Rediscover Gujarat. Rediscover the Gujarati in you !!


Channels : Free Home Pages | Chat | Discussion Board | Graffiti | Music | Reminder Services | Calendar | Horoscope | Dating | Weather | Matrimonial | Jobs

Info

City Guides | City News | Education | Festivals | Food | Greetings | Earthquake fact file | Home

May 5, 2001 - May 6, 2001

Another CAS violation case in MS University Sunday, May 6, 2001

VADODARA: Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) is again at the centre of a controversy, this time embroiling the political science department of MS University.

Highly placed sources said that head of political science department Dilip Mohite has found that a teacher in the department, professor Anand Mavlankar, who was co-ordinator of a UGC-Refresher Course in May 1999, had misled the department and illegally issued a certificate of participation to Sivanand Patnaik. Patnaik's name, said professor Mohite, does not figure in the list of participants who attended the refreshers programme in 1999.

"This issue has come to light now. Professor Mavlankar has misled the department and issued a certificate of attendance and participation of the refresher course to a fellow colleague and teacher Sivanand Patnaik. The fact is that Patnaik never attended that course", professor Mohite said.

Patnaik had applied for promotion from lecturer to senior lecturer's designation and grade. However, the MSU had rejected Patnaik's application on the grounds that as per UGC's mandatory requirement Patnaik had not attended any UGC refresher course.

"Unless a refresher course attendance certificate is obtained Patnaik cannot be promoted. Professor Mavlankar hence pitched in and issued one such certificate by misleading me and the department on the whole", professor Mohite said. He added that he became suspicious of the entire affair and asked for the records of participation. "Once this was established I took back the certificate from them and reprimanded them", professor Mohite said. He added that he was contemplating to bring this incident to the notice of the university authorities.

Professor Mavlankar, on the other hand, denied of having issued any participation certificate to Patnaik. "I have not issued any certificate to Patnaik mentioning that he participated in the refresher programme. I have said it in the department meeting on April 24 and I am saying it again that Patnaik did not participate the programme", professor Mavlankar said. He said that Patnaik had taken one of the lectures as a resource person in the refresher programme.

"The letter that I gave him was just a simple testimony that mentioned that he had taken one lecture as a resource person. It was not and cannot be considered as a participation certificate", professor Mavlankar said. He added in the department meeting he had satisfied all queries when this issue was raised.

However, the political science department has also questioned the inclusion of the name of a temporary lecturer, Tanuja Gandhi, in the list of participants. Department argues that Gandhi was a temporary lecturer and hence not eligible for participation. Mavlankar, however, says that Gandhi's participation does not violate UGC norms for CAS.

"In 1999 when this course was conducted I had got instructions from the university development officer that both local and outside participants should be encouraged to participate. I was categorically asked to include names of locals and outsiders. This was permissible till 1999 but in the year 2000 norms had changed," Mavlankar said.

Meanwhile, this case has sparked off a fresh row in the political science department and sources say it is likely to take political overtones.

Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

Protest rally marks 100 days of Gujarat quake Sunday, May 6, 2001

Ahmedabad, May 5 - Anger and frustration was evident when scores of Gujarat's quake-hit people staged a protest march here Saturday to mark what they called "100 days of government apathy" towards their plight.

The crowd, which included representatives of several voluntary organizations, gathered at the Nehru Bridge on the Ashram Road and walked a couple of kilometers to the Mahatma Gandhi-founded Gujarat Vidyapith where they conducted a prayer meeting.

The protestors observed two minutes of silence at 8.46 a.m., the time when the killer quake struck 100 days ago, killing about 25,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

The short, silent prayer was followed by outbursts from quake-affected people, senior citizens and representatives of voluntary organizations that are still carrying out rehabilitation work in Kutch and other quake-hit areas.

Every promise has been broken and helpless people have been left to fend for themselves, said Citizens Council chairman Devavrat Pathak about the Gujarat government's performance in providing quake relief.

"It is 100 days today and the state government has not been able to help people rebuild their houses. The government has gone back on its words...The people of Gujarat should agitate to express their solidarity with the quake victims and force the government to do something substantial," Pathak, a respected academic who is also the chairman of the People's Union for Civil Liberties, said.

The meeting drafted a seven-point memorandum and decided to meet Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel May 9 to hand it over to him. The memorandum demands, declaring the quake as a "national calamity, a better rehabilitation package stressing employment and income generation, freeship for all students and a White Paper on the government's efforts so far.

Prakash Shah, former editor of the Gujarati edition of The Times of India, said the government should continue relief works even after the monsoons sets in. "Normally, relief works are suspended once it starts raining, but Kutch is suffering the twin tragedy of quake and drought. People need support for a longer duration," he said.

Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

UNDP houses, a boon for the quake-hit Sunday, May 6, 2001

BHACHAU (KUTCH): The 64-year-old Dhaniben is happy, sleeping in a tent tending her fractured leg she can see her house coming up brick by brick. She also feels more fortunate than most other earthquake-affected people in Kutch district. She will not have to live in a house made of galvanised iron sheets or go through the pangs of moving into a temporary shelter till the permanent structure is ready which could be anything from two to five years.
Instead the houses in Ghodapar village in the middle of the vast salt pans in Bhachau taluka in Kutch district should be ready in about a couple of months time, well before the monsoon, thanks to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which is constructing model houses in the most backward and remote village inhabitated mostly by the poor salt workers.

What is more, it is also the first time that the villagers can earn more by constructing their own house than they can hope to get in the salt pans because the UNDP pays Rs. 80 per day per head as labour input for helping in constructing the house, nearly double the wage they normally get in the salt pans. It is something they never dreamt of in the past, to get a house and also to get paid for constructing it.

The UNDP is constructing about 1,100 one-room shelters, with provisions to expand the house later, in 26 earthquake affected villages, mostly in the backward areas such as Ghodapar where, as the villagers say, no government official has ever set foot on its land. Each of the structure will be a model house easy to be replicated elsewhere by other non- government organisations or corporate houses adopting the affected villages.

Similarly the people of another remote village, Rajansar, also in the worst-hit Bhachau taluka, were jubilant the other day when the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr. Keshubhai Patel, laid the foundation stone for a housing project being taken up by the UNDP in co-operation with the Kutch Navnirman Abhiyan, the umbrella organisation of 14 NGOs working in the district.

The construction materials for houses in each village depend on the geographical conditions and soil composition in different areas as the UNDP, guided by Mr. Praveen Singh Pardeshi, who has brought with him the vast experience of constructing houses for the earthquake-affected in Latur, maintain that as far as possible reconstruction programme should use quake-resistant local materials instead of pre-fabricated structures on which the villagers neither repose faith nor develop any sense of belonging.

Mr. Pardeshi, an IAS officer of the Maharashtra cadre, was the district collector of Latur when the town was hit by earthquake in 1993, and is currently on a deputation to the UNDP to help reconstruct houses in Kutch district.

In fact almost every engineer and the masons the UNDP has deployed in its model villages in Kutch to oversee the construction are those who had worked with Mr. Pardeshi in Latur.

The United Nations Resident Co-ordinator and the UNDP resident representative in Delhi, Ms Brenda Gael Mcsweeney, who visited some of the reconstruction sites of her organisation, was touched by the happiness the poor and ignorant villagers expressed is seeing their houses coming up before their eyes and so was the chief minister.

Mr Patel requested Ms Mcsweeney to explore the possibility of the UNDP taking up more villages and to her suggestion agreed to try impress upon other NGOs to replicate the UNDP style of construction.

Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

Protest rally marks 100 days of Gujarat quake Sunday, May 6, 2001

Ahmedabad: Anger and frustration was evident when scores of Gujarat's quake-hit people staged a protest march here Saturday to mark what they called "100 days of government apathy" towards their plight.

The crowd, which included representatives of several voluntary organizations, gathered at the Nehru Bridge on the Ashram Road and walked a couple of kilometers to the Mahatma Gandhi-founded Gujarat Vidyapith where they conducted a prayer meeting.

The protestors observed two minutes of silence at 8.46 a.m., the time when the killer quake struck 100 days ago, killing about 25,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

The short, silent prayer was followed by outbursts from quake-affected people, senior citizens and representatives of voluntary organizations that are still carrying out rehabilitation work in Kutch and other quake-hit areas.

Every promise has been broken and helpless people have been left to fend for themselves, said Citizens Council chairman Devavrat Pathak about the Gujarat government's performance in providing quake relief.

"It is 100 days today and the state government has not been able to help people rebuild their houses. The government has gone back on its words...The people of Gujarat should agitate to express their solidarity with the quake victims and force the government to do something substantial," Pathak, a respected academic who is also the chairman of the People's Union for Civil Liberties, said.

The meeting drafted a seven-point memorandum and decided to meet Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel May 9 to hand it over to him. The memorandum demands, declaring the quake as a "national calamity, a better rehabilitation package stressing employment and income generation, freeship for all students and a White Paper on the government's efforts so far.

Prakash Shah, former editor of the Gujarati edition of The Times of India, said the government should continue relief works even after the monsoons sets in. "Normally, relief works are suspended once it starts raining, but Kutch is suffering the twin tragedy of quake and drought. People need support for a longer duration," he said.

Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

Mehta's regional party has little hope of survival Saturday, May 5, 2001

Ahmedabad: The Congress Party in Gujarat has suffered a serious jolt with former chief minister Chhabildas Mehta quitting to float a regional party, the Gujarat Janata Congress (GJC).

Known to be close to former prime ministers Chandra Shekhar and H.D. Deve Gowda, Mehta has given a new twist to the political scenario in this state, where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress Party have been involved in a bitter power struggle.

Though Mehta launched his new regional party with the hope of cashing in on the perceived unpopularity of the BJP and the Congress Party, two former chief ministers Madhavsinh Solanki and Shankersinh Vaghela said the GCS would most likely go the way of other regional parties in the past.

The new party will not have much of an impact in state politics, the two said. Its future is bleak as it would neither get any response from dissidents of the Congress Party nor from the disillusioned BJP workers, they added.

Mehta and Indubhai Patel, who headed the Congress (O) in Gujarat when the party was involved in a battle between the two most powerful politicians of the country -- Indira Gandhi and Morarji Desai -- have made common cause in floating the new regional outfit. They have accused the BJP and the Congress Party of betraying the cause of the people of Gujarat. While Patel has come back from virtual political exile, Mehta has been in active politics and been a bitter critic of the Congress Party's national leadership from the beginning.

A Praja Socialist Party leader, Mehta joined the Congress Party during the 1960s, but left it to join hands with former chief minister Chimanbhai Patel to first enter the Janata Party and then the Janata Dal in 1977-79, the stormiest period in independent India's polity.

Mehta later joined the regional party floated by the then chief minister after quitting the Janata Dal. They christened it Janata Dal (Gujarat). When Chimanbhai Patel dissolved his regional outfit and merged it with the Congress Party, Mehta followed him back and became chief minister after his mentor's death in 1994.

Mehta has never been comfortable in the Congress Party, both personally and ideologically, and has been a bitter critic of the party's economic policies. He had shot letters off to then prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao assailing economic liberalization policies. He has also been writing letters to party president Sonia Gandhi, dubbing her a "reader and not leader" because of her habit of making prepared speeches at public meetings.

Mehta also nursed many grievances against the central leadership of the party for not joining forces with other opposition groups like the Left Front, the Samajwadi Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and many regional outfits in a bid to dislodge the "communal" BJP from power.

But the moot question is whether Mehta's group, along with the newly formed front called the Mahagujarat Manch floated by some former Congress Party and BJP leaders like Sanat Mehta, Chiman Shukla and Vishnu Pandya, will really become an alternative to the BJP and the Congress Party.

Though people at large are disillusioned with the BJP's three-year rule on most fronts and the Congress Party's failure to champion their cause effectively, regional parties in Gujarat have in the past turned out to be little more than a flash in the pan.

First it was famous educationist-turned-politician Bhailalbhai Patel who formed a regional party called Lok Sakti in the 1950s. He was forced to merge it with the Swatantra Party. After his unceremonious ouster from power during the famous Nav Nirman agitation, Chiman Patel formed the Kisan Majdoor Lok Pakshra (KLMP) with the help of many regional stalwarts and fought the 1975 Assembly elections in the state.

Though his party secured only 14 seats, it became a balancing power between the Congress, which secured 75 seats, and the Janata Morcha of five parties -- including the Congress (O), the Jana Sangh and the Socialist Party of India -- headed by Babubhai J. Patel, which romped home with 86 seats.

Babubhai Patel formed the first non-Congress Party government in Gujarat with the support of KMLP, but it could not survive long as Chimanbhai Patel withdrew support of his party, which was later dissolved. After remaining in political oblivion for long, Chimanbhai Patel hobnobbed with many national parties, including the Janata Party and the Janata Dal, and later formed his Janata Dal (Gujarat), which he merged with the Congress Party in 1993-94.

Shankersinh Vaghela's Rashtriya Janata Party (RJP), formed after revolting against the national leadership of the BJP, also met with a premature death when he dissolved it to merge with the Congress Party following a dismal performance in the last state Assembly elections.

In a candid confession, Vaghela remarked, "It is easy to float a regional party but it is a Herculean task to run it for long in Gujarat because both financially and politically it is a headache."

Voice your opinion on this story Generate printer friendly page Send this page to your friend

Gujarat | Pharmacy SEO | Copyright 2000-2006
 A eZee Web Solutions Presentation !

E-mail - webmaster@cybervapi.com
GSM - 9825130401