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Rajouri district administration deploys ‘Lok Mitars’ to ensure better implementation of govt schemes

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Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 12 (ANI): To ensure better implementation of Government schemes at ground level and to bridge the communication gap between government and the public, the Rajouri district administration today launched Lok Mitar – Helping Hands for Public, a team of four officials, with a cover of Revenue Official (Patwari).
District Development Commissioner (DDC) Rajouri, Rajesh K Shavan, on Thursday, constituted as many as 386 teams consisting of the field functionaries from Rural Development Department, Integrated Child Development Services, Forest, Agriculture, Education, IT, and Revenue Department and designated them as Lok Mitars here at a mega event organised at the district headquarter.
The DDC inaugurated the program and released a booklet containing all details of ‘Lok Mitars’ who have been appointed village-wise.
Shavan, in his address, said that the objective of introducing the ‘Lok Mitars’ in the district was to ensure better dissemination of information in the remotest corner which will result in awareness about Government schemes and bring transparency in the system in the interest of Public.
“Lok Mitras shall function as eyes and ears of the District Administration, by establishing direct contact with the public and they will be available 24/7 for the public,” said Shavan.
He further stated that the ‘Lok Mitars’ are officials who are already working in the various Departments, but they have been given the responsibility to share the issues of the public with the district administration so that they can act as conduits between the administration and the public.
“With the help of ‘Lok Mitars’, people who used to travel long distances for getting information, lodging complaints, and inquiring about the status of their requests, shall get a sigh of relief as it will save their time and money. This shall also reduce the response time taken by the concerned departments and increase their accountability to the public,” Shavan added.
Shavan, while addressing the program, made the ‘Lok Mitars’ aware of their responsibilities like facilitation and support to the public in all matters, keeping primary contact with the beneficiaries and ensuring implementation of all programs and schemes up to the grass-root level, updating information and feedback on Lokmitar Portal on a daily basis, maintaining coordination with the beneficiaries and various departments to ensure easy access to the services being provided by various departments.
“The Government has launched a number of welfare schemes and programs for the public, but all these schemes are of no use if the public is not aware of them and the overall development of the District can only be ensured when all the stakeholders play their role well,” stated Shavan.
He said that ‘Lok Mitars’ shall work in consultation with the public representatives and members of PRIs and shall ensure the easy access to Government information for the public.
The Rajouri DDC advised the ‘Lok Mitars’ to keep close liaison with the PRI members to access the developmental demands of the public and bring to the notice of the District Administration the issues and demands so that all their genuine grievances can be redressed in a time-bound manner and their sufferings mitigated.
“Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign is in full swing in the District and a lot of work is being done for generating awareness among the Public. The need of the hour is to work towards covering all the beneficiaries under Sehat Scheme-Ayushman Bharat Programme, Mobilisation of beneficiaries for COVID-19 Vaccination, registration of houses under PMAY, linking AADHAR, providing pension, Jal Jeevan Mission-Har Ghar Nal se Jal and implementation of various other schemes,” he stated further.
Around 2500 persons attended the program and highly appreciated the concept. The District Administration also organised a pledge ceremony for Saving Water and the protection of Rights of Girl Child under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao was also held during the program and oath was administered to all the participants.
The officials of different departments made ‘Lok Mitars’ aware about various welfare schemes being implemented by their respective departments in the district to ensure their better implementation at ground level through stalls, hoardings, and speeches.
The special focus remained on schemes like Sehat, Jal Jeevan Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Nasha Mukt, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana, SAKHI- One Stop Centre (OSC) besides AYUSH, Horticulture, Agriculture, Forest Preservation, Covid vaccination, Nutrition and MidDay meals.
Several dignitaries including Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandan Kohli, senior police officials, Tehsildars, Block Development Officers besides other district and sectoral officers were present at the program.
Besides this block development council Chairpersons, district development council members, and almost all the sarpanches of different panchayats in the District were also present at the event. (ANI)

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Patna (Bihar) [India], March 7 (ANI): The widow of IndiGo station manager Rupesh Kumar Singh, who was shot dead by unidentified bike-borne men in Patna on January 12, has written to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urging for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in the case.
Singh was shot in Punaichak area under Shastri Nagar police station area in Patna on January 12. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said that a special team had been formed to probe the murder and assured that strict action will be taken against the culprits.
Patna police on February 3 arrested one person identified as Rituraj and claimed he had shot Singh as revenge for a road rage incident in which he was thrashed by the slain airline manager in November last year.
The family had been demanding a CBI inquiry into the case soon after police cited the road rage motive behind the murder.
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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): The cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed 2.06 crore on Saturday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16 this year and vaccination of the Frontline Workers (FLWs) started on February 2, 2021.
The next phase of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from March 1, for those who are over 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.
A total of 2,06,62,073 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 7 pm on March 6, the Union Health Ministry said in a release.
According to the Health Ministry, these include 69,72,859HCWs who have taken the 1st dose and 35,22,671HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 65,02,869FLWs (1st dose), 1,97,853FLWs (2nd dose), 4,60,782beneficiaries more than 60 years old and 30,05,039beneficiaries aged 45 and above with specific co-morbidities.
A total of 11,64,422vaccine doses were given till 7 pm today, the fiftieth day of nationwide COVID19 vaccination.
Out of which 9,44,919beneficiaries were vaccinated for 1st dose and 2,19,503HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine as per the provisional report. Final reports would be completed for the day by late tonight, Health Ministry added. (ANI)

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Panaji (Goa) [India], March 7 (ANI): Hotel CCTV footage will demolish the arguments of the prosecution in the rape case filed against former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, defence lawyer Rajeev Gomes said on Saturday.
Speaking to ANI outside the trial court in Mapusa town in North Goa, Gomes said that there were several lacunae in the police investigation, which have been pointed out in written and oral arguments before the court.
Tejpal, a veteran journalist who was accused of sexual assault by a female colleague in November 2013 was arrested on November 30, 2013. He is currently out on bail.
Last week, the Bombay High Court had dismissed that hotel CCTV footage will demolish prosecution, says defence lawyer in his plea seeking postponement of the hearing till December on the grounds that his lawyer was busy with another matter.
On September 29, 2017, the Goa court had charged him under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code, including rape, sexual harassment, and wrongful confinement. He, however, pleaded not guilty.
Following the framing of charges, Tejpal had moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of the charges levelled against him. In August, the top court refused to quash the charges and directed the trial to be concluded within six months. (ANI)

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Chairman of the National School of Drama (NSD) Paresh Rawal said that the country’s prestigious theatre training school is looking forward to opening new centres in the county soon, including one in Jammu and Kashmir.
While talking to ANI, Rawal said, “I believe that NSD should be extended to centres, it should be opened everywhere in North, West, East and South. So that boys who are like me, who are not from NSD should get a chance and as I said if I was in NSD then I would have been better than what I am today.”
He added that recently a request had been received from the Lieutenant Governor of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha for opening a centre there.
“This will soon be discussed with NSD society members and the government. Hopefully, we will have a concrete plan to do it soon. In fact, we are keen to set up centres in the states of Gujarat, West Bengal, and Maharashtra,” Rawal added.
“Kashmiri boys and girls want to do something. I want to open NSD in Kashmir soon. I am very excited about that,” Rawal said.
The chairman also said that the government is actively considering giving the Institute of National Importance tag to NSD, which will further strengthen the institute by enabling it to award degrees, introduce new courses like playwriting, costume designing, property making etc, and also open up new centres.
“We are talking to the Government of India to expedite the matter. Also, the proposal of re-development of the existing NSD campus is under consideration. The issue was brought to light in a meeting with Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri last week,” added Rawal. (ANI)

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Jatiya Parishad, Raijor Dal to decide who forms next government in Assam says Rasel Hussain

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Guwahati (Assam) [India] March 7 (ANI): Hitting out at Bharatiya Janata Party over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Raijor Dal said that this time it along with alliance partner Assam Jatiya Parishad will decide on who will form the new government in the state.
Raijor Dal has teamed up with the Assam Jatiya Parishad to fight the upcoming Assam assembly polls together.
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On Friday the Raijor Dal announced that its president, jailed activist Akhil Gogoi will contest the upcoming elections from Sibsagar constituency in Upper Assam. The party also announced the list of 17 candidates it is fielding for the first two phases of the three-phase elections in the state which begins on March 27.
He further said, “This time the regional alliance of Jatiya Parishad and Raijor Dal will decide who will form government in the state after this election.
“Akhil Gogoi is the only person in the northeast since independence who will contest election from jail. Sonowal government had accused Gogoi of false cases and kept him in jail for the past 15 months,” he claimed.
Hussain said that their only target is to defeat BJP, “We are not contesting against Mahagathbandhan and that’s why we are only contesting on 17 seats in the first two phases,” he added.
Gogoi, a peasant leader has been in jail since December 2019 in connection with a National Investigation Agency (NIA) case for his role in the anti-CAA protests in Assam. He was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
Raijor Dal was launched as a political outfit in October last year in Guwahati.
In the first phase, Raijor Dal will contest in 12 out of the 47 seats where the first phase election is scheduled for March 27. In the second phase elections on April 1, it has named candidates for six out of 39 seats. Assam will go to the polls in three phases beginning March 27.
The BJP had scripted history in Assam in the last assembly polls and won an absolute majority with its allies, defeating Congress which had been in power in the state for 15 years. It had bagged 60 seats, AGP 14, and BPF 12 seats in the last assembly polls. (ANI)

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Guwahati (Assam) [India], March 7 (ANI): The Congress on Saturday released its first list of 40 candidates for the upcoming three-phase election for the 126-member Assam Assembly.
Polls to the 15th Legislative Assembly polls in the state will begin on March 27 as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission of India with counting slated to be held on May 2.
Leader of Opposition Debabtata Saikia will contest from Nazira, his traditional bastion and former minister Rakibul Hussain will contest from Samuguri.
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora will contest for Gohpur seat and former minister Bismita Gogoi will fight from Khumtai seat.
Angkita, the daughter of former Assam Congress president Anjan Dutta, has won party ticket for Amguri seat.

The Congress led grand alliance or ‘Mahajath’ comprises the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Communist Party of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI (M), the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist) Liberation or CPI(ML), and the Anchalik Gana Marcha (AGM).
The Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF) has also broken away from the BJP-led alliance to join the ‘Mahajath’.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on Friday released the first list of 70 candidates for the elections. In the last assembly election in 2016, the BJP scripted history and formed the government for the first time in Assam ending Congress’ 15-year rule led by former chief minister Tarun Gogoi.
The term of the 14th legislative assembly of Assam is up to 31 May 2021. The Assembly elections for 126 seats will be held in three phases starting from March 27.
The first phase of notification is March 2 and 47 seats in 12 districts will go to the polls.
The last date of nomination March 9 and the date of poll is March 27. In the second phase, 39 constituencies in 13 districts will go to the polls on April 1.
A total of 41 constituencies in 12 districts will go to polls on April 6. (ANI)

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