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November 21, 2001 - November 21, 2001

Govt okays 36 fast track courts Wednesday, November 21, 2001

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GANDHINAGAR: Law minister Hemant Chapatwala on Tuesday said the government has sanctioned 36 fast track courts as a part of Centre`s decision to set up more courts to speed up cases pending in the lower courts for past long.

While speaking to reporters, he said to begin with such courts would be set up in cities like Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot where cases have piled up and the number of courts was inadequate to handle the huge backlog.

Chapatwala said the government has done its job. Now it was up to the high court authorities to select the location of such courts and related aspects, staff appointment included.

The Union government, he said, has approved 150 fast track courts for Gujarat but the process got delayed as the administration was engaged in earthquake relief and rehabilitation. Once the chief justice of high court okayed the proposal the fast track courts could be created.

The state government has pleaded to the chief justice to sanction more family courts in other cities as cases of family feuds involving women were on the rise and such courts could provide justice to the victims. Four family courts were functional in Ahmedabad and the proposal for more family courts was under consideration of the high court.

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


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"People with vested interests harming co-ops" - CM Wednesday, November 21, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said successive financial frauds and scandals have tarnished the image of the co-operative sector. He also criticised people with "vested interests" who were bringing bad name to the co-operative sector.

Addressing the concluding session of 'Sahkar Saptah' at Gandhinagar on Tuesday, Modi said as long as the co-operative sector was dominated by sincere leaders, it served the purpose of service to society. However, such people had lost their grip over the sector and the administration had slipped into hands of people having vested interests.

Modi said a necessary ordinance would be promulgated to strengthen the co-operative sector and a comprehensive co-operative policy would be formulated keeping the interests of the common man in mind.

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


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"People with vested interests harming co-ops" - CM Wednesday, November 21, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: Chief Minister Narendra Modi has said successive financial frauds and scandals have tarnished the image of the co-operative sector. He also criticised people with "vested interests" who were bringing bad name to the co-operative sector.

Addressing the concluding session of 'Sahkar Saptah' at Gandhinagar on Tuesday, Modi said as long as the co-operative sector was dominated by sincere leaders, it served the purpose of service to society. However, such people had lost their grip over the sector and the administration had slipped into hands of people having vested interests.

Modi said a necessary ordinance would be promulgated to strengthen the co-operative sector and a comprehensive co-operative policy would be formulated keeping the interests of the common man in mind.

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


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ASE staff get HC stay on wage cut Wednesday, November 21, 2001

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AHMEDABAD: Employees of the Ahmedabad Stock Exchange (ASE) on Monday got a stay order from the Gujarat High Court (HC) against the ASE governing board's decision to effect a cut in their salaries. Justice H K Rathore of the Gujarat HC has fixed Thursday for the next hearing on this case.

Mihir Shah, president of ASE's governing board, when contacted by TNN said that he would not like to say anything for a day or two regarding this issue. No employee of ASE was willing to go on record as they were afraid that the brokers-led management would target them and get them removed from their jobs. On the lines of a thriller film, some employees even went to the extent of saying that they are afraid to speak on phone as they suspect that the office phones might be tapped.

The increase in employees salary became a major issue with the ASE brokers during the annual general meeting held at September end. Some brokers protested against the 40 per cent increase in total compensation given to employees with effect from April 01, 2000. The annual report of ASE for the year 2000-01 revealed that total personnel expenses had risen to Rs 1.62 crore as against Rs 1.19 crore in 1999-2000. The ASE board members said that they had approved only a 15 per cent hike in salary and are not aware how a 40 per cent hike took place. It is surprising, say staff members, that the ASE board and brokers realised about the 40 per hike in monthly salary after this higher salary was disbursed for 18 months.

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


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Big holes in 'Total Rural Employment Scheme' Wednesday, November 21, 2001

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The Vajpayee regime's daydreams can hardly be counted upon. Central fiats are floated like paper boats day in and day out. The last one floated in September 2001 was a 'Total Rural Employment Scheme' with a central largesse of Rs 10,000 crore a year. Saurashtra-Gujarat is surely going to rupture like a rubber balloon in this respect, as this scheme is not likely to work here.

On the one hand, we do not see any radical scheme to fill up a huge gap in basic fields like primary education and health-family planning. For instance, Surendranagar district of Saurashtra has recorded 37.57 per cent illiteracy! The total number of illiterate individuals in Saurashtra comes to about 51 lakh, and total literacy comes to 62 per cent.

In the same way, the total number of women giving birth to more than three children is 43 per cent in Bhavnagar and Jamnagar districts, and in the rest of the five districts it is 35 per cent. The question then is how would the new scheme of 'total employment' be implemented? Fifty per cent of the Centre's Rs 10,000-crore allotment will come in the form of foodgrain, while the rest 50 per cent "will be shared by the states in cash!" A total of one crore man-days (countrywide) of rural unemployed will thus be created. It does seem nice on paper. The Gujarat government has not yet come out with its contribution. But it could be a pretty large sum. It is supposed to pay Rs 50 per day to at least one member of the unemployed family, the number of such families running into lakhs in Saurashtra alone.

The Centre hopes to build such basic infrastructure as classrooms, water tanks, approach roads and health centres with such new employment schemes. The other half of the payment in kind will be made from the Centre's 5 kg foodgrain to each of such newly-employed person. It is forgotten that at least 30 per cent of the public distribution system's foodgrains are sold in black-market. Can Gujarat do it with its present precarious financial condition? It is highly doubtful, unless the state cuts down heavily its huge non-plan expenditure and halts all the government recruitment by not filling any position _ from peon to secretary _ whenever he or she retires. Ministers too need to cut down their uncontrolled allowances.

The other day, I happened to see a report about a drastic chopping in Gujarat's planned expenditure, induced by the high cost of two droughts, flood and earthquake. Narendra Modi had honestly declared when he took over on October 7 that "we have not changed the driver but only a gear!!" It meant he had no plans to change the conventional administrative policies. He would just speed up or slow down or put his machine in reverse gear. That's all.

Compared to last year, the current year's planned expenses have been slashed as follows: Rural development will get Rs 243.20 crore against 441 crore last year; power sector from 847.05 crore to 796.40 crore; general services from 360.55 crore to 246.45 crore; irrigation and flood control coming down from 1895.86 to 1476.65 crore; industries and mines from 461.50 to 375 crore and roads and communication down to 438.80 crore from 582.10 crore!!

How can one talk about a share of a few crores for "total rural employment" in such a messy situation? Can Narendra Modi give a new colour to the current annual plan, which has only six months left now? In most probability, he cannot. Besides, Gujarat is facing a huge debt of Rs 12,439.27 crore.

Not surprisingly, Planning Commission deputy chairman K C Pant has expressed his anxiety over the state's aggregate plan resources and the state's dwindling revenue. He is also reported to have told the CM to do something quick about the increasing non-plan expenditure. Keshubhai Patel or the CMs before him never really took up this problem by its horns. Can our RSS pracharak-turned-chief minister do it now?

Further, these days we hear a lot about Narendra Modi declaring the villages as Samras, with social harmony as its theme. Grants from Rs 5,000 to 1,00,000 to such villages, depending upon its population, will not, of course, cover the scheme of 'total employment'. Neither Gokul Gram nor Samras touch upon such a basic problem as widespread unemployment or improving the life of the landless and the poor.

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


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