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Namami Gange: PM to take selfie at Sheeshmau Nala in Kanpur on December 14

The 120-year-old Sheeshmau Nala in Kanpur is infamous for discharging around 140 million liters of sewage water and industrial effluents daily in the Ganga River. But thanks to the Namami Gange programme, the water in the area has become clean and the spot has become a selfie point. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the city on December 14 is also likely to take a selfie on the spot.

The Ganga River was maximum polluted in Kanpur all across its path with toxic waste of tanneries falling in the river but after a long and sustainable efforts, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced that Ganga water is now fit for gulping down.

13 Dec 2019
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DHFL-PF Scam: Agrawal in the eye of storm, out of race from UP CS post

After the Uttar Pradesh Economic Offence Wing, in its initial investigations, found his suspicious role into the EPF scam Union Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Secretary Sanjay Agarwal (IAS:1984:UP) proceeded on leave. Further, the NaMo administration on Thursday assigned the additional charge of Agriculture to Rural Development Secretary Amarjit Sinha (IAS:1983:BH).

Earlier, it was believed that Agarwal, in addition to Union Urban Development Secretary D S Mishra (IAS:1984:UP), was in race for UP Chief Secretary post. Reportedly, Agarwal is out of race as he may be chargesheeted now whereas D S Mishra remains the alone claimant of CS. Those in the know of the affairs say that in the new scenario the Yogi Govt may draft R K Tiwari (IAS:1985:UP) as full-fledged Chief Secretary of UP. Tiwari has been in the additional charge of CS since September 01, 2019.   

It may be underlined that Agarwal was among five officials who took the decision to invest a portion of the PF in the stressed Dewan Housing and Finance Limited (DHFL). He was the Chairman of the UP Power Employees Trust (UPPET) and the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) during the period 2013-2017.

EOW has already arrested three of the five officials present at the meeting on March 22, 2017 – just three days after the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP formed the government in UP. It may be underlined that a few days before the meeting, Rs 18 crore was transferred to DHFL. UPPET invested Rs 2,631 crore in DHFL, which has been investigated for alleged links with mafia don Dawood Ibrahim.

14 Nov 2019
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Namami Gange: PM to take selfie at Sheeshmau Nala in Kanpur on December 14

By IndianMandarins 13 Dec 2019

The 120-year-old Sheeshmau Nala in Kanpur is infamous for discharging around 140 million liters of sewage water and industrial effluents daily in the Ganga River. But thanks to the Namami Gange programme, the water in the area has become clean and the spot has become a selfie point. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the city on December 14 is also likely to take a selfie on the spot.

The Ganga River was maximum polluted in Kanpur all across its path with toxic waste of tanneries falling in the river but after a long and sustainable efforts, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced that Ganga water is now fit for gulping down.

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DHFL-PF Scam: Agrawal in the eye of storm, out of race from UP CS post

By IndianMandarins 14 Nov 2019

After the Uttar Pradesh Economic Offence Wing, in its initial investigations, found his suspicious role into the EPF scam Union Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Secretary Sanjay Agarwal (IAS:1984:UP) proceeded on leave. Further, the NaMo administration on Thursday assigned the additional charge of Agriculture to Rural Development Secretary Amarjit Sinha (IAS:1983:BH).

Earlier, it was believed that Agarwal, in addition to Union Urban Development Secretary D S Mishra (IAS:1984:UP), was in race for UP Chief Secretary post. Reportedly, Agarwal is out of race as he may be chargesheeted now whereas D S Mishra remains the alone claimant of CS. Those in the know of the affairs say that in the new scenario the Yogi Govt may draft R K Tiwari (IAS:1985:UP) as full-fledged Chief Secretary of UP. Tiwari has been in the additional charge of CS since September 01, 2019.   

It may be underlined that Agarwal was among five officials who took the decision to invest a portion of the PF in the stressed Dewan Housing and Finance Limited (DHFL). He was the Chairman of the UP Power Employees Trust (UPPET) and the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) during the period 2013-2017.

EOW has already arrested three of the five officials present at the meeting on March 22, 2017 – just three days after the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP formed the government in UP. It may be underlined that a few days before the meeting, Rs 18 crore was transferred to DHFL. UPPET invested Rs 2,631 crore in DHFL, which has been investigated for alleged links with mafia don Dawood Ibrahim.

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Austerity measure drive: UP Govt scraps 93 posts

By IndianMandarins 08 Oct 2019

The Uttar Pradesh government has scrapped 93 posts of finance and accounts department sighting the reason of austerity measure. Most of these posts were from DRDA, forest department and poverty alleviation. These measures will save lots of money as the government claims.

After DRDA officials getting accommodated in the rural development department, it was deemed to be a dead department. Similarly other positions were burden on the state government exchequer so the government decided to do away with them.

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Amrapali verdict pleases home buyers

By IndianMandarins 24 Jul 2019

Thousands of homebuyers, including the Editor-in-chief of this website, are highly pleased with the no-compromise attitude of the judiciary, PM Narendra Modi, and UP CM Yogi Adityanath against the powerful builders' lobby in Delhi and Lucknow. Many happily point out that what has happened to Amrapali Group now couldn't have happened during the SP or BSP regimes that were seen the hand in glove with builders.


Thousands of home buyers heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday when a Supreme Court bench canceled the registration of the Amrapali group and assigned to public sector National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) the task to complete all the Group's pending projects. For the first time in years, buyers were hopeful that their investment might be recovered now.


The court canceled the group's registration under the Real Estate Regulatory Authority Act. It reasoned that the home buyers' money was diverted in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and foreign direct investment (FDI) norms.


On Tuesday, the bench of Justices Arun Mishra and U U Lalit also canceled the leases of Amrapali's properties granted by the Noida and Greater Noida authorities and directed the Enforcement Directorate to investigate into the cases of alleged money laundering by CMD Anil Sharma and other directors and senior officials of the group.


It appointed senior advocate R Venkataramani as the court receiver and vested into him all rights of Amrapali properties following the lease cancellation.


The apex court also authorized Venkataramani to enter into any tri-party agreement for sale of the group's properties to recover dues.


The court observed that the Noida and Greater Noida authorities colluded with the realty group in allowing diversion of the home buyers' money and not acting in accordance with the law.

It stressed that Noida and Greater Noida have no right to sell the properties of the Amrapali group to recover their dues.


Relieving over 42,000 home buyers of their anxiety and worries, the court directed Noida and Greater Noida to give completion certificates to flat buyers already residing in various projects of the group.


It also directed the Centre and the state governments to take appropriate action against the builders who have not delivered the group projects on time.

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Can Congress have a chance in UP amid growing divide between SP and BSP?

By IndianMandarins 06 Jun 2019

The falling apart of SP-BSP alliance in UP is definitely going to vacate quite a bit of political space in the electorally most significant province. So the big question is -- who is going to fill the void being created by the split between two regional satraps like former Chief Ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav?

 

The two other important political forces in the State are the BJP and Congress. The first is as deeply entrenched throughout the State as the second is down and out for past many years through most of the vast and verdant Indo-Gangetic basin. In other words the BJP is too overgrown and Congress is slimmer than ever before despite UP once having been its stronghold.

 

So this is the time for Congress to ponder over how it lost ground in what was its bastion right through the freedom struggle to the better part of independent India’s history and look forward to make a beginning to reclaim UP.

 

Congressmen often bemoan that communal and caste tides brought by Mandal and Kamandal swept them off their feet. But the question is whether this is going to remain so three decades after Mandal stir and Mandir-Masjid row or the reverse tides of the past may soon start giving way to a fatigue.

 

The last can well be the case if Congress comes out of its comatose state following its defeat in last two months Lok Sabha polls and start paying heed to what some of the party well wishers are trying to say on social media and in private conversations about UP that faces economic stagnation and huge unemployment dogging youth.

 

Dr Udit Raj is a former IRS official-turned-political activist who became an MP from Delhi in 2014. He tweeted on Wednesday, June 5, calling upon Dalits to bury their love for BSP and rally behind Congress so as to save their rights. He castigated BSP chief Mayawati for blaming SP for Akhilesh’s inability to transfer his party’s votes to BSP candidates in Lok Sabha polls by asking how her party could get 10 seats this time after drawing a nil in 2014.

 

Another former officer from Indian Engineering Service (IES) and a Dalit rights activist Ashok Bharti blamed Mayawati in his one of the tweets for breaking Bahujan, or masses, unity by calling off the BSP-SP alliance. His tweet says, “Alliance and friendship rest on the principle of supporting each other in the time of crisis. If Bahenji @Mayawati has decided to go alone for the sake of 11 seats in UP, she will lose sympathy of OBCs, who have closely watched and appreciated her move in 2019 LS elections.”

 

These are early indications after this year’s Lok Sabha polls that caste equations in UP are cracking up where Congress can well step in to repair and mend them. The party can well attempt now to bring back social cohesion.

 

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had indicated in February this year while making her debut in UP politics that her party’s target was 2022 State Assembly polls. But there are going to be 11 Assembly by-polls in a few months time where Congress may well test waters to lay foundations of an alternative politics that cuts across caste and communal divide afflicting UP for decades.

 

The party can easily select a few out of the 11 seats and put right candidates as a small step to mark its presence on the political map of UP by fully backing up the candidates.

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Is ECI riven by seniority disorder?

By IndianMandarins 18 Apr 2019

When senior advocate CA Sundaram, appearing for the EC, told the Apex Court that it had acted against leaders Mayawati, Yogi Adityanath, Maneka Gandhi and Azam Khan for violating the model code of conduct through their controversial statements, the Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi quipped: “So, you have woken up to take action. It seems the EC has got its power back.”

 

But a section of retired civil servants looks at this development with a different perspective i.e. position, seniority, and experience. This section believes that the three senior-most officers in ECI are not on the same page. Does it mean that the ‘power’ of ECI emanates circumstantially?

 

Looking at the composition of the constitutional body, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora (IAS:1980:RJ) and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa (IAS:1980:HY) and Sushil Chandra (IRS IT:1980) are batchmates but three aspects define their place and position.

 

Among the three, Chandra has longest experience (over 38 years) in service whereas Lavasa and Arora have 37 and 36 years of experience in administration respectively. As the senior-most Election Commissioner, Arora was made the Chief Election Commissioner but in service (merit list) Lavasa is senior to Arora. In addition, Lavasa served as Secretary in three key ministries and departments (Civil Aviation, MoEF&CC and Expenditure as Finance Secretary designate) whereas Arora served in only two ministries - I&B and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

 

Several senior IAS officers look at SC’s remark of ‘regaining its power’ through the prism which reflects service rivalry (in terms of seniority on the merit list).

 

The service records of the top three in the ECI are as given below:

Sunil Arora (IAS:1980:RJ):

Chief Election Commissioner (w.e.f 02.12.2018); Election Commissioner (w.e.f. 01.09.2017); Secretary I&B and Secretary, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. Total experience- over 36 years.

 

Ashok Lavasa (IAS:1980:HY):

Election Commissioner (w.e.f. 23.01.2018); Secretary, Dept of Expenditure; Secretary, MOEF&CC; and Secretary, Civil Aviation. Total experience- over 37 years.

 

Sushil Chandra (IRS IT:1980):

Election Commissioner (w.e.f. 15.02.2019); Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). DG, Investigation as well as Member (Investigation), CBDT. Total experience- over 38 yrs.

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