‘Congress misleading people, NRC limited to Assam’: Ramdas Athawale
Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, on Sunday hit out at the Congress, accusing the party of misleading people over the amended Citizenship Act. He also clarified that Indian Muslims need not worry as “they are totally safe”.
At a rally organised by the Republican Party of India (RPI) in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), Athawale also said that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be “limited to Assam only”.
“The Congress and many other Opposition parties are misleading the Muslims, tribals and many other communities by claiming that in the absence of proper documents they may lose their citizenship,” said Athawale at the rally in Dr BR Ambedkar Garden, Bandra. “The National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be limited to Assam only. There is no need to worry about NRC in rest of the states.” He also said he wants to create awareness about NRC and CAA to clear doubts in the minds of people, especially Muslims.
Slamming the ruling Shiv Sena, Athawale said, “Since the time of Balasaheb Thackeray, Shiv Sena had been campaigning aggressively to stop infiltration of Bangladeshis, but now suddenly they are against what they had said earlier. Why has the Sena taken a U-turn? This is because they want to retain the chair.”
He also assured CAA is aimed at giving citizenship and not “snatching it away.”
Deputy commissioner Surabhi Malik on Friday inaugurated an assistant beauty therapist course for inmates of Ludhiana women jail. The course has been started under Punjab Skill Development Mission by district administration. Malik also distributed books and induction kit to jail inmates undergoing the course. Malik encouraged the jail inmates to learn the skills wholeheartedly, so that they return as self-reliant citizens after completing their jail term.
Patna: Teams of Bihar Police's special vigilance unit on Friday carried out raids at the office and residences of a rural works department official in connection with a disproportionate assets (DA) case worth ₹1.20 crore, vigilance officials said. According to officials, the RWD officer, identified as Shailendra Kumar Bharti, currently posted as deputy secretary, had served in several positions earlier and was also posted as the personal secretary of two ministers.
Embassy of Israel, agriculture attache, Yair Eshel, visited the apiculture (beekeeping) unit of the department of entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, and interacted with apiculture scientists, postgraduate students in apiculture. During the meeting with the apiculture scientists of PAU, collaboration for research and technological exchange was explored between PAU and Israel, particularly for the production and post-harvest handling of bee products, bee breeding, bee pollination, and for innovative bee husbandry and data recording technologies.
The water level at Appasaheb Vedak (Dehrang) dam, which is the main source of supply to Panvel city, has gone down to the point where sludge is visible. This has led to a water shortage in Panvel city and forced the Panvel City Municipal Corporation to announce water cuts on alternate days. Panvel city requires 28 million litres of water supply daily.
Lok Insaaf Party councillor (ward number 38) Kuldeep Bitta and owners of an alleged illegal commercial building on Friday sat before a JCB (earth-mover) in a bid to stop the municipal corporation from taking action against the building being constructed in the Model Town area (near post office). The police deployed with the MC team had to intervene to control the situation. The owner had covered the house line area illegally.