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Maharashtra: On Diwali-eve, 800 youth get job letters; MVA slams BJP govt



 Three union ministers — Piyush Goyal, Narayan Rane and Ramdas Athawale presented appointment letters to various Central government jobs at separate functions held in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur respectively, on Saturday.

The functions came shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi kick-started the recruitment drive for 10 lakh people in the next one year with the induction of 75,000 youth on the eve of Diwali.

The jobs are being given directly by 38 separate Central ministries/departments, or vide UPSC, Railway Recruitment Board and State Service Commissioners, with a simplified tech-enabled, speedy recruitment process.

Goyal, Rane and Athawale handed over the recruitment letters to hundreds of selected candidates in the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Indian Posts, Indian Railways, Armed Forces Medical College, CISF, RCF, MDL, ITD, CBIC, ESIC, several public sector, regional and rural banks, IIT-Bombay, BSF and other organisations.

The three Central ministers urged the new recruits to work with dedication in their new assignments to ensure fulfilling the PM’s dream of a developed India in the next 25 years.

The Opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi allies Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Shiv Sena (UBT) slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government’s decision to “wake up after eight-and-half years” with an eye on the ensuing states elections and the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Congress Chief Spokesperson Atul Londhe said that the government is making big hue and cry over the ‘job jamborees’ held on Saturday when the fact is that the recruitment examinations and process for most of these posts were completed over two years ago but the candidates were not hired for making political gains later.

NCP’s Chief Spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said that compared with the 2-crore jobs promised by Modi when he took power, what is actually being offered after over 8 years is a pittance, that too with political motives.

Terming it as “another big hoax and hogwash”, SS (UBT)’s Spokesperson Kishore Tiwari said for giving just 75K appointment letters, Modi has taken eight-and-half years, that too before the elections in Gujarat, Haryana and other states.

“Where are vacancies in the State and Central government with automations or outsourcing or selling off valuable public sector assets? The PM’s assurance of 2 crore jobs every year for his tenure of 10 years comes to 20 crore jobs. It will take a century to fulfil his promise at the current speed. The government is fooling the masses before the state and Lok Sabha polls,” Tiwari added.

Londhe said that over 22-crore youth have registered for employment on the government’s Shram portal of which only 700,000 have got jobs, while the CMIE has said more than 45 crore people have given up hopes for any job opportunities.

The Congress leader also targeted Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ statement promising to create 72,000 jobs in the state, and said the (state) government is not capable of even giving 72 jobs.

Today’s ‘Rozgar Mela’ saw the participation of union and state ministers, elected leaders and other officials in different parts of India.


Western Railway extends trips of 2 pairs of special trains




For the convenience of passengers and with a view to meet the travel demand, the Western Railway has extended the trips of 2 pairs of special trains.

According to a press release issued by Sumit Thakur, Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, the train services which are extended are as follows.

Train No. 09435 Ahmedabad – Okha Weekly Superfast Special has been extended upto 25th March, 2023.

Train No. 09436 Okha – Ahmedabad Weekly Superfast Special has been extended upto 26th March, 2023.

Train No. 09007 Valsad – Bhiwani Weekly Special which was earlier notified up to 23rd February, 2023 has been extended from 02nd March to 30th March, 2023.

Train No. 09008 Bhiwani – Valsad Weekly Special which was earlier notified up to 24th February, 2023 has been extended from 03rd March to 31st March, 2023.

The booking of extended trips of train Nos. 09435, 09436 & 09007 will open from 30th January, 2023 at PRS counters and on the IRCTC website, the WR said.

For detailed information regarding timings of halts and composition, passengers may please visit, the WR said.

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BJP may lose K’taka in next Assembly polls: Sharad Pawar




Karnataka is slipping out of the ruling BJP’s control and may see a change of power after the next Assembly elections, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) President Sharad Pawar said here on Saturday.

“There are clear indications that the BJP will not retain power in Karnataka after the upcoming state electionsa We are making attempts to unite the Opposition parties and forge a united front, but all states have different local issues which need to be tackled,” said Pawar.

Addressing mediapersons in this erstwhile royalty town, Pawar said that the results of a recent public opinion survey have revealed that the mood of the masses is going against the BJP and it could suffer major setbacks in the next elections.

“The people will no longer vote on religious issues. The masses are being divided on religious lines, which will not work anymore.”

Commenting on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra (BJY), Pawar pointed out that it has secured the support of the ordinary citizens, as can be seen from the response he is getting.

Besides, the misleading image of the Congress leader (Rahul) that was sought to be created has been shattered through the nationwide march, he said.

Slamming the Centre’s decision to ban the BBC documentary, the NCP supremo and the leading light behind the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) termed it as an “assault” on democracy.

Referring to the comments of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) President Prakash Ambedkar that the Centre is not misusing federal probe agencies like ED, CBI, Pawar countered that the government is targeting Opposition leaders and peoples’ rights are being crushed.

Reacting to the VBA, which recently allied with the Shiv Sena (UBT), having any talks on joining the MVA, Pawar shot back, saying that as “there’s no proposal, where’s the question of holding any discussions”, and reiterated that the MVA will contest the upcoming elections unitedly.

Pawar added that with Parliament session starting in New Delhi next week, the efforts to forge a national united Opposition front will resume with all the leaders.

“I am personally in touch with many Opposition leadersa There are some ticklish aspects issues as the different parties are on opposing sides in some states owing to their local or regional issues. We have to sort them out first.”

He made it clear that the MVA is fighting the upcoming MLC biennial elections and the MLA bypolls unitedly in the state and will continue in the same spirit in future.

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Mumbai: Estimated hike in electricity rates Proposal to increase electricity rates around 40% (MSEDCL)




The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has proposed a 30%-40% tariff hike for residential and commercial consumers,

This means that consumers in the city are likely to pay more for electricity in the coming financial year.

A petition filed by MSEDCL before Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to propose the hike for customers across the state from April 1 was made public recently.

Electricity consumers to pay more

At present, MSEDCL’s residential consumers currently pay a fixed cost of ₹105 per month, which is proposed to be hiked by ₹13.

The company has also suggested increasing the wheeling charge (the fees paid to transport electricity from a power plant to end customers) for residential consumers from ₹1.25 per unit to ₹1.43 per unit.

President of the state electricity consumers’ organisation Pratap Hogade said the main reason behind the tariff hike is the increase in thermal power costs.

The MERC has invited objections and suggestions to through a public notice.

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