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Punjab to set up narcotic, anti-sabotage checking units

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a first-of-its-kind initiative to further strengthen the law enforcement apparatus, with dedicated narcotic and anti-sabotage checking units in all districts.

Announcing the move, aimed at further strengthening the state’s law enforcement machinery, the Chief Minister said after stabilising the law and order situation over the past four years, his government was now focusing on augmenting law enforcement further, with focus to tackle the new-age crimes like digital and cybercrimesand enhancing the safety and security of women.

Apart from 3,100 domain experts to combat specialised crimes, 10,000 police officials will be recruited, of which 33 per cent will be women, at the level of Sub-Inspectors and constables, to expand the ground force and ensure more effective policing, said the Chief Minister.

With the changing nature of crime necessitating support and interventions by domain experts for the effective prevention and detection of crime, Punjab Police would soon recruit around 3,100 specialist police officers and experts in the fields of law, forensics, digital forensics, information technology, data mining, cyber security, intelligence analysis, etc., said Amarinder Singh, who also holds the Home portfolio.

The pioneering initiative, designed to transform the police force, will make Punjab the first state in the country to induct domain experts, said the Chief Minister, as the state geared up to scale the Police Department to the next level, after successfully implementing a slew of drastic measures, in line with the government’s promise to ensure rule of law and maintain law and order in the state, and secure the well-being and safety of the common man.

Giving details of the initiatives, Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said the domain experts would include around 600 law graduates, 450 crime scene investigators and about 1,350 information technology experts.

In addition, the government will also recruit around 460 qualified and trained counsellors, clinical psychologists and community and victim support officers.

To further augment women power, 3,400 women police officials will be recruited as part of the drive to enroll 10,000 more police officials in the Punjab Police, mostly in the rank of Sub-Inspector and constables.

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Governor Jagdeep Dhankar hits back at Mamata Banerjee

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A day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked Governor Jagdeep Dhankar to limit his travel according to the recommendations of the state government, Dhankar hit back at the chief minister and the government reminding her that no one is above the constitution and a constitutional post like that of the governor cannot be under the grip of the administration.

“What did the chief minister write to me? That I shall have to follow the recommendations of the state. This will bring the post of the governor under the grip of the administration,” Dhankar said after landing in Coochbehar in a BSF helicopter on Thursday.

“The governor will only go places recommended by the state. Should the constitution of India come under the administrative decisions of a government?” the governor questioned.

The Governor’s reaction comes after Banerjee wrote to him on Wednesday asking him not to take abrupt and unilateral decisions regarding his visit to any place and to follow the recommendations made by the government.

The chief minister also wrote: “The programme for the Governor’s visits to places in the districts is finalised by the Secretary to the Governor … on recommendation.., whether it is from a private party or a Government Institution, the Secretary to the Governor consults the Government and the Commissioner of the Division and the District Officer who are in charge of the proper execution of the overall programme.”

The chief minister also asked him not to go to Coochbehar without the recommendations of the state government.

“I find from social media that you are unilaterally proceeding to the district of Coochbehar on 13-5-2021 and, sadly, I find that to be violative of the long-standing norms as evolved over several decades. I, therefore, would expect that you will kindly follow the well-established norms of protocol, as stated above, and desist from abrupt decisions with regard to field visits,” she said.

After reaching Coochbehar to take stock of situation of post-poll violence in the district, the governor said, “There was election in four states and one union territory. There was no problem anywhere. Why is there a bloodbath only in Bengal? The rights of the people who have not given their support in favour of the party have been butchered. They had to pay the price with their lives.”

The governor blamed the chief minister for all this violence in the state. “It all started after she said openly that central forces will not stay forever and I was hurt when I saw that what she had said during the election ignoring the law and the constitution and law started from May 2,” he added.

Dhankar also criticized the Calcutta High Court for giving clean chit to the state government so far as post-poll violence is concerned. “I have seen a narrative in the media where the Calcutta High Court has given clean chit to the government. I have not seen it anywhere. I have investigated it,” he said.

Trinamool Congress, however, reacted sharply alleging that the governor has ignored the constitution.

“The Governor has crossed all limits. I would ask him to read the constitution where it has been specifically mentioned that the governor should work on the recommendations and suggestions given by the state,” a senior Trinamool Congress leader said.

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Narendra Modi to release 8th instalment of Rs 19,000 cr for PM-KISAN scheme on Friday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the 8th instalment of financial benefits worth Rs 19,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on Friday to benefit more than 9.5 crore farmers.

The Prime Minister will release the instalment through video conferencing at 11 a.m.

“The instalment will enable the transfer of more than Rs 19,000 crore to more than 9.5 crore beneficiary farmer families,” said a statement issued from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The Prime Minister will also interact with farmer beneficiaries during the event. The Union Agriculture Minister will also be present on the occasion.

Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to the eligible beneficiary farmer families, payable in three equal 4-monthly instalments of Rs 2,000 each.

The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. In this scheme, Samman Rashi of over Rs 1.15 lakh crore has been transferred to farmers’ families so far.

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Yogi Adityanath becomes 1st CM to visit AMU

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday visited Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) that has seen a number of faculty members losing their lives to Covid. He is the first Uttar Pradesh chief minister to do so.

The chief minister took stock of the arrangements made to prevent corona infection and held discussions with vice chancellor Tariq Mansoor, and other officials.

Two days ago, Adityanath had spoken to the vice chancellor on phone and had expressed his concern over Covid deaths, including 16 serving and 18 retired faculty members, on the campus.

He had assured all possible assistance in terms of medicines and oxygen cylinders for Covid treatment.

According to an official release, the chief minister also inquired about activities in the university.

The Aligarh Muslim University was established in 1920 by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and became a central university in 1921.

Adityanath will travel to Agra and Mathura later in the day to review the Covid situation there. He will hold meetings with district officials and issue necessary instructions.

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