Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Govt alarmed over Cong’s activities: Chhabda

Raipur, January 30, 2012 

The Congress on Monday jeered at Urban Administration Minister Rajesh Munat for his inspection of Raipur city and said the minister did it because the opposition had overtly started targeting the government for neglecting Congress-governed civic bodies and panchayats. “The ruling BJP has realised that its attitude could cause
it dear during elections. Hence, when the Congress announced to convene meeting of its elected public representatives of civic bodies and panchayats on February 3 to know the problems they are facing, the
government startled and decided to damage control exercise by showing superficial empathy to the public through spot inspections,” said PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda.
“The PCC leadership has received complaints that the government not only adopts biased attitude while allocating funds to the Congress-led civic bodies and panchayats, but also threat the party’s elected
public representatives of removing them on fake charges,” said Chhabda.
He informed that the Congress would gather complaints from its elected public representatives on February 3 and then chalk out future strategy to take on ruling BJP.
He said it was unfortunate that Munat preferred visiting under-construction swimming pool worth Rs 12 crore instead of meeting with the residents of Dagaina whose houses were demolished by the RMC.
“The minister also seemed reluctant in meeting with the displaced Telebandha residents who are still waiting for proper rehabilitation at same place,” Chhabda said.
He alleged that the ruling party was protecting land mafias and builders. He said more than fifty ponds had been leveled under BJP’s regime while the existing ones had been handed over to the business houses for beautification works, although nothing had happened by far. 

Chhabda doubt that the minister’s inspection to Pandri bus stand would change its fate. “The bus stand has been in dejected condition for the past several years. This was Munat’s fourth inspection of the area.
Ironically, Chhattisgarh’s 90 percent transportation depends on road route but the condition of the bus stands are pathetic,” he said.

Officials on verge of retirement demand service extension

Raipur, January 30, 2012 

The officials, who are on verge of retirement in next couple of years, have demanded service extension from the state administration. These officials who belong to State Administrative Services (SAS) have put their demand before Chief Secretary P Joy Oommen and had urged either to give them service extension or contract appointment. Oommen has assured the officials to seriously consider their demand.
According to information, over 300 posts of deputy collector has been approved for SAS officials. In next three years, one quarter of deputy and additional collectors, i.e. more than 100 would get retired.
While 23 SAS officials will retire in 2012, about 20 will complete their service term in 2013. Among the remaining officials, some will be promoted to IAS. This year, 15 SAS officials are likely to be promoted to IAS. In this condition, several posts of deputy collectors would remain vacant as the number of newly inducted SAS officials amid 2088 to 2011 too is not sufficient.
The government will face major problem in smooth operation of administrative works in the absence of senior and experienced officials.
Anticipating that the government would require their service even after retirement, the SAS officials had held talks with the state administration about their job extension and contract appointment a couple of times in the past. They had also apprised Chief Minister Raman Singh about their demand.

YC members organise symposium on deaddiction, donate blood

Raipur, January 30, 2012 

The Youth Congress (YC) remembered Manatama Gandhi by organising various events. One faction of the YC organised symposium on deaddiction and communalism at Congress Bhawan. The YC members felt that deaddicion was a mandatory social movement. The organisation included deaddiction as one of its prime agendas. The YC members also termed communalism as the biggest enemy of democracy.
After symposium, the YC members took pledge to dedicate their life in fighting against addiction and decided to launch awareness campaign among youth abut Gandhi’s life so that they could take inspiration from the great leader.
The symposium was participated by YC’s Raipur Lok Sabha president Vinod Tiwari, Indrajeet Singh, Sushil Agrawal, Ashish Dubey, Samir Chouhan, Pradeep Sahu, Saket Vaidya, Pratap Singh, Sheikh Fareed, Sattu Jaiswal, Sandeep Yadu, Mukesh Verma, anmd Sayed Umer.
Another faction of the YC led by Raipur North Vidhan Sabha general secretary Dilip Singh Chouhan donated blood at Ambedkar hospital. The third faction of the organisation led by Akash Tiwari and MLA Kuldeep
Juneja distributed fruits in leprosy basti in Pandri.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cong pays tribute to Gandhi

Raipur, January 30, 2012

Congress paid rich tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death anniversary on Monday. The party organised tribute programme in all the district and block headquarters to
remember Gandhi.
The PCC president Nandkumar Patel paid tribute to Gandhi at party office in Raigarh district. He was accompanied by local party workers along with president of DCC Raipur Urban Jagdish Mehar.
While the DCC Raipur Urban organised garlanding and bhajan programme at 10:30 am at Townhall. At 11 am, the party organised all-religion prayer at Congress Bhawan.
The partymen who attended both the programmes were former PCC president Dhanendra Sahu, Satyanarayan Sharma, PCC vice president and MLA Kawasi Lakhma, MLA Kuldeep Juneja, Mayor Kiranmayi Nayak, PCC
general secretary Subhash Sharma, party’s chief spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, DCC Raipur Urban president Inderchand Dhariwal, Kalpana Patel, Anjay Shukla, etc.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Govt responsible for babus’ indiscipline: Cong

Raipur, January 28, 2012

Hitting at the ruling BJP in wake of Jashpur Collector Ankit Anand’s critical remark against the district, the Congress said the government was responsible for growing indiscipline among babus. “The government has completely failed to control these babus who continue to give it embarrassing moments through their controversial works or statements,” said PCC spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla on Saturday.
Shukla claims that Anand’s statement had hidden interpretation. “If Anand being the Collector of Jashpur terms it the worst district and Sarguja as the worst division of the country, they it is a serious matter. By saying so, he is rather showing mirror to the ruling party. Besides, he is also expressing his frustration over virtual halt in development works due to predominance of corruption and weak administrative system,” Shukla added.
“Anand’s remark also indicates that the government and the babus think differently and are not in consensus over public related issues. If such condition prevails, then is bad omen for the state. The Chief Minister should come forwards and clarify about the government’s failure in dealing the babus,” he said.
Shukla said Anand’s statement rather carried same tone what the BJP parliamentarian Dilip Singh Judeo and BJP MLA Jageshwar Ram Bhagat used against it recently.
“Judeo is Lok Sabha member from Bilaspur but hails from Jashpur. Similarly, Bhagat is legislator from Jashpur. While Judeo has overtly expressed his concern over rising ‘administrative terrorism’ in the Jashpur as well as in the entire state, Bhagat too had staged dharna in his constituency for the same reason. Still, the government has not taken any measure to check untrammeled babus,” Shukla said. 

Governor emphasises on provision of quality education

Raipur, January 28, 2012

Governor Shekhar Dutt has emphasised on provision of quality education in the state for all-round development of students. Dutt’s emphasis came while he was addressing the students of Swami Vivekanand Vidyapeeth (SVV) on the occasion of Saraswati puja and culture programme on Basant Panchami on Saturday.
“Our country is rich in terms of both human and natural resources and their optimum use is only possible through knowledge and education,” Dutt said.
He felt that the Indian society really needs blessings of Goddess Saraswati in current scenario. He prayed for children and hoped that they would become multi-talented and take the country to new heights in the global arena.
He said the students should not only develop interest in discoveries and inventions but also hone their skills in analysis and interpretations.
“Our nation requires more number of intellectuals, teachers, scientists, researchers, artistes, managers and doctors so that they could establish India as a leader in the world through their expertise,” he added.
Dutt also commended SVV’s invaluable contribution in propagation of education.
The secretary of Ramkrishna Mission Raipur Swami Satyaroopanand, who presided over the programme, informed students about significance of Goddess Saraswati.  The programme was also addressed by SVV secretary Dr Om Prakash Verma.

Cong to pay tribute to Gandhi tomorrow

Raipur, January 28, 2012

Congress will pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his death anniversary on January 30. The party will first organise garlanding and bhajan programme at 10:30 am in Town hall and then organise all-religion prayer at 11 am at Congress Bhawan. The DCC Raipur Urban president Inderchand Dhariwal has appealed to all the partymen to attend both the programmes at large number.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Cong gets proof of grafts Central schemes in Dhamtari

Raipur, Jan 27, 2012 

Congress has claimed to have collected evidences of grafts cases in MNREGA, PMGSY and other Central schemes being implemented in Dhamtari district. The evidences have been submitted by the Block Congress Committees (BCCs) of Dhamtari to the monitoring panel which reviewed the progress of Central schemes in the district on Friday, informed PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda.
“On the basis of the proofs, the panel hopes to unearth major scams in all the 16 schemes of the Union government in Dhamtari. The party’s elected public representatives have complained that the funds allocated for specific Central schemes have been spent on other projects. They have also complained against the local government officials terming them corrupt and deeply involved in all the scams,” Chhabda said.
He informed that the monitoring committee received highest number of complaints from Kurud and Nagri blocks. The PCC president Nandkumar Patel said that the panel had found huge irregularities in Central schemes in all the eight districts it had toured in the recent past.
“We will soon prepare a report of all the districts and forward it along with evidences to the high command,” Patel said.
After review meeting, the members of monitoring committee submitted a memorandum to Superintendent of Police Dhamtari and demanded to register criminal case against the officials found guilty in ‘stones in the gunny sacks of paddy’ matter. The panel also demanded sacking of the guilty officials with immediate effect.
The review meeting was attended by PCC president Nandkumar Patel, former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla, committee member Satyanarayan Shamra, PCC general secretary Vidhan Mishra, Dhamtari MLA Gurmukh Singh Hora, Sihawa MLA Ambika Markam, Kurud MLA Lekhram Sahu, PCC secretaries Yogesh Tiwari and Harshad Mehta along with DCC Dhamtari president Ghameshwari Sahu and other members of the panel.

Patel exhorts Congmen to prepare for mission 2013

Raipur, Jan 27, 2012 

PCC president Nandkumar Patel has appealed to the Congress workers to get prepared for mission 2013 by uniting and increasing their activities. “The Congress aims to serve people by ridding them from corrupt BJP government and bringing back peace and prosperity in the state,” said Patel while addressing the partymen on the occasion of Republic Day at Congress Bhawan on January 26.
He said the party raised almost all the major issues prominently in the last one year and exposed the corrupt face of the ruling BJP. “The government has nothing to claim as people are severely irked with scams, lawlessness and rising naxal terror. This government is anti-people and we are committed to dethrone it in next Assembly elections,” said Patel.
He said the BJP’s anti-corruption movements were also intended to deceive common mass as the party behaved erratically when the Congress-led UPA government brought Lokpal bill in the parliament.
“The Congress, on the other hand, is very much committed to fight against corruption. In this connection, our monitoring committee has collected evidences of graft cases by touring nine districts of the state - Sarguja, Surajpur, Balrampur, Koria, Jashpur, Kawardha and Mahasamund, Rajnandgaon, Dhamtari. We tour all the remaining districts in the coming months and prepare a report and send it to our national leadership as well Union government for further action,” Patel said.
He said the party was also attempting to increase its domain and consolidate from booth to state level through workers’ meetings. “We are organising district-level workers’ meetings and are getting excellent response from the partymen. We have also organised one state-level meeting at Raipur recently. We will continue our meetings and demonstrations against the government in future too,” he said.

Vora arriving today

Raipur, Jan 27, 2012 

The AICC treasurer and Rajya Sabha member Motilal Vora will be in a brief visit to the state capital on Saturday. He will reach Raipur through regular flight at 8:50 am and then participate in different local programmes the entire day. He will board for New Delhi at 6:40 pm on Saturday.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Meira Kumar, Mahant, HP Governor arriving tomorrow

Raipur, January 25, 2012

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Charandas Mahant and Governor of Himachal Pradesh (HP) Urmila Singh will arrive in the state capital on January 27.
Meira Kumar and HP Governor Urmila Singh will reach Raipur through regular flight from New Delhi at 6:10 pm on January 27.
Kumar will unveil statue of former chief minister Pt Shyamacharan Shukla during a programme organised by Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) at Gandhi Udyan on January 28. She will return to the national capital on the same day at 6:40 pm through regular flight.
Urmila Singh will stay at Rajbhavan for three days and return to New Delhi via air route at 6:40 pm on January 30.
Mahant, on the other hand, will reach state capital through regular flight from New Delhi at 9:25 am on January 27. At 4 pm, he will inaugurate Fishery festival at Raipur. ON the following day, he will participate in the unveiling programme of Pt Shyamacharan Shukla’s statute.
On January 29, he will attend local programmes in the city in the morning and take part in the concluding ceremony of Fishery festival at 3 pm. At evening, he will leave for Champa. On January 30, he will participate in kisan mela at village Pendri (Dhamdha under Durg district). On the following day, he will return to the national capital.

Cong monitoring panel on tour Dhamtari tomorrow

Raipur, January 25, 2012

To review progress of Central schemes being implemented in Dhamtari district, the Congress monitoring panel will tour the region on January 27. In Dhamtari, the committee chairman Arvind Netam and PCC president Nandkumar Patel will jointly convene meeting in the morning which will be prominently attended by CLP leader Ravindra Choubey, senior party leader Satyanarayan Sharma, Dhamtari MLA Gurmukh Singh Hora, Sihawa MLA Ambika Markam and Kurud MLA Lekhram Sahu besides the panel members. Thereafter, the teams of the committee will tour to different blocks of the district including Kurud, Sihawa, Magarload, Dhamtari Rural and Dhamtari Urban 1 and Dhamtari Urban 2. The teams will also hold meetings in these blocks.

Govt biased in fund allocation, ignoring Cong-led areas: Patel

Raipur, January 25, 2012

PCC president Nandkumar Patel has alleged that the ruling BJP was adopting partial attitude while allocating Central funds to civic bodies and panchayats and ignoring Congress-led regions. “The government should stop incommoding elected public representatives of Congress as its step-brotherly attitude is directly affecting development of the specific areas,” Patel said after convening a meeting of elected public representatives of Durg and Rajnandgaon districts at Durg on Wednesday.
In the meeting, the public representatives complained that the government never provide adequate fund to their areas for implementation of Centrally-sponsored schemes.
The CLP leader Ravindra Choubey too expressed his objection over the government’s fund allocation policy terming it undemocratic and biased. “The ruling party cannot ignore elected public representatives of Congress. By not providing funds to the Congress-dominated areas, the government is depriving people of radical facilities,” he said.
The meeting was attended by MLAs Mohammad Akbar, Shivraj Usare and Bholaram Sahu, PCC general secretary and party’s Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha incharge Arun Vora, PCC general secretary and party’s Durg Lok Sabha incharge Subhash Sharma, party chief spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi, Rajnandgaon Municipal Corporation Mayor Naresh Dakalia, Bhilai Municipal Corporation Mayor Nirmala Yadav, senior leader Dhanesh Patel and party’s public representatives from Durg and Rajnandgaon districts.

Cong meetings in all 11 LS areas in Feb

Raipur, January 25, 2012

To get acquainted with the problems of its elected public representatives and to take stock of progress of development works of their areas, the Congress will hold meetings in all 11 Lok Sabha areas in February 2012. The meeting will be attended by party’s public representatives in civic bodies and panchayats besides the local legislators. The decision was taken by PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey during the party meeting at Durg on Wednesday.

Vora on day-long Raipur visit on Jan 28

Raipur, January 25, 2012

The AICC treasurer and Rajya Sabha member Motilal Vora will be on a day-long visit to Raipur on January 28. He will reach Raipur through regular flight at 8:50 am then participate in various programmes in the city. He will return to New Delhi on the same day at 6:40 pm.

Patel, Choubey greet people on R-Day

Raipur, January 25, 2012

PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey greeted people of Chhattisgarh on the eve of Republic Day on Wednesday. The duo said the country become republic on January 26 and on the same day came into existence the Constitution of India back in 1950. On the occasion, they also saluted the patriots of the country who contributed in freedom of the country and its building post independence.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

BJP violating poll code: Cong to Election Commission

Objects over participation of CG BJPians holding constitutional posts in hustings

Raipur, January 24, 2012 

The Congress has complained to the Central Election Commission (CEC) that the BJP was violating election code of conduct as three of its leaders holding constitutional posts in Chhattisgarh were actively participating in poll campaign in Uttarakhand. “A complain in this regard has also been lodged to Chief Election Officer of Uttarakhand state,” informed the PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda, who has sought action against the three leaders.
“The chairman of state’s Finance Commission Ajay Chandrakar, chairman of Scheduled Caste Commission Dr Krishnamurthy Bandhi and chairman of Child protection commission Yashwant Jain are overtly flouting poll code by seeking votes for BJP in Uttarakhand for the past one month. The CEC should take stern action against them,” Chhabda said.

Patel, Choubey demand Vedanti’s arrest

Raipur, January 24, 2012 

The PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey on Tuesday reiterated their demand for arrest of Ramvilas Vedanti. The duo said that the government should stop protecting the so-called saint and put him in jail.

YC gheraoes passport office

Raipur, January 24, 2012 

The Youth Congress (YC) on Tuesday gheraoed the passport office based at Pt Deendayal Upadhyay Nagar in protest against increasing dominance of the agents and inconvenience of the common people. The YC members led by the organisation’s Raipur South Vidhan Sabha general secretary Sandeep Tiwari also submitted a memorandum to the office incharge M Lakra and warned of taking the issue to the streets if the people applying for new passport would be dealt neglectfully.
“You will always find the commoners getting frustrated after visiting several times to the passport office regarding their application for new passport. The agents, on the other hand, get preference there. The fee to make new passport is Rs 1000 while the agents charge Rs 2000. When the commoners do not get response from the passport office, they do not have any other option than to take help of the agents,” he said.
The YC members who submitted memorandum were Azhar Rahman, Niyaz Imran, Nandu, Benjo, Akash Sharma, Nikki Dongre, Bhavesh Shukla, Vishnu Sharma, Rakesh Sharma, Nurul, Gaurav Shrivastava, Ujjwal, etc.

Clouds check cold wave condition in state

Raipur, January 24, 2012 

The temperatures in different parts of the state will either remain normal or may go slightly up in next few days due to formation of clouds which happened because of the western disturbances in north India. This will somewhat rid the people from cold wave like condition, said the weathermen who predicted that there are possibilities of rainfall and thundershowers in some part of Chhattisgarh in coming days.
The weather suddenly changed on Tuesday and the state witnessed slight rise in mercury. According to meteorological department, all the divisions of the state remained dry on Tuesday. While the temperatures in Bastar division fluctuated below normal, the weather condition in Raipur and Bilaspur divisions remained normal.

Residents demand basic facilities for cemetery, stage dharna

Raipur, January 24, 2012 

The residents of Shankar Nagar ward led by Youth Congress leader Akash Tiwari staged a day-long dharna on Tuesday and demanded provision of basic facilities for cemetery in the area.
“The area of Shankar Nagar cemetery is more than the any other cemeteries in the city but unfortunately it is ill-facilitated and surrounded by garbage,” Tiwari said.
He held the BJP responsible for dejected condition of Shankar Nagar cemetery as the party candidates had been winning ward elections for the past 20 years. “The current BJP corporator, instead of improving the condition of the cemetery, is more interested in encroached lands as the land rate of the ward is high,” Tiwari alleged.
In dharna, Tiwari was accompanied by the residents Pranav Shukla Yash Gujar, Yatendra Tomar, Ashish Goswami, Saket Vaidya, Vinay Tiwari, Navjot Singh, Nilesh Soni, Shreyash Mishra, Sattu Singh, Kishore Manik, Anurag Sahu, Vinod Pandey, etc.

Now, Cong to scan Central schemes in Dhamtari on Jan 27

Raipur, January 24, 2012

After Rajnandgaon, the Congress has decided to scan implementation of Central schemes in Dhamtari district on January 27. The PCC president Nandkumar Patel, CLP leader Ravindra Choubey, committee chairman Arvind Netam and senior party leader Satyanarayan Sharma will leave for Dhamtari at morning on January 27. Dhamtari MLA Gurmukh Singh Hora, Sihawa MLA Ambika Markam and Kurud MLA Lekhram Sahu will join these leaders to review the progress of Central schemes in the district.
Besides, the monitoring committee will conduct review meetings in Kurud, Sihawa, Magarload, Dhamtari Rural and Dhamtari Urban 1 and Dhamtari Urban 2.
In Kurud, party’s Jhitruram Baghel, Fulodevi Netam, Somprakash Giri, Rajkumar Agrawal, Ramdutt Shukla, Shatrughan Sahu, Loknath Sahu and Rajkumari Diwan will be present.
The meeting in Sihawa will be attended by Ghanaram Sahu, Chainsingh Samle, Abhijeet Gupta, Bhoulendra Lahoria, Gwal Ram Yadav, Harmeet Hora and Madhav Singh Dhruv.
In Magarload, Chandraprakash Bajpayee, Devvrat Singh, Neelam Chandrakar, Rajendra Sahu and Ramgopal Agrawal will be present.
The meeting at Dhamtari Rural will be attended by Yogeshwar Raj Singh, Ganeshshankar Bajpayee, Awdhesh Pandey, Puneet Ram Sahu and Dr LN Mahawar.
In Dhamtari Urban 1, the party leaders Tarun Chaterjee, Gulab Singh, Mohit Dewangan, Mohan Lalwani and Ghameshwari Sahu will be present. Similarly, the meeting of Dhamtari Urban 2 will be participated by Chanesh Ram Rathiya, Imran Memon, Saleem Rokadia, Wasim Quraishi, Prabha Shrivastava, Harshad Mehta, Anand Pawar from Youth Congress and Prakash Pawar from NSUI.
Notably, the monitoring panel was in Rajnandgaon on January 20 and had conducted review meetings to take stock of progress of Central works in Chowki, Dongargaon, Chhuriya, Kairagarh, Chhuikhadan, Dongargarh Rural, Dongargarh Urban, Mohla, Manpur, Rajnandgaon Rural, etc.
Prior to Rajnandgaon, the panel collected evidences of graft cases in Sarguja, Surajpur, Balrampur, Koria, Jashpur, Kawardha and Mahasamund last year.

Malnutrition in CG due to misuse of funds: Jogi

Raipur, January 24, 2012

Former Chief Minister and Congress legislator Ajit Jogi has alleged that malnutrition in Chhattisgarh was due to government’s negligent attitude and misuse of funds meant for the development of poor and tribals. “According to latest report of Centre’s National Family Health Survey (NFHS), Chhattisgarh stands fifth among the highly malnourished states of the country after Madhya Pradesh (MP) Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa. All these states are either ruled or supported by the BJP and indicate that this forget people after coming in power,” said Jogi.
“In Chhattisgarh, the BJP government claims that it has developed the best public distribution system (PDS) in the country, but ironically it failed to check malnutrition, especially in tribal belts. This government rather misused the funds released by the Centre to develop the tribal regions. Hence, the basic facilities like road, water, electricity, medical, etc is missing in tribal areas,” he said.
He said the corrupt system had not even spared mid-day meal programme and the children of the impoverished families going to schools were being deprived of nourished food materials. “Similarly, female foeticide and child mortality due to malnutrition too have increased during BJP regime,” he added.
Jogi demanded from the government to quickly frame a work plan to effectively implement centre’s Food Security scheme besides ensuring provision of nutritious food to the schoolchildren under mid-day meal programme. He said the schemes meant for pregnant women and infant children should also be implemented strictly. He further demanded that malnourished children in remote tribal areas should be identified and given prompt treatment including nutritious food.

Cong slams govt for not extending paddy purchase date

Raipur, January 24, 2012

Slamming the government for not extending paddy procurement date and deciding to conclude the procedures on February 15, 2012, the Congress said the ruling party was insensitive towards farmers’ woes and had once again displayed its anti-farmer mindset.
“We were hoping that the government will announce to extend paddy purchase date in its January 21 cabinet meeting considering the inconvenience the farmers faced due to unseasonal rains in the beginning of this month, but unfortunately it could not happen,” said PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey.
The duo claimed that paddy worth Rs 220 crore damaged due to rains. “The government deliberately ignored the warnings of meteorological department and did not take any proactive measure to protect the paddy stocked in open ground because it wanted to hide the irregularities done in paddy procurement process,” they said.
“The Congress has already expressed its concern over corruption prevailed in paddy purchase. We have received ample complaints that paddy from others states is being sold in the societies. There are also reports that stones have been found in gunny sacks. However, the government is silent and refraining from taking action against the guilty people, an apparent indicator that it is trying to protect them,” they alleged.
“The government has also spend crores on the name of paddy protection measures like purchasing tarpaulins and polythene to cover large stocks in open grounds but despite such arrangements the loss could not averted,” they said.

Cong flays Brijmohan for inviting Vedanti in Rajim kumbh

Raipur, January 24, 2012

The Congress on Monday flayed Tourism and Culture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal for paying courtesy visit to Ramvilas Vedanti at Durg and inviting him in Rajim kumbh. The PCC president Nandkumar Patel said that the government should clarify its intentions for extending friendly gestures to a criminal who is absconding in police record.
Senior Congress leader Ajit Jogi, on the other hand, sought explanation from the government regarding the permission it lent to Vedanti to deliver discourses in Durg despite knowing that police was searching him.
“Vedanti has spewed venom against Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and minority communities at Rajim kumbh. He should have been behind the bars at present, but instead the government is honouring him like its guest and inviting him in Rajim kumbh,” Jogi said.
“However, this time, the Congress would not keep quiet and would make every attempt to prevent Vedanti from entering Rajim,” Jogi announced.
The PCC’s chief spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said that it was unfortunate that the ruling party’s own minister was trying to disturb law and order of the state by inviting criminals like Vedanti.
He said there were adequate evidences including video recording and eye witnesses of Vedanti episode but the police was deliberately stalling the matter and refraining from arresting him.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Over 700 govt engineers hold fake graduation degrees: CSSAS

Raipur, January 21, 2012

Chhattisgarh Shaskiya Snatak Abhiyanta Sangh (CSSAS) has claimed that over 700 government engineers from different departments have obtained fake graduation degrees under part time degree course (PTDC) programme and are taking benefits like salary hike, promotions and other perks. Demanding stern action against these engineers the sangh said, “Ironically, they claim their degrees as original and that of others who have obtained degrees through PTDC from government engineering colleges as fake.”
“The leader of these fake degree holders is junior engineer Sanat Kumar Sharma from Water Resources Department who is in the government service for the past 28 years. He obtained his B Tech degree (under PTDC programme) two years back from Janardan Rai Nagar Vidyapeeth (Deemed University) Udaipur Rajasthan, an unrecognised varsity in the country. More than 700 engineers have obtained similar degree. Now Sharma has become leader of all these fake degree holders and misleading the government,” said CSSAS state president Tapan Chakravarthy and general secretary UK Suraj.
“Terming degrees provided under PTDC programme by the government universities as fake is a serious crime. If Sharma and other engineers, being the government servants themselves, are spreading this rumour and deceiving the administration then it is high time to take punitive action against them,” the duo said.
They informed that the sangh had also complained against Shamra to Governor in the past but the government remained silent. The demanded from the government to register criminal case against Sharma for violating Civil Services Code and take disciplinary action against him after conducting inquiry into the entire matter.

NSUI, YC hail age limit extension for PSC exams

Raipur, January 21, 2012

The NSUI and Youth Congress (YC) on Saturday hailed decision of Public Service Commission (PSC) to extend the maximum age limit from 35 years to 38 years for appearing in examinations organised by the commission. The members of both the organisations said that the decision was the result of the pressure they had put on the commission through continuous protest movements. The YC members distribute sweets and burst crackers to celebrate the PSC decision in favour of the students. On the occasion were present YC’s Raipur South Vidhan Sabha general secretary Sandeep Tiwari, Azhar Rahman, Niyaz Ahmed, Gaurav Shrivastava, Ujjwal, Vikki Dongre, Akash Sharma, etc.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

CM following Modi footsteps to fight next VS polls: Cong

Raipur, January 21, 2012
Sharply reacting over reports of increased security arrangements at the place where Ramvilas Vedanti is delivering discourses in Durg, the Congress has said that Chief Minister Raman Singh was following Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s footsteps to fight next Assembly elections in 2013. “This is strange. Vedanti is absconding in state police record. There has been case registered against him, still the government is providing him protection. This is autocratic and sheer deliberation to disturb peace and tranquility of the state,” said PCC’s chief spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi on Saturday.
“Scared of its rapidly declining popularity in the state the BJP government is using Vedanti as a tool through which want to gain political mileage for next elections,” Trivedi added.
Notably, Vedanti is a three-time MP from BJP and is alleged to have remarked against Congress head Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and minority communities at Rajim kumbh on March 3, 2008.
On March 4, 2008, the Congress members led by former PCC president Charandas Mahant and former leader of the opposition Mahendra Karma submitted a memorandum to the then Governor ESL Narasimhan demanding Vedanti’s arrest.
“When the Governor asked the government to take action against the so-called saint, it first consulted the advocate-general and then directed Rajim police to register a criminal case against him under section 153(A) and 504 of IPC. However, Vedanti was neither held at that time nor at present. The Congress demands from the government to stop protecting Vedanti and take apt against him quickly,” Trivedi said.

CG has reached to new heights in sports arena: Jogi

Raipur, January 21, 2012

Former Chief Minister and senior Congress legislator Ajit Jogi on Saturday said that Chhattisgarh had reached to new heights in sports arena with its back-to-back feats in different games at national level.
Congratulating the state’s baseball team for lifting the winner’s cup of 57th National School Games by beating Delhi and Chhattisgarh’s cricket team for setting up rare record, i.e. making 468 runs in just 50 overs during Under-19 Associate trophy Cricket Tournament, Jogi said the players with their hard work had taken the state on top in the country.
He said the performance of state’s boys’ and girls’ teams in 60th Senior National Volleyball Championship was also commendable. Notably, the championship was held just recently at Raipur.
He alleged that despite allocation of huge funds by Centre for infrastructure and development of sports activities in rural pockets under Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyan (PYKKA) the government was non-serious and is spending the money in urban areas.
“The government has completely failed to provide radical facilities to the players. The state has amply talented players in archery, volleyball, hockey, cricket, basketball, etc but the government is not taking initiative to hone their skills,” Jogi charged.

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