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Home toilets must for contesting Maharashtra civic polls


New Delhi: In a significant decision, the Maharashtra Government on Tuesday made domestic toilets compulsory for all those aspiring to stand for civic polls and get elected to municipal corporations, councils and panchayats.

This has already been implemented at the village level for contesting local bodies elections, under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the state’s Swachh Maharashtra Abhiyan.

The move has been initiated by making suitable amendments to the civic acts pertaining to corporations, councils and panchayats to ensure that those planning to contest elections had provision for toilets in their homes.

The decision was announced after a meeting of the state cabinet here presided over by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Under the two cleanliness missions, an important component is to make toilets available for each family and thus to do away with the practice of defecating in the open.

According to the 2011 census, the urban population in Maharashtra stood at around 58 million (5.8 crores) which comprise 18 million (1.8 crores) families.

Of these, around 8 percent – or 832,000 families – lack proper toilet facilities in their homes.

However, with a view to completely end defecating in the open, in cities by October 2, 2017, the state government has already initiated ‘mission mode’ in 366 urban centres, officials said.

For the success of the missions, the role of elected representatives is considered crucial and hence it is imperative that they (people’s representatives) must first have toilet facilities at their homes, they said.


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Maharashtra Government Questions High Court on Categorizing ‘Dahi Handi’ as Adventure Sport

The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents

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Dahi Handi Celebration. YouTube
  • Division-bench including Justices Sadhana Jadhav and R M Savant and raised the issue while hearing the petition seeking an action against the leader of BJP- Ashish Shelar
  • The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents

Mumbai, Jul 17, 2017: The Maharashtra government was asked by the High Court of Bombay to explain the grounds for categorizing the celebration of ‘Dahi Handi’ as one of the adventure sports in 2015 and giving permissions minors to take part in the celebrations.

According to the PTI report, division-bench including Justices Sadhana Jadhav and R M Savant and raised the issue while hearing the petition seeking an action against the leader of BJP, Ashish Shelar and the rest for dire situations and the restrictions laid down by the High Court for the celebrations of Dahi Handi festival on the year 2015.

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Along with Shelar, the petition was also seeking severe action against the former youth wing president of BJP in Mumbai- Ganesh Pandey, PTI has reported.

Reportedly, the petitioner said to the bench that post laying down of the restrictions in the order by the High Court on 2015, the state government declared in 11th August on the same year declaring ‘Dahi Handi’ festival as an adventure-sport.
In that order, the High Court had stated that the human pyramids that are formed during the celebration, must not exceed 20 feet minors will not be permitted to take part in the formation of the pyramids.

The government has given permission to the minors above the age of eleven years to take part in the celebrations but they have to submit a letter from their parents. The bench has ordered the government to respond to the questions and postponed the issue for further hearing on 4th August, PTI has reported.

It was also noted by the court that the political leaders such as- Shelar, the head of the Dahi Handi Samiti that was set up by the state-government in the year 2015, should stay away from organizing or participating in such celebrations where the orders from the court are being flouted.

The Samiti was set up post an order from the High Court and the mandate of it was to actualize the guidelines of the court during the celebrations of ‘Dahi Handi’, Press Trust of India has reported.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @ElaanaC


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Fake Caste Certificates Invalid for Employment, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India has passed the judgement against the fake certificates making them invalid. The decision will, however, be applied from now onwards

Fake Caste Certificates
Supreme Court, the apex ruling court of India. Wikimedia
  • The Indian Supreme Court has ruled against the validity of Fake Caste Certificates in jobs and admissions
  • The decision, however, will be applied now onwards and has no retrospective effects
  • Chief Justice J. S. Khehar and Justice D. Y. Chandrachud were members of the bench ruling on the case

July 06, 2017: Fake Caste Certificates that up until now were used to secure reserved seats in Jobs and Education are not going to be valid after a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of India.

The Supreme Court did not agree with the Bombay High Court who delivered the verdict that persons who have served for a long period of time but with fake caste certificates may be allowed to continue the service, mentioned PTI.

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Although possessing no retrospective effects, the decision will be applicable from now onwards. The verdict came as a number of petitions to the Supreme Court were flooding in. Even Maharashtra government filed a petition against the verdict of the Bombay High Court.

Only last month the Central government announced its decision to dismiss any employee who had secured a job through fake certificates. Subsequently, it had asked all its departments to collect information from various organizations and find discrepancies.

It was also revealed that 1,296 cases of employment through fake certificates were registered under Department of Financial Services.

– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Maharashtra Government Plans to bring a Law to regulate Pre-Primary Education: Minister

School children, (representational Image). Wikimedia

Mumbai, April 24, 2017: To regulate pre-primary education in the state, the Maharashtra government is planning to bring a law, School Education Minister Vinod Tawde said here today.

He mentioned that the proposed law will deal with three key aspects of fees, academics, and teachers.

As of today, the government has no data with it on the present scenario of the pre-primary education in the state.

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According to the “Statistics of School Education Report of 2010-2011” that was brought out by the Union HRD Ministry, there were 56,145 pre-primary educational institutions having a total enrollment of 23,66,806 students in Maharashtra, mentioned PTI report.

“At present, the government is already working on the draft legislation. The focus of the proposed law will be on aspects like fee control, academics, qualification criteria of teachers and infrastructure provided by the pre-primary schools,” Tawde added.

The legal aspects was also examined by the government so that the law does not fail the scrutiny of the court when implemented.

However, sources in the School Education department said that if the government is in charge of the pre-primary education, then the exchequer will have to bear a financial burden of Rs 1,200 crore by way of grants, mentioned PTI.

In the event of the government regulating the pre-primary section, the schools are bound to seek the government grants, added the sources.

For numerous years now, parents have been up in arms due to the alleged exorbitant fees being charged by the pre-primary schools run by several trusts as well as overall lack of control over academics and other factors.

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The pre-primary sector includes pre-primary classes prior to standard I, kindergarten and playgroups.

The state government at present has no control over these institutions.

Last year in March, the issues of hefty fees and interviews of children and their parents for admission were raised in the state legislature.

A 21-member committee was set up by the previous Congress-led state government under the chairmanship of then School Education Minister Fauzia Khan.

Further, in July 2012, in its report submitted to the government, the panel suggested to enact a law titled “The Maharashtra Pre-Primary Education Act”.

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According to the PTI report, the committee had recommended that the law should ban capitation fees, interviews or tests for children and their parents. It also recommended to make the registration or recognition of all pre-primary schools mandatory.

However, the report was put in the cold storage by the erstwhile government.

According to the Union HRD ministry report of 2010-2011, there were 56,145 pre-primary educational institutions in the state.

The total 23,66,806 enrollment of students included 12,59,699 boys and 11,07,107 girl students. The enrollment of Schedule Caste students then was 3,78,578, whereas the enrollment of Schedule Tribe students was 2,69,412.

When it came to teachers in pre-primary schools, all the schools had 56,145 teachers.

In pre-primary schools, the percentage of trained teachers then was 99 percent in the state and the pupil-to-teacher ratio stood at one teacher per 42 students.

– prepared by Staff writer at NewsGram