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Government introduces Separate Bills to constitute Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes

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New Delhi, April 5, 2017: The government on Wednesday introduced separate bills to constitute a commission for the socially and educationally backward classes — to be known as the National Commission for Backward Classes — and to repeal the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993.

Both the bills were introduced by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot in the Lok Sabha.

The National Commission for Backward Classes was constituted under the National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 to examine the requests of inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists.

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The new bills will pave the way of constituting a commission for the socially and educationally backward classes, which will have a constitutional status.

According to the bills, the commission will consist of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and three other members. They will be appointed by the President.

The commission will probe and monitor matters relating to the safeguards provided for the socially and educationally backward classes under this constitution or under any other law for the time being in force or under any order of the government to evaluate working of such safeguards.

The Cabinet gave its nod to the formation of the new commission in a meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (IANS)

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New Zealand Government Announces Ambitious Plan to Protect Endangered Dolphins

The proposals also include the Department of Conservation developing an action plan to deal with toxoplasmosis

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Proposals for consultation for a revised Threat Management Plan to protect the dolphins released on Monday. Pixabay

The New Zealand government on Monday unveiled a plan to expand and strengthen the protection for the endangered Maui and Hector’s dolphins.

Proposals for consultation for a revised Threat Management Plan to protect the dolphins released on Monday.

Extending the boundaries of the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary south to Wellington and extending the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary north to Kaikoura, south to Timaru, and offshore to 20 nautical miles are included in the proposals.

The proposals also include the Department of Conservation developing an action plan to deal with toxoplasmosis, a disease that can affect dolphins and other marine mammals, by targeting research to answer knowledge gaps, enhancing education for cat owners and advocating for riparian and wetland restoration.

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The New Zealand government on Monday unveiled a plan to expand and strengthen the protection for the endangered Maui and Hector’s dolphins. Pixabay

“These precious dolphins are New Zealand taonga (treasure). We need to act now to ensure their populations increase and both species thrive,” said Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

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It is estimated that only 63 Maui dolphins are remaining, and Hector’s dolphins are nationally vulnerable with about 15,000 in New Zealand waters. (IANS)