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State issues 86 licences in 14 cities for affordable housing; Will this scheme of government get people home?

Chandigarh : The recession-hit reality sector seems to have taken a fancy for affordable housing with the state government issuing 86 licences in 14 cities in Haryana. The realtors plan to build subsidised houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).

Gurugram tops the list with 46 projects spread over 254.48 acres followed by Faridabad with 12 projects (63.43 acres) and Sohna with 10 projects (74.01 acres), sources said.

Sonepat has got two projects (10 acres), Panipat two projects (12.82 acres), Karnal four projects (34.43 acres), Palwal one project (10 acres), Bahadurgarh one project (5.26 acres), Panchkula two projects (8.23 acres), Bawal one project (5.44 acres), Nilokheri one project (7 acres), Dharuhera one project (7.21 acres), Yamunanagar one project (5.12 acres) and Rewari two projects (11.01 acres).

The Department of Town and Country Planning has issued the licences.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has said the state government is committed to providing housing to all under the PMAY. In all, 67,885 housing units will be provided under the public-private partnership mode as part of the PMAY, for which 86 licences have been issued.

Recently, the government had shortlisted 2.25 lakh beneficiaries under the PMAY on the basis of a statewide survey. The proposal was sent to the Centre for approval and budgetary provision.

Under the scheme, houses will be provided in five categories. It will include construction on plot, renovation and extension of existing houses, bank loan for 30-sq-m plots and plot benefits for those living in rented accommodations, and slum dwellers living in colonies on government land for long.

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EWS quota: Probe on into fake income certificates; Is the abuse of the EWS Category?

Kurukshetra : Even as the district administration ordered a probe into fake income certificates submitted by parents to secure seat under EWS quota, the Federation of Private Schools’ Welfare Association (FPSWA) decided to approach the High Court to remove the shortcomings in the admission process.

Kulbhshan Sharma, president, FPSWA, said the Kurukshetra-based private school had successfully exposed the anomalies in Rule 134-A of the Haryana Right to Education Act, to which, the state government had turned a blind eye for years. He alleged seats under the EWS quota were being sold in connivance with officials of the revenue and education departments.

A news story was reported in these columns on Tuesday on identification of seven cases in which the income tax returns did not match the attested income certificates furnished by the parents at Wisdom World School.

Deputy Commissioner SS Phulia said he had directed the district education officer and district elementary education officer to investigate the matter.

Prateek Kumar, SHO City, said a complaint had been received from Wisdom World School and further action would be initiated on the basis of the investigation.
Meanwhile, Sharma said schools across the state claimed up to 80 per cent ineligible students were being enrolled under EWS quota.

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Assam cop held for molesting minor in police station; Are the girls safe in the country?

Guwahati : The in-charge of a police outpost in Kamrup district of Assam was arrested on Wednesday night on charges of molesting a minor girl inside the outpost. 

The in-charge of Ramdia police outpost, Binod Das, was arrested based on an FIR lodged by the father of the victim. 

As per allegation, Das had molested the victim while she was held overnight in the outpost on April 12.

The girl had eloped with a boy and was rescued by the police that day and was held overnight in the police outpost.  

A special police team had investigated the case which led to the arrest of the policeman.

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Over 60 National Film Awards recipients to skip ceremony; Is there a mess in the organizing of the National Film Festival?

New Delhi : More than 60 National Film Awards recipients on Thursday said they will skip the ceremony this evening because President Ram Nath Kovind will be presenting only 11 awards, a departure from established tradition.

The artistes from across the country have written a letter addressed to the Directorate of Film Festival, Office of the President of India and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to express their disappointment.

They said they were “disheartened” on being informed at the last minute that the President will present only 11 awards. The rest will receive it from Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani.

“It feels like a breach of trust when an institution/ceremony that abides by extreme protocol fails to inform us of such a vital aspect of the ceremony with a prior notice. It seems unfortunate that 65 years of tradition are being overturned in a jiffy,” the letter read.

The artistes said they discussed the matter with Irani last evening and were promised a reply.

“In the circumstances of not receiving a response for our grievance we are left with no option but to be absent for the ceremony. We do not intend to boycott the award but are not attending the ceremony to convey our discontent and are awaiting a more just solution,” they said in the letter.

Meanwhile, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said today that the President attends all award functions for a maximum of one hour and this was conveyed to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

“President attends all award functions and convocations for a maximum of one hour. This has been the protocol since he took office. It was conveyed to Information and Broadcasting Ministry several weeks ago and the ministry knew this all along. Rashtrapati Bhavan is surprised by the 11th-hour questions that have been raised,” said Ashok Malik, Press Secretary to the President.

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Not getting enough water from Hathni Kund, state tells SC; Is Haryana in the position of giving extra water to Delhi?

New Delhi : Amid continuing stand-off with Delhi over water, Haryana on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it had been receiving only half the water it was supposed to get from the Hathni Kund barrage in the Yamunanagar district.

“We are receiving only 50 per cent water from the Hathni barrage. There is a huge distress of water level in Haryana,” the counsel told a Bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur.

The state’s counsel, however, told the Bench that the state would continue supplying 150 cusecs of water to Delhi till May 15. The court posted the matter for hearing on May 11.

Piqued at wrangling between bureaucrats of Delhi and Haryana over supply of water to the National Capital, the top court had last month ordered chief secretaries to appear before it.

“People are dying. But no urgency is being shown by you people,” the Bench had said, taking a strong exception to the apathy shown by the authorities concerned in dealing with the water crisis in the National Capital this summer.

On Tuesday, the Bench was informed that a meeting of the chief secretaries of Delhi and Haryana and secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources was held on April 23 and its minutes had been placed on record.

The Delhi government has been in talks with Haryana for the release of 450 cusecs of water of the Yamuna daily for the National Capital.

The DJB had moved the top court in March seeking a direction to Haryana to release 450 cusecs of water per day meant for the Wazirabad reservoir in Delhi. Haryana was supplying 120 cusecs less water, the DJB alleged.

In its petition, the DJB had accused Haryana of reducing the supply of water by one-third for the Wazirabad reservoir, leading to a serious water crisis in the National Capital. The Haryana government was violating the 1996 top court order regarding supply of water, it alleged.

Haryana was supplying only 330 cusecs of water per day to Delhi as against 450 cusecs per day agreed upon between the two sides. While Delhi’s population had increased phenomenally over the years, there had not been a commensurate rise in the water supply, the DJB had submitted.

Due to drop in the water level in the Yamuna, water treatment plants either stopped functioning or were running on below capacity, the DJB had said accusing Haryana of releasing polluted water which could not be treated.

As a result, the DJB was rationing water supply, causing water shortage in large parts of Delhi, it submitted.

The situation was likely to get worse with the onset of summer and rising demand for drinking water, the DJB had said.

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