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Cabinet approves 'Namami Gange' programme

Marking a major shift in implementation, the government is focusing on involving people living on the banks of the river to attain sustainable results

 

The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the flagship "Namami Gange" programme, which attempts to integrate the efforts to clean up and protect the Ganga river in a comprehensive manner.
 
"The programme has a budget outlay of Rs.20,000 crore for the next 5 years. This is a significant four-fold increase over the expenditure in the past 30 years," an official statement issued here said.
 
Marking a major shift in implementation, the government is focusing on involving people living on the banks of the river to attain sustainable results.
 
Drawing from the lessons learnt from previous efforts, the programme also focuses on involving the states and grassroots level institutions such as urban local bodies and panchayati raj institutions in implementation, it added.
 
The statement pointed out that in order to ramp up progress, the Centre will now take over 100 percent funding of various activities under this programme. 
 
Learning from the unsatisfactory results of the earlier Ganga Action Plan, the Centre now plans to provide for operation and maintenance of the assets for a minimum 10 year period, and adopt a PPP/SPV approach for pollution hotspots.
 
In an attempt to bolster enforcement the Centre also plans to establish a 4-battalion Ganga Eco-Task Force, a Territorial Army unit, apart from mulling a legislation that aims to check pollution and protect the river, the statement said.
 
"Significantly the approach is underpinned by socio-economic benefits that the programme is expected to deliver in terms of job creation, improved livelihoods and health benefits to the vast population that is dependent on the river," the statement added.
 
The cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Eyewitness in Asaram son's case shot at in Haryana

Mahender Chawla was shot at outside his house in Sanouli village in Panipat district, 170 km from Chandigarh, and two bullets hit him in the back, police said

 

The main eyewitness in the sexual assault case related to the son of controversial godman Asaram Bapu was shot at by unidentified assailants in Haryana on Wednesday, police said.
 
Mahender Chawla was shot at outside his house in Sanouli village in Panipat district, 170 km from Chandigarh, and two bullets hit him in the back, police said. 
 
He was rushed to the Panipat Civil Hospital where his condition was described as serious, police added. 
 
"We are trying to identify the assailants. Raids are being conducted at different places," a Haryana Police official here said.
 
Self-styled godman Asaram's son Narayan Sai was booked and arrested by Gujarat Police following a complaint by a woman disciple that she was sexually assaulted by him repeatedly between 2002 and 2005 at his ashram campus in Surat.
 
He was granted bail for three weeks by the Gujarat High Court last month.

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Delhi Bar Council seeks probe into Tomar's fake degree

The complaint letter stated that Tomar had claimed to have obtained a graduate degree from Ram Manohar Lohiya Avadh University, Faizabad in U.P. which the university claimed to be forged

 

The Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has filed a complaint against Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar and sought a probe into his alleged 'fake law degree' case, according to a letter by BCD to the Delhi Police.
 
"The Bar Council of Delhi has observed that Jitender Singh Tomar has enrolled himself in the council as an advocate by misrepresenting the facts. Both universities claimed that the documents are forged," said BCD Secretary Puneet Mittal in his written complaint to DCP Hauz Khas area.
 
The complaint was filed on May 11 after the two universities whose certificates Tomar had furnished, claimed the degrees were fake.
 
The complaint letter stated that Tomar had claimed to have obtained a graduate degree from Ram Manohar Lohiya Avadh University, Faizabad in U.P. which the aforesaid university claimed to be forged.
 
As per the letter, Bihar's Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, stated that the provisional Ll.B. certificate bearing a serial number as 3687, submitted by Tomar at the time of his enrolment, was a fabricated document.
 
"It is, therefore, requested that a detailed preliminary enquiry may be conducted with respect to the alleged forged documents for commission of offences punishable under the Indian Penal Code. The report in this connection may be submitted before the council on or before May 28," wrote Mittal in his complaint letter to the police.
 

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