Govt should raise allocation: Chief Minister
rise in price index and other factors, the Union Government
should increase the total allocations for the tenth five
year plan (2002-2007) from
Rs 11,000 crore to Rs 15,000 crores. In the last two years of
the tenth plan, it should disburse atleast a sum of Rs 8,500 crore. The Chhattisgarh administration furnished
details of the revised plan at a Planning Commission meeting and
would like the Government at the Centre to sanction the same,
said Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh talking to mediamen after
chairing a Cabinet meeting at his official residence.
referring to the presentation made by the State delegation
before the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman at Montek Singh
Ahluwalia at Lucknow. Another major issue, raised before the
Planning Commission, that agreed to consider it favourably,
pertained to payment of royalty of minerals to be calculated on
the basis of their current marketing price and not on weight
basis. The Central Government is presently making payments to
the states on the basis of weight of the minerals.
Minister said he also pointed out to the Planning Commission
that the Central Government has not given Chhattisgarh a special
status. Now at least it can increase State’s
grant and loan from 30 per cent to 50 per cent. Dr Singh
demanded that the drawing limit of the State from the banks
should also be increased and the present loan of Rs 9000 crore
should be waived looking at the State’s performance.
that the total loans allocated to the State by different central
agencies should be rationalised according to the present
conditions and the targets set that way by the Union Government
in its future plan in every sector including power, agriculture,
industries and forest.
administration also raised the important issue
that though Chhattisgarh had maximum forest cover in the
State according to the national standards, yet sufficient funds
for its upkeep were not being made available to it and there is
an imperative need for a substantial increase in this segment,
the Chief Minister felt.
services between C’garh, MP
to commence from Dec 1
bus services between Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh would start
from December 1, 2004. A
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Additional Chief
Secretary Transportation R P Bagai and Chief Secretary
Transportation of Madhya Pradesh M K Rai was signed on Friday.
states would issue temporary and permanent bus permits on the
non-nationalised routes. It
was mentioned in the MoU that permit of those routes which pass
through Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh like
Raipur-Allahabad would be issued only after joint meeting of
three state officers. Both states agreed that if any route is
left over and formulation is done, the permission given to the
vehicle on the route would be considered as part of the
agreement. The only condition is that State Transport Department
Chief Secretary and Secretary should agree on it.
of land handed over to AAI
for runway extension
Secretary R C Sinha handed over advance possession of 50.17
acres of land to Senior Aerodrome Officer of Airports Authority
of India (AAI) M Nanda Kumar, for the extension of existing
The AAI had
demanded the land from State Government.
Advance possession of 27.95 acres of Government land and
22.22 acres of private land is given to AAI.
informed that the demarcation of land has been done. The process
of land acquisition is over.
Aerodrome Officer Nanda Kumar of Indian Airports Authority Mana
informed that the present length of the runway is 6400 feet.
allotment of land the length of runway would be extended to 7500
feet which is minimum standard length of Runway as per the
direction of Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
guidelines. The problem with the existing runway appears with
the change of season. In
summer the temperature of the airport goes so high that the load
carrying capacity of the flight decreases. Which leads to cut
down the number of passengers from the reservation chart.
Which sometimes irritates the passengers who are in
important official tour. In
winter and rainy season the poor visibility due to fogs and
heavy rainfall results diversion of flight to Nagpur or delay in
problem can be solved by installation of Instrumental Landing
System. This will allow to overcome all the existing problems
occur with the change of season.
feet expansion of runway will provide enough thrust to the fight
to overcome the problem raised due to higher degree of
temperature during summer.
Lighting System would also be installed to make night landing
Officer informed that the Khasra number of land is 91 area 50.17
Acre. Khasra number
72 is of 22.22 acre which is private land and Khasra number 19
is of 27.95 acres Government land.
officers also saw the areas. The advance possession of land
belongs to Baroda village, Patwari Halka number is 72/15,
Revenue Inspection Board Mandir Hasaud, Tehsil Arang district
ordered into youth’s
administration on Thursday ordered an enquiry into suicide by a
youth Suresh Shinde at the Takhatpur police station premises.
Takhatpur Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Ms Ifat Aara,
designated as enquiry officer began her job immediately.
release stated that the deceased consumed some poisonous
substance in the police station premises and was rushed to the
Primary Health Centre by the police after he fainted. Sadly, the
youth died during treatment at the PHC.
authorities later shifted the body to Chhattisgarh Institute of
Medical Sciences (CIMS) Hospital for post-mortem.
contacted, the Bilaspur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) B
S Maravi told this reporter on telephone that the deceased
Suresh Kumar Jwala Prasad Shinde (18) of village Dhania was
brought to the police station Thursday morning for
that he was spotted at the Guru Nanak Dharmashala near Takhatpur
bus station with a girl Poonam Vishwakarma from a nearby village
night patrol duty, four police constable learnt about
presence of Suresh along with a girl in the Dharmashala room.
The constables asked the Nepali watchman of the Dharmashala to
bring them to the police station on Thursday morning.
the watchman escorted them to the police station and left. The
duo was asked to sit on a table in the police station compound.
interrogation, the youth Suresh told the police that Poonam was
his sister. The girl aged 19 years however told the police that
she had an affair with Suresh and that they left their
respective homes on Wednesday to get married in some temple,
defying family opposition. The girl hailed from another village
and the two were classmates.
Even as the
police were trying to obtain more details, Suresh sought
permission to go out and ease himself. After returning, Suresh
fainted. He was immediately rushed to the PHC, where he died
suspected that Suresh consumed some poisonous substance. The
police located the shop from which Suresh had bought the
substance. The body
was shifted to CIMS Hospital. Poonam was now in SDM Ms Ifat
Aara’s custody. She is likely to be handed over to parents
after her statement is recorded.
that he personally sought all details relating to the incident
and did not learn that the police personnel beat up the youth
also recovered a letter from the duo in which both Suresh and
Poonam jointly stated that they may end lives if stopped from
exports IFGs to Nepal
Factory (GCF) Jabalpur has started exporting Indian Field Gun (IFG)
to Nepal. IFGs are traditional product of GCF which has been
further developed. GCF has been supplying 105 mm IFGs to Army
since long. This gun was also supplied to Border Security Force
(BSF) following the demand for advanced guns to cater to the
needs of BSF.
roaring during battles, IFG developed by GCF would also
safeguard the borders of neighbouring country. It may be
mentioned that targeting capacity and range of IFG has been
improved by GCF. The range of this gun with better targeting
capacity is up to 20 Kms.
informed that GCF is also exploring the possibilities of
exporting IFGs to other foreign countries as the capacity of gun
is up to the mark.
The export of
IFG to other countries would not only add Philip to the
reputation of this oldest defence installation of the city but
also be helpful in establishing other products of Ordnance
Factory Board (OFB).