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Tripura government failed to utilise central funds: Minister

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Agartala, March 20: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Sunday said the Left Front government in Tripura failed to utilise funds released by the central government for developmental projects and to serve the interest of the farmers.

“We released Rs 35 lakh in 2016-17 and last fiscal for implementation of ‘Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana’ for Tripura, but the state government could not spend the money. Rs 3.56 crore was sanctioned for soil testing management scheme but it remains unknown how the money was utilised,” Singh said while addressing a gathering of officials and farmers at Lembuchara, near here.

The minister, who was here on a two-day visit, said in the last two years his ministry had sanctioned more than Rs one crore for giving soil health cards to over 1.80 farmers in the state, but the state government could use less than 40 per cent of the fund.

Singh said while in the last five years the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had allocated Rs 7,646 crore, the incumbent Narendra Modi government sanctioned Rs 23,655 crore in less than three years for many projects and schemes in the state.

“As the present central government sanctioned three times more funds than the previous UPA government, we expect development and benefit to the people should also be three times,” he added.

The minister asked the state government to gear up its machinery for executing fisheries, horticulture and animal husbandry related central schemes.

The minister said Tripura’s Left Front government has not submitted any project on ‘Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM)’ and asked the state to give importance to this mission.

The RGM aims to conserve and develop indigenous cattle breeds in a focused and scientific manner.

“The Modi-led government has given emphasis on development of the entire northeastern region with maximum stress on agriculture. It is now up to the state governments concerned to utilise the central schemes properly for the benefit of the people,” he added.

The minister also inaugurated a new Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in West Tripura.

“The government has sanctioned seven KVKs for Tripura, of which five are already functional, and with the inauguration of this one, now six KVKs will become operational in the state,” Singh said.

In addition, the site selection committee is also visiting the state for selection of site for the eighth KVK. With that, all districts in the state will have one KVK each.

The total number of KVKs in the country has now gone up to 668, from 637 about three year ago. Of these, 78 KVKs are functional in the north-eastern states.

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Congress disagrees with Salman Khurshid’s remarks

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New Delhi, April 24: The Congress on Tuesday disagreed with “Muslims Blood” remark of Salman Khurshid in toto.

Addressing a press conference, party leader PL Punia said: “Congress disagrees with the statement of Salman Khurshid in toto”.

“Everyone must know that both prior and post-independence Congress is the only party which has worked towards building an egalitarian society by carrying all sections of ppl together as also religious and ethnic minorities”, he added.

Responding to a question at an event organized in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Monday, Khurshid had said, “I am a part of Congress so let me accept that we have the blood of Muslims on our hands. I am telling you this; we are ready to show the blood on our hands so that you understand that you too must not get blood on your hands.”

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Tejashwi Yadav slams NITI Aayog chief over Bihar remark

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Patna, April 24: Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday slammed NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant’s statement blaming the state for India’s backwardness, saying the remark has exposed the mindset of “babus” in the Modi-led government.

“Bihar and Bihari’s pay equal taxes, contribute equally or more in govrnance and nation building. Bihar gave 33 MPs to NDA, seven Union Ministers from Bihar, both State and Centre governments are of same party and alliance. But still these Babus say Bihar is backward…” the former Deputy Chief Minister tweeted.

Tejashwi Yadav, who is the younger son of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, said that if Bihar was backward especially on social indicators as claimed by then NITI Aayog, then Prime Minister Narendra Modi should grant a special category status to the state for its development.

“Modi has failed to grant special category status or special packages promised by him. Four years have passed, but nothing has happened so far, except ‘jumlas’ (hollow words),” he said.

Tejaswi Yadav said the people of Bihar had been betrayed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government.

While delivering the first Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Memorial Lecture in Jamia Millia Islamia University, Kant said on Monday: “Eastern part of India particularly states like Bihar, UP, Chattisgarh, MP, and Rajasthan are keeping India backward especially on social indicators. While we have improved on ease of doing business, we have remained backward on human development index.”

Kant further said that India was still 131 out of 188 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI).

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Beti Bachao, BJP ke logon se bachao: Rahul Gandhi targets Modi at Save the Consitution rally

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New Delhi, April 23: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that earlier slogan was Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao. But Now, PM will say is ‘Beti Bachao, BJP ke logon se bachao’.

Addressing save the Constitution rally, Gandhi said: “In his book “Karmayog”, PM Modi justifies manual scavenging by calling it a “spiritual experience” for the Valmiki community. This speaks volumes about his anti-Dalit mindset.

“The Congress Party will stand together to protect the interests of Dalits and other weaker sections of the society wherever the BJP & RSS attacks them”, he added.

Gandhi further stated “we will never allow the BJP & RSS to destroy our Constitution. The people of India will speak their “Mann ki Baat” in 2019″.

“Our institutions were gifted to us by our Constitution. The Modi Govt is now destroying these institutions by appointing RSS ideologues to occupy important positions”.

Taking a jibe at the Prime Minister, the Congress leader said Narendra Modi is only interested in Narendra Modi. Electoral victory is his only focus.

The Congress on Monday launched “Save The Constitution campaign” at the Talkatora Stadium in the national capital.

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