The Indian Express | 1 month ago | 07-10-2022 | 11:45 am
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, whose 22-year-old Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has been rechristened as Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), announced to hold a Dalit Conclave soon in Hyderabad “with Dalit brothers from all over the country”, a statement from his office said.The Chief Minister announced the passing of a unanimous resolution for the party’s name change at their general body meeting Wednesday. Apart from Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy and his 20 MLAs, Tamil Nadu MP and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) chief Thirumavalavan were present on the occasion. Rao, also known as KCR, said former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav were to attend Wednesday’s meeting but were dissuaded given their situations.One of the key points during KCR’s address was his pet scheme ‘Dalit Bandhu’, which offers one-time financial aid of Rs 10 lakh to the Dalit families without any collateral.The VCK chief met KCR again Thursday at the latter’s official residence Pragathi Bhavan and commended him on the pro-Dalit schemes that he believed would be implemented nationwide.“The MP appreciated the Telangana government for introducing numerous schemes for Dalit empowerment and no state is implementing such a huge number of programmes in the country,” the statement said.During Wednesday’s address, KCR had said that it was “just an internal meeting” to change the name of the party.“They (Akhilesh and Tejaswi) will be invited to the launching function of the party. Leaders of many parties across the country are coming forward to move with us,” he said. KCR said that discussions were held with the economists and experts from various fields, adding their advice was taken while forming the BRS.“As the CM of Telangana, I will travel all over the country. No one should have any doubts about this. Radiant India needs to be made. India will grow better than America If the resources in the country are used at optimum level. We still have a good time. We will expand across the country,” he said. KCR said Maharashtra will be the first state to start the activities of the BRS. “The national party’s affiliated farmer association will be started from Maharashtra first,” he said.Hinting at the direction the BRS is set to take, KCR said: “We will move ahead through Dalit movement, peasant movement and tribal movement by taking these issues as the main agenda. We will remove many socio-political disorders in the country.”
The Maharashtra government has decided to provide 12 hours of uninterrupted electricity to farmers for agricultural pumps in five districts in the Vidarbha region, officials said. The demand for increased electricity for agricultural pumps came from paddy-growing districts such as Chandrapur, Gadchiroli, Bhandara, Gondia and Nagpur. Farmers cultivating paddy were facing hardships due to the short supply of electricity.Senior BJP minister for forests Sudhir Mungantiwar, who hails from Chandrapur, raised the issue with Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis two days ago. During the discussions, Mungantiwar apprised the two leaders of the problems faced by paddy farmers in the five Vidarbha districts. Reduced power supply meant that farmers in these districts were forced to do farming activities during the night when the electricity supply was more steady. However, it also made them prone to attacks from animals, officials added. After considering the farmers’ plight, the state government directed the energy department to increase supply from eight hours to 12 hours to farmers using agriculture pumps in five eastern Vidarbha districts. In its order, the government has also stated that instead of night, farmers should be provided electricity during the day.
NASHIK: Twenty-two passengers were injured after a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus, travelling from Chalisgaon in Jalgaon to Nandurbar, overturned on the Chalisgaon-Dhule road at 7.15 am on Thursday. According to a police officer, 15 of the 22 injured passengers were taken to a government medical hospital in Dhule, while three were admitted to a private hospital. "Four passengers, who had sustained minor bruises, decided to travel ahead to Nandurbar. There were as many as 22 passengers along with five staff and crew members in the bus," the officer said, adding that no casualty was reported in the accident that occurred near the Shirud crossroads. The Chalisgaon (Jalgaon)-Akkalkuwa (Nandurbar) bus started the journey at 6 am. "The accident took place when the bus driver tried to avoid collision with a truck coming from the opposite direction. Road repair works were being carried out at the said stretch. As a result, the carriageway had become narrow. Despite the driver's efforts to avoid the collision, the rear section of the bus hit the truck and toppled," the officer said. "As the bus toppled to its side, the passengers were thrown off their seats and they fell on each other. The injured were quickly moved to the hospital. Movement of vehicular traffic was also affected for some time due to the accident," the officer added. Three passengers have received injuries to their legs and chest, for which they are undergoing treatment at private and government hospitals. "The MSRTC has provided forms to the injured passengers that will help them get free of cost treatment," an MSRTC official from Dhule division said.
Kolhapur: Hatkanangle MP Dhairyashil Mane on Thursday said that arrangements are being made to organise a meeting of the chief ministers of Maharashtra and Karnataka with prime minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah to resolve Maharashtra-Karnataka border disputes and provide relief to the residents of the border areas from both sides. Mane is heading the panel of experts guiding the legal team on the border dispute in Supreme Court.The inter-state border has become tense due to the debate started following Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai’s claim over 40 odd villages of Jat tehsil. Also, the Supreme Court had scheduled a hearing on Wednesday, which got postponed. The Maharashtra government led by chief minister Eknath Shinde is being criticised by the opposition for not taking a strong stand against Karnataka, where the elections are due early next year.Mane said, “I come from the border area. I know the concerns of the people. I have been appointed as the head of experts' team. A meeting of both the chief ministers with the prime minister and home minister is being arranged, which will be attended by the cabinet ministers of both the states.”Mane further said he will join ministers Chandrakant Patil and Shambhuraj Desai, who are meeting Marathi-speaking residents of Belagavi, the second capital of Karnataka. He said the visit would take place either on December 3 or 6.Meanwhile, on Thursday, Karnataka released water from the Tubachi-Babaleshwar lift irrigation project to Jat tehsil. The Karnataka authorities claimed that the water from the storage tanks overflowed and reached Jat through canals. However, the local residentrs maintained that Karnataka does not release water when actually needed, and the current move is to show Maharashtra in poor light. A delegation of local residents met Eknath Shinde recently. The CM ordered the authorities to initiate the work to lift water and provide it in Jat’s parched areas. On Shinde’s directions, Sangli collector Raja Dayanidhi visited Jat and spoke to the locals about their concerns on Thursday.
MUMBAI: An e-office system will be started in all government offices from April 1, 2023 in a push towards them going paperless, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced on Thursday. Once the e-office system is in place, officials will be able to look at government files and documents on their mobile phones, a statement from the Chief Minister's office said. Currently, files going to the Chief Minister go through eight stages of clearances which results in delays in decision making. This will now be reduced to four stages. This is in keeping with the Centre's efforts in this direction. An official from the central office of administrative reforms V Srinivas met Shinde at Varsha on Thursday to discuss such reforms. He also appreciated the state's efforts in this area. The state will also increase the number of online services. Currently around 450 services are being offered online. Shinde also said that an online system will be set up to redress the public grievances received by the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister. The progress will be tracked digitally. The state has also decided that different government departments and districts will compete for good governance rankings. Currently, the rankings are only being done at the state level. This aims to increase the competition between departments and improve the quality of services being offered to the public.
Partially rolling back the ban on plastic items imposed across Maharashtra in 2018, the state government on Thursday allowed use of single-use disposable plastic items such as straw, plates, cups, glasses, forks and containers like bowls, among other things, made of compostable material. This brings relief to plastic manufacturers, traders and users of plastic such as restaurants, shops and businesses across the state. The notification was issued by the environment department on Wednesday.The government has also allowed non-woven polypropylene carry-bags, specifically which are not more than 60 grams per square mere with a thickness of less then 50 microns.The Maharashtra government’s allows use, storage, sale, distribution and transportation of such plastic items. The notification also allows plastic items less than 50 microns and items less then 60 grams per square metre for packaging purposes. “The packaging material shall be more than 50 microns thickness. In case of thickness of plastic sheets impairs the functionality of the product, the packaging material shall be of less than 50 micron,” it says.The state had banned use of all single-use disposal plastic items such as plates, spoons, bowls, forks and containers that are used by the restaurant industry for packaging.The notification comes with a rider that manufacturers will have to secure certificates from Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for manufacture and trade of such items.Presently, the plastic ban in Maharashtra allowed compostable plastic carriers for industries such as Solid Waste Management (SWM).On Monday, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis chaired a meeting with the environment department, where the decision was taken by the government.