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New guidelines for regulating NGOs formulated: Centre tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it has framed guidelines for regulating the activity, registration and grants to over 32 lakh voluntary organisations (VOs)/NGOs in the country. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud was informed by Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta that in compliance with the apex court order, a high-level committee under the chairmanship of S Vijaykumar, ex-secretary, the Ministry of Rural Development has framed the guidelines/rules for accredition of VOs/NGOs. The apex court took the affidavit of the Centre detailing the guidelines on record and asked Mehta to serve the copy to petitioner advocate M L Sharma and amicus curiae Rakesh Dwivedi, who is assisting the court in the matter. Under the new guidelines, Niti Aayog has been appointed as the nodal agency for the purpose of registration and accredition of VOs/NGOs seeking funding from the Government of India. The aayog has been also tasked with maintaining of data- base systems to manage and disseminate information relating to NGOs/VOs. “The existing portal at Niti Aayog (NGO-Darpan) shall be strengthened and aligned with accredition-like functions which should also provide a snapshot of the NGO with regard to its ongoing and past work, particularly with respect to public and foreign funds so as to facilitate grant making authorities on the bonafides,” the affidavit said. It said that all VOs/NGOs, aspiring to be funded by the government, shall register themselves in NGO-Darpan through online process which would enable them to get a unique ID. “The registration system should facilitate the seamless operation of the IT Act and FCRA with respect to NGOs without the need for cumbersome and intrusive processes, which create mutual distrust and scope for misuse,” it said. Regarding accredition of NGOs and VOs, the affidavit said a process of evaluating, consistency of compliance to statutory requirements and of the registration including accounts and audit requirements will be in place. “In future, all funds to NGOs/VOs should be released through the public fund management system (PFMS),” it said, adding that a three-tier monitoring system shall be instituted uniformly for the central government and ministries. The formulated guidelines stipulate a tough monitoring mechanism by which the grantee institutions shall upload photographs in support of the performances and should geo-tag the assets, if applicable. “The periodical progress reports from grantee institutions should be incorporated in the NGO scheme workflow on the website of the ministry, with the grantee institution making data entry under a login and password. The progress report in a processed form shall also be available in the public domain preferably with a GIS interface,” the affidavit said. It said that fund-based accounting may be introduced for earmarked/designated funds by the VOs/NGOs and all grants received from the governments should be separately accounted for. On January 10, the apex court had pulled up the government for failing to evolve a regulatory mechanism to monitor thousands of crore worth of funds of over 32 lakh NGOs, societies and voluntary organisations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘History-sheeter’ headmaster arrested with illegal arms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A school headmaster has been arrested for his alleged role in supply of illegal arms and ammunition at Meerut, police said today. Two pistols and 19 cartridges were also seized from his possession yesterday, SP (Rural) Sarvan Kumar said. The suspect was posted as the headmaster of a government primary school in Jasola village in the district, he said. It has also come to the fore that the man was a history-sheeter, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana to spend Rs 3,120 cr on villages’ development in FY18

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sum of Rs 3,120 crore would be spent on the development of villages in Haryana in the next financial year 2017-18. “This amount is 56 per cent more compared to the amount spent for the same purpose in the current financial year,” state Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar said here today. He said that apart from this Rs 5,000 crore would be spent on development of the state during next three years with the assistance of National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development (NABARD), of which Rs 1,200 crore would be spent on development of 600 villages. The minister in an official release said that the limit of funds to be spent by panchayats on development works had been doubled from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh. He said that in spite of obstacles created by the opposition parties and the matter going to the court, the Haryana government implemented reforms to ensure election of only educated representatives to the Panchayati Raj Institutions. The government not only increased the honorarium of these representatives, but also put in place provisions to enhance their powers, he said. He said that apart from this, arrangements have been made for separate funds for Zila Parishads and Block Samitis, and Gram Sachivalayas are being established in all villages to provide all services under a single roof.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre announces ‘Har Ghar Jal’ to accomplish mission of safe drinking water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Centre on Wednesday launched National Water Quality Sub Mission on Arsenic and Fluoride to provide safe drinking water to about 28,000 affected habitations in the country by March 2021, with an outlay of Rs 25,000 crore. Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar said that while West Bengal is badly affected by the problem of arsenic, Rajasthan has been suffering serious health hazards resulted from fluoride in drinking water. Seventy-seven percent of 17, 14, 000 rural habitations in India have been provided with safe drinking water while four percent are still afflicted with problem of water quality. Reportedly amount of Rs. 23000 has been set by the Government for providing tap water on a sustained basis in every household by 2030 as per the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). Tomar claimed that the issue of ?Har Ghar Jal? cannot be realized without the involvement of the citizens. He said that there are about 2,000 Blocks in the country with an acute shortage of surface and ground water sources and called for conservation of water on war footing through convergence of schemes like MGNREGA. He informed that since the launch of the Swachcha Bharat Mission (SBM), more than 3.6 Crore toilets have been constructed in the rural areas and 16.41 lakh toilets were constructed under MGNREGA. Tomar and Minister of State (MoS) for Drinking Water and Sanitation Ramesh Jigajinagi launched Water APP on the occasion. Prizes were distributed to various state governments for exemplary work done by them in the areas of sanitation and drinking water.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

63 million in India do not have access to clean water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has the maximum number of people — 63 million — living in rural areas without access to clean water, according to a new global report released to mark World Water Day tomorrow. This is almost the population of the United Kingdom, said “Wild Water”, a report on the state of the world’s water. Lack of government planning, competing demands, rising population and water-draining agricultural practices are all placing increasing strain on water, said the WaterAid’s report. Without access to clean water, 63 million people are living in rural areas in India. Diseases such as cholera, blinding trachoma, malaria and dengue are expected to become more common and malnutrition more prevalent, it said. Rural communities dependent on farming to make a living will struggle to grow food and feed livestock amid soaring temperatures, and women — typically responsible for collecting water — may have to walk even greater distances during prolonged dry seasons, the report forewarned. Describing India as one of the world’s fastest growing economies, it said ensuring water security for the growing population is one of the main challenges facing the country. According to India’s official Ground Water Resources Assessment, more than one-sixth of the country’s groundwater supply is currently overused. “Droughts have become almost a way of life in the Bundelkhand region of North-Central India. Here, three consecutive droughts have pushed millions of people into a vicious cycle of hunger and poverty,” it said. The report warns about the implications of extreme weather events and climate change for the world’s poorest. “India ranks in the top 38 per cent of countries world wide most vulnerable to climate change and least ready to adapt, according to the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index. “With 67 per cent of the country’s population living in rural areas and 7 per cent of the rural population even now living without access to clean water, India’s rural poor are highly vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather events and climate change,” it said. The report said today, 663 million people globally are without clean water and the vast majority of them – 522 million – live in rural areas. According to WaterAid India’s Chief Executive VK Madhavan, with 27 out of the 35 states and union territories in India disaster prone, poorest and the most marginalised across the country will bear the brunt of extreme weather events and climate change and will find it the hardest to adapt. “This World Water Day, WaterAid is calling on the government to deliver its promise to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, including ensuring access to safe water as part of Goal 6 to everyone, everywhere. “Along with access to safe water, it is critical that communities have the necessary tools, infrastructure and preparedness to deal with the effects of extreme weather events and climate change”, he said in a statement. “These communities face particular challenges in gaining access to water due to isolated locations, inadequate infrastructure and a continued lack of funding,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India to miss ODF 2019 target due to fund shortage: Panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The country will miss its target of becoming open defecation free by 2019 due to “insufficient allocation of funds” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much publicised ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, a parliamentary panel said today. Expressing concern over reduction in funds for the clean India mission, the Standing Committee on Rural Development in its report noted that drinking water and sanitation were crucial areas and that the financial aid in these areas should not be reduced. The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation under the Rural Development Ministry is the nodal authority for implementation of the clean India mission. “..due to insufficient allocation under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Grameen), the Ministry will not be able to achieve goal of Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2019,” the panel said. The committee further stated that reduction or insufficient fund allocation by NITI Aayog and the Finance Ministry would result in “reduction on the target of rural population to be covered with piped water supply.” Against the demand of Rs 25,000 crore for financial year 2017-18 for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Grameen), an allocation of Rs 13,948.27 crore has been made for the clean India mission and Rs 6,050 crore for National Rural Drinking Water Programme, it said. Emphasising on the optimum utilisation of funds, the panel has suggested the Rural Development Ministry to ask for proper justifications from the NITI Aayog and the Finance Ministry in this regard. “The Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation needs adequate funds so that their future development plans are not hampered and targets fixed are achieved fully as per their timeliness,” the panel added. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched on October 2, 2014 with an aim to make the country ODF by 2019. The clean India mission is divided in two parts –Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Grameen) and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Urban).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bihar to become open defecation-free state by 2019: Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar government has set an ambitious target to make the state open defecation-free by 2019, a minister said today. The state government has decided to provide assistance of Rs 12,000 to all those Above Poverty Line (APL) families under Lohia Swach Bihar Abhiyan scheme for construction of toilets as part of its target to make the state open defecation-free by 2019, Rural Development Minister Shrawan Kumar informed the legislative assembly. He was replying to a debate on his department’s budgetary allocation of Rs 9717.48 crore for 2017-18 which was subsequently passed by the ruling benches amid walk out by the opposition members at the fag end of the day’s proceedings. Kumar rued that the Centre has left out large number of poor families from coverage under the Swach Bharat Mission (Rural) as their names did not find a mention in the BPL list and said that eradication of open defecation will not succeed till all these families were included in the list and provided with assistance for construction of toilets. The Rural Development Minister said the state government was providing assistance of Rs 12,000 per family under Lohia Swach Bihar Abhiyan for construction of toilets in order to reduce the number of those people defecating in the open. Painting a grim picture of hygiene condition in rural areas, Kumar said that that out of 2.13 crore families residing in rural areas, a staggering 1.60 crore families did not have toilets in their houses which was a matter of concern and added that the state government has decided to expedite toilet construction on war footing by involving the elected representatives of panchayats and zila parishads. On the positive side, the state government has made one sub-division, 13 blocks, 526 gram panchayats and over 3000 villages open defecation-free, he said. Kumar said that the Centre’s Namani Gange scheme (for cleanliness of river Ganga) has also been put to use for setting a target of making 12 districts located on the banks of the sacred river and added that it has been decided to make 61 blocks, 307 gram panchayats and 473 villages of these districts open defecation-free and out of that 170 villages have already achieved the target. MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man kills wife, attempts to murder daughter-in-law

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 60-year-old man today allegedly killed his wife and attempted to murder his daughter-in law in Siddipet, police said. Poosa Pochaiah killed his wife Poosa Laxmi using an axe in the wee hours at their residence, said Srinivas Reddy, Sub-Inspector of Police, Siddipet Rural Police Station. Later, the elderly man attacked his daughter-in-law Anita (33) with the axe and injured her. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and her condition is stated to be critical, he said. Prima facie, family disputes could be the reason for the attack on the two women, the officer said. Pochaiah was apprehended and a case has been registered, he said, adding a probe was on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

West Bengal: Rs 2,000 fake currency notes seized in Malda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today recovered fake currency notes in the face value of Rs 8000 from a house in Mohanpur village under Baisnabnagar police station of Malda district and arrested one person.Additional SP (Rural) Dipak sarkar said the police raided the house in Mohanpur on a tip off and found four fake notes of Rs 2000 denomination.Mohanpur village is near Indo-Bangla border.

CM Rawat fails to open his account in U’khand polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In a major setback for Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat eyeing another term in office, the Congress leader has lost this year?s assembly polls from both Haridwar Rural and Kichha seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as per the latest trends is emerging as the frontrunner to form the next government in the hill state. With 50 seats, the BJP has established a significant lead. The Indian National Congress (INC) has bagged 10 seats while other parties have bagged four seats in the 70-member Uttarakhand Assembly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WB minister hails Centre’s decision on Aadhaar for chidren

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>West Bengal Panchayat and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee today welcomed the latest decision of the Centre not to deprive children, without Aadhaar cards, benefits of Mid-Day Meal and said good sense had prevailed at long last. “Despite being late in arriving at the decision, it appears good sense has finally prevailed on the Centre,” Mukherjee told reporters on the sidelines of the International Women’s Day celebrations by Panchayats and Rural Development department here. He was asked to comment on the statement issued by the Cabinet Secretariat yesterday not to deprive beneficiaries of certain programmes for want of Aadhaar card till Aadhaar number is assigned to the concerned persons. The cabinet statement read, “In case of Mid-Day Meal scheme and under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, the schools and Anganwadis have been asked to collect the Aadhaar number of the children beneficiaries and in case a child does not have Aadhaar, the school or ICDS functionary will be required to provide enrolment facilities to a child and till Aadhaar number is assigned, the benefits will continue.” “It is good that the step to make Aadhaar mandatory immediately has been withdrawn. Food should not have been snatched away from the children in schools in the first place,” Mukherjee said. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had on Saturday condemned the Centre’s decision to make Aadhaar cards mandatory for availing the midday meal scheme and accused it of snatching the rights of the poor. “Now even infants (0-5 years) will need Aadhaar cards? Aadhaar card for mid-day meals and ICDS? Shocking! 100 Days Work also not spared. Instead of helping the poorest of the poor, the downtrodden and our favorite children, why are their rights being snatched away?,” Banerjee had said in her tweet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi salutes indomitable spirit, dedication of women power on International Women’s Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> On the occasion of International Women?s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday saluted the indomitable spirit, determination and dedication of women power. ?Saluting the indomitable spirit, determination & dedication of Nari Shakti on International Women’s Day. GoI?s various initiatives seek to facilitate economic empowerment, self-reliance & social equality as far as Nari Shakti is concerned,? Prime Minister Modi tweeted. The Prime Minister will address a conclave of women sarpanchs in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Women sarpanch from different parts of the country will attend the event, which has been jointly organised by the Centre and the Rural Development Department of Gujarat Government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha govt spends only 45 per cent of budgetary allocation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government has spent only 45 per cent of the total budgetary allocation for the year 2016-17, a data released by the Finance Department has revealed. The state government’s budget for the year 2016-17 was Rs 3.04 lakh crore. However, the actual funds received by all the departments stood at Rs 2.06 lakh crore. Of the total amount of Rs 2.06 lakh crore, Rs 1.38 lakh crore were spent on various schemes, the data said, adding, the figure works out to be 45.63 per cent of the total budget. Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said there is no need to spend the funds without proper planning just because they are available. “There are some technical difficulties in spending funds despite it’s availability. We have saved money this time due to the financial discipline,” said the Minister. The Budget for the year 2017-18 will be presented on March 18. According to the data, the environment department has spent lowest at (7.76 per cent), housing (8.66 per cent), water resources (11.45 per cent), Public Works Department (12.30 per cent). The school education department has spent the highest 74.78 per cent of funds followed by medical education department at 73.53 per cent, agriculture and dairy development department has spent 71.61 per cent, while technical education department has spent 71.45 per cent, the data said. There are a few departments that have spent more than 50 per cent funds including Urban Development (55.84 per cent), Rural Development (55.76 per cent), Social Justice (54.81 per cent), Public health (64.47 per cent), women and child (64.64 per cent), Marathi language (52.14 per cent). The officials from the finance department admitted that due to the less expenditure, the government schemes have not been implemented properly.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

West Bengal: Teenage pregnant girl raped at government health centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A pregnant teenage girl was allegedly raped at a government health centre where she went for a routine check-up. The incident reportedly took place on February 24, at Memari in Burdwan district of West Bengal. In a complaint filed last night at Memari Police Station, the 19-year-old housewife who is four months’ pregnant, had alleged that on February 24 she went to Memari Rural Hospital for a regular check-up. She was referred to the adjoining Medicare Diagnostics for an ultrasonography (USG) where an official allegedly raped her while getting the procedure done.Officials of Memari PS said that an FIR has been filed against unknown person and an investigation has been started. “All the necessary formalities have been done. The girl was sent for a medical test and had been produced in front of the magistrate for recording her statement,” said a senior official of the PS. He said that the investigation process had met a stumbling block because the victim had been unable to identify the offender. “She did not know the name of the accused and it could have been any of the doctors or technicians. So we had called all the staff members of the diagnostic centre, taken their photographs and shown them to the girl, but she could not recognise the culprit,” the official added.Police are going through the daily roster and trying to zero in on the few people who were present there when the incident happened. The girl, according to the complaint, had come to the health centre with a family member. The accused had taken her inside for the USG, asking the others to wait outside saying that no one other than the patient was allowed to come inside.The diagnostic centre has been put up in a PPP model for diagnosis of patients Below Poverty Level (BPL), who come at the government hospital for treatment.

Centre allows TN to increase job days under MGNREGA scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre has given its approval for increasing the number of days of employment given to rural household workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in Tamil Nadu from the existing 100 days to 150 days benefitting 1.23 crore workers. The Centre has given the approval based on a request by Chief Minister K Palaniswami in view of drought situation in the state, an official release said. About 1.23 crore workers in rural areas stand to benefit following the order, it said. With the extension of job days, steps will be taken to preserve water bodies and small rivers and ponds. “In the current financial year 33.43 crore man days were created and Rs 4,655 crore was given as salaries to the workers,” the release said. Considering the prevailing drought situation in Tamil Nadu, the number of man days has increased by three crore. From the 12 lakh workers who were employed per day, due to the prevailing drought situation it had increased to 18 lakh workers in the current financial year, the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bengal completes DPR for 2000 km of roads under PMGSY

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The West Bengal government has completed the detailed project report (DPR) for constructing 2000 km of roads in the state under PMGSY, Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee said today. Replying during the question hour in the Assembly, he said that in the first five years of Trinamool Congress rule, the government had completed 12,000 km of roads under the centrally-sponsored scheme. Mukherjee said that this was a record which the government achieved for the first time. The minister said that the government had also set a target for another 12,000 km in the current tenure, subject to approval from the Centre. He said that the entire 12,000 km of constructed roads were black-top. In the second round of construction which the Centre had approved 2000 km in two phases of 800 km and 1200 km, he said that the cost of laying one km of road was Rs 60 lakh on an average. He said that the Centre would provide 60 per cent of the cost and the balance by the state government. According to him, the state would have ultimately bear 50 per cent of the total cost by way paying of salaries and other expenses. Since the state was bearing so much, he said that PMGSY should be renamed as PMCMGSY.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NC delegations meets JK Guv, pitches for delimitation comm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A National Conference delegation today met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and demanded the constitution of a Delimitation Commission to reorganise Panchayats and Wards in the state. Vehemently opposing the ongoing “arbitrary” delimitation of Panchayats ahead of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir, they said, the Commission should be headed by a retired high court judge and reorganisation of panchayats and wards be done in a time bound, fair and transparent manner. “NC vehemently opposes the ongoing arbitrary delimitation of panchayats ahead of panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir. We reiterated NC’s demand for constitution of an empowered Delimitation Commission, headed by a retired high court judge, to reorganise panchayats and wards in Jammu and Kashmir in a time-bound, fair and transparent manner,” NC General Secretary Ali Mohammed Sagar said. “The process was presently being carried out by lower rung officials and it is sham and mockery of democracy,” Sagar, who led the delegation, told the Governor at Raj Bhavan while presenting a memorandum. The process, initiated by the state government through its Department of Rural Development and Panchayats, they alleged will be over within seven days “according to a circular, issued by the Government”. It is being carried out in the most arbitrary manner and not in consonance with the laid down norms and procedures of the Panchayati Raj Act, the memorandum said. “The hush hush manner in which the delimitation is being carried out through lower rung officials sans the sincerity of the government, speaks volumes about political consideration behind the move,” it alleged. The government is delimiting the panchayats and wards as per political convenience and suitability of the PDP-BJP dispensation, it said. The new panchayats and wards are reportedly being carved out taking 2011 census as referral point, notwithstanding the fact that the voter lists of 2017 stand notified. “We demand that 2017 base datum to be made the referral point which is also the spirit of the State’s Panchayati Raj Act,” the NC delegation said and demanded that the on-going delimitation process to be stopped forthwith. Soliciting the Governor’s intervention, they said the present dispensation has been demonstrating an anarchical approach towards various vexed political issues which was hugely discernible during the passage of Amendment to the J&K Panchayati Raj Act which sealed the prospect of direct election of Sarpanchs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uttarakhand Assembly polls: 53 per cent polling till 3 pm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Polling in Uttarakhand went on at a brisk pace today with around 53 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise by 3 pm, officials said. Haridwar led the rest of the districts recording the highest polling percentage of 62, followed by Uttarkashi and Udhamsingh Nagar which recorded a 60-per cent voter turnout each at 3 pm, the state election office said here. Chief minister Harish Rawat is contesting from two seats — Haridwar (Rural) and Kichha in Udhamsingh Nagar district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC directs TN govt to file report on infrastructure in GHs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court today posed a few questions to the Tamil Nadu government on the lack of required infrastructure for performing cardiac surgeries in hospitals run by it and sought a report in this regard. Passing interim orders on a PIL, a division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiarasan ordered the Director of Medical and Rural Health Services to submit by February 20 a report, detailing the infrastructure facilities available for taking up cardiac surgeries in the government medical college hospitals in the state. “You go to the people seeking votes.. can’t you provide them best facilities in the hospitals?” the judges asked when the government counsel earlier submitted it was not possible to install heart-lung machines and Cathlab in all hospitals owing to high cost. In response, the advocate said such facilities could be created only in a phased manner. Petitioner Anandharaj sought appointment of specialists, besides installation of Cathlab and heart-lung machines in all district headquarters and medical college hospitals. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court said it was the duty of the state government to fill the specialists’ posts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NABARD sanctions Rs 157 cr loan to Haryana for water project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs 157 crore loan to the Haryana government for implementation of a project for augmentation of drinking water supply scheme in 84 villages of districts Palwal and Faridabad. Stating this here today, a NABARD spokesman said that the project is aimed at providing potable drinking water in selected villages in blocks Prithla, Palwal and Ballabhgarh from Yamuna flood plain by constructing ranney wells and deep tubewells. He said that in the present scheme, water supply to the affected villages would be augmented by constructing ranney wells. The project is likely to benefit 3,06,814 persons. The official also said that the loan had been sanctioned under the 22nd tranche of Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF). With this sanction, the cumulative RIDF assistance extended by NABARD to the Haryana government under RIDF, since its inception in 1995-96, has reached Rs 5,794 crore. Assistance has been provided for 4,269 projects in various sectors such as irrigation, rural connectivity, water supply, solar power, anganwadis, girls toilet blocks and veterinary hospitals and dispensaries, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India Budget 2017: Spending to get out of trouble

When pushed into a corner, most governments try to spend their way out of trouble.

For imparting new skills to the people in the rural

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>areas, Jaitley said that masonry training will be provided to 5 lakh persons by 2022, with an immediate target of training at least 20,000 persons by 2017-18. The Ministry also mentioned that Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) has made tremendous progress in promoting safe sanitation and ending open defecation. Sanitation coverage in rural India has gone up from 42 per cent in October 2014 to about 60 per cent. Open Defecation Free villages are now being given priority for piped water supply, he added. Speaking on the budget, Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said it will be a “game changer” for rural India and will transform Indian villages to become base of the country’s growth in coming years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bhayandar double-murder case: Deceased woman’s boyfriend held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police today claimed to have cracked the double murder case of a call centre employee and her minor daughter in Bhayandar by arresting her 22-year-old colleague with whom she was in a relationship, police said. Dipika Sanghvi (29) and her daughter Hetal (8) were found murdered in their flat last week. According to police, the duo were murdered on January 25, but the matter came to light after neighbours complained of foul smell emanating from the flat. The accused, identified as Vinayak Apur, was arrested from Dahisar in Thane district, said Superintendent of Police (Rural) Mahesh Patil. He said Dipika, who was living separately from her husband, was in relationship with Apur, her colleague in the Dahisar-based call centre. On the motive behind the murder, Patil said Dipika used to threaten Apur that she would file a rape case against him if he doesn’t pay her money. “Her husband Kartik used to give her Rs 7,000 towards monthly expenses. He was aware about the affair between Dipika and her boyfriend,” the officer said. Narrating the sequence of event, Patil said Dipika and Apur had had a heated argument on January 25, following which he hit her with a heavy and blunt object on her head and strangulated her. “Hetal who was sleeping in next room woke up after hearing the commotion and witnessed the incident. However, Apur also strangled her and wrapped her body in bed before covering it with a bed sheet,” the SP said. To avoid suspicion, he didn’t leave the place immediately but stayed there for at least a day. “However, he was caught on CCTV while exiting the building. In meantime, he went to Goa and from there to Shirdi before returning to Dahisar,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LS Speaker discusses with heads of Par Committees issue of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>How much access should media have to members of a Parliamentary Committee? This was one of the issues discussed at a meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker with Chairpersons of Parliamentary Standing Committees and other department-related panels here today. The subject of access of media to Parliamentary Committee members was discussed against the backdrop of recent statements to reporters by Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman K V Thomas in which he had said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could be summoned before the Committee on demonetisation, sources said. On the matter, the Speaker said she would shortly specify the rules of procedure in this regard, the sources said. The meeting also discussed the issue related to the tenure and jurisdication of the commitees’ tours. The Speaker was of the view that the tours should be shorter than five days and the areas should be chosen as per the domain of a committee, the sources said. For instance, a committee on Rural Development should visit only rural areas and the one on Urban Development should visit only urban areas, the sources said. Another matter discussed was related to the tenure and scope of the work of interns associated with the Parliamentary Committees. It was felt that the tenure should be fixed as one year and their scope should be limited to research, without allowing them access to meetings of Parliamentary Committees, the sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ajit Singh escapes unhurt as helicopter tilts during take off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RLD chief Ajit Singh had a narrow escape as his helicopter tilted when a temporary helipad made of bricks gave away while the chopper was taking off in Mant area here. The former aviation minister had yesterday addressed an election programme at Brij Aadarsh Inter College in support of RLD candidate from Mant Assembly constituency, Yogesh Nauhwar, police said. After the programme, when the RLD leader’s chopper was taking off the temporary helipad gave away and it tilted but the pilot immediately took the helicopter up, avoiding any mishap, they said. Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) Arun Kumar Singh said temporary helipads may slump in the ground due to the weight of helicopters and that happened in Mant also. He said the administration makes arrangement for helipad if anyone demand for it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

6 killed in seperate accidents on Yamuna Expressway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six people lost their lives in different accidents on the Yamuna Expressway today due to poor visibility. An industrialist, Santosh Chaturvedi, was travelling with his friend from Mathura to Noida when his car collided with a vehicle near the Jewar toll plaza. Three people died on the spot while six were injured critically, police said. The accident caused a heavy traffic jam on the Expressway. In a second incident, a bike was hit by a vehicle near Chapargadh village killing the driver of the bike on the spot. In another incident a bus rammed into a woman, killing her on the spot. In the fourth accident, a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle killing him on the spot. “All injured were admitted to a hospital in Greater Noida and the bodies have been sent for post mortem,” SP Rural Sujata Singh said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J-K govt to hold Panchayat polls in March: Haq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held in March this year, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Abdul Haq said today. The Minister, during his visit to Samba here, said the government is committed to empower Panchayats with more powers to ensure that these vital units are optimally utilised for development. He said preparations for holding Panchayat elections in March are on. Haq said the prime concern of the government is to strengthen the democracy at grassroots level through electoral process. He said the Panchayats and Gram Sabhas act like mini-Parliaments in rural areas and people of these areas are responsible for development works to be taken up in their respective villages.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Thane: Three held for gang rape, murder of four-year-old girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane rural police have arrested three people for allegedly murdering a four-year-old girl, who was kidnapped, gang raped and later buried by them in marshy land.Mohammed Yunus Shaha, 24, a resident of Bhayandar lured the four-year-old with a chocolate on January 9. He kidnapped her from her place and took her to Azad Nagar, where his accomplices​ Rona Raaini and and Jitendra Rao were waiting.​The main accused, worked as a loader with the father of the girl, which facilitated the crime.Shaha raped the minor girl and when she started screaming, the trio picked up a boulder and hit her on her head. “Later they picked up the body of the girl and buried her in marshy land”, said a Thane rural police officer.”The post mortem reports have revealed fracture on the head, we are awaiting postmortem reports for further examinations”, he added.Mahesh Patil, Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural, said, “We have arrested the three persons under sections 363(kidnapping), 364 (kidnapping for murder) 302 (murder), 201 (destroying evidence), 376(D) (gangrape) (2) (i) of the Indian Penal code.””The accused are drug addicts and the main accused was friendly with the victim”, said Patil.

SP MP Beni Prasad Verma accuses UP minister Gope of ‘casteism’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Samajwadi Party MP Beni Prasad Verma has filed a complaint with the election commission accusing cabinet minister and Ramnagar MLA Arvind Singh Gope of casteism in appointment of police officers in Barabanki district.The move comes after Verma’s son Rakesh was declared a candidate by Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav for the segment in place of Gope who is the sitting MLA and an Akhilesh loyalist.In his letter to EC, Beni alleged that just before announcement of polls, the Rural development minister got a Superintendent of Police (SP) belonging to his caste posted in the district as well as getting SHOs of his choice posted. He alleged this was a violation of the model code of conduct.”A blanket distribution function was held on Jan 6 in Ramnagar under protection of the police,” Beni further alleged in the letter faxed to the EC.

Reserve Bank admits to cash crunch in rural areas

The RBI asked commercial banks to send 40 per cent of their currency meant for circulation to rural branchesThe RBI asked commercial banks to send 40 per cent of their currency meant for circulation to rural branches

The RBI asked commercial banks to send 40 per cent of their currency meant for circulation to rural branches

Admitting to the cash crunch prevailing in rural areas, the Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday asked commercial banks to send at least 40 per cent of the currency meant for circulation to their rural branches. “The bank notes, being supplied to rural areas, at present, are not commensurate with the requirements of the rural population,” the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a notification.

With a view to ensure that at least 40 per cent bank notes were supplied to rural areas, the banks were advised to increase the issue of currency towards the main channels of distribution in these areas. “Banks should advise their currency chests to step up issuance of fresh notes to rural branches of Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) and commercial banks, white label ATMs and post offices on priority basis which are considered main rural channels of distribution,” it said.

RBI asked the banks to issue notes in denominations of Rs 500 and below in rural areas with liberal issuance of existing stock of notes below Rs 100. It also asked the bank chests to obtain supply of coins on priority basis and if required even get it issued from the central bank.

As the rural requirements could vary depending on variations in the rural and urban mix of each district, a certain percentage of allocation has been assigned to each district by RBI to facilitate a need based approach. “The indicated proportion may be maintained on weekly average basis at each chest level as it may be difficult to stick to the proportion on daily basis,” RBI said.

The government demonetised the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8 with a view to battle corruption, black money and terror funding. The move triggered an unprecedented cash crunch across the country.

First Published On : Jan 3, 2017 17:54 IST

One killed in Hardoi as UP Minister’s car hits handcart

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An official vehicle of a Uttar Pradesh minister rammed into a cart on Lucknow road in city area here, leaving one person dead.The incident took place on Monday night when the official vehicle of Minister of State for Rural Development Omkar Yadav was returning from Badaun after dropping him and hit a cart, killing its operator, 45-year-old Madne, on the spot, police said. Enraged over the incident, locals thrashed the driver and pelted stones on the vehicle damaging it by the time the police force arrived.The driver of the vehicle was stated to be drunk and liquor bottle was also recovered from the SUV, police said.The accused, who was beaten badly by the mob, was later arrested by the police.

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