Goonda Act to be invoked, saya Maya
The BSP government in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday cracked its whip on mafia-politicians of the previous Samajwadi Party regime, invoking NSA and Gangster's Act against them and said it would brook no interference.
Addressing a meeting of senior officials in Lucknow, Chief Minister Mayawati also directed them to go slow on petty crime by adopting a "reformative approach" and to concentrate on high-profile criminals and white collar crime.
"While petty criminals crowd jails, the big fish escape," Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh told reporters after the meeting.
Mayawati cautioned officials against misusing the SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) Act.
"Sometimes people register cases to take revenge by misusing the SC/ST Act," Singh quoted Mayawati as saying. She directed it must be used in only in cases of murder and rape.
She directed the officials to slap National Security Act, Goonda Act and Gangster's Act on mafia elements which manage to evade law through legal jugglary.
She said "no interference, political or otherwise" would be brooked in dealing with mafia elements and assured honest and competent officers of full government patronage.
The chief minister directed proper representation of all sections of society should be ensured while appointing SHOs at police stations.
Her directives come a day after hinting that more cases involving high-profile people would be handed over to the CBI.
The four Delhi government agencies running the liquor stores are Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, Delhi Consumer’s Cooperative Wholesale Store, and Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd.
According to the LG office, the government in 2015 rejected an excise department proposal to reduce the number of dry days from 23 to three days in a year in line with nearby states which observed only three dry days in a year.
Haryana government's efforts to rejuvenate dried-up rivers bore fruit with the rejuvenation of the Rakshi river after almost 25 years. The recuperation of the 32-km-long stretch of the river has brought a smile to thousands of farmers of 50 villages of Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Karnal districts as the flow of water will help recharge the groundwater in these villages.
While Safdarjung recorded only 2.7mm of rain through the day, moderate rainfall was recorded in south-west Delhi, with Palam receiving 33.3mm of rainfall till 5.30 pm, followed by 22.0mm at Ayanagar.
Urging the Union government to promote natural farming in the country, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday informed the NITI Aayog that the Haryana government has been taking steps to encourage farmers to switch from chemical farming to natural farming. The chief minister said that the state government is completely focused on promoting natural farming in the state and that farmers should also be encouraged for the same.