New system formulated to increase powers of panchayats: CM
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that a new system has been formulated to increase the powers of new panchayats. Whatever grant-in-aid is given to Panchayati Raj institutions, these institutions have the right to spend it, because they are autonomous institutions.
He said that Panchayat, Block Committee, Zilla Parishad, Municipality, Municipal Council, and Municipal Corporation will also be given more autonomy.
Now the sarpanch will be able to get the work done at his level based on quotations up to Rs. 2 lakhs. The works of more than Rs. 2 lakhs, will be done through tender invited on the Haryana Engineering Works portal, he said.
Under the new system, only the SDO will be able to approve works ranging from Rs. 2 lahks to Rs. 25 lahks at the sub-divisional level, and the sarpanch and Chairman of Block Samiti and Zilla Parishad will be able to give administrative approval for this. Earlier the files regarding approval of works used to come up to the headquarters level, now all approvals will be given at the local level only, said Khattar replying on the last day of the winter session of the Haryana Vidhan Sabha here.
UNESCO heritage sites tentative list: Sun Temple & Vadnagar town Rock cut sculpture added
Three new cultural sites in India, including the iconic Sun Temple at Modhera, historic Vadnagar town in Gujarat, and rock-cut relief sculptures of Unakoti in Tripura, have been added to the tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sites. The UNESCO website describes a tentative list as an “inventory of those properties which each State Party intends to consider for nomination”.
The Sun Temple in Modhera, Gujarat, is dedicated to Surya Dev and is situated on the left bank of the Pushpavati River, a tributary of the River Rupan. It is the earliest of such temples, setting trends in architectural and decorative features and perfectly illustrating the Solanki style. Itscomponents—the main temple shrine (garbhagriha), a hall (gadhamandapa), an outer hall or assembly hall (Sabhamandapa or rangamandapa), and a sacred pool (Kunda), now known as Ramakunda—are all built in the Marugurjara architectural style. This eastfacingtemple is built of bright yellow sandstone.
Ministry of Rural Development launches Prajjwala Challenge inviting ideas, solutions and actions to transform rural economy
With an aim to invite ideas, solutions and actions that can transform rural economy, the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) has launched the Prajjwala Challenge. It is one of the platforms where ideas are invited from individuals, Social Enterprises, Start up, Private Sector, Civil Society, Community Based Organization, Academic Institution, Start-ups, Incubation centres, Investors etc having potential to transform the rural economy.
DAY-NRLM is one of the flagship poverty alleviation programs of the Ministry of Rural Development, which aims at creating efficient and effective institutional platforms of the rural poor, enabling them to increase household income through sustainable livelihoods enhancements and improved access to financial services.
India, ADB sign $125 million loan to improve Urban Services in Tamil Nadu
The Government of India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a $125 million loan to develop climate-resilient sewage collection and treatment, and drainage and water supply systems in three cities in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The signatories to the tranche 3 loan for Tamil Nadu Urban Flagship Investment Program were Rajat Kumar Mishra, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance who signed for the Government of India, and Hoe Yun Jeong, Officer-in-Charge of ADB’s India Resident Mission who signed for ADB.
The financing is the third and the last tranche of the $500 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) for the Program approved by ADB in 2018 to build priority water supply, sewerage, and drainage infrastructure in strategic industrial corridors across 10 cities in the state. The tranche 3 loan covers Coimbatore, Madurai, and Thoothukudi.
Road accidents linked to fog claimed 13,372 lives in 2021
Road accidents caused due to foggy and misty weather conditions claimed 13,372 lives in 2021 and another 25,360 were left injured — more than half were grievously injured. Among states and UTs, Uttar Pradesh recorded a maximum of 3,782 fatalities, followed by Bihar (1,800) and Madhya Pradesh (1,233) on this account. Goa, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep did not report any road death due to this reason.
As per the latest report titled “Road Accidents in India” published by the road transport ministry, among the million-plus cities, all the top six cities reporting high number of such fatalities were from UP. While Kanpur reported a maximum of 173 fatalities, Agra recorded 108 deaths and the other cities that saw a high number of deaths were Prayagraj (97), Ghaziabad (91) Lucknow (67) and Varanasi (56). Patna also recorded 56 such deaths.
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