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SP should set its house in order: Congress

india Updated: Feb 05, 2007 04:13 IST
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The UP Congress on Sunday assailed the ruling Samajwadi Party for diverting people’s attention from law and order and other problems by making an announcement for organising a conference on UPA government’s “foreign policy and Iraq”.

Sharply reacting to the announcement of SP general secretary Amar Singh about the conference, UPCC spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said the SP, which is a regional party, should organise experts’ seminar on improving law and order and communal harmony. He said the SP also owed an explanation to the people about intense infighting among the party leaders.

Singh said while communal flare-up in Gorakhpur region had taken a serious dimension, law and order had completely crumbled in the state. Singh said the SP should think about its future and not bother about the foreign policy, which was safe in the hands of Congress-led UPA government. Singh said, “Nithari serial killings has brought shame for the country”.

He said nearly one dozen ministers were daggers drawn against each other but Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav had been keeping quite over the issue. He said fracas between Labour Minister Dr Waqar Ahmad Shah and SP general secretary Beni Prasad Verma had taken a curious turn.

Singh said the SP leadership should pay attention to the party’s internal problems and the government should explain the activities of the ministers. Singh said both the SP and the BJP had been trying to instigate people in Gorakhpur for political gains. He called upon people to be vigilant about machination of the two parties, which were hand in gloves.

UP prosecutors put at par with CBI ones

The Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to give same pay-scale to the prosecutors of the State cadre as given to the prosecutors of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Now, the prosecuting officers will get pay scale of Rs 8000-13,500. Earlier, their scale was 7,450-11,500. The SPO Grade II will now get the pay scale of 10,000-15,200. Besides, SPOs grade one and deputy director prosecution will now get the pay scale of 12,000-16,500.

In addition to it, the deputy director (Prosecution) has been re-named as joint director prosecution. Besides, the joint director (Law) has been renamed as additional director (Law) and joint director prosecution has been renamed as additional director prosecution and their pay scale too have been revised.

According to Rajendra Yadav, president of UP Prosecution Officers Sangh, the revision was done in pursuance of an order issued by Allahabad High Court following a writ petition and thereafter in a contempt petition. Yadav has congratulated Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Secretary NC Bajpai for fulfilling the long-pending demand.

HTC, Allahabad

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