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  • Raipur : Small-scale enterprises in the villages have commenced a new era of employment opportunities : Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel

    Chief Minister unveils development works worth Rs 460crore for Korea and Surajpur district

    Mr. Baghel announced construction of bridge over Banki River of Surajpur district

    Branches of Cooperative Bank to be opened in Odgi and Latori

    Construction of District Hospital Buildings in Korea, Development of Adventure Park in Chirmiri to be expedited

    True meaning of development is to bring happiness, peace and prosperity in the lives of people. This is the reason why State Government has started small enterprises and self-employment endeavours in rural areas through Suraji Gaon Yojana, Narva, Garuva, Ghurva, Bari program, Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana, Godhan Nyay Yojana, collection and processing of forest produce. Implementation of these schemes has created a new era of self-reliance in the entire state, said Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel.
    Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel was addressing the virtual program organized at his Raipur residence office today for inauguration and Bhoomi Pujan of development works worth Rs 460 crore 14 lakh for Surajpur and Koriya districts. On this occasion, Chief Minister inaugurated and performed Bhoomi Pujan of 368 construction works for Korea and Surajpur district, including inauguration of 187 works worth Rs 184 crore 28 lakh 75 thousand and  bhumipujan 180 works worth Rs 275 crore 85 lakh 39 thousand. . During the program, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel interacted with students of Swami Atmanand English Medium School, beneficiaries of Godhan Nyay Yojana, Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana and the members of the Women Self Help Groups, beneficiaries of various schemes and extended best wishes to the people of both the districts.
    In response to  School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam's request, Chief Minister Mr.  Bhupesh Baghel announced that branches of Cooperative Bank will be opened at Odgi and Latori area in Surajpur district, and on the demand of Parliamentary Secretary Parasnath Rajwade, Chief Minister announced construction of a bridge across Banki river on Sarhari-Singhra-Charampur road. On the request of Parliamentary Secretary Smt. Ambika Singhdeo and MLA Dr. Vinay Jaiswal, Chief Minister directed the Collector to start the construction work of District Hospital Building in Koriya and Adventure Park in Chirmiri at the earliest. Chief Minister appreciated the natural beauty of the developed tourist place in Telaikachar-Kenapara in Surajpur district and also directed the Collector to construct a hut and rest house there for the convenience of the tourists.
    Vidhan Sabha Speaker Mr. Charandas Mahant, who participated virtually in the program, said that Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel has given a new impetus to the rural economy through the schemes and programs of his government. He drew attention towards the budget provision made by the state government for upgradation of Anuppur-Ambikapur railway line and development of Elephant Sanctuary. Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shivkumar Dahariya, Higher Education Minister Mr. Umesh Patel, Parliamentary Secretaries Mrs. Ambika Singhdeo and Mr. Parasnath Rajwade, MLAs Dr. Vinay Jaiswal and Mr. Gulab Kamro also addressed the program. They said that Chhattisgarh is progressing rapidly under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. During COVID crisis, when the entire country is going through an economic crisis, Chief Minister in Chhattisgarh is giving away hundreds of crores of rupees every day for the development of the state.
    On this occasion, Home Minister Mr. Tamradhwaj Sahu, Agriculture Minister Mr. Ravindra Choubey, Urban Administration Minister Dr. Shiv Kumar Dahariya, Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Parliamentary Secretary Mr. Parasnath Rajwade, Vice President and MLA of Sarguja Development Authority, Mr. Gulab Kamro, MLA Dr. Vinay Jaiswal, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Subrat Sahu were also present. Assembly Speaker Dr Charandas Mahant, Korba MP Smt. Jyotsna Mahant, Higher Education Minister Mr. Umesh Patel, Parliamentary Secretary Smt. Ambika Singhdeo, MLAs and other public representatives participated in the program virtually.


  • Ram temple trust slams allegations of fraud

    Ram temple trust slams allegations of fraud

    The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has strongly denied allegations of corruption levelled by opposition parties, in land purchase.

    In a statement issued around midnight on Sunday, the Trust said, the current sellers had a registered agreement years ago at a price, and after the ‘bainama’ (sale deed) on March 18, they sold it to the Trust.

    The statement, signed by Trust secretary Champat Rai, said, “After the Supreme Court order, a lot of people started coming to Ayodhya to purchase land, and as the UP government is also purchasing a lot of land for development works, the land price increased suddenly. The land on which discussion has started is very close to the railway station and therefore, is at a very important location. All the land purchased by the Trust is purchased at a price much lower than the market price.”

    AAP MP Sanjay Singh had claimed earlier on Sunday that the stamp papers for the first purchase were bought at 5.11 p.m., and for the second at 5.22 p.m. and, in between, the price of the land had increased manifold.
    He demanded a probe by the CBI or ED as it concerns religious beliefs of crores of people.

    At another press conference in Ayodhya, Samajwadi Party leader and former MLA, Pawan Pandey, also raised similar questions, “A piece of land was bought for Rs 2 crore in which trustees were witnesses. Did the land start giving out gold that it was bought for Rs 18.5 crore, barely a few minutes later.”
    Trustee Anil Mishra is the witness along with Mayor Rishikesh Upadhyay, in the deal.

    The Trust statement, however, said the propaganda by political people on the issue was misleading.

    “The concerned person is political and the matter is politically motivated,” it said.

    The statement also claimed that all the sale and purchase is done by proper communication and agreement, and signatures are taken on agreement papers.

    “All the court fees and stamp paper purchase are done online and the amount is transferred into the bank account of the seller through online transaction,” it said.

    While Sultan Ansari – one of the two property dealers who sold the piece of land to the Trust – did not respond to calls, Ravi Mohan Tiwari said the agreement for the said land was made with the Pathaks several years ago for Rs 2 crore, but its value increased significantly after the Supreme Court decision.

    “While I purchased it for Rs 2 crore as per my agreement, the actual price must be more than Rs 20 crore now. But I sold it for just Rs 18.5 crore because it is for a project concerned with our faith,” said Tiwari.

    According to the documents provided by AAP and Samajwadi Party leaders, the land over which the alleged fraudulent deal happened is a residential plot of 12,080 square metres. The papers state the property is located in Bagbijaisi village, Haveli Awadh, under Sadar tehsil in Ayodhya.

    Meanwhile, elaborating on the meeting of the Trust on Sunday, Champat Rai said, “Till March 31, we have deposited over Rs 3,200 crore in the banks. Over 4 crore people contributed Rs 10 each, and a little less than 4 crore people contributed Rs 100 each. Others contributed Rs 1,000 or more. Rs 80 crore was collected by direct bank transfer. Another Rs 60 lakh was collected by those coming to the Ram Janmabhoomi when there was no lockdown.”

    The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra is a Trust that was set up by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in February 2020 to oversee and manage the construction of the temple based on a Supreme Court verdict.

    It was awarded around 70 acres of land in the ruling and 12 of its 15 members are nominated by the Centre.


  • Indonesia Covid spike due to Delta variant

    The recent spike Covid-19 cases in Indonesia’s Kudus district of Central Java province is due to the highly infectious Delta variant of the virus, an official said.

    Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Sunday that  86.11 per cent or 62 out of a total of the 72 cases in Kudus emanated from the Delta variant, reports Xinhua news agency.

    “The spread of this virus variant is very fast. Three weeks ago Covid-19 in Kudus affected only three sub-districts but today they are happening in 11 sub-districts,” Pranowo said.

    “Kudus experienced a significant increase in positive cases in a week, jumping more than 30 times from 26 to 929 cases,” Wiku Adisasmito, the national Covid-19 task force spokesperson, said.

    Kudus has so far recorded 10,525 confirmed cases, with 7,322 recoveries and 861 deaths.

    Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the Delta variant in Kudus came from Indonesian migrant workers who returned from India.

    “We have been taking good care of airports and seaports in Indonesia,” said the Minister.