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Paswan, Javadekar, Nadda among non-performing ministers: Survey

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New Delhi, April 30 : Five union ministers namely Ram Vilas Paswan (Food), Bandaru Dattatreya (Labour), Radha Mohan Singh (Agriculture), J.P. Nadda (Health) and Prakash Javadekar (Environment) have failed public expectations, a survey has found.

The survey, however, has given Prime Minister Narendra Modi 6.2 marks on a scale 1 to 10.

Union ministers like Suresh Prabhu (Railways), Arun Jaitley (Finance), Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs), Rajnath Singh (Home) and Nitin Gadkari (Road Transport) stand out on the three parameters of “initiatives, interface and implementation”, according to an independent study by Centre for Media Studies (CMS), which works in the field of social development, environment and media.

Significant finding is that Prime Minister Modi is viewed differently for his different distinguishing roles and performance,” the study says, adding while Prime Minister Modi gets 6.2 on the scale of 10, the BJP-led NDA government got only 5.5.

“Ram Vilas Paswan, Bandaru Dattatreya, Radha Mohan Singh, J.P. Nadda and Prakash Javadekar do not stand up to the expectations of larger public as per this independent assessment,” it said adding among the ministries ranking low, overall, the ministry of Labour & Employment stood at the bottom.

Among the government schemes, the assessment study says, Jan Dhan, Swachh Bharat, Make in India and Digital India initiatives “have caught on with larger public”. But poor performance has been reported about schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Smart City, and Food Security.

The survey report also quotes former Lok Sabha Secretary General Subhash C. Kashyap, who in the report’s foreword, says the CMS study will “give direction to the national debate on whether the Modi government which came with a boom of fresh breeze has so far proved to be a boon or a bane”.

Kashyap writes “public perception of service delivery in areas of health, education and employment as also in matters of corruption at the level of day to day public dealings may point towards imperatives of mid-course corrections”.

“The results of the study seem to confirm that the personal image of Shri Modi as Prime Minister remains very bright,” he wrote adding, in contrast to the UPA regime, “there have been no corruption scandals involving ministers”.

“In coming years, Modi government would be better off to focus more on actionable citizen centric policies and initiatives, which in turn will bring much needed change in people’s perception as well,” the report said.

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Priyanka Gandhi sends homemade food for protesting Congress MPs

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra sent food cooked in her kitchen for Congress MPs protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by his sister Priyanka at the protest site.

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Chennai: Most of the MPs and MLAs protesting at Jantar Mantar are from the Punjab unit of the Congress. When IANS spoke to Jasbir Singh Gill, Congress MP from Khadoor Sahib in Punjab, he said, “We met Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday and had a long chat. It seems that she wanted to appreciate the work we have done and for this reason she sent the food,” he said.

Priyanka sent paneer, rajma, rice, roti and gajrela for the protesting lawmakers. Jasbir Singh Gill also told IANS that most of the time they get food from local gurudwaras and sometimes from people’s homes. Congress lawmakers have been protesting against the three contentious farm laws for the last 52 days. Gill also said they would continue with the sit-in protests till the farm laws are withdrawn.

The farmers’ protest in Delhi has led to a standstill at the Singhu border where thousands of farmers continue to stay put. This is despite the Supreme Court announcing a four-member committee. This was the second public event attended by the Milan-returned Rahul Gandhi who first went to Tamil Nadu to attend the ‘Jallikattu’ event.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 strikes Jammu and Kashmir

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Srinagar, Jan 16 : An earthquake of magnitude 4.1 hit Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, but there was no report of any damage, officials said.

At 10:01 pm, the earthquake struck at a latitude of 33.03 degrees north and a longitude of 75.93 degrees east — 93 kms east of Katra, they added.

The depth of the earthquake was 10 kms, the officials said.

They said while the tremors caused panic among people, there were no reports of any loss of life or injury or damage to property.

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Agriculture laws akin to ‘death warrant’, says farmer leader

“If you want your rights, then reach Delhi on 26 January, she said, adding that the “black laws enacted by the Centre were a “death warrant for farmers”.

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Shahjahanpur (UP), Jan 16 : Farmer leader Poonam Pandit here on Saturday described the agriculture laws enacted by the Centre as a death warrant and urged farmers to reach Delhi on January 26.

The farmer leader said this addressing a Kisan Mahapanchayat in the Banda area of Shahjahanpur, which according to police was held without permission and amid the imposition of prohibitory orders.

“If you want your rights, then reach Delhi on 26 January, she said, adding that the “black laws enacted by the Centre were a “death warrant for farmers”.

“The way in which farmers are being stopped, it appears that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also anti-farmer,” she said.

To stop the mahapanchayat, the administration had approach farmer leaders.

On Saturday, personnel from the Provincial Armed Constabulary were deployed at the site earmarked for the event.

After this, farmers started gathering in an empty field behind the site. Farmer leader Poonam Pandit arrived on a bike and addressed the panchayat for about 25 minutes.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Puvya Navneet Nayak told PTI over the phone that “prohibitory orders were in place in the district and farmer organisations had written on their letter heads that the mahapanchayat has been cancelled.”

“It is not proper to have a mahapanchayat and no permission for this was taken from the administration,” he added.

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