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National survey reports drop in malnutrition

There is a decrease in indicators of malnutrition among children, Minister of State for Women and Child Development Virendra Kumar told Rajya Sabha on Thursday while answering a question pertaining to malnutrition in India.“As per the report of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS)–4 in 2015-16, 35.7 per cent children under five years of age are underweight and 38.4 per cent are stunted, indicating a reduction from the previous NFHS–3 conducted in 2005-06, which reported 42.5 per cent children under five years of age as underweight and 48 per cent stunted,” Kumar said.Further, 22.9 per cent women (15-49 years of age) have chronic energy deficiency (BMI less than 18.5) — a decline from the previous NFHS-3 levels which reported 35.5 per cent women having chronic energy deficiency.The important determinants of malnutrition include inadequate food, frequent infections, poverty, low access to health, education, and so on.The approach to tackle the problem is multipronged. While the measures related to women and children are being undertaken by the Health Department through the network of Community Health Centres, Primary Health Centres and referral hospitals like AIIMS, the action related to bringing about improvement in the nutritional status is being undertaken by the ministry in the form of various schemes like Anganwadi Services, Scheme for Adolescent Girls and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojna under the Umbrella Integrated Child Development Services Scheme as direct targeted interventions to address the problem of malnutrition in the country.Recently, the Centre has announced the setting up of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) for improving the nutritional indicators of children and pregnant women and lactating mothers.

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Ensure prisoners’ kids get money

The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi government to look into the aspect of providing compensation to children whose parents are incarcerated in Delhi’s jails.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed the Centre and the Social Welfare Department, government of NCT, for the speedy implementation of the Scheme for Financial Sustenance, Education and Welfare of Children of Incarcerated Parents, 2014.The court’s direction comes after it was informed about the issue of children not getting financial assistance, as they had not resided in the Capital for five years. According to the scheme, the children should have stayed in the city for at least five years before availing of compensation.”We expect the government of NCT, Social Welfare to look into the matter specially the need for bringing a scheme where the children whose parents or any other dependant member are lodged in the jail,” the court said.The court directed the Delhi government to file its response in this regard within six weeks from Monday. The court was hearing a host of matters pertaining to prisoners lodged in Tihar jail.During the course of hearing, advocate Rahul Mehra appearing for the Delhi government, informed the court that a new amended jail manual is already underway and 13 out of the 16 chapters have been drafted.”Thirteen out of the 16 chapters of the new amended jail manual have already been finalised and the rest will be done as soon as possible. This new jail manual will also address the issue of discrimination of women prisoners of not being entitled to open and semi-open jails,” Mehra said.Following this, the court noted that the respondents, including the Delhi government “are rectifying the discrimination of women”. It directed that the court be informed about the completion and implementation of the new jail manual.Earlier, the court had directed the DG (Prisons), city government and the police to implement a system which would let one know about the records of undertrials lodged in the jail.VACANT POSTSThe court was informed that there are 110 sanctioned posts for doctors in the jail premises out of which just 47 of them are filled up. There are 108 sanctioned posts for paramedical staff and 92 of them are physically filled.

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Bailable warrant against mayor Ashok Lahoti

Lokayukta justice SS Kothari has issued a bailable warrant against Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoti for not appearing in a matter related to non-formation of standing committee in the civic body, despite serving him summon twice. A fine of Rs5000 has been imposed against the mayor with a show cause notice.The office of Lokayukta took strict legal against the First Person of the city for non-compliance of directions which Kothari had issued him in a case related to encroachment. As per the case, a five-storied building was constructed by a builder on plot no C-100 in the C Scheme area while permission was sanctioned to build only two stories. But, the municipal corporation did not take any action against the illegal building.Later, when the JMC issued a notice the builder moved in the Rajasthan High Court. Hearing his petition, the court directed the JMC to dispose application of the builder pertaining to regularizing his construction within six weeks and till the decision on the regularization was taken, the building would not be demolished, said the court order dated February 6, 2012. Five years passed since the order but the application by the builder remains indisposed, which appears to save the building. It is to be mentioned here that such application are disposed of by a standing committee which has no existence in JMC currently.Taking a call on the very issue, the office of Lokayukta summoned him to be appeared at his office on November 16 which he skipped. He not complied the direction when summoned again in December 8, inviting a fine of Rs2000. The Lokayukta took his indiscipline seriously and issued a bailable warrant of Rs2000 and Rs5000 notice against the mayor. Fine of Rs2000 issued earlier exists also. Lahoti has been asked to appear on January 18.

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Precarious parenting

How much do 400 rupees mean to most of us? May be a popcorn bucket for kids on a weekend movie show or petrol bill for a couple of days office commutation during week days. But for Kamali a 23-year-old from Jharniya village in Banswara district, it is an amount enough to put her ‘to be born’ baby on risk. Kamali, is an expecting mother with a due date to deliver an issue in February. In her 30th week of pregnancy, Kamali did not go for any Ante Natal Checkup (ANC) so far. She has a reason for that.“We are daily wage labourers and that’s how we feed our five-member family,” Kamali explained. “Due to my pregnancy, our earning has already reduced to half as I am unable to go for work and in such a condition I cannot afford to take my husband along, who has to cover a distance of 28 kilometre to reach his workplace, for my check up at Anganwadi Center as it will mean a complete loss of a day’s earning. We can’t afford,” she added.Kamali represents lakhs of pregnant women in Rajasthan who have not received a single ANC during their pregnancy and her reason to avoid mother and child care facilities is the most common one that puts lakhs of mothers and their unborns life at risk. “Clearly, we see that financial loss matters more for them compared to the health. So there was a need to compensate their financial loss in order to motivate them to visit Anganwadi or health centres.” Manoj Jain, Additional Director (Nutrition) at Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) said.“For the purpose, State Women and Child Development Department has rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) in the state. Now, all the pregnant women and lactating mothers, in the state, who have their first pregnancy can get the benefits of PMMVY. PMMVY is the union government aided scheme to benefit pregnant women and lactating mothers for the birth of their first live child. Beneficiary will get Rs 5,000 in three instalments at the stage of early registration of pregnancy, after six months of pregnancy on at least one antenatal check-up and registration of child birth and first cycle of immunization of the child. All the pregnant women and lactating mothers who have their first pregnancy on or after 1 January 2017 can avail the scheme benefits now.“The benefit amount would be send directly to the bank account of the beneficiary through Direct Benefit Transfer mode,” said Manoj Jain.SCHEME TO CONTROL INFANT MORTALITY RATEAs per SRS bulletin 2016, IMR in Rajasthan is 41 deaths per 1,000 live births It is far more than the national IMR of 34 per 1,000 live births. Birth asphyxia, low birth weight are leading causes of deaths of infants in the state. IMR in rural areas is 45 which is almost 50% more than the IMR in urban areas. IMR in rural Rajasthan is 30 which is 30% more than the national rural IMR figure of 23. ABOUT PRADHAN MANTRI MATRU VANDANA YOJANARajasthan rolled out the scheme on December 5, 2017. 5-6 lakh pregnant women will be benefited per year. Total Rs 5,000 will be given to each pregnant woman and lactating mother. Scheme means to motivate for ANC and immunization, through financial assistance. THE AMOUNT WILL BE PAID IN 3 INSTALLMENTSRs 1000 at the time of registration of pregnancy.Rs 2,000 At least one ANC carried out after six months of pregnancy.Rs 2,000 The birth of child registered and the child received first cycle of vaccines, including BCG, OPV, DPT and hepatitis-B.

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35% dip in DTC bus travellers: Centre for Science and Environment

The number of daily commuters on the government’s Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses has come down by 35% over the past four years, revealed a report prepared by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).The average ridership of the state-run public transport came down from 47 lakh in 2012-13 to around 30 lakh by the end of 2016, the report said. “As per the latest available DTC statistics, about 30 lakh passengers are carried daily, of which only 14 lakh (45%) are ticketed passengers. The rest 16 lakh (55%) use passes. Thus, a pass holder is counted as travelling nine times during the course of a single day and that inflates the daily trip number. It is possible, therefore, that the daily ridership is expected to be much less than the estimated 30-lakh figure,” it stated.The report comes at a time when the AAP government has received much flak for not adding to the depleting bus fleet of the state-run bus service as well as no upgradation in the existing transport infrastructure.The report highlighted that the DTC bought new buses in 2011-12. “There has been almost no addition to the fleet in the past five years. If no new buses are added now, the entire fleet will get nearly phased out by 2025.”It further said, the DTC also does not use around 700 buses on any given day, mainly due to breakdowns. This is leading to the “rapid loss” of daily ridership, the report stated. The DTC currently operates 3,800 buses while Delhi Integrated Multi Modal System (DIMTS) runs around 1,600 buses under the Cluster Scheme. “There is a shortage of 5,000-10,000 buses based on required estimates and the mandate,” it stated.It also found loopholes in the utilisation of the bus fleet by the DTC. “DTC’s fleet utilisation has come down to 83.63% in 2015-16, from 85.51% in 2013-14,” it said.The Delhi government has started the process for procurement of 1,000 buses each for the DTC and Cluster scheme.The report suggested for speeding up the process. The city requires at least 11,000 more buses to cater to the growing demand of the Capital.

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Flooding may affect underground Metro

After claiming that underground Metro corridors are more prone to terrorist attacks, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now claimed that the underground Metro is more likely to get affected during heavy flooding in the city, as compared to the elevated Metro corridors.The MMRDA made this claim while justifying its decision to build the DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B as an elevated corridor instead of an underground one. However, this has given rise to another debate as the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground Metro has claimed Metro-3 to be a water-tight project, where seepage or clogging of water is impossible.In a letter written to the Guzdar Scheme Residents’ Trust in Khar, who have objected Metro-2B being constructed as an elevated corridor, MMRDA, said, “It should be noted that in the case of heavy rains when the city’s roads get flooded, all at grade systems and underground systems get severely affected. During the heavy flooding in Mumbai a few days back, it was only the elevated metro and monorail which continued functioning without any interruption. Underground metro, in such heavy floods, would be likely to get affected despite all necessary precautions.”However, the MMRC has earlier claimed that the Metro-3 corridor runs at least 25 meters below the surface and is a water-tight project where seepage or clogging of water is impossible.”The underground Metro-3 system is embedded in the ground at a substantial depth. To protect against flooding, the level of all station entrances or shafts will remain sufficiently above the recorded high flood levels of respective areas along with good margins. Our tunnels are also water-tight,” MMRC had said earlier.

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Committed for best facilities within limited resources: Kalicharan Saraf

At the time when health department is facing criticism over the infant deaths and poor health facilities across the state, state health minister, Kalicharan Saraf admitted that the department is facing scarcity of resources.Saraf was addressing a press conference to share department’s achievements during 4 years of BJP government in the state. “Yes, department does not have the necessary resources to cater such a large number of population, but government is committed to provide best medical facilities to its people within the limited resources,”said Saraf.Saraf told that the Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme has been proven a boon for public. He informed that the scheme started from December 13, 2015, benefited 16 lakh patients and 17.73 lakh claims amounting to more than Rs 974 crore through the scheme has been carried out.Saraf also informed that the health department is going to soon recruit 1,300 doctors, 120 dentists, 1,800 pharmacists, 1,534 lab assistants, 1,867 ANMs and 175 eye assistants.On the occasion, he also released the leaflet and documentary film of the achievements of the Department of Health and Medicine.He said that through the effective implementation of Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme, Adarsh Primary Health Center Scheme, Integrated Ambulance Life Support Service, Mothers Milk Bank, free medicines and various innovative schemes related to Maternal and Child health care, all sections of society are being benefited.TO RECRUIT SOONSaraf informed that Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme that started from December 13, 2015, has proven a boon for public. The health minister also informed that the department is going to soon recruit 1,300 doctors, 120 dentists, 1,800 pharmacists, 1,534 lab assistants, 1,867 ANMs and 175 eye assistants.
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Bhamashah Scheme: MoU signed for two years

This time, 311 new treatment packages have been added to the scheme. Jain said that a premium of Rs1263 per family per year will be paid by the government. And, the state government will pay a sum of Rs 1263 crores in the form of premium every year.”

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 7 December 2017 3:59 ISTMust readPresident Standards conferred on three armoured regimentsPunters bet big on Cong in Gujarat<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>For the Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme, MoU for the next two years has been signed between the Medical and Health Department and the New India Assurance Company on Wednesday. The CEO of the State Health Insurance Agency, Naveen Jain and the Regional Manager of New India Assurance Company, signed the contract.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>This time, 311 new treatment packages have been added to the scheme. Jain said that a premium of Rs1263 per family per year will be paid by the government. And, the state government will pay a sum of Rs 1263 crores in the form of premium every year.
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In bureaucratic shuffle, govt transfers 10 IAS officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the fiasco over the farm loan waivers in Maharashtra, the state government has transferred Vijay Kumar Gautam as the principal secretary of the Information Technology (IT) department. Gautam will now be the Principal Secretary (Accounts and Treasuries) in the state finance department.The charge of the IT department will now be vested with SVR Srinivas, who was the officer on special duty (slum development). The state government transferred 10 IAS officials on Tuesday.Earlier, Gautam was sent on leave in a move which raised eyebrows after huge technical glitches in the loan waiver process. This included dummy and incorrect Aadhaar numbers and duplication of names of beneficiaries. Lok Sabha MP and farmer leader Raju Shetti had also claimed irregularities in the scheme, though this was denied by the state government.A total of 56.59 lakh farmer families comprising of 77 lakh individuals had applied for the loan waiver named after Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Despite the loan waiver being announced on June 24, just 15.42 lakh people have been covered under the Aadhaar linked amnesty scheme of which 3.25 lakh farmers have received Rs 9,284.71 crore in their bank accounts.Additional chief secretary Vandana Krishna, who was in charge of accounts and treasuries, will hold charge of reforms, while R.A Rajeev, will be the principal secretary (expenditure). Rajeev was earlier the principal secretary (reforms).Other IAS officials who have been transferred include director (disaster management) Rajiv Niwatkar, who will be the joint secretary of the chief secretary’s office. Suraj Mandhare, who was posted in the chief secretary’s office will now be the chief executive officer of the Pune zilla parishad, while D.B Desai, who held the charge earlier will be transferred in Niwatkar’s previous position.Dr Manik Gursal, who was the CEO of the Latur zilla parishad will be the Commissioner of the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme and his earlier post will be held by Vipin Itankar.MORE CHANGESDr Manik Gursal, who was the CEO of the Latur zilla parishad, will be the commissioner of the Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme

Food coupons to 33K elderly, disabled under scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The department of food and civil supplies has taken action against more than 27 petrol pumps after complaints were received against them this year.On the occasion of completion of 4 years of the state government, food and civil supplies minister Babulal Verma said complaints against more than 27 petrol pumps were registered while the legal metrology cell also registered cases against 43 sweets shops, six airports, 11 workshops, and general stores.He said that keeping in view the objective of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, the department has started the scheme of giving 12 food coupons to the 33,000 senior citizens and physically challenged under the food security scheme. He said that with the food coupons will enable the beneficiaries to get ration at their door step with the help of relatives or neighbours.Giving more details of other achievements of his department, Verma said that under national food security scheme , Rs 16.93 crore transactions have been done through POS machine at more than 26,000d fair price shops between September 2016 and September 2017. Verma said that the eligible consumers who are not being able to get their verification done on POS machine, such 8061 beneficiaries are being given ration after physical verification.Notably, when the scheme was started by the government a year ago, it was widely reported that the POS machine was not able to register the thumb impression of many beneficiaries, many which included senior citizens.

11,000 students of govt-run hostels to get free cycles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 11,000 students staying in government-run hostels will get bicycles to attend schools in remote areas across the state. The scheme is being launched by the social justice and empowerment department which looks after management and administration of the hostels.“Those students who walk more than 2km to attend schools will get bicycle at free of cost. We have sought list from the hostels of such students. Soon the distribution of cycles will get started and more than 11,000 students lodged in 233 hostels will be beneficiaries,” said a senior official unfolding the details of the scheme.He claimed that company contracted has given word to supply the bicycle in one month, and thereby distribution process will commence by December, just after Raje government celebrates its fourth anniversary on December 13.The department’s fresh scheme is a replica of the education department which is currently handing over bicycles to girl students. Nearly three lakh bicycles are to be distributedamong Class 9 girl students in the state. However, the scheme got mired into controversy as orange coloured bicycles were distributed, which Congress called ‘saffronisation of education’.The social justice department, though, wishes to avert any controversy and has decided not to specify colour of the bicycles. “In our tender no code for colour has been specified for the bicycles. We have just quoted price,” clarified the official, adding that both boys and girls will get bicycles.Notably, the department has set up hostels across the state for students belonging to poor sections of society. In a recent development, the department has proposed to establish hostel facilities for students of Economically Backward Class (EBC). In the initial phase, 16 such hostels have been planned across the state. Distibution in decemberThe company contracted has given word to supply the bicycle in one month, and thereby distribution process will commence by December, just after Raje government celebrates its fourth anniversary on December 13.The department’s fresh scheme is a replica of the education department which is currently handing over bicycles to girl students.

Invite to UGC’s autonomy event creates uproar in Delhi University

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An invite from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to educational institutes across the country for an orientation programme, to introduce them with its scheme of autonomous colleges, has created an uproar at Delhi University (DU) with officials calling it an attempt of ‘privatisation’ and ‘commercialisation’.In his letter to the colleges, PK Thakur, secretary, UGC, wrote that the commission has been implementing the scheme of autonomous colleges, in order to achieve further qualitative improvement leading towards academic excellence. Officials at the regulatory body said that the programme, which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, will help them to have an idea about the interest of colleges in its scheme that was notified earlier this year.The scheme offers academic and operative freedom to the colleges. It enables a college to design and structure its own courses of study and syllabi to suit the local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation. Any number of colleges under a university, fulfilling a set criteria, can apply for autonomy from UGC under this scheme.However, according to officials at DU, it will give a free hand to the colleges to make changes in its fee structure.”The move will ultimately deprive the students from marginalised sections of society of affordable education, as it can lead to a hike in the fee structure of the colleges,” said Rajesh Jha, member of DU’s Executive Council (EC), the university’s highest statutory body.The EC, however, termed it a”violation”of DU Act, 1922.”UGC sending letters directly to colleges is like the Central government contacting the civic bodies bypassing a state government. Under DU Act, 1922, all such communications should come from the university and not the regulatory bodies,” he said.College principals across the university have also slammed the move.”If the UGC wants to implement the scheme, it should be done with lots of caution considering the after-effects,” said Manoj Sinha, principal, Aryabhatt College.DU faculty members also claim that even if the government gives the colleges a choice to become anonymous, the majority of them will not favour it.”A month-long agitation earlier this year by faculty members and students at St Stephens college against administration’s decision to apply to be an autonomous institution speaks volumes,” said a St Stephens faculty member.AUTONOMY SCHEMEThe scheme offers academic and operative freedom to the colleges. It enables a college to design and structure its own courses of study and syllabi to suit the local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation.

Speak up Delhi | Up in smog: Delhiites question Odd-Even as a viable solution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government called off the Odd-Even road rationing scheme for the time being, after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked them to cut back on the exemptions, people across the city have mixed reactions to the idea.According to experts, the scheme which helps decongest the city, in absence of a robust public transport system, does not have the planning or means to tackle the large volume of commuters.The city has over 60 lakh registered two-wheelers, which are more polluting than cars. During the last two editions of the scheme, people relied on two-wheelers for the daily commute.However, studies conducted on the effects of the scheme suggested that pollution levels did not show any major improvement during the implementation.Even as the Delhi government is all set to bring back the odd-even road rationing system due to rising pollution levels, environment experts and scientists claimed that there was no ‘concrete evidence’ of air quality improvement in the city.A study conducted by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) —an independent think tank — during the first trial of the policy in January 2016 stated that there was no ‘conclusive evidence’ to prove if the air quality of the city has improved during the fortnight.However, an air quality analysis done during both the odd-even implementation — January 2016 and April 2016 — by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) showed that there was a slight improvement in levels of air pollution. However, it depended on the meteorological conditions to a large extent.”While there was a decrease in pollutant concentrations in the first week of January, farm fires in neighbouring states led to a spike in pollution levels again in the second week. Also, weather conditions such as the wind speed responsible for the dispersal of pollutants was very low during this period. The air quality, however, showed improvement during the second experiment in April, as meteorological conditions were favourable,” the CSE report stated.The government had earlier announced the revival of the third round of odd-even between November 13 and November 17 (Monday-Friday). The scheme, however, like its previous two editions exempts two-wheelers and vehicles driven by women (with only women passengers and children under the age of 12 years).ODD-EVEN SCHEME IN NUMBERSJanuary 2016First phase of Odd-Even scheme was implemented by the AAP government19,140 challansIssued by the government during the first phase, collecting over Rs 1.82 croreVOICESThe government has put emphasis on the use of public transport in view of the crisis in the city. However, buses are already very crowded. Travelling in DTC buses and the metro in peak hours isn’t comfortable and it is a major reason why people are switching to private vehicles. Also the recent hike metro fare hasn’t helped matters. Improving services is a better alternative to this.—Harsh Yadav, stuent, University of DelhiThe scheme reduces pollution up to an extent when almost half the vehicles are not allowed on the roads. But the government should shift its focus towards a more permanent solution. Every year, chaos is created by neighbouring states due to stubble burning. These issues need to be settled to avoid such conditions in the future.—Dr Priyanaka Meena, NoidaFor someone who travels occasionally to Delhi, it’s really hectic to manage things due to this Odd-Even scheme. It affects people’s daily lives and their work schedules. The government must look into building a robust transport system before conducting these experiments. Also, they need to work all through the year to cut down on pollution levels.—Vishal Meena, engineering student, NoidaThe Stubble burning in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and the presence of industries inside Delhi are bigger contributors to air pollution. A few years ago, industries were shifted to Bawana but new illegal industries have cropped up again. The Delhi government should take care of all the factors rather than just implementing the scheme which targets only one reason for pollution.—Naveen Kumar, DelhiEven if two-wheelers are to be banned, we will support the government. We want the air to be safe for our children. But it becomes difficult to commute as Delhi does not have a very good public transport system. If this problem can be addressed, then cab services such as Ola, Uber and private vehicles will automatically reduce. Other issues too should be should be given attention rather than targeting only one cause.—Kamal Gupta, DelhiThe condition of Delhi is severe. The Odd-Even scheme failed to prove its purpose. It was only effective in decreasing traffic on the roads, which worked for a while. The government needs step up and find effective measures to curb pollution in the city.—Anoop Singh, DelhiEXPERT SPEAKThe Odd-Even scheme is one of the measures under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to be taken during ’emergency’ levels of air pollution. However, it can only be of any impact if the public transport system is strengthened. The objective is to discourage people from using private vehicles. The administration has to work all through the year to make this happen. Besides, the exemptions for two-wheelers, which are way more polluting than cars, renders the scheme meaningless.—Bhure Lal, former bureaucrat and chairman, EPCA (Environment Pollution Control Authority)

Government introduced scheme to hide inefficacy: BJP chief Manoj Tiwari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of deflecting attention away from his government’s inefficacy in arresting pollution by introducing the Odd-Even scheme. It also went on to clarify that the BJP does not want to indulge in politics over the matter but the recent incident of an AAP leader in Punjab burning stubble there reflects the party’s lack of interest in conserving the environment.Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also expressed his surprise over the dates finalised by AAP to initiate the scheme. He said that while the AAP declared an emergency situation in view of the rising smog levels, implementing it on November 13 make little sense.”Kejriwal announced the scheme on November 9, touting it as an exigency. However, he is rolling it out a few days later. How would the city benefit then when its reeling under unprecedented pollution levels now?” he said, adding that the scheme did not bear the kind of results that Kejriwal had proclaimed when the government had brought in the scheme in 2016.”The National Green Tribunal had also expressed doubts over the timing and necessity of bringing it back this month,” he added.Tiwari also said that the AAP government failed to take any proactive measures to combat pollution which led to the current situation. Emphasising upon the role of public transport in reducing pollution levels, he said that the AAP government failed to make public transport system more robust.He clarified that the BJP was not opposed to the scheme but doubted whether the government was keen on implementing it with full spirit.

3rd round of odd-even announced

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government on Thursday announced the third round of odd-even in the national capital to be implemented between November 13 and November 17 (Monday-Friday). The scheme, however, like its previous two editions last year, exempts two-wheelers and vehicles driven by women (with only women passengers and children below the age of 12 years).It does not allow app-based aggregators such as Ola-Uber to go on ‘surge pricing’, as was the case last year. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot will hold a meeting with taxi and auto union operators on Friday to ensure they dont overcharge passengers.The ’emergency’ measure is rolled out under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to curb the soaring pollution levels.”The scheme will be observed between 8 am and 8 pm. The exemptions will be the same as last year, as we don’t want people to panic,” said Gahlot.In order to prepare for the scheme, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has been asked to hire 500 private buses. The odd-even scheme aims at encouraging commuters to take to public transport.Besides this, the Delhi Metro has also been asked to run additional trips and provide 100 feeder buses during this period.The scheme also exempts CNG-run vehicles, only if they bear stickers stating the same. The stickers are available at CNG pumps and even those with last year’s stickers will be valid.VIP vehicles, ambulances, fire brigade vans, ambulances, hearse vans, Delhi Police cars, Army vehicles, emergency services vehicles, and embassy vehicles will all also be allowed to ply on any day. Battery-opearted vehicles are exempted, too.The scheme had failed in 2016 in absence of a robust public transport system, receiving much flak from public. The minister had discussed implementation of the scheme with officials of the transport department in a meeting on 23 October.

Odd-Even will be ineffective: Bhure Lal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party government announced to run during Monday-Friday its road rationing scheme Odd-Even as an emergency measure under a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) given by the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).But EPCA chairman Bhure Lal said there will not be much effect through the scheme in which odd and even numbered private vehicles ply on alternate days to encourage public transport use.”The government does not have enough number of buses to start the scheme, and with exemptions on two-wheelers, it will not have much effect,” he said.Lal said the announcement of the scheme was not suggested at present, as smog is expected to clear by November 13. “The government needs at least 2,000 (more) buses to start the third round of Odd-Even. The announcement was done without any consultation with EPCA. It will create unnecessary panic among the public at large.””The measure was suggested under GRAP during emergency levels while we are expecting the conditions to improve by Saturday,” said Lal.The former bureaucrat, who has been heading EPCA for the last 10 years, added, “Besides, exempting two-wheelers, which are even more polluting than cars, will not help the situation.”The government should have waited for EPCA to think over it before announcing the measure, he said. The city has over 60 lakh two-wheelers; these should have been included in the scheme with better planning if the government had to bring back the scheme at all, he said.The scheme like in the last year exempts women and two-wheelers. The first two editions were launched by the AAP government in 2016. Then restrictions were in place from 8am to 8pm. GRAP was notified last year and has an advisory for every category of pollution levels. Odd-Even is to be implemented during emergency pollution levels.The AAP government assured that there will be no surge pricing by Ola and Uber during the five days of Odd-Even.

NTPC disaster to hit PM scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The industrial disaster at Unit 6 of the National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Unchahar Thermal Power Plant, which left more than 36 dead and over 100 injured, may lead to a major setback for the Prime Minister’s Saubhagya Scheme (Pradhanmatri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Bijli Yojana) in at least eight states, including Uttar Pradesh.The new 500 MW Unit 6 of NTPC’s Unchahar unit was energised in record time with the aim of providing electricity to about 2.5-crore households in Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi and Punjab under the Saubhagya Scheme.Meanwhile, even though it was yet to reach its installed generation capacity, the Union Power Ministry had already allocated the 500 MW among these eight states, reserving 75 MW to meet any emergency situation. As the home state, Uttar Pradesh got the biggest piece of the pie with 173 MW out of 500 MW allocated to it.Following the disaster though, a general manager at the NTPC, on condition of anonymity, told DNA that it will take more than a year to re-energize the unit. “The entire machinery at Unit 6, including the boiler, is damaged beyond repair. The job to re-energize Unit 6 is nothing less than setting up a new 500 MW unit,” he said.Further, he admitted that Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and the PM’s ambitious Saubhagya Scheme under electrification program may suffer a setback in the eight states that were allocated power from the Unit 6 of Unchahar Thermal Power Plant. Moreover, it will increase the demand and supply gap in all these states.Uttar Pradesh will be the worst-affected. In August, the state government closed eight old and redundant units in different power stations and to make matters worse, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had set a target to electrify all villages in the states by 2018.Though Union Power Minister RK Singh has already assured Adityanath that more power will be made available to the state to achieve its target, sources claimed that the state power department is yet to come out with a blue-print to balance the demand-supply gap to keep the CM’s promises.Other beneficiariesRajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir were the other biggest beneficiaries with 74 MW and 55 MW respectively, followed by Haryana with 37 MW, Uttarakhand with 30 MW, Delhi with 27 MW, Himachal Pradesh with 22 MW and Punjab with 4 MW.

BJP to write to 50L beneficiaries of govt schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gujarat BJP has decided to write letters to around 50 lakh beneficiaries of state and central government schemes. The party will hold this exercise keeping upcoming assembly polls in mind and will propagate the party’s agenda among the voters in an indirect way.A senior leader of the party said, “We have received the list of the beneficiaries in Gujarat from state and central governments. There are around 50 lakh families which have got direct benefits of different schemes and we are writing letters to them. We do not make them realise that our government extended support to them and they are deprived of basic facilities. In fact, we write them that their trust on BJP government gave a moral boost to our party. Their role and contribution for the strengthening the party and government’s confidence to serve the people.””This is obviously an exercise to catch the attention of voters and indirect way to appeal them to vote for BJP. The party will also propagate other achievements through the letter and no one is undersignee so that expense for that does not go into account of particular candidate. The party workers are going to approach voters in door-to-door campaign but this will another way to propagate the schemes and actions of our governments in state and center,” added the leader.There are 11.54 lakh beneficiaries of Ujjvala Yojana, 26.33 lakh Mudhra Yojana beneficiareis, 2.5 lakh tribal land right allottees, 7 lakh Jan Dhan Yojana beneficiaries, 2.80 lakh PM Avas Yojana and CM Affordable Housing Scheme beneficiaries, and many others.The BJP will start posting these letters in second half of the November month. The letter would also appeal that for the betterment of society and sake of development, people in Gujarat should vote for BJP.The party would also highlight several agendas of its poll manifesto in the letter, the leader further added. The BJP is likely to announce its poll manifesto during the last week of November.

100 Maharashtra farmers found linked to single Aadhaar number

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government’s attempt of online registration for loan waiver implementation has sent the authorities into a tizzy as names over 100 farmers have been found linked to a single Aadhaar number.The state government had earlier stressed on online registration by farmers with their Aadhaar, which is a unique identification. The government has said that the Aadhaar-based linking will avoid any duplication as well as fake accounts getting the benefit of the loan waiver. A senior official from the Maharashtra cooperation department showed a list of potential beneficiaries of farmers having a common Aadhaar number, which has become a cause of concern for the government.”We always thought that the Aadhaar number will be our key to check fake beneficiaries. Now, we don’t know how to address this challenge with so many farmers showing the same Aadhaar number. If we have to carry out a manual check, which will take weeks. The farming community is already agitated over the delay in implementation of the scheme,” the official said. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has called an urgent meeting with bankers today to address issues like this that crop up in the way of speedy implementation of the scheme.Officials of some banks also admitted that the data they received from the online registration portal Aapale Sarkar – varies the data at their in their records.The names of some farmers are missing and some do not match with the land size or type of loan. “In many cases the principal amount and interest are not matching. It leads to suspicion. Unless the state officials have verified the account and its loan amount, we cannot consider that account for loan waiver,” a senior official of a leading public sector bank.The state government had last week released a sum of Rs 4,000 crore under the first phase of the over Rs 34,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme. Responding to the Opposition’s criticism against the online system of filling forms for availing the scheme, Fadnavis last week earlier said had that not been done, the banks would have mismanaged funds. The Centre had earlier this year made Aadhaar mandatory for availing crop insurance policies.As per the agriculture ministry’s directive, banks were asked to persuade farmers to furnish Aadhaar identification card at the time of sanction/renewal/ disbursement/inspection of the loan or on visit at bank branches.

WCD: Cannot give sanitary pads for free

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has told the Delhi High Court that it has no role in providing menstrual hygiene products free of cost or at discounted rates to adolescent girls. The ministry was replying to a notice issued by the HC in July in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding the roll-back of the 12 per cent GST on sanitary pads and the availability of sanitary napkins and of education on menstrual hygiene to young girls. The notice was also sent to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Delhi government.”That the ministry of women and child development has no role in ensuring availability of menstrual hygiene products to adolescent girls in schools free of cost or at sub rates or allowing access to trained female school teachers/health counsellors in the school premises for imparting education about menstrual health (sic),” said the ministry in its reply filed on September 27.It also said that under the Sabla Scheme, the ministry provides nutrition and non-nutrition support in 205 districts to adolescent girls between the age of 11 to 18 years.Under the scheme, the ministry said that girls are provided nutritional support at Rs 5 per day per beneficiary for 300 days a year, apart from awareness and education on various health issues, including menstruation and reproductive and sexual health-related issues. In addition to that the ministry said that it also provides young girls with education and awareness on the importance of using sanitary napkins and maintaining good personal hygiene and sanitation.On the other hand, the health ministry has also said that since health is a state subject, it provides states with budgetary support under the National Health Mission for the procurement of sanitary napkins. It added that under the scheme over two crore adolescent girls in the age group of 10 to 19 years have been benefited.”The scheme was initiated in 107 districts in 17 states in the first phase and supply of sanitary napkins was carried out through central procurement. About two crore adolescent girls were benefited during the period from 2011 to December, 2015. Later on, in the Financial year 2014-15, this scheme was decentralised for procurement and distribution of sanitary napkins for expansion in all districts across the states,” the health ministry said. “At present, 18 states are supported through the National Health Mission funds for supply of sanitary napkins. Few state are also implementing this scheme using state budgets.”The health ministry, in its reply, pointed at the Delhi government’s scheme for sanitary napkins under which the Centre has already provided Rs 27 lakh for the 2017-18 financial year already.MINISTRY TO HCIt pointed at the high dropout rate of girls due to menstrual problems
It demanded that the 12% GST on sanitary napkins be rolled back

Creche scam: In UP, women give birth every three months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Can a woman give birth to kids after every three months? It may sound bizarre but it was made possible in Uttar Pradesh by NGOs, running Mobile Creche Scheme (Sachal Palna Yojana) for labour classes and daily-wagers, started by the former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav during his regime in 2013-14.During the course of an inquiry on the directions of the Allahabad High Court, the CBI found these anomalies when it checked and verified documents submitted by about 300 NGOs to the Social Welfare Department. Running the scheme on papers only, a fund of Rs 68 crore was siphoned off in launching year of the scheme.Under the scheme, the state government was to take care of children of labour classes and daily-wagers aged between three months to six years while their parents were away to earn their livings by opening government-sponsored creche. The kids were to be provided fooding, lodging, clothing and medical facilities.The State Social Welfare Department was made the nodal agency to implement the scheme in consultation with the labour department. The department sought support from NGOs and social welfare organizations. Each NGO was allowed to enroll and house only 25 kids at a time. Within no time, individuals and organisations posing as NGOs, looted the fund without opening any crèche.As per records and payment made by the Social Wefare department, aout 300 NGOs and Social organization had opened over 3,000 creche across 71 districts in the state under the scheme which was aimed at take good care kids of labour classes.“When we checked records, we found that majority of the crèche were running on papers only. There were crèche who had enrolled five-five kids of a single parent with their age difference of only three to six months. How is it possible that a woman gave birth every three months?” confided a CBI officer.Interestingly, it could be the only government scheme in which NGOs were made payment in advance even before registration of children. When the CBI tried to verify names and addresses of parents whose kids were enrolled in the creche, the investigative agency found that majority of these parents did not exist.“They created non-existent parents on papers to enroll fake kids for completing paper formalities to pocket state funds. To ensure that they are not caught, majority of the NGOs made cash payments to doctors, maid servants and cooks against the government rules,” pointed the CBI officer.The CBI has completed only preliminary investigation in the crèche scam. Many more skeletons would tumble out of the cupboard when it verifies documents of NGOs and social organizations.When the crèche scam came to the fore, then Akhilesh government had cancelled the scheme from next financial but by that these NGOs had already siphoned off Rs 68 crore from the state exchequer through fraudulent means.The pace of the CBI probe had slowed down during the erstwhile regime as many Samajwadis would also get exposed but Chief Miister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to help CBI speed up the inquiry and submit its report at the earliest for initiating action.The investigative agency has issued notices to 11 districts social welfare officials who are yet to submit documents required by the CBI. During the second phase of its inquiry, the CBI is likely to lay its hands on owners of NGOs and officials allegedly hand in glove with them in releasing funds without verifying documents.

Now, pregnant women to get nutrition diet on monthly basis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to ensure proper nutrition for pregnant women, the state government has planned to give them supplementary nutrition under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme on a monthly basis, instead of the current practice of giving it every week. For the purpose, a pilot project has been launched in Banswara district on October 5.It is worth mentioning that it was found during separate investigations by ICDS and health department, done after more than 90 deaths of newborns with low birth weight in Banswara District Hospital was recorded in the months of August-September, that pregnant women in remote areas are mostly reluctant to visit Anganwadi Centres to collect supplementary food.“We are daily wage labourers and I with my husband Mukesh have to work daily to feed our five-member family,”Vesti, a 22-year-old from Surpur village in Ghatol Tahsil of Banswara said. Vesti is one of the mothers who lost her newborn a couple of months ago. “Our earning went down to half as being a pregnant I was unable to go on work. At that time taking my husband with me to Anganwadi centre would have made him miss on a day’s work leading to complete loss of a day’s wage, which we could not afford,” she explained her reason for not going to Anganwadi centre to collect supplementary food.ICDS Scheme of Ministry of Women and Child Development is one of the flagship programmes of the Government of India and represents one of the world’s largest and unique programmes for early childhood care and development. Under the scheme, once in a week pregnant women, lactating mothers and 6-36 month-old kids are given a free of cost packet of supplementary nutrition at Aganwadi centres.This ready to eat food contains sugar, edible oil and dry mixture of wheat, chana dal and soya bean flour. The pregnant women, lactating mothers and adolescent girls get a pack of 950 grams and the children get 750 gm of the supplementary nutrition every week. Now, in Banswara four packets are being given to pregnant women once in four weeks.“The motive behind giving four packets at one go is to cut their visits to Anganwadi centres,” Suchi Sharma, director, ICDS told DNA. “Being from a poor family and a daily labourer, most of them are used to be least interested in visiting Anganwadi centres to collect supplementary nutrition. We have started it at 1,979 centers in Banswara district and it will be implemented in more than 61,000 Anganwadi centres across the state if the pilot is successful,” she added.

GST Council meet: Exporters get tax relief for 6 months, threshold for composition scheme hiked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the festive season, the GST council on Friday announced relief for traders. Exporters have got tax relief for six months. Returns for the month of July and August will be refunded through cheques from October 10 and October 18 respectively, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. Finance Minister mentioned that there has been a blockage in credit of exporters which affects their cash liquidity.Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with an annual turnover of Rs 1.5 crore will be allowed to file quarterly returns.The finance minister said that the GST Council has agreed to allow SMEs with turnover of up to Rs 1.5 crore to file quarterly returns instead of monthly filings. About 90 per cent of the taxpayers will be benefited by this change, Arun Jaitley added. E-wallet gateway will be developed and introduced after six months. In-principle it has been agreed upon to bring down the rate for AC restaurants to 12 percent. The threshold for composition scheme in Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been hiked from Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1 crore, PTI reported. The decision was taken during the 22nd GST Council meeting, which was chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi. Finance Minister said that Pattern of collection (of GST) is not clear after two months because it was a period of transition. Jaitley also announced that GST rates on 27 items have been reduced. Jaitley said the Council also decided to cut GST rate on 27 common use items. GST on unbranded namkeen, unbranded ayurvedic medicine, sliced dried mango and khakra has been cut to 5 per cent from 12 per cent, while the same on man-made yarn used in textile sector has been reduced to 12 per cent from 18 per cent.Tax on stationery items, stones used for flooring (other than marble and granite), diesel engine parts and pump parts has been cut to 18 per cent from 28 per cent. GST on e-waste has been slashed to 5 per cent from 28 per cent. Food packets given to school kids under Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) will attract 5 per cent tax instead of 12 per cent. Job works like zari, imitation, food items and printing items would attract 5 per cent tax instead of 12 per cent.Government contracts involving high amount of labour will be levied 5 per cent GST instead of 12 per cent in order to contain cost of those programmes, he said.

Govt to woo micro units with more MUDRA loans

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As part of its aim of integrating micro-enterprises into the formal economy and to provide institutional finance to help them start and grow their businesses, the government is ramping up its outreach to extend bank loans under Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA) scheme.To that end, a special ‘MUDRA Promotion Campaign’ is set to be launched in the state where businessmen will be made aware of various schemes as well as digital transactions.Officials say the move is aimed at enabling institutional credit to these entrepreneurs so that they do not have to rely on private moneylenders. So far, Rs 16,700 crore has been advanced to close to 26 lakh businessmen in about two and half years.“The move is a part of better integrating small businessmen with banks so that they can get loans at cheaper rates,” GC Murmu, Additional Secretary for Financial Services in the central Ministry of Finance said on Thursday, while announcing the campaign. Apart from MUDRA schemes, social security schemes will also be highlighted.“We want to double the credit disbursement under MUDRA Scheme. The disbursement in 2016-17 was Rs 1,80,000 crore across the country,” said Murmu.Gujarat’s Expenditure Secretary Milind Torwane said that camps will be conducted at various places in the state to bring about awareness about the schemes, aimed at promoting self employment among the youth, especially those in the rural areas.“We will also showcase success stories of loan beneficiaries in Gujarat. We want others to see how these small loans have brought about a change in the lives of these people,” said Vikramadityasingh Khichi, Field General Manager of Dena Bank, which is the lead bank in Gujarat for State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) and will spearhead the campaign.The government is betting big on Rupay Cards as well as mobile payment modes like the BHIM app and United Payment Interface (UPI).ABOUT MUDRAThe scheme is aimed at providing financial help to micro-enterprises to help them grow.
A special campaign is to be launched to make businessmen aware of MUDRA.
In last two-and-a-half year Rs 16,700 crore has been extended to 26 lakh businessmen.

City Taxi Scheme 2017: Govt to launch minimum, maximum cap on fares for Uber, Ola

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s new City Taxi Scheme 2017 will soon have a cap for the minimum and maximum fares for app-based taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber plying in the Capital, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot told DNA.The ride-hailing apps can charge passengers “in between minimum and maximum fares set by the government,” the minister said.”The draft is being finalised. We are holding meetings with the stakeholders and will soon be putting the draft in the public domain for inviting suggestions,” he said.The scheme — to regulate taxis including aap-based aggregators — aims to bring all taxis plying in the city under a uniform rule. The scheme will fix the fares, benefits and terms of services for all the taxis. The app-based cabs so far were not bound by the taxi rules of the city government.The scheme will also facilitate tracking of app-based taxi aggregators by the transport department’s control room. The AAP government had earlier stated it will be tracking all public transport vehicles in view of ensuring safety of women.”We will be tracking all the public transport vehicles. While all the buses, auto rickshaws and taxis including Kali-Peelis are being tracked, once the app-based cabs are brought under the scheme, these too will be tracked by the government,” said Gahlot.DNA had earlier reported that the upcoming policy is likely to be bifurcated into taxis and technology-based aggregators.The bifurcation will mean the app-based aggregators such as Ola-Uber will will be able to procure permits to ply as on-demand transportation technology with fixed fares and service benefits for employees (drivers) unlike at present.The Delhi High Court in 2014 had suspended the operations of Uber after its driver was accused of raping a passenger. The new rules will require cab aggregators to install panic button, PSV badges, fixed hours of work and no surge pricing.The scheme, being readied by the state transport authority, is to be reviewed by Gahlot in the coming week after which it will be sent to the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.The policy is being readied as per the Centre’s Motor Vehicles Act Amendment Bill 2016 of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988.According to officials, section 93 of the Act which does not allow anyone to engage as an agent or canvasser for sale of tickets for travel by public service vehicles or in otherwise soliciting customers for such vehicles.REGULATORY MEASURESRecently the Karnataka and Maharashtra state governments formulated new polices for regulating taxis and aggregators.
The two state governments brought in the Karnataka On-demand Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules 2016 and the Maharashtra City Taxi Scheme 2016, respectively to license app-based cab services.

Centre extends deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for availing government services by three months

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre extended the deadline for obtaining Aadhaar for availing government schemes and subsidies by three months to December 31.The extension is, however, only for those who are yet to apply of Aadhaar, an order issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said.As many as 135 schemes (of 35 ministries) including the free cooking gas (LPG) to poor women, kerosene and fertiliser subsidy, targeted public distribution system (PDS) and MGNREGA will be covered by the extension.The government had previously made quoting of Aadhaar necessary for availing government benefits and subsidies like those on cooking gas LPG. Those who did not have Aadhaar were asked to procure the unique identification number by September 30.This deadline has now been extended till December 31, the order said.”As a result of the review of welfare schemes covered and to provide the benefits of such schemes to all eligible beneficiaries of the scheme, it has been decided to further extend the stipulated date in all such notifications up to December 31, 2017,” the order said.The extension would also apply for Employees’ Pension Scheme of 1995, scholarships, housing subsidy benefit, stipend to SC/ST trainees for coaching guidance and vocational training, stipend to handicapped, Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana, national apprenticeship and skill development schemes, crop insurance schemes, interest subvention scheme, scholarship and fellowship schemes, various education programmes such as mid- day meal for children and Atal Pension Yojana.”It is hereby clarified that this extension shall only apply to those beneficiaries who are not assigned Aadhaar number or those who have not yet enrolled for Aadhaar. Such beneficiaries are required to enroll for Aadhaar by December 31, 2017 and provide their Aadhaar number or enrolment ID,” it said.A source said that there will be no denial of services in the interim period.

In mega power push, PM Modi unveils Rs 16K-crore free connection plan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a Rs 16,000-crore scheme to provide free electricity connections to over 4 crore poor families in villages and cities. No poor person will have to pay for an electricity connection under the scheme that will be largely funded by the Centre, he said.The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or ‘Saubhagya’ (good fortune) will bring a monumental change in the lives of the poor,” Modi said, while regretting that even after 70 years of Independence, 4 crore out of the 25 crore families in the country do not have access to power.The scheme will turn around the fortunes of such families, he said, adding that the nation is moving from a scenario of power shortage to surplus. The scheme might prove to be a game-changer ahead of the state and general elections, as the PM said its cost will not be passed on to the poor.The PM said that the government is working on six basic principles of providing easy, affordable, clean, well-planned, safe and secure electricity to people. The announcement was made at a function following the BJP’s national executive meeting where the PM said the country came before the party.”New India will not only have power in all villages but in every home,” he said. The poor used to struggle to get power, but now the government will go to their homes to give them electricity, he said.The government proposes to provide electricity to all households by December 2018, ahead of the earlier target of March, 2019. All villages would be electrified by December this year ahead of the scheduled deadline of May 1, 2018.Beneficiaries for free electricity connections would be identified using Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 data. However, non-electrified households not covered under the SECC data would also be provided electricity connections under the scheme on payment of Rs 500 which shall be recovered by DISCOMs in 10 instalments through electricity bill.The Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC) will remain the nodal agency for the operationalisation of the scheme throughout the country.The government has been working hard to electrify all villages in the country and also wants to achieve 24X7 power for all by March, 2019.In 2015, PM Modi had announced to electrify the remaining 18,452 non-electrified villages in 1,000 days in his Independence Day speech. However, the Power Ministry is expected to electrify all habited villages by December this year. A total of 14,483 villages have been electrified so far. The electrification work is in progress on 2,981 villages while 988 villages are uninhabited.SAUBHAGYA SCHEME4 cr poor families in villages and cities will get free power connections
Scheme will be largely funded by the Centre
Its cost will not be passed on to the poor
Govt proposes to provide electricity to all households by December 2018
All villages would be electrified by December this year —With PTI inputs

Why NREGA workers hate Aadhaar and blame Centre for ‘slow poisoning’ the scheme: Glimpses from Jantar Mantar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you rue over bad pay hike, sample this: This year the NREGA workers got lowest wage hike ever, measly Re 1 in some states.It is this pay ‘hike’ and number of other issues for which hundreds of NREGA workers have been staging a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar since September 11.These workers, who form the first line of rural job front, are now facing a bleak future.They have now brought their struggle to the Capital and are demanding an increase in wages and work days under the NREGA scheme.Most feel that the paltry pay hike in April is just a way by the Centre to kill the scheme.They also allege that the Centre is ‘diluting’ the NREGA scheme through budget cuts, low wages and delay in payments.”Its like slow poison to kill the National Rural Guarantee Act (NREGA),” said activist Anuradha Talwar.The women working under the rural employment scheme complained of low wages and delays in payments in their respective states.”I get 10-15 days in a month and the payments are never on time. The wages are also less than what is expected to be paid,” said Galku Devi from Rajasthan.Under NREGA, workers from rural areas are guaranteed 100 days work. They are also eligible for a stipulated wage of Rs 192 per day within 15 days of completion of work.Nikhil Dey of the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghtan said the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, the umbrella organisation seeking improvement in implementation of the scheme, has raised the demand of hiking the wages to Rs 600 and increasing number of work days to 240.”NREGA wages have been held constant in real terms since 2009. In the last two years, the wages have increased by as little as one rupee per day in some states,” he said.The activists also charged that the use of technology has further “hampered” smooth functioning of the scheme.”The workers as needed to get their numbers listed with Management Information System(MIS) and bank accounts where the wage payments are to be made. This is just one example how cumbersome it could make the scheme,” said Professor Ritika from IIT Delhi.Another NREGA activist from Rajasthan, Mukesh, highlighted “glaring lapses” in social audit of the scheme and how, despite a demand from the rural workforce, no jobs were available for them.”After demonetisation, large number of workers have returned to their villages and want work. But, there is no work for them due to several reasons including budget cuts,” he said.NREGA budgets have been “inadequate” for several years, Dey said.”After peaking at 0.6 percent(of GDP) in 2009-10, Central government expenditure on NREGA declined steadily to 0.3% in 2015-16 and 2016-17,” he said.These workers also have another issue that may force government to rethink its digital future policy.Aadhaar card is yet another hurdle for them. Most feel that its unnecessary and slows down even the basic work.A Times of India report quoted one Tukaram from Madya Pradesh who angrily talked about how Aadhaar is being mandatory even for accessing basic amenities.He said the pregnant women in his village faced great difficulties to call the ambulance.”To call the ambulance on the 108 number, we have to produce evidence of Aadhaar registration. One woman worker forgot to carry her Aadhaar card to hospital and did not remember her number, and we were faced with delay in all services,” the TOI report quoted him saying.From Madhya Pradesh to Delhi, the dislike for Aaadhar remains unchanged.According to the TOI report, Pushpa, a resident of Delhi, said, “This Aadhaar is killing people; whether it is access to ration or pension or hospital, nothing happens with it. It has become an excuse for government servants to not help.”(With PTI input)

Raje govt lends financial help to young bizmen

Releasing a statement, the government said that under the scheme, loans of Rs 16,719 crore have been given to the youth entrepreneurs of the state to set up various types of business. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Raje government has disbursed loan in the tune of above Rs 16,000 crores to young entrepreneurs to set up their various types of business in last three years under Mudra Yojana which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Releasing a statement, the government said that under the scheme, loans of Rs 16,719 crore have been given to the youth entrepreneurs of the state to set up various types of business.“A total 27. 9 lakh projects in the tune of Rs17,324 crores were approved and disbursed till September 7, 2017-18, under the scheme in Rajasthan. Out of them, the highest number of loans at 24.54 lakh projects were sanctioned under Shishu Category of the scheme. In this category, amount of Rs5,273 crores out of Rs5,432 crores has been given to the young entrepreneurs for the said loans,” said the statement.

Don’t go abroad for studies, Prakash Javadekar urges students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday advised students of the prestigious Manipal University who are planning to go abroad for advanced studies to stay back and study in the country.Speaking at the 4th convocation of the University in Jaipur on Thursday. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development said it is the ‘obligation’ of every student to pay back to society and contribute their best for the development of the nation.Javadekar also expressed confidence that introduction of a Prime Minister’s Scholarship scheme would go a long way in stanching the so-called brain drain, adding that the central government is looking forward to establish 20 universities of global standards to enhance the status of higher education.Addressing the convocation, Javdekar said the reason the best students go abroad for studies are state of the art research labs, lucrative scholarships, and expert guides. He said the government is moving towards removing these reasons from their list.He said the central government has set up a fund under the Higher Education Finance Agency which will give loans to universities to create world-class research labs as well as to upgrade their labs. Similarly, universities would be free to get fop faculty form across the world.Javadekar elaborated the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme at the event to those students. He also announced details about the newly announced scholarship of Rs 75,000 per month for 1,000 students.

Cash may replace food in nutrition scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre is toying with the idea of giving cash benefits instead of nutritional benefits to Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) beneficiaries, including malnourished children and pregnant and lactating mothers. Government think tank National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog had mooted the idea and now the Women and Child Development Ministry has forwarded the proposal, along with a few others, to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).If approved, the project will first be implemented on a pilot basis in a few districts. The other suggestions included increasing the per day benefit emolument for each beneficiary.It has been revealed that before making the recommendations, the NITI Aayog had carried out a set of consultations with representatives of states, health experts, NGOs, and WCD and Health ministries, late last year. One of the key areas discussed included linking of Aadhaar to beneficiaries of nutrition schemes.But, apparently, the WCD ministry is not too keen on the idea of cash benefits for ICDS beneficiaries. A WCD official said the monetary scheme is highly unlikely to be a success. “It is unlikely that the parents will use this money for the purpose of nutrition,” the official said.

We tell shopkeepers what to do in the event of an attack: Romil Baaniya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Is it possible to carry out such an attack since the market is an open area and movement of traffic is not regulated?We are apprised of the possibility of vehicular attacks and lone wolf attacks in the market. In the wake of similar recent terror attacks around the world, on any slip road that has a heavy footfall, we have put jersey barriers. These are cemented blocks to prevent entry of even heavy vehicles. These have also been put on the approach roads and traffic movements are controlled by these.What arrangements have been made to prevent any such attack?In all, Lajpat Nagar is covered with 44 CCTV cameras. 1,302 cameras are installed in total, including the residential areas,. Our men are deployed on machans and barricades, and even morchas have been set up at strategic entry points. The Nigehban Scheme started by Delhi Police has also helped a lot in keeping an eye on every corner of the market.What are the challenges faced in this market?The biggest challenge is that these jersey barriers can ideally be used on streets with less traffic and is dedicated only for pedestrians. Otherwise, it causes slowing down of vehicular traffic causing traffic jams and chaos.Any strategic steps taken apart from increased surveillance and additional deployment?We often address RWA meetings and meet the shopkeepers’ associations to apprise them about possibilities of attacks and how to react in any such situation. We have asked them to take shelter inside a shop or a house in case of a vehicular attack.

Compassionate family pension in Assam instead of employment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Assam government today said that it will notify a scheme for compassionate family pension in lieu of job offers to family members as it did not serve the objective due to practical difficulties. “It has been noticed that the existing compassionate appointment policy did not fully serve the objectives and often the legal heir fails to get an appointment immediately due to practical difficulties such as lack of educational qualifications and non-availability of vacancies within the stipulated five per cent of total vacancies,” an official release said. Accordingly, it is proposed to notify a new scheme called ‘Scheme for Compassionate Family Pension in lieu of Compassionate Appointment’, which will be known as ‘Compassionate Family Pension Scheme’ or CFP Scheme, it added. The scheme will be applicable to those employees who died in harness on or after April 1, 2017, but the relevant office memorandums related to the compassionate appointments will be applicable to those who died on or before March 31, 2017. The new scheme will be applicable to all employees of the state government, all others as eligible under Assam Services (Pension) Rules, 1969, all state government employees under NPS category and All India Services officers borne on Assam cadre.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Very few got benefit of milch animal distribution scheme: CAG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than a third of applications received under the Maharashtra government’s scheme to provide milch animals to members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were sanctioned in five years. Of the 8,455 valid applicants, only 2,372 (28 per cent) received a cow or buffalo under the scheme, said the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), tabled in the state legislature last week. In many cases, applications could not be sanctioned for lack of funds, the CAG said in its report for 2015-16. It also highlighted delay in distribution of animals and purchase of aged animals. The Animal Husbandry Department had introduced the scheme in November 2011. “Demands for funds were placed without considering the actual number of applications received,” said the report. “In Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts, tribals were kept out of the ambit of the scheme as the district authorities failed to demand funds,” it said. Despite a guideline that desirable age of cows to be distributed is three-and-half years to four-and-half years, nearly half of the cows purchased (43 per cent) were between five and seven years old, with “declining lactating ability”, the CAG said. The government should evaluate implementation and monitoring of the scheme, the report said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 1K new chemist shops to provide cheaper medicines in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to provide quality medicines at cheaper prices to those from the economically weaker sections, over 1,000 jan aushadhi kendras would be opened in Uttar Pradesh, it was announced today. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed today between the Centre and the state government in the presence of Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Lal Mandaviya. State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh and Minister of State for Health Mahendra Singh were also present on the occasion. The shops will be opened under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) scheme. The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI), a body under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, signed the MoU on behalf of the Centre with the State Agency for Comprehensive Health and Integrated Services (SACHIS), which represented the Uttar Pradesh government. Speaking on the occasion, Mandaviya said according to the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre’s priority under the PMBJP scheme was to provide “quality medicines at affordable prices to the poor and marginalised sections of the society”. He added that the medicines available under the scheme met the highest quality benchmarks and were made available by the government at a “much lower price”, compared to their branded counterparts. “The prices of cardiac stents have been reduced by almost 85 per cent, which would benefit the poor patients, who could not afford them earlier,” Mandaviya said. Under the scheme, over 600 medicines and 150 surgical and other medical items were being made available at affordable prices at the jan aushadhi kendras opened across the country, he added. “The number of medicines available under the scheme would soon be increased to 1,000. The Centre is also giving a financial assistance of up to Rs 2.5 lakh to those who open the kendras under the scheme,” said the minister. Singh said the jan aushadhi kendras would be opened in government hospitals and community health centres, “so that more and more poor and marginalised people get the benefits of the scheme”. He added that the state cabinet had already approved the opening of the stores in the hospitals and the allotment of around 400 jan aushadhi kendras had already taken place. On the occasion, Mandaviya also launched the PMBJP website for Uttar Pradesh. The website would help the people know more about the scheme, the location of the jan aushadhi kendras, availability of medicines and their prices, he added. The PMBJP scheme was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Government of India, to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through the pradhan mantri bhartiya jan aushadhi kendras.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Housing: DDA may extend last day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With just three days left for the last day of applying for the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) 2017 housing scheme and very few applications received so far, the urban body is mulling over extending the last date of applications.The last date for applying for the scheme is 11 August. The DDA has received only 5700 applications, of which most are for MIG houses. However, of the five lakh forms printed by the urban body, only 66000 have been sold so far.The urban body offering over 12,000 houses across all income categories, around 11,000 are LIG (low-income group) and Janta flats.”So far only a few applications have come for LIG flats. Since most of the flats on offer comprise of LIG flats, we are mulling over extending the last date from August 11 to 25,” said a senior officer.Earlier this month, the DDA had claimed that it may relax the penalty clauses in order to urge more buyers to apply in its 2017 Housing Scheme.The urban body had conducted a review meeting headed by the vice-chairman on Friday in this regard. The forfeiture clause is one of the major reasons applicants are not being able to get registration amount financed.”We will review the status of applications by 10 August. After the assessment we will decide if we must relax the penalty clauses so as to encourage more buyers to apply,” said a senior officer.According to officials, the forfeiture clause in this year’s scheme had made banks wary of giving loans on the registration money.The banks’ refusal to finance the registration amount has turned away many buyers. “However, the clause cannot be removed without a notification from the Lieutenant Governor. We will take it up in the meeting. The banks’ inability to give loans has discouraged many serious buyers,” the officer said.In a meeting held last month, banks had urged the housing authority to remove the clause of 25 per cent registration fee being forfeited.In 2014 housing scheme, banks would finance the registration amount on one-time payment of Rs 5,000.The DDA had this year put a new clause of 25 percent registration fee being confiscated if houses are returned after the draw of lots in order to make sure that buyers don’t surrender the houses and that only “serious buyers” come forward for the scheme.If allottees return the house after 90 days of issuing the demand letter, 50 per cent of the fee would be cut.

No plan to review prices of subsidised food till 2018: Government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There would be no review in prices of subsidised wheat and rice, provided to 81 crore citizen, till 2018, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour on Tuesday.He said that even price revision was allowed every three years under the National Food Security Act, 2013, the Centre decided to keep the prices unchanged till 2018. Currently, rice is sold at Rs 3 per kg, wheat is sold at Rs 2 per kg and coarse grains are sold at Rs 1 per kg.”The House will be happy to know that it has been four years since the Act and we have decided that we will not change the prices of rice, wheat and coarse grains till June 2018,” Paswan said. He added that the as far as the specific question of hunger is concerned, the state governments too have a responsibility to ensure that no one is hungry, even as the Centre is doing it best to implement schemes.The minister said in order to augment the storage capacity in the country, the government formulated Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme in 2008-2009 for construction of storage capacity through private entrepreneurs, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and state government agencies.Under the scheme, investment and construction is done by the private investor or state agencies. As return for investment, FCI guarantees hiring of the godown constructed by a private party for 10 years.The guarantee period for CWC or state government agencies is nine years. The location and capacity for godowns are identified as per storage requirements by State Level Committees (SLC) and finally approved by the High Level Committee (HLC) headed by Chairman and Managing Director, FCI.(With agency inputs)

Subsidised wheat at Rs 2 per kg, rice at Rs 3 to be provided till 2018, says government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prices of subsidised wheat and rice, given at Rs 2 and Rs 3 per kg respectively to 81 crore people in the country, will not be reviewed till 2018, the Lok Sabha was informed today.Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ramvilas Paswan said there was a provision for revision of the prices of food grains every three years in the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013. “However, we have decided to continue the present scheme till 2018,” he said during Question Hour.Under the scheme, rice is supplied at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and coarse grains at Rs 1 per kg. Paswan also said it was the responsibility of the state governments to ensure that no one remains in hunger and the Centre was doing its best to properly implement the scheme. The minister said in order to augment the storage capacity in the country, the government formulated Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee (PEG) Scheme in 2008-2009 for construction of storage capacity through private entrepreneurs, Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) and state government agencies.Under the scheme, investment and construction is done by the private investor or state agencies. As return for investment, FCI guarantees hiring of the godown constructed by a private party for 10 years.The guarantee period for CWC or state government agencies is nine years. The location and capacity for godowns are identified as per storage requirements by State Level Committees (SLC) and finally approved by the High Level Committee (HLC) headed by Chairman and Managing Director, FCI. Under PEG scheme, investment for construction of godowns is done by private parties, CWC, SWCs and other state agencies by arranging their own funds and land.”No funds are allocated by the government for construction of godowns,” he added. Paswan said following a initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the employees of the FCI would now get pension and post retirement medical benefits.

Goa: Scheme to encourage farmers to cultivate medicinal plants

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government has notified a revised scheme to farmers living in the forests of Western Ghats to encourage cultivation of medicinal plants. The scheme, which was notified yesterday by state agriculture department, covers farmers living in Goa’s Sanguem, Canacona, Dharbandora and Sattari talukas. “The Western Ghat Development Programme scheme aims to encourage cultivation of different species of plants especially medicinal, fruit and forest trees and to explore their use for commercial purpose,” an official said. Goa’s agriculture director Ulhas Kakode said the scheme also aims to develop soil and water conservation system in these ghats which are ecologically important areas. The farmers living in these forests will also get sustainable employment opportunities, if they are landless, under this scheme, he added. Kakode said the farmers will be imparted with knowledge of new technologies in agriculture. Training programmes for the farmers, will be financed by the state government under this scheme, said the official. “Assistance of 10 per cent of the evaluated cost of various soil and water conservation structure shall be provided to the beneficiary for maintenance of old structures constructed during the previous year,” the notification reads.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DDA’s 2017 housing scheme: Banks wary of financing registration fee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) newly-launched 2017 housing scheme has hit a snag as the eight banks that it had tied up are not ready to finance the registration fee fearing losses over the forfeiture clause. As a result, home buyers are getting disinterested while many have returned without applying for the scheme.The scheme has over 12,000 houses on offer across all income categories.The housing authority on Thursday held a meeting with the concerned banks seeking a solution to the issue. However, they failed to reach a solution.The banks want the housing authority to remove the clause of 25 percent registration fee being forfeited if the allottee returns the house after his name makes it to the draw of lots.”We held a meeting with the banks but they showed their inability to finance the registration fee owing to the clause. While some banks said they were making a scheme to partially finance the application fee amount, they were still to finalise it. However, we told them we cannot remove the clause without a notification from the Lieutenant Governor,” said JP Agarwal, housing commissioner, DDA.The DDA has received only 5,000 applications so far while only 60,000 forms have been sold over 26 days since the scheme was launched amid much fanfare on June 30. The last date to submit applications is on August 11.The number of applications received and forms sold this year is much less in comparison to the 2014 housing scheme. Over 11,000 houses in the new scheme are the flats which were returned in the 2014 housing scheme. In 2014, banks would finance the registration amount on a one-time payment of Rs 5,000.”We met the banks to exchange ideas on the issue. However the authority will take a decision on the matter once we see the number of applications received at the fag end since more people apply in the last 15 days. We will be able to decide then if the date for submissions must be extended or not,” Agarwal said.The DDA had this year put a new clause of 25% registration fee being confiscated if houses are returned after the draw of lots in order to make sure that buyers don’t surrender the houses and that only “serious buyers” come forward for the scheme.If allottees return the house after 90 days of issuing the demand letter, 50% of the fee would be cut. If the allottee surrenders the house beyond that time, the entire fee amount will be forfeited.Meanwhile, officials said, only Central Bank of India has so far agreed on financing the registration amount but with tough conditions.REGISTRATION FEELIG houses : Rs 1 lakhMIG/HIG houses : Rs 2 lakhConditions put by Central Bank of India (which is the only bank ready to finance the registration amount at present)The home buyer/customer must be an account holder with the bank
The Income Tax Returns (ITR) of buyers will be sought to check eligibility for loan
Buyers will have to produce a guarantor holding an account with the bank in order to get through. The guarantor will promise to pay the loan amount in case the buyer fails to do so

Har Cabinet approves one time settlement scheme of HSIIDC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Haryana Cabinet today approved the Onetime Settlement Scheme of the HSIIDC for clearance of enhanced cost default by those alloted industrial plots. The Cabinet has also decided to give a 75 per cent rebate in the amount of interest and delayed interest in default, an official release said. The scheme of clearance of enhanced cost default in one go shall be applicable for allottees of industrial plots of HSIIDC who are in default towards payment of enhanced compensation against demands raised from them, it said. The rebate of 75 per cent in the amount of interest and delayed interest in default shall be allowed if the payment is made within 15 days from the floatation of the scheme and the rebate shall be reduced at the rate one per cent per day for the next 45 days thereafter, the release said. The Cabinet also approved the final Haryana Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Rules, 2017, the draft of which was notified on April 28 for suggestions and objections, nearly 1,874 were received, the release said. In another decision, the Cabinet approved that the ground coverage of commercial colony in Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy may also be made 60 per cent, the release said. Similarly, in respect of mixed land use colony in TOD, maximum 50 per cent coverage may be allowed, it said. In another decision, the Cabinet approved to calculate the fee for renewal of license of colonies on the basis of notified licence fee prevalent at the time of grant of part- completion certificate, it said. This decision was taken to expedite the grant of completion certificates, the release said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FSI now sending forest fire alerts obtained through advanced

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Forest Survey of India (FSI) has started sending forest fire alerts, obtained through a state-of-the-art sensor, which has a better resolution compared to the older one, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, in a written reply to a question, said since 2004, the Dehradun-based FSI had been sending SMS and e-mail alerts to the state forest departments of forest fire locations detected by the MODIS sensor, onboard the Aqua and Terra satellites of NASA. “From 2017 onwards, FSI has also started sending alerts obtained from the SNPP-VIIRS sensor, which has a better resolution (375mtr x 375mtr), compared to the MODIS sensor (1km x 1km),” he said. Around 35,888 MODIS fire alerts were sent to various states in 2017, in comparison to the 24,817 sent in 2016, added Vardhan. The Forest Protection Division was implementing the Intensification of Forest Management Scheme (IFMS), under which financial assistance is provided to the states and union territories to protect the forests from various threats, including forest fires, he said. The minister was replying to a question on the government’s plan to check the increasing global warming caused by forest fires.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC asks AAP govt to pay Rs 5,000 in fine for not responding to its notice

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High court on Thursday slapped a fine of Rs 5000 on the Aam Aadmi Party government for its failure to respond to a notice issued by it on a radio cab operator’s plea alleging levy of excess road tax.Justice AK Chawla also directed the government to file an affidavit on the plea within two weeks.Magic Sewa, a cab operator, had claimed in its plea that it has been charged more road tax in comparison to the regular taxis. It had sought that directions be issued to the government to prohibit it from collecting excess road tax and take the amount which has been specified under Delhi Motor Vehicles Taxation Act.The court fixed the next date of hearing to January 4, 2018.In its petition, Magic Sewa had alleged that the government was also asking city taxi aggregators to submit bank guarantees of Rs 15 lakh which were in excess of what was permitted under the law.”The respondent is collecting road tax from the petitioners’ city taxis at a rate of Rs 1,980 whereas the rate of road tax specified under Delhi Motor Vehicles Taxation Act, 1962 is only Rs 605. The respondent also requires city taxis to obtain a licence whereas there is no such provision under the law,” the petition said.The plea has sought a refund or adjustment of excess road tax collected from the petitioners for the registration of their taxis and directions “prohibiting the respondent from requiring the petitioners to obtain a licence under the City Taxi Scheme, 2015”.

Old flats mar DDA’s ’17 housing scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two weeks ago, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) rolled out its 46th Aawasiya Yojana that offers over 12,000 flats across all income groups. Union Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister Venkaiah Naidu also announced at the launch that, “DDA would build 1 lakh affordable houses by 2022, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Smart City Mission.”In a city, where half the population is forced to live in slums and unauthorised colonies, legal, clean and affordable housing is a buyer’s dream. But Delhiites are not very hopeful. About 10,000 of the total 12,072 flats — priced in a wide range of Rs 7.07 lakh and Rs 1.26 crore — are those returned by allottees in DDA’s last scheme in 2014. Many of these 10,000 houses were shabbily built and lacked adequate basic infrastructure facilities such as roads, water supply and transport connectivity. Others were too costly with little resale or rent value. But, that’s only a small chapter in the land and development agency’s long story of systemic failures.No wonder, the response to the latest scheme has not been very impressive. Till July 11, only 30,000 application forms had been sold. The last date for application submission is August 11. In 2014, 17 lakh forms had been sold. DDA says that many “non-serious” buyers had applied during the previous scheme. A new clause for conditional deduction of the registration fee on surrender has meant fewer applications, says the agency. This time, prospective buyers can visit houses before they apply. DDA has also promised greener environs, better infrastructure and recreational facilities, besides improved connectivity. But inquiries and visits made by DNA show that nothing much has changed.Of the 12,000 flats, 11,197 are one-bedroom ones in the low-income group (LIG) category, 404 are middle-income group (MIG) ones and 87 are in the high-income group (HIG) category. The LIG flats — priced between Rs 14.50 lakh and Rs 30.30 lakh — are spread mostly across outer Delhi’s Rohini (sectors 34 and 35), Narela, Dwarka and Siraspur (near Samaypur Badli). There have been complaints about shabbily-built LIG houses or costly HIG ones — priced between Rs 53.52 lakh and Rs 126.81 lakh.Even during the 2010 Commonwealth Games, DDA offered houses that were too expensive and lacked basic facilities.The story of the 2014 housing scheme is not very different. Only 10-15% of those allotted flats are living in them. Those who want to sell the flats cannot do so because the market value is much lower than the original price.The few who live in LIG flats claim that the constructions were meant to house slum dwellers. There are many from neighbouring regions and other states, who had bought houses, but never moved in. In Rohini sector 34 (pocket 5), there were 1,760 houses on offer in 2014. A total of 900 were allotted. But only 350 are occupied today. Similarly, in Narela’s sector G2, of the 2,156 flats on offer, 700 were allotted. But only 200 have families living in them.Vaibhav Puggal is the first allottee of the 2014 scheme. He is also one of the few who moved into Rohini sector 34 in 2015. He claimed that DDA had, earlier this year, planned to rehabilitate the residents of Kathputhli Colony — a settlement of street performers in Delhi’s Shadipur Depot — in those flats.Puggal has been campaigning against the agency for lack of facilities since he moved in. “The house cost me Rs 17 lakh, but if I want to sell it today, I won’t even get what I had paid. The houses were being given to slum dwellers for Rs 1.33 lakh. But even they refused to move in. It was such a relief,” he said.Puggal has also been running a signature campaign against the agency for compensation to the 2014 allottees as they got “matchbox-sized” houses without liveable conditions three years after allotment. Others have rented out their flats, but rue that Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000 is the maximum they get. This is because most of those who come to live are domestic helps or those employed in far-off factory units.Government employee Jaswant Kumar is hoping to apply this year. The family came to visit the Rohini sector 34 LIG flats. A two-way auto-rickshaw ride cost them Rs 500. “These flats are a joke. They are the size of a store room. They are not liveable at all. We wanted to invest in a house for our stay. After seeing the flats, nobody will apply,” said Kumar.The houses are in good conditionWe spoke to DDA Housing Commissioner JP Agarwal about lack of success of this scheme and how things will look going forward.
Why should people buy these flats?We are looking at genuine buyers this time, given the market condition. It’s a good scheme and we believe home buyers must utilise it to the optimum. The flats are a good investment. If one compares the prices with the market rates, the scheme is certainly a good deal. The houses are in good condition and will have all the facilities by year-end.What has changed? Most houses are from the 2014 scheme…This time, the scheme has been linked to the Prime Minister Awas Yojana, which will allow some people to benefit from a subsidy. Unlike in the past, there is no restriction on the buyers to further sell the houses, as we have removed the five-year lock-in period clause. Also, since this is the first time when potential buyers can visit the houses before applying, we hope more people to decide on houses first and then apply.There’s a lack of basic facilities such as connectivity, and civic amenities. When will these be fixed?We have six to nine months before the houses are allotted. We have written to all agencies, including Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Metro, Delhi Transport Corporation and Kendriya Bhandar, among others, to facilitate the requirements. Besides, for a local commercial complex in each pocket selling essentials and groceries, we have earmarked spaces which will be auctioned in the coming two months. Shops will be set up before buyers move in.How successful do you think the scheme will be?Firstly, the scheme is coming after three years, so there is a requirement of houses in the capital. Secondly, since the real estate market is down, we expect only serious home buyers — and not builders — to apply. Besides, it will not be easy for people to surrender the houses because of a registration fee forfeiture clause. There will be a penalty for surrendering houses once the draw of lots is done.It’s been two weeks since the scheme was rolled out, but the number of applicants has been low…The sale of forms will pick up in the last ten days of the scheme, as people don’t want to pay interest on the registration fee for a month.

Two arrested for stealing valuables from parked cars

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons have been arrested for allegedly breaking open windows of parked cars with a catapult and escaping with valuables, police said today Bhure (22), a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was apprehended yesterday from Khan market area by two Delhi Police constables when a parking attendant raised an alarm after noticing him fleeing with a bag, which he had allegedly stolen from one of the cars parked there, they said. The owner of the car also arrived and identified his bag containing some documents and ID cards. The accused had stolen the bag from his car after breaking the window with the catapult, police said. Meanwhile, another person arrived there and reported that someone has stolen his bag from his car parked in Amrita Shergil Lane nearby. Thereafter, during Bhure’s interrogation he disclosed that the second theft from the car parked at Amrita Shergil Marg was also committed by him along with his associate namely 22-year-old Suraj who had fled away from the spot with stolen bag, the police claimed. After his interrogation, a team was constituted and raids were conducted, subsequent to which Suraj was arrested and the stolen articles were recovered from him. When they were questioned, both the accused confessed to their involvement in a series of thefts committed in various areas of Delhi by breaking the glass of the parked cars, the police claimed in a release. According to the police, the gang disposed of the stolen articles at their native place in Badayun district of Uttar Pradesh and also that they do not have a specific hideout in Delhi or neighbouring areas. “Efforts are being made to trace the remaining associates of accused persons involved with the gang and to effect more recovery of stolen properties,” police said. Their arrest was made easier by the ‘Eyes and Ears Scheme’ of the Delhi Police, under which parking attendants were briefed to remain vigilant to prevent such incidents, a senior officer said. A catapult, two bags, one stolen mobile phone, one stolen Casio watch, three ATM cards, a driving licence and other small articles were recovered from them. With their arrest, police claims to have solved six cases of theft of valuables from parked cars by breaking their windows with a catapult.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Telangana: Cong to hold dharna in support of farmers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The main opposition Congress in Telangana would hold sit-ins in 10 district headquarterss towns, demanding that the TRS government address the problems of farmers in the ongoing kharif season. Telangana Congress president N Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that the farmers are not getting adequate cash from the banks for their agricultural needs. The TRS government should release funds towards the fourth instalment of its farm loan waiver scheme, Reddy said in a press note issued here today. He also demanded that the wages of labourers engaged in works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme be released through post offices. He said Congress workers would stage dharna in front of banks in the erstwhile 10 district headquarters towns, which existed prior to the reorganisation of districts in the state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rights body tells J&K govt to compensate ‘human shield’ Farooq Ahmad Dar; Centre opposes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jammu and Kashmir human rights commission today directed the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to Farooq Ahmad Dar, who was used as a “human shield” by the Army against stone-pelters three months back.The central government, however, opposed any compensation to Dar, saying there should be no sympathy with stone-pelters. The compensation awarded to Dar was for the “humiliation, physical and psychiatric torture, stress, wrongful restraint and confinement” that he underwent when he was tied to the bonnet of an Army vehicle to ward off stone-pelters, the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) said in its judgement. “I have no doubt in my mind that Farooq Ahmad was subjected to torture and humiliation, besides (being) wrongly confined,” the judgement issued by SHRC chairperson Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki said.He observed that the action led to trauma, resulting in psychiatric stress “which may remain with him for the rest of his life”. The commission asked the J&K government to comply with the direction within six weeks.
ALSO READ J&K human rights commission asks state govt to pay Rs 10 lakh to ‘human shield’ Farooq Ahmad DarThe judgement is recommendatory in nature and would need the approval of the state government for implementation. In New Delhi, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “There is no question of giving compensation to people who pelt stones. I have no sympathies for such people.”Naidu said Major Leetul Gogoi, who tied Dar to a jeep to ward off stone-pelters during the by-poll to Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency in April this year, saved lives of Election Commission officials and police personnel, and the entire country “appreciates” that. “For the humiliation, physical and psychiatric torture, stress, wrongful restraint and confinement, the commission thinks it appropriate to direct the state government to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the victim,” the SHRC said. “The chief secretary of the state shall file a compliance report before the commission within the same period,” the ruling read.”I do not agree with them (SHRC). Pelting stones is inhuman, hurting army personnel is also inhuman. I do not know how this order has been given. We are not in agreement with their attitude,” said Naidu on the sidelines of an event in Delhi. Stone-pelting is being done at the behest of “people from outside” which has been exposed by a sting operation by some TV channels”, Naidu said. The Congress played it safe, with its spokesman Manish Tewari saying it was between the SHRC and the person who approached the rights body.”The State Human Rights Commission is a judicial Body, is it is a quasi-judicial. If they have given some judgment which honestly I have not pursued and without perusing I do not comment on Court judgments. But it is really between the person affected, the Human Rights Commission and the party to whom the directions have been given,” he said. Tewari further said that he thinks possibly we had a Constitutional Scheme and under the Constitutional Scheme, State Human Rights Bodies and a National Human Rights Commission do enjoy a statutory status. “So, therefore, it is appropriate that we leave it at that,” he said.The judgement came on an application moved by Ahsan Antoo, chairman, International Forum for Justice and Protection of Human Rights. Justice (retd) Nazki said the police in its report had said Dar was tied to the Army vehicle bonnet and used as a human shield, but observed that the commission was “handicapped” by the fact that it could not refer to the conduct of the Army because of the limited applicability of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. “There cannot be any debate as to whether the treatment given to Dar was a violation of human rights or not. There are laws in this country, and international laws, which prohibit such a treatment even to a convict. Such treatment to a human being cannot be accepted by a civilised society,” he said.The commission, however, was “handicapped” by the fact that it could not go into the conduct of the Army who are allegedly responsible for the incident according to Dar as well as the state police, he said. The SHRC chairperson said that in view of the police report, Dar has been subjected to human rights violations and, therefore, the state government could not escape from the responsibility. “This commission chose not to issue any notice to the central government or the armed forces, but the fact remains that the protection of life and liberty of the people is basic responsibility of the state government,” the judgement said.Even if the state government sought the assistance of central forces to deal with the law and order situation, the responsibility of the state government to protect its citizens and their rights “cannot be diluted or abdicated”, Justice (retd) Nazki observed. He, however, said that since the SHRC was not able to go into question of the Army’s responsibility, “the commission clarifies that any observation made in this order should not be taken as an expression of any opinion regarding the alleged involvement of officers of the Indian Army, he said.Dar, an embroidery artisan, was tied to a jeep by Major Leetul Gogoi, as a shield against the stone pelters who had allegedly surrounded a group of armed personnel. Shortly after the incident, Major Gogoi was honoured with a commendation card by the Army chief for “his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations”.

Buyers can visit DDA houses before applying

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a series of houses were surrendered by home buyers in the last few years, in a first, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will now let buyers visit the houses before applying for one, starting Monday.Also, under the 2017 DDA Housing Scheme, prospective buyers will be able to go online on the urban body’s website, where they can find the name and contact details of DDA officials in each area.”Applicants can access the list of flats, the area, and the category, against which contact details of engineers dealing in that zone will be provided. The buyers can take a slot from the officials and visit the house of their choice to decide whether they wish to apply,” a senior DDA official said.The government housing agency rolled out its new scheme with over 12,000 flats on offer earlier this month. Of these, over 10,000 houses are from the 2014 Housing Scheme, which were returned by the owners.So far, the agency has received over 15,000 applications for houses on offer, while around 1.25 lakh people have logged on to the DDA website to obtain information for the same, officials said.Of the 12,000 flats on offer, over 11,000 are LIG and Janta flats, 404 are MIG flats, and 87 are in the HIG category. The flats are scattered across Rohini, Narela, Dwarka, Jasola, Pashchim Vihar, Siraspur, and Vasant Kunj, among others.The urban body has tied up with 10 banks for the sale of application forms and related transactions, the kiosks for which are available at the DDA headquarters at Vikas Sadan, INA.HOME HOPECategory Price rangeHIG Rs 53.52-126.81 lakhMIG Rs 31.32-93.95 lakhLIG Rs 14.50- 30.30 lakhJanta flats Rs 7.07- 12.76 lakh

Women dig wells to make village self-sufficient in water

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Breaking into male bastion, around 300 women have turned well-diggers in a nondescript village in northern Palakkad district of Kerala to find a solution to the acute water scarcity in the hamlet and earn a living. Even elderly women climb down pits using makeshift bamboo ladders and dig arduously for hours using pickaxe and shovel, removing mud and clay in search of water sources in Pookkottukavu, a village panchayat. Battling various challenges, these homemakers, aged between 35 and 70 years, have dug up over 190 wells across the drought-hit village since last August under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). Lack of skill training and physical limitations are no barrier for them to construct 10-12 metre deep wells single-handedly digging the harder and rocky terrains of the panchayat. Lakshmi, a 39-year-old homemaker hailing from Punchappadam in the hamlet, feels proud that they could take up the intense task and achieve success in it. She and other women in the village decided to take up the risky job to ensure steady daily wage to support their family. “We did not know anything about well digging initially. But, we relied on our group effort and confidence. We gradually learnt the basics of the work through our experience”, Lakshmi told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Startup coast’ coming up in Karnataka for young minds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State-of-the-art innovation centres, modern incubation set-up, tinkering labs and co- working space for startups are coming up on the west coast in Karnataka. This is the first project of its kind which is being part funded by Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Using her MPLADS fund, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, has initiated the project, which would provide a complete ecosystem for startups. “With the rich talent pool that exists in the area, I am sure that given the right conditions, a robust innovation/ start-up ecosystem can thrive in coastal Karnataka. “As an MP from Karnataka, I will invest my efforts to make sure that I can support the development of physical and human infrastructure necessary for innovation to thrive in the area. This shall be the first step towards shaping the ‘startup coast’ of India,” Sitharaman told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New rules to halt Ola-Uber pool rides

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when cities across the world are stressing on measures such as car-pooling to combat vehicular pollution, the shared cab rides in Delhi might soon become illegal. The move is a part of the Delhi government’s soon-to-be-implemented City Taxi Scheme, which is aimed at regulating app-based taxi aggregators, such as Ola and Uber.According to officials, pool rides, which are generally offered at discounted rates, will no longer be allowed as under the Motor Vehicles Act-1988, there is no provision to pick up passengers on the way. The development will come as a huge blow to thousands of regular commuters who have become used to this easy and economical means of transport.Earlier this year, the Karnataka government had also banned pool rides in Bangalore. When queried, Transport Department officials said ride-sharing could not be allowed till the Union government amended the Act. “Ride-sharing is not allowed in the Act. Contract carriage licenses issued to private aggregators do not allow cabs to pick and drop passengers from different points. This accounts for permit violations,” an official said. The draft of the new policy, being prepared by the Transport Department, will first be sent to Minister Kailash Gahlot, and then after the Cabinet approval, it will be sent to the Lieutenant Governor. “The scheme is almost in place and will be notified for public suggestions soon,” the official added.City Taxi SchemeIn 2015, the Delhi govt had launched the scheme that is now being updated. Under the scheme, it will be mandatory to install GPS and a ‘panic’ button

Government failed to get Rs 700 crore from Centre on MGNRE

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala government has failed to get Rs 700 crore due from Centre as wage arrears for payment to be paid to workers under national rural employment guarantee scheme, Congress leader and former rural minister K V Joseph alleged today. In a statement here, Joseph alleged that the government was showing “criminal lethargy” in implementing the scheme. He said the Centre was “indifferent” in releasing the funds to the state under the scheme. The Centre had sanctioned Rs 2190.16 crore to Andhra Pradesh, Rs 1231.52 crore to Telegana, Rs 2481.69 crore to Tamil Nadu and Rs 861.14 crore to Maharashtra while Kerala received only Rs 122.83 crore during the current financial year, Joseph pointed out. “Centre paid only Rs 122.83 crore to Kerala when a total amount of Rs 700 crore wage arrears for seven months to be paid to workers is pending’, he said. It was necessary to implement the scheme vigorously to benefit around 20 lakh poor families in the rural sector, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa govt scraps scheme giving free voice calls, data to youth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government today discontinued the Goa Yuva Samwad Yojana (GYSY), a scheme providing free voice calls and internet data to youngsters, as it would have incurred an annual loss of up to Rs 24 crore. The scheme was launched by former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar last year in December, under which nearly 32,000 people availed the benefit so far. Under GYSY, users, comprising youth aged between 16 and 30, were given 100 minutes calling and 3GB internet data per month free of cost. It was supposed to be operative till December 2019. “The state government has decided to discontinue the scheme. It would have incurred an annual loss to the tune of Rs 24 crore to the government. We were also receiving complaints from several parents that it was being misused by the students,” state information and technology minister Rohan Khaunte told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New account to receive donations for farmers’ loan waiver

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Faced with financial constraints after announcing the “biggest ever” farmers’ loan waiver in the country, the Maharashtra government has decided to open a separate bank account to receive donations for the scheme from people. An official communication issued today also made an appeal to the people to donate funds for the implementation of the scheme. The chief minister of Maharashtra has opened a bank account at the State Bank of India’s Fort branch with a title Chief Minister’s Farmers Relief Fund. The account no is 36977044087 with IFSC code SBIN0000300, the communication stated. It further mentioned that donations will be accepted only in the form of NEFT and demand drafts. A senior government official on the condition of anonymity said, “It is true that financial burden is going to be there on state coffers and we need to raise funds from several sources. As a part of it, this account has been opened to receive donations for the scheme as it could bring some relief to the state government.” “The senior officers from other departments like finance, revenue and cooperation are already working on how to work-out the implementation of this scheme. “The finance department has already issued a detailed GR, which has stopped some unnecessary expenses. There will be more such decisions in the next week,” the officer said. Fadnavis had on last Saturday announced the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Krishi Sanman Yojana, which is expected to put a financial burden of Rs 34,022 crore on the state coffers in the form of loan waiver. There is no limit on land holding but an upper limit of Rs 1.50 lakh has been decided in the same scheme for beneficiaries. Fadnavis had claimed that this waiver is the biggest so far by any state government in the country after quoting the loan waiver packages of other states. The Maharashtra cabinet had approved the scheme the same day. The official communication also stated that Harman Finochem company had already donated Rs 25 lakh as financial assistance to the state government towards farmers’ loan waiver scheme.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Whole state of Manipur will be electrified within 2018 @ 6/29/2017 7:14:16 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Power Minister Thongam Biswajit has stated that the whole state, including remote areas, will be electrified within 2018. He said on the launching ceremony of ?Ujala (Unnat Jeevan by Af fordable LEDs and Appliances) Yojana? under 1OO days programme of the government, held recently in Imphal. The ceremony was jointly organized by Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited and Energy Efficiency Service Limited. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, the minister said that ?Ujala Yojana? is a good scheme initiated by the Central Government in 2015. He also said that the scheme will help the state?s consumers to save energy and income, while benefitting the environment by reducing emission of greenhouse gases. The Minister further stated that Ujala Scheme will benefit the masses and this scheme will be implemented in all district of the state. He elaborated that the government?s mission is bridging the gap between hill and valley. Bringing development in both hill and valley is the first step toward restoring peace in the state. Power Minister Biswajit said that 37 percent of power is wasted due to technical and use of naked wire. Power department will replace naked wire with AV cable wire to control wastage of power and within 2018, whole Manipur will be electrified. The Minister also seeks people?s cooperation for successful implementation of the Ujala Yojana Scheme. He also appealed to Energy Efficiency Service Limited to provide quality products so that consumers do not have any complaint in the future. The launching function was attended by Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board and Khadi and Village Industry Board L. Radhakishore, Parliamentary Secretary (PHE, Printing and Stationary , Horticulture and Soil Conservation) K.Leishiyo and Chief Secretary , Manipur O. Nabakishore Singh as President and Guests of Honour respectively . Most of the speakers on the dais spoke about the benefit of the Ujala Yojana Scheme in terms of economy , energy , environment etc. and appealed to consumers for availing its benefit.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath govt banks on informers to curb female foeticide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh government has started a scheme under which informers would alert the state authorities about attempts and incidents of female foeticide. At an event here, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed concern over the declining sex ratio in the state and launched the ‘Mukhbir Yojana’ (Informer Scheme) aimed at arresting cases of female foeticide. The chief minister also launched 181 Women Helpline and flagged off 64 rescue vans. Adityanath said that the state government is committed to providing complete security to women and also ensure that they are strengthened – socially and economically. “The state government is serious about providing a fear- free atmosphere to women so that they can feel secure. Along with this, the government is also serious about making them self-reliant. A society, which respects the women can develop and progress,” he said today at the programme held at his official residence. At another programme, ‘Uttar Pradesh Aam Mahotsava’, held at the Indira Gandhi Prathisthaan here, Adityanath said that the UP government is making continuous efforts to increase the income of the farmers. “Efforts are being made, so that the farmers adopt new technologies. The state government is also encouraging export of mangoes and is giving grants for the same,” he said. The chief minister also planted a mango sapling and released a book of the horticulture department.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Aadhaar made mandatory for RBSE students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aadhaar number has now been made compulsory for students of Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) government schools. Now, it would be mandatory for new as well already enrolled students in nearly 67,000 elementary and secondary education government schools in Rajasthan to furnish Aadhaar number details to the school. Aadhaar number has also been made compulsory for Mid-Day Meal Scheme cooks and helpers as well.The elementary education and secondary education directorates have made it mandatory for government school students to furnish Aadhaar number details to their schools. Meanwhile, Mid-day Meal Scheme has also been linked to Aadhaar. The directorates have decided June 30 as the deadline for Mid-Day Meal beneficiary students as well as cook and helpers to get Aadhaar ready.The compulsion could create problems for parents of new as well as already enrolled students of government schools in the state. There are a lot of students who belong to poor and economically weak families in rural areas. Due to illiteracy, such parents were not aware about Aadhaar.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Shikshak Aevam Karamchari Sangh state spokesperson Narayan Singh has said that as the government should also organise Aadhaar camps in government schools so that parents do not face difficulty.

City-based oil dealers speak against price change, declare ‘no purchase’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The daily price change scheme rolled out by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) across the country is taking a toll on oil dealers across the city as the price is going down day by day. The dealers will be organising a “no-purchase” strike on Wednesday.“We do not want to give any trouble to our customers, so we will be selling the oil based on the day’s rate. But we will not purchase any stock from the oil companies. All dealers usually keep a stock for 2-3 days anyway, so the customers will not be disturbed,” said Suneet Bagai, president, Rajasthan Petrol Dealers’ Association.According to the scheme which was introduced on June 16, the price of the oil- both petrol and diesel, will be revised every evening. The prices were being revised every fortnight before this. Explaining the reason behind issuing this scheme, Bagai said that it is based on the concept followed by the USA market.“They rolled it out without understanding the basic concept that the stock belongs to the oil companies in the USA. The loss and profit due to change in price is borne by them. It is not the case in India, as the stock is purchased by the dealers here. The losses are borne by them. The oil companies have two options now- either they should reimburse the losses borne by the dealers or should sell oils at their own prices,” Bagai said.The dealers are unable to adapt to this change as the machines of price changing are automated and they are not allowing them to change the prices manually every night.“The price comes late evening, we cannot even sleep before it arrives. Then we have to send it to all the stations, where they take time to change as the machines are automated,” said Sandeep Bagaria, oil dealer.PRICE REVISIONThe prices were being revised every fortnight before this. Explaining the reason behind issuing this scheme, Bagai said that it is based on the concept followed by the USA market.

Farmers may get relief under new food processing scheme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government has started the Chief Minister Agro and Food Processing scheme wherein produce will be processed and will be given fair rates.According to the chief minister, the central and state governments will fund subsidies on vegetable and fruit processing units on a 75:25 basis.”Currently, farmers are selling it raw in the market. So they are unable to get fair prices. Also, there are more chances of vegetables and fruits perishing. This scheme will encourage firms and farmer groups to start their own firm and process vegetables and fruits,” said a senior government official, requesting anonymity.Minister for Agriculture Pandurang Fundkar said this scheme would prove fruitful.”Farmers should get the benefit of this scheme. There were a few state-owned food processing units which are now completely defunct. We have restarted them by providing funds. This move will help reduce the farmers’ suicides as they will be able to process their vegetables and fruits in their own locality, and the processed fruits will get better prices than the raw ones,” Pundkar said. The government has also issued a notification stating that the central government has undertaken the national mission on food processing.”Farmer should use modern technology to process and preserve vegetables and fruits. It will also help increase the quality and durability of fruits after processing. The product will then be promoted and marketed. Export promotion too will have to be undertaken,” stated the circular issued by the state agriculture department.A senior government official said that all these processing units based on horticulture produces will be integrated.& analysisIn Maharashtra, there is no shortage of raw produce, but farmers are deprived of good rates due to lack of processing facilities, often forced to dump their crops due to falling prices. This scheme will open up new avenues for farmers and increase durability of a perishable product. Also, large-scale exports will fetch good prices, and help curb farmers’ suicides.

Pb: Rs 139 cr spent on pilgrimage scheme in 2016-17

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A sum of Rs 139 crore was spent on the free pilgrimage scheme by the previous SAD-BJP government last fiscal, leaving public transport undertakings PRTC and Punjab Roadways with an unpaid amount of Rs 13 crore, the Punjab Assembly was informed today. The Capt Amarinder Singh government has not made any provisions for the scheme in its budget, the House was told. Replying to a query during the Question Hour, Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said the government spent Rs 139 crore during the financial year 2016-17 on the ‘Mukh Mantri Tirath Darshan Yatra Scheme’. The minister informed the House that buses undertook 484 tours of Mata Chintpurni (Himachal Pradesh), 1,191 of Salasar Dhaam in Rajasthan, 337 of Anandpur Sahib, 19 of Vaishno Devi (Katra), 5 of Jawala ji (HP), 39 of Khural Garh, 6,481 tours of the Golden Temple and 223 of Patna Sahib. Besides trains undertook 87 tours of Nanded Sahib, 18 of Varanasi, 3 of Ajmer Sharif, one of Chennai and 10 of Patna Sahib. The previous SAD-BJP government had launched the scheme with much fanfare in the last fiscal to take people to religious places free of charge. Finance minister Badal said that because of these tours, the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) and Punjab Roadways were left with an unpaid amount of Rs 6.24 crore and Rs 7 crore respectively. He said that the amount which was to be paid to the state roadways undertakings had been covered under the current budgetary provisions. When AAP MLA Nazar Singh demanded from the government to call this scheme “unconstitutional”, the minister said, “the government has not made further provision of the pilgrimage scheme under the new budget”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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