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New Delhi, June 4 :  The Modi government has installed people having RSS ideology in each and every institution and schemes launched by it and there are reports that Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has appointed the editor of RSS publication Panchjanya, members of a few Hindu spiritual organisations and the CEO of a drone company in the apex body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MGNREGA) Act.

This provides an ample evidence that Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that the BJP and RSS were making attempts to capture all institutions in the country, stands proved.

“The BJP is trying to capture all institutions in India and the RSS is trying to push its people into every institution. You must have heard what Mohan Bhagwatji said,” he said. (Bhagwat, during an RSS meeting at Muzaffarnagar, reportedly said the Army may take six to seven months to prepare for war but RSS cadres can prepare in just three days.)

He further said, “Today, most Union ministers’ officers on special duty (OSDs) are from the RSS. Even in Niti Aayog, RSS men have been planted. This is a very dangerous trend and BJP believes in bureaucratisation of these institutions to plant their men.”

All these members come under the category of ‘non-official members from various states’and are appointed in addition to representatives of state governments and panchayati raj institutions.

  • Prominent among those is Hitesh Shanker, Editor, Panchjanya Weekly, who has been named a non-official member from Delhi.
  • From Uttarakhand, the ministry has nominated Sanjay Chaturvedi, convener of Divine International Foundation (DIF), which describes itself as “a separate entity of Divya Prem Sewa Mission” started by RSS pracharak Ashish Gautam. This Haridwar-based mission lists yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali as one of its CSR partners.
  • Sudhir Aggarwal, a BJP member who is “founder-president, Confederation of Voluntary Organizations” and who describes himself as a “swayam sevak since childhood” on his website. A lawyer, Aggarwal has listed the “Baba Ramdev case” under his “major activities”. The ministry notification, however, calls him a member of ‘Union of Voluntary Association’.
  • G Vasudev from Vivekanand Kendra at Kanyakumari, a Hindu spiritual organisation founded in the seventies by Eknath Ranade, a senior RSS pracharak. Its website lists ‘Group Discussion on Rousing Call to Hindu Nation’ as one of its many recent activities held in Rajasthan late last year.
  • Other CEGC members include Vikshut Mundkur, co-founder and CEO of the Bangalore-based HUVI Air Technologies Private which ‘enables construction companies to embed drone data based insights across all stages of construction projects’, and Santosh Raghunath Gondhalekar, “Director, Primo Engineering”, a Pune-based company (spelled on its website as Primove) that extracts biogas from agricultural waste.

The Indian Expres report stated that a ministry official said the council members have been nominated so as to ensure diversity of people who engage with the subject. “There has not been any political inputs from any of the members. The present council also has names such as Narendra Nath Damodar from Pradan, which specialises in rural development, and Manoj Panda, the director of Institute of Economic Growth, in addition to several panchayat leaders,” the official stated in a report.

The Rural Development Ministry, in a notification issued last month, appointed them as members of the Central Employment Guarantee Council (CEGC), with a tenure of one year starting June 20, when the term of the present committee expires. The CEGC was formed to monitor the implementation of the 2005 Act that promises 100 days of employment a year to every rural household.

The initial members of the CEGC included social activists and economists such as Aruna Roy, Jean Dreze, and Nikhil Dey, who were involved in framing and monitoring the implementation of the NREGA at the grassroots level soon after the legislation was launched in February 2006.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal has alleged that every institution in the country was under attack and attempts were being made to control the media and the judiciary.

Sibal said that while the BJP has already appointed RSS ‘pracharaks’ in key positions in educational institutions of the country, it is now attempting to instal RSS pracharaks or people of their thinking in the judiciary.

“They have filled educational institutions with RSS pracharaks. Now they are making attempts to fill the judiciary with RSS pracharaks or people with their thinking,” he told reporters.

The former law minister said, “This is not acceptable to us and will oppose it. If need be, we will also raise this issue with the judiciary.”

When Smriti Irani was the HRD minister, Powerful RSS ideologue Krishna Gopal was overseeing all major appointments in top educational institutes, getting his men and women in place.

Chandrakant Gharote, the general secretary of Sanskar Bharti was appointed as the member of Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC),

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Delhi Police gear up for ‘snap demos’ by farmers, tighten security

After the passing of the farm Bills, opposition MPs staged protest in the Parliament premises, marching from the Gandhi statue to the Ambedkar statue.

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New Delhi, Sep 23 : The Delhi Police have geared up for ‘snap demonstrations’ by farmers’ bodies, especially in the national capital, amid the ongoing protests against the Centre’s farm bills.

The security in the national capital, especially in the border areas, has been tightened and senior Delhi Police officers are themselves monitoring the situation. Section 144 has already been imposed in the New Delhi area.

Snap demonstrations are random unnotified demonstrations that pop up at a particular place.

“We have made ample arrangements in the area and are registering cases under IPC Section 188 and other relevant sections against those found flouting the orders,” said Eish Singhal, DCP, New Delhi.

The Delhi Police had earlier said that no demonstrations would be allowed in the national capital till September 30, citing an earlier order of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

The missive came as political parties as well as farmers’ bodies have intensified their agitation against the three agriculture Bills passed by the Parliament recently.

On Monday, the DDMA had clarified that all social, cultural and political functions involving large gatherings are prohibited in Delhi till September 30.

But despite the orders, the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee held a protest against the farm Bills at Janpath. The police detained over 41 Congress leaders and workers, including state president Anil Kumar, while they were marching towards the Parliament.

After the passing of the farm Bills, opposition MPs staged protest in the Parliament premises, marching from the Gandhi statue to the Ambedkar statue.

The Opposition and the government are on loggerheads ever since the farm Bills were passed amid ruckus in the Upper House of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, the border areas of Delhi, especially the Singhu border and Karnal road, saw massive deployment of police and para military personnel even as the Youth Congress workers and farmers took out a tractor rally on Wednesday. Barricades and water cannons were deployed at strategic locations.

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Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assumes additional charge of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries

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Delhi, 23 SEP 2020 : Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar assumed charge as the Minister of Food Processing Industries in Panchsheel Bhawan today afternoon. The Minister was welcomed by Rameswar Teli, MoS, FPI and Pushpa Subrahmanyam, Secretary, FPI. Senior officials of the ministry were also present.

The Minister met all the senior officials and reviewed the schemes of the ministry. Tomar is currently holding the charge of the Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Minister of Rural Development, and Minister of Panchayati Raj.

Speaking on the occasion, Tomar said that Food processing Industry is in the growing stages and MoFPI is making all efforts and contributing towards creation of new opportunities of employment for youth, bringing profits to our farmers by offering remunerative prices to them, making the goods available for its consumers etc.

The Ministry of Food Processing Industries has a clear goal of attaining these objectives by facilitating and acting as a catalyst to attract quality investments from within India and abroad into this sector with the aim of making food processing a national initiative. With this overall objective, the Ministry aims to:

  • Enhance farmer’s income by better utilization and value addition of agricultural produce
  • Minimize wastage at all stages in the food processing chain by the development of infrastructure for storage, transportation and processing of agro-food produce;
  • Introduce of modern technology into the food processing industries from both domestic and external sources;
  • Encourage R&D in food processing for product and process development and improved packaging;
  • Provide policy support, and support for creation of Infrastructure, capacity expansion/ Upgradation and other supportive measures form the growth of this sectors;
  • Promote export of processed food products.
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CSIR and Mylan Announce Partnership to identify Advance Therapeutic Options for Management of COVID – 19

“CSIR has prioritized conducting clinical trials of well proven drugs in partnership with industry towards the development of multiple therapeutic options for COVID-19.” : Director General of CSIR, Dr. Shehkar C Mande

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New Delih: The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), India’s premier research organization, and Mylan Laboratories Limited, the India-based subsidiary of leading global pharmaceutical company Mylan, today announced a partnership to address unmet patient needs amidst the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Under the partnership, CSIR’s constituent laboratory Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (CSIR-IICT), and Mylan will collaborate to identify potential therapies for COVID-19.

A series of clinical trials will be conducted towards new and innovative solutions to manage COVID-19 pandemic in India as part of this collaboration. The first of the clinical trial to be rolled out is a multiple arm phase 3 study that will be conducted in adult patients with mild to moderate COVID -19 at risk of complications.

Director General of CSIR, Dr. Shehkar C Mande stated, “The current collaboration with Mylan is a significant milestone and during the current COVID-19 pandemic, CSIR has prioritized conducting clinical trials of well proven drugs in partnership with industry towards the development of multiple therapeutic options for COVID-19.”

Director of CSIR-IICT, Dr Chandrasekhar said, “CSIR is delighted to associate with Mylan as knowledge and scientific partner, and looks forward to working with the company, especially given Mylan’s vast industry experience in clinical trials and commercialization.”

Mylan Chief Operating Officer, Sanjeev Sethi stated, “Our collaboration with CSIR is a strategic step forward aimed at identifying effective treatments for patients with COVID-19. In addition to bringing forward new indications, this partnership will also help us identify multiple molecules that can potentially be leveraged in therapies for various other infectious diseases in the future.”

The application for the clinical trials has been submitted to the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for regulatory approval.

CSIR has appointed Dr. Ram Vishwakarma, Honorary Advisor to DG-CSIR and former Director CSIR-IIIM (Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine) as a mentor to lead this collaboration.

The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), known for its cutting-edge R&D knowledgebase in diverse Science & Technology areas, is a contemporary and premier R&D organization. Having a pan-India presence, CSIR has a dynamic network of 38 national laboratories, 39 outreach centres, 3 Innovation Complexes and 5 units. CSIR covers a wide spectrum of science and technology – from oceanography, geophysics, chemicals, drugs, genomics, biotechnology and nanotechnology to mining, aeronautics, instrumentation, environmental engineering and information technology.

Mylan is a global pharmaceutical company committed to setting new standards in healthcare. It is one of the world’s largest producers of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

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