The Indian Express | 5 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 11:45 am
Eyeing the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP began preparations to make inroads into Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s stronghold of Baramati in Maharashtra with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman beginning her three-day tour of the constituency on Thursday. The seat is currently represented by Pawar’s daughter, Supriya Sule.According to a senior BJP leader, the party is hoping to upset the established family stronghold in Baramati as it did it in Amethi in 2019 by defeating Rahul Gandhi.The Baramati Lok Sabha constituency includes Khadakwasla, Bhor, Purandar, Daund, Indapur and Baramati Assembly constituency and covers parts of Pune city and various tehsils in the district.Sitharaman will begin her tour on Thursday by meeting RSS office-bearers and Vichar Parivar Samanvay representatives at Dhankawadi in the morning. Later, she will hold meetings with BJP office-bearers of the district at Dhayari, followed by an interaction with members of the Lok Sabha core committee in Warje.On Thursday afternoon, Sitharaman will meet office-bearers of various BJP wings as part of the party’s preparations for the elections. The BJP has also planned a motorcycle rally from Bavdhan to Varve village on the national highway.The Union minister will interact with beneficiaries of various government schemes at Varve village in Bhor, and in the evening, attend a function on 75 years’ of Indian independence at Bhivri in Purandar. Later, she will also hold a meeting with local BJP units at Saswad.“We had ended the supremacy of the Gandhi family in Amethi in the 2019 general elections by defeating Rahul Gandhi. If we can do it in Amethi, then we can easily do it in Baramati,” senior BJP leader and former minister Ram Shinde had said earlier while announcing Sitharaman’s itinerary. The Union minister is expected to attend at least 21 sessions on her three-day tour.“The BJP started work to end the Pawar hold on Baramati in 2014 but could not do it in 2014 and 2019. We are confident of doing so now. The BJP had a narrow loss in the previous Lok Sabha elections,” Shinde had said.The BJP has focused on 144 Lok Sabha seats that it could not win in the previous elections, said Shinde, adding that 16 of those are from Maharashtra. This includes Baramati and Shirur from Pune, both currently represented by the NCP, he added.When her tour was announced, Sule had said that she had invited Sitharaman to Baramati to look at the development works in the constituency.
With focus on training to fight domestic sexual abuse, social media abuse, self-defence, gynaecological myths and nutrition, the Rotary Club of Bibwewadi has with its CSR partner GTPL Hathway Limited launched the fourth phase of Project Asmita in Maharashtra’s Pune city.The fourth phase of Project Asmita was launched during a symposium at Hotel Hyatt in Pune on the International Daughters’ Day on September 25.The theme of the symposium was ‘Empowering daughters is empowering the nation’.Partnering with rotary clubs of multiple districts, the project aims to empower over 36,000 daughters through training from various schools, orphanages and institutions across Maharashtra and Gujarat.The project is Rotary India’s biggest project in the field of daughter empowerment, an official statement said.Through Project Asmita, the haemoglobin levels of over 36,000 girls will be checked and they will be provided with iron supplements in case of a deficiency. They will also be given help booklets, which will cover all the video topics in a short and concise manner with interesting pictorial representation.“The daughters face a lot of issues in their day-to-day lives. Project Asmita is an attempt to provide confidence to the daughters, make them independent, fearless and brave,” said Rtn. Dr Anil Parmar, District Governor, RID 3131.Anil Bothra, CFO, GTPL Hathway Limited, said Project Asmita initiative has received tremendous response and this project “reconfirms our commitment towards making a positive impact on the society” and the Rotary Club of Bibwewadi “has been a perfect partner for us”.The contents of the video have been incorporated in a booklet, which has been released in three different languages — Marathi, Gujarati and Hindi.
The first-ever working committee of eminent parliamentarians from various political parties and Vidhan Sabha/Council Speakers/Chairmen from many States and Union Territories met in Pune to decide on the organization of the National Young Legislators’ Conference (NYLC or Rashtriya Yuva Vidhayak Sammelan). The working committee meeting was co-chaired by the noted former Speakers of Lok Sabha – Shri Shivraj Patil, Smt. Meira Kumar, and Smt. Sumitra Mahajan. The incumbent and former speakers of State Assemblies and chairpersons of Legislative Councils from more than 15 states, former Chief Election Commissioners, and a few former bureaucrats also participated in the deliberations. Shri Pramod Sawant, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, also joined the meeting virtually and offered to extend complete support of the Goa government.We are celebrating the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav currently and in another 2 years we will be entering into the 75th year of implementation of our Constitution. The NYLC will connect these two memorable achievements in the history of our country by bringing young legislators from all across the country on one platform in a historic effort.The NYLC, once established, will be organized jointly by the legislative bodies, non-governmental institutions and civil society with active support from the MIT School of Government, Pune. The NYLC will seek support from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UNESCO.NYLC will aid in the creation of a cohesive ecosystem among leaders of all ideologies for the common cause of development beyond party politics, instilling the spirit of nationhood, encouraging clean leadership for enhancing good governance, and creating a model to be reckoned with globally. It will foster peer-to-peer learning aimed at designing innovative development solutions, in addition to developing ethical, spirited, and competent public leadership for formulating pro-people policies.The proposed dates for the organization of NYLC are 16, 17 and 18 June, 2023 in either Goa or Mumbai, Maharashtra.Shri Shivraj Patil, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said – “There are three very important aspects which are expected out of the legislature. The first is policy making, the second is to make laws and the third is to check that laws are implemented. If young legislators are imparted with knowledge of the law, policy making, and administration at an early stage, this would, in turn, change the democratic shape of the country and yield good outcomes for society.”Smt. Meira Kumar, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said, “It was a wonderful conference and the interactions we had in the evening were both positive and successful. I congratulate Mr. Rahul Karad and pay respect to his father Dr. Vishwanath Karad. They are the guiding spirit behind NYLC. ”Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Former Speaker of the Lok Sabha said, “NYLC shouldn’t be an end in itself but a means to obtain a bigger purpose where we sensitise our young legislators of the responsibility that they have ahead as they start their journey to serve the people of this country.”Shri Rahul V. Karad, Chief Initiator, MIT School Of Government said “The time has come for our country’s Young Elected Representatives to rise above partisanship and work toward the creation of a Unified, Strong, and Developed Bharat that will address the aspirations of countless young, old, and women alike. Only a united Bharat, led by a strong democratic leadership, can face the challenges of an increasingly divided world and show the international community the path to world peace. NYLC will act as a catalyst of ideas and as a concept that will ignite and strengthen the sense of national unity and responsibility among the young legislators who will be the future of Bharat.”The outcome of the legislators’ conference will be to assist the National Leadership in understanding the pros and cons of policies, as well as the challenges of governance and development at the grassroots level, and in spreading the progressive imagery of the National Leadership around the world.The National Young Legislators’ Conference is being held under the aegis of MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG). MIT-SOG has been at the vanguard for fostering innovative and flagship events in the past such as Bharatiya Chhatra Sansad, National Women Parliament, National Panchayat Parliament, and National Youth Parliament among many other events.About MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG):The MIT School of Government (MIT-SOG), a constituent unit of MIT World Peace University (MIT-WPU), Pune, is the first institute of its kind to initiate a two-year Master’s degree program in Political Leadership & Government or MPG (UGC-approved program) for a Career in Politics.MIT-SOG was initiated in the year 2005 under the visionary leadership of Shri. Rahul V. Karad – Initiator & Executive President, MIT World Peace University with the vision of creating Ethical, Spirited, and Committed Political Leadership for the country from the grassroots and all walks of life.Under the able guidance of Late. Shri. T.N Seshan, First Chairman, MIT-SOG, former Chief-Election Commissioner of India (also well known as the Father of Electoral Reforms in India), the curriculum for MPG program at MIT-SOG was designed with the complete involvement of highly decorated officials from Government, Politics, Judiciary, Media and Academia. MIT-SOG specifically caters to the need for training students in politics & government to become trained Political Leaders of the country.Participants for 1st National Young Legislators Conference (NYLC)Day & Date: Friday, 16th September 2022Venue: J W Marriott, PuneDignitaries in the meetingFor more information, contact: Nishita Sharma | firstname.lastname@example.org | +91-9654192435
Kolhapur: State animal husbandry and dairy development minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Monday said timely intervention by the state government helped in keeping a check on deaths of cattle infected by the lumpy skin disease in Maharashtra, unlike in non-BJP ruled states like Rajasthan and Punjab.Vikhe-Patil was on tour of Kolhapur and Sangli districts on Monday where he visited the epicentres of the disease outbreak and interacted with the farmers. Speaking at Hatkanangle in Kolhapur, the minister claimed the low mortality rate was due to the proactivity of the state.“We have successfully managed to keep the death tally low in Maharashtra. The spread of lumpy skin disease is rapid and as many as 30 districts have been affected by it as on today. We have 1.5 crore cattle across the state and so far 800 have died due to the disease. Vaccination drive at a massive scale has helped in bringing down the mortality rate. We have so far vaccinated around 60 lakh cattle in the state and have 1.10 crore vaccines available with us,” Vikhe-Patil said.The BJP ruled states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have also been badly affected due to outbreak of the infection. Gujarat is now among the states with high mortality rate, but Vikhe-Patil blamed the delayed response by the Rajasthan and Punjab governments as the the reason for the spread of the infection.“Rajasthan government showed laxity in handling the outbreak and around 65,000 cattle have died in the state. Punjab has reported around 30,000 deaths. Despite high number of cattle in Maharashtra we have managed to keep mortality rate low,” the minister said.Vikhe-Patil, a senior BJP leader, also slammed farmers’ leader Raju Shetti who has moved a petition with the Bombay High Court over the lack of serious steps taken by the state government against the disease.“He (Shetti) is a senior leader. He should get proper information from the government before making the epidemic a political issue,” Vikhe-Patil said.
Pune: A month-long traffic diversion will now be put in place in the Range Hills area to assist the ongoing Metro works. The city traffic police department, along with Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) has asked road users to make use of alternative routes to avoid traffic chaos. As per the plan, the rail underpass near the Government Hatcheries Chowk will remain closed for vehicles coming from Old Mumbai-Pune Highway towards Range Hills. The diversions will remain in place till November 2. MahaMetro has undertaken works for Metro pillars and launching segments near two rail underpasses in Range Hills. Boards have been installed on both sides of the underpasses to alert road users about the diversions. MahaMetro has said that wardens have also been deployed at the diversions. Meanwhile, road users said the authorities should install more direction boards.
MUMBAI: Higher & technical education minister Chandrakant Patil on Monday said the state government will pay salaries of teachers from private, unaided colleges. Patil said at an event in Pune that fees in private colleges were higher and that quality education will remain inaccessible for many if fees remain on the higher side. If the government pays teachers' salaries, education will become affordable, he added.