WB Governor sends report to Centre

first_imgWest Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has sent a report to the Centre on Friday on the ongoing violence in Darjeeling over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland State. “In the report, the Governor said all the stakeholders involved in the Gorkhaland issue should try to resolve the matter through discussion and restore peace in the Darjeeling hills,” sources in the Raj Bhavan told The Hindu.Earlier on Friday, a delegation of three Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) MLAs — Amar Singh Rai, Rohit Sharma and Sarita Rai — met the Governor and apprised him of the situation in Darjeeling. “The GJM delegation also stated that the State government is yet to issue any formal order stating that Bengali will not be made compulsory in the schools in the hills,” sources in the Raj Bhavan said. ‘Outsiders’ work’Addressing the media after the meeting, Mr. Sharma claimed that “those who are indulging in arson in Darjeeling are not GJM members but outsiders.” He also said the delegation had urged the Governor to “inform the Centre about the situation in Darjeeling and the suffering of the locals due to the State government’s stand over the Gorkhaland issue.”The GJM delegation also accused the State Government of “using force to disrupt the peaceful movement for the separate State.” (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Farmers get major chunk in Madhya Pradesh budget

first_imgMadhya Pradesh Finance Minister Tarun Bhanot on Monday increased the budgetary allocation for farmers by 145% over the previous year to ₹22,736 crore. Presenting his maiden budget in the Vidhan Sabha here, he said, “Under the loan waiver scheme, the State government has waived loans to the tune of ₹7,000 crore of 20 lakh farmers in two months. For the remaining farmers, ₹8,000 crore will be set aside.”To resolve farmers’ issues and implement schemes successfully, Mr. Bhanot said the government has decided to set up a farmers’ advisory council, comprising farmers’ representatives. Moreover, under the Krishi Bandhu Yojana, farmers will be trained in farming techniques. Horticulture schemeTo improve the income of those involved in horticulture and food processing, the State government has decided to launch a horticulture and food processing scheme, for which ₹100 crore has been earmarked. The government has decided to cover fishermen and shepherds under the Kisan Credit Card scheme.For panchayat and rural development, ₹25, 015 crore has been set aside, which was 26 % more than the previous year’s allocation, he said Quoting scriptures to stress the importance of cows, Mr. Bhanot proposed to earmark ₹132 crore for cow welfare and three models to develop gaushalas in the State.The government has also decided to hike grant to the State Waqf Board and Haj committee as well, he saidThe social security pension for elderly, widows and disabled has been raised to ₹600 per month from ₹300. This may benefit more than 42 lakh people, he said.Stating the government has decided to reserve 70% of vacancies for locals in new private firms, Mr. Bhanot said, “Immediately after assuming office, the Chief Minister had directed that changes be made in the industrial policy to this effect.”Industrial policyAs for industrial investment, he said, the government has approved a pilot project for a land pooling scheme and formulated a new industrial promotion policy. Mr. Bhanot said a new startup and a micro, small & medium enterprises policy has also been drafted.last_img read more

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