Times of India | 2 months ago | 27-09-2022 | 01:29 pm
NAGPUR: With nearly 19% booster jab coverage, Nagpur district continued to remain at the top of chart in Maharashtra in vaccinating adults, though a big number of beneficiaries are set to miss the September 30 deadline for free precaution dose for 18 to 59 age group. The scenario is the same in rest of the districts of Vidarbha, which also has the district with lowest booster dose achievement in the state — Buldhana with just 4.67%. Vidarbha will exit the special 75-day free booster drive under ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ with just over 16 lakh taking advantage of it, while a whopping 1.13 crore population skipping it as on date. Nagpur division has over 73 lakh people eligible for the booster dose, but only a little over of 11 lakh have taken the jab leaving 61.88 lakh beneficiaries without the precaution jab. The six districts in the division added only 15.49% coverage of the third dose. Only Wardha district at 8.25% in the division has coverage percentage in single digit. Amravati division has 56.07 lakh beneficiaries due for the precaution dose, but only 4.79 lakh turned up. Around 51 lakh population in the division is likely to be left out of the free of cost drive. The five districts in the division scored a poor 8.55% coverage. Booster vaccination in three districts — Buldhana, Yavatmal and Amravati — remains in single digit. Despite being a remote district with unique problems due to poor connectivity and majority tribal population, Gadchiroli has done well in the booster drive by bagging the third spot overall in the state with 17.73% coverage. Though recent floods had made matters only worse for the immunization teams. Gondia and Bhandara are the other two districts from Vidarbha beside Nagpur and Gadchiroli to feature in the top 10 in the state. Nagpur and Gadchiroli’s performance has been better than Mumbai, which is at fifth spot. In Nagpur, chunk of the 5.45 lakh precaution doses have been given in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) limits. The civic body managed to vaccinate over 3.50 lakh people during the 75-day special drive. Officials said the daily immunization figures fell to just 1,000 in the district, having over 100 centres. This means on an average less than 10 people get vaccinated in the entire day at each centre. Officials said they are planning to cut down the number of days and centres after September 30. “It is wastage of manpower and vaccine. Though right now we have around 15,000 doses, we are hopeful these would be utilized before expiry date next month,” they said. Booster: Coverage, percentage and target in Vidarbha district coverage percentage target Nagpur 5,45,888 18.66 29,25,601 Bhandara 1,16,807 14.21 8,22,242 Gondia 1,18,719 14.33 8,28,312 Wardha 62,958 8.25 7,63,590 Chanda 1,82,128 13.26 13,73,517 Gad 1,08,112 17.73 6,09,846 Total 11,34,612 15.49 73,23,108 Amravati 1,26,242 8.81 14,32,914 Akola 1,04,083 12.55 8,29,647 Yavatmal 1,06,483 7.36 14,46,101 Washim 85,284 12.7 6,71,437 Buldhana 57,375 4.67 12,27,538 Total 4,79,467 8.55 56,07,637 Vid 16,14,079 12.48 1,29,30,745
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.
Dr Hedgewar Smriti Bhavan is where the RSS organises its annual Sangh Shiksha Varg.Nagpur: An official of the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) was arrested in Nagpur on Thursday for allegedly writing a letter to cops, threatening to carry out a bomb blast at an auditorium located near Dr Hedgewar memorial in Reshimbagh area of the city, police said.The accused, who is posted as deputy executive engineer with the power utility, had sent the letter to Sakkardara police station last week, a police official said, adding that the motive was to stall a programme of the MSEDCL scheduled at the auditorium."The letter threatened to carry out a bomb blast at Suresh Bhat Auditorium near Dr Hedgewar Smriti Bhavan in Reshimbagh area," Additional Police Commissioner Navinchandra Reddy told PTI."After receiving the letter, Sakkardara police examined the CCTV footage of the post office from where the letter was dispatched, and identified the man on the basis of the vehicle's registration number," he said, adding that the accused was arrested on Thursday.During the probe, it came to light that he had written the threat letter to thwart a programme of the MSEDCL scheduled at the hall, Reddy said.PromotedListen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.comDr Hedgewar Smriti Bhavan is the place where the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) organises its annual Sangh Shiksha Varg or training camps for its volunteers.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)Featured Video Of The DayActor Swara Bhaskar Joins Rahul Gandhi In 'Bharat Jodo Yatra'
NAGPUR: Today, Jaisingh Chavan is a successful entrepreneur employing over 300 persons. But for 18 long years, he could not move out of his house on his own. Chavan, now 42, had become permanently disabled as his hands and legs were rendered immovable due to a wrong treatment given by doctors when he was only 18 months old, as per him. Despite having 87% disability, Chavan never lost hope. In his journey towards becoming an entrepreneur while fighting all odds, he also became a social worker to help other disabled persons like him. He assists them in completing education, finding employment etc. Recognizing his efforts, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has selected him for the Best Divyangjan National award in entrepreneurship and social work category. President Draupadi Murmu will present the award to him at a function in Delhi on December 3, which is observed as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The award comprises a cash prize of Rs2 lakh, a medal and a certificate. Chavan, a resident of Gajanan Nagar off Wardh Road, underwent multiple surgeries at an early age in Nagpur and Jaipur, but they didn’t help much. While his hand movement was restored, his legs had become permanently disabled. He could communicate with only his family members. “My whole life was in darkness due to the disability, but I completed his graduation from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University with immense support from my brothers and sisters, along with our parents. “The turning point in my life came in 1997-98 when I I received a tricycle from the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). I came out of home on my own for the first time,” said Chavan who now moves on an automatic wheelchair. Hailing from a humble family background, Chavan’s father inspired him to start a business. “I started with detergent manufacturing unit, a business in the name of my mother in 1999. But the unit was destroyed after a fire in May 2010. Then we started an industrial oil refinery at Butibori. Today, we employ over 300 workers at Ranjana Group of Industries. Our products are sold in states like Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and others,” he said. Chavan has put forth a demand to NMC for allotting space to disabled persons for starting their own business.
MUMBAI: Leader of opposition Ajit Pawar on Wednesday asked chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to engage the services of Nagpur-based lawyer Harish Salve to represent Maharashtra in the litigation before the Supreme Court on the Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute. "Salve belongs to Maharashtra, and he has dealt with the case in the past too. He will be the best choice for securing justice," Pawar said. Pawar said in the past, when Vilasrao Deshmukh was the CM, he had stepped in to secure the appearance of Salve to protect the interests of the state in the matter. "I am told that currently, the state government has hired the services of leading lawyer Vaidyanathan. In my opinion, while the Karnataka CM is personally camping in New Delhi and has hired the services of former attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, it will be most appropriate if we engage Salve," he said. Pawar strongly criticized Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai for raking up new issues like claiming that villagers of Jat and Solapur had expressed their desire to merge with Karnataka. "His contention is baseless, there is absolutely no substance in it," he said. Ajit Pawar presided over a meeting of the Maha Vikas Aghadi on Wednesday in view of the upcoming winter session of the state legislature in Nagpur which begins on December 19. The meeting was attended by former CMs Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan, Congress legislature party leader Balasaheb Thorat, Shiv Sena's (UBT) Aaditya Thackeray and Anil Parab, SP's Abu Azmi and Rais Shaikh, and former ministers Eknath Khadse, Chhagan Bhujbal and Dilip Walse Patil of NCP. Pawar said the MVA will provide a united front during the winter session and expose the Shinde-led government for its "failure on all fronts." "We are surprised as to why the meeting of the business advisory committee, scheduled for Wednesday, was suddenly postponed to December 5 without assigning any reasons," he noted. He said MVA will insist on at least a three-week session. "Our emphasis will be to discuss problems of Vidarbha region as priority, because after a gap of three years, the session is being held in Nagpur. Owing to the pandemic, no session was held for three years," he said. He said it appeared that while a plan for a two-week session had been drafted by the legislature secretariat, in all probably it could be wound up after the first week itself.
NAGPUR: Senior inspector Rajendra Pathak was on cloud nine on Tuesday, having been promoted to the rank of assistant commissioner of police (ACP), but with a tinge of sadness too, as he retires in just 24 hours on Wednesday, November 30. The state government issued a special order for Pathak and his batchmate Pradeep Jadhav, elevating them to the higher rank a day before their retirement on Wednesday. Jadhav, who was serving in the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), was elevated in the same department. Pathak was serving in the crime branch but attached to special branch in Nagpur city as a PI till Tuesday. On Wednesday, Pathak will take charge as ACP and join the posting assigned by CP Amitesh Kumar, only to walk out for the last time after serving the department for three decades. Pathak dealt with a sea of memories on Tuesday as present and former colleagues congratulated him on the promotion and also bid him farewell. The son of retired assistant sub-inspector Leeladhar, Pathak had dreamed for long of becoming an ACP. “No regrets, only the unfulfilled wish to work a few days as an ACP,” said Pathak, whose elder brother retired as a sub-inspector. “I had no other dream but to get selected as officer (PSI) and work in the police department. I studied nights under a municipal street light at Ulhasnagar police line to realize it,” said Pathak, who was senior inspector at Wadi, Rana Pratap Nagar police station, and also in crime branch. A senior inspector for 12 years, Pathak’s wait for the final promotion dragged to his retirement date due to government policy and Covid lockdown. Pathak and Jadhav had been running pillar to post at the state police headquarters and mantralaya for the last few months, as they had become eligible for promotions a couple of years ago, but files were stuck in red tape. “Retiring as ACP will mean bidding adieu in a senior rank, and also better retirement benefits,” said Pathak. Their other batchmates will have to wait for some more days to get their promotions. Pathak expressed gratitude to the state government, especially additional chief secretary (home), for expediting the process. “It was a great joy and relief on Tuesday morning when the order was issued,” said Pathak, thanking the department for allowing him to serve well and also bid a memorable farewell.