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May 16, 2001 - May 16, 2001

Survey on orphan children in quake-hit area Wednesday, May 16, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: A survey, conducted by the Directorate of Social Defence (DSD), has identified 317 orphan and 676 single parent children in the 17 earthquake-hit districts of Gujarat.

Out of these, 312 children are staying with their close relatives and five children are under institutional care, an official release said.

The DSD, which conducted the survey in cooperation with the non-governmental organisations, has complete information about the children, including their own as well as their guardians' photographs to prevent any unauthorised transfer.

The scheme of foster parents, earlier implemented in six cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Baroda and Jamnagar, has been extended to the earthquake-affected talukas also.

The monthly maintenance assistance of Rs 350 to children under foster parents' management scheme has been revised to Rs 500, it added.
(PTI)

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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'100 primary schools for quake-hit areas on anvil' Wednesday, May 16, 2001

AHMEDABAD: A total of 100 primary schools would be built in as many villages devastated by the earthquake in Gujarat, former deputy chairman of Planning Commission Mohan Dharia said here.

He told reporters that the schools would be built with the Rs 2.5 crore mobilised by the Pune-based Sakal Group of newspapers and if the state government contributed the matching amount as per procedures for rehabilitation announced, they could build another 50 primary schools in as many villages.

The reconstruction of primary schools would be done with the assistance of a local groups, Dharia added.
(PTI)

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'100 primary schools for quake-hit areas on anvil' Wednesday, May 16, 2001

AHMEDABAD: A total of 100 primary schools would be built in as many villages devastated by the earthquake in Gujarat, former deputy chairman of Planning Commission Mohan Dharia said here.

He told reporters that the schools would be built with the Rs 2.5 crore mobilised by the Pune-based Sakal Group of newspapers and if the state government contributed the matching amount as per procedures for rehabilitation announced, they could build another 50 primary schools in as many villages.

The reconstruction of primary schools would be done with the assistance of a local groups, Dharia added.
(PTI)

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'Liberalisation would foist imperialism' Wednesday, May 16, 2001

AHMEDABAD: Former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission and member of Cooperative Initiative Panel Mohan Dharia said it was "most unfortunate" that the Centre, which is engaged in opening up of the economy, was not ready to give freedom to the cooperative sector.

Speaking at a seminar on "The Need for a Parallel Law for Self-Reliant Cooperatives in Gujarat" here, he said "I would like to warn the government that their policies to encourage entry of multi-nationals without giving any protection both to our agriculture and industry will pave way for economic imperialism which has to be resisted with all force at our command".

Union minister of state for heavy industries Vallabhbhai Kathiria said Gujarat lagged behind other states in the cooperative law reforms.

The seminar welcomed the enactment of new laws in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka and resolved to launch a campaign for enactment of a parallel law for self-reliant cooperatives in Gujarat.
(PTI)

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CDRF takes up builder’s cause Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 15: In a recently disposed off case, the Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum of Ahmedabad city passed an order against a consumer for dragging a builder concerned to the court without sufficient reasons.

The CDRF passed its judgment against one Lila Soni of Palanpur, who had filed an inappropriate complaint against Mangalmurti Consultancy and Raju Jirawala of Sabarmati, accusing them for failing to deliver services as per the contract.

The case filed in the court of CDRF president K.D. Desai, CDRF members Malay Kantharia and Leena Desai in December 1996 by Mrs Soni. She stated that she was not satisfied with the services offered by the opponents.

“The opponent organised and constructed flats namely Shankheshwar Apartment, at Kabir Chowk, Sabarmati. And as per the scheme, the complainant had purchased one flat – A/4 costing Rs 2,07,900. During the first payment, the complainant paid Rs 1,97,900 against the said price, while the remaining Rs 10,000 was to be paid at the time of executing the registered sale and handing over possession of the said flat within a year from the date of the contract,” the case states.

But, Mrs Soni claimed that she was not handed over the possession for next one and a half years, and the builder demanded Rs 10,000 more which increased the total amount payable to Rs 20,000, without which the respondent was unwilling to hand over the flat to n Turn to Page 11
the complainant.

“Meanwhile, the complainant verified that the construction of the said flat was not done as per the contract and that the materials used for the construction were also of poor quality – low quality wood was utilised for doors and windows.

Even the interior furnishing - the tiles used in the rooms - was not as per the contract,” the complainant reported adding that the respondents were not even ready to execute the changes demanded by her. Further, when the complainant asked for the necessary permission for construction of the said complex and the flat, she was turned down.

“Inspite of several demands, the respondent had refused to give such documents. And, when the complainant served a notice to the respondent asking him to complete the construction as per the contract, she was threatened that the flat will be sold to someone else. The hassles continued for the next one and a half years,” the complainant informed.

During the period, the complainant had to continue her stay at a rented house, which incurred loss of about Rs 36,000, and so, the complainant demanded the amount to be compensated. The complainant further made a demand of Rs 30,000 from the opponent for not furnishing the said flat as per the contract and for the additional charge of Rs 10,000 imposed on her by the opponent.

During the trial, the court found that the respondent was justified in charging Rs 10,000 extra which was the maintenance deposit and the extra work carried out by them upon request by the consumer. “That is why the possession was not handed over to the complainant,” the court observed.

The court therefore, ordered the complainant to deposit the unpaid sale price of Rs 10,000, and the maintenance deposit of Rs 10,000 with the court. The respondent was directed to issue legal document of the said flat on receiving the amount Rs 20,000. No relief was granted to the complainant regarding compensation of mental agony and financials loss of Rs 36,000 and Rs 30,000 as sought by the complainant.

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