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PM launches Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan; unveils roadmap for overall development of tribals

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Mandla (Madhya Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan today, at a public meeting, in Mandla in Madhya Pradesh. He unveiled a Road Map for overall development of tribals during the next five years.

He laid the foundation stone of an LPG bottling plant of Indian Oil Corporation at Maneri in Mandla District. He also launched a Local Government Directory.

The Prime Minister felicitated the Sarpanches of villages which have achieved 100 percent smokeless kitchens, 100 percent vaccination under Mission Indradhanush, and 100 percent electrification under Saubhagya Scheme.

Addressing Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla, the Prime Minister recalled Mahatma Gandhi’s call for Gramoday to Rashtroday, and Gram Swaraj. He said he is delighted to be in Madhya Pradesh on National Panchayati Raj Day. He added that Mahatma Gandhi always highlighted the importance of villages and spoke about ‘Gram Swaraj’. He called upon everyone to reaffirm the commitment to serving our villages.

The Prime Minister said that while talking about rural development, budgets are important. But, he added, there is a shift in the discourse in the last few years. People are now talking about the need to ensure that money allocated for a project is utilised and it is done in a timely as well as transparent manner, he said.

He urged people to focus on the education of their children, and added that this is essential for the child’s future.

The Prime Minister underscored the efforts towards self-reliance in the agriculture sector. He urged the Panchayat representatives to pay attention to water conservation, and to ensure that every drop of water is conserved.

Modi spoke of the importance of Jan Dhan Yojana for financial inclusion; Van Dhan Yojana for empowering tribal communities; and Gobar-Dhan Yojana for making farmers more self reliant, besides converting waste into energy.

He said that a transformation of villages would ensure a transformation of India.

The Prime Minister also said that the recent steps taken by the Union Government will be beneficial in furthering the safety of women.

Reservation in promotion for SCs/STs: Constitution Bench will re-examine whether or not the M Nagaraj case judgement needs a relook despite a 2014 standing order

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The Supreme Court on 15 November 2017 took the decision to consider whether it’s 2006 judgment in the M Nagraj case dealing with the issue of application of the “creamy layer” for reservation to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories in promotion in government jobs needs to be revisited.

A Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and compriding justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan stated that it was not going into the correctness of the verdict. It ordered that a five-judge Constitution bench will examine the limited issue whether or not the 2006 verdict in M Nagaraj and others versus the Union of India case was required to be re-looked at.

This verdict has come after a five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court has already validated the Judgement in the M Nagaraj case.

A five Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court passed an order about four years ago reiterating that the concept of creamy layer and the compelling reasons, namely, backwardness, inadequacy of representation and overall administrative efficiency are all constitutional requirements without which the structure of equality of opportunity in Article 16 would collapse.

The above order was passed by a five Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha, and Justices Jagdish Singh Khehar (the present Chief Justice of India), J Chelameswar, AK Sikri and Rohinton Fali Nariman on July 15 2014 in the Rohtas Bhankar and others versus Government of India and others case. This order also stamped the ceiling limit of 50% for reservation.

In the July 2014 order, Supreme Court said it is important to note that the constitutional validity of Article 16(4A) had come up for consideration before the Constitution Bench in the case of M. Nagaraj case.

Significantly, while pointing out in its 2014 order that the conclusions recorded in M. Nagaraj case were relevant, the Constititution Bench of the Supreme Court did not examine the validity of individual enactments of different States, it specifically said in its order that questions will be gone into in individual writ petitions by the appropriate bench in accordance with law laid down by the Constitution Bench in the Rohtas Bhankar and others versus Government of India and others case.

When reservation in promotion cases from different States were being heard by appropriate bench, several cases were clubbed together, including those from Madhya Pradesh, Tripura and Bihar and after a long gap the matter was referred to the Chief Justice leading to the November 2017 decision that a five-judge Constitution bench will examine the limited issue whether or not the 2006 verdict in M Nagaraj and others versus the Union of India case was required to be re-looked at. 

Thousands of government employees are retiring without promotion while the case is before the Supreme Court and the hearing by the Constitution Bench in the case as decided by by the Supreme Court in November 2017 is yet to begin.

Also read: Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court has already upheld the judgement in M Nagaraj case.

Payment to tribals held up under MGNREGA in MP: Digvijay Singh

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New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi informing him that those belonging to the Scheduled tribes and poor forest dwellers in Madhya Pradesh have not received payments under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Singh has shot this letter after completing a 6-month journey on foot along the banks of the Narmada river. He has particularly brought it to the notice of the PM that Rs 450 crore meant for payment as wages and for procurement of material remain unutilized in Madhya Pradesh due to lack of necessary sanction.

Singh, accompanied by 250 of his co-travellers/pilgrims, met a large number of villagers in the Nimad, Malwa and Vindhya region of the State.

Giving a breakup, Singh has written to the PM that the amount to be paid as wages and for material is as follows: Rs. 6 crore in Manipur, Rs. 10 crore in Dindori, Rs. 6 crore in Shahdol, Umariya Rs. 7 crore, Mandla Rs. 13 crore, Seoni Rs. 12 crore, Balaghat Rs. 23 crore, khargone Rs 12 crore, Khandwa Rs. 9 crore, Dhar Rs 18 crore, Alirajpur Rs. 12 crore, Jhabua Rs. 10 crore. According to Singh this is clear violation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

President Ram Nath Kovind offers tributes to Babasaheb Ambedkar at Mhow

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President of India Ram Nath Kovind at the 127th Birth Anniversary Celebration function of Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh on April 14, 2018. To his right is Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and to his left is Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

 

Bhopal: President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, was in Madhya Pradesh today (April 14, 2018) to offer his tributes to Babasaheb Dr BR Ambedkar at his memorial in Mhow, the birth place of Dr Ambedkar.

The president attended a special function organised to mark the Ambedkar Jayanti.