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Irked NGT issues show-cause notice to Raj urban development secretary

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New Delhi, Sep 23: Irked with failure to comply with its directions, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued a show-cause notice to the Secretary of Urban Development Department, Rajasthan and also directed local top police officer to secure his presence during the next hearing.

The show-case notice against the secretary of Urban Development Department was issued on Wednesday for not appearing before the tribunal despite its order for the same.

The Tribunal’s directive came while hearing a petition alleging the discharge of untreated sewage and industrial effluents on the agriculture lands in Nokha village of Bikaner district in Rajasthan.

The petitioners had in 2019 taken the grievance about discharge of untreated sewage and effluents on the agriculture land at Nokha village to the Green Tribunal.

“Since the Secretary, local bodies have failed to appear by video conferencing in compliance with order dated June 10, 2021, we are forced to issue show-cause notice requiring him to explain why action be not taken for such failure by appearing in person on the next date,” NGT’s principal bench said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Tribunal has asked the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Jaipur to ensure the presence of Secretary, Urban Development for next hearing, scheduled for January 6, 2022.

“To secure his presence by video conferencing, we issue a bailable warrant to be executed by SSP Jaipur through the police officers concerned for a sum of Rs 5,000,” the Tribunal order said.

During the hearing on September 21, the Tribunal had pointed out that it had directed that the law be monitored at the level of the Chief Secretary by constituting a special cell. The Tribunal had also laid down the scale of compensation of Rs 10 lakh per month for delay in setting up of the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and Rs 5 lakh per month for delay in providing interim remediation measures in the matter to the villagers.

“Unfortunately, in the present case, the orders delaying the remedial action include higher officers, but no prosecution initiated by the State PCB. This is a dangerous trend to violate the law and to disrespect the rule of law, which calls for stringent action, if the rule of law is to prevail,” the Tribunal said.

The NGT had given last warning to the state (Rajasthan) authorities to take remedial action to prevent discharge of untreated effluents on the agriculture land on June 12.

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Call me “Dada”, not “Sir”, Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb to employees

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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