Funds for panchayats: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh today said he would work out a procedure within a month to sanction untied funds worth Rs 10 lakh each year to over 4,000 gram panchayats in the state. "I have told him
(Rahul Gandhi) that within a month I will do something to make sure that each of the 4,200 gram panchayats in the state get Rs 10 lakh untied fund," he told reporters here.
Rahul visits party office:
On his first visit to the city as All India Congress Committee (AICC) vice president, Rahul Gandhi visited the Pradesh Congress Committee headquarters here today. He stayed briefly at the Congress party headquarters at Maulana Azad Road. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the state Congress president Saifuddin Soz accompanied him.
Andolankari manch protest: Members of the Uttarakhand Rajya Andolankari Manch held a demonstration at the district collectorate in protest against the non-implementation of the government order regarding the facilities being given to them by the state government. They presented a memorandum of demands to the District Magistrate. They alleged that the identification work of statehood agitators was slow and there was a delay in providing health and travel facilities to them.
Members of the Uttarakhand Rajya Andolankari Manch hold a demonstration at the office of the District Magistrate in Dehradun on Saturday. Tribune photo
Campus for BSF: Union Minister for Home Sushil Kumar Shinde will lay the foundation stone for a BSF company campus at Doiwala in Dehradun on June 18. The Uttarakhand Government had recently allotted 20 acres of land to the BSF for setting up a campus in Doiwala. The BSF has been demanding another 4 acres for the purpose.
Non-teaching staff threat:
Non-teaching employees at the MKP (PG) College, Dehradun, have threatened to go on an indefinite strike from July if their long-standing concerns were not redressed by the college management. The non-teaching employees are demanding a new administrative building and better working infrastructure.
18-feet memorandum: Haldwani residents have submitted an 18-feet signed memorandum to Union Water Resources Minister Harish Rawat demanding the construction of Jamrani Dam near the town. “This demand paper is the result of a 6 days’ signature campaign among Haldwani residents, who desperately need this Dam to solve their drinking water problem,” said Rajendra Singh Bisht, coordinator of the campaign.
Private clinics remain closed: More than 50,000 patients in different districts of the Kumaon region were deprived of medical services as private hospitals and clinics remained closed for the day in protest against the Clinical Establishment Bill mooted by the Union Government. “If this Bill becomes a law, all small clinics in the country will be closed and replaced by big corporate houses. This is what the government really wants to do,” said Dr JS Khurana, vice-president of the state unit of the Indian medical association.
‘No difference in Cong, BJP’:
Supreme Court advocate and Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhusan on Saturday blamed the Congress and the BJP for corruption in the country. He said both parties were one from the corruption point of view. “The alleged allocation of 12 acres for free of cost near Hardwar to family members of a former Chief Minister for the construction of a yoga and ayurvedic institute, by the Chief Minister belonging to another political party indicates that both parties have mutual understanding on the matters of corrupt practices,” said Prashant
Bhusan, who had reached Nainital to plead a public interest litigation (PIL) lodged with the Nainital High Court against the allocation of land.
24 women hurt in mishap: As many as 24 women were injured when a vehicle they were travelling in to reach their workplace overturned near Ramnagar on Friday. According to the police, the vehicle was carrying women labourers, who were going to a leechi garden to pluck the fruit. “Six seriously injured passengers have been referred to a higher medical centre while the remaining 18 injured are being treated at the Ramnagar hospital,” said Pramod kumar, Circle Officer of the Ramnagar police.
Annual general meeting: The second annual general meeting of the Uttarakhand Parivartan Party, a local political outfit, began at the Aggarawal Dharmashala in Rudrapur town in the Kumaon region on Saturday. “The party, which was established in 2009, aims to become an alternative of national parties in the region. It has been fighting for residents of Uttarakhand over water, electricity, health and education issues,” said PC Tiwari, president of the party.
3-month fair concludes: A three-month fair at Purnagiri Dam, near Tanakpur, in Champawat district was declared closed for the session on Saturday. “The fair, which began just after Holi festival this year, witnessed 35 lakh pilgrims this year for which the mela administration provided security, sanitary, drinking water and medical facilities. These facilities will be withdrawn officially from Saturday,” said JS Rathod, SDM, Tanakpur.
(Compiled by BD Kasniyal)