States Diary

Presidential polls

Nitish Government Approves 50% Reservation in Bihar Judicial Services

The Bihar government on December 27th approved 50 percent reservation in the state’s judicial services with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Cabinet clearing the Bihar Uchcha Nyayik Seva (Sansodhan) Niymawali, 2016, and Bihar Asainik Seva (Sansodhan) Niymawali, 2016. The reservation will include 21 percent for EBCs, 12 percent for OBCs, 16 percent for SCs and one for STs. There will be 35 percent reservation for women in all categories under existing policy.

Cabinet Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra said, “In the light of the Supreme Court judgment of September 2016, in the State of Bihar versus Dayanand Singh case, the state cabinet decided to grant 50 percent reservation in subordinate and superior judicial services for direct appointment after due consultation with the Patna High Court and Bihar Public Service Commission .” Earlier, there was a provision for 27 percent reservation in subordinate services and no quota in superior services.

Raman Singh Vows to Implement 7th Pay commission in Chhattisgarh

In a bid to provide relief to state government employees and pensioners Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has said that state government employees will soon get benefits of the 7th pay commission. Around 225000 employees will get their salaries hiked based upon the components suggested by the 7th Pay Commission report.

According to PTI, Raman Singh, in November, on account of demonetization of high value currency notes, they had decided to pay Rs 10,000 in cash as part of salaries to the class 3 and 4 employees and teachers. PTI quotes officials of Chhattisgarh government saying,” CM Raman Singh issued the directive to the Finance department in this regard, and the decision will benefit around 3.5 lakh government employees. The chief minister in this regard also held a meeting in which facilities were provided to the people in the wake of demonetization was reviewed.

Navjot Singh Sidhu Likely to Contest from Amritsar East

Former BJP leader and MLA from Amritsar East assembly constituency Navjot Kaur Sidhu indicated that her husband former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu could contest assembly elections from her assembly constituency.

Talking to media in Amritsar, Kaur said, “Most probably Navjot Singh Sidhu will contest from Amritsar East assembly constituency.” Saying that it didn’t make any difference who contest the elections, she added, “Asi eik aatma, do shareer han (We are one soul in two bodies).” She said her cricketer turned politician husband always wanted to work for the state he comes from. “You can’t do what you want to do for your state as an MP. An MP is dependent on state government. You can get many projects cleared from the Centre but what if state government doesn’t support you,” she said. She also hinted that Sidhu would campaign in all 117 constituencies.

Harish Rawat Orders Probe into Misappropriation of Disaster Funds

Day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised the issue to lash out at the Harish Rawat dispensation for corruption; Uttarakhand government instituted a judicial probe into the alleged misappropriation of disaster relief funds in the state after the 2013 natural calamity, which claimed thousands of lives.

Announcing the probe, Rawat also took a jibe at his predecessor Vijay Bahuguna, who is now with the BJP and was at the helm when disaster relief operations were carried out in the state. He said the saffron party should have conducted an in-house inquiry into the irregularities as the “entire family of executors of the alleged scam are now with them”. The Prime Minister had said at a rally that he was going to drag Uttarakhand out of the “bottomless pit of corruption in which it was languishing under the present regime”.

AAP Declares Ex-bureaucrat Elvis Gomes As Goa CM Candidate

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal launched his campaign to “liberate Goa from bad governments”, announcing former bureaucrat Elvis Gomes as Aam Aadmi Party chief ministerial face in the coastal state. The announcement came at Kejriwal’s first public meeting in the state in seven months. Kejriwal had held his last public meeting in Goa in May.

Kejriwal was flanked by Gomes and other party candidates at the rally in South Goa’s Cuncolim, from where the CM face will contest. The choice of Gomes’ constituency for holding the rally is loaded with political symbolism because December 19 is also observed as Goa Liberation Day — when the state was liberated by the Indian armed forces from its colonial rulers, the Portugese, 55 years ago. The party has already declared 32 of the 40 candidates, and its volunteers and workers launched a door-to-door campaign for their party back in September.

It’s Advantage Ibobi Singh in Manipur Economic Blockade

The ‘economic blockade’ imposed by the UNC on November 1 against the Manipur government’s proposed move to create new districts of Jiribam and Sadar Hills seems working in favour of CM Okram Ibobi Singh. It is clearly advantage Ibobi Singh in Manipur now. Even Kukis who were against the government for much of the last couple of years, are now back after their long-time demand of Sadar Hills district was granted.”

There are 40 seats in the valley districts in an assembly of 60. Ibobi has the backing of two of the three dominant communities of Manipur. Political experts feel this can surely see him through in upcoming elections in early 2017. These trends are being corroborated by the fact that some of the leaders, including MLAs who had quit Congress to move to the BJP, are coming back