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Restore sugar subsidy for poor, AAP urges Centre



New Delhi, June 14: The central government has stopped giving subsidised sugar to the people below the poverty line (BPL) and also reduced the quota for those under the “Antyodaya” category, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader told the media that the Centre had cut the quantity supplied from six to one kg for “Antyodaya” families.

“Antyodaya Anna Yojana” is a central government scheme under which food is provided to families from the weakest section of society at highly subsidised rates.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had taken the decision to end subsidised sugar to poor families across the country, Sisodia said.

He said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to the Prime Minister, urging him to resume the subsidy on sugar given to poor families.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the Delhi government was also trying to get ownership rights for the land given to thousands of landless families in Delhi during 1970-1980.

These families, including Dalits, people from other backward classes and widows, were given small parcels of grama sabha land under a central government programme in Mehrauli, Najafgarh, Alipur and Narela areas of the national capital.

Sisodia said that although other state governments gave ownership rights to beneficiaries in their states, the Delhi government never did so.

In 2012, the Sheila Dikshit government tried to get approval from the Lieutenant Governor (LG) for giving ownership rights, but the then LG didn’t approve and the matter had been pending before the central government ever since, Sisodia said.

“You don’t even need to give them new land, you just have to give them ownership rights to the land on which they’re already residing,” Sisodia said and added that these families were facing many problems while building houses and getting loans, among other things.

Sisodia said that the Chief Minister had written to the LG on this matter as well.



Indian Navy plane crashes in Gujarat



Mumbai, March 22: An Indian Navy’s Remotely Piloted Plane operating from Porbandar in Gujarat has been crashed near an airbase on Thursday. 

The incident, the cause for which is not known, happened shortly after it took off around 10 a.m. No casualties were reported.

According to preliminary information, suspected engine failure could have led to the disaster.

In November, a similar aircraft crashed at the Kochi Naval Base soon after take off for a routine sortie from Willingdon Islands.

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Class 9 student suicide: Parents seeks CBI probe, School Principal refuses allegations of sexual harassment




New Delhi, March 22: The parents of a deceased 15-year-old, class nine student who committed suicide have demanded a CBI probe into the matter on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a group of people including kin of the victim agitated outside Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar, Phase-I. They also blocked National Highway 24 in the protest.

Speaking to media, the student who committed suicide said no arrests have been made yet. Do they think my daughter lied about harassment by teachers? Is the Police under pressure or did they take bribes? I want justice and a CBI probe to be done.

On the other hand, the School Principal refuted the charges of sexual harassment made by the parents saying “one of the teachers against whom allegations are being made is a woman, how can she sexually harass someone? Other teacher has been here since 25 years and we never got any such complaint.

“School mourns her death and we are with the family. If I see her record she was an average student, not very good at studies but a great dancer. Students’ marks are given at PTMs but her parents didn’t attend any. She didn’t fail, had to give re-test”, he added.

According to ABP News, the CBSE has sought a report from Mayur Vihar’s Ahlcon school whose Class 9 student committed suicide over alleged sexual harassment.

The Noida Police on March 21 lodged a case against the principal and two teachers of an east Delhi school in the matter.


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Budget Session: Gratuity bill passed in Rajya Sabha, Both the houses adjourned for the day




New Delhi, March 22: As uproar continued on the 14th consecutive day in the second half of the Budget session, again both the houses failed to hold any discussion.

However, ahead of adjournment Rajya Sabha passed a Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) bill.

After TDP MPs walked up to the Well with placards, raising slogans, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh, the Chairperson halted the proceedings till March 23, 11 am.

Meanwhile, minutes after the house met for the day, Lok Sabha adjourned till noon as loud slogans of ‘We want justice’ are raised.

Later, when the lower house reconvened,  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar made an appeal all the MPs that they let the House run, the government is ready for discussion on all issues, be it no -confidence motion or banking related matters.

However, pandemonium continued which prompted the speaker to adjourn the house.

Earlier in a day, TDP MPs staged a protest in Parliament premises, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. MP Naramalli Sivaprasad joined the agitation dressed as a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan volunteer, carrying a wiper.

On the other hand, AIADMK demonstrated over Cauvery issue.

YSRCP’s YV Subba Reddy wrote to Lok Sabha Secretary General and gave a notice to include no-confidence motion in the list of business tomorrow.


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