<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday apparently compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a doctor who has performed a “nice surgery” by demonetizing high value notes, but said that “lack of proper post operation care for patients has raised fear about their survival now”.”Currently, a lot of people are opposing the move, however, I was the first person to issue a statement in support of the decision, which was taken against black money. “People in Delhi ask me about my opinion on demonetization. I say the doctor has done the operation nicely, however the post surgery care was not taken properly and now there is a fear that whether patients will die or survive sans good post surgery care,” Pawar told a gathering of party workers here, without naming Modi. The NCP chief was the first politician to back Modi’s announcement on November 8 to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.Pawar said the people from rural areas are affected by the decision as they are dependent on cooperative banks, which are not allowed to accept deposits in old notes or to exchange them with new legal tenders. “Government is not accepting money from cooperative banks, because of which these banks in rural areas are suffering a lot. In the last few days, Rs 4,500 crore has been deposited in these banks by their customers, however, no big banks are ready to take these deposits,” he said. The Maratha strongman said the co-operative banks are in a “dilemma” on how to store these cash deposits and repay interest to their customers, bulk of them farmers.”In initial days after the decision, people were lauding the move, however, now when people are facing issues in paying their bills, they have started cribbing,” Pawar quipped, hinting that initial enthusiasm showed by people post the demonetization move may be on the wane. The former Union minister said it would take at least four to six months for the economy to recover.Talking about the prospects of cashless transactions, Pawar said 92 per cent transactions in the country are done in cash and that “nobody in rural areas have cards.” The NCP chief visited a nationalised bank in Bhigwan town near his pocket borough Baramati yesterday and interacted with bank officials and customers over hardships they are facing due to cash crunch.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As NCP supremo Sharad Pawar is completing 50 years in politics, his party has planned a string of events across Maharashtra and other parts of the country to celebrate his eventful career which saw his rise from the grassroots to prominent state and national slots.Yashvantrao Chavan Pratishthan, headed by his daughter Supriya Sule (47), is holding events in February at Pune and Mumbai to mark the anniversary.The period had witnessed many changes in politics of the nation, including major splits in Congress, in some of which the 76-year-old leader himself played a central role.The “Maratha Strongman”, as he is often referred to by friends and rivals, plunged into politics as a grassroots worker in home turf Baramati in western Maharashtra in 1960s, and grew up under the tutelage of the late Y B Chavan.A hub of co-operatives which are crucial in the state politics, western Maharashtra has always been a fertile ground for youngsters to learn the ropes in politics.A player for all seasons, his name has since then been synonymous with power politics, both in Maharashtra and at the Centre.After his first election to the Maharashtra Assembly in 1967, Pawar has never lost any electoral contest, a feat which has eluded many of his contemporaries.After scoring his maiden victory, young Pawar was inducted as a junior minister. He was elevated to the Cabinet rank and over the years held several key portfolios in the state. In 1978, he became the youngest Chief Minister of Maharashtra at 38, a post at which he had three more stints.Pawar, who floated a separate outfit after breaking away from Congress, called Congress (S), returned to the parent party in 1986 at an event in Aurangabad in presence of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.Since his maiden Lok Sabha poll victory in 1984, Pawar has remained a key player in national politics. His prime ministerial ambitions, however, were cut short as Congress chose P V Narasimha Rao for the post, after the elections that followed the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991.Industrialist Rahul Bajaj put it succintly, during an event in Delhi to celebrate Pawar’s 75th birthday, saying the Maratha strongman was the “best PM the country never had”.During the NDA regime, Pawar headed the joint parliamentary committee probing higher amount of pesticide content in soft drinks in 2003. Pawar has always maintained cordial relations with leaders cutting across political divides, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many top leaders from the left, right and the centre.In 1991, Pawar became Defence Minister in the Narasimha Rao Cabinet. He faced allegations of diverting defence land to builders. He was also accused of ferrying alleged aides of Dawood Ibrahim in his official plane.During Pawar’s last stint as Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mumbai was rocked by serial bomb blasts in March, 1993 followed by the Gowari stampede in 1994 in Nagpur.After parting ways with Sonia Gandhi over the foreign origin issue, Pawar in 1999 formed the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). His party, however, struck alliance with Congress and ruled Maharashtra for 15 years till the BJP-led government came to power in 2014.In 2014, Pawar got elected to the Rajya Sabha, enabling his daughter Supriya to contest from his Baramati Lok Sabha seat.Pawar has also occupied key positions on the cricket board, including that of BCCI and ICC President, besides other sports associations.As the veteran politician is set to complete half a century of public life, the question being asked is who will be his political heir.The query was recently put to none other than Supriya, an NCP MP, and pat came the reply “time will decide”.”For Yashwantrao Chavan (first Chief Minister of Maharashtra), Pawarsaheb was his ‘manasputra’ (political heir). However, time will decide who will be his (Pawar’s) political heir in future,” Supriya added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four youth have been detained at Janawadi Police station in Gokhalenagar area of Pune city after they tried to blacken the photograph of NCP President Sharad Pawar displayed at Baramati Hostel in Pune.Police sources told DNA that the youth are from Rashtriya Samaj Party led by State Minister Mahadev Jankar. The reaction from RSP came after NCP workers ransacked Jankar’s office in Pune on Tuesday evening after Jankar made derogatory reference to Sharad Pawar and Ajit Pawar. The detained youth have been taken to Chatushrungi Police station for further inquiry.Jankar, during his speech at the foothills of Bhagwangad said that he would not rest until he destroys the empire of Baramati (meaning bringing an end to the Pawar rule in Baramati). He said that Dhananjay Munde, who is Pankaja Munde’s cousin and was blessed by none other than late Gopinath Munde, betrayed his mentor and joined NCP. Jankar said that Dhananjay is nothing but Ajit Pawar’s sycophant. During his speech, Jankar time and again used derogatory language while referring to Baramati and Pawars. This made NCP workers furious. NCP workers in Pune attacked Rashtriya Samaj Party’s office at Sinhgad road and ransacked it on Tuesday. NCP workers in Parali, mainly Dhananjay Munde supporters burnt Jankar’s effigy in the city and shouted slogans supporting Dhananjay Munde. Dhananjay Munde who is also the leader of Opposition in state legislative council, said that he knows when to give a befitting reply to Jankar.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a jibe at Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for being “short-tempered”, NCP MP Supriya Sule has said that he “fights like the way women squabble over water at community taps”.Addressing women workers of NCP in Maval tehsil of Pune district last evening, Sule, the daughter of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, said “she would prefer to wear a helmet when meeting him because he might throw something at her in anger.””The Chief Minister is short-tempered and does not listen to anyone as his temper is always high, and he fights like women, the way they do over water taps,” the Baramati MP said.”I have seen so many Chief Ministers, but never such a short-tempered Chief Minister. I will wear a helmet when I go to meet him because I am scared that he might throw something in anger at me,”said Sule, herself a former chief minister’s daughter.She also asked the journalists present at the programme to convey her message to Fadnavis that he should control his temper.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Medical education minister Girish Mahajan told dna that they were planning a composite institution in Jalgaon which will offer training in medicine, dentistry and nursing. The department has an ambitious plan to operationalize it in 2019. However, five of the seven proposed government medical colleges announced in the past have not come to fruition.A senior official from the state medical education department said that a committee had visited Jalgaon district to finalise land for the project. “A 25-acre plot of land has been finalised,” said Mahajan. He added that at present, the North Maharashtra region has only one functional state-run medical college at Dhule.The erstwhile Congress- NCP led state government had floated plans for these new medical colleges, most of which were to be located in the constituencies and influence zones of politicians and ministers which included then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan (Satara), deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar (Baramati), medical education minister Dr Vijaykumar Gavit (Nandurbar), union minister Praful Patel (Gondia) and health minister Suresh Shetty (Mumbai). Mahajan too hails from Jalgaon.The official said that while the medical colleges at Chandrapur and Gondia were functional, work was underway at Baramati with plans to make it operational by 2018. However, work is yet to begin at Nandurbar, Alibaug and Satara due to non-availability of land while the state is reconsidering the plans for a government medical college in Mumbai. In 2002, three medical colleges with an intake of 300 under-graduate seats were started at Kolhapur, Latur and Akola. In 1989, medical colleges were started at Dhule, Yavatmal and Nanded, with 150 MBBS seats and 1975 saw the Ambejogai medical college being established.”We are having second thoughts on the plans for a college in Mumbai. The building which was supposed to house it is now being used for various Mantralaya departments. The BMC has also started a new medical college in the premises of the Cooper hospital,” the official said, adding that the alternate site at Borivali for the medical college was not convenient.While the medical college at Mumbai was supposed to be started at the G.T and Saint George hospitals in South Mumbai, part of the G.T Hospital was taken over for its offices by the government after the 2012 fire in the state administrative headquarters of Mantralaya.Maharashtra has 48 medical colleges including 16 run by the state government. These colleges have a total of around 6,695 under-graduate, 1,139 post-graduate degree and 261 post-graduate diploma seats. These new medical colleges would have added seats in public sector medical education institutions. This would come as a huge relief for aspiring students since there is always a huge competition to get admission to the government medical colleges as compared to costly private sector medical education.
State’s tourism promotion body Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has been selected as a facilitator for the ‘Hunar Se Rojgar Tak’ scheme, launched by the Ministry of Tourism, government of India, to impart valuable courses in the hospitality sector at the state level.Officials said the MTDC has associated with identified hospitality institutions in Maharashtra for the scheme, which primarily focuses on economic empowerment of the youth in the remote parts of the state.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The programmes running under the scheme are free of cost for students. The aim is to empower the under-privileged youth of the country, ensure economic benefit through employment generation, reduce the skill gap that affects the hospitality sector,” a MTDC spokesperson said.As per the official, the scheme will target youths who are minimum Std VIII pass and in the age group of 18-28 years. It intends to generate self-employment opportunities at a local level and enable the youths to achieve a competent place in the industry with their own skills. The courses offered under the scheme will provide these students a chance to develop their skills and enhance their knowledge, making them more confident about their work.Commenting on the scheme, Valsa Nair Singh, principal secretary of cultural and tourism affairs (Maharashtra) said, “Knowledge imparted through this scheme will hone the youths’ skills and develop their work ethic, which will make them ready to face the challenges of this industry with more confidence. Hunar Se Rojgar Tak is a double benefit programme, as it improves the standard of living of these students, as well as provides a sound resource to serve in the hospitality sector.”Elaborating further, MTDC MD Dr K H Govind Raj said, “MTDC has conducted various courses in Pune, Nashik, Baramati and Nagpur regions under the Hunar Se Rozgar Tak scheme, which has benefitted thousands of students belonging to the low economic strata.”
The Maharashtra government has for the first time imposed section 144 of the Indian Penal Code (unlawful assembling of people) in Latur for two months, reasoning that there are law and order problems there borne out of a crisis over water.”People were creating trouble at the filling and distribution points, and hence the collector imposed section 144,” Dnyaneshwar Chavan, the superintendent of police in Latur, told dna on Sunday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Latur, the hometown of former Congress chief minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh, has been receiving water only once a month. The population of the city is 4.5 lakh, and a dam that had been supplying water to the city and adjoining rural areas dried up four days ago.
ALSO READ Maharashtra: Where residents get water once a fortnight in the middle of the night”Now, we are depending on the bore-wells and wells in the adjoining areas, but the supply of water is insufficient to meet our demand,” said a local resident.Chavan said that Latur city has been supplied with water via tankers. “The government has acquired nearby wells and tube-wells so that the residents can get water. People from different political parties have been creating a ruckus and staging protests at the filling and distribution points. We can understand that there is a shortage of water, which is because of a drought. So we have to tackle the situation peacefully,” Chavan said.The Latur collector has taken over 150 wells and tube-wells near the city in the past one month. “We have another option — to bring water from Ujani dam, which has sufficient supply. This reservoir has been providing water to Baramati, Solapur and Barshi in western Maharashtra. The government should act immediately to solve this issue before it gets out of hand,” said a local BJP leader, requesting anonymity.Ashok Chavan, the president of the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, said that the situation is turning more severe with every passing day. “Yet, this BJP government is taking things so casually that the situation is only turning from bad to worse. Instead of providing water to the people, the government has imposed section 144. This is very unfortunate and it is the biggest failure of the government,” Chavan said.Apart from leading to the water crisis, the drought has been causing a massive agricultural crisis as well, particularly in the Marathwada region. Between January and December 2015, 3,228 farmers committed suicide in Maharashtra, including 1,536 in Vidharbha and 1,454 in Marathwada.
The Union government on Friday lifted the ban on races involving bulls.While Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab and Haryana has a tradition of organising bullock cart races, Tamil Nadu is famous for Jallikattu, a popular bull taming sport.The Supreme Court had in 2014 ordered that the controversial bull races be banned, after animal rights activists approached courts at various levels demanding the same.The union environment ministry has now modified a 2011 notification, which prohibited use of bulls as performing animals in exhibitions, to make an exception and allow the use of bulls in events such as Jallikattu.The Centre’s decision is largely viewed as a populist move. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar himself was keen on satisfying the aspiration of a section of the people, including farmers and bullock-cart owners’ association. In Tamil Nadu, where the Assembly elections are round the corner, the BJP is keen on reaping poll benefits with this decision.However, the decision has made political parties in state bullish, with leaders claiming credit for the Centre’s decision.It was Shirur MP Shivajirao Adhalrao-Patil of Shiv Sena who had moved court against the bullock-cart race ban and even approached high court and Apex court. He had made various representations to the earlier UPA government as well. After NDA came to power, he had taken a delegation of bullock-cart owners’ association to meet Prakash Javadekar.BJP state unit has issued a press release, claiming that it was the efforts and follow-up on part of party state chief Raosaheb Danve that the ban has been lifted.Meanwhile, Baramati MP Supriya Sule of NCP also patted herself on the back and has thanked minister Javadekar for the decision.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>