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Implementation of Nitish Kumar’s dream project under question mark

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While Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was busy in taking a high-level meeting at the secretariat in Patna, one of his dream projects — water connectivity to every house called “Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal” Program — appeared not properly being implemented on ground at several places in the state.

A newly constructed overhead water tank built under “Saat Nishchay” scheme was collapsed within five minutes as a submersible pump was started to fill water in it in Beldhar Bigha village of Gaya district.

The incident has created chaos in the area. Fortunately, no one came under the debris of the tank. The villagers alleged that the contractor had used low-quality material in the construction of this tank.

This was not the first case, similar incidents have also been reported in Khagaria, Nalanda and Nawada districts as well.

This scheme is having a scope of scam and it is appearing from time to time in Bihar. Darbhanga police have also arrested a Ward Secretary and Ward Member in connection of alleged embezzlement of the government funds.

Darbhanga police have arrested Ward Secretary Vijay Yadav of Benipur Block for embezzling Rs 2,29,000 on Monday while Ward Member Shatrudhan Mukhiya was arrested for taking away Rs 13,48,400.

Anmol Mishra, Block Development Officer of Benipur in Darbhanga, had registered a complaint on November 26 after the detection of fraud. He said that the arrest was made after proper investigation by the police.

The Chief Minister on Monday held a high-level meeting on to analyse development projects in Bihar.

He took a review of “Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal” scheme. Besides, he also approved easy road connectivity to every village. As per the plan, he has given direction to the Road Construction Department to connect every village with important places.

An Additional Chief Secretary level officer of the Road Construction Department presented a plan to construct 120 bypass roads in important cities, sub towns and blocks across the state.

According to the plan, the total length of these roads is estimated to be 708 km. These will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 4,154 crore in 48 months. 31 bypasses will be constructed alongside national highways and the remaining 89 are on state highways.

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Mallikarjun Kharge makes his presence felt on first day as LoP

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The newly-appointed Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, began his stint on an aggressive note on the first day of the House proceedings after recess.

On the issue of fuel price hike, the senior Congress leader gave a notice to the chair for suspension of business but it was not allowed, following which the opposition stalled the proceedings of the House.

Observers said that Kharge’s aggression is just opposite to his predecessor Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was more mild.

During the first leg of the ongoing Budget session, then LoP Azad had agreed to the discussion on the motion of thanks by the President, but it was delayed in the Lok Sabha even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi took pot shots at Rahul Gandhi for not being in sync with the strategy of the opposition in the Upper House. The Prime Minister had even praised the outgoing LoP in his farewell speech.

Congress insiders said that now the whole strategy will be monitored by Rahul Gandhi in the Upper House after the appointment of Kharge as the LoP.

However, the Congress has a parliamentary strategy committee headed by Sonia Gandhi to devise the party’s stand on crucial issues, which even met on Sunday. The treasury bench may feel the heat on key contentious issues, but the government has the numbers, so passing a bill may not be a problem.

On Monday, the House was adjourned for the day after the Opposition forced multiple adjournments in the Rajya Sabha, the first day of the second half of the Budget session, as it pressed for discussion on the fuel price hike.

The House was first adjourned till 11 a.m. and when it met again, Kharge repeated his earlier demand. Deputy Chairman Harivansh said the ruling of the Chairman could not be reconsidered. Pandemonium soon followed and the House was again adjourned till 1 p.m., then till 1.15 p.m. and after that till 1.30 pm and finally for the day.

Earlier, the Chairman of the House, M. Venkaiah Naidu, had rejected Kharge’s notice for suspension of business under Rule 267.

Kharge said, “Petrol price has reached Rs 100 per litre in some parts of the country and the government has earned more than Rs 20 lakh crore in the last six years through taxes, and it’s utmost important to discuss the issue.”

But the Chair did not allow the notice and said that it was against the rules. The House was adjourned after the Congress MPs resorted to sloganeering.

“I don’t want to take drastic action on the first day,” Naidu said.

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Uttarakhand CM summoned to Delhi by BJP leadership

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The BJP high command on Monday called Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to New Delhi in the face of the serious discontent within a section of the state party MLAs and MPs who are bitterly opposed to his style of functioning, top party sources said here.

“The CM is going to New Delhi on Monday,” said a source close to the Chief Minister.

The high command’s decision came after it sent former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh to hold an unscheduled meeting of the core committee on Saturday in Dehradun when the Assembly session was discussing the state Budget at Garisain. This raised many eyebrows both in the Chief Minister’s camp as well as that of his opponents.

The Chief Minister along with the party MLAs was asked to fly to Dehradun by helicopter in the afternoon on Saturday soon after the Budget Session of the state Assembly was adjourned sine die in a hasty way.

State BJP President Bansidhar Bhagat when contacted had stated that the core committee meeting did not discuss anything related to the change of guard in the state.

“I have made it clear earlier also that there was no discussion on change of guard,” he said.

On March 18, Chief Minister Rawat will complete his four years in office, an event which will be celebrated in a big way in the state, Bhagat said.

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Ex-Rajasthan Governor Anshuman Singh passes away

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Former Rajasthan Governor Anshuman Singh passed away at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow on Monday at the age of 86.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed grief over his death.

The deceased leader’s mortal remains were being taken to Prayagraj for the last rites.

Anshuman Singh had been ailing for some time.

Justice (retired) Anshuman Singh took charge as the Governor of Rajasthan on January 16, 1999 and remained in office till May 2003.

Born in 1935 in Allahabad (now Prayagraj) he studied Arts and Law and became an advocate in Allahabad district court in 1957.

He was appointed judge of the Allahabad High Court in 1984 and later became acting Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court.

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