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May 9, 2001 - May 9, 2001

Neglect may turn Kutch into another Kashmir: Gujarat MP Wednesday, May 9, 2001

Ahmedabad: Continuing neglect of security and development needs in Gujarat's border district of Kutch could turn it into another Kashmir, warned a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Pushpadan Gadhvi.

"Let us not repeat the mistake we committed in Kashmir. Like Kashmir, Kutch too will become a bleeding wound for India one day if we continue to neglect the security aspect and industrial development," Gadhvi, who represents the district in Parliament, told India Abroad News Service.

Referring to the January 26 earthquake that devastated most of the state, and particularly Kutch district, he said: "The earthquake has given us a good opportunity to rectify these mistakes as national and international sympathy is with us."

Gadhvi said he had written a letter to Union Home Minister L.K. Advani, drawing attention to Pakistan's alleged designs of converting the western part of Kutch district into a "mini Kashmir".

"Such attempts are being made. Conditions are being created under which people have no option but to migrate, leaving the area open for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to carry out its nefarious activities. The district has enough potential for industrial development and we must do everything possible to develop the district and stop people's migration."

Citing the example of a few industrial units thriving in Kutch, Gadhvi said salt- based industries could flourish in the region. A transportation infrastructure, like extending a broad gauge railway line up to Khavda near the India-Pakistan border, could boost development initiatives.

"I had raised this matter before a parliamentary subcommittee, but I was told the defense establishment would not accept this proposal," he said.

Underdevelopment has led to a sense of alienation in Kutch, and a demand for a separate state or Union Territory status for the district is gaining ground. Gadhvi and a few influential associations are backing this demand.

"That is the only way people of Kutch can do something for themselves. The district has experienced 32 droughts in 50 years, two devastating cyclones in five years and now the earthquake. People have always been left to fend for themselves even under these extreme circumstances," he said.

Added Maharao Paragmalji, the former ruler of Kutch: "I had demanded a separate state of Kutch several years ago. Earlier, I had to go people to convince them of the need for a separate state. Now people are coming to me asking me to give impetus to the 'separate Kutch' movement."

"Now we do not want to be part of Gujarat," said Lion's Club president A.Y. Akbani.

Spread across 45,000 sq km, Kutch's misfortune began when it was merged with Mumbai state in 1956, alleged Gadhvi. He said Vallabhbhai Patel had promised the ruler of Kutch, Maharao Madan Singhji, Union Territory status for Kutch.

"Gujarat has three distinct regions - Kutch, Saurashtra and the rest. Kutch's culture, language, traditions don't match the rest of Gujarat. That is why Kutch must be taken out of Gujarat and declared a Union Territory."

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CM dedicates Narmada waters to Junagadh Wednesday, May 9, 2001

RAJKOT: Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel dedicated Narmada waters to the people of Junagadh at Bhesan on Sunday evening.

The chief minister also said the much-awaited problem of having a ropeway at Junagadh would also be solved at the earliest.

Dedicating Narmada waters to the people of Junagadh district, the chief minister said Narmada waters was one realistic alternative source in the drought-affected regions of Saurashtra. Keshubhai distributed Narmada water filled in pots to the women of Bhesan, Manavadar and other areas.

The chief minister said people of the region had been waiting for 40 years for water, and he was determined to ensure that Narmada waters reached Junagadh. Taunting the Opposition, the chief minister said, "While my friends in the Opposition have closed their eyes to the development of the region, the BJP government has provided water to the parched lands of Saurahstra."

Addressing a meeting at Keshod, Keshubhai said the earlier governments had spent Rs 8,000 crore to bring water on seasonal basis, and despite this 12,000 villages were facing water shortage. No previous government in the state had thought of permanently solving the water crisis of Saurashtra, he said adding that crores of rupees were spent on tanker trips. Now this money would be spent developmental activities.

According to the chief minister, a 4,700-km pipeline network had been laid to bring water to even the smallest village which otherwise would have witnessed large-scale outward migration.

In reply to a question on pension to legislators, the chief minister said the issue must be seen in a much broader perspective and not from an emotive angle. He said he and 14 other legislators had written to the Assembly Speaker on the issue way back in 1984.

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Rs 1 lakh looted from temple at Tankara Wednesday, May 9, 2001

RAJKOT: In a robbery incident at a temple at Jivapar village near Tankara on Sunday night, the mahant of the temple and a women were attacked by a gang of four people who robbed them of Rs 1 lakh.

According to the police, the gang attacked the mahant of the temple, Guru Mahavirdas (78) and a women, Lilaben Parmar, who worked at the temple. They were beaten up with lathis and sharp weapons and were badly injured. Both of them have been hospitalised.

According to the Rajkot Civil Hospital police chowky, the mahant had lodged a with the police saying that the temple was burgled at around 11.30 p.m. and the robbers decamped with items worth Rs 98,200 and some goods from the temple.

The mahant told the police that it could be the handiwork of a Vaghri gang and all four were armed with knives and sticks. The Mahant said the culprits spoke Gujarati and were in the age group of 30-35 years.

The police have ordered "nakabandhi" to nab the attackers. The dog squad has also been pressed into service and finger print experts have also been called help in the investigations.

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District admn in the lookout for relief workers Wednesday, May 9, 2001

VADODARA: While the drought has heaped on almost all the districts of the state a surfeit of affected people looking for relief work, politicians of Vadodara district, where this number is very low, are reportedly going out of their way to fish for relief workers.

While neighbouring districts of Dahod and the Panchmahals are grappling with the problem of providing a livelihood to 4.61 lakh and 3.90 lakh relief workers respectively, Vadodara district currently has just 14,870 workers which, collectorate sources say, may rise to just about 20,000.

And surprisingly, this has made the district collectorate officials unhappy as they have to withstand the pressure of district-level politicians putting pressure on them to hike the number so that they "can have a finger in the relief pie".

"A lot of money is pouring into districts like Dahod and Panchmahals and in Surendranagar or Rajkot where the number of relief workers have crossed two lakh. And, politicians here feel they are loosing out on a chance to encash on the drought situation by telling the people that they had got relief to them. They are also rattled by the fact that more money could have come in had the numbers were higher," says a senior collectorate official under condition of anonymity.

District collector Bhagyesh Jha, however, feels that the situation arising out of the drought is fully under control and all genuine representations for declaring needy of relief work have been granted permission. "We review the situation every Monday and I visit all talukas every Wednesday and Friday along with the district development officer to take stock of the ground level situation. I have also despatched deputy collectors to each of the talukas as in-charges," Jha said.

Declaring people affected and allowing them to join relief work is a long-drawn process and has to go through proper channels like the taluka 'samity' and the district collectorate.

The worst-affected talukas in the district are Jetpur Pavi (5,127 relief workers) and Navsari (3,435 relief workers) both of which are in a hilly terrain where cultivation is difficult. Chhota Udepur taluka has 2,265 relief workers. The only talukas which have not been affected much are Karjan and Sinor as they are situated on the banks of the Narmada.

The master plan for employment during drought for the district entails Rs 40 crore. Of this, only Rs 9.71 crore has been sanctioned till now for drought relief work. "We are already into May and fearing that the drought may not remain for long if monsoons are on time, politicians are getting jittery with every passing day. The fact that the collectorate has had to spend only one-fourth of the amount sanctioned in the master plan has been bothering them," said another official.

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District admn in the lookout for relief workers Wednesday, May 9, 2001

VADODARA: While the drought has heaped on almost all the districts of the state a surfeit of affected people looking for relief work, politicians of Vadodara district, where this number is very low, are reportedly going out of their way to fish for relief workers.

While neighbouring districts of Dahod and the Panchmahals are grappling with the problem of providing a livelihood to 4.61 lakh and 3.90 lakh relief workers respectively, Vadodara district currently has just 14,870 workers which, collectorate sources say, may rise to just about 20,000.

And surprisingly, this has made the district collectorate officials unhappy as they have to withstand the pressure of district-level politicians putting pressure on them to hike the number so that they "can have a finger in the relief pie".

"A lot of money is pouring into districts like Dahod and Panchmahals and in Surendranagar or Rajkot where the number of relief workers have crossed two lakh. And, politicians here feel they are loosing out on a chance to encash on the drought situation by telling the people that they had got relief to them. They are also rattled by the fact that more money could have come in had the numbers were higher," says a senior collectorate official under condition of anonymity.

District collector Bhagyesh Jha, however, feels that the situation arising out of the drought is fully under control and all genuine representations for declaring needy of relief work have been granted permission. "We review the situation every Monday and I visit all talukas every Wednesday and Friday along with the district development officer to take stock of the ground level situation. I have also despatched deputy collectors to each of the talukas as in-charges," Jha said.

Declaring people affected and allowing them to join relief work is a long-drawn process and has to go through proper channels like the taluka 'samity' and the district collectorate.

The worst-affected talukas in the district are Jetpur Pavi (5,127 relief workers) and Navsari (3,435 relief workers) both of which are in a hilly terrain where cultivation is difficult. Chhota Udepur taluka has 2,265 relief workers. The only talukas which have not been affected much are Karjan and Sinor as they are situated on the banks of the Narmada.

The master plan for employment during drought for the district entails Rs 40 crore. Of this, only Rs 9.71 crore has been sanctioned till now for drought relief work. "We are already into May and fearing that the drought may not remain for long if monsoons are on time, politicians are getting jittery with every passing day. The fact that the collectorate has had to spend only one-fourth of the amount sanctioned in the master plan has been bothering them," said another official.

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