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Maharashtra Government forms State Commission for Backward Classes, will investigate Grievances raised by the members

Maharashtra Government's step taken for the betterment of the backward classes is mentionworthy

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Mumbai, Jan 4, 2017: Maharashtra government constructed the State Commission for Backward Classes with retired justice Sambhajirao Mhase the Chairman today.

An official statement from Chief Minister’s Office said, the Maharashtra government constituted a State Commission for the  Backward and under-developed Classes. Retired Justice  Sambhajirao Mhase took over as the Chairman.

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Maharashtra State Commission for Backward Classes consists of esteemed members like – Dr Sarjerao Nimase (expert member), Prof Chandrashekhar Deshpande, Prof Rajabhau Karape, Dr Bhushan Kardile, Dr Dattatray Balsaraf, Dr Suvarna Rawal and Dr Pramod Yeole, according to the official statement, mentioned PTI.

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The primary roles of the Committee are-

  • The study and analysis of the existing situation of various provisions in the Constitutions and by the State Government for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes and come up with measures to fulfill the same.
  • To investigate cases of grievances raised by members from Scheduled Castes and Tribes
  • To take part in the process of creation of schemes and policies related to the economic upliftment of Scheduled Castes and Tribes and provide advice to the State Government regarding the same.
  • To take a review of matters registered under the Scheduled Castes / Tribes Atrocities Act 1989 and Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955. To take review of the financial support to be given to the affected persons under the above mentioned acts.
  • To accept and investigate grievances of SC/ST employees related to service. To take a review of policies related to Scheduled Castes / Tribes.
  • To deliver advice to the State Government for rolling out beneficial schemes for Scheduled Castes and Tribes.
  • To take necessary measures that stimulate the State Government in deciding things related to welfare, reservation, protection, development of Scheduled Castes / Tribes.
  • To suggest the inclusion or exclusion of castes in list of Scheduled Castes and Tribes.

We can surely hope that a committee like this will prioritize the neglected issues of the backward classes. This indeed was a thoughtful step taken by the Maharashtra government.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

 

 

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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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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  • 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

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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