Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Voters’ list for YC polls to be declared by Aug 10

Raipur, July 30, 2012

The voters’ list for Youth Congress (YC) polls is likely to be declared by August 10. The YC polls are said to be conducted in the second fortnight of September 2012 and booth, Assembly, Lok Sabha and state level bodies would be elected before September 30.
According to information, voters’ list is being prepared for YC polls and would soon be announced. Claims and objections regarding voters’ list will then be invited and final voters’ list will be declared by August end, informed sources.
The YC’s membership campaign started on May 24, 2012 and concluded on June 20, 2012. The organisation received 345681 applications for new membership – about 279319 applications short of the magical targeted figure of ten lakh. This time, the existing YC members too renewed their membership according to new format of the polls.
According to information, about 2000 returning officers will be engaged in YC polls. To consolidate Congress at booth level for 2013 Assembly polls, the YC aims to constitute committee in every booth. The organisation has also ensured to increase representation of females in different level committees and hence there will be 33% reservation for them in this YC polls.
The organisation will hold polls for 20937 booth committees. There will be five office-bearers (president – 1, vice president – 1, general secretary – 3) in every booth-committee. While posts of president and vice president will be open for all categories, each of three posts of general secretary will be reserved for OBC/minority, SC/ST and women.
Similarly, there will be ten posts each at Assembly, Lok Sabha and state committees (president - 1, vice president - 1, general secretaries – 8).
In state and Assembly committees, the post of president, vice president and general secretary (three posts) will be open for all categories while remaining each of five posts of general secretary will be reserved for SC/ST, OBC, minority, women, SC/ST and women.
In Lok Sabha committees, the post of president will either be open for all categories or reserved for SC/ST. Similarly, the post of vice president and general secretary (three posts) will also be open for all categories and remaining each of five posts of general secretary will be reserved for SC/ST, OBC, minority, women, SC/ST and women.

Toll plaza issue: Cong hails HC contempt notice to DS Construction

Raipur, July 30, 2012

Congress on Monday hailed contempt notice issued by High Court to DS Construction which continued construction of toll plaza near Sundar Nagar at Ring Road No 1 despite HC order to stop it.
“Besides, the HC has directed PWD (for national highway) chief engineer DK Agrawal and national Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to ensure the construction work should not have progressed after July 13, 2012,” informed state president of Congress business cell Kanhaiyya Agrawal.
“The petition seeking HC intervention pertaining to toll plaza construction was filed by Nagrik Sangharsh Samiti representative Nischay Bajpayee. Accepting his plea, the HC shot notice to the DS Construction,” Agrawal said.
He advised the BJPians not to waste their time in giving statements on toll plaza and rather pressurise its government to follow the HC orders on the public-related issue.
“It was the state government that nodded for the selected toll plaza site in near Sundar Nagar and the Centre has nothing to do with this. In fact, the Central agency’s approval for the toll plaza site came nine months after the state government’s nod and only on the latter’s request,” Agrawal said.

Mahila Cong prez on two-day state visit from Aug 3

Raipur, July 30, 2012

The national president of Mahila Congress Anita Verma will be on two-day Chhattisgarh visit from August 3, 2012. The Pradesh Mahila Congress (PMC) secretary and spokesperson Nivedita Chaterjee informed that Verma will participate in PMC’s women’s conference at Jagdalpur.
Verma will arrive in the state capital on August 3 through regular flight from New Delhi. She will head on to Kanker at noon where she will interact with the organisation’s district unit members. On August 4, she will proceed to Jagdalpur to take part in women’s conference.
Chaterjee informed that the PMC conference aimed to infuse new energy in the workers so that they could raise all the issues related to women strongly in their respective areas.
The PMC also held meeting at Congress Bhawan regarding preparation of the conference. The meeting was attended by Asha Israel Joseph, Bhojkumari Yadu, Akda Thakur, Chhaya Verma, Nivedita Chaterjee, Chandrawati Sahu, Sunita Sharma, Premlata Bhoi, Ganga Yadav, Anita Gurupanch, Laxmi Rao, etc.

Fee hike in engg courses: NSUI stage drum-beat protest

Raipur, July 30, 2012

The NSUI members on Monday staged drum-bat protest before Directorate Technical Education demanding revocation of hiked engineering fees. Later, they met Director Technical Education and urged him to cancel hiked fee of engineering courses terming it heavy financial burden on poor students. The protesting NSUI members were organisation’s Raipur district president Pradeep Sahu, Ravi Sen, Rajesh Nishad, Aman Thakur, Shailesh, Tarachand Mishra, Mukesh Sahu, Abhishek, Prem Dubey, Madhu Kshatriya, etc.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hariprasada state visit on Aug 7, Cong cautious

Raipur, July 28, 2012

AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada will be on state visit on August 7, 2012. After BJYM showed him black flags and tried to hurl ink on him protesting his derogatory remarks against BJP and RSS, he is likely to face similar resistance from the ruling party members. However, Congress said that it would be cautious during his visit and would deal every adverse circumstance created by BJP and its frontal organisations.
PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey talked to party office-bearers at Congress Bhawan on Saturday pertaining to ink hurling incident and Hariprasada’s August 7 visit. The duo assigned responsibilities to the office-bearers to avert any unprecedented and embarrassing incident. Hariprasada will reportedly attend party manthan programme at Dalli Rajhara on August 7.
On ink hurling incident, Patel and Choubey said the BJP, instead of waging war of ideology, was hurling ink, showing black flags and pelting stones on its opponents which proves that its existence was based on violence.
They alleged that the ruling party misused its powers to suppress voice of opposition.

Cong office-bearers’ meeting on Aug 6

To chalk out strategy for its statewide movement from Aug 9-20

Raipur, July 28, 2012

Congress will launch statewide movement against government from August 9-20, 2012. In this connection, state unit chief Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey will convene different meetings of PCC office-bearers at Congress Bhawan on August 6.
The party spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda informed that the duo will first hold meeting of state vice presidents, general secretaries and chairman of media department at 12 pm.
They will conduct second meeting at 2 pm in which PCC secretaries, presidents of DCCs, cells and morchas will be present.
Chhabda informed that in the statewide movement the party would prominently raises issues like hiked power tariff, Rs 270 paddy bonus to farmers, black marketing of fertilisers, free electricity to farmers for up to 5 HP pumps for irrigation, use of counterfeit and duplicate medicines in government hospitals, etc.

Ambedkar hospital to blacklist medicine supplier

Raipur, July 28, 2012

The Ambedkar hospital administration will soon blacklist medicine supplier for failing to meet the requisite demand. Health Minister Amar Agrawal issued necessary instructions to hospital superintendent Dr Vivek Choudhary in this regard during the review meeting of the autonomous body of Raipur Medical College on Saturday.
Agrawal asked Choudhary to ensure regular supply of medicines in Ambedkar hospital pointing that the government provides adequate budget for the purpose.
He directed officials of Food and Drug Administration to take action against the medicine supplier under Essential Commodities Act.  
He said sanitation in the hospital should be at par and if needed sanitation works should be outsourced. To meet the norms of Medical Council of India (MCI) Agrawal asked officials to send proposal for necessary amendment in the setup of hospital and medical college.
He said separate fund for claimed amount under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) should be made. He said asked the hospital administration to ensure obtaining maximum claim against the treatment done under RSBY so that the funds received could be utilised in enhancing health facilities for the patients.
Choudhary informed him that the hospital would soon have a couple of haemodialysis machines considering large number of relevant patients arriving for the treatment everyday. The machines will be purchased by Health Directorate.
Choudhary further also informed that nine patients had been treated through stem cell therapy and the results had been positive.
Agrawal instructed that new digital subtraction angiography (DSA) machine purchased for the hospital should be started quickly. Besides, he said the Ayushman Endosurgery Centre too must open in one and a half month.
To purchase computerised radiography cassettes Agrawal approved Rs 30 lakh while decision was taken to take a rented residential building near medical college considering limited capacity of girls’ hostel.
The Health department will also appoint an administrative officer in the hospital to coordinate with the department and ensure fast completion of all the non-medial works.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Ajay Singh, Director Medical Education Dr Subir Mukherjee, medical college dean Dr AK Sharma, etc.

Cong declares DCC Bemetara executive

Raipur, July 28, 2012

Congress announced executive body of Bemetara District Congress Committee (DCC) on Saturday.
Notably, the party has already elected Ganesh Gausewak as president of DCC Gariyaband. His team will comprise of five vice presidents, one treasurer, five general secretaries, 18 members, 20 permanently invited members and 11 specially invited members.
The vice presidents of DCC Gariyaband will be – Dulari Bai Verma, TR Janardan, Omprakash Tawri, Surendra Tiwari and Lakhan Lal Sahu.  The treasurer will be Deepak Arora.
The general secretaries of executive body will be – Pranish Choubey, Naveen Tamrakar, Omprakash Verma, Wahid Khan and Praveen Verma.
The members of executive body will be – Madhu Verma, Shakun Sen, Vijay Baghel, Sukhiram Sahu, Girwar Dhruv, Dutt Jainpuri, Chanda Patel, Rita Pandey, Javed Khan, Birbal Verma, Avnish Raghav, Fanendra Mishra, Toran Nayak, Gorelal Chandrakar, Upendra Kumar Hansa, Param Sinha, Shiv Kaushik and Takhatram Sahu.
The permanently invited members will be – Motilal Vora, Pradeep Choubey, Ravindra Choubey, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Kishan Lal Kurre, Kamla Baghel, Lal Mohammad Rizvi, Arun Vora, Subhash Sharma, Banshi Patel, Narayan Prasad Parganiha, Dashrath Lal Mishra, Chiranjeev Lal, Dilip Jain, Shailja Sarkar, Ismail Baig, Baldau Prasad Mishra, Prabha Nirvani, Tekram Kosle and Rajendra Sharma.
The specially invited members will be – Ashish Chhabda, Radheshyam Dewangan, Vishal Deshlahre, Pragya Nirvani, Prakash Bandhe, Anita Patre, Mamta Chandrakar, Kavita Sahu, Kumari Verma, Anil Verma and Champa Devi Patel.
The PCC spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi informed that the organiser of Sewa Dal, presidents of Mahila Congress, NSUI and INTUC and Lok Sabha as well as Vidhan Sabha presidents of Youth Congress Bemetara would also be included in executive bodies of DCC Bemetara as specially invited members respectively.

Govt ignoring HC stay on toll plaza: Cong

Raipur, July 28, 2012

Congress on Saturday alleged that the government was ignoring High Court’s stay order on construction of toll plaza near Sundar Nagar at Ring Road No 1. “The HC directed to stop the construction works on July 13, but unfortunately it did not happen. Even the PWD officials have not asked the implementing agency to stop the works,” said state president of Congress business cell Kanhaiyya Agrawal, general secretary Ashok Shivhare Atul Raghuvanshi and Nagrik Sangharsh Samiti representative Nischay Bajpayee. They demanded from the government to seek permission from the court through affidavit to revoke approval for toll plaza construction.

Ink hurling: Cong delegation meets IG

Raipur, July 28, 2012

A day after the members of BJYM made failed attempt to hurl ink on AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada and showed him black flags, a delegation of Congress members meet IG Mukesh Gupta and sought quick action against the activists. Notably, the Congmen had already complained about the incident to Raipur SSP Dipanshu Kaabra and are now planning to meet DGP Anil Newaney. The delegation that met Gupta was comprised of DCC Raipur Urban president Inderchand Dhariwal, Sheikh Shakeel, Samir Akhtar, Kamlesh Mishra, Yogendra Sharma, Shreekumar Menon, Sumit Das, etc.

Friday, July 27, 2012

BJYM hurls ink on Hariprasada, fails

YC burns effigy of BJP, CM

Raipur, July 27, 2012

Protesting the derogatory remarks of AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada against BJP and RSS the members of BJYM showed him black flag and made failed attempt of hurling ink on him at Mana airport on Friday.
Notably, Hariprasada had uttered derogatorily against BJP and RSS during two-day workers’ training camp of Congress at Ambikapur on July 25 and 26. The angry BJPians showed black flags to Hariprasada at Bilaspur on July 26 night. This led to minor clash between Congmen and BJPians on the occasion.
Apprehending that Hariprasada can face similar circumstance at Raipur after returning from Ambikapur to proceed for New Delhi, some of the top cops had reportedly advised the senior Congress leadership to change the route of his convoy while going to airport.
As state government has provided security to PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey, both were expected to escort Hariprasada to airport, but none were party of his convoy.
Instead, PCC secretary Amit Pandey, YC’s Raipur North general secretary Dilip Singh Chouhan and a couple of party workers accompanied Hariprasada. These Congmen, however, changed the route of state unit incharge’s convoy and instead of adopting VIP road, they preferred Naya Raipur road via Pachpedi Naka to reach airport.
Alleging that the police did not made adequate arrangement to prevent the incident, the YC state vice president Deepak Mishra and others burnt effigies of BJP and Chief Minister Raman Singh at Rajiv Gandhi chowk.  

It was BJP-sponsored protest: Congress

Sharply reacting over the incident, PCC president Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey termed it as BJP-sponsored under police protection. Justifying Hariprasada’s utterances against the BJP and RSS the duo warned the ruling party to stop using police as its army.
“The BJP is trying to intimidate opposition using goons and misusing its powers,” they charged.
“This is a wrong trend set by the BJP. If its members can hurl ink on our national leaders, their national leaders too can face similar resistance during their state visits. We will surely not keep quiet if such incident would occur again,” they warned.

Cong demands action against BJYM activists

Protesting the ink hurling incident, a delegation of Congmen submitted a memorandum to SSP Dipanshu Kaabra demanding action against BJYM activist in 24 hours. They warned Kaabra of staging massive dharna before his office if action would be delayed.
The Congmen also plan to brief the incident to DGP Anil Newaney and IG Mukesh Gupta.
The delegation that met Kaabra was comprised of DCC Raipur Urban president Inderchand Dhariwal, DCC Raipur Rural president Pankaj Sharma, Sheikh Shakeel, Satnam Singh Panag, Samir Akhtar, Kamlesh Mishra, Yogendra Sharma, Manish Dayal, Sharik Rais Khan, Shreekumar Menon, Ghanshyam Raju Tiwari, Sumit Das, Mamta Rai, etc.

NSUI gheraoes RSU, demand students’ union polls

Raipur, July 27, 2012

Demanding quick conduction of students’ union polls the members ofNSUI gheraoed the administrative block of Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (RSU) on Friday. The NSUI’s Raipur district president Pradeep Sahu alleged that the varsity administration called police to suppress the voice of protestors.
Sloganeering against the varsity admin, the NSUI members asked it to adopt direct system of students’ union polls. “With no polls, the students are at loss as there is no one to heed their problems,” said Sahu.
He said that the students should not be kept deprived of their basic rights and they must get opportunity to use their voting power to choose their leaders.
He alleged that the state government too was uninterested in students’ union polls because it was scared of NSUI’s popularity.
Sahu warned of launching signature campaign in every college of Raipur district if the varsity would not meet NSUI’s demands.
On the occasion, Sahu was accompanied by Ravi Sen, Ajay Pal, Tarachand Mishra, Rajesh Nishad, Manish Yadav, Tarun Soni, Vicky Pandey, Mukesh Sahu, Akash Kashyap, Ayush Agrawal, Shashikant Berore, Aman Thakur, etc.

Kridutt expands Kisan Cong executive

Raipur, July 27, 2012

State Kisan Congress (KC) coordinator Digvijay Singh Kridutt on Friday expanded the executive body of the organisation by appointing Santosh Sharma and Shirish Awasthi as general secretaries. Meanwhile, the organisation’s newly appointed Raipur district president Bulaki Verma announced appointment of Surendra Choudhary as new vice president of district unit. Kridutt informed that all the appointments had been done after approval of organisation’s national president SS Surjewala and state KC incharge Avinash Kakde.

Govt playing with public health: Cong

Raipur, July 26, 2012

In wake of confirmation by Kolkata-based Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) that substandard and counterfeit medicines were used in Balod eye camp in which several patients lost their eyesight after undergoing surgery, Congress on Thursday alleged that the government was playing with the public health.
“Chief Minister Raman Singh and Health Minister Amar Agrawal should step down on moral grounds after CDL revelation,” said Congress spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla.
“This is only a tip of the iceberg. The Balod episode reiterated in Kawardha and Rajnandgaon eye camps where once again many patients lost their eyesight. On testing, the medicines used in these camps would also be found substandard and counterfeit,” he said claiming that over 100 patients lost their eyesight while five died after surgery in the three camps.
“The Health Minister, instead of taking action against the guilty doctors, gave series of irresponsible statements. Moreover, when Durg Collector recommended for action against some of the guilty doctors, the minister came into their rescue,” he charged.
He pointed that the government too came into action after Congress complained about the eye camp incidents to Governor. “However, many eye victims have not yet received Rs 50000 compensation announced by the government on Governor’s directives,” he said.
 “The Health department is interested in achieving targets of eye surgeries through camps and is least bothered if patients complain of eye infected of lost of eyesight,” he added.
“The government receives huge fund from Centre under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and National Programme for Control of Blindness (NPCB) to conduct free eye surgeries but it simply do formality by organising eye camps where corruption dominates as medicines and surgery equipment lack quality,” he said.

Online PET counselling: 16630 candidates get registered

Raipur, July 26, 2012

About 16630 candidates have completed their registration formality in the ongoing online PET counselling till Thursday. The registration can be done till August 7, informed officials of Directorate Technical Education. The first phase of seat allocation will begin from August 8. Notably, the counselling is being done for 18387 seats from private and government engineering colleges of state.  

State law and order in haywire: Cong

Raipur, July 26, 2012

Deploring the government for failing to curb rising crime, the Congress on Thursday said the state had become safe hub for criminals. “People are living in terror as law and order is in haywire in Chhattisgarh,” said PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda.
“The tall claims of good governance by ruling BJP proved to be empty boastings as the cases of murder, rape and abduction have increased to manifold under its regime in past eight years. Ironically, the police look helpless before the confidence of criminals,” he said.

Toll plaza: Cong submits memo to PWD Min’s father

Raipur, July 26, 2012 

Protesting toll plaza construction near Sundar Nagar at Ring Road No 1, a delegation of Congress members submitted a memorandum to PWD Minister Brijmohan Agrawal’s father Ramlal Agrawal at his residence on Thursday.
“The toll plaza is being constructed in the area that falls under the minister’s Assembly constituency. We requested to him several times to ask the implementing agency to shift the toll plaza out of municipal limits but he refused. Considering his obstinacy, we decided to talk to his father into this matter,” said DCC Raipur Urban President Inderchand Dhariwal.
“The reason behind handing over memorandum to the minister’s father is the Chief Minister Raman Singh’s recent remark in which he said the parents are responsible for their children’s mistake,” he added.
The delegation was comprised of Kanhaiyya Agrawal, Madanlal Taleda, Nischay Bajpayee, Sheikh Shakeel, Dinesh Tiwari, Ashok Agrawal, Ashok Shivhare, Atul Raghuvanshi, Satnam Singh Panag, Mahavir Dewangan, Santosh Tiwari, Jagdish Ahuja, Samir Akhtar, etc.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Cong to appoint block incharges in BJP bastions

Raipur, July 25, 2012

With an objective to change poll equations in its favour in the BJP bastions before 2013 Assembly elections, Congress will appoint block incharges in those regions. The responsibility will be given to vice presidents and general secretaries of DCCs. These appointments will commence from Raipur Lok Sabha as the constituency incharge for the party Devvrat Singh took a decision in this regard during a meeting at Congress Bhawan on Wednesday.
While the party leadership has already given charge of Lok Sabha constituencies to PCC general secretaries and BJP stronghold Assembly areas to secretaries, Singh felt that it is now turn to concentrate at block-level.
The block incharges will be first appointed in the Assembly seats won by BJP. The aim is to figure out the reasons of Congress decline in such regions. For this, Singh has selected six VS seats held by BJP.
According to information, the block incharges will prepare a comprehensive report of their assigned areas so that the party could chalk out strategy to increase its voters in such places.
The party further aims to pick the most apt candidate in BJP stronghold areas during 2013 polls. Hence, the report of block incharges would be crucial while shortlisting candidates.
In the meeting, some of DCC office-bearers pointed that the VS incharges barely visit their assigned constituencies. Notably, the general secretaries and secretaries have not been given charges of their home VS areas. The party workers feel that hence the LS and VS incharges could neither concentrate in their assigned areas nor in their home constituencies.

YC to RSU: Derecognise Shankaracharya College Bhilai

Alleges institute get affiliation sans producing documents

Raipur, July 25, 2012

Youth Congress (YC) has demanded from Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (RSU) to derecognise Shankaracharya College Bhilai alleging that it obtained affiliation without producing documents to the varsity’s academic department. “This graft was done by the RSU officials who have nexus with the institute’s administration,” charged YC’s Raipur Lok Sabha president Vinod Tiwari after submitting memorandum to varsity vice chancellor Professor SK Pandey on Wednesday.
Tiwari informed that Gangajali Education Society (GES), which operates Shankaracharya College in sector-6 Bhilai, also operates a school in the same building against the norms.
“The college offers too many courses without infrastructure. It runs courses like B Sc, M Sc, B Com, M Com, MA, BBA and BCA. Besides, it is offering B Ed and M Ed courses for the past six years,” he said.
Tiwari informed that he had sought detailed information regarding the college from the varsity’s public information officer (PIO) by submitting an application on November 26, 2011.
When he did not get any reply from the PIO, he submitted application to first appellate officer on December 29, 2011, but in vain. He them moved to Sate Information Commission on February 1, 2012 which fixed hearing on the matter on June 8, 2012.
“In the hearing, the PIO admitted in written that the GES never submitted any document related to land and other existing infrastructure (including teaching staff, laboratory, library, building, etc) of Shankaracharya College Bhilai to the varsity. This proves that the college obtained affiliation by greasing the palms of the varsity officials,” Tiwari said.
“Even the VC startled when we informed about this corruption and assured us that he would conduct probe into the matter and take stern action against guilty officials,” he added.
While submitting the memorandum, Tiwari was accompanied by Sandeep Yadu, Rubal Mehta, Sayed Umer, Bijju Banjare, Guddu Jethi, Pratap Singh, Mukesh Verma, Taresh Sahu, Bittu Sharma, etc.

Cong complains IG of police harassment

Raipur, July 25, 2012

A delegation of Congress members on Wednesday complained IG Mukesh Gupta that the police were harassing their fellow partymen. In this connection, the delegation submitted a memorandum to Gupta and pointed that case registered by Tikarapara police against DCC Raipur Urban president Inderchand Dhariwal and other Congress leaders under section 188 on July 21 was unjust.
Demanding action against the TI Tikarapara police station, the delegation said that he had slapped the section against the Congmen merely for protesting against toll plaza site at Pachpedi Naka. “None of the Congmen obstructed the road traffic during protest. However, case was registered against them with an intention to harass them,” it added.
It further alleged that the police administration was biased against the Congress and never takes action against the BJPians who always violate the rules during their protest movements.
The delegation warned of gheraoing Tikarapara police station if action would not be taken against the TI.
The delegation was comprised of PCC secretary Amit Pandey, Madanlal Taleda, Nischay Bajpayee, Shiekh Shakeel, Dilip Chouhan, Sandeep Tiwari, Nirmal Sharma, Dr Niranjan Haritwal, etc.

NCPSL offers coaching on Sindhi subject for UPSC exams

Raipur, July 25, 2012

The National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language (NCPSL) will provide five-day free-of-cost coaching workshop to 25 candidates who have selected Sindhi as one of the subjects in UPSC main exams. “The coaching will be imparted from July 27-31 at Delhi University (DU),” informed vice chairman of council Ramesh Warlyani on Wednesday.
“All the 25 candidates belong to Sindhi community and they have successfully cleared UPSC preliminary exams. Now, when they have picked Sindhi subject in the main exam, we have decided to provide them full support in terms of coaching workshop. We have taken this initiative to encourage Sindhi students to prefer Sindhi medium to appear in the civic services exams,” Warlyani elaborated.
He informed that majority of the youngsters in Sindhi community were unaware that Sindhi is one of the mediums to appear in UPSC exams.
“Hence, we conducted seminars in Bhopal, Ajmer, Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Kanpur and appealed to the young generation of Sindhi community to prepare for civil services exams in Sindhi language,” he said.
The coaching workshop at DU will be coordinated by Dr Raviprakash Tekchandani and lodging arrangement would be done by Indar Gunani. The experts who will impart coaching will be Dr MK Jaitley, Dr Baldev Matlani, Dr Haso Dadlani, Dr Kamla Goklani, Hero Thakur and NCPSL director Nirmal Goplani.
Warlyani informed that the Sindhi subject coaching workshop facility at DU would be provided every year to the civil services candidates. He will formally inaugurate the coaching workshop at DU at 11 am on July 27. The chief guest on the occasion would be chief security commissioner of Railways Rajaram Bhagwani.

Cross voting: Hariprasada enquires from Patel, Choubey

Raipur, July 24, 2012

The AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada enquired about cross voting in presidential polls from PCC chief Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey on Tuesday. Hariprasada, who reached state capital on Tuesday evening through regular flight from New Delhi, held close door talks with Patel and Choubey regarding cross voting for about one hour.
According to information, Patel and Choubey had reportedly informed Hariprasada that it was actually not cross voting but the two votes were cast to the NDA candidate PA Sangma mistakenly. However, the party has by far failed to clarify as how its MLAs failed to commit mistake when they had been given instructions and guidance about polling beforehand.
Hariprasada will submit his report to the high command on cross voting by the party MLAs in state. On the basis of the report, the national leadership will issue fresh guidelines for the state unit, informed sources.
Notably, indiscipline and factionalism are said to be major points of concern for the PCC. With nearing Assembly polls the party cannot afford sacking its leaders and workers for going against partyline. Hence, it is continuously organising workers’ meetings and training camps at different levels. Hariprasada is on state visit to attend the party’s two-day training camp at Ambikapur (Sarguja division).
Earlier, Hariprasada was welcomed at Mana airport by Patel, Choubey, MLA Paresh Bagbahra, PCC secretary Amit Pandey, DCC Raipur urban president Inderchand Dhariwal, etc. from airport, Hariprasada reached New Circuit House where he held talks with Patel and Choubey.

Cong training camp in Sarguja begins today

Raipur, July 24, 2012

Congress will hold conducted two-day workers’ training camp at Ambikapur in Sarguja division on Wednesday and Thursday. The AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada will inaugurate the camp and address the participants along with PCC president Nandkumar Patel, CLP leader Ravindra Choubey and other senior leaders.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cong slams CM on Collectors’ jandarshan

Raipur, July 24, 2012

Hitting at Chief Minister Raman Singh for directing Collectors to organise jandarshan the Congress said circumstances occurred because the government machinery failed to redress public grievances.
“The government officials would never need to conduct jandarshan if they would serve people sincerely during their job tenure. The CM has rather started a new trend through Collectors’ jandarshan which proves that its administrative system has become ineffective,” said Congress spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla on Tuesday.
“For public convenience, decentralisation has been done in administration structure from district administration to tehsil, sub-tehsil, revenue inspector (RI) circle and patwari halka. Similarly, development blocks and gram secretariats have been established. The government has appointed capable officials and employees in all these offices. Now, the CM should clarify why these staffers are unable to redress public grievances,” Shukla asked.
He pointed that the government had even failed to take action on complaints and applications it received during recent as well as last year’s gram suraj abhiyans.
“The BJP government has actually finished the work culture in last eight years and administrative anarchy has gripped the entire state. Even the officials have stopped taking interest in taking initiatives in public welfare works due to frequent interventions of BJPians,” he said.
“Perhaps the BJP’s Raipur parliamentarian Ramesh Bais too has realised the problems of the people and hence he announced to organise jandarshan at his constituency-level,” he ridiculed.
He claimed that the people were upset with the BJP government’s work and wanted to get rid of it.

BALCO case: Cong asks CM to step down

Raipur, July 24, 2012

PCC president Nandkumar Patel on Tuesday said that after Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar confirmed that BALCO acquired government lands illegally, the Chief Minister Raman Singh should step down on moral ground.
“The HM’s remark is more significant because Korba is his home district. The HM’s statement on BALCO case proves that the allegations levelled against the CM by Congress were true,” said Patel.
He further said that the BJPians should stop giving statements against Congress on BALCO case and must rather clarify their stance after HM’s remark.
The Congress lodged complaint at court against CM, former Chief Secretary P Joy Oommen and BALCO chief executive officer (CEO) on July 20 alleging that the company acquired about 2780 acre land illegally and consequently the government incurred revenue loss of Rs 140 crore. The party charged that the CM and CS played pivotal role into the matter by ordering for the regularisation of the acquired lands.

YC, NSUI condemns Kawardha police

Raipur, July 24, 2012

The members of Youth Congress (YC) and NSUI have condemned police action against their fellow members when they staged dharna demanding rollback in hiked power tariff in Kawardha on Tuesday.
The YC and NSUI have also demanded suspension of TI Sanjay Pakhile for abusing and slapping former district panchayat president from Congress Agamdas Anant who too had participated in the dharna.
“Anant is a public figure in the region. His wife is nagar panchayat president. The police action against him proves that the BJP government had grudges against the duo. The TI himself slapped Anant. We want TI’s suspension and if he would not be removed in two days they them we would launch state-wide agitation against the government,” said the YC’s Raipur Lok Sabha president Vinod Tiwari and NSUI’s Raipur district president Pradeep Sahu. 

Verma becomes Kisan Cong Raipur dist prez

Raipur, July 24, 2012

State Kisan Congress (KC) president Digvijay Singh Kridutt on Tuesday informed that Bulaki Verma has been appointed as organisation’s Raipur district president. Singh had forwarded Verma’s name to be considered for Raipur district president post to organisation’s national president SS Surjewala and state KC incharge Avinash Kakde.

Govt corrupt, its day are numbered: Jogi

Raipur, July 24, 2012

Senior Congress MLA Ajit Jogi on Tuesday said that the ruling BJP government is corrupt and its days are numbered.
“Corruption has become malady in every department in last eight years and it happened because the government did not take action against corrupt officials. The level of corruption in state could be gauged through the raids conducted by CBI, ACB and Income tax department in the recent past. The people of Chhattisgarh will surely teach lesson to the BJP in next Vidhan Sabha polls,” he said.
He alleged that the government deceive people by suspending officials facing charges of grafts and reinstate them after sometime. “In fact, the government even gives promotion to the corrupt officials after reinstating them. This encourages other officials to do irregularities,” he said.
He regretted that the government had never posed seriousness in framing strict rules to curb graft cases.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cross voting: Hariprasada to talk to Patel, Choubey

Raipur, July, 23, 2012

AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada is likely to hold talks with PCC chief Nandkumar Patel and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey regarding cross voting during presidential polls which held on July 19. Hariprasada will reach Raipur on Tuesday evening. At night, he will proceed to Ambikapur via train route to attend party's two-day worker's training camp beginning July 25.
The party is embarrassed after two of its legislators was said to have done cross voting during the presidential polls.
While the BJP has 49 MLAs in the state, the Congress has 39 and BSP has two. On the polling day, the BJP-led NDA backed presidential candidate PA Sangma received 50 votes while one of the Congress-led UPA candidate Pranab Mukherjee got 39 votes from Chhattisgarh. Later, one of the votes was declared invalid.
The two of the BSP legislators have clarified that they had followed party high command’s instructions and had voted to Mukherjee. Now, the Congress is in dilemma as which of its two MLAs had voted for Sangma.
Although, Mukherjee has won presidential elections, the state Congress is concerned over the growing intimacy of some of its MLAs with the ruling party. The party has recently suspended its senior tribal leader Arvind Netam for favouring Sangma and now it had to face the ‘cross voting ignominy’, about which it had hoped the least.
Hariprasada is likely to warn party MLAs in particular and workers in general to concentrate in beefing up the state unit instead of befriending with ruling party members.

Cong two-day training camp at Sarguja from tomorrow

Raipur, July 23, 2012

After Vidhan Sabha’s monsoon session, Congress has once again engaged in strengthening organisation. In this regard, the party will organise training camps, district and state level meetings of workers in different parts of state in coming months. The party, which has conducted two-day workers’ training camp in Bastar division at Jagdalpur last month on June 29 and 30, will now hold training camp at Ambikapur in Sarguja division on July 25 and 26.
To attend the camp, the AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada will arrive in the state capital on Tuesday evening. He will leave for Ambikapur via Durg-Ambikapur express at night.
While the objective of the camp is to impart training to the participants pertaining to the party’s history and policies, the senior leaders will also urge them to start preparing for 2013 and 2014 polls.
The senior leaders will further ask the participants to launch party membership in both urban and rural areas, raise all the burning and local issues and to convey message to the public about the Centrally-sponsored schemes launched for them.
The camp will be attended by PCC president Nandkumar Patel, CLP leader Ravindra Choubey and PCC office-bearers from Sarguja division along with heads of cells and morchas, party’s public representatives and senior leaders of Sarguja division.

Juneja demands rehab for rain-hit slum dwellers

Raipur, July 23, 2012

Raipur North legislator Kuldeep Singh Juneja has demanded rehabilitation package for rain-hit slum dweller of his Assembly constituency. In this connection, he has written a letter to Collector Dr Rohit Yadav on Monday.
He wrote that the heavy downpour on July 21, 2012 caused havoc in the low lying areas of his Vidhan Sabha area as the shanties of the poor were completely destroyed.
“Presently, the rain-hit slum dwellers neither have shelter nor food. Hence, the district administration must make arrangement of meals for them and rehabilitate them,” he said.
Besides, he added, that the majority of roads in his constituency got damaged due to heavy showers eventually causing inconvenience to the commuters, especially during night hours. He said the damaged roads should be quickly repaired to avert any mishap.

BJP dharna against FSSA ridiculous, anti-people: Cong

Raipur, July 23, 2012

Congress has termed BJP business cell dharna against implementation of Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSA) ridiculous and anti-people.
“In fact, the dharna becomes irrelevant after the BJP business cell obtains Chief Minister’s assurance that the FSSA would not be implemented strictly in the state. It was only after the CM’s assurance the BJPians had revoked their 72-hour state bandh appeal against FSSA. Now, why so fuss against the Act,” said president of Congress business cell Kanhaiyya Agrawal on Monday.
He said the FSSA was in favour of public and it should be implemented in every state. “Besides being businessmen, we are also consumers and we have right to get food materials within specified standards,” he said.
He informed that the Congress business cell had raised its objections with the Centre over some stringent sections of the Act and demanded their removal.

Ban gudakhu along with gutkha: Jogi

Raipur, July 23, 2012

Senior Congress legislator Ajit Jogi has demanded ban on gudakhu along with gutkha. “Gudakhu is equally harmful for the public health and it should also be prohibited in the state,” he said. “The government should have banned gutkha much earlier but stalled the decision of prohibition. Now, when it has taken a step in favour of public, gudakhu should also be banned,” he added.

Cong delegation visits Sarkeguda

Raipur, July 23, 2012

A 60-member delegation of Congress led by PCC chief  Nandkumar Patel on Monday visited Sarkeguda (60 km away from Bijapur district headquarters) to meet family members of those who were killed during police-naxal encounter in the region on June 28, 2012.
The delegation was comprised of 15 MLAs, PCC and DCC office-bearers from Bastar division. Notably, the Congress had earlier demanded CBI probe into the matter alleging that innocent women and children were killed in the encounter. Later, the state government announced to conduct judicial inquiry into the matter.
According to information, Patel will forward the report of his Sarkeguda visit to the high command through AICC general secretary and state Congress incharge BK Hariprasada who will reach Raipur on Tuesday evening to take part in the party’s two-day workers’ training camp in Ambikapur on July 25 and 26.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Govt playing with life of poor: Cong

Raipur, July 21, 2012

Congress on Saturday alleged that the government was playing with the life of poor by not addressing their problems which usually aggravate during rainy season.
“The heavy rains in past 24 hours have largely affected slum-dwellers. This happens every year but the government has not taken any step to rid them permanently from this problem,” said DCC Raipur Urban president Inderchand Dhariwal.
He indicated the Centre had give Rs 397 crore to the state government in 2005 to build 28000 pucca houses for the poor so that they could live a respectable life.
“Ironically, the government could construct only 500 pucca houses for the poor in past seven years. This proves how serious is it in providing basic facilities to the poor. Moreover, the houses built for poor are about ten kilometres away from Raipur. Since major of them work in the capital city, the government should have made frequent conveyance arrangement for them,” Dhariwal added.
He suggested that government should build pucca houses for the poor close to the capital city considering their convenience.
“If the government would continue ignoring the poor and delay in fulfilling our demands then we would be compelled to satge massive dharna programmes against it,” he warned.

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