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Bihar aims at being beggar-free by March 2021, government to provide shelter, employment to poor across state

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The state government in Bihar has launched an ambitious project to help alter the socio-economic position of the state by providing stability and jobs to beggars across the state.

With the plan, the government aims to remove poverty from the state, by helping the poor with a choice of profession and consequently enabling their absorption into the society.

The State Society for Ultra Poor and Some Welfare, SAKSHAM, under Bhikshavritti Niwaran Yojna programme will ensure that beggars either get trained to become entrepreneurs or publicity managers for government run-programmes.

We are preparing a database of beggars. Soon after this process is completed, they will not only be provided employment but also shelter, social welfare minister Ashok Chaudhary told the media on Sunday. According to him, beggars will also be provided financial help to run their own business.

Until now, 18 beggars have been provided the financial support to run their own business. Each one was given the financial support of Rs10,000. They have also been provided Aadhar cards and regular bank accounts. However, the number of beggars showing interest in running business activities is very less.

Some of them wish to sell vegetables while others want to sell other items, a SAKSHAM official told Hindustan Times. He added that the agency has set a target to provide financial support to 100 beggars in Patna.

The project has been initiated in 12 districts of the state, such as Patna, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Saran, Araria, Vaishal, Gaya, Nalanda, Bhagalpur, Rohtas, Purnia, Katihar and Araria. Ashok Chaudhary, the social welfare minister, said, there’s a plan to make Patna beggar-free by March 2021.

Randhir Kumar working with this project told the media on Sunday that they had identified 2,200 beggars in Patna but many of them don’t want to quit begging. We were able to convince some of them to start life afresh but some have become so used to this kind of living that they don’t want to switch to other jobs.

The agency reportedly has discovered among the beggars, multiple talents, which the agency says can be put to use for creating awareness amongst the poor about these government welfare programmes.

They may do street plays and motivate others to avail the facilities provided to them by the government, Kumar added.

Bhikshavritti Nivaran Yojna is run in 10 cities of the country and Patna has been made a part of this. The other cities covered under this project are Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

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Thane Municipal Corporation adds 25 beds as COVID cases rise




Radhika Dhawad | Thane

Thane Municipal Corporation added 25 additional beds separately in the wake of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) added 25 additional beds in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Hospital Kalwa apart from arranging a special ward  dedicated to COVID-19 patients. The total number of active patients in the city stood at 252 while five succumbed to the virus.  Meanwhile, TMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said a ‘death audit’ of patients who died of COVID would be conducted. The TMC has ensured it has additional stock of oxygen concentrators, testing kits, medicines, to name a few. Bangar told HT, “Due to the increasing number of Covid patients, it is necessary for everyone to be alert.”

He added, The number of Covid tests should be increased to stay one step ahead of the disease. As a result, the number of patients is likely to increase due to increased testing. However, as per the ‘test, isolate, treat’ protocol for Covid, it becomes necessary to isolate and treat more and more patients. The testing centres will not remain closed even for a single day. At the same time, more arrangements for testing will be made immediately in public places, markets, railway stations, malls.” 

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

Also read: Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours

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After Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification, his namesake who contested from Wayanad disqualified




Radhika Dhawad | Wayanad
An independent candidate named Rahul Gandhi has been disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses.

Rahul Gandhi

An independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections named Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from contesting polls for failing to lodge account of election expenses. Gandhi, who’s name figures as ‘Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma’ in an Election Commission list of persons, had contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as an Independent and had received 2196 votes from the Wayanad seat in Kerala – a constituency from where ex-Congress MP Rahul Rajiv Gandhi had won with over seven lakh votes.

However, since it is mandatory for all contestants to submit their account of election expenses among other mandatory requirements under EC rules and the Representation of the People Act.

Rahul Gandhi K E S/o Valsamma stood disqualified to contest polls from September 13, 2021 till September 13, 2024. According to Section 10A, the Election Commission can disqualify a contestant for a period of three years from the date of the order if he/she has failed to lodge an account of election expenses within the time and in the manner required by law and has no good reason or justification for the failure.

Also read: ‘CBI under UPA govt. pressurised me to frame Modi,’ recalls Amit Shah

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Nagpur records 22 COVID cases in 24 hours




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city.

A total of 22 patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in past 24 hours on Thursday. Almost 242 people were tested in the city, out of which 15 belonged to urban area while and 6 were from the rural areas, and one from outside Nagpur district. 

At present, there are 72 active patients in the city. Three new cases of the new XBB.1.16 variant of COVID-19 were detected that took the total tally to five in the district.  

India recorded 3,095 new COVID cases and five deaths in last 24 hours.

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