NGOs, trusts asked to remove ‘human rights’ or ‘corruption’ from their registered name: Report
Maharashtra State Charity Commissioner Shivkumar Dige has issued an order directing around 400 non-government organisations (NGOs) and trusts registered in the state to remove the words 'corruption' and 'human rights' from their names or risk suspension under the Maharashtra Public Trusts Act 1950, says a report from Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP).
 
Earlier the Office of Charity Commissioner in Pune had taken similar action against 16 NGOs with the word 'corruption' in their names, including Anna Hazare’s Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan, which has been suspended. The NGO’s case to regain its registration is pending in Court.
 
According to press reports, the State Charity Commissioner is of the view that the government has the machinery to prevent corruption and protect human rights. “There were complaints that a few organisations were misusing these words and cheating people," Mr Dige is reported to have told the press. 
 
He also told the press: “Eradicating corruption is the government’s duty and the government authorities have those rights. However, a few organisations are misusing the word ‘corruption’ and targeting an individual or some officials. But, they do not have the right to do this. This is misleading for the common people. Also, according to a High Court judgment, the eradication of corruption cannot be the social objective of an organisation”.
 
Objecting to the use of the word “human rights” by organisations, Mr Dige reportedly said the state Human Rights Commission can take care of issues of violation. “Many organisations use the words ‘human rights’ in their names. But, the state Human Rights Commission has written to us to take action against these organisations. Only government authorities can deal with human rights violations, and not private institutions. Therefore, I have issued the order to remove the words from these organizations’ names,” Mr Dige told the press.
 
According to press reports, the charity commissioner’s office will issue notices to organisations to remove the words from their names. “If they do not follow the order, we will have to suspend the trustees of the organisation,” the Charity Commissioner has said.
 
Article 19(1) (c) of the Constitution of India guarantees to all its citizens the right “to form associations, or unions or Co- Operative Societies.” Under clause (4) of the Article 19, however, the State may by law impose reasonable restrictions on this right in the interest of public order or morality or the sovereignty and integrity of India, says the report from CAP, a non-profit company offering compliance related advisory to non-profits and corporate social initiatives.
 
The right to form association includes the right to form companies, societies, trusts, partnerships, trade union and political parties. The right guaranteed is not merely the right to form association but also to continue with the association as such. The freedom to form association implies also the freedom to form or not to form, to join or not to join, an association or union.
 
According to CAP, several NGOs have objected to the State’s move, arguing that the Charity Commissioner’s office should have raised objections while registering their organisations. All India Anti-Corruption Committee, which has two million members and has been working against corruption for 20 years has said that it will challenge the order in Court, the report says.
 
Earlier in 2016, when Mr Dige was Joint Charity Commissioner at Pune, he had suspended trustees and social activist Hazare from the name of their NGO, 'Bhrashtachar Virodhi Jan Andolan' for not dropping 'anti-corruption' from the NGO's name. In his order, Mr Dige, had said, “As my order was not complied with, the trustees are being suspended till final orders in the case. The inspector at the trust registration office in Ahmednagar is being appointed as its administrator.”   
 
The issue then turned into a major face-off after Mr Hazare announced his refusal to change name of his NGO. He had said the government should focus on removing corruption instead of harassing NGOs.
 
Mr Hazare even approached the Bombay High Court against the order issued by the Office of Charity Commissioner. The case is pending before the HC.  
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Coastal road to be constructed in Navi Mumbai at a cost of Rs711 crore
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO of Maharashtra has planned a six lane coastal road at a cost of Rs711 crore connecting Belpada (Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust -JNPT) and Amra Marg at Panvel, which will also provide easy access to the proposed international airport in Navi Mumbai.
 
It will start from Belpada passing over the foot hill of Jasai, making an interchange at Shivajinagar with the proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), then running by the coast of Ulwe and providing access to the proposed off-shore banking centre of SEZ (OBC) and ultimately terminating near Panvel creek at Amra Marg. E-tenders for this mega project have been invited, on item rate tender, on the basis of  design and build’.
 
Financial bids will be opened in August 2018. The contract will cover a maintenance period of five years from the date of completion of project. The project is scheduled to be completed within 36 months or by October 2021. Initial six months period will be for statutory approvals, planning, design and proof checking and remaining 30 months will be for the execution of the project. After completion of this road, Navi Mumbai will get one more coastal road (apart from the Palm Beach road).
 
The road will serve as a second link to the JNPT as well. It will also share the traffic with the existing two routes: National Highway -4B and State Highway -54 with Amra Marg. This part of the coastal road will connect the Mumbai Trans-Harbour Link -MTHL to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, says Dr Mohan Ninave, spokesperson for CIDCO.
 
This road project will be developed in two phases: Phase-I from the junction of Amra Marg to the interchange with MTHL at Shivajinagar, including airport link road, and Phase-II from Shivajinagar to JNPT (Belpada). The total length of the coastal road is 10.106kms out of which 5.8kms will be developed in Phase-I along with airport connectivity of 1.2kms.
 
In order to take care of nodal traffic, service road has also been proposed alongside. This will ensure unobstructed traffic movements from MTHL to the airport. The airport connectivity will take off from the coastal road near Targhar railway station to the airport running above the Nerul-Uran railway line and Amra Marg.
 
The project consists of three flyovers at nodal road junctions, two reinforced cement concrete (RCC) bridges on stilt having lengths of 1.2kms and 0.6km over dense mangrove area to address environmental issues at Ulwe creek  channel, respectively and one Rail Over bridge-ROB (via duct) for the Navi Mumbai International airport connectivity over Seawood-Uran railway line and Amra Marg, with 100 years’ design life for flyovers, bridges, ROB and 20 years for the road crust.
 
The proposed coastal road will be with intelligent traffic control system along with a provision of RCC service duct all along the length of the road, at predetermined locations. The road will be a state of the art technology project.
 
This project runs along the coast and thus needs approval from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) and from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF) for CRZ clearance. The CRZ clearance has been obtained in June 2017 and now MCZMA has recommended the proposal to MOEF for its clearance.
 
CIDCO has been appointed as the nodal agency for implementing Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) by the government of Maharashtra. CIDCO has earmarked 2268 hectares of land for this project of national significance. NMIA will be the largest green field airport and along with Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), will form the first multi airport system in a metropolitan city in India with the capacity of 60 MPPA (million passengers per annum).
 
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COMMENTS

Ezeelok

7 months ago

Good Decision by Govt.
Let's hope project is completed as scheduled within Budget Provision ! Infrastructure is the key to true development of any nation.

Ezeelok

7 months ago

Good Decision by Govt.
Let's hope project is completed as scheduled within Budget Provision ! Infrastructure is the key to true of any nation.

Rains batter Mumbai for fourth day
Road and rail traffic was disrupted as heavy rains continued to batter Mumbai, its surroundings areas and large parts of Maharashtra for the fourth consecutive day on Tuesday, officials said.
 
Mumbai's lifeline, the Western Railway (WR) and Central Railway (CR) suburban trains, were running late by 15-20 minutes due to waterlogged tracks, causing major delays to the morning commuters.
 
WR services on the critical Vasai-Virar sector were cancelled. Services operated only between Churchgate and Vasai.
 
Several inbound or outbound long-distance trains were either cancelled, terminated en route or diverted on the Mumbai-Gujarat and Mumbai-New Delhi sectors.
 
WR spokesman G. Mahapurkar said food packets and water was distributed to thousands of stranded passengers at various stations on the network and efforts were on to restore services after the waters receded.
 
As a precaution, Education Minister Vinod Tawde on Tuesday advised all school and college principals to monitor the rainfall position in their areas and declare a holiday if necessary for the second consecutive day.
 
According to the IMD, Mumbai recorded 165.8 mm rains so far this morning whereas the suburbs received 184.3 mm. More rains were forecast for the next couple of days.
 
In the past 21 days, the city has received nearly 60 per cent of its average seasonal total rains, said the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
 
Areas like Dahisar, Borivali, Malad, Jogeshwari, Andheri, Santacruz, Mahim, Kurla, Parel, Dadar, Chembur, King Circle, Sion, Wadala, Masjid Bunder, Ghatkopar, Powai, Bhandup and others experienced heavy waterlogging, impeding traffic and pedestrian movement.
 
Massive traffic snarls were witnessed on the Eastern Express Highway, Western Express Highway and the Eastern Freeway.
 
Besides Mumbai, the adjoining districts of Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) like Thane, Palghar and Raigad also got heavy rains. Many villages and towns were flooded or waterlogged since Monday night.
 
After heavy rains, several big and small rivers, streams and ponds in the tourist hotspots like Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Tansa Forest Sanctuary and Yeoor Hills besides Vaitarna, Surya and Ulhas rivers overflowed.
 
Teams of NDRF, SDRF, Fire Brigades and other agencies were on high alert in Mumbai and all other districts.
 
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