Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CG govt copied Centre’s food security bill: Cong

Raipur, July 31, 2013

Congress on Wednesday ridiculed chief minister Raman Singh for asking Centre to adopt Chhattisgarh’s Food Security Act as role model and said the former was making such demand due to fear of being exposed.

“Ironically, the state government first copied Centre’s food security bill and then wanted the latter to adopt it. The UPA government had actually prepared draft on food security bill in 2011. The Raman Singh government simply copied it and hastily tabled and passed in Vidhan Sabha to take false credit,” said Congress spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla.

He said the Centre’s Food Security Act would expose the BJP government’s prevarication. “The state government, which boasts of providing rice at the rate of Rs two per kg to poor, is deceiving people. The actual cost of this rice is Rs 16 per kg out of which the Centre incurs Rs 13, the beneficiaries incur Rs two and the state government shells out just Re 1,” Shukla said.

He said public distribution system (PDS) was being implemented by Centre through state governments for past thirty years and Chhattisgarh government had added no significant factor in the system that could be adopted as role model in the country.

Dynasty system prevails in BJP, not Cong: Chhabda

Raipur, July 31, 2013

Reacting to chief minister Raman Singh’s remark on Congress during Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha’s (BJYM) recent conference, PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda dynasty system was predominant in BJP, not Congress.

“The CM should first express concern over increasing dynasty system in his own party. There are several BJP leaders who have projected their family members for different posts in the party and government. Even the CM himself is planning to launch his son Abhishek in politics. He has gifted the post of vice chancellor of Ayush University to his relative Dr GB Gupta,” said Chhabda.

“The ruling party has given different posts to BJP leader Leelaram Bhojwani’s son Raja, Gaurishankar Agrawal’s son Nitin, Purandar Mishra’s son Piyush, Yashwant Rao Meghawale’s son Prabhat in BJYM,” he said.
“Besides, Raipur Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bais’ brother Shyam got post of chairman in Beej Vikas Nigam while his nephews Onkar and Akhilesh have been inducted in the organisation,” he pointed.

He said the BJP had always ignored its dedicated workers and given priority to relatives of party leaders.

Vasudev reshuffles YC district incharges

Raipur, July 31, 2013

State Youth Congress (YC) president Uttam Vasudev has reshuffled some of the district incharges after holding talks with organisation’s Chhattisgarh incharge Himmat Singh co-incharge Manish Thakur. In this connection, the fresh list of YC’s district incharges was released on Wednesday.

Vasudev has kept charges of Raipur and Bilaspur districts with him. He would be assisted by Bunty Hora, Vikram Singh and Abhilash Shrivastava.

The state YC vice president Deepak Mishra has been given charges of Durg and Rajnandgaon districts. He would be assisted by Sajman Baig and Renu Mishra. The YC spokesperson Alok Pandey has been given independent charge organisation’s media cell.

The general secretaries who have been assigned the charges of districts are – Sarguja - Sandeep Sahu (coordinator - Amit Sharma), Janjgir-Champa - Pankaj Mishra (coordinator - Chakeshwar Gadhpale), Raigarh – Sibli Meraj Khan (coordinator - Milind Gautam, Nazim Khan), Kanker – Ashok Sonwani (coordinator - Rajesh Swami), Korba – Rakesh Singh (coordinator – Rajesh Dewangan and Bastar – Savita Pawar (coordinator –Meena Bhimte, Reva Ravre).

The YC secretary Abhishek Modi will look after Mahasamund district and would be assisted by Vikas Tiwari.

Kalash yatra to reach four VS areas from August 1-4

Raipur, July 31, 2013

First phase of Congress kalash yatra will reach four assembly constituencies from August 1-4. PCC general secretary Subhash Sharma released schedules of the yatra on Wednesday.

The yatra will first reach Arang Vidhan Sabha area on Thursday and cover Kosrangi, Bana, Banarsi, Gullu, Arang, Mandir Hasaud and Paloud.
On August 2, the yatra will enter Abhanpur VS area and cover Bhilai, Charoda, Tamasivni, Torla, Pond, Jounda, Nawagaon, Paragaon, Nawapara, Kurra, Manikchouri, Gatapar and Abhanpur.

On August 3, the yatra will reach Kurud VS area and cover Badeli, Kendri, Bade Kareli, Megha, Kurud, Bhakhara, Kosmarra, Korra and Silouti.

On August 4, the yatra will reach Dhamtari VS area and cover Chhati, Bhagra, Kandel, Devpur, Sarangpuri, Kharenga, Darri, Parsuli, Koliyari and Dhamtari.

DCC, BCC heads to take stock of flood

Raipur, July 31, 2013

PCC president Charandas Mahant has directed district and block unit heads to take stock of flood due to recent downpours in their respective areas and provide help to the affected ones by talking to local authorities. He asked them to also submit report regarding action taken by local authorities on their initiatives and about problems of the flood-affected people.

Cong to observe birth, death anniversaries of four leaders

Raipur, July 31, 2013

Congress has decided to observe birth and death anniversaries of its four leaders, who became victim of naxal attack on May 25, 2013, in district and block headquarters. 

The four leaders are – Nandkumar Patel (birth – November 8, death May 25), Vidya Charan Shukla (birth - August 2, death – June 11), Mahendra Karma (birth – August 5, death – May 25) and Uday Mudliyar (birth – July 31, death May 25). 

The party leadership has directed DCC and BCC heads to pay tribute to the four leaders and organise conferences on their birth and death anniversaries. The party’s frontal organisations have been asked to ensure that office-bearers of their district and block units remain present on such occasions.

Cong to launch remove BJP, save CG drive from Aug 9

Raipur, July 30, 2013

Congress will launch BJP hatao, Chhattisgarh bachao (remove BJP, save Chhattisgarh) campaign from August 9 – the day when AICC had launched quit India movement against Britishers back in 1942. The decision was taken during meeting of PCC office-bearers convened by state unit president Charandas Mahant at Congress Bhawan on Tuesday.

The drive will commence from Rajnandgaon – the assembly constituency of chief minister Raman Singh. Then the party will launch offensive against BJP government under its drive in all district headquarters.

In the meeting, Mahant directed heads of district and block units to shortlist at least five candidates each from their respective areas and submit the lists in state party office by August 5.

He further asked the DCC presidents to prepare list of important issues of their areas so that the most appropriate ones could be included in party’s election manifesto.

Considering just three months remaining for assembly polls he asked the PCC office-bearers to beef up the organisation and mobilise party activities. He also sought inputs from the office-bearers regarding party’s future activities.

In the meeting, terming reconstituted PCC team as practical, party general secretary Shiv Kumar Daharia expressed gratitude towards Mahant. 

Later, talking to media persons after the meeting Mahant said if people would give mandate to Congress in 2013 Vidhan Sabha polls the deposited amounts all accountholders of Indira Priyadarshini Bank would be returned.

The meeting was attended by PCC vice presidents – TS Singhdeo, Baijnath Chandrakar, Kawasi Lakhma, Pradeep Choubey, Haridas Bhardwaj, Gurmukh Singh Hora, Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Tarun Chatterjee, Rajendra Chandrakar, Shankar Lal Tamrakar, general secretaries – Ramesh Warlyani, Subhash Sharma, Devvrat Singh, Shiv Kumar Daharia, Arun Vora, Fulodevi Netam, Vidhan Mishra, Premsai Singh, Padma Manhar, Chandrabhan Barmate, Subash Dhuppad, Lekhram Sahu, Shobha Ram Banjare, Abdul Hameed Hayat, Umesh Patel, Deepak Karma, Jeetendra Mudliyar, Ramlal Bhardwaj, Jhirturam Baghel, Sanjay Pathak, Rajkumar Diwan, etc.

Preparatory meet for campaign held

After PCC office-bearers’ meeting, preparatory meeting for BJP hatao, Chhattisgarh bachao (remove BJP, save Chhattisgarh) drive held at Congress Bhawan. The meeting was attended by party’s programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel, Arun Vora, Devvrat Singh, Jeetendra Mudliyar, Dhanesh Patila, Shankar Lal Tamrakar, Ghanaram Sahu, Vinod Goswami, RN Verma, Siju Anthony, Ikramuddin Solanki, Rupesh Dubey, Gulab Verma, Duleshwari Sahu, etc. 

Cong to prepare please-all poll manifesto

Raipur, July 30, 2013

Congress will prepare please-all poll manifesto after considering suggestions and inputs of the partymen. A decision in this connection was taken during the meeting of party’s election manifesto committee that held at CLP leader Ravindra Choubey’s residence on Tuesday.

After the meeting, the committee’s convenor and party MLA Mohammad Akbar informed that several significant inputs came from the panel members regarding poll manifesto. He indicated that soon the panel would commence filtering and preparing the final points to be included in the poll manifesto.

Besides Akbar, the meeting was attended by panel members RC Singhdeo, Rampukar Singh, Pradeep Choubey, Baijnath Chandrakar, Dharmjeet Singh, Dr Shakrajeet Nayak, Seema Agamdas Anant, Vani Rao, Domendra Bhediya, Girish Dewangan and Ajit Anand Degvegar, Ibrahim Memon and Santosh Yadav.

In addition, the meeting was also attended by party vice president TS Singhdeo, Pratibha Pandey (daughter of late party MP VC Shukla), general secretary Subhash Sharma, secretary Shiv Singh Thakur and PCC spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi.

Vikas Upadhyay becomes DCC Raipur Urban head

Raipur, July 30, 2013

The YC’s national general secretary Vikas Upadhyay has become DCC Raipur Urban president. The PCC received a letter in this regard from Chhattisgarh Congress incharge BK Hariprasada on Tuesday. Upadhyay replaces Inderchand Dhariwal who remained DCC Raipur Urban head for over eight years. 

Bank scam: Cong slams govt for delayed action against guilty

Raipur, July 30, 2013

Congress on Tuesday slammed government for delaying action against guilty persons in Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam and reiterated its demand of CBI inquiry into the matter.

“In last eight years, the entire effort was to save the guilty persons. Since the government compelled the police to put the matter in the backburner we want an independent agency like CBI to probe into it,” said Congress business cell president Kanhaiyya Agrawal.

“Ironically, chief minister Raman Singh says he had always given priority to bank’s affected accountholders. If he was so concerned about them then what he did in their favour in past eight years,” Agrawal asked.

Hailing PCC president Charandas Mahant’s announcement that if Congress would form government the deposited amount of all accountholders would be returned and guilty persons would be punished in three months, Agrawal said it was principal opposition’s assurance that had once again created hope among the accountholders.

NSUI gheraoes CGBSE

Raipur, July 30, 2013

The NSUI members on Tuesday gheraoed Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education (CGBSE) with their demand to return Rs 48 lakh taken from students as recounting or revaluation fees during academic session 2011-12. The NSUI Raipur district president said the amount belonged to those students who were declared pass after recounting or revaluation. On the occasion Sahu was accompanied by Taru Mishra, Tarun Soni, Akash Soni, Prem Dubey, Narendra Pal, Mahesh Yadav, Rajesh Nishad, Babla Anant, etc.

Rising RSPM makes Raipur 2nd most polluted city in India

Outdoor air pollution 5th largest killer in country

CMSR holds workshop on sustainable urban transport, emission standards, air quality & impact on health

Yogesh Mishra

Raipur/Kolkata, July 29, 2013

Sumit Sharma
Raipur has become India’s second most polluted city after Ghaziabad with increasing annual average concentration of respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM).  The revelation was made by The Energy and Resources Institute’s (TERI) Sumit Sharma during regional workshop and open forum for media and civil society organisations (CSOs) on sustainable urban transport, emission standards, air quality and impact on health organised by CMSR Consultants in Kolkata recently.

Dr Sudakshina Gupta
Talking on vehicular emission norms – need for more stringent measures, Sharma said central pollution control board’s national air quality monitoring programme (NAMP) had found violation of RSPM standards in 83% of Indian cities.

Bhaswati Goswami
He said according to latest report of WHO’s Global Burden of Disease outdoor air pollution is fifth largest killer in India. “Polluting vehicles usually cause respiratory, lung and cardiovascular diseases. Almost six lakh people die annually across the country due to air pollution,” he added.

Yogesh Mishra
He said more the number of vehicles, more would be air pollution. He informed that 140 million vehicles were registered in the country by 2011. “In 2010-11, growth rate of registered motor vehicles was almost three times the growth of road network,” he added.
James Meiteicha

He said introduction of emission standards like Bharat Stage (BS) II, III and IV in vehicles had somewhat improved air quality in cities, but considering rising pollution level in urban areas, the latest norm BS IV should be made mandatory in entire country. Presently, BS IV is being implemented in just 13 cities of the country while vehicles in remaining cities are BS III compliant.

Jayanta Basu
He felt roadmap for improved fuel could be made by implementing one fuel-one emission standard for whole country and promoting CNG/LPG-based vehicles. Meanwhile, the oil refineries should make necessary arrangements to fulfill demands of ultra-low-sulphur diesel (ULSD) and automobile sector too should plan to manufacture vehicles accordingly, he added.
The other speakers in the workshop were Dr Sudakshina Gupta (from department of economic, University of Calcutta) who deliberated on urban transport scenario in Kolkata, Bhaswati Goswami (from Centre for North-East Studies and Policy Research) who briefed about study conducted by her organisation on increasing vehicular population and pollution in north-east region, James Meiteicha (from Manipur Cycle Club) who told how he and his friends promoted cycling as a popular means of transportation in his state and Kolkata-based senior journalist Jayanta Basu who talked on role of media in supporting cause of sustainable urban transport.

Earlier, Narender Yadav director communications CMSR Consultants informed that Kolkata’s regional workshop was third in series after Bangalore and Pune. “We will organise fourth and concluding regional workshop in New Delhi in second fortnight of August 2013. We will continue to create awareness about sustainable urban transport in future too,” he said. On the occasion, he was accompanied by Rohit Singh director projects CMSR Consultants.

The participants in the workshop included media persons, representatives of CSOs and PhD scholars from RaipurNew Delhi, Kolkata, RanchiPatna, Bhubaneshwar, Guwahati, Gangtok and Imphal.

Star rating system must in vehicles: Bandivadekar

Anup Bandivadekar
Speaking on cleaner vehicles and fuels for India, Washington-based Anup Bandivadekar from International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) said India’s vehicular emission as well as fuel quality standards were almost 6-10 years behind European countries, USA, Brazil, Thailand, South Africa and China.

He said India had poor public transport system as it lacked proper planning and effective policy.

He suggested that India should adopt star rating system based on efficiency in vehicles to check pollution.

“The country has by far achieved small targets like removing lead from all fuels, bringing down sulphur level, benzene level and aromatic content in gasoline and increasing octane number in gasoline.  However, it needs to establish evaporative emission standards for two and three-wheelers, strictly implement refuelling evaporative emission norms in light motor vehicles and make BS IV mandatory for commercial vehicles and buses,” he added.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Cong stages statewide dharna against govt

Raipur, July 29, 2013

Congress staged statewide dharna against government in its district and block headquarters on Monday. At Raipur, the party staged dharna at Khamtarai chowk. After dharna, the partymen burnt government’s effigy and submitted memorandum to local authorities on the name of Governor demanding dissolution of incumbent government for failing to check grafts, maintaining law and order and giving good governance.

During dharna the party raised matters like Darbha incident, adjournment of state assembly’s monsoon session before scheduled time, Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam, blackmarketing of fertilisers and pesticides, pending four-year paddy bonus of and government’s promise to farmers to provide free electricity to them for irrigation.

The dharna programme at Raipur was participated by DCC Raipur Urban head Inderchand Dhariwal, DCC Raipur Rural president Pankaj Sharma, PCC spokesperson Mahendra Chhabda, Subhash Dhuppad, Dr Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Avtar Singh Saini, Santosh Agrawal, Shiv Singh Thakur, Pramod Dubey, Shreekumar Menon, Ghasiram Sahu, etc.

PCC office-bearers’ meet today

Raipur, July 29, 2013

PCC president Charandas Mahant will convene significant meeting of party’s office-bearers at 12 pm in Congress Bhawan on Tuesday. The meeting will be attended by CLP leader Ravindra Choubey, PCC programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel, party vice presidents, general secretaries, secretaries and district unit heads.

Later, the first meeting of PCC’s election manifesto committee will be held at Choubey’s residence at 2 pm.

Mahant hosts iftar party

Raipur, July 29, 2013

PCC chief Charandas Mahant hosted an iftar party at Civil Lines-based Shamiaya Palace on Monday. The partymen who arrived in Mahant’s iftar dinner were senior leader Satyanarayan Sharma, MLAs Gurmukh Singh Hora, Rajkamal Singhania, PCC programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel, Ramesh Warlyani, RMC mayor Kiranmayi Nayak, Iqbal Ahmed Rizvi, Abdul Hameed Hayat, Subhash Dhuppad, , Pramod Dubey Ghanshyam Raju Tiwari, etc.

YC welcomes Rajiv Satav

Raipur, July 29, 2013

The YC members led by their national general secretary Vikas Upadhyay welcomed organisation’s national president Rajiv Satav at Swami Vivekanand airport at Mana on Monday. Satav had a brief discussion with YC office-bearers before he headed to Jagdalpur to participate in tribal conference. On the occasion, Upadhyay was accompanied by Akash Tiwari, Haidar Ali, Ashotosh Mishra, Amjad Khan, Mohammad Azhar, Amit Sharma, Sachin Gupta, Sagar Vishwakarma, etc along with YC members from Abhanpur, Dhamtari, Kurud, Keshkal, Kondagaon and Jagdalpur.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bank scam: Akbar says Police demanded narco test in first challan

Raipur, July 24, 2013

Congress MLA Mohammad Akbar on Wednesday said the police too had demanded narco test of Umesh Sinha - main accused in Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam while producing its first challan in court April 12, 2007. “But in its second challan produced in the court on May 2009, the police did not mention anything about narco test,” he added while talking to scribes at Congress Bhawan.

“On court’s directive, Sinha’s narco test was conducted in Ahmedabad, but the forensic expert could not get anticipated result. Then, his second narco test was conducted in Bangalore by forensic expert Dr Malini Muralidhar,” Akbar said.

He further said the government’s claim that Karnataka government sacked Muralidhar after Sinha’s narco test was false as the High Court, in its April 13, 2013 directive, reinstated her.

He pointed that the police had not yet done joint interrogation of Sinha and bank’s former president Rita Tiwari. “Similarly, there should be joint interrogation of other 13 accused too,” he said.

Baghel dares CM: If CD is fake, sue me

PCC programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel, on the other hand, challenged chief minister Raman Singh and four other ministers to file defamation suit against him if Sinha’s narco test CD was fake.

“If the CD, which I made public recently, is fake then the CM and four ministers are free to sue me. They should also bring forth the original CD. Once the CM had said nobody can challenge him. Now, I am challenging him to sue me if I am wrong,” said Baghel.

He said the BJP government lost public trust after narco test CD proved that CM and four ministers took kickbacks to prevent action against persons involved in bank scam.

He said since narco test was conducted on court’s directives, the government should submit it to the court forthwith. “Let the court decide in which category of evidence the narco test CD should be put and whether it is sufficient proof or not. The police or investigating officer cannot speak court’s language,” he said.

He reiterated his party’s demand of transparent probe into bank scam by an independent agency like CBI.

Bank scam: Cong to gherao CM house today

Raipur, July 24, 2013

Congress will gherao chief minister Raman Singh’s residence on Thursday seeking resignation from him and four other ministers - Brijmohan Agrawal, Amar Agrawal, Ramvichar Netam and Rajesh Munat after their names flashed in recently disclosed narco test CD of Indira Priyadarshini Bank manager Umesh Sinha.

The CM house gherao programme will be participated by Chhattisgarh Congress incharge BK Hariprasada, acting PCC president Charandas Mahant CLP leader Ravindra Choubey, PCC programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel, senior party leaders, office-bearers of party’s state, district, block units and frontal organisations.

The partymen will reach CM House in the form of a rally from Congress Bhawan via city Kotwali, Malviya Road, Jaistambh chowk, Shastri chowk and Nagar Ghadi chowk. Before heading to CM house, senior leaders will address the party workers at Gandhi Maidan at 12 pm.

Hariprasada to meet families of Darbha victims

Raipur, July 24, 2013

Chhattisgarh Congress incharge BK Hariprasada will talk to families of Darbha victims at 11 am in Congress Bhawan on Thursday. He will also interact with those who got injured on May 25 incident.

Govt’s claims of development exposed: Cong

Raipur, July 24, 2013

Citing latest report of Planning Commission Congress on Wednesday said the developmental claims of state government had exposed. “The BPL families in state increased from 18 lakh in 2003 to 36 lakh in 2008 and 45 lakh in 2013. Certainly, the BJP government’s anti-poor policies are responsible for this,” said acting PCC president Charandas Mahant and CLP leader Ravindra Choubey.

Bank scam: Cong stages dharna in Gudhiyari

Raipur, July 24, 2013

Seeking resignation from chief minister Raman Singh and four ministers into Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam, Congress staged dharna against them at Tatibandh on Wednesday. The dharna was attended by DCC Raipur urban president Inderchand Dhariwal, Motilal Sahu, Subhash Dhuppad, Mahendra Chhabda, Avtar Singh Saini, Shivnarayan Dwivedi, Shreekumar Menon, Gurjeet Singh Sandhu, etc.

CG Mahila Cong incharge dies, condolence meet today

Raipur, July 24, 2013

Chhattisgarh Mahila Congress incharge Asima Mahanand passed away at morning on Wednesday. The Pradesh Mahila Congress president Ambika Markam and spokesperson Nivedita Chatterjee informed that a condolence meet for the departed soul would be organised at Congress Bhawan on Thursday.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BJP misusing govt machinery: Sharma

Raipur, July 23, 2013

Senior Congress leader Satyanarayan Sharma says the ruling BJP is misusing government machinery to save chief minister Raman Singh and four other ministers - Brijmohan Agrawal, Amar Agrawal, Ramvichar Netam and Rajesh Munat in connection to Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam.

“While IG GP Singh immediately came into defence of CM and four ministers by talking to media, former registrar of Swami Vivekanand Technical University Ashok Kumar Dubey has taken statement of bank’s former president Reeta Tiwari in government’s favour by offering her spouse Harshvardhan the post of chairman in university regulatory commission,” Sharma said while talking to media persons at Congress Bhawan on Tuesday.

He said Dubey was involved in sports complex scam in Naya Raipur. “When I was education minister, Dubey had approached me to get the post of district education officer, but I did not entertain him. Now he is working for BJP government,” he added.

Mayor flays IG on bank scam

Raipur, July 23, 2013

RMC mayor Kiranmayi Nayak on Tuesday flayed IG GP Singh for terming CD of Indira Priyadarshini Bank manager Umesh Sinha’s narco test as “insufficient evidence”. “How come Singh give verdict on the matter which is sub-judice? He is a government official. He neither holds right to take decision nor give verdict on this matter,” she said while interacting with scribes at Congress Bhawan.

“Singh was supposed to submit the CD with court. Then, on the basis of content of the CD, the court would have decided whether to consider it as an evidence or not,” she said.

She said narco test is always considered as co-evidence in judiciary. “When in case of Afzal Guru the court had accepted CD of his narco test as co-evidence then how come Singh is denying authenticity of this test,” she asked.

Lashing Singh for talking to media on Sinha’s narco test CD, Nayak said it was surprising that despite being government servant the former came to defence of ministers.

Cong forms 18-member poll manifesto panel

Raipur, July 23, 2013

Congress has constituted 18-member election manifesto committee which will be headed by senior tribal leader and legislator Bodhram Kanwar. The convenor of the committee will be party MLA Mohammad Akbar.

The members of the committee will be RC Singhdeo, Rampukar Singh, Parasram Bhardwaj, Dharmjeet Singh, Dr Shakrajeet Nayak, Pradeep Choubey, Baijnath Chandrakar, Vani Rao, Vishwas Ottalwar, Domendra Bhediya, Brihaspat Singh, Ibrahim Memon, Santosh Yadav, Seema Agamdas Anant, Girish Dewangan and Ajit Anand Degvegar.

Bank scam: Cong to gherao CM house tomorrow

Raipur, July 23, 2013

Demanding chief minister Raman Singh and four other ministers - Brijmohan Agrawal, Amar Agrawal, Ramvichar Netam and Rajesh Munat to step down in connection to Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam, Congress will gherao CM house on July 25.

A decision in this regard was taken by the partymen during the meeting convened by PCC programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel at Congress Bhawan on Tuesday. The meeting was also attended by Indira Priyadarshini Bank’s accountholders.

On July 25, the partymen will muster at Gandhi Maidan at 12:30 pm and then proceed towards CM house in the form of a rally via city Kotwali, Malviya Road, Jaistambh chowk, Shastri chowk and Nagar Ghadi chowk.

In the meeting, the party assured accountholders of struggling for them till they get back their amount.
The meeting was attended by Inderchand Dhariwal, Kiranmayi Nayak, Pankaj Sharma, Mahendra Chhabda, Anjay Shukla, Motilal Sahu, Sunil Kukreja, Sanjeev Shukla, Avtar Singh Saini, Rajesh Thakur, Mamta Rai, Rakesh Dhotre, Satnam Panag, Jagdish Ahuja, Samir Akhtar, etc.

NSUI asks RSU to organise chhatra darshan

Raipur, July 23, 2013

The NSUI on Tuesday demanded that Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (RSU) should organise chhatra darshan to solve problems of students. In this connection, the NSUI members led by their Raipur district president Pradeep Sahu submitted a memorandum to varsity’s vice chancellor Professor SK Pandey. 

“We have also urged director technical education to issue directives in all the universities of state to organise chhatra darshan on regular basis,” Sahu said.

Bank scam: Cong alleges police blackmailing govt

Says top officials escaped action after Darbha incident as they had bank manager’s narco test CD

Raipur, July 22, 2013

Congress on Monday alleged that police were blackmailing government ever since it obtained CD of Indira Priyadarshini Bank manager Umesh Sinha’s narco test. “The government did not take action against top officials after Darbha incident because the latter had CD of Sinha’s narco test,” said PCC’s programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel while talking to media persons at Congress Bhawan.

He said FIR should be lodged against CM and four ministers - Brijmohan Agrawal, Amar Agrawal, Ramvichar Netam and Rajesh Munat for receiving kickbacks to refrain from taking action against guilty persons.

Lashing at IG GP Singh for talking to media when Congress released the CD, Baghel said it was surprising that the senior police official spoke on the matter that was sub-judice. “Singh’s media interaction evidently indicates that he was attempting to defend the CM and four ministers as their spokesperson,” Baghel taunted.   

The Congress spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said it was an irony that the BJPians who were demanding narco test of union minister of state Charandas Mahant, CLP leader Ravindra Choubey and Congress MLAs Ajit Jogi and Kawasi Lakhma after Darbha incident suddenly found the test insignificant.

“The BJPians should clarify as what happened in just one month that they no more believe in narco test,” asked Trivedi.

“In his statement PWD minister Brijmohan Agrawal says the CD is fake. On the other hand, the IG terms CD as insufficient evidence. Both the statements are contradictory. If the CD is fake then where is the original one? When the BJPians had demanded narco test of Congress leaders, why the IG did not told media that the test was not an adequate proof? Let the government explain why there is difference of opinion between minister and police official,” he said.

Cong stages dharna, asks CM, four ministers to resign

Raipur, July 22, 2013

Demanding resignation of chief minister Raman Singh and four ministers into Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam, Congress staged dharna against them at Lakhe Nagar chowk on Monday. The dharna was attended by DCC Raipur urban president Inderchand Dhariwal, corporator Gyanesh Sharma and other party workers.

Cong dharna against govt on July 29

Raipur, July 22, 2013

Congress will stage day-long dharna against government and burn its effigy in its district and block headquarters on July 29. After dharna, the partymen will submit memorandum to local authorities on the name of Governor demanding dissolution of the government for failing to check grafts, maintain law and order and giving good governance.

The party is also upset with the government for not conducting debate on May 25 Darbha incident and adjourning the House before scheduled time. The party says that the government should also have conducted debate on bills and supplementary budget before passing it in the House. The party spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said since the BJP government’s act was against democratic rules, the Congress would stage dharna against it.

During dharna, the party will also demand CBI probe into Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam. Pointing that the government was responsible for blackmarketing of fertilisers and pesticides and farmers’ woes, the party will demand free electricity and pending paddy bonus for farmers during dharna.

Bank scam: Cong says CM, 4 ministers took kickbacks

Raipur, July 20, 2013

Linking connection of Indira Priyadarshini Bank scam with chief minister Raman Singh and four ministers Congress on Saturday alleged that the five took kickbacks to cover the matter and prevent action against guilty persons.

“After the scam, police conducted bank manager Umesh Sinha’s narco test on chief judicial magistrate’s directives. The CD of this test is available with the Congress. In the CD, Sinha has admitted that after scam bribe of Rs one crore each was given to CM and two ministers - Brijmohan Agrawal and Rajesh Munat. While, Rs two crore was given to then cooperative minister Ramvichar Netam to drop action against guilty persons. In addition, Rs one crore was given to late DGP OP Rathore,” said PCC’s programme coordinator Bhupesh Baghel while talking to scribes at Congress Bhawan.

“Former PCC president Nandkumar Patel had planned to disclose this CD before media on June 15, 2013, but fearing of being exposed the government hatched conspiracy to kill Patel and other Congress leaders at Jiram valley in Darbha region on May 25, 2013,” Baghel said.

“Regarding this revelation, Patel’s son Dinesh had sent an SMS to party spokesperson Shailesh Nitin Trivedi on May 23, 2013,” he added.

Baghel said if the government had submitted CD of the narco test before court, the CM and four ministers would have been compelled to tender their resignation.

He informed that under a planned conspiracy, the bank’s board of directors and employees embezzled over Rs 54 crore (belonged to 25716 account holders) between year 2003 to August 1, 2006.

 “The government’s role is doubtful because it was expected to instantly hand over such a massive scam to an independent agency like CBI. Now, let it clarify its stand,” he said.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Jobs delegated to PCC office-bearers, coordinators

Raipur, July 20, 2013

A day after expanding congress media department by appointing five new spokesperson, acting PCC president Charandas Mahant on Saturday delegated jobs to party office-bearers and coordinators.

According to information, PCC secretary Amit Pandey will establish coordination with Mahant’s affairs, general secretary administration and handle administrative and protocol-related works. Pandey will be Murari Gour, Dilip Singh Chouhan.

The PCC secretary Shiv Singh Thakur will be responsible for arrangements of party meetings. He will also inform about the meetings to relevant leaders/office-bearers. He will further prepare reports of the meetings and forward them to party’s media department. He will receive monthly reports of district and block units, submit reports to general secretary and forward copy of the reports to AICC. In these works, he will be assisted by Vikas Tiwari. 

The PCC member Girish Dewangan will assist general secretary administration in dealing administrative works.

The PCC business cell chief Kanhaiyya Agrawal will be make arrangements for arrival and departure of special guests and deal tour programmes. He will also be responsible to make welcome arrangements for the guests. In this connection, he will establish coordination with party’s district heads. In these works, he will be assisted by Bakar Abbas.

The PCC delegate Devprakash Verma will look after the affairs of AICC secretary and Chhattisgarh incharge Bhakta Charandas. He will also make arrangements for welcoming very special guests.

Mahant talks to DCC, BCC heads of Bastar division

Raipur, July 20, 2013

Continuing his meetings with district and block heads pertaining to poll preparation, acting PCC Charandas Mahant on Saturday held one-to-one talks with district and block heads of Bastar, Jagdalpur, Dantewada and Sukma.

The DCC heads who attended the meeting are - Lakheshwar Baghel (Bastar), Manohar Lunia (Jagdalpur), Vimalchand Surana (Dantewada) and Karan Dev (Sukma).

The block heads who attended the meeting are – Rajkumar Tamo, Ashok Kumar Burad, Satyawati, Mehattar Singh Nag, Anil Soni, KA Chandel, Soma Ram Sodhi, Shamsunnisa, Sheikh Quadir, Fateh Singh Parihar, Sher Singh Sethiya, Balram Mourya, Mahadev Nag, Deepak Baij, Rajman Benjam, Lakhan Baghel, etc.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mid-day meal: Cong says Bihar incident can repeat in CG

Raipur, July 19, 2013

Alleging that government was neglecting quality and other provisions of mid-day meal scheme Congress on Friday said if condition persists, Chhattisgarh might witness iteration of Bihar incident. Notably, about 23 kids died after consuming mid-day meal in Bihar recently.

“We have found irregularities and negligence in implementation of mid-day meal scheme in state. The government seems indifferent and reluctant in taking lesson from Bihar incident,” said Congress spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla.

He pointed that 75% of the schools, where mid-day meals are served, did not have kitchen. “Hygiene is not being maintained in cooking, storing and serving food. Majority of schools lack adequate utensils. We have received several complaints pertaining to poor quality of food but no action has been taken against any guilty person by far,” he added.

He said the children never get meals according to prescribed menu. “The food quality is also compromised because the women self-help groups (SHGs), which are responsible to provide mid-day meals, do not get timely payment,” he said.

He informed that several SHGs of Mahasamund district had not received payment for the past two months. “This forced president of Jai Satnam SHG from Mudhena (Mahasamund) to mortgage her gold jewellery to buy ration for mid-day meals,” he said.

“The government has also failed to uphold quality of ready-to-eat packets given to pregnant women. A ready-to-eat packet given to one such pregnant woman Sunita in village Banshipur under Sonhat block (Koria district) contained dead frog when opened,” he said.

He said both mid-day meal scheme and ready-to-eat packet programme were more sensitive and linked to lives of innocents and hence negligence would not be tolerated in any of them.

He demanded to check irregularities in both the schemes and action against guilty persons. He said senior officials and minister incharges should also conduct sudden inspection to check quality of mid-day meals and ready-to-eat packets.

Cong appoints five new spokespersons

Raipur, July 19, 2013

Expanding its media department Congress has appointed five new spokespersons who are Jaswant Claudius, Ghanshyam Raju Tiwari, Pramod Dubey, Shreekumar Menon and RP Singh. All the five spokesperson will attend party’s two-day national workshop for spokespersons at New Delhi. The workshop will be inaugurated by party national vice president Rahul Gandhi. The party has also authorised seven persons to put party stand before electronic media. The seven persons are –Mohammad Akbar, Ramesh Warlyani, Rajendra Tiwari, Shailesh Nitin Trivedi and Rajesh Bissa and Pramod Dubey.

Mahant meets 32 former MLAs

Raipur, July 19, 2013

Acting PCC president Charandas Mahant on Friday met 32 former MLAs and assured them of assigning significant tasks in upcoming assembly polls. He also asked them to overtly tell whether they were in race of Vidhan Sabha ticket or not. The meeting was attended by Dhanesh Patila, Durgawati Patle, Dev Prakash Madhukar, Radheshyam Dharma, Motilal Dewangan, Tuleshwar Singh, Gulab Singh, Arun Tiwari, Dhirendra Singh, etc.

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