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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal raises transport scam, LG’s role with President Pranab Mukherjee

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New Delhi: An alleged multi-crore transport scam and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung’s decision to close the case figured at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee, a senior AAP leader said.

The Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch had begun a probe, on Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s instructions, into the alleged Rs.100 crore transport scam that had occured during then time of the previous Sheila Dikshit government.

“The issue was discussed in Kejriwal’s meeting with the president. Jung’s order of shutting the case came up too,” the leader, who did not want to be identified, told IANS.

The Delhi government has questioned the basis of Jung’s decision in the past to close the case. Jung has maintained that there was no need for a probe.

In 2012, the ACB had registered a case in the alleged loss of Rs.100 crore to the Delhi government in awarding the contract of operation and maintenance of inspection and certification of CNG vehicles.

However, the then Sheila Dikshit government had denied permission to the ACB when it wanted to question certain officials.

In January 2014, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) initiated a preliminary inquiry in the case and was assured all help by the then Aam Aadmi Party government. But after Arvind Kejriwal resigned as chief minister in February 2014, the case got stuck again. (IANS)

 

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India to Issue Chip-based e-passports, Says PM Narendra Modi

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered

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The government's endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said work is on to issue chip-based e-passports to Indian citizens under a centralized passport system.

“Our embassies and consulates are being connected to the Passport Seva Project worldwide,” he said addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 here.

“This will prepare a centralized system connected to the passport service for all of you,” he added. “Going one step ahead, work is on for issuing of the chip-based e-passport.”

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He also said that work was on to simplify the process of issuing visas to PIO (Person of Indian Origin) and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cards.

The government’s endeavour was to see to it that Indians were happy and safe wherever they live abroad, he said.

“In the last four-and-a-half years, more than two lakh Indians stranded in crisis situations abroad have been helped by the government and its efforts,” he said.

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Modi’s Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth, the chief guest at the event, commended India’s efforts in reaching out to the diaspora.

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Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed the gathering.

Organised by the External Affairs Ministry and the Uttar Pradesh government, the Indian diaspora conclave this year has over 5,000 delegates registered. (IANS)