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Difficulties in crop loan disbursal to farmers due to RBI

A delegation led by cooperatives minister Harshwardhan Patil and comprising representatives of DCC banks will meet RBI deputy governor on 25th May to discuss crop loan disbursal issues

Mumbai: Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has conveyed to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee the difficulties being faced by district central cooperative (DCC) banks in crop loan disbursal, owing to restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), reports PTI.

The chief minister spoke to Mukherjee telephonically and apprised him of the issue, an official release said.

A delegation led by cooperatives minister Harshwardhan Patil and comprising representatives of DCC banks will meet RBI deputy governor on 25th May to discuss the issue, Chavan said.

The chief minister hoped that there would be a positive outcome from the meeting.

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Shahrukh Khan trampling anti-tobacco laws, says NOTE

Shahrukh's recent smoking in a stadium at Rajasthan during IPL, indicates 'his careless attitude towards his responsibilities as an influential personality', says the anti-tobacco watchdog

Panaji: India's premier anti-tobacco watchdog, National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) has expressed concern over Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan's arrogant behaviour with which he time and again decides to "trample" the law and smoke in public places.

"My main grievance is his arrogant demeanour with which he time and again decides to trample the law and smoke in places where he can be viewed and emulated by thousands of viewers when he can smoke privately," Shekhar Salkar, General Secretary, NOTE, told PTI.

Salkar said that Shahrukh's recent smoking in a stadium at Rajasthan during IPL, indicates 'his careless attitude towards his responsibilities as an influential personality.'

Recommending tobacco eradication counseling for the filmstar, NOTE has said that smoking is a very powerful addiction and inspite of he repeatedly stating his desire to quit it, he hasn't been able to kick the butt.

"In my personal opinion he would never be able to because of his all knowing haughty persona," Salkar said.

NOTE, in past, had filed a case against megastar Amitabh Bachchan for promoting smoking through posters of his movie 'Family'. The superstar had admitted his mistake and assured not to repeat it.

"A similar incident happened with Ajay Devgan in Goa and after sending him a letter by NOTE, he was very gracious in accepting his mistake and his recent visits to Goa have not seen him smoking in public," he said.

Responding to a question whether celebrities should be fined more than general public for violating anti-tobacco laws, Salkar said, "morally it looks ethical and feasible but we live in a democratic country in which each citizen is considered as equal."

"But habitual offenders should be given harsher punishments and after three monetary fines in increasing levels. A repeat offence should be punishable for atleast one day behind the bars," he said, adding this would deter the often habitual offenders like filmstars who usually think they are above law and for whom the nominal fine is not a big deal.

Two years back, NOTE had suggested that first offence the fine worth Rs200 was suitable but second time it should be Rs500 and third time, Rs1,000.

"In cases involving violation of law in hotel premises or public places, the manager of the hotel should be fined minimum Rs5000 which will surely ensure a disciplined approach," Salkar suggested.

Jaipur court has asked Shahrukh Khan to appear before it on 26th May following complaint by Anand Singh, head of Jaipur Cricket Academy, who had sought action against Khan under section 5/11 of Rajasthan Prohibition of Smoking Act, 2000, which prohibits smoking at public places.

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