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October 9, 2001 - October 9, 2001

Terracotta workshop Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Bal Bhavan Society has organised a two-day clay modelling and terracotta workshop, beginning October 13, for children between the ages 10 years and 16 years at Bal Bhavan, Karelibaug.

The workshop will be conducted between 3 pm and 5 pm. Children will be taught various techniques in clay modelling.

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Mobile hospital van Tuesday, October 9, 2001

Sardar Sarovar Punar Vasavat Agency has acquired a mobile hospital van for its medical cell. The van will offer sonography, X-ray and laboratory-testing facilities.

SSPVA deputy director (health) Dr UV Yavalkar said these facilities would now be provided to the affected people at their homes. They would no longer be required to travel long distances for treatment, he said.

The mobile hospital will cover areas such as Shinor, Parveta, Suka, Dediapada, Kosindra, Mangal Bharati, among others.

In addition to the van, about 131 dispensaries and 20 mobile dispensary units provide free medical facilities to around 200 rehabilitation sites of the Sardar Sarovar Project.

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Bureaucrats lose key postings in reshuffle Tuesday, October 9, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: In a prompt move to clean up the administration, the government -- headed by new Chief Minister Narendra Modi -- transferred senior bureaucrats, who had wielded considerable influence in the previous dispensation, to insignificant positions.

Among those affected are R K Tripathy, Sanjay Gupta, Ravi S Saxena, K N Shelat and H P Jamdar.

The move comes on Modi's first day in office and is said to be the first in a series of far-reaching changes that Modi plans to effect in the upper echelons of the administration.

Principal secretary (energy and petrochemicals) Vijay Ranchan has been shifted to the general administration department and will look after rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Modi himself told newsmen that rehabilitation of earthquake-affected persons will be his top priority. After meeting with senior officials involved in earthquake relief on Tuesday, he is expected to visit Kutch.

R K Tripathy, a man perceived to be very close to Keshubhai Patel and who was instrumental in executing a number of water supply schemes, has been made chief editor, Gujarat District Gazetteers.

Tripathy, who was secretary of Narmada, water resources and water supply department, has also been relieved of his additional charge of chairman of Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board.

It may be recalled that the water resources minister in the outgoing ministry, Narottam Patel, had time and again approached chief minister Keshubhai Patel to shift Tripathy.

Narottam, a known Kashiram Rana man, has now got a berth in the Modi ministry and may have influenced this decision.

Sanjay Gupta, the high-flying bureaucrat who served as managing director, Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited (GSPCL), has been made member-secretary of Sangeet Natya Academy.

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Involve more NGOs for development: CM Tuesday, October 9, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Monday directed the officials to adopt a new people-oriented approach and involve voluntary organisations in a big way to accelerate the pace of development in the state.

While addressing his first meeting with the secretaries and senior officials, Modi said the officials should try to minimise the role of the government and hand over the works to NGOs and lending agencies, as this would yield better results than the government.

Recalling the excellent work done by NGOs in rehabilitation and relief works in the aftermath of natural calamities in the state, Modi stressed on the need for participation of people through voluntary organisations.

Referring to rapid growth of information technology, Modi advocated the need for strengthening of bio-technology, which would be a major pre-requisite for the development of agricultural sector.

The information technology cell should at the earliest develop a new software under its e-governance programme so that people living in the remote area could directly speak to chief minister about their problems.

Expressing concern about high rate of illiteracy among women, the chief minister called upon the officials to find out ways and means to improve the standard of women's literacy as the government has decided to accord priority to women's literacy in the coming days.

Besides this, other priorities would be fast completion of the Narmada project and fulfill the promise of jobs to unemployed given by the previous government.

In regard to evils that have cropped up in the transfer of the government staff, Modi asked secretaries to strictly follow the guidelines evolved for the transfers.

He said the departmental heads should create a special data of those seeking transfers and if this record was maintained, there was no need for the officials to succumb to any pressures for effecting transfers.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Chaudhary writes to governor to summon Assembly Tuesday, October 9, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Leader of the Opposition, Amarsinh Chaudhary, has urged Governor SS Bhandari to summon the Assembly and ask new Chief Minister Narendra Modi to take a vote of confidence and prove his majority on the floor of the House.

In a letter to the governor, Chaudhary expressed doubts about the majority support, particularly, since the BJP was a divided house. Such a test of majority was essential to a democracy, he said.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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