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Patkar’s health worsens on Day 12 of fast, government mum



Medha Patkar
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Dhar (Madhya Pradesh), Aug 7 : The indefinite hunger strike by Medha Patkar and 11 others entered the 12th day on Monday, affecting their health, as the government failed to take any concrete steps to meet their demands.

The “Narmada Bachao Andolan” founder began fasting in Dhar’s Chikhalda village on July 27, demanding proper rehabilitation and resettlement of those affected by the Sardar Sarovar Project.

Amulya Nidhi, a social activist with the movement, told IANS: “Medha’s health is deteriorating. There is a strong police presence here, which has scared the people.”

“After the Saturday talks failed, there has been no initiative from the government’s side for a dialogue.”

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed concern over Patkar’s health and urged her to end the fast.

He had sent a delegation to meet the agitators on Saturday but the talks, which lasted around five hours, were unsuccessful as Patkar demanded that the dam gates be opened and the delegation members expressed their inability in this regard.

Patkar’s organisation claims that if the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam is raised to 138 metres, it will affect 40,000 families in 192 villages.

The Supreme Court had ordered that the height of the dam be raised only after the proper rehabilitation of the oustees by July 31. But the area where they are to be rehabilitated is not livable, the organisation says.

Patkar has been demanding that the gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam be opened and oustees be properly rehabilitated.



IAF fake recruitment website found, FIR filed



New Delhi, March 22: The Indian Air Force on Thursday filed an FIR against unidentified persons for creating a fake website to provide employment opportunities in the IAF.

The fake IAF website was identified by one of the officers of IAF and hence a complaint was registered on March 16, under the Information Technology Act, ANI reported.

According to FIR, the reprobates, who created the fake website called applications for various posts.

Wing Commander Manjit Singh, said “The application form said it was for a vacancy in the ‘civilian group C posts in the Air Force record offices.”

Singh posted at the Army headquarters in New Delhi immediately noted down the website’s name “”.


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PM Awas Yojana: Only 8 percent houses built in 3 years



New Delhi, March 22: The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for urban areas which promised “housing for all” by 2022, has barely completed target of  8%, or 3 lakh of the 40.6 lakh houses in last three years.

However, the condition of the rural version of PMAY is better, as under this scheme 30%, or 28.8 lakh houses, have been completed against the 95.4 lakh targeted by the rural development ministry in 15 months since the plan was inaugurated, the Times of India reported.

According to data on the websites of the urban affairs and rural development ministries, on March 5 this year, the ministry had considered 8,341 projects under PMAY involving 40.6 lakh houses.

But only 3.4 lakh houses have been constructed so far. while work is underway on 18 lakh or about 44% of the target.

However, the data doesn’t show the stage of development for these houses.

Among those completed, about 3 lakh houses are occupied.

On June 25, 2015, the PMAY (Urban) was launched by Prime Minister Modi aiming to build two crore houses for the poor in urban areas by 2022.

Responding to TOI’s questions, the joint secretary and mission director, housing for all, in the urban housing ministry stated, “Keeping in view that housing projects take 18-24 months to complete (in case of projects under two categories), we can expect that in the financial year 2018-19, the pace of PMAY (U) will pick up quite significantly”.

While, PMAY (Rural) was inaugurated on November 20, 2016, and projected to build 1 crore new houses by March 31, 2019. Ou of which, 51 lakh houses were to be completed by end-March 2018. Thus, the 27.7 lakh actually completed are only about 54% of the target at present.


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Delhi Budget 2018-19: 26 % allocation for Education, Health gets 12.7 %



New Delhi, March 22: Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday presented Budget for 2018-19 before the assembly with emphasis on environment and health. 

While announcing the Budget, Sisodia said it estimates are pegged at Rs 53,000 crore which is 19.45 percent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the last fiscal.

Sisodia also described the budget a “Green Budget” and vowed of round-the-year, real-time pollution study.

The study will be a part of a 26-point programme to control pollution in Delhi.

“We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of transport, power, environment and PWD for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants,” he added.

Below we have enlisted top announcements of the Budget 2019-19:

Rs 6,729 crore has been allocated for the health sector, which is 12.7 percent of the total

Project to install 200-250 CCTVs will be completed by June 2019

Rs 100 crore sanctioned for free WiFi scheme

Rs 1500 crore allocated for infrastructure development of unauthorised colonies.

1000 electric buses to be on roads by March 2019

Rs 403 crore had been allocated for Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics. Also, mobile van clinics were to be established with Rs 15 crore

For Infrastructure development Rs. 1,500 crore allocated

1,000MW of solar and wind power will be bought

Tablets will be provided to all teachers in government schools in a bid to help them keep an online record of students

Twenty-six percent of the Rs 53,000 crore has been allocated for education


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