New Delhi [India], February 9 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday fixed the matter for final hearing on February 24 on the plea by women officers in the Indian Army who had approached the Apex Court over non-implementation of its Apex Court order to grant them a permanent commission.
Last year, the Top Court had ordered the Central government to grant Permanent Commission (PC) to them in the Army’s non-combat support units on par with their male counterparts.
A bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Dr D Y Chandrahud, and also comprising Justice M R Shah, today fixed the matter for a final hearing to February 24.
One such petition was filed by one woman officer, through her lawyer, Chitrangda Rastravara and Advocate on Record (AOR) Archana Pathak Dave, before the Supreme Court seeking its immediate direction to implement its earlier order.
The petition copy, filed before the Apex Court by the aggrieved woman Army officer, revealed that till date, as far as the procedural aspects of it, are concerned, there are certain ambiguities, which are not addressed by the Army yet.
Chitrangda said that the Apex Court had clearly in its verdict in February 2020, had directed the Union of India to give all the benefits to all women officers, including PC, including promotion and all consequential benefits, irrespective of the number of years of service they might have put in.
“Despite the ruling of the Top Court, the implementation of the judgment is done only for good optics, and to eliminate the women officers from army rather than including them in the institution as per the intent of the directions given by the Supreme Court,” Chitrangda had told ANI.
The Army, however, claimed that out of 615 women officers, there are, 422 who are eligible and found fit for PC in the Army. But in reality, only 277 out of 422 have been granted PC and the remaining number i.e. 145 are those officers who are either non-optees or whose result is withheld due to medical and administrative reasons, 193 officers have been denied PC, Chitrangda said.
According to her petition, this figure of 422 is a figure only for good optics and does not truly portray the actual number. Thus, finding those officers who are non-optees fit for PC and denying the same to optees smacks of gross arbitrariness. (ANI)
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Punjab Cabinet okays new policy for construction of over 25,000 houses for economically weaker sections
The Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved a new EWS Policy, paving the way for construction of more than 25000 houses for the economically weaker sections, with developers and authorities required to develop 5% of project area for EWS housing.
These houses would be constructed in reasonably sized pockets, along with social infrastructure, such as schools, community centres and dispensaries, at convenient locations to ensure comfortable living for the beneficiaries. They will be provided access to basic civic amenities.
This decision was taken during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh through video conferencing.
The houses under the new policy would be constructed with the latest brick-less technology, using services of qualified Project Management Agencies (PMAs). They will be offered to eligible families, who will be financed by banks at affordable monthly instalment rates.
The policy provides for eligible applicants to furnish proof of birth in Punjab or of 10 years’ stay in the state from the date of application, such as Aadhaar card, copy of ration card, extract of voter list, copy of driving license, passport etc. Family income should not be more than Rs.3 lac per annum from all sources, as revised by GoI or Punjab from time to time. The applicant/his spouse/minor child must not already own freehold/leasehold residential plot/dwelling unit in Punjab or Chandigarh, and the applicant would be required to self-certify on these counts.
The applications will be received and verified by the authorised banks. Only an application for which a Bank provides loan, or applicant undertakes to make lump sum payment within 40 days of issue of letter of intent, would be considered for allotment through draw or otherwise. Applicant must be married and the application must be in the joint name of husband and wife. There will be bar on sale, gift, mortgage with possession, exchange, long lease of the so allotted EWS dwelling units for a period of 15 years except within the family case of death of allottee.
The government would fix sale price for EWS keeping in view the cost of construction of unit, proportionate cost of site development and common infrastructure such as school, community centre etc. and administrative charges such as PMC, advertisement cost, which would not exceed 5% of the total project cost. Land cost will be taken as zero and there would be exemption from EDC on such EWS projects.
Developers may consolidate their EWS areas in pockets which must be at least 1km apart, be it of 12 to 16 acre in size, in residential zones of SAS Nagar and New Chandigarh Master Plans, on already constructed master plan roads, 5 acre to 16 acre on existing roads with minimum 40 feet right of way in case of rest of Punjab, within 4km of their colonies. Apart from these, the value of area transferred to government and area reclaimed in the colony must be same as per collector rates of the two lands.
HARYANA CM WANTS EDUCATION FROM KG TO PG UNDER SINGLE ROOF
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has directed the officers concerned to develop a system under which a single educational institute could be set up for imparting education from kindergarten (KG) to post-graduate (PG) levels. He directed the officers to identify two such universities wherein such systems can be implemented initially.
The Chief Minister gave these directions while presiding over a review meeting with the State Educational Research and Training Council (SCERT), District Institute for Education and Training (DIET) and Block Institute of Teacher Education (BITE) held here on Wednesday. Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal was also present in the meeting.
The CM directed the officers to chalk out a plan for the accreditation of private institutions and this should be continuously monitored so that they can meet the required standards. During the meeting, it was informed that in the new National Education Policy (NEP), from the year 2030, it will be mandatory for a teacher to hold a BA-B.Ed integrated degree.
CM Manohar Lal directed that work on this programme should be started from next year rather than to wait for the year 2030. He further directed that 10 schools should be identified in three districts of Haryana including Gurugram, Jhajjar and Kurukshetra where internships for the students taking BA-B.Ed integrated degree can be provided. He said that apart from in-service training, training should be made compulsory even before recruitment.
MATTER OF PRIDE FOR INDIA THAT NARENDRA MODI CRICKET STADIUM IS NOW WORLD’S LARGEST CRICKET STADIUM, SAYS PRESIDENT KOVIND
It is a matter of pride that the 1,32,000-seater Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Motera has become the world’s largest cricket stadium, said President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium and the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Sports Enclave in Ahmedabad, President Kovind also noted that the stadium also provides world-class facilities for various sporting activities. “It is a matter of pride for us that the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium has become the world’s largest cricket stadium with a capacity of 1.32 lakh spectators. The stadium is not only the largest in the world but also provides world-class facilities for various sporting activities,” he said.
The President also congratulated officials of the Gujarat Cricket Association, who were instrumental in giving the present shape to the new stadium.
“With a gold rating of green-building certification, this is also a good example of eco-friendly development. The stadium showcases the aspirations and capabilities of the New India that has made a strong mark on the world stage,” he said.
He further said that the dominance that India has achieved in cricket reinforces the belief the country has the potential to achieve a higher position in the world in several other fields as well.
“India is called the ‘Power House of Cricket’ or ‘Hub of Cricket’, so it is quite appropriate that the world’s largest cricket stadium is also now in our country,” he said.
Highlighting that many young cricketers in India, coming from villages across the country are working hard and gradually emerging as significant sporting talents, he said: “Our youth have the capability to perform well in other sports on international levels. For this to materialise, we have to provide the world-class infrastructure the same way we have done for cricket. With this objective, it is significant that the Government of Gujarat has taken the initiative to build an international level sports enclave within the premises of the Narendra Modi Stadium.”
The sports enclave would work as a “multi-sports venue” and also provide facilities for hosting national and international events.
He further praised the Prime Minister for encouraging sportspersons in Gujarat during his tenure as Chief Minister.
“A new culture of sports is being developed by the Central Government throughout the country. Campaigns like ‘Khelo-India’ and ‘Fit-India’ are creating a trend towards encouraging good health and sports among the people,” he added.
The newly-built Motera Stadium was renamed the Narendra Modi Stadium ahead of the pink-ball Test between India and England. Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju were also in attendance on the occasion.
On February 24, 2019, the then President of United States, Donald Trump had visited Motera Stadium for the ‘Namaste Trump’ event, and exactly one year later, the newly-built stadium will now be hosting its first international cricket match.
Congress leader dares KTR for open debate on job issues
AICC national spokesman Dasoju Sravan has flayed K.T. Rama Rao, Minister for Industries, IT and Municipal Administration, for his misleading statements regarding recruitment in about 1.32 lakh jobs in Telangana. Differing on the minister’s claims, the senior Congress leader invited KTR for an open debate for discussing the original jobs provided by the government, existing vacancies available in the government and also in the private sector.
Dr Sravan fixed the venue, time and date for the same. While criticizing the attitude of KTR, who has been deliberately ignoring the aspirations of millions of Telangana agitators and insulting the sacrifices of over 1,500 martyrs, Dr Sravan asked KTR to accept his challenge to debate on the sensitive and most important issues of Telangana. “We are not idiots to believe in your shameless, useless and false statements. You must come along with your team on Friday (26th) at 12 noon to Telangana Martyrs Memorial at Gunpark with facts of recruitment numbers, current vacancies available,” he dared KTR. Dr Sravan addressed the media at Gandhi Bhavan today.
According to the AICC leader, there are about 40 lakh unemployed youth in Telangana and more than 3 lakh jobs currently vacant in the government itself. He said that the government did nothing in the last seven years to any segment, especially to the unemployed youth, graduates and even the government employees who are eagerly waiting to get a new PRC when their counterparts received 27% PRC in Andhra Pradesh.
Warning that graduates will teach a lesson to the TRS party in the MLC elections as KCR, KTR are only filling up their family jobs and ignoring lakhs of unemployed graduates in the state. “When your sister Kavitha cannot survive without a job, how do you think these many youngsters can live without a proper job or self-employment? After all, it is the fundamental responsibility of any government to provide jobs to its citizens,” Dr Sravan said.
College girl’s murder by classmate sparks tension in Andhra
A bizarre incident took place at Narasaraopet of Andhra Pradesh. Anusha, a degree student at the local Krishnaveni Private College, was brutally murdered. It has been reported that fellow student Vishnuvardhan Reddy allegedly killed Anusha and dumped her body in a canal.
After the murder, the accused Vishnuvardhan Reddy surrendered at the Narasaraopet Rural Police station. The police have registered a case and are investigating.
The murder led to tension in the town with students and family members staging a protest, demanding stringent action against the accused. As the news spread, students and family members gathered in large numbers and staged a protest with the body of the girl, demanding stringent action against the accused. They demanded that the accused be handed over to them. Some students also damaged the window panes of the college.
Budget Speech: CM Gehlot’s poetic repartees flatten Opposition, dissenters
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was seen taking a potshot not only at the opposition but also at his opponents (dissenters) in his own party Congress on Wednesday. The style of making repartees had poetic overtones. While presenting the Budget in the Assembly, Chief Minister Gehlot was eloquent and displayed a sharp oratory in the form of shayari laced with satirical potshots with verses in Hindi and Sanskrit.
He tried to woo all sections of society. But at the same time, in the Budget speech Chief Minister Gehlot did make it a point to send out a message to the opposition and his detractors that he is not ready to give up. He was seen sipping water seven times during the speech in what is understood to be a symbolic way to target former CM Vasundhara Raje over the issue of drinking water in the desert state. In a message to the BJP-led opposition, the Chief Minister announced that he will make drinking water available to every single household. However, the Central government is claiming to have provided water to the majority of households. It seems that the BJP will showcase this as a big achievement during the next general elections.
Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the responsibility of water to Rajasthan MP Gajendra Singh Shekhawat who is the Union minister of Jal Shakti. Shekhawat hails from Gehlot’s Jodhpur area. He was quite talked about when the Gehlot government was facing trouble. Shekhawat is also said to be one of the central figures in the politics of BJP in Rajasthan. He is also known to be close to the high command but the much-awaited cabinet expansion will help observers to understand his closeness with the high command.
Chief Minister Gehlot has allocated a budgetary provision of Rs 478 crore for pure drinking water. His government’s budget has focused on agriculture, health, and education. The Chief Minister has also tried to woo the youth. In what is said to be the longest budget speech ever, Chief Minister Gehlot has indicated that he is ready to take on the opponents more aggressively. “Mere hausalon mein abhi bahut jaan baaki hai, ye to daud bhar thi abhi udaan baaki hai, meri saadgi se mere baare mein andaza mat lagana, yeh to shuruaat bhar thi anzam abhi baaki hai,” he said. Political observers interpret it as a message that “his simplicity should not be misconstrued as him being a naïve person rather he is ready to take everything head-on.”
In the past two years, Chief Minister Gehlot had to deal with the “problems created by both the opposition and his own party leaders”. Over a dozen MLAs led by former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot had added to his problems. The BJP and some Central Ministers’ role was doubted. Chief Minister Gehlot somehow managed to save his government.
The Chief Minister announced many schemes and budgetary allocations to woo common people, keeping in view the measures to deal with the situation resulting from Covid-19. He kept in mind the upcoming byelections in four assembly seats. Chief Minister Gehlot gave out a message to the opposition leaders that they can’t destabilise his government which will complete its term and retain power in the next elections again. “Nigahon mein manzil thi, gire aur girkar sambhalte rahe. Hawaon ne bahut koshish ki, magar chirag andhiyon me bhi jalte rahe.” This is how Gehlot drove home the message.
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