Bhind Collector, SP and SDOP Ater removed by Election Commision ahead of Ater Assembly by-election in Madhya Pradesh

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Bhopal: In a significant development, a day after the news was widely flashed putting a question mark on the credibility of the Electronic voting machines forcing the Election Commission of India to depute two teams of officers of the Commission along with technical experts to ensure the correct functioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPATs) being deployed by bye-polls in the two Assembly constituencies -Ater and Bandhavgarh (ST) – the Election Commission on Sunday issued orders to remov the Collector, and Superintendent of Police of Bhind district and the Ater SDO of Police (SDOP).

Ilayaraja T has been removed as Collector Bhind. He has been replaced by Kiran Gopal, IAS. Sushant Kumar Saxena, IPS, goes as Bhind SP in place of Anil Singh Kushwah, IPS, and Manjit Singh, City SP Jabalpur, has been posted as SDOP Ater.

The Election Commission has also sought information from the State Government about six revenue officers and seven police officers and asked for how long they have been remained posted in Bhind district. These officers are Sahir Khan, Tehsildar Ater, Jahir Singh, Nayab Tehsildar Surpura, Vinod Tomar, Nayab Tehsildar Pipri, Balbir Singh Bhadoria, Nayan Tehsildar Phoop, Rajendra Singh Bhadoria, Patwari Village Didi, and Rajendra Verma Additional SP Bhind, Virendra Singh Tomar CSP Bhind, Shailendra Singh KushwahTI City Kotwali, Narendra Singh Verma, TI Ater, Surendra Singh Sikarwar, TI Umri, Vijay Singh Tomar, TI Phoop, Manish Jadon, SO Bahori and Sonilal Mathur, SO Phoop.

The Election Commission has asked the State Government to give a panel of names by 11 am tomorrow for filling the posts of 3 SOs at Pavai, Surpura and Ater.

Election Commission takes steps to ensure free and fair elections in Madhya Pradesh

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New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has responded to media reports and demand raised by a Congress party delegation on Saturday in connection with bye-election from Ater and Bandhavgarh (ST) Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh and in order to ensure the correct functioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPATs) being deployed in the two Assembly constituencies, the Commission has decided to depute two teams of officers of the Commission along with technical experts.

The Congress delegation that met the Commission demanded the Commission to ensure free and fair election and absolute neutrality of officers.

The Election Commission, in a statement has said that the integrity of the EVMs and the VVPATs to be used in the polls will be
demonstrated to the complete satisfaction of all stakeholders by the team. These teams will remain in the Assembly Constituency till the counting is over.

It has been decided to depute a team of high revel officers led by Bhanwar Lal, CEO Andhra pradesh (chief secretary level officer) to supervise the bye-elections in MP. The team will also include R. K. Srivastava, Senior Principal Secretary and Varinder Kumar, Principal Secretary. These teams of senior officers will supervise the implementation of all administrative and security instructions of the ECI for the conduct of elections.

The Commission has said that it is committed to conduct entire erectoral process transparently, fairly and to the complete satisfaction of stakeholders including the esteemed voters. ECI will always hear and redress genuine and credible suggestions from stakeholders to further strengthen the electoral system.

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Japan explores investment possibilities in Punjab

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Chandigarh: Japan has conveyed that it is interested in partnering with Punjab across key segments of growth and development.

During a meeting between a high-level delegation of the Japanese envoy and Mitsubishi Managing Director and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here last week Japan showed keen interest investment and collaboration.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh

The meeting between Captain Amarinder and Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan, along with Kazunori Konishi, Managing Director Mitsubishi Heavy Industries India Private Limited, was described by both sides as preliminary but paved the way for more intensive discussions going forward.

Discussions at the meeting, which came within days of the Captain Amarinder government taking over the state’s reins, covered a wide range of subjects, which the two sides agreed to deliberate further to work out a collaborative mechanism.

An official spokesperson said after the meeting that Mitsubishi made a presentation to the Chief Minister listing several important areas for possible investment. These included Power, Smart Cities, (Automated Guideway Transit), Industrial Parks and Captive Power Plants, besides strengthening of some existing projects.

The Chief Minister showed interest in the AGT – a public transportation system based on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) – as a cheaper alternative to Metro Rail to offer an affordable and easy commuting option to people in the congested cities of Punjab, such as Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

Captain Amarinder also discussed development of roads and highways as a key step towards improvement of Punjab’s infrastructure. The Chief Minister also showed interest in Japanese investment in the development of economic corridors in the state.

Another important area that came up for discussion during the meeting was improvement in agriculture and horticulture, with the Chief Minister noting that despite small land holdings, Japanese farmers were able to deliver high yields. Punjab’s farmers could learn from the Japanese and use new methods to adopt a similar approach, he said, adding that the paddy and wheat cycle was no longer viable for the farming community and needed to be replaced with something more lucrative, such as horticulture.

The two sides decided to explore possible cooperation in agriculture and the Chief Minister invited Japanese experts to visit the state, particularly the Punjab Agriculture University, to examine the feasibility of agricultural cooperation. An exchange programme for agricultural scientists could be worked out, he added.

Recalling the cold chain capabilities development programme initiated by his government during his previous chief ministerial tenure, Captain Amarinder suggested reviving the cold chain to drive agricultural exports from Punjab to Japan and other countries.

The grave problem of stubble burning in Punjab was also discussed, with the Japanese team offering solutions, based on their own experience of destroying stubble in a safe and eco-friendly way, to the state government. The Chief Minister was interested in the technology, which allows decomposition of stubble into fertilizer.

Mitsubishi also offered its unique technology for production of power from garbage, which the Chief Minister said could be explored as a viable option for the elimination of garbage, especially in urban areas.

Captain Amarinder said he was committed to the modernization of Punjab, in which Japan could join in as an important partner.

New Delhi, March 30

Japan has conveyed that it is interested in partnering with Punjab across key segments of growth and development.

During a meeting between a high-level delegation of the Japanese envoy and Mitsubishi Managing Director and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here last week Japan showed keen interest investment and collaboration.

The meeting between Captain Amarinder and Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan, along with Kazunori Konishi, Managing Director Mitsubishi Heavy Industries India Private Limited, was described by both sides as preliminary but paved the way for more intensive discussions going forward.

Discussions at the meeting, which came within days of the Captain Amarinder government taking over the state’s reins, covered a wide range of subjects, which the two sides agreed to deliberate further to work out a collaborative mechanism.

An official spokesperson said after the meeting that Mitsubishi made a presentation to the Chief Minister listing several important areas for possible investment. These included Power, Smart Cities, (Automated Guideway Transit), Industrial Parks and Captive Power Plants, besides strengthening of some existing projects.

The Chief Minister showed interest in the AGT – a public transportation system based on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) – as a cheaper alternative to Metro Rail to offer an affordable and easy commuting option to people in the congested cities of Punjab, such as Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar.

Captain Amarinder also discussed development of roads and highways as a key step towards improvement of Punjab’s infrastructure. The Chief Minister also showed interest in Japanese investment in the development of economic corridors in the state.

Another important area that came up for discussion during the meeting was improvement in agriculture and horticulture, with the Chief Minister noting that despite small land holdings, Japanese farmers were able to deliver high yields. Punjab’s farmers could learn from the Japanese and use new methods to adopt a similar approach, he said, adding that the paddy and wheat cycle was no longer viable for the farming community and needed to be replaced with something more lucrative, such as horticulture.

The two sides decided to explore possible cooperation in agriculture and the Chief Minister invited Japanese experts to visit the state, particularly the Punjab Agriculture University, to examine the feasibility of agricultural cooperation. An exchange programme for agricultural scientists could be worked out, he added.

Recalling the cold chain capabilities development programme initiated by his government during his previous chief ministerial tenure, Captain Amarinder suggested reviving the cold chain to drive agricultural exports from Punjab to Japan and other countries.

The grave problem of stubble burning in Punjab was also discussed, with the Japanese team offering solutions, based on their own experience of destroying stubble in a safe and eco-friendly way, to the state government. The Chief Minister was interested in the technology, which allows decomposition of stubble into fertilizer.

Mitsubishi also offered its unique technology for production of power from garbage, which the Chief Minister said could be explored as a viable option for the elimination of garbage, especially in urban areas.

Captain Amarinder said he was committed to the modernization of Punjab, in which Japan could join in as an important partner.