CM Bommai: won't tolerate lapses in implementation of SC/ST development plan
The SC, ST Development Council meeting chaired by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai approved the SCSP/ TSP action plan for the year 2022-23 on Friday, after which the CM instructed officials to spend Scheduled Castes Sub Plan grants only for those targeted communities.
He also asked the officials to ensure that an amount of ₹1,600 crore deposit in bank accounts of various boards and corporations under the Social Welfare department is spent within the next three months for Scheduled Castes Sub Plan (SCSP) and STP schemes, excluding the Ganga Kalyana scheme., else it would be reallocated to various programmes announced this year.
Bommai also instructed the officials of the State Development Council to spend the grants made for the welfare of SC/ST communities only for these sections on Friday.
"State government's ambitious programmes should be implemented before August," Bommai said in the meeting.
Bommai further said that stringent measures should be taken to start the implementation of SCSP and TSP programmes in Education, Health, Nutrition and Women's Welfare before August 15.
Data released by the National Family Health Survey-5 said that 35 per cent of children under the age of five in Karnataka are stunted. Karnataka Congress President DK Shivakumar raised concerns over the issue and remarked, "It is disheartening to note that 35 per cent of our children under the age of five are stunted."
Emphasising how with proper planning and a targeted approach, the state can do much better in terms of catering to the nutritional needs of the children, the Congress leader said, "I believe Karnataka has the resources to make sure the development of every child is healthy."
He further stated that the children of Karnataka deserve better, highlighting how poor nutrition levels among them are affecting their growth and future prospects.
Bommai on Friday said, "The funds allocated for the welfare of these communities should be spent only for these communities and should not be diverted," and sent a clear message to the officials that he would not tolerate any lapses in the implementation of these schemes.
The DIKSHA (Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing) portal/app is still not being used by all the teachers/children/parents of government and private schools in Uttar Pradesh. This came to light in a review done by the state's basic education department. Teachers and headmasters are to be tasked with creating awareness volunteers at the village level for the purpose. Director general school education, Vijay Kiran Anand said those children or parents, not connected yet to the updated Diksha App, should download it.
An increase in sale of residential units and a conscious decision by developers to regulate new projects has led to a 16% decline in unsold housing stock between July 2021 and July 2022 in the National Capital Region, a report by a private consultancy, Anarock, has said.
Mumbai: In order to de-clog the streets and ensure free flow of traffic, as many as 14,461 abandoned vehicles (khataraas) were removed from the city roads in the past four months by the Mumbai traffic police. The 14,461 vehicles, which include two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws and four-wheelers, were removed from March 6 to July 2.
Between July 1 and July 6 this year, the city received 634.3mm of rain. Firstly, it is more than twice the normal rainfall amount for those six days, which stands at 203.6mm, per India Meteorological Department data. That's 212% more rain received by Mumbai this week than it normally should. Secondly, 634.3mm of rain is a large chunk of the total seasonal rainfall received by the city this monsoon.
A team from the chief minister's flying squad, the Food and Drugs Administration and the health department jointly raided a chemist shop in Sohna on Tuesday and arrested the shop owner for allegedly selling medical kits for abortion illegally. Officials said the shop owner, identified as Nafiz (known by Nafiz's first name), was also found supplying the kits to quacks in the area. Police said Nafiz was caught with five medical termination of pregnancy kits.