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EWS quota: Role of K’shetra councillors under lens; Will the poor children get free education in 134A Rule?

Kurukshetra :
A preliminary police investigation has highlighted the role of councillors in endorsing false income certificates prepared by parents for admission of their wards in private schools under the EWS quota.

Prateek Kumar, SHO, City police station, said a legal opinion had been sought on a complaint by a private school.

“The probe has confirmed the charge that seven persons furnished false income certificates in the Education Department to secure seats for their children. In all seven cases, the parents’ claim made in affidavits did not match with their income tax returns,” the SHO said.

On May 4, we had reported the district police had sought records from the civic body, Education Department and tehsil office for attesting and accepting fake income certificates.

According to Rule 134-A of the Haryana School Education Rules, parents with an annual income less than Rs 2 lakh are eligible to get their wards admitted to private schools under the EWS quota.

On May 1, city-based Wisdom World School had lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister, Education Minister and district authorities, claiming that at least seven cases of fake income certificates were detected. In all cases, it was found annual family income of applicants was more than Rs 2 lakh.

The fraud was discovered after the school administration started scrutinising the details of the I-T returns reportedly submitted by parents at the time of admission last month.

The income certificates were approved by the municipal authorities and acknowledged by the Education Department.

The students were admitted on the directions of the district education authorities.
The SHO said the Assistant District Attorney (ADA) would advise on how to fix responsibility for the process of obtaining income certificates, its verification and acceptance by officials.

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4 people killed in West Bengal panchayat poll violence; Is violence right during the election?

Kolkata : 
Four people were killed and several others injured in violence during the single phase panchayat elections in West Bengal, which recorded over 41 per cent polling till 1 pm, officials said.

The four were killed in separate incidents of violence in North 24 Parganas, Nadia, South 24 Parganas and Murshidabad districts.

“There are reports of three people being killed in North 24 Parganas, Nadia and South 24 Parganas districts,” a senior official of the State Election Commission (SEC) said.

Baharampore Sub-Divisional Officer Dibyanarayan Chatterjee said one person was shot dead near a booth at Sujapur village in Murshidabad district’s Beldanga police station area.

The victim was a worker of the BJP, a party leader from Murshidabad district, Subhas Mondal, claimed.

“We have also received a report that four people were injured and another was killed at Tapan in South Dinajpur district. But the police are yet to confirm the death,” the SEC official said.

He said 41.5 per cent polling was recorded till 1 pm.
A CPI (M) supporter was killed and another was injured when bombs were hurled outside a polling station in the Amdanga area of North 24 Parganas district, the official said.

At Kultali in South 24 Parganas district, one person was killed when a bomb was hurled outside a polling station, the SEC official said.

In Nadia’s Shantipur area, one person was killed and two others were injured in clashes, he said.

In Coochbehar district, North Bengal Development Minister Rabindranath Ghosh allegedly slapped a person outside a polling booth.

The SEC said it had received a complaint in this regard and asked authorities to take action.

Television channels showed the minister purportedly slapping the person. However, Ghosh claimed he did not do it.

In the Dinhata area of Coochbehar district, at least 15 people, including voters, were injured after clashes broke out between two groups outside a polling station, police sources said. The voters later lodged a police complaint.

Fifteen people were injured in a clash between two groups outside a booth in the Nandigram area of East Midnapore district. One person was hit on the head while another lost a finger, police said.

In Contai in the same district, Independent candidate and four others were injured when chilli powder was thrown at them at a booth, they said.

In North Dinajpur district, three crude bombs were found near a polling booth at Galaisura, around 3 km from district headquarters Raiganj, police said.
Of the three bombs, two were found on railway tracks, affecting movement of trains, RPF sources said, adding that the bomb squad had been informed.

In Birbhum, masked men carrying weapons and sticks were seen intimidating voters outside some of the booths.

Television footage from Basanti block of South 24 Parganas district showed masked gunmen roaming outside polling stations.

In the Bhangar area of the same district, police resorted to lathi-charge and lobbed teargas shells to disperse a mob following clashes there, the SEC official said, adding that the police were asked to submit a report regarding the incident.
In Keshpur area of West Midnapore district, police resorted to lathi-charge and chased people who were allegedly trying to intimidate voters.

After a protracted legal battle in the Kolkata High Court and the Supreme Court involving the SEC, the TMC and the opposition parties, the three-tier panchayat poll is being held in the state.

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SYL canal: INLD, BSP workers protest; Will these performances do something?

Sirsa : 
Workers of the INLD and BSP courted arrest here as part of their ‘jail bharo’ agitation. They demanded early completion of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link canal.

Addressing a rally before courting arrest, Leader of Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala criticised the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state for failing to follow Supreme Court directions on the issue.

He targeted Manohar Lal Khattar government for shelving the Dadupur-Nalvi canal project, which would have irrigated land and recharged the water table in in Yamunanagar, Ambala and Kurukshetra.
Abhay lashed out at Khattar for failing to secure water from the Agra Canal for Mewat

farmers when it was needed the most.

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Arrest SDO for corruption: Vij; Was Aurangzeb's rule is better than BJP government?

Kaithal :
Health Minister Anil Vij on Friday directed that an SDO in the Public Health Engineering Department be suspended, booked and arrested in connection with a complaint of corruption against him.

SDO Ved Pal, posted in Guhla in Kaithal district, repeatedly pleaded he be given a chance to explain, but the minister refused to give him a hearing.

If the complaint was proved false, the official could file a case, Vij said. He was presiding over a meeting of the monthly grievance redressal committee at the Mini-Secretariat here.

The complaint had been lodged by Digvijay Singh of Kakheri village, a contractor working with the department. The SDO claimed that the complaint was motivated.
The SDO, who was supported by Superintending Engineer AK Pahwa, wanted the complaint to be inquired into before registration of an FIR.

The official was reportedly pushed back by the security staff, but he stood up and tried to show some papers to the minister.

When he was told to sit down by the security staff, he likened Vij’s refusal to the reign of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Following this, the minister reportedly told the security staff to show him the door.

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Now, all complaints to be registered online: Minister; Whether complaints from online systems will be solved soon?

Chandigarh :
Minister of State for Public Health Engineering (PHE) Banwari Lal has said that all citizen-related complaints received personally, through email, or telephonically will be registered on the portal of the Shikayat Nivaran Kendra (SNK). An SMS would also be sent to the complainant after successful registration of the complaint.

While stating this here, Banwari Lal said it had been decided that from now onwards, every citizen-related complaint received in the field offices would be registered on the SNK module.

He said the executive engineers concerned might set up complaint centres at strategic locations where citizens were generally visiting to register their service-related grievances. No manual complaint register would be maintained in future in offices, he added.

The minister said the SNK module was available on the website of the department.

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