of NTCP would be present at the event and Amitava Majumder, a former aide of Mukul Roy and president of NTCP, would preside over the meeting.“Members of all political parties except TMC have been invited to this seminar at the Ram Mohan Hall in north Kolkata at 4 pm on Wednesday. Many intellectuals too are expected to turn up. There will mainly be a discussion about the misrule of the ruling TMC which has given rise to a suffocating environment here in Bengal, thus the topic of discussion. We believe the voice of the Opposition should be raised,” Majumder said while talking to DNA.Asked if the party intended to contest in the Panchayat election next year and the Lok Sabha election the year after that, he said that NTCP was not strong enough at the moment to contest independently but would lend support to other Opposition parties. “Contesting the election independently would mean facing the ire of the ruling party. We would rather like to form a Siliguri-model at different pockets and unite the Opposition against the atrocities of TMC,” he added.Mukherjee, talking to DNA, said that several MLAs have been invited and many have consented to attend the seminar. Sources said ousted TMC leader Kunal Ghosh had accepted the invitation and is expected to lash out at TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during his deliberation.ON THE ‘PARTY’ LISTThe seminar would be held to bring all Opposition parties of Bengal together
Politician Pradip Ghosh, who had defected from Congress to BJP and then to NTPC, also said he would be present as well.

Flood situation grim in Odisha’s Jajpur, Kendrapara districts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The flood situation in Odisha’s Jajpur and Kendrapara districts continued to be grim today, said officials. A report from Kendrapara district said the people of several villages under 14 gram panchayats of Pattamundai block and eight gram panchayats of Aul block were still marooned. The situation is grim in Kendrapara district as the Brahmani and Kushabhadra rivers are flowing above the danger mark at Patrapur, Alava and Indupur. At least seven persons have lost their lives in the floods with three deaths reported from Jajpur district and two each from Kalahandi and Malkangiri districts. Over two lakh people have been affected in the flood caused by the Brahmani river, said officials. The Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office, however, said the situation in Jajpur and Kendrapara was expected to improve soon as the water level in the Brahmani had receded “significantly”. The river was flowing at 63 feet at Jenapur, against the danger level of 67 feet, and the Kharasrota was flowing at 9.6 metres at Binjharpur, against the danger level of 10.3 metres, it added. Meanwhile, those marooned in Kendrapara and Jajpur districts for three days alleged that they were being denied of relief materials and boats. “We have not received any relief material from the state government, even though we have been marooned for three days,” Upendra Kumar Mallick, Sarpanch (village head), Andra Gram Panchayat in Kendrapara district, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP’s Sampatiya Uike elected unopposed in RS bypoll from MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP’s tribal nominee Sampatiya Uike was today elected unopposed on the lone vacant Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh. Returning Officer and Principal Secretary A P Singh declared Uike elected as she was the only nominee left in the fray on the last day of the withdrawal of the nominations this afternoon, a state assembly secretariat official said. On July 26, one Dr K Padmarajan filed his nomination papers as an Independent, but it was found invalid during the scrutiny. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of environment minister Anil Madhav Dave in May. Uike (50), the present district Panchayat president in Mandla, had unsuccessfully contested the assembly elections in 2013. Out of the total 11 Rajya Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh, eight seats are currently represented by the BJP while the Congress holds three.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Farm loan waiver: 25,000 centres to accept forms for scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said that 25,000 centres will be set up across the state to accept forms for loan waiver scheme. Every Gram Panchayat will have at least one such centre for farmers. Fadnavis was addressing reporters ahead of the monsoon session that begins here tomorrow. The state government had last month announced agri loan waiver scheme, which is expected to cost Rs 34,022 crore to the exchequer. Fadnavis said, “Aapale Sarkar web portal is being upgraded for uploading the information of farmers, their outstanding loan and land holding. “Every gram panchayat is going to have at least one such centre. There will be 25,000 such centres across the state, from where the state will receive applications of the farmers for loan waiver scheme.” The chief minister added that the idea is to select only genuine farmers through this exercise. “After a good spell of rains in the last few days, 88 per cent area has come under sowing. The government has spent around Rs 3,000 crore so far on tur procurement,” he said. A total of 21 bills will be placed during the monsoon session, the chief minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shah trip: 50 hrs in 3 days

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During his three day visit to Rajasthan, BJP national president Amit Shah has elaborate plans. He plans to take stock of the party and government and take feedback from various sections of the society. He plans to meet party functionaries from grass roots to state level, elected representatives from panchayat to Cabinet post holders and draw inference about the health of the party. Shah is also expected to provide suggestions and inputs to the party and government regarding forthcoming Assembly and later Parliamentary elections.Shah’s trip spans approximately 50 hours and is spread over three days. As many as 10 formal interactions with different sections have been included in the itinerary. The first scheduled interaction is with party functionaries of state and national level. Legislators, Parliamentarians and post holders of party wings would be meeting Shah at BJP office on Friday afternoon. The national president would then meet professionals from various fields. An exclusive interaction with the Cabinet is scheduled for the first day itself. It is believed that a report of the government and major departments would be submitted to the party chief. In keeping with the party’s thrust on IT and social media a late evening meet with members of IT, social media and state media team has been slotted.The second day of Amit Shah’s trip is exclusively for party functionaries of various levels. There would be separate successive feedback meetings with them. The morning begins with a meeting with state and district post holders and district incharges. Next he would meet the legislators and parliamentarians over a free flowing interactive session. Next in the series of meetings would be interaction with state post holders along with morcha and prakoshth chiefs and coordinators.The third and last day of Shah’s visit begins with a session with the party vistaraks and members of the Deendayal Upadhyay Centenary Celebration committee. The party is banking heavily on the newly inducted vistaraks for feedback and promotion and Shah’s meeting shows just that. Last but not the least Shah plans to meet chairpersons of boards, commissions and corporations. Mayors, Zila Pramukhs, Panchayat Samiti Pradhans and presidents of the Nagar Nikays would also be present.Shah’s visit is crucial in timing and clearly shows how important the state is for the party. The party president’s packed schedule is ample proof of the fact that BJP is in the process of preparing a road map for elections in the next two years.SHAH’S JAIPUR ITINERARYDay one: Shah’s first scheduled interaction is with party functionaries of state and national level. MPs, MLAs and post holders of party wings would be meeting him at BJP office on Friday afternoon.
Day II: Shah has kept Saturday exclusively for party functionaries of various levels. There would be separate successive feedback meetings with them. He will hold a meeting with state and district post holders and district incharges, meet MPs and MLAs over a free flowing interactive session and also interact with state post holders along with morcha and prakoshth chiefs and coordinators.
Day III: Police a session with the party vistaraks and members of the Deendayal Upadhyay Centenary Celebration committee. He also plans to meet chairpersons of boards, commissions and corporations. Mayors, Zila Pramukhs, Panchayat Samiti Pradhans and presidents of Nagar Nikays would also be present.

Don’t test the patience of farmers: Hooda to Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today hit out at the Centre, claiming that tillers are at crossroads and staring at a disaster due to its “anti-farmer” policies. The BJP government at the Centre must immediately implement the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission, he demanded at his ‘Kisan-Mazdoor Panchayat’ rally here. “Do not test the patience of hard working farmers. The Centre should implement the recommendations, otherwise we will force the government to do so,” Hooda warned. He alleged that the “anti-farmer” policies of the BJP-led central government were responsible for farmer suicides in the country. “Farmers in the country are at crossroads. Thousands of farmers in the past three years have been forced to commit suicide. “They are staring at a disaster due to the government’s anti-farmer policies which are responsible for cases of farmer suicide,” Hooda alleged. He said a farmer is not alone, “even farm labourers and others are taking a stand with them against the anti-farmer policies”. The former chief minister alleged that the BJP, before the polls, had promised to implement the Commission’s report, but once it came to power it “forgot about it”. “They promised to give a minimum support price of Rs 2,100 per quintal for wheat, but how much the farmers are getting now? The same goes for the paddy crop. “It is an irony that farmers who grow cotton, paddy, potato and tomato are getting lower prices for their produce, but prices of products manufactured from these crops — garments, rice, chips and ketchup–continue to rise,” he said. Claiming that the Manmohan Singh government had waived about Rs 72,000 crore of farmers’ loans, he said the central government cannot just “wash their hands off” by leaving it to the states. Hooda also hit out at the Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana, saying it had failed on all fronts. “What is the state of affairs in Haryana, there is acute power shortage. Two and a half years have passed, but they have failed to take even one decision in the interest of farmers,” he said. The former chief minister had recently held a ‘Maha Kisan Panchayat’ in Jind. Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda also addressed today’s function here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Narada Sting: Subrata Mukherjee seeks more time after failing to appear before CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Summoned by the CBI for his questioning of his alleged role in the Narada sting, West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee today failed to appear before the investigative agency and sought another date for the purpose.The CBI sources said Senior Trinamool Congress leader Mukherjee was summoned by the agency to explain his alleged involvement in the Narada sting operation, which shows many politicos and bureaucrats accepting cash from a fake businessman to accord official favour to his fictitious firm.”He has sought some more time and has told us that he would appear very soon before the CBI,” a senior CBI official told

DCW chief pushes for action against ‘illegal’ liquor vend

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scores of women today attended a public meeting organised by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) in Karawal Nagar here and demanded removal of a liquor vend which was allegedly functioning in violation of the law. The women also raised other issues including domestic violence, non-functional street lights, unavailability of drinking water in the area. DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who attended the meeting, assured them of taking up their issues with the authorities concerned. Over a hundred women gave in writing to the Commission their grievances against the local liquor shop which they alleged was causing severe inconvenience and harassment to the them. According to law, no liquor vend should be situated within 100 metres of hospitals, school and temple. The liquor vend, when checked by Maliwal, was found to be existing in violation of rules. She also issued a notice to the Excise Department drawing their attention to the violation. The Mahila Panchayat was organised in collaboration with the NGO Nobel Cause Foundation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bill tabled for panel to recommend quota in TN civic bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bill for setting up a panel to recommend delimitation of wards in local bodies and also suggest quota for women, SC and ST candidates was introduced in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today. The TN Delimitation Commission Bill, 2017, introduced by state Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani, provides for delimitation of territorial wards of village panchayats, panchayat unions, district panchayats, town panchayats, municipalities and municipal corporations. When the bill was introduced, DMK legislators said they opposed it. Once the bill is passed and the Act enforced, the panel shall make recommendations for fixing the total number of members to be elected to every local body on the basis of population as per the last census. According to the proposed legislation, the commission would recommend reservation of wards for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women in local bodies according to the population, determine boundaries of wards in local bodies and geographical compatibility. It would make recommendations for dividing the area of every local body into wards in keeping with the number of members that may be needed on the basis of the population. In the Statement of Objects and Reasons for the bill, Velumani said the government has decided to constitute a delimitation commission to make recommendations for carrying out delimitation of wards as per 2011 census and in respect of population of SCs, STs and women in the respective wards. The DMK had last year moved the Madras High Court seeking, among other things, reservation to categories including STs and rotation of seats in posts as per the Constitution. Following the plea, the Madras High Court had held the notification for civic polls (scheduling elections on October 17, 19, 2016) as null and void. The court had held that the TN Panchayat Election Rules were violated in the mater. On July 6, the Madras High Court had adjourned till July 14 all petitions, appeals in connection with local body elections in Tamil Nadu as a Special Leave Petition was set to come up in the Supreme Court on July 12.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha: Conf on rehabilitation of PAPs to be held on Jul 10

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Representatives of over 65 lakh people affected by various projects across Maharashtra would hold a day-long conference at a rehabilitated village in state’s Satara district on July 10. “The issue of rehabilitation of project affected people (PAP) in Maharashtra is too old and affects over 65 lakh people for over 50 years now. I realised the complexity of the issue when I helped the people of Boriv a rehabilitated village in Satara district – to get notified as a Gram Panchayat and hence I decided to bring all such people on a single platform,” said Madhav Bhandari of Janajagar Pratishthan. Janajagar Pratishthan is a forum mooted by Bhandari to raise issues related to rehabilitation. Bhandari, also the state BJP spokesperson, said that the conference would be an open platform for all. State Revenue minister Chandrakant Patil would attend the day-long conference at Boriv and is expected to expedite the process of rehabilitation, Bhandari said. A constructive dialogue is a better option than agitation to resolve issues. And this is the thing that we want to highlight through the conference, he said. Around four decades ago, Boriv was displaced on account of Dhom reservoir in Satara and then rehabilitated. But it could not avail government schemes for rehabilitation, as many of them are routed through gram panchayats, he said. The administration had not constituted a panchayat when the village went for rehabilitation. There are 29 dams built in Satara district alone and all the projects have issues related to rehabilitation are pending till date, Bhandari said. Konkan Railway project has over 49,000 PAPs whose issues are still pending while the widening of Mumbai-Goa highway has displaced around 20,000 people. Also, there are over 25,000 PAPs in Vidarbha who have lost their land and livelihood to power projects. Irrigation projects, power projects, highway projects, forestation projects and housing projects are the major ones that would be covered in this conference, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bajwa orders eviction of encroachments from village pond lands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today issued instructions to the officials of his department to remove the illegal encroachments from the village pond lands. He also directed them to ensure a proper maintenance and utilisation of the ponds. The minister ordered the officials to restore status quo ante (the previously existing state of affairs) after getting the records of the pond lands from the Revenue department. The lands should be marked on the basis of the records and the illegal encroachments should be removed from them, he said here in a statement. Bajwa said it was because of these encroachments that there were no outlets for the drains, leading to disputes among the people over the dirty, stagnant water. He also asked the officials to explore the possibilities of treating the sewage water for irrigation and added that the treated water could be supplied to the fields by installing solar-powered pumps in the ponds, for which the government was providing an 80-per cent subsidy. The ponds could also be used to harvest rain water as currently, the only outlet for the rain water were drains which resulted in its wastage, the minister said. “Rain water harvesting will also help raise the sub-soil water level,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Village heads need proper, time-bound training: Union minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar today emphasised on proper and time-bound training of village heads after their election and said the funds meant for this exercise should not be spent anywhere else. He said neither the Centre nor the states have requisite infrastructure to impart training to the large number of panchayat representatives on time. “The Centre and states don’t have infrastructure to provide training to the representatives of 2.55 lakh panchayats of the country. “In the present set up, a sarpanch is able to get training after completion of four years or more out of his/her five-year term. This doesn’t benefit the system,” the rural development and panchayati raj minister said. Tomar was addressing a conference of state panchayati raj ministers here. “Training should be imparted within first six months of a sarpanch’s election. Through this way, a panchayat can benefit from his/her training for the next four-and-a-half years. By the time a sarpanch gets training, his/her term gets over. The district administration should hold training programmes in association with educational institutes.” The Union minister lamented that at times, the funds meant for such training sessions are spent on other events. Tomar said there are 29 subjects (as per the 11th Schedule of the Constitution for Devolution to the Panchayati Raj Institutions), which village panchayats need to address. “Some panchayats are doing a good work but there may be some others which are addressing these 29 subjects only on papers. Fund allocation to panchayats is increasing but there is a need for capacity building,” he added. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was the chief guest at the concluding function, said he held 40 panchayats (meetings) at his residence and this helped him to chalk out several public-oriented schemes. Chouhan said suggestions given by the participants at the conference would be implemented in the state. He said Madhya Pradesh recorded a robust growth in the agriculture sector last fiscal. “Madhya Pradesh has recorded an agriculture growth rate of 25.92 per cent (in last fiscal) after clocking 20 per cent expansion every year since the past five years. This growth rate has created its own problems as farmers are not getting proper prices of their crops. We are working to address this issue,” said Chouhan. Panchayati Raj Ministers from Haryana, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Assam and Andhra Pradesh participated in the conference. Addressing the event, Haryana Panchayat Minister Om Prakash Dhankar took a dig at the Congress prime ministers while speaking about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a flagship scheme of the Narendra Modi government. “We have never seen any picture of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi or more recently Manmohan Singh with a broom. But now we have a prime minister who wields the broom,” Dhankar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hooda blames Centre’s anti-farmer policies for farmer suicides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Hooda today alleged that the “anti-farmer” policies of the BJP-led central government were responsible for the farmer suicides in the country. “Farmers in the country are at crossroads. They are staring at a disaster due to the government’s anti-farmer policies which are responsible for cases of farmer suicide,” he said at a “Kisan Panchayat” organised to highlight the plight of farmers here. The BJP, before the polls, had promised to implement the Swaminathan Commission report, but once it came to power it “forgot about it”, Hooda alleged. “The question today is not about the plight of farmers in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu or Haryana, but peasants across the country. The BJP government is pursuing anti-farmer policies,” the former chief minister said. Claiming that the UPA had waived about Rs 72,000 crore of farmers’ loans, he said the central government cannot just wash its hands off by leaving matters of farm debt waiver to the states. “When farmers are demanding loan waiver, ministers in the central government are saying it is a state subject,” Hooda said. He also asked why the state government was not waiving farm loans like in Maharashtra and Punjab. Hooda also criticised Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for not “vigorously” pursuing matters related to the early construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal with the Centre. “He (Khattar) should ask the Centre to complete the canal’s construction. The court’s verdict does not bar (the state) from taking up the construction work,” he said. Senior Congress leader Raghubir Singh Kadian read out a 15-point charter that listed the party’s demands, among which was the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations. Kadian and other leaders present on the occasion favoured that Hooda be made the president of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee. The former chief minister, who recently held a ‘Kisan Panchayat’ In Kurukshetra, announced that a ‘Maha Kisan Panchayat’ will be held at Jind next month. Notably, senior Congress leaders of Haryana have been holding separate public meetings in different parts of the state on farmers issue. Senior leader Randeep Singh Surjewala has been holding meetings in different parts of the state where he has targeted the Centre on farmers issue. Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar had launched a three-day ‘satyagraha’ in Karnal recently to highlight the plight of peasants.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sena representatives to give month’s salary for loan waiver

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today announced that party representatives at various levels would donate one month’s salary towards the farm loan waiver. This will apply to its ministers, MLAs, MPs, corporators, members of Zilla Parishads, Panchayat Samitis and Gram Panchayats. Sena has 18 MPs and 63 MLAs in Maharashtra. Party chief Uddhav Thackeray himself would contribute Rs 10 lakh, Sena leader and senior state minister Diwakar Raote said. Sena had supported farmers’ protest for loan waiver and now wants to contribute in giving relief to farmers through these donations, he said. “Uddhav-ji has already spent Rs 4.5 crore, earned from his photography, for farmers through various activities like giving help in drought-affected regions or water conservation work. He will now himself contribute Rs 10 lakh,” said Raote. The BJP-led state government — of which Sena is a part — recently announced a loan waiver for farmers. Earlier in the day, the state government issued a notification appealing its employees to contribute a day’s salary to provide financial assistance to families of farmers in the `suicide-prone’ regions of the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mind your business, don’t influence court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State high court has taken a strong view against those elected representatives who thought fit to recommend temporary bail for convicts on various grounds. Coming down heavily on them, the court not only demanded written apologies from them in person on Wednesday, but directed the principal secretary of Panchayat and Rural Development and the principal secretary of Urban Housing and Development to issue notifications teaching them their duties, dos and don’ts.The seventh division bench of justice Abhilasha Kumari and justice AJ Shastri, while rejecting five temporary bail applications, observed, “If such recommendations came through once in a while, the court might have ignored them. But with each second temporary bail application, the convict is carrying a certificate from either the village sarpanch or a local councillor. It is not a part of their duty and is an attempt to influence the court. This has become a menace and a fashion. It is a direct interference in judicial proceedings and it cannot be tolerated further.” The court further opined, “It is clearly visible that these elected representatives are hand in gloves with the convicts and their family members. Instead of doing their duties, either under the Gujarat Panchayat Act or under the Gujarat Municipality Act, they are overzealous in recommending temporary bails. Their letterheads and seals are either lying at their homes or at a local paan/grocery shop instead of the panchayat office. Illiterate sarpanch’s certificates are either drafted by convict’s family members or by their husbands or sons. It seems as though this has become a family affair.”Court has directed government pleader Manisha Lavkumar and additional public prosecutors JK Shah and Ronak Raval to take up the matter with the concerned department.Unwanted limelightRamesh Solanki, sarpanch of Ingorada village in Bhavnagar, for convict Shamjibhai ParmarVasant Thakor, sarpanch of Vahedpura village in Patan, for convict Shaktabhai ThakorChetnaben Patel, sarpanch of Sankaliaata in Panchmahal, for convict Rajesh PatelShardaben Baraiya, sarpanch of Khanpur village in Panchmahal, for convict Ramsingh Pandor Councillor Babuhai Vasava of Bharuch municipality for convict Sandip Chauhan

Financial limit of dev works by panchayats in Hry increased

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana government has decided to increase the limit of development works to be executed by gram panchayats from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. “The limit of development works to be executed by gram panchayats would be increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh,” a spokesman of the Development and Panchayats departments said here today. He said that necessary amendments in the relevant rules were being made in this regard. The Haryana government had also issued comprehensive consolidated guidelines for the execution of development works by gram panchayats in the State. As per these guidelines, funds released under the Central Finance Commission (CFC), State Finance Commission (SFC) and surcharge on VAT (SOV) as per their share specified as a grant from the government would be credited directly to the accounts of the Gram Panchayats through RTGS. The grant-in-aid received under SFC and SOV would be credited to the accounts of three tiers of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), namely Gram Panchayats, Panchayat Samitis and Zila Parishads with the share as 75 per cent, 15 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively, or as may be prescribed by the government from time to time,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fine of Rs 4 lakh imposed on 13 families for open defecation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local government body in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh today imposed a fine of about Rs 4 lakh in total on 13 families for open defecation. “A government team visited Virpur village and caught people from 13 families defecating in fields or on a hillock outside the village. A fine of Rs 3,95,500 was imposed on them on the spot,” said Begumganj Janpad Panchayat’s chief executive officer Rima Ansari. The `culprits’ continued with open defecation though a toilet has been built at every house of the village, she said. “These villagers had been warned on several occasions, but they were not ready to use the toilets at home,” said Ansari.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Akhilesh Yadav asks how bags with his picture were distributed in Gujarat schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Party’s national president Akhilesh Yadav today sought to put the BJP government in Gujarat on the dock asking how bags bearing his picture was distributed in that state.In a curious turn of events, some 12,000 school bags distributed in government-run primary schools in Gujarat’s tribal-dominated Chhota Udepur district bear Akhilesh’s picture.The school bags came with stickers of the Gujarat government’s school enrolment program. Beneath these stickers, however, is a smiling Akhilesh.The bags were apparently manufactured for distribution in Uttar Pradesh when the Samajwadi Party was in power. “The question is how bags of Uttar Pradesh are being distributed in Gujarat. The photograph is being hidden with sticker but Samajwadi work and colour is visible”, Akhilesh said in a tweet. The bags were distributed to students under the Gujarat government’s ‘Shala Praveshotsav’ programme, an annual drive to enrol students in class I. The education department of Gujarat has now ordered an inquiry into how these bags landed up there.That they have Akhilesh’s picture was first discovered by teachers at a school in Vasedi village when the stickers reading ‘Jilla Panchayat Shala Praveshotsav’ came off. The district panchayat had procured 12,000 of these bags through an e-tender from a Surat-based company, said district primary education officer Mahesh Prajapati.The opposition Congress took this opportunity to take a swipe at the BJP government in Gujarat. “Instead of appointing teachers, the government is distributing recycled bags… It shows how serious the government is towards education,” Gujarat Congress spokesman Manish Doshi said.

Goa Panchayat elections establish BJP is main force: Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the results of panchayat elections which were announced today have established that BJP is the main force in the State. “Panchayat election results are much satisfying then the assembly election. Except for a very few pockets, the election has virtually established that the BJP is the main force and that too with a majority,” Parrikar told reporters after meeting winning candidates at his official residence. He said in many panchayats, BJP has won almost all the seats. “…but more important aspect which you will have to realise…Congress is wiped out,” he said. Parrikar said “in some areas where it is not purely BJP workers, it is BJP plus coalition partners’ candidates… The chief minister said that the primary indications are we have won on sufficiently large number of seats. 90-95 per cent of our workers have got elected. Very few have lost.” Parrikar said that the party believes in grassroot democracy. “My only aspect is that while panchayat should get all the support, they should also discharge their duties. I have made it a rule that money is disbursed to them in 30 days. “Panchayat should do a lot of things, they have lot of powers but with the powers they also have responsibility,” he said. Parrikar said that the state government will involve them in Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan. “In next one or two weeks, I will be calling their meeting and giving them task and support,” he said. The results for the panchayat election which was held on June 11 were announced today.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa Panchayat Elections 2017: Ward-wise list of winning candidates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa Panchayat Election results were announced on Tuesday, with the polling taking place on Sunday. The 186 panchyat bodies of the state have 1,450 wards, out of which are 540 have been reserved for SC/ST candidates. Also, 490 wards were reserved for women including 323 in the general category. As many as 5,297 candidates were in the fray with 7.49 lakh eligible voters.While parties don’t directly participate in panchayat elections with EC symbols, political parties including AAP, BJP and Congress have extended supportHere are some results of the Goa Panchayat Elections 2017: List of winning candidates of Kale PanchayatWard 1- BAPU SHELKEWard 2- SURAJ NAIKWard 3- JEMY REKDOWard 4- SHRADDHA BORKARWard 5- VIRAJ VEREKARWard 6- KISHOR DESSAIWard 7- BABLO KHARATList of winning candidates of Netravali PanchayatWard 1- SANTOSH NAIKWard 2- PRAKASH BHAGATWard 3- ANTONIA COSTAWard 4- ARCHANA GAONKARWard 5- RAJNI GAONKARWard 6- VITTHAL GAONKARWard 7- ABHIJIT DESSAIList of winning candidates of Sanvordem PanchayatWard 1- ULHAS BHANDARIWard 2- ANAND NAIKWard 3- SHREYA NAIK TARIWard 4- AMEY NAIKWard 5- TEJA NAIKWard 6- SANDEEP PAWASKARWard 7- NITESH BHANDARIWard 8- SUMITRA NAIKWard 9- SANJAY NAIKList of winning candidates of Vaddem PanchayatWard 1- JANO ZOROWard 2- KUSHTA GAONKARWard 3- JOSEFINA FERNANDESWard 4- SANYOGITA GAONKARWard 5- SANJOG PAIWard 6- DOMASIO BARRETOWard 7- PRAJYOT GAONKARList of winning candidates of Surla PanchayatWard 1- MAHENDRA SHIRODKARWard 2- DATTARAJ FONDEKARWard 3- SUREKHA KHODGINKARWard 4- BHOLO KHODGINKARWard 5- ANITA KUNDAIKARWard 6- KRISHNA BAYEKARWard 7- CHANDRAKANT GHADIWard 8 VINITA GHADIList of winning candidates of Bhati PanchayatWard 1- MAHADEV GAONKARWard 2- MANOJ PARYEKARWard 3- SHALINI NAIKWard 4- AVDU GAONKARWard 5- RUPESH GAONKARWard 6- SUJAY NAIKWard 7- UDAY NAIKList of winning candidates of Saligao PanchayatWard 1- DAYANAND MANDREKARWard 2- DEEPAK RANEWard 3- KALPANA ORASKARWard 4- LUCAS REMEDIOUSWard 5- LAFIRA REMIDIOUSWard 6- PANDURANG HARMALKARWard 7- DAYANAND JALMIWard 8- SHARADA BORKARWard 9- JACK COEHLOList of winning candidates of Chicolna-Bogmali PanchayatWard 1- INACIO FIGUEIREDOWard 2- JAGANNATH MAHALEWard 3- VIRGINIA RODRIGUEZWard 4- LORENZA FERNANDEZWard 5- CLAUDIO D’CRUZWard 6- LAXMAN KAVLEKARWard 7- ARUN NAIKList of winning candidates of Rivon PanchayatWard 1- SARVESH VELIPWard 2- SURYA NAIKWard 3- LUIZA FERNANDESWard 5- CLEOFY FERNANDESWard 6- VAISHALI NAIKWard 7- SURESH KEPEKARWard 8- VISHWAJEETWard 9- SARONA DSOUZAList of winning candidates of Ugem PanchayatWard 1- SANJAY PARWARWard 2- MARQIUES PEREIRAWard 3- AARTI NAIKWard 4- MAYA ZAANGLIWard 5- ARJUN NAIKWard 6- DARSHAN NAIKList of winning candidates of Nerul PanchayatWard 1- PIEDAD ALMEIDAWard 2- RAJESH KALANGUTKARWard 3- ANTONETTE DCOSTAWard 4- ANTHONY FERNANDESWard 5- SAVITA KALANGUTKARWard 6- ABHIJEET BANAVLIKARWard 7- PRAKASH HOBLEWard 8- SHASHIKALA GOVEKARWard 9- AVINASH SHIRODKARList of winning candidates of Xeldem PanchayatWard 1- VITHOBA NAIKWard 2- MARIA FERNANDESWard 3- JULIA FERNANDESWard 4- VIVEK SHETKATWard 5- LOURENCIHNA CORRIEAWard 6- JONH FERNANDESWard 7- PRAMOD DESAIWard 8- KAVITA DESSAIWard 9- CAETANO DELIMAList of winning candidates of Navelim PanchayatWard 1- KHUSHALI NAIKWard 2- DIGAMBER NAIKWard 3- MANILA GAWASWard 4- MAYURI GAWASWard 5- NAMRATA GAWASWard 6- NARAYAN GAWASWard 7- ROHIDAS KANSEKARList of winning candidates of Kargo PanchayatWard 1- SAMIR BHATLEKARWard 2- CUSTAN COELHOWard 3- SWATI GAWANDIWard 4- ABDUL NAIKWard 5- PRAMILA DESSAIWard 6- UDAY PALYEKARWard 7- RANGNATH KALSHAVKARWard 8-UMA SALGAONKARWard 9- VASANT DESAIList of winning candidates of Velsao-Pale-Issorcim PanchayatWard 1- CHRISTOPHER BARRETOWard 2- ASHOK SOUZAWard 3- BRANDA TEODOSIOWard 4- SILVIA DSOUZAWard 5- SANTAN LUKASWard 6- HENRIQUES DEMELLOWard 7- NANDITA DAYALList of winning candidates of Curti Khandepar PanchayatWard 1- SHRAVANI GAUDEWard 2- RUKMA KHANDEPARKARWard 4- SHAILESH SHETWard 5- SHARMILA SANGAONKARWard 7- DADI NAIKList of winning candidates of Manderam PanchayatWard 1- RAJVI SAWANTWard 2- RAGHOBA GAWADWard 3- PRIYA KONADKARWard 4- PRADEEP HADFADKARWard 5- ASHWETA MANDREKARWard 6- AMROJ FERNENDESWard 7- DENNIS BRITTOWard 8- PIURU DSOUZAWard 9- SANTOSH BARDEWard 10- SUBHASH ASOLKARWard 11- MAHADEV HARMALKARList of winning candidates of Mayem Vaingini PanchayatWard 1- SEEMA ARONDEKARWard 2- KUNDA MANDREKARWard 3- URVI MASURKARWard 4- SANTOSH GADEKARWard 5- VINITA GAONKARWard 6- PREMENDRA SHETWard 7- VISHWAS CHODANKARWard 8- NAMITA TARIWard 9- VIJAY POLLEWard 10- KRISHNA PARABWard 11- TULSHIDAS CHODANKARList of winning candidates of Van Maulinguem PanchayatWard 1- SHEETAL SAWALWard 2- SHIVA GAONKARWard 3- JYOTI MAULINGKARWard 4- DIPIKA MAYEKARWard 5- UMESH GAONKARWard 6- VIDESH GAOKARList of winning candidates of Mopa PanchayatWard 1- MADHUSUDAN SAMANTWard 2- DEEPAK TAMBOSKARWard 4- SARASWATI NAIKWard 5- PRASAD MAHALEWard 6- VITHI MAHALEWard 7- SUBODH MAHALEList of winning candidates of Kudenem PanchayatWard 1- MANGALDAS NAIKWard 2-RAJAN FALKARWard 3- NANDINI FALKARWard 4- VANSHIKA MALIKWard 5- SURESH KAMATWard 6- MAHENDRA EKAWADEWard 7- JAIRAM MALIKList of winning candidates of Ibrampur PanchayatWard 1- ATMARAM NAIKWard 3- SONALI PAWARWard 4- SONALI IBRAMPURWard 5- CHANDRASHEKAR KHADAPKARWard 6- DILIP GAWASWard 7- DILU NAGESH HALARNKARList of winning candidates of Ozari PanchayatWard 1- SMITA RAMA KALANGUTKARWard 2- SUDAM PARABWard 3- KARUNA NAIKWard 4- SURESH PARABWard 5- SANGEETA GAONKARWinning candidates of Cansaulim PanchayatWard-1 -José Marie FurtadoWard-2- Ferwin SaldanhaWard 3- Esha NaikWard 4- Iron lady Martha SaldanhaWard 5- Lustrida SequeiraWard 6- Pascoal PerieraWard 7- Maria Carmo FernandezWard 9- Ratnakar NaikList of winning candidates of Porascadem PanchayatWard 1- PADMARAM ASOLKARWard 2- RAKESH SWARWard 3- SATYABHAMA PEDNEKARWard 4- FRANCIS FERNANDESWard 5- NEETA MALVANKARWard 6- SATYAWAN GAONKARWard 7- ROY FERNANDESList of winning candidates of Torxem PanchayatWard 1- BRITTO DSOUZAWard 2- ASHOK SAWALWard 3- PRARTHANA MOTEWard 4- SUNDARI NAIKWard 5- SURYAKANT TORASKARWard 6- VILAS KESHAV SHETYEWard 7- MUKTA MUKUNDList of winning candidates of Calangute PanchayatWard 1- SHERYL LOBOWard 2- RUPA CHODANKARWard 3- SUDESH MAYEKARWard 4- ANTHONY MENEZESWard 5- POOJAT MATKARWard 6- GABRIEL FERNANDESWard 7- FRANCIS RODRIGUESWard 9- DINESH SIMEPURSHKARWard 10- SHAWN MARTINList of winning candidates of Latambarcem PanchayatWard 1- SAMIR GAWASWard 2- DNYANESHWAR GAWASWard 3- KUNDA CHARIWard 4- PRASHANT GHADIWard 5-VANITA GHADIWard 6- BABLOO GAOKARWard 7- YESHWANT VARAKWard 8- TRUPTI GAOKARWard 9- BALKRISHNA PARWARList of winning candidates of Dhargal PanchayatWard 1- PRADEEO PATEKARWard 2- ARJUN KANOLKARWard 3- SUNITA RAUTWard 4- SUBHASH DHARGALKARWard 5- SONALI SALGAONKARWard 6- RAJU SHIRODKARWard 7- VALLABH WARADKARWard 8- ARADHNA NAIKWard 9- PRADEEP NAIKList of winning candidates of Quelossim PanchayatWard 1- TIE BETWEEN DEEPA NAIK AND SALVADOR FERNANDESWard 2- FILOMENA FIGUERIEDOWard 3- MARIO COLACOWard 4- RIGEL TAVARESWard 5- SEBASTIO SERRAOWard 6- CYNTHIA SILVAList of winning candidates of Bicholim Sal PanchayatWard 1- VASUDEV PARABWard 2- PRAKASH RAUTWard 3- PRAMILA CHARIWard 4- BINDIYA RAUTWard 5- VASUDEV HALARNKARWard 6- DEVIDAS NAIKWard 7- GHANASHYAM RAUTList of winning candidates of Assagao PanchayatWard 1: HANUMANT NAIKWard 2: JOCKY QUADROSWard 3: RIYA NAIKWard 4: JOSEPHN DSOZAWard 5: KARTIK KERKARWard 6: JALINDAR GAONKARWard 7: SAGAR NAIKList of winning candidates of Chicalim PanchayatWard 1- MARIA MASCARENHASWard 2- ANA AZAVEDOWard 3- ROBERT FLACOWard 4- KAMLA YADAVWard 5- RUCHI BANDIVADEKARWard 6- SHIVAJI KURADEWard 7- SURESH MAYEKARWard 8- SANIFA DCOSTAWard 9- YUVRAJ VOLVOIKARWard 10- SEBASTIAO PEREIRAWard 11- PEDRO DAMIAO RODRIGUEZList of winning candidates of Mulgao PanchayatWard 1- GAJANAND MANDREKARWard 2- PRADEEP REVODKARWard 3- ANANDI PARABWard 4- TRUPTI GADWard 5- VISHALSEN GADWard 6- PRAKASH ARONDEKARWard 7- MAHESHWAR PARABList of winning candidates of Marve PanchayatWard 1- PRATISTHA MISHALWard 2- TUKARAM SALGAONKARWard 3- MANISHA AMONKARWard 4-RAGHUVIR VERNEKARWard 5- SIDDHESH PARSEKARList of winning candidates of Arambol PanchayatWard 1- DANIEL DSOUZAWard 2- PRAVIN VAIGANKARWard 3- DEEPIKA VAIGANKARWard 4- BARNADIO FERNANDESWard 5- MANISHA NAIKWard 6- ANANT GADEKARWard 7- GUNAJI THAKURWard 8- PRATIKSHA NAIKWard 9- MANOHAR KERKARList of winning candidates of Assagao PanchayatWard 1- HANUMANT NAIKWard 2- JOCKY QUADROSWard 3- RIYA NAIKWard 4- JOSEPHN DSOZAWard 5- KARTIK KERKARWard 6- JALINDAR GAONKARWard 7- SAGAR NAIKList of winning candidates of Moira PanchayatWard 1- SADANAND RAULWard 2- LAVU THAKURWard 3- PUJA CHARIWard 4- RIYA BELEKARWard 5- OSWALD CODEIROWard 5- SURYAKANT BHATLEKARWard 6- SURYAKANT BHATLEKARWard 7- MAHESH SATELKARList of winning candidates of Amona PanchayatWard 1-KRISHNA GAWASWard 2-SHAMBA TUKARAM GAWASWard 3-SALIYA GAWASWard 4-SANGHAVI FADTEWard 5-KASHINATH MHATOWard 6- SANDESH NAIKWard 7- VIJESH SAWANTList of winning candidates of Sarvan Karapur PanchayatWard 1- RASHMI NAIKWard 2- MAHESH SAWANTWard 3- SUSHMA SAWANTWard 4- DATTAPRASAD KHARKANDEWard 5- NEETA MORAJKARWard 6- LAXMAN GRAVWard 7- DAMODAR GURAVWard 8- UJWALA KAVLEKARWard 9- RAMESH SAWANTWard 10- MUHAMMAD MANDARList of winning candidates of Cortalim PanchayatWard 1- ANITA KINKREWard 2- SENIA BARRETOWard 3- RAYMOND DESAWard 4- MANUEL SILVAWard 6- AUGUSTINHO MENEZESWard 7- FRANCISCO MENDESWard 8- ANGELA FURTADOWard 9- PRATAP NAIKWard 10- ANTHONY FERNANDES

Over Rs.2 lakh fine for UP village man for divorcing wife

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A man of the Turk community has been fined Rs. 2 lakh as penalty and Rs. 60,000 as a Mehr for allegedly divorcing his wife through triple talaq in the Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh. The father of the woman says she got married two years ago to a man of Hayatnagar village. The groom on June 1 divorced his wife and she went back to her father?s home. The matter later went to the Panchayat. The Panchayat gave the verdict in the woman’s favour, stating that triple talaq was banned in the village, and hence, the groom was accused of violating the rules. ?The decision taken in the meeting is right? said a villager. The member of the Panchayat also helped the bride?s family get back dowry given to the groom. ?The amount of money received as penalty has been given to victim bride so that it would be helpful for her in future? said a leader of the Turk community. The incident reportedly took place after a fight, prompting the man to pronounce talaq thrice in a fit of rage and asking his wife to return to her parental village.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Case registered against gram panchayat prez for allegedly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A gram panchayat president in Mysuru has been booked for allegedly forcing two civic workers to clean a clogged manhole in front of her house manually. The video footage of the two civic workers entering the clogged manhole has gone viral. The incident happened on June 6 at Tavarekatte village under Chamundi Betta gram panchayat limits in Mysuru. The matter figured in the Karnataka Assembly today, forcing the government to make a statement. Raising the issue during Zero hour, Opposition BJP Leader Jagadish Shettar said it was in clear violation of Supreme Court orders, which prohibit such acts. Calling it a “shameful” and “deplorable” act, he expressed surprise about such an incident having taken place in the Chief Minister’s home district. Shettar said when civic workers initially did not agree to clean the manhole manually, the gram panchayat (GP) president Geetha threatened them that they they would lose their jobs. She even called up the Panchayat Development officer Anand, who asked the workers to clean the manhole, he added. Shettar wanted to know why such works should be performed manually when modern machines are available, and demanded that government take strict action in the matter. In his reply, Rural Development Minister H K Patil said that the government strongly condemns such acts. A team of senior officials led by Mysuru Zilla Panchayat CEO, which visited the spot, prima facie found that the incident had taken place. The incident is in violation of the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, he said. Patil said a case has been registered against the gram panchayat president and PDO at Krishnaraja Police Station in Mysuru. He said while PDO has been placed under suspension, pending inquiry, cases have been registered and necessary action will be taken against Geetha, under relevant sections of the Karnataka Gram Swaraj and Panchayat Raj Act. Noting that the government has viewed the incident very “seriously”, the minister said necessary action will be taken so that such incidents don’t recur. In March, three contract labourers had died of suffocation after they entered a manhole on a road in Bengaluru, without any safety equipment, to clear a block.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Most of myths on children untrue: NCPCR handbook for panchayat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Do not believe the myths, most of them are untrue, instructed a handbook by India’s apex child rigts body for panchayat members in rural areas. Home is the safest place for children, we should not worry about boys, they can take care of themselves, it is better to marry off girls while they are minors, God created children, he will look after them – these are some common myths that the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) warned elected representatives against today. The handbook prepared by the NCPCR, in association with the UNICEF, and the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, contains a series of tips for Panchayat members on how to protect children under their jurisdiction. “There are several misconceptions about child rights. Many people do not understand why children need protection and who they need it from. But it is important for panchayat members to be aware of this so that they can contribute to child protection in their village,” the handbook states, listing a series of myths associated with child protection. While many might think that home is the safest place for a child, it is not true, the handbook states, adding that it is common in many families to physically assault children. Many families get their children married off at a young age so that they are not responsible for them anymore. It is here, says NCPCR that the community, government and panchayat members come in. “Unless and until communities are involved, making a difference in the lives of children at the village level is an uphill task,” said Secretary of Union Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Jitendra Shankar Mathur. The handbook also sought to create awareness about the fact that it is not just girls who are vulnerable and need protection, but boys do to. “Like girls, boys too are vulnerable to sexual and emotional exploitation. In some cases, boys are forced into child labour bonded labour. Often they are subjected to sexual assault at their workplaces. Assistance should be taken from government aided legal organisations to prevent these situations,” the handbook said. The guidebook also states there are a lot of misconceptions among families and the community surrounding child rights. Many families put their children’s future at stake because of their traditional views and sometimes because of their own selfish reasons. Under these circumstances, the role of the panchayat members becomes more significant, it states. Panchayat members have also been given tips to look out for vulnerable children- children involved in labour, street children and orphans, children belonging to weaker sections, children with HIV/AIDS, children trapped in prostitution and others. NCPCR will soon begin a programme through which the idea of community participation to retain children in villages will be taken up in 14 states and union territories. Through this child-friendly panchayats or bal panchayats, recreational activities for children at the panchayat level and vocational training for them to make a livelihood are some of the additions proposed to be made to the already-existing Panchayat systems in the country. The states to be covered on pilot basis would be Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Uttharakhand, Uttar Pradesh where State Commissions for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCRs) have a proven track-record of initiatives pertaining to children and are strong and active in the field of child rights.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt mulls over revision of Goa Panchayat Act

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government of Goa is considering the amendment of the Goa Panchayati Raj Act following multiple allegations of manipulations in delimiting and reserving the panchayat wards. As per the current provisions, the government has the authority to delimit and reserve wards.As many as 1,522 wards from 186 panchayats will be going to polls on June 11. Sources in the directorate of panchayat confirm that a positive nod from political leadership is awaited to transfer the powers to the State Election Commission (SEC).All the major political parties have agreed to unanimously pass the amendments. Currently, delimitation and reservation of wards are carried out every five years.

Haryana: Election expenditure of Panchayat bodies increased

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana State Election Commission has increased the election expenditure limit of the candidates of various Panchayat bodies. As per the new guidelines, the expenditure limit for panch (member of gram panchayat) has been increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000, State Election Commissioner Dalip Singh said in an official release here today. Similarly, the expenditure limit for sarpanch of gram panchayat (up to 15 wards) — Rs 30,000 at present — and for those more than 15 wards — Rs 50,000 at present — has been increased to Rs 1.50 lakh. The expenditure limit for member of panchayat samiti has been increased from Rs one lakh to Rs three lakh, and that of member of zila parishad has been increased from Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh. “Every contesting candidate would, either by himself or through his authorised election agent, keep a separate and correct account of all expenditure in connection with these elections between the date he has been nominated and the date of declaration of result, both days inclusive,” said Singh. This account would be maintained and submitted to the authorised officer within a period of 30 days from the declaration of the election result. “If any contesting candidate fails to lodge his/her election expenditure within the timeframe, he/she would be declared to be disqualified for a period of three years,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

64 per cent turnout in urban local bodies election in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Polling for seven urban local bodies today passed off peacefully, barring some stray incidents, in Bihar with around 64 per cent voter turnout. The elections were held in seven municipal corporations — Gaya, Munger, Biharsharif, Darbhanga, Ara, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur, 31 nagar parishads (municipal council) and 63 nagar panchayats. “About 64 per cent polling took place till 5 pm. The voting percentage may increase once we receive the final reports from all the districts,” State Election Commissioner A K Chouhan told reporters here. The fate of 13,027 candidates was now sealed in EVMs, he said. Polling for Patna Municipal Corporation will be held on June 4 while election for all other nagar parishads and nagar panchayats in Patna district will be held on June 7. Barsoi Nagar Panchayat in Katihar district would also go to polls on the same day, State Election Commission Secretary Durgesh Nandan told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa government manipulated delimitation to suit it: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Congress has accused the BJP government of “manipulating” the delimitation exercise conducted ahead of the Panchayat bodies elections to serve its political interests. The elections for the 180-odd panchayat bodies in Goa are scheduled on June 11. “The manipulations done by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his coalition partners during delimitation is nothing but setting an example before the younger generation that politics means only manipulation and autocracy,” All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar said in a statement released here. He pointed out that the Goa government has brazenly violated the Goa Panchayati Raj Act when Article 243 K specifically gives powers to delimit and reserve the wards to the Goa State Election Commission and not the state government. He observed that Goa State Election Commission has filed an affidavit in the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court clearly stating that it is the constitutionally empowered authority to delimit and reserve wards while government is illegally taking over these constitutionally defined powers. “People have reacted sharply to the delimitation manipulations even by threatening to boycott the elections since there are blunders of dividing the voters of the same locality and even of the same family in two different wards. “These are not human errors but deliberate moves to benefit certain candidates of the ruling parties,” Chodankar said. In a similar manner, alleged Chodankar, that the BJP-led government has reserved wards to qualify or disqualify certain candidates irrespective of the presence of reserved category voters in the locality. “The government has not followed any transparent criteria while carrying out reservation of all categories. In some cases where reservation was not possible, ward numbers were changed to suit the needs of the BJP,” he said. “It is being done in a dictatorial style and arbitrary manner by disrespecting rules, laws and democratic practice,” Chodankar added. He said the government has compromised on free and fair elections that is the foundation of any democracy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

KC(M) defeats Cong nominee with the support of CPI(M)

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Congress (M) headed by veteran leader K M Mani and state’s ruling CPI(M) today once again joined hands in Kottayam district panchayat to defeat a Congress nominee contested for the post of a standing committee chairperson. KC(M) nominee in the district panchayat Sebastian Kulathumkal won the post of Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Development with the support of CPI(M) members in the voting. He defeated Congress nominee Lisamma Baby. Congress slammed the fresh hobnobbing between CPI(M) and KC(M), a former constituent in the opposition UDF, that evolved weeks after the ruling party supported a nominee of Kerala Congress (M) to help the party headed by Mani to wrest the Kottayam District Panchayat president post from the Congress. “It is a big political betrayal by Mani and his son Jose K Mani,” District Congress Committee (DCC) president Joshi Philip said condemning the steps taken by KC(M) in the district panchayat. He alleged that Mani was playing the “game of hide and seek” with regard to his party’s association with the CPI(M).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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