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Akhilesh seeks Parrikar’s ‘working permission’ on pending projects in Lucknow

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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has sought Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s help in getting “working permission” from the army to complete various pending projects in Lucknow, an official said on Thursday.

In a letter to Parrikar, Yadav also expressed hope that the projects, including construction of roads and a flyover, would be completed at the earliest with the defence ministry’s cooperation.

He pointed out that the state government has time and again been making requests to the defence ministry but to no avail.

In case prompt approval is given by the defence ministry, work on the road and bridge can be expedited and completed for the benefit of the people, Yadav said. (IANS)

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Khadi Masks to be Delivered at Doorstep by UP Government

Khadi masks now to be delivered at the doorstep by the UP Government

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UP Government to deliver Khadi made masks at doorstep. Pixabay

Stepping up efforts in the battle against coronavirus across Uttar Pradesh, the Yogi government will now deliver khadi masks at the doorsteps of people as their demand has been steadily rising due to an increase in positive cases.

Government sources said that the benefit will help create women’s self-help groups (SHGs) and give them employment at the local level.

Khadi branding will also take place for the first time since Independence, even as porous material would prove effective against the virus, the sources claimed.

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UP government to make use of Khadi material to make masks. Pixabay

Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Department, told IANS: “The khadi masks are being prepared by women SHGs of the Village Development Department. They have been given six lakh meters of cloth, with eight masks made from one meter and another 1-2 from cloth cuttings. In this way, about 50 lakh masks will be made. A pair of masks will cost Rs 20-22 in the market.”

He pointed out that cloth weavers, as well as village women making masks, would thus be provided the source of income. He said that the activists of Sahayata Group will deliver the masks to the market.

Sehgal said: “The masks will be the best quality, three-layers ones and available in packings of two. Training for making masks has been sourced out to an organization called Indian Green Khadi.”

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Doorstep delivery of Khadi masks by UP government . Pixabay

According to information received from the department, there are about 2,000 self-help groups of women in the state at present, with nearly 2 million women beneficiaries.

Also Read: COVID-19 Pandemic: An Infodemic and Ecodemic

At present, there are about six lakh cotton and khadi weavers in the state. The central and state governments give 20 and 15 percent subsidies on khadi clothes respectively. A 5 percent grant from the state goes directly to the accounts of weavers.

The masks will be distributed through the Rural Development Department and Gram Panchayats. These can take the help of post offices, banks, and other NGOs. Many institutions are contacting the Khadi and Village Industries Department for this. (IANS)

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Defence Minister looking into education fund cap issue: Army Chief

The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare had capped tuitions and hostel fees at Rs 10,000 per month in a letter dated September 13.

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The Defence Minister shall look into the education fund cap issue to resolve the problem
Minister of Defence Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi. Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Wednesday said Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has promised to resolve the issue of a cap of Rs 10,000 on educational expenses paid to the children of defence forces martyrs.

The Army chief further revealed that the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, has informed the Defence Minister of the issue, and she that has said the issue will be addressed on priority.

Defence Ministry sources reported that the Minister had held a meeting on the issue on Wednesday and a decision is likely to be announced soon.

General Rawat said: “For our martyrs, children are entitled (to) free education. It is a very good thing that the government has done. What has happened is possibly because of some misunderstanding– they have now capped it at Rs 10,000 because somebody must have calculated as to how much a person spends per month on child education,” .

“In our case, we have written to the government. I think the Defence Minister is completely seized of the problem. She is aware of it, and after we explained the reason to her… she said she is certainly concerned about it and will address the issue on priority,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

According to informed sources, Admiral Lanba, the most senior among the three service chiefs, wrote to the Minister to urge her to resolve the problem.

A letter dated September 13 by the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare had capped fee for tuitions and hostel expenses at Rs 10,000 per month.

The demand to a rollback on the decision was also raised by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, and Union Minister of State for External Affairs General V.K. Singh, who is himself an Army ex-chief. (IANS)

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Shia Board to Gift 10 Silver Arrows for Proposed Lord Ram’s Statue in Ayodhya

As a token of honour, Shia Board commits to gift 10 silver arrows for Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya proposed under Uttar Pradesh Government

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Lucknow, October 17: As a token of honor, Shia Board commits to gift 10 silver arrows for Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The statue of Lord Ram is proposed under UP Government that is expected to cost Rs 330 Crores.

After embracing Yogi Adityanath government’s step in building a 100-meter high statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya on the banks of Saryu river, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Board has announced to gift 10 silver arrows as a mark of respect.

“UP government’s decision to erect a statue of Lord Ram is commendable. In keeping with the Ganga-Jamuni tehezeeb of Awadh, these silver arrows would be just a token of admiration and esteem in which Shias hold Lord Ram,” he said in a letter to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Chairman of the Shia Central Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi put forth that it would be a stance of pride for Indians for the high budgeted statue would mark Uttar Pradesh on the world map.

The Lord Ram’s statue has been proposed by the state government under Navya Ayodhya plan which would cost about Rs 330 crores. This Ayodhya redevelopment proposal aims to establish schemes for the welfare of the local community and to create a tourist friendly city.

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The response comes back few days after the All India Muslim Personal Law Board members Zafaryab Jilani and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi criticised the UP government’s plan.

Both had stated the Ram Temple as an unlawful construction, appending it to be a violation of secular principles for the government to comprehend in such state projects.

Adding to it, he spoke on a historical aspect that the Nawabs of the region had shown high respect towards the temples in Ayodhya in 1739.

Chairman Waseem Rizvi had stressed on the construction of the Lord Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya in the past while being adjoining the Samajwadi Party leader and former UP minister Azam Khan.