(Chd,Pb) RTI Helpline Launched in Punjab
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday launched a helpline number for people to get prompt answers to their RTI-related queries.
Dedicated number — +91 172 2864100 is given
The chief minister said the helpline would enable the people to take full advantage of their fundamental right to free speech and expression
The helpline will be accessible to all citizens, including government officials representing public authorities, from 10 am to 4 pm on all working days.
The Punjab State Information Commission, which exclusively deals with RTI matters in the state, has been receiving increasing numbers of queries and inquiries from citizens regarding the RTI Act.
(Chd,Pb) RTI Helpline Launched in Punjab
(New Delhi) PM Modi Greets Fmr PM Deve Gowda on Birthday
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Monday greeted former premier H D Deve Gowda on his 87th birthday, praying for his good health and long life.
Gowda, was the prime minister between June 1996 and April 1997,He was born in 1933.
Modi Tweeted “Birthday wishes to our former PM Shri @H_D_Devegowda Ji. Praying for his long life and good health,”
The prime minister also wished Union minister Thawarchand Gehlot on his birthday.
“Greetings to Union Minister Shri @TCGEHLOT Ji on his birthday. May Almighty bless him with a long and healthy life,” Modi wrote on Twitter.
(New Delhi) Delhi Cong President Anil Kumar Alleges Detention, Cops Deny
Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar on Sunday alleged that he was detained by police for “helping migrant workers”, a charge denied by a senior police official.
As per Police officials Anil Kumar had assured some help to Migrants in migrating to native place. So, he was requested to remain at home and not venture out
(New Delhi)Modi Govt to Priivatise Non-Strategic PSUs: FM in PC
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday said a new “coherent” public sector enterprises policy will be formulated that will define strategic sectors which will have not more than four PSUs.
List of strategic sectors requiring presence of public sector undertakings (PSUs) in public interest will be notified, she said while announcing her fifth and final economic stimulus package.
In strategic sectors, at least one enterprise will remain in the public sector but private sector will also be allowed.
In other sectors, PSUs will be privatised.
(New Delhi) FM Announces Commercial Mining of Coal
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday announced commercial mining of coal by the private sector, ending government monopoly on the sector.
In her fourth tranche of the economic package, FM said commercial mining will be done on revenue sharing mechanism instead of the regime of fixed rupee/tonne.
Nearly 50 blocks will be offered for bidding
This is being done to reduce import of substitutable coal and increase self-reliance in coal production.
Also, the government will invest Rs 50,000 crore for building evacuation infrastructure.
(Chd,Pb) Punjab CM Orders Crackdown on Liquor Smuggling
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday directed police to crack down on liquor smuggling in a bid to prevent revenue loss to the cash-strapped state.
The chief minister also ordered immediate action against the DSPs and SHOs under whose jurisdictions liquor smuggling or illegal distillation takes place, said a government release.
Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta issued necessary directives to all commissioners of police and district police chiefs in the state to identify liquor smugglers by May 23.
On May 14, police along with officials of the excise department had raided an illegal distillery-cum-liquor bottling plant at Ghanaur in Patiala.
64 Foreigner Tabligis Arrested For Violation of Foreigners Act
64 members of Tablighi Jamaat, have been arrested by police in Bhopal for participating in various religious programmes of the organisation in violation of Foreigners Act and under the Indian Penal Code
Earlier, seven cases were registered against them under visa norms at various police stations in Bhopal.
Tablighi Jamaat had hit headlines earlier over a religious congregation held at Nizamuddin in Delhi in March this year amidst coronavirus pandemic. Many COVID-19 cases were reported when some Tablighis travelled back to their respective home states.
They hailed from countries like Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, Tanzania, South Africa, Myanmar and others.
(Mumbai)IPRS Announces Addl Relief Fund to 3500 Members
The Indian Performing Right Society (IPRS) has announced the release of an additional tranche of emergency relief fund for its members facing financial crisis during the nationwide lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic.
As per Press Release The fund will support around 3500 writers and composers in the music fraternity, across the country, whose livelihoods have been deeply impacted by COVID-19
Soon after the lockdown was announced to combat COVID-19 situation in the country on March 24, IPRS, a copyright society mandated by the government of India, as a custodian of its creator members, had declared an emergency relief package.
Javed Akhtar Tweeted “When the lock down was announced IPRS (Indian performing rights society) had funded more than 3000 members who are not in a comfortable position by putting money directly in their accounts since the lock down has continued IPRS is again funding those 30000 composers/ writers,” veteran lyricist-writer and chairman of IPRS,
(New Delhi) FM Announces Setting up of ₹ 1 Lakh cr Agri Infra Fund
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday announced setting up of a Rs 1 lakh crore agri infrastructure fund for farm-gate infrastructure.
This fund will be used for setting up cold chains and post-harvest management infrastructure, she said while announcing the third tranche of COVID-19 relief package.
She also announced a Rs 10,000 crore scheme for formalisation of micro food enterprises (MFE).
The scheme will be launched to help 2 lakh MFEs by adopting cluster-based approach such as mango in Uttar Pradesh, kesar in Jammu & Kashmir, bamboo shoots in North-East, chilli in Andhra Pradesh, tapioca in Tamil Nadu.
This fund would help in reaching untapped export markets in view of improved health consciousness.
(Lucknow,UP) Akhilesh Yadav Takes a Dig at “Atmanirbhar” Package
Samajwadi Party leaders Akhilesh Yadav on Friday took a dig at the Atmanirbhar economic package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting that self-reliance and loans do not go together.
The opposition leader posted a make-believe conversation in which a student asks what is meant by a loan and also seeks to know the meaning of self-reliant .
Are loan and self-reliance synonymous, the student asks. I will ask Delhi and tell you, the teacher replies.
Yadav did not elaborate on the teacher-student joke he tweeted in Hindi. But the apparent reference was to the loans announced in the Rs 20 lakh crore self-reliance package to revive the economy hit by the COVID-19 crisis.
Yadav had earlier termed the package a jumla , or empty rhetoric.
What kind of solution is this, he had asked in an earlier tweet.
Farmers are being asked to take loans. This is not the time to talk in the air about the future but to give immediate relief to farmers