Chandigarh: The Haryana government on Monday announced the panchayats which have a unanimous election will get a reward of Rs.11 lakh for the development of that village. “Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved the proposal to award Rs.11 lakh each to the panchayats elected unanimously during the upcoming panchayat elections in the state. This sum would be used for the development of the respective villages,” said state Development and Panchayats Minister Om Prakash Dhankar.
The government will also give Rs.5 lakh to each of the zila parishads and Rs.2 lakh to each panchayat samiti elected unanimously. Dhankar said that the decision to give the rewards was taken because uncontested elections ensure harmony and unity in the society, apart from fewer conflicts, and also lead to lower election expenses. “In case only the sarpanch (village headman) is elected unanimously, Rs.5 lakh would be awarded, whereas Rs. 50,000 would be given away to every panch (council member) elected unanimously. The sum would be given for the development of the village,” he said.
New Delhi, August 28, 2017: A special CBI court gave jail sentence of 20 years (for a 15-year-old case) to rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim today.
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Jagdeep Singh, CBI Judge declared 2 sentences of 10 years imprisonment for the 2 rape cases that happened in 2002.
Dera chief was also fined by the court for the 2 cases amounting to a total of Rs 30 lakh (Rs 14 lakh each would go to the 2 rape victims).
The Dera chief allegedly cried in the courtroom and also begged for sympathy and forgiveness.
The defense requested the Judge to be lenient as the Dera chief has worked for the welfare of people in the past.
Apart from the rape cases, Gurmeet Ram Rahim is also facing trial in 2 separate murder cases- Dera follower Ranjit Singh and journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
Protests by Dera followers (after his conviction) in Haryana and Punjab have led to the death of 38 people and crores of damage to public property.
A special court was set up in the Sunaria Jail premises in order to avoid any further damage caused by the violent mob. For this Jagdeep Singh, CBI special court judge flew to Rohtak today.
Talking about safety measures, Atul Kumar, District Collector of Rohtak said that shoot at sight orders will be issued if any anti-social elements occur which tries to harm the police force or innocent public.
Security was increased outside Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana chief minister’s official residence in Chandigarh before Ram Rahim’s sentencing.
There was high security around the Rohtak district jail with paramilitary forces and Haryana Police covering the area. The Army was on standby.
No movement of people (other than the authorized ones) was allowed within 10 km distance from the jail premises.
Panchkula, Sirsa, Uttar Pradesh, neighboring areas were on high alert and to ensure the safety of citizens Paramilitary forces were placed in various areas. There is a curfew in Sirsa and Section 144 is enforced in Rohtak. Sensitive areas of Punjab are being patrolled by security forces.
Locals have been asked to stay indoors as a preventive measure.
Mobile internet services will remain suspended in Haryana, Punjab and also Internet lease lines in Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, Sirsa till tomorrow 11:30 a.m.
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Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh continued to get VIP treatment from Haryana’s Manohar Lal Khattar government in prison
He was provided with an air-conditioned room in the prison near Rohtak town, around 70 km from Delhi
Even after being taken into custody, he was shown full respect by a section of officers instead of being treated like a convicted criminal
August 26, 2017: Convicted of rape and criminal intimidation on two counts, Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh continued to get VIP treatment from Haryana’s Manohar Lal Khattar government in prison.
The Dera Sacha Sauda chief, according to police sources, was provided with an air-conditioned room in the prison near Rohtak town, around 70 km from Delhi.
“From arranging a special helicopter to providing an air-conditioned room and helping in using facilities meant for police officers, the Khattar government is extending all help to the lawfully disgraced Dera chief even after his conviction in such a serious crime as rape. This is appalling,” a police source, who saw some of these things happen on Friday and Saturday, told IANS.
A woman, Honeypreet, whom the Dera website describes as his daughter (not real daughter), was allowed to accompany him along with bags and suitcases when Ram Rahim, after being taken into custody was flown in a specially arranged helicopter from the police lines complex in Panchkula.
Even after being taken into custody, the Dera chief was shown full respect by a section of officers instead of being treated like a convicted criminal.
“A couple of senior officers, who tried to take the Dera chief to task and treat him like any other criminal after his conviction were physically assaulted by his (sect chief’s) security.
“One senior officer was slapped and other one was pushed in the presence of other top officers. The Haryana Police had to detain his security for some time to take him into its custody following the conviction,” the police officer said.
The sect chief had openly announced support for the BJP in the 2014 elections. Millions of his followers in the region voted as per his diktat. He even went to cast his own vote.
The BJP, for the first time, came to power in Haryana on its own in the October 2014 assembly elections.
Panchkula town, adjoining here, where the CBI court announced the sect chief guilty, bore the brunt of the violence on Friday and resembled a war zone with scores of burnt vehicles and properties damaged or torched.
CBI special judge Jagdeep Singh held the Dera sect leader, who has lakhs of followers mainly in Punjab and Haryana, guilty of raping and sexually exploiting two female disciples in 2002.
The self-styled godman is used to a life of ultra luxury and ostentatious public appearances. (IANS)
Panchkula, Feb 2, 2017: The Haryana Government is planning on taking an initiative to raise the retirement age of its employees from 58 to 60 years, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar informed the media today.
According to Khattar, a three-member committee would be formed under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu to study and analysis various aspects of raising the retirement age.
The other two members of the committee are supposed to be Health Minister Anil Vij and Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Kumar.
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The Committee is scheduled to submit its report within the time span of one month, he said, adding that the Government might also think about re-employing those who have retired but are less than 60 years of age.
– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang