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Here’s why demonetization is barely affecting certain tribal villages of Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As we entered Mendha Lekha village in Dhanora Tehsil of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, one thing which will surprise you the most is that almost every household has grown pumpkin or native beans (wal) and has goats or poultry or cow in their backyard.The livelihood of 300-odd people of Gond tribe community in Mendha is dependent on forest produce and farming. The village has community forest rights on 1,800 hectares of forest land under the Forest Rights Act 2006. Then there is a 100 hectare of farmland under the “individual rights” of all the residents. Following centuries-old traditions, the close-knit tribal village grows only food crops such as rice and pulses, mainly for its own consumption. While, vegetables are grown in the backyard, in every household, eggs, chicken and mutton are also available at home. Barring purchase of small items like salt, spices, tea and utensils, which is usually a monthly affair, tribal families do very little cash transactions.“We hardly need cash above few hundreds. The money we earn by selling tendu and bamboo is disbursed to all villagers through bank accounts only. Hence, demonetization has no effect in my village,” says Devaji Tofa, the village leader of Medha, known for grassroots democracy. He is credited with transforming his village into a rich, self-reliant entity by heading a successful campaign to acquire community forest rights for the Mendha Gram Sabha in 2011, emulated by over 1,300 villages of the district later.While a large part of urban and rural India is facing hardships due to the cash crunch in banks since demonetization, Tribal villages in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra seem to be largely unaffected by the move mainly because of self-reliance and adopting banking. The district has nearly 4.8 lakh tribal population, 40% of the total headcount. Maharashtra is home to one crore tribals, who account for nearly 10% of the population in the state.The “big cash component” comes into the picture in the Gadchiroli tribal villages only when they sell tendu leaves, bamboo and some other minor forest produce.This is an annual affair for tendu and other produce and once in 3-4 years for bamboo. Over 1,300 gram sabhas and their residents have bank accounts. Each gram sabha has around 50-100 households, earning up to Rs 40 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore by selling tendu and bamboo. “The earnings are then distributed equally among all, through online mode only,” says Bavsa Pave from Mohgaon, a village nearly 50 km away from Gadchiroli city.The tribals, whose livelihood is primarily based on forests produce and farming, largely remain as a close-knit family even now. They exchange farm produce, celebrate together and help each other in crisis.“We grow rice and pulses in fields while vegetables like beans, pumpkin are grown in the backyard. For constructing home, we use sand and wood from our own forests. All we need is just a few hundred rupees to purchase fruits and other items which are not grown here. Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 never comes into picture, hence no worries,” says Dinesh Tekam, a farmer from Dhanora. Most of the children study in tribal residential schools and the youngsters, a few of them, study in colleges in big cities and live in hostels supported by the government. For big festivals and feasts, which are a community celebration, Gond and Madia tribes go and hunt bigger animals like deer and wild pigs from deep forests. “We have been doing so since ages but we have some strict rules to conserve the nature. A hunter attempts for only three consecutive days. If he fails to get a wild animal, then we abandon it altogether for that festival,” said villagers from Laheri village in Bhamragad tehsil. Other 15 tribal districts in the state are also largely unaffected in the demonetization drive albeit due to different reasons. Since community and individual forest rights are poorly implemented in these districts, people suffer due to lack of livelihood resources. For instance, villages in Palghar and Amravati (Melghat) struggle with poverty and malnutrition. “Being cashless is not a choice but a compulsion for many of us,” says a Palghar villager, who lost his child to malnutrition in May. In Nandurbar, Thane and Nanded, which have sizeable tribal population, most tribals are either farmers with small land holdings or farm labourers. “Many of them have never seen Rs 1,000 or Rs 2,000 note for that matter. Their needs are minimum,” said Gowardhan Munde, a teacher from Kinwat, Nanded. “Cops inquire whether we carry Naxals’ money”Many villagers in Naxal-affected Gadchiroli district charged security personnel of highhandedness and unnecessary questioning while they queued up outside banks to deposit now invalid currencies. “Police personnel unnecessarily harassed us by asking whether we are depositing own money or that of Naxals’. Those who came with higher amounts were questioned by the cops at many places,” claimed Ramdas Jarate, a tribal activist in Gadchiroli. Villagers had to travel 50-60 km to reach to their nearest banks, a part of which was on foot, to deposit banned notes in the initial few weeks. Some had to spend the entire night outside when they failed to get cash. Only handful of banks and ATMs exist in the district, while the tehsils have just one or two.

Death of 8,000 Maharashtra tribal kids turns focus on disparities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Underlining the grim social disparities in Maharashtra, the government has admitted that the tribal areas in the state have seen the deaths of almost 8,000 children and over 450 mothers in around two years.In a written reply to a question by Sandeep Naik (NCP-Airoli) and others in the winter session of the state legislative assembly on Friday, health minister Dr Deepak Sawant said that the 16 tribal districts in the state had seen the deaths of 6,589 children below the age of six years and 306 mothers in the 2015- 16 financial year. In the present 2016-17 fiscal year, a total of 1,454 deaths of children and 153 cases of maternal mortality have been recorded till October 2016.Sawant however claimed that the health department was working effectively to combat child and maternal mortality. In his reply, the health minister said that while 283 deaths of children had been recorded at Melghat in Amravati in 2015-16, these were not due to malnutrition but because of pneumonia, low birth weight, early births, asphyxia and infections. Shahapur and Dolkhamb in Thane district also recorded 29 and four deaths of children respectively between January and June 2016.Meanwhile, in another written to a question by Amit Vilasrao Deshmukh (Congress – Latur city) and others, women and child development minister Pankaja Munde claimed that a decline in malnutrition had been observed this year compared to the previous year. However, there has been a marginal rise in the figures for Palghar, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Raigad, Gadchiroli, Nagpur, Amravati, Nanded and Mumbai city in September 2016 when compared to last year. This was because of diseases like diarrhea, cholera and pneumonia during the rainy season.A total of 147 children between the age of zero and six died between April and August 2016 at Mokhada, Jawhar, Vikramgad and Wada in Palghar district but Munde claimed that this was because of various ailments and diseases and not because of malnutrition.

Mumbai: Three drunk men misbehave with Finance Ministry officer in train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior law officer in Union Finance Ministry has lodged a complaint stating that three co-passengers allegedly misbehaved with her when she objected to their consumption of alcohol inside a train, the GRP said on Monday.The alleged incident occurred last night in the Mumbai-bound Amravati Express, as per the copy of the complaint made available on Monday. According to the complainant, the personal assistant of a state minister asked her not to file a complaint against the trio saying they are “our men.”The complainant stated that she noticed the three men drinking alcohol inside the coach and creating nuisance. She alleged that when she tried to stop them, they started abusing her. She said one of the men threatened her saying he is a relative of a minister in the state government. The trio were identified as Arvind Lawande, Yogesh Sriram and Pramod Gaikwad.The woman alleged that she received no help from RPF helpline, following which she pulled chain of the train, after which though the RPF personnel visited her coach, they did not take any action against the men.A non-cognisable offence has been registered against Lawande, Sriram and Gaikwad at Dadar GRP (Government Railway Police) here under sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. However, the designation of the woman officer and exact bogie where the incident occurred is not mentioned in the complaint copy.

Maharashtra: 1704 nominations received for 2nd phase Municipal Council polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 1704 nominations have been received for the second phase of polling for 14 municipal councils in Pune and Latur districts of Maharashtra. The elections are scheduled on December 14.In the second phase, there are 10 local bodies in Pune and four in Latur district where polls will be held, State Election Commissioner J S Saharia said. In all the 14 poll-bound local bodies, 162 nominations were received for the post of Municipal Council President. The last date of withdrawal of nominations is December 1.In the first phase, 70% nominations and affidavits were received online while for the second phase it was 100%, he said. “Lack of connectivity and power shortage in remote areas was one of the reasons why candidates could not file their papers online. But the commission set up help desks due to which the online filing of forms was easier for the candidates,” he said.Meanwhile, 50 gram panchayats in different districts will also go to polls on December 28. Nominations will be received between December 6 and 13. Scrutiny of papers will be done on December 14 and last date of withdrawal is December 16. On the same day, election symbols will be distributed to candidates. Counting of votes will be taken up on December 28, after the polling is over.In Thane district, there are five gram panchayats, which will go to polls while in Palghar district there are three gram panchayats; Raigad, Ratnagiri, Ahmednagar, Nandurbar, Aurangabad, Beed and Gadchoroli one each; Solapur, Nanded, Amravati, Buldhana and Wardha two each; Bhandara, Dhule and Yavatmal 3 each; Pune 6, and Nashik 10.

Chief Information Commissioner can transfer Commissioners: Bombay HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court has held that the State Chief Information Commissioner has powers under Right to Information Act (RTI) to transfer State Information Commissioner from one region to another for the purpose of ensuring that the Commission functions in a smooth manner. This significant ruling was delivered by a bench headed by Justice V M Kanade, who recently held that the State Chief Information Commissioner has such powers under section 15(4) of RTI Act to transfer State Information Commissioners from one region to another. The bench was hearing a petition filed by a Pune-based journalist Vijay Kumbhar challenging transfer of Ravindra Jadhav, State information Commissioner posted at Amravati, to another place. Jadhav did not challenge his transfer but Kumbhar filed a petition challenging the transfer of Jadhav from Amravati to another place on the ground that the State Chief Information Officer had no powers under RTI Act to transfer State Information Commissioners. The high court was satisfied that the petitioner was a responsible public activist and hence it permitted him to file this petition as a PIL. “In our view, the State Chief Information Commissioner has powers under section 15 (4) of RTI Act to transfer State Information Commissioners from one place to another to ensure smooth functioning of the Commissions in the State,” the bench ruled. “If there is any curb on his authority, the very aim and object of having the State Information Commission would be rendered nugatory and would be defeated. We do not see any substance in the petition,” said the bench. “The petition is therefore dismissed and the interim order passed earlier stands vacated,” the bench ruled. “It has to be remembered that the RTI Act was passed in order to ensure that there is transparency in the functioning of the Governments and their instrumentalities. In a democratic country, citizens are required to be informed about the manner in which the governments and their authorities function so that there is no scope for arbitrary action and also to contain corruption and lastly to hold governments and their instrumentalities accountable,” the bench further observed.

Irrigation scam: Bombay HC issues notice to Ajit Pawar, NCP MLC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court has issued notices to Maharashtra’s former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and NCP MLC from Yavatmal, Sandip Bajoriya, in a PIL alleging irregularities in irrigation projects in the state’s Buldhana and Amravati districts.A Nagpur bench of Justices Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Atul Chandurkar on Thursday directed them to reply before November 25, the next date of hearing in the case.The petitioner, Atul Jagtap, alleged that contracts for completing the Jigaon and Lower Pedhi projects, in Buldhana and Amravati respectively, were awarded to the MLC’s Bajoriya Construction Company at the behest of Pawar during the earlier Congress-NCP rule.Jagtap filed an application seeking to add Pawar, who was then state irrigation minister, and Bajoriya, as respondents.The cost of the Jigaon project rose to Rs 5,700 Cr from Rs 394 Cr in 15 years. The cost is expected to further cross Rs 7,000 Cr by the project’s deadline in 2019.He also sought constitution of a high-powered committee to investigate the alleged corruption and illegalities in allotment of tenders to Bajoriya’s firm.The PIL alleged that tender conditions were tweaked to favour the construction firm controlled by Bajoria, a big name in irrigation construction sector, allegedly at the behest of Pawar. Bajoria’s firm got contract for both the projects only due to his proximity with Pawar, the PIL alleged.The petitioner, who obtained details under the RTI Act, alleged that forged and fabricated documents were submitted by Bajoria to meet the eligibility criterion.The PIL also slammed the respondent contractor firm for not completing project work despite availing mobilisation advance from the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation.Work order of Jigaon project was issued in 2008-09 while that of Lower Pedhi was issued way back in 2006-07.Till date the work was not completed, the PIL claimed while demanding high-level probe into the irregularities and scrapping of tender process and issuance of new tenders.Advocate Shridhar Purohit appeared for the petitioner.The Bajoria construction firm was represented by advocates Pravin Deshmukh and N B Kalwaghe.

Atrocity Act will stay despite demands from Maratha community to repeal it: Fadnavis assures Dalits

Nagpur: On Tuesday Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis assured the Dalit community that notwithstanding the demand from a section of the society, a legislation on prevention of atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Tribes will not be abolished.

Addressing a huge gathering at ‘Deekshabhoomi’ on 60th Dhamma Chakra Pravartan Day, which marks the mass conversion to Buddhism by B R Ambedkar and his followers in 1956, he said there was a strong demand from a section of the Maratha community to repeal the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act as it is allegedly being misused, but the act will stay.

A true follower of Ambedkar will not indulge in such misuse and hence there was no need for the Maratha community or any other community to fear its misuse, he said.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Bihar Governor Ramnath Kovind and Dalit leader and Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale were also present.

One of the major demands of the politically dominant Maratha community, which is taking out huge silent marches in Maharashtra, is abolition of the Atrocities Act.

A file photo of Devendra Fadnavis. AFPA file photo of Devendra Fadnavis. AFP

A file photo of Devendra Fadnavis. AFP

Fadnavis also said the plan of the memorial of Ambedkar at Indu Mill land in Mumbai would be soon finalised.

The government had detailed discussions with top Dalit leaders including Prakash Ambedkar, Jogendra Kawade, Sulekha Kumbhare, Anand Ambedkar and others to avoid any controversy and the design of the memorial was nearing completion, he said.

He also lauded the contribution of former Governor of Bihar and Kerala R S Gavai, who headed the memorial committee till his death, and said a memorial for Gavai would be constructed in his hometown Amravati with a budget of Rs 25 crore.

Gadkari in his speech assured all necessary help from the Centre to turn Deekshabhoomi into a world-class monument.

A proposal from the state government to create a Buddhist circuit connecting important Buddhist sites was pending, and now the Centre has sanctioned Rs 100 crore for it, he said.

The Chief Minister also said the plan of the memorial of Dr Ambedkar at Indu Mill land in Mumbai would be soon finalised.

The government had had detailed discussions with top Dalit leaders including Prakash Ambedkar, Jogendra Kawade, Sulekha Kumbhare, Anand Ambedkar and others to avoid any controversy and the design of the memorial was nearing completion, he said.

He also lauded the contribution of former Governor of Bihar and Kerala R S Gavai, who headed the memorial committee till his death, and said a memorial for Gavai would be constructed in his hometown Amravati with a budget of Rs 25 crore.

Gadkari in his speech assured all necessary help from the Centre to turn the Deekshabhoomi into a world-class monument.

A proposal from the state government to create a Buddhist circuit connecting important Buddhist sites had been pending, and now the Centre had sanctioned Rs 100 crore for it, he said.

State government’s Aadhar-linked biometrics system hit by validation hurdles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government’s plans for an Aadhaar-linked biometrics based system at ration shops to curb pilferage and ghost beneficiaries has run into a speed bump due to validation hurdles.Maharashtra has around 1.48 crore ration cards (or 7.0016 crore targeted beneficiaries) covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013. It covers up to 75% of the rural and 50% of the urban population for receiving subsidised food grains under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS).The state government is working on linking ration cards of all NFSA beneficiaries to their Aadhaar numbers. Point of sale (POS) machines will be installed in all 53,000 ration shops in Maharashtra for authentication using biometric features. The project is expected to be in place by March next year, with at least some of these terminals being commissioned.Around 86.86% of these cards have been seeded with Aadhaar numbers so far. Sources said the validation of these Aadhaar numbers after their seeding with ration cards was proving to be slightly difficult due to inconsistencies in the data. “Many times, names on the ration cards do not match with details in the Aadhaar database. Sometimes, people use suffixes like Kumari and Shrimati while writing their names, which leads to inconsistencies being thrown up,” said a senior official.”The problem is that while the PDS is a family database, the rest are individual databases due to which these issues come up,” said another official, adding that apart from one officer for each of the 45 “food districts,” they were also looking to appoint 427 people for speeding up validation.He added that while they had validated around 60 lakh numbers in bulk, the use of the data seeding and data validation (DSDV) pool would speed up the process.The departments plans to cover around 20% to 25% in bulk seeding, with an equal number being validated manually.”However, we are planning to ensure that by the time the biometrics-based system is rolled out, at least one person per card is validated for all 1.48 crore ration cards. The others will be covered subsequently on POS machines in the fair-price shops,” the official said, admitting that “validating of beneficiaries is a huge task.”However, food and civil supplies minister Girish Bapat denied that problems had come up in the validation process. Another official said that the biometrics based system would weed out duplicate card holders, and bogus and ghost beneficiaries from the system as a pilot conducted in Sangli, Jalgaon and Shirur (Pune) had revealed.The biometrics-based project is being rolled out in three groups, namely Mumbai, Konkan and Nashik; Aurangabad and Pune; and Nagpur and Amravati. Another official said the system must be installed 24 weeks after the master service agreement was signed and 99% off-take must be through biometric authentication. In exceptional cases, 1% can be done based on scanning the QR code on ration cards or through the one-time password (OTP) system.The total number of ration cards in Maharashtra, which has an 11.23 crore population according to the 2011 census, is around 2.48 crore. The state government has used an exclusion criteria of Rs 54,000 annual income in urban areas and Rs 49,000 in rural areas for beneficiary families to be included for NFSA benefits.

Silent protest march by Marathas in Amravati on Thursday demanding reservation

Silent protest march by Marathas in Amravati on Thursday demanding reservation

Sep 21, 2016 16:03 IST

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Amravati (Maharashtra): Members of the Maratha community will take out a silent kranti morcha on Thursday demanding reservations in educational institutes and government jobs.

The community, pre-dominant in Maharashtra politics, has been taking out silent marches in various towns of the state over last one month, following the rape and murder of a girl at Kopardi in Ahmednagar district two months back. The victim girl was a Maratha, while the culprits were Dalits.

According to the organisers, nearly five lakh community members are expected to take part in the morcha that will begin from Nehru maidan here at 11 am on Thursday.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“The morcha is not against any caste but against the tendency involved in Kopardi case,” the organisers said at a press conference.

A team of 750 dedicated volunteers has been formed for the security of the morcha.

The organisers said college youths alone would lead the morcha as there would be no political or other leaders involved in the march.

They said schools and colleges have been requested to declare a holiday on Thursday.

Earlier, the Maratha rallies in Akola, Latur and Nanded drew huge crowds.

The community leaders have been demanding scrapping of the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), saying that it is grossly misused, and also reservations for Marathas in educational institutes and government jobs.

Uri attack: Tearful adieu to four valiant soldiers from Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An emotional farewell was given to four valiant army jawans from Maharashtra, who lost their lives in the Uri attack, as their last rites were performed in their respective native villages with full military and state honours.Sandip Somnath Thok (24) from Nashik district, Chandrakant Shankar Galande from Satara, Vikas Janardhan Kulmethe (27) from Yavatmal district and Panjab alias Vikas Janrao Uike (26) from Amravati lost their lives in the terror attack on Sunday. Amid slogans in his praise by thousands of emotional villagers and family members, the mortal remains of Army jawan Sandip Thok were consigned to flames at his native Khadangli village in Nashik district.The body of Sandip, who is survived by parents, elder brother Yogesh and two married sisters, was yesterday brought to Ojhar Airport in Nashik district in an IAF plane from Srinagar and then taken to his native village last night. His parents, relatives and villagers broke down on seeing the valiant soldier’s body.A procession was also taken out in the village as state Rural Development Minister Dadaji Bhuse, District Collector Radhakrishnan B, Sub-Divisional Officer Mahesh Patil, Tehsildar Manoj Khairnar and others paid rich tributes to the martyr. The jawan was bid farewell amid chants of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Sandeep Thok amar rahein’ by grief-stricken villagers as his mortal remains were cremated late last night with full military honours.Galande’s body was brought to his native Jashi village in Satara this morning where his last rites were performed with full military honours. Thousands of villagers and teary-eyed family members gathered at the site to pay their last respects. A large procession was carried out by villagers.People paying tribute to the mortal remains of Lance Naik Chandrakant Shankar Galande during his cremation ceremony at Jashi Village in Satara, Maharashtra on Tuesday. PTISatara Guardian Minister Vijay Shivtare, state Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection Minister Girish Bapat, and several others paid tributes to the jawan. Galande had joined the Army in 2004 as soon as he completed his education. He is survived by his wife, two sons, parents and two brothers. His parents, while talking to reporters yesterday, had demanded stern action against Pakistan.Meanwhile, bodies of Vikas Kulmethe and Vikas Uike were flown to Nagpur airport. While Kulmethe’s body was brought to Nagpur last night, Uike’s mortal remains were brought there this morning. After the Army officials paid homage to the two martyrs this morning, their bodies were taken to their native places.Maj Balbir paying tribute to Sep Vikas Janardan Kulmethe of Yawatmal who was killed in Uri attack, at Kamptee Cantonment in Nagpur on Tuesday. PTIKulmethe’s body reached his native Purad village in Wani at about 2.15 pm and was received by Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. The body was then kept at his house for the public to pay their last respects. An emotional farewell was given to Kulmethe, where thousands turned up. The entire tehsil observed bandh for the day.Army jawans carry the coffin of Sepoy Panjab alias Vikas Uike, who was martyred in Uri attack, during his funeral in Nandgaon in Amravati district of Maharashtra on Tuesday.​ PTIVikas, who joined the army in 2008 and was transferred to the camp at Uri six months ago, got married two years back. He is survived by his wife Sneha (23), a four-month-old daughter, a younger brother and parents. Mortal remains of Vikas Uike from Nandgaon Khandeshwar town in Amravati district, were consigned to flames this afternoon. His family members and villagers could not hold back tears as his elder brother lit the funeral pyre amid the gun salute and full state honours. Before the body was brought to the town, residents burnt the effigy of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in protest.When the van carrying Uike’s body reached the home town, his family members broke down, even as slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Shahid Vikas Amar Rahe’ rent the air. The market remained closed today while thousands lined the road to bid adieu to Uike. He had joined the Bihar Battalion of the army at Chandrapur in 2009, served at Assam and West Bengal, before being posted at Jammu and Kashmir three months ago. He left behind parents, a brother and a married sister. His father Janrao had earlier said that they were planning to marry him off soon. “We had planned to solemnise the engagement on Diwali but all our plans have been shattered,” he had told PTI.

Centre trims loan amount needed for new Andhra Pradesh capital, Amravati by half

Amravati: Andhra Pradesh was in for a rude shock when the Centre cut down by half the quantum of loan that the state wanted to secure from the World Bank for the construction of its new capital Amaravati.

After initially giving in principle approval for $1 billion loan in March, the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under the Union Ministry of Finance has now reduced the loan amount to $500 million only. “The DEA had given in principle approval for $1 billion loan but subsequently realised that rules did not permit the quantum in a single tranche. Accordingly, the loan proposal was cut down by half,” a top official overseeing the issue said.

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Representational image. Reuters

A World Bank official confirmed that they have received a request from the Government of India for a 500 million USD loan for the first phase development of Amravati. The World Bank is yet to approve the loan as it is “currently working with the AP government and the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) to prepare the project,” the official said.

Though there was no specific comment from the World Bank on this, there is a talk that it has kept the loan proposal on hold, if not rejected, as the capital construction is faced with litigation before the National Green Tribunal. The World Bank team, led by its head Raghu Kesavan, visited the Amaravati region a couple of times in the past few months to assess the project. It is due for another visit in Amaravati shortly.

CRDA officials fear the World Bank might not clear the loan proposal till the NGT gave the green signal for the capital construction. “We have explained our position on various environmental issues related to the project. They have also conducted field visits and we are negotiating with them for early sanction of loan,” a CRDA official said.

If the loan is delayed or rejected, it could jeopardise AP’s plan to develop the first phase of a “world-class” capital by 2018-19.

Maharashtra SSC Results 2016 declared: 89.56% pass percentage recorded; girls outshine boys once again

Maharashtra SSC Result 2016:The Maharashtra SSC (class 10) examination held in March this year has registered an overall pass percentage of 89.56, with girls having an edge over boys in the ​MSBSHSE SSC results 2016 or ​MSBSHSE Class 10 Result 2016 announced on Monday (06th June 2016).Here are the important highlights from the MSBSHSE​ SSC Result 2016:​An estimated 17 lakh students appeared for the SSC examination in which out of nine regional divisions of the Maharashtra Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Konkan topped the list once again with passing percentage of 96.56 and with Latur division lagging at 81.54%.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While 87.98% boys were successful, girls outnumbered them with a passing percentage of 91.49.The Maharashtra Board conducts exams within the state through nine divisional boards at Pune, Mumbai, Latur, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik, Kolhapur, Amaravati and Konkon.Following are the division wise SSC results 2016 : Konkan: 96.56; Kolhapur:​ 93.89%; Pune: 93.30%; Mumbai: 91.90%; Aurangabad: 88.05%; Nagpur: 85.34%; Amravati: 84.99 %; Nashik: 89.61%; Latur: 81.54.Check Maharashtra SSC Result 2016 or Maharashtra Class 10 Result 2016 here:, wish all the students who appeared in the Maharashtra Boarsd SSC Exam 2016 good luck for their Maharashtra SSC Result 2016 or MSBSHSE​ SSC (class 10) Result 2016.

Maharashtra to launch satellite-mapping, digitisation of rural land

Over 150 years after the last comprehensive survey of land across Maharashtra was launched, the state government will undertake satellite mapping of rural land and digitisation of these maps.The survey will initially be launched initially in six districts — Raigad, Pune, Amravati, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Nashik. It will eventually cover the entire 3.07 lakh square km area of Maharashtra. Of this, 2.85 lakh sq km area comprise the rural areas.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The roll-out in six districts is expected to cost around Rs 230 crore, while for the state, it will be Rs 1,500 crore. The state is planning to source funding from the Government of India’s Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP).The land records reform project will help the transition from the current system, under which only a presumptive title of land is provided, to one where title is clear and ownership is guaranteed to reduce litigation and disputes.It will check cheating as buyers will be able to locate their land parcels on maps with plans to ensure that, finally, holdings can be geo-mapped and geo-referenced with latitude and longitude. It will also introduce ease of doing business for corporate houses and individuals.Apart from 55.58 lakh property cards in urban areas, Maharashtra has 2.11 crore holders of rural ‘records of rights,’ which are also called 7/12 extracts.”We are in the process of issuing the request for proposals (RFPs)… this will be done in around a month,” said Sambhajirao Kadu Patil, settlement commissioner and director of land records. He added that the project will cover satellite mapping, digitisation of maps and ‘ground truthing’.”This will ensure that ownership on paper will actually be reflected on the ground,” Patil said, noting that there was a huge variation in title and measurement of land on paper records and what actually existed on the ground.”Satellite images will be superimposed on maps in our records to see the difference… and ground-mouthing of these images will be done to tally them with the situation on ground,” Patil said.While the six districts were expected to be covered in three years, Maharashtra will be covered in five years.”The project will be self-supporting as the ‘sand’ (document which gives certain rights to land owners) and maps will be given to land holders for Rs 300 per acre,” Patil explained.The department will use dispute resolution committees at the village level to overcome disputes. These maps will be accurate to a distance of 30 cm on ground.During the British era, the first comprehensive survey of land was launched in 1860 and completed in 1890. In 1930, a revision survey was conducted to map those patches which were not covered and a re-survey was conducted in Vidarbha in 1974.The revenue department had launched a pilot project in 12 villages around Pirangut at Mulshi in Pune, which has a mix of industrial, commercial, agricultural land. This was concluded in August 2014.All 7/12 extracts in Maharashtra have been computerised and e-mutations–process of changing and updating details like ownership in the land records—have been launched in 315 of 358 talukas.Officials say the aim is to give conclusive title as India has no Land Titling Act, unlike in the US and some European countries.

A ton of old news is not so bad news

Old news is good news – at least for Arham Yuva Seva Group (AYSG), a group formed by Jain community members.Set up in 2005, AYSG is now in the Limca Book of Records for collecting the maximum amount of old newspapers and waste papers in a single day.As part of its Maha Pasti Abhiyan (MPA), or mega newspaper collection, AYSG collected 61.82 tonnes of old newspapers in Mumbai alone in a single day. The all- India figure was 151.21 tonnes.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All for a good cause. The proceeds of this fundraiser will go towards community support, health care, education and food for the poor, and also for animal welfare.But how did they pull it off? According to Rajesh Kothari (42), a core team member: “We have 55 centres across India. Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Amravati and Pune are among those.”Our 1,500-plus volunteers went on a door-to-door campaign in various societies to collect newspapers and old, corrugated boxes. We also have tie-ups with various schools, colleges, and corporate houses. Last month, a bank’s branch decided to donate a whole month’s newspapers.”This year, the fourth mega collection of old papers, will be held on April 10. The target this time is 150 tonnes. “We plan to make drinking water fountains and toilets in schools. School kits will also be distributed,” says Kulkarni.Last year, the group donated the proceeds to 5,008 students. “We went back to the houses from where we collected newspapers and made a database of housemaids who have kids. We donated kits that included writing boards, books, compass boxes etc,” said Kothari.How did the idea strike AYSG? “We got inspired by our guru Rashtra Sant Namramuniji Maharaj Saheb and took up this activity, among other things. The purpose was to spread the word that even little raddi (heap of newspapers) can make a difference. The other objective was to connect the youth with humanitarian activities. During our MPAs, we send WhatsApp messages, leaflets and word-of-mouth.”After MPA1, AYSG assisted 1,000 blind families with a month’s grocery. The second campaign collected enough money to donate a dialysis machine to the Rajawadi hospital in Ghatkopar. Over 1,500 patients have benefited till date.AYSG also get food from the ISKCON kitchen, which is donated to at least 200 people at each centre in Mumbai. “We have around 15 centres,” says Kothari.As part of its summer project, AYSG instals bird feeders and water bowls for birds and animals. During winter, it distributes blankets to beggars. The group also holds camps where schools, orphanages and widowed mothers can be adopted. Blood camps, eye check-up camps, medical camps and disability camps are the other activities.Whoever said today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s wrapper!

Want to be a tribal? Welcome to Kinwat

Twenty one-year-old Sanjeevni Boinwad was arrested by the Kinwat police on Wednesday from the Khandala police training academy for submitting a bogus tribal certificate for securing her job.Boinwad, who hails from Amravati, was selected from the open category but claimed to be a tribal later, obviously for quick career progression.”I have no clue about this certificate. My father procured it and gave it to me,” says Boinwad, claiming innocence while interacting with this correspondent at the Kinwat police station. She had earlier sought an anticipatory bail, which was rejected.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Boinwad is among eight people arrested in the bogus tribal case by the Kinwat police this week. Of them, three are women. Six of them are accused of obtaining certificates of the Mannervarlu and MahadeoKoli tribes while their applications were either rejected by the revenue department (which issues caste documents) or were still under consideration. One Dynaneshwar Tigalewad reportedly didn’t even apply for a certificate but presented a fabricated one.A week ago, a final-year ITI student from Nanded, Savan Ramkishan Awade (23), was sent to jail over similar charges. He was caught when he applied for scholarship under the tribal quota and the documents he presented turned out to be bogus.”His certificate was issued while he was just two-year-old, which raised our suspicion. Most documents submitted as proofs to procure his caste certificates were doctored,” said a Kinwat police official.Over two dozen people have been booked by the Kinwat police alone since January 2016 over similar charges.All accused have been booked under IPC Sections 420, 467, 468, 471,475, 476, 120B and 35, he said. Section 120 attracts a maximum seven-year jail term.Among the arrested is Ramesh Boinwad (35). The police say he is behind the ‘mass conversion’ of non-tribals into ‘tribals’ over the years. He is accused of running a racket and charges Rs15,000-50,000 per bogus certificate.Further, most bogus candidates have reportedly paid Rs 8-10 lakh to obtain their caste validity certificates from the zonal level “caste validity committee” (in the case of above accused, it’s Aurangabad).Caste validation is a must for every quota candidate, for which a 12- member committee is set up in eight different zones. The committee, whose ex-officio chairperson is the tribal commissioner (research), comprises officials from the police and other departments, who are authorised to verify all caste certificates issued by the revenue department.Caste certificates are required for admissions and scholarships, government jobs and for contesting elections. One needs to submit school leaving certificate, caste certificates of his/her parents and residential proof to get a caste certificate.Most fake tribals are from the general category or belong to the Munnerwar community, which is under the special backward class (SBC). Their school records are either missing or overwritten by converting Munnerwar to Mannerwarlu, which was defined as a sub-caste of the primitive Kolam tribe through a GR issued in 1985.SBCs are entitled for a 2% quota while tribes have a 7% quota in jobs, higher and medical educations and in the electoral process. More opportunities under tribal quota have lured many people to commit fraud. Easy access to agents, corruption at the revenue department and caste validity committees only help them.(To be continued)

Maharashtra govt don’t give two hoots to rights panel recommendations

Maharashtra government has acted upon less than one-third of the recommendations by the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC), on various rights violations, in the last two years. While six of the 45 recommendations were rejected, 25 are still pending before the government.According to the statistics available with dna, the rights panel had sought Rs 38.76 lakh in damages for victims in 45 cases, from the state government from November 2013 to March this year. While the government accepted and released compensation worth Rs 11.87 lakh in 14 cases, it rejected six claims and have kept in abeyance 25 other recommendations.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Most of the rights violation cases (31) involved the home department. The other departments against whom the commission has submitted rights violation cases were that of tribal development, revenue & forests, urban development, town planning and energy.”As per SHRC regulations, action taken report must be submitted within a month. Also, half-yearly report needs to be submitted before the commission. It is learnt that most of the time this regulation is not followed inspite of the commission’s repeated reminders. For refusing any recommendation given by the commission, the state has to give satisfactory reasons. If the commission is not satisfied with the reasoning for denial, the complainant can go to the High Court,” said a senior member from the commission.He added that the recommendations need not be always demanding monetary compensation. They can also be to seek proper measures and actions so as to pre-empt any rights violation at a particular point of time.”The commission is doing awareness programmes on human rights at your doorsteps. An experiment was done recently at three places – Kolhapur, Amravati and Buldhana. As per the programmes, on the first day, hearing of cases was conducted at local places only, on the second day sensitisation programmes were held for public servants from all departments and on the last day an awareness programme for public at large was held. The experiment was very successful and now we plan to make it a continuous affair,” said Justice SR Bannurmath, chairperson of the commission.He added that at least 50% of the cases received by the commission are not maintainable.Status of cases handled by SHRC till February 2016Earlier pendancy of cases – 20,193Fresh cases received – 884Total cases – 21,077Total cases disposed – *442Pending cases till February – 20,635

Amravati Information Commissioner and family die in road accident in Karnataka

Bansod Dattatray Raybhanrao, Maharashtra’s State Information Commissioner (Amravati bench) died in a tragic road accident on late Saturday night.The accident also took the life of his wife and son who were travelling with him. Only his daughter survived. Bansod was travelling with his family in Hubli, Karnataka.Confirming the news, Ratnakar Gaikwad, the state Chief Information Commissioner, said in a written reply, “Yes, unfortunately, news is correct. Spoke to Chief Secretary and others. Mr Bansod, his wife and son died in car accident in Hubli in Karnataka. Daughter recovering. Very sad and tragic indeed.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More details awaited.

Nagpur HC strictures on babus gives another ammunition for Opposition

The Opposition would raise the issue of Nagpur High Court strictures on Mantralay officials for ignoring inclusion of villages from Amravati in the list of drought-affected villages and question the reply by rehabilitation minister Eknath Khadse who already is facing the breach of Privilege Motion moved by the Opposition against him.After Khadse gave a detailed reply on drought situation in the state, leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil has moved a breach of Privilege Motion against him for presenting false picture about the farmers’ suicides in the year 2012. Vikhe-Patil has alleged that the minister has tried to mislead the House there by breaching the privilege of the House.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, when finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar presented the Budget in state assembly and his deputy, minister of state for finance Deepak Kesarkar presented Budget in state legislative council, the high court passed strictures on Mantralaya Babus for ignoring villages from Amravati division in the list of drought affected villages.The high court bench has came down heavily on Babus saying that the bureaucrats by sitting in air conditioned rooms can not understand the ground reality. The bench has directed the state government to present a fresh list of drought-affected villages by taking cognizance of the report submitted by the Amravati divisional commissioner. Amravati division had reported maximum suicides.Dewanand Pawar, a member of Yavatmal zilla parishad, had moved Nagpur Bench with a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for inclusion of villages which had Anewari or crop yield less than the standard norm set by the government.With the high court bench passing strictures, the Opposition is going to harness the same when House resumes on Monday. Leader of Oppositon Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil told DNA that the state government would have to provide a satisfactory reply on the Nagpur bench strictures. Vikhe-Patil asked: “Was Khadse unaware of the PIL pending before the Nagpur bench? If the minister was unaware of this PIL then on what basis the state government had presented its case before the court?”Vikhe-Patil said that the strictures passed by Nagpur Bench and the fact that Khadse did not mention anything on pending PIL in the House are testimony of the fact that the government does not know what is happening under its nose.When contacted, minister for parliamentary affairs Girish Bapat said that the government has provided financial assistance which was never provided in the history. As far as court matter is concerned, the government would respect the order and take appropriate steps. But as far as House proceedings are concerned, the government is capable enough to provide right reply when Opposition brings the issue in House.”

Never mentioned Rohith Vemula’s name in letter to HRD, says Bandaru Dattatreya

Union Minister of State for Labour (independent charge) Bandaru Dattatreya on Tuesday accused Congress’s Jyotiraditya Scindia for ‘tarnishing his image’, and said that he never mentioned Hyderabad PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s name in the letter sent to the HRD ministry.”I never mentioned Rohith’s name (in the letter to the HRD Ministry). I never mentioned any student’s name or any organisation of the university as casteist or anti-social or anti-national element? Jyotiraditya has tarnished my image,” Dattatreya said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”But, I have mentioned the petition which came for me through a BJP vice-president which I forwarded to the HRD Minister because whatever were the activities prevailing in the university, I wanted to make it correct. I don’t want any punishment for anybody but my intention was only to see that these activities when Yakub Memon incident was glorified, I thought that I should mention that one,” he added.Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia on February 24 accused the BJP-led government of creating an atmosphere of intolerance in the country and alleged that efforts were on to crush any opposing point of view.Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Scindia demanded action against Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani and Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya over Rohith’s suicide.Rohith, who committed suicide in Hyderabad Central University, along with four other Dalit students was allegedly expelled from hostel following a tussle with students affiliated with the student wing of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP).He belonged to Guntur district of Amravati and was doing his PhD in science technology and society studies for the past two years, before the scholar allegedly got involved in a tiff between two student groups in August last year.

Maharashtra: Britannia Nutrition Foundation adopts Melghat

Bringing fresh hope for children of states’ undernourished and long neglected Melghat region, Britannia Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has adopted the tribal belt as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative for the year 2016-17.Further, to ensure that the programme is a success, doctors from Wadia hospital have also consented to provide offsite and onsite medical support to make the programme a success.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BNF has reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government to implement a three-phase project that in collaboration with government’s Integrated Child Development Services programme.According to sources all the three phases will be six months long taking the entire programme length to 18 months. In the first phase of the programme, in the first three months , Anganwadi workers in Melghat will be provided with hard copies of formats to record legacy data of children aged below five years. This legacy data will comprise children’s birth weight and latest recorded weight. All this data will then be uploaded on a specially designed software. In next three months, experts will analyse the data and work on the nutritional requirements of each child living in the region.In phase two, the foundation along with Anganwadi workers will work with the health machinery in the district to ensure that all SAM children receive the prescribed amount of nutrition. For nex six months there will be a complete monitoring of the nutrition status of all the SAM children by the BNF and health workers.In the third phase — which will start on completion of one year — the BNF will again access the nutritional measures of the children who were part of the project. Their height and weight gain will also be checked. “If after the third phase any child is still found with any kind of shortfall, the foundation and the health workers will work on rectifying it,” said a senior government officer.The plan, however, will also support children with moderate malnutrition. Besides this, the foundation will also engage with the district administration in promoting , through use of technology and modern management practices, the effective implementation of ongoing government programmes.Melghat in Amravati district has been in the news for its high infant mortality rate. In 2014, 306 children died due to malnutrition. In 2015, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, asked the ministries of tribal welfare, finance, health, and the department of information and technology to come up with a roadmap, which includes setting up of telecommunication towers in the tribal belt.

Hyderabad scholar commits suicide after expulsion from university

One of the five Dalit scholars who were expelled from the University of Hyderabad hostel 12 days ago hanged himself to death on Monday. 25-year-old Rohith Vemula, who belonged to Guntur district of Amravati, was doing his PhD in science technology and society studies for the past two years, before the scholar allegedly got involved in a tiff between two student groups in August last year.The five researchers were supported by 10 other students’ outfits on campus including ASA, Students Federation of India, Dalit Students Union and National Students Association among others.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, the students from each of the outfits had started relay hunger strike asking the university administration to take back the students all of whom hailed from backward socio-economic backgrounds.The students protested against Union Cabinet Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya, and HRD minister Smiriti Irani. The students demanded the revoking of the suspension of the five Dalit research scholars and also demanded the apology of Dattatreya for interfering in University matters and branding students of University of Hyderabad as casteists, anti-nationals and extremists.

Union Minister Hansraj Ahir wants other states to follow Maha’s move to ban cow slaughter

Stating that “Indians have culture in their blood”, Union Minister Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday said that like Maharashtra, other states should also ban cow slaughter. He also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the “maker” of India as he has taken up the cause of providing employment opportunities to the country’s youths. “Indian culture is deep and unfathomable. Indians have culture in their blood and nobody came from outside to teach us culture,” the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers said at an award ceremony here. Maharashtra has banned cow slaughter and other states should follow its suit, he said. “Awards given by the government should be honoured. Those who criticise our culture are the detractors of the country,” Ahir said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PM Modi has taken up the cause of creating employment opportunities by introducing ‘Make in India’ programme, he said adding, “Modi is the maker of India. Providing employment is the biggest challenge before the government and the PM is leaving no stone unturned to achieve that objective.” Urging youths to become entrepreneurs, the minister said, “The government has opened a big avenue through Mudra scheme to enable educated youths to set up their own businesses.”On the occasion, Ahir presented ‘Sant Gadge Baba Social Work’ award instituted by the SGB Amravati University to social worker from Washim district Dilip Baba alias Dilip Pawar.