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June 3, 2001 - June 3, 2001

Vajpayee to flag off Kutch Express on Sunday Sunday, June 3, 2001

The Times of India
AHMEDABAD: Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee would flag off the Kutch Express on Sunday on the newly-constructed Gandhidham-Bhuj broad gauge section from Bhuj.

The event would also mark the inauguration of the broad gauge link between Bhuj and rest of the country, an official release said here on Saturday.

Railway minister Nitish Kumar would also be present at the function, it said.

The conversion of the route from metre toad gauge would help faster and direct movement of passengers and freight from Bhuj to Mumbai, the release added. (PTI)

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Minister of state for home ‘plays’ super cop, raids gambling dens Sunday, June 3, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 2: Minister of state for home Haren Pandya played a cop on Friday night and accompanied the local police on raids to various gambling dens in Karanj, Gomtipur and Meghaninagar areas.

He said he had accompanied the police because he had received many complaints about rampant gambling in various areas of the city. In all, the police arrested 126 people and recovered Rs 40,410.

The Prevention of Crime Branch conducted raids simultaneously at various places. Among those caught are Faizalkhan Pathan, Raju Parikh and Indravadan Bhatia who were running a gambling joint under Nehru Bridge in the house of one Annu miya.

It may be recalled that former minister of state for home Mr Mahendra Trivedi began the trend of
accompanying police for various raids in 1995. However, it was later revealed by police officers themselves that this had not made any concrete difference in curbing the illegal liquor or gambling business in the city.

Mr Haren Pandya, when asked about the need for him to accompany police on raids, simply said that he had gone because he received too many complaints. When asked whether he had any concrete plans to check gambling in the city, the minister refused to comment.

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AMTS chief stalls upgraded salaries Sunday, June 3, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 2: The Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service general manager, Mr Z.A. Sacha, has stopped the illegally upgraded salaries of 10 AMTS employees. Now the employees will receive their salaries minus the upgradation.

The upgraded salaries these grade one and grade two officers have been stopped since June 1, 2001.
These employees were drawing their illegally upgraded salaries for past four years. Mr Sacha, told The Asian Age that he brought this issue into light and took action against the practice. Earlier none of the AMTS general managers dared to take up action against them and just ignored the case.

Explaining the case Mr Sacha explained that these 10 officers upgraded their salaries from a Gandhinagar circular and started withdrawing the salaries.

This Gandhinagar circular was cancelled by the AMC municipal commissioner Mr K. Kailashnathan cancelled the circular and passed several orders to the concerned departments to stop the upgraded salaries but the authorities implemented none of the orders.

The orders have been given to the accounts section to give cash payment, the mode of payment would be through check. The over drafted amount has gone to Rs 12,13,000 and the AMTS department is working on how to recover the amount their officers have overdrafted.

In fact some accused officers who used the over draft had retired from service. Giving information on AMC standing committee’s stand, Mr Sacha said that when he presented the case to the committee, they passed it.

The AMTS, which is already in financial crises and trying its every effort to improve the financial status, find its own officials putting extra burden on it.

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PM to visit a ‘bandh’ Bhuj Sunday, June 3, 2001

By Nandini Oza, AsianAge

Bhuj, June 2: Even as the State Government is trying to leave no stone unturned to make Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s two-day Kutch visit beginning Sunday a success, Group 2001 of Anjar, the District Congress Committee and Bhuj Punarvasan Samiti have given a called for bandh.

While Group 2001’s bandh call will be restricted to Anjar, the District Congress Committee and Bhuj Punarvasan Samiti have given a call for district-wide bandh.

The bandh is in protest against the State Government’s failure to provide proper rehabilitation package to the earthquake-ravaged district. Group 2001 president Dr Shyam Sundar told The Asian Age that the entire Anjar will voluntarily observe bandh and there will be a “curfew like” situation on Sunday.

The bandh is not against the Prime Minister. “We are unhappy with the rehabilitation package,” he said. It may be recalled that the residents of Anjar, under the leadership of Dr Shyam Sundar, had written 2,000 letters, using their blood as ink, to the President of India.

Dr Sunder said that while 250 letters have been sent to the President, the rest would be given when they meet him personally. According to Dr Shyam Sundar, the President, has sent a copy of the letter to the organisation in which he has asked the Prime Minister to do the needful.

The organisation had demanded a better rehabilitation package. They also demanded that money for the rehabilitation should be specially earmarked. He specified that their bandh call had nothing to do with the call given by the Congress. The organisation members will go to Dudhai where the Prime Minister is to attend the function. They will put up banners welcoming the PM.

They have also sought time to meet him personally. District Congress president Mahesh Thakkar said that the residents were unhappy with the G1 and G2 packages announced by the State Government.

The rehabilitation work is not going on properly. Kutch has been facing difficulty right from the beginning, he said, pointing out that nothing has gone right from the very beginning .He claimed that in all the 10 talukas of the district, the members will hoist black flags in protest against the state government’s failure to give a proper package.

Mr Thakkar also pointed out that even during the summer, Narmada water was given to Saurashtra whereas, Kutch was totally ignored. The Committee says that the bandh call and the protest will not be violent.

In the meantime, the administration is giving final touches to the venues where the PM is going to address public meetings. Also, the police bandobast was being reviewed and instructions were being sent in till late in the night. Hosts of senior BJP leaders and leading citizens are expected to take part in the PM’s two-day functions.

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PM to visit a ‘bandh’ Bhuj Sunday, June 3, 2001

By Nandini Oza, AsianAge

Bhuj, June 2: Even as the State Government is trying to leave no stone unturned to make Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee’s two-day Kutch visit beginning Sunday a success, Group 2001 of Anjar, the District Congress Committee and Bhuj Punarvasan Samiti have given a called for bandh.

While Group 2001’s bandh call will be restricted to Anjar, the District Congress Committee and Bhuj Punarvasan Samiti have given a call for district-wide bandh.

The bandh is in protest against the State Government’s failure to provide proper rehabilitation package to the earthquake-ravaged district. Group 2001 president Dr Shyam Sundar told The Asian Age that the entire Anjar will voluntarily observe bandh and there will be a “curfew like” situation on Sunday.

The bandh is not against the Prime Minister. “We are unhappy with the rehabilitation package,” he said. It may be recalled that the residents of Anjar, under the leadership of Dr Shyam Sundar, had written 2,000 letters, using their blood as ink, to the President of India.

Dr Sunder said that while 250 letters have been sent to the President, the rest would be given when they meet him personally. According to Dr Shyam Sundar, the President, has sent a copy of the letter to the organisation in which he has asked the Prime Minister to do the needful.

The organisation had demanded a better rehabilitation package. They also demanded that money for the rehabilitation should be specially earmarked. He specified that their bandh call had nothing to do with the call given by the Congress. The organisation members will go to Dudhai where the Prime Minister is to attend the function. They will put up banners welcoming the PM.

They have also sought time to meet him personally. District Congress president Mahesh Thakkar said that the residents were unhappy with the G1 and G2 packages announced by the State Government.

The rehabilitation work is not going on properly. Kutch has been facing difficulty right from the beginning, he said, pointing out that nothing has gone right from the very beginning .He claimed that in all the 10 talukas of the district, the members will hoist black flags in protest against the state government’s failure to give a proper package.

Mr Thakkar also pointed out that even during the summer, Narmada water was given to Saurashtra whereas, Kutch was totally ignored. The Committee says that the bandh call and the protest will not be violent.

In the meantime, the administration is giving final touches to the venues where the PM is going to address public meetings. Also, the police bandobast was being reviewed and instructions were being sent in till late in the night. Hosts of senior BJP leaders and leading citizens are expected to take part in the PM’s two-day functions.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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