To get the benefit of the scheme, the parents should be living in Goa for 25 years and the girl should have been born and brought up in the state
Panaji: With an aim to prevent female foeticide in the state, Goa government on Friday formally launched the ambitious 'Ladli Lakshmi' scheme, reports PTI.
Under the scheme, girls who are 18 years of age and above would be provided Rs1 lakh each for their marriage.
While launching the scheme, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the parents who get upset after having a girl child worrying about her future, will get help through the scheme.
The scheme, which was one of the BJP's promises during the recently held state Assembly elections, covers all the Goan girls between 18-40 years of age.
The girls who get legally married in the state would be provided Rs1 lakh under the scheme, with retrospective effect from 1 April 2012.
To get the benefit of the scheme, the parents should be living in Goa for 25 years and the girl should have been born and brought up in the state.
"For those who are born outside the state, the state government committee will scrutinise their applications," Parrikar said.
The state government has reserved a fund of Rs150 crore for the scheme, which will initially cover all those girls who got married since 1 April 2012.
"Even those girls who have completed 18 years can avail benefit of the scheme. The government will deposit money in their name in the bank, which can be withdrawn after showing the marriage certificate and declaration about the marriage," the Chief Minister stated.
Goa registers around 10,000 marriages every year.
Five banks would be empanelled and the Women and Child Welfare department would implement the scheme, which will supersede the earlier 'Kanya Dhan' scheme, which provided Rs25,000 to a girl attaining the age of 18 years.
Supreme Court said the method adopted by the CBI was "unwarranted" and the agency proceeded against Mayawati without properly understanding its orders passed in the Taj Corridor scam
New Delhi: In a major relief to Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, the Supreme Court on Friday quashed a nine-year-long disproportionate assets case against her and pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for initiating the probe against her without specific directions from the court, reports PTI.
The apex court said that the method adopted by the CBI was "unwarranted" and the agency proceeded against her without properly understanding its orders passed in the Taj Corridor scam.
A bench headed by Justice P Sathasivam clarified that the Supreme Court order pertained to initiating probe against state government officials in the scam and there was no such direction to lodge another first information report (FIR) exclusively against Mayawati for allegedly amassing assets disproportionate to her known sources of income.
The apex court said there is no finding in the CBI's status report of September 2008 that Mayawati had allegedly amassed disproportionate assets during the period 1995-2003.
"There is no material report of disproportionate assets case against the petitioner (Mayawati) in the Taj Corridor scam," the bench said while referring to the probe agency's status report.
The court further said that its order of 2002 was specifically pertaining to Taj Corridor case and there was no direction for lodging an FIR against Mayawati as was done by the CBI.
While reading out the operative part of its judgment, the bench observed there was "no such direction to lodge another FIR under Prevention of Corruption Act exclusively against Mayawati".
"The CBI proceeded without properly understanding our orders", the bench said, adding, "Method adopted by the CBI is unwarranted."
The apex court said that the investigating agency exceeded it jurisdiction by filing a DA case against the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister as there was no such direction from it.
"The CBI should have lodged only one FIR (in Taj Corridor scam). There was no direction for lodging second FIR (against Mayawati) by the Supreme Court," the bench said.
The court passed the judgment on Mayawati's plea seeking quashing of proceedings against her in the DA case lodged by the CBI.
She had alleged that the agency was being used as a political tool by "fixing" the case against her.
Mayawati had approached the apex court in May 2008 seeking quashing of the criminal proceedings against her in the DA case lodged by the CBI nine years ago. She had alleged it was an act of political vendetta against her.
The court had reserved its judgment on May 1, this year after hearing both the sides.
Mayawati had said the bench should direct the CBI to consider the aspect of order passed by the Income Tax Tribunal holding that her income was genuine. The order had also been upheld by the Delhi High Court, she had said.
The CBI had alleged there was "ample evidence" to show that she had amassed wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income.
Mayawati had claimed she had received the money as donations from party workers.
Questioning Mayawati's assets, the CBI had alleged her declared assets of Rs1 crore in 2003 had gone up to Rs50 crore in 2007.
The CBI, in its last affidavit filed on 13 September 2011, had alleged there was a "criminal nexus" between Mayawati and her relatives and the disproportionate assets case against her could not be closed on the basis of conclusions arrived at by the Income Tax Department.
The agency had rejected Mayawati's stand that the DA case should come to an end after the income tax authorities had accepted her income tax assessments.
Soon after the court's order, a close aide of Mayawati and senior advocate SC Mishra said that the verdict was a fitting reply to those who had raised questions on the integrity of the BSP supremo over the years.
"The judgement of the apex court is a reply to all the defamatory remarks and comments alleging corruption and amassing of disproportionate assets by Mayawati, made by people at public meetings and through the media over the years," he said told reporters outside the court.
"We got justice after nine years," he said.
Mishra alleged that the case against Mayawati was filed by the CBI "malafidely" and under "political pressure" and that was why the agency did not withdraw the proceedings against her despite she being given a clean chit by the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal and the Delhi High Court.
"The CBI started all the proceedings malafidely under political/governmental pressure, that why it did not withdraw the cases against Mayawati despite a clean chit to her by the Income tax Tribunal and the Delhi High Court," he said.
Party members are scared that if they say something against the leader or the decision taken by the chief, they would not get the election ticket next time, said former railway minister Dinesh Trivedi
Washington: Removed unceremoniously as India's Union railway minister at the behest of Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, party MP Dinesh Trivedi Thursday said that most of the political parties in India, particularly the regional ones, have become 'feudal' where decisions are taken at the whims and fancies of their leaders, reports PTI.
"Sycophancy or 'chamchagiri' is not serving any leader," Mr Trivedi, who is here as part of a Parliamentary delegation, told PTI.
"... slowly, slowly for the last few years a very dangerous trend has come in where most of the political parties have become feudal. There are no internal democracies at all, issues are not debated, issues are not discussed.
"Whatever the head of the party? I am not talking about one political party, I am speaking in general that it is carried on, there is never a debate about it," he said.
In such a situation, he argued party members are scared that if they say something against the leader or the decision taken by the chief, they would not get the election ticket next time.
"At the end of the day for me, country comes first, then comes the family and then comes the party," he said, making it clear that he was speaking in his personal capacity and not as a spokesperson of Trinamool Congress.