Factionalism doing no harm to Congress: Kasni; Is he right?
Says even BJP workers are disillusioned with their govt
Former IAS officer and Congress leader Pardeep Kasni has stated that not only the common people, but even BJP members were disillusioned with the functioning of the state government.
“During a survey-assessment of the Rohtak Lok Sabha constituency, we have got the feedback that the people are polarised between the communal and progressive political forces,” he said while addressing a news conference here.
The Congress leader revealed that they were preparing a chargesheet against the BJP government and would present its failures and wrongdoings before the people in an emphatic manner.
On being asked about the rampant factionalism and infighting in his own party, he said that the factionalism prevailing in the Congress was doing no harm to the party.
Kasni, who has been appointed the party observer for the Rohtak Lok Sabha segment, said he would soon submit a ground report to the party authorities.
In response to a query, he asserted that no Congress leader was bigger than the party, adding that it was not certain that all sitting MLAs and MPs would get the party ticket in the coming elections as well.
Yadav’s sister denies link of I-T raid with Nirav Modi’s firm; Is this a politically motivated raid?
Denying any connection of income tax (I-T) raids at their hospitals with jewellery firm of diamantaire Nirav Modi, the Swaraj India Party national president Yogendra Yadav’s sister Dr Poonam Yadav said the I-T sleuths learnt about the jewellery on finding its bill during search in the evening, while the raids were going on in their hospitals/houses since morning.
“The gold ring was bought by her nephew - Dr Gautam - to present it to his wife on their 10th wedding anniversary in February 2017 and Nirav Modi was not even in the picture at that time. The I-T officials told us that the raids had been conducted following a complaint, but they did not disclose further details about these,” said Poonam while talking over phone after the raids.
Sources said the raids, which were conducted simultaneously at Kalawati and Kamla Hospitals adjacent to Shiv Chowk in Model Town here around 11 am on Wednesday, ended around 2 pm on Thursday. During the 27 hours, the I-T sleuths recorded the statements of the hospital staff about various issues like hospital’s functioning, their salary and number of employees etc. Yadav’s kin were also questioned about their sources of income, the sources added.
“The I-T officials allowed us to perform medical check-up and ultrasound examination of patients admitted in the hospital in their presence. They also let the hospital employees go to their houses after the working hours on recording their statements. However, staffers deputed at the cash counter remained confined in the hospital by the end of the raids,” said Poonam, adding that the officials got the computers and medical store inside the hospital closed.
She maintained that they were not allowed to go outside the hospitals and their mobile phones were also taken during the raids. “We all family members remained confined to the hospitals. The officials questioned me three or four times during the raids, but found nothing wrong in the hospital as all records had been maintained properly,” she claimed.
Poonam confirmed the I-T officials seized Rs 22 lakh during the raids on their hospitals and houses. However, they returned jewellery after the inquiry.
The raids drew public attention yesterday when Yogendra Yadav described these as politically motivated, claiming that these were the result of his recently concluded nine-day Swaraj Yatra in which he had demanded fair crop price for farmers and the closure of liquor vends in villages.
He also accused the I-T officials of confining doctors to consultation rooms and not letting them attend to patients.
Star Dept Award launched in Jhajjar; Will these awards increase the efficiency of Panchayats?
The district authority has initiated ‘Star Department Award’ programme to assess the performance of government departments and to felicitate the ones performing well.
The programme is the brainchild of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sonal Goel who claimed that it would create healthy competition among the departments. It would also give recognition to efficient officers and the best departments at the district level.
PWD and Forest Minister Rao Narbir Singh launched the programme by releasing its booklet at a programme held in the mini secretariat here.
The DC said, “Awards will be given in three categories. The first category is for infrastructural development which includes PWD, NHAI, Irrigation, HUDA, Roadways and Municipal.
“The second category is for social development and community engagement and DSWO, Agriculture, Red Cross, Housing Board, SC-BC Nigam etc will be included in it.
“The third category is for integrated economic development which includes Haryana Rural Livelihood Mission, Food and Supplies, HAFED,” said Sonal.
She maintained that departmental performance would be assessed on various parameters like their CM Window performance, progress on CM’s announcements, collaboration with different departments, innovation in existing scheme of work, digitisation of records, achieving of monthly targets in comparison to their annual targets and performance on other digital platforms of the government like SARAL, Harpath, Swachh Maps etc.
“The departments will be honoured with one award per category except in the third one where two departments will be awarded. The departments will be able to apply online for the award from July 16 and nominations will be received till the second week of August. All departments have already been told about the concept at a common workshop,” Sonal said.
Accused to lose pension, driver’s licence till verdict; Have the CM ensured women's protection from these ghosts?
Except for ration, undertrials in crime against women in Haryana will now be debarred from drawing pension on account of old age and physical disability, and from keeping driver’s and arms licences.
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced this at a programme on women’s security and empowerment here.
“The services will remain suspended till the court announces its verdict. If an accused is convicted, he will not be entitled to government services,” he said.
The Chief Minister further said a comprehensive scheme for the safety and security of women would be launched either on Independence Day or on Raksha Bandhan (August 26).
“In case a rape victim wants to hire a lawyer of her choice except for the one provided by the state government, she will be provided with a financial assistance of Rs 22,000,” Khattar said.
The provision for uninterrupted investigation into cases of rape and eve-teasing would be made in all police stations. “The investigating officer would have to complete the probe into a rape case in a month, and, in eve-teasing, within 15 days. Otherwise, action will be taken against the officer,” Khattar said.
6 fast-track courts to be set up
Six fast-track courts would be set up in districts where 50 or more cases of rape, eve-teasing and mental harassment are pending in courts. Faridabad will have two courts, while Gurugram, Panipat, Sonepat and Nuh will have one each. “I will shortly meet the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court and request him to direct courts to record the statement of a victim on the same day, and not adjourn the hearing to any other day,” CM Manohar Lal Khattar said.
CM launches Durga Shakti app for women safety; Will this effort of govt. increase the security of women?
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched the android-based Durga Shakti app of the Haryana Police.
The app will enable women to seek immediate help of the police through Women Helpline Number 1091 in case of an emergency.
The mobile app was launched at the ‘Ek Aur Sudhar Programme’ organised at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula.
Additional Director General of Police, Operations, AS Chawla said that after downloading the app, any woman or girl who is in distress could send information along with her GPS location to the Women Helpline number of her district through WhatsApp just by pressing a red button on the app.
It is mandatory to register once on the mobile app. The victim does not need to speak. Once the red button is pressed, she can send information about her GPS location, blood group and other details in form of a WhatsApp message to the Women Helpline number. The victim can also speak to the operator at the helpline number, Chawla said.
Describing the app as a better communication tool between the victim and police, Chawla said that the PCR vehicle could use the GPS location received on WhatsApp to ascertain the victim’s whereabouts.
The police could also send messages and tips about women’s safety and security to the users of the app. In case, a woman or girl lands into an emergency situation outside the state, she can inform the Haryana Police through the Durga Shakti app.
He said that our aim is to reduce the response time of the police to provide help to women in distress. This app is currently available on Android platform. This facility would be extended to other operating systems as well in due course, he added.
How app will work
Download 'Durga Shakti App' from Google playstore on your android mobile phone
You have register once in the app with your mobile number
You can seek immediate police help by pressing the red button on the screen. It will send your location to the Women Helpline number
In case, the victim is not able to receive calls on her phone, the police will contact the alternative number provided at the time of registration of the app
Haryana women, if outside the state, can also take the help of the Haryana Police through this app
The police can also send messages and tips about women’s safety to the users of the app
50 vehicles flagged off
The Chief Minister also flagged off 50 new vehicles for women police stations in the state on Thursday. Director General of Police BS Sandhu said that these vehicles have been allotted to ‘Durga Shakti Rapid Action Force’ to check incidents of eve teasing and other crime related to women and girls in the state.
Out of the total, six vehicles each had been allotted in Gurugram and Faridabad districts; three each to Ambala, Karnal and Sonipat; two each to Panchkula, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Rewari, Jhajjar, Hisar, Fatehabad, Sirsa, Yamunanagar, Jind and Rohtak districts; and one each in the districts of Bhiwani, Palwal, Nuh, Hansi, Charkhi Dadri, Narnaul and Kaithal.