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28/03/2017 12:00:00 AM-111197164978AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentCabinet expresses worry on curtailment of fund for MNREGAState cabinet has expressed worry on policy of the Central Government to close down MNREGA project by reducing allotment of fund tactfully during last three years. Finance minister Bhanu Lal Saha said this while briefing cabinet decision at civil secretariat today.<br />He alleged that Central Government is taking contradictory attempt by depriving the underprivileged and labour class people of rural areas. The cabinet has discussed the situation elaborately expressing anxiety over the attitude of Centre today.<br />He said, the State Government sent proposal of 90 man day’s work under MNREGA in the financial year 2017 -18. But the Central Government allotted 34 man days fund up to September for 2017-18 financial year. State Government has strongly protested against the decision. It has been decided that Rural Development minister of the state will meet with Union R.D. Minister along with three MPs of the state and they will express protest of the state people elaborately about deprivation under MNREGA.<br />Apart from this the State Cabinet has decided to appoint 55 Managers<br />(Engineer) and 185 Helpers in TSICL. <br />Besides the cabinet has decided to rename Planning Circle (R & B) of PWD. The new name will be Planning and Design Unit (R&B). New name of Project Circle (R &B) will be Project Unit (R & B). New name of Planning Circle (DWS) will be Planning and Design Unit (DWS). New name of Planning Circle (Water Resource) will be Planning and Design Unit (Water Resource).
28/03/2017 12:00:00 AM-112197124971AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentABVP sought centre's intervention over Tripura University result scamThe BJP backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), student wing here on Tuesday has sought the Union Ministry's intervention over the alleged ongoing result scam in the Tripura Central University. The wing also issued deteriorating condition of the education in Tripura.<br />This has come up while the BJP student wing ABVP activists were addressing a press conference here at Agartala Press Club today. <br />Addressing a press meet at Agartala press club on Tuesday, ABVP leader Hari Borikar, the in-charge of all India central university, said that ABVP through their memorandum demanded the Union HRD ministry for immediate solution of the ongoing result scam at Tripura University. The ABVP also sought union HRD ministry’s intervention on the poor condition of the education scenario of Tripura.<br />ABVP leaders also said that if the Tripura University’s ongoing result scam could not be solved, then ABVP will organize a massive agitation programmes in coming days.<br />Lipika Roy, president of ABVP of Tripura University unit, along with other student leaders of ABVP were also present in the press meet.
28/03/2017 12:00:00 AM-113197114972AgartalaBy Our CorrespondentCM Manik Sarkar receives Rs. 14.74 crore as dividend of TFDPCThe Tripura state Forest Minister Naresh Jamatia here on Tuesday handed over the dividend of the Tripura Forest Development Corporation Ltd (TFDPC) amounting to Rs. 14.74 crore to Chief Minister Manik Sarkar. The program was held at the civil secretariat office today. <br />However, besides the TFDPC known for one of the profit making PSUs of the state has also offered a dividend of Rs. 0.47 lakh to the central government for the year 2015-16.<br />Chief Secretary Sanjeev Ranjan, PCCF Sanatan Talukdar and senor forest department officials remained present in the dividend presentation ceremony today at the civil secretariat office. <br />TFDPC has been offering dividend for the past seven consecutive years starting from 2004-05 FY.<br />TFDPC was set up way back in March 25, 1976 with authorized capital of Rs. 890.44 lakh (state) and Rs. 29.50 lakh (central).
28/03/2017 12:00:00 AM-114197104977AgartalaBy iansNDA government trying to scuttle MGNREGA: Tripura CMTripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government is trying to close the rural job scheme MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act).<br />"The present central government is gradually curtailing the allocation of funds under the MGNREGA to close the rural job scheme," Sarkar said while addressing a meeting of the Tripura State Employment Guarantee Council here on Monday evening.<br />The issue was also discussed on Tuesday during a state cabinet meeting chaired by Sarkar.<br />"The Council of Ministers have decided that Tripura's Rural Development Minister, along with three Members of Parliament belonging to the state, would meet Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar soon in New Delhi.<br />"They will urge the government to maintain the scheme and due allocation to the state under the scheme," Tripura Information and Food Minister Bhanulal Saha told reporters on Tuesday after the cabinet meeting.<br />He said: "In the outgoing financial year, Tripura has provided around 79 man-days of rural jobs per household under the MGNREGA, but in the forthcoming financial year (2017-18), as per the indication of central allocation, the state would be able to provide only 38 to 42 man-days of jobs per household under the scheme."<br />The Chief Minister also told the Council meeting on Monday evening that to deprive the rural unemployed people of jobs and to serve the interests of the wealthy, the BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government would likely discontinue MGNREGA.<br />"Tripura has provided around 79 man-days' rural jobs per household under the MGNREGA so far in the outgoing financial year (2016-17), but it is likely to be 83 days by the end of the year. The national average in this regard is 43 days only," an official quoted the Chief Minister as saying in the meeting.<br />While the rest of the country lags, Left-ruled Tripura retained its top position for the seventh consecutive year until the 2015-16 financial year in providing jobs under the MGNREGA -- a staggering 94.46 man-days per household -- against the national average of 48.85 days in that year.<br />The MGNREGA was introduced in February 2006 by the then Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.<br />It mandates 100 days of work in a financial year to at least one member of each rural household, but this has never been achieved in any state. The scheme aims to generate rural assets and create rural infrastructure like roads.
28/03/2017 12:00:00 AM-1435197094976BangaloreBy iansBengaluru court remands IISc attack suspect in judicial custodyA Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on Tuesday remanded the 2005 Indian Institute of Science (IISc) terror attack suspect Habib Mia in judicial custody for 14 days.<br />On March 18, the Karnataka Anti Terror Squad (ATS) was given the 37-year-old's four-day transit remand by West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector Milind Ramteke, a day after his arrest in Agartala. <br />"Habib Mia was in police custody for 10 days. We handed him over for judicial custody after interrogating him. He confessed to helping Sabahuddin, the main accused in the IISc attack here," Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) S. Ravi told reporters.<br />The IISc was attacked on December 28, 2005, while a convention was underway. A scientist was killed and five persons injured as attackers lobbed hand grenades and opened fire at the gathering.<br />"Mia told police of his meeting with Sabahuddin at a mosque in Agartala for three days. Mia said he received Rs 800 from Sabahuddin for helping him cross into Bangladesh," said Ravi.