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Nagpur businessmen start ‘Halla Bol’ movement, slam govt. for restrictions despite decline in COVID cases

Tejinder Singh Renu and Dipen Agrawal during the press conference by Sarkar Jagao Vanijya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (SJVBSS) at Press Club in Nagpur on July 25

Tejinder Singh Renu and Dipen Agrawal during the press conference by Sarkar Jagao Vanijya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (SJVBSS) at Press Club in Nagpur on July 25

Sarkar Jagao Vanijya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti (SJVBSS), a conglomerate of the most affected businessmen due to COVID restrictions since the start of the pandemic, in a press conference on July 25 in Nagpur, slammed the Maharashtra government for keeping Nagpur district under restrictions despite a drastic decline in COVID cases. SJVBSS have also started ‘Halla Bol’ movement to protest against the government.

The businessmen stated that on June 4 the government of Maharashtra notified a level 5 restriction order, which mentioned local positivity rate, local occupancy rate of oxygen-bed and overall occupancy of oxygen-bed in state as indicators for early warning of surge in positive cases and proportionate change in economic activities (lock/unlock) within the jurisdictional area of concerned District Disaster Management Authority/Local Authority.

Nagpur District being under level 1 on June 4 was expected to resume regular working from June 7, however, DDMA and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) imposed level 3 restrictions without taking mandatory prior permission from State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).

After much representations and hue and cry, local administration under their order dated June 18 relaxed working hours from June 21. However, due to 21 cases of COVID Delta Plus variant reported in western Maharashtra, the state government under their order dated June 25, placed the entire state under Level 3 restrictions from June 28 with directions to DDMAs to watch out for two weeks trend before lowering the restrictions.

SJVBSS stated that it is pertinent to note the 7-day average positivity rate of Nagpur district since first formulated by state government. SJVBSS stated:

– On June 3, the positivity rate was 2.43% and still instead of level 1 relaxations, the local authority imposed level 3 restrictions

– On June 21, the positivity rate was 0.58% when relaxations in working hours were given to non-essential services, malls, restaurants and bars and coaching classes. Additionally, relaxations with respect to social gatherings, marriages and many other activities were also given

– On June 28, when level 3 restrictions were imposed across Maharashtra including Nagpur, the positivity rate was 0.41%. Malls and coaching classes were closed; working hours of shops, bars and restaurants were restricted. Gatherings and timings at social events and marriages were restricted too

– On July 12, when additional restrictions were placed on bars and restaurants the positivity rate was 0.32%

– On July 24, the positivity rate of Nagpur District was 0.16%.

– The active cases have come down from 4816 on June 3 to 244 on July 24, 2021

– The hospitals have closed their respective COVID wards and have returned to normal working

– It is learnt from media reports that Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar has decided to relax working hours in Pune, where positivity rate is reported to be 3.49%

– It is undisputed that COVID is going to stay here for a longer period than anticipated and 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th wave of virus is inevitable

In the light of above facts and circumstances, SJVBSS stated that the government and its agencies have pushed the most affected business sectors on verge of collapse. Businessmen are now finding it difficult to maintain their establishments and staff. They are left with no option to relive their employees and few have already closed their operations and ended the services of their employees. If this situation continues for a couple of weeks more, then majority of them will close shop permanently resulting in large scale unemployment and surge in NPA (default in bank loan/EMI).

SJVBSS have started the ‘Halla Bol’ movement, under which, SJVBSS members have met public representatives (Abhijit Wanjari, Ashish Jaiswal, Dayashankar Tiwari, Devendra Fadnavis, Duneshwar Pethe, Dushant Chatuvedi, Girish Vyas, Krishna Khopde, Krupal Tumane, Mohan Mate, Nana Patole, Nitin Gadkari, Nitin Raut, Parinay Fuke, Pravin Datke, Sameer Meghe, Sunil Kedar, Tekchand Sawarkar, Vijay Wadettiwar, Vikas Kumbhare, Vikas Mahatme and Vikas Thakre) and have submitted a memorandum of demands with specific request to openly stand in support and impress upon the state government to implement relaxations as per order dated on June 4.

SJVBSS convenor Dipen Agrawal stated: “We are responsible citizens first, then businessman. We appreciate the concern of authorities in restricting operations for a certain length of time in apprehension of a rise in COVID-19 cases but this cannot continue indefinitely turning a blind eye to change in circumstances.

Though the policy decision for temporary restrictions may not be termed as arbitrary or discriminatory but the legitimate expectation of business community for fair treatment, in conformity with the ethos of the Constitution of India cannot be denied.

Hence SJVBSS strongly demands that the decision to implement higher-level restrictions should be reviewed and modified particularly for Nagpur district where there is continued decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases, positivity rate and in occupancy of oxygen beds.”

SJVBSS also asked a few relevant questions to the state government:

– Whether the government and administration guarantee that COVID positive cases will not increase if such higher restrictions are placed on economic activities

– Whether the government and the administration guarantee that COVID cases will not increase when economic activities are resumed fully?

– Whether the government and administration guarantee that even after such restricted working, if the 3rd wave hits the state, the citizens will not encounter the trauma this time as they faced during 1st wave and more during 2nd wave?

SJVBSS added that it is a known fact that during the 1st wave, the Nagpur district community community worked shoulder to shoulder with local administration and NGOs to serve the needy, stranded migrant labours and homeless. During the 2nd wave, the local administration and constitutional courts banked upon the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds of corporates to create instant medical facilities including oxygen supply to mitigate the hardship faced by citizens.

SJVBSS informed that in its endeavour to awaken the government (Sarkar Jagao) so as to preserve the entrepreneurship (Vanijya Bachao), it has decided to demonstrate the resentment of the business community through:

– A peaceful & silent protest march from Samvidhan (RBI) square to the offices of Nagpur Collector and Nagpur Municipal Commissioner on Monday the July 26

– Car/Bike rally on July 27, starting at 1 pm from Hislop College and concluding by garlanding statue of Gandhiji at Variety square. The rally will pass through Law College Square, Coffee House Square, Shankar Nagar Square, Jhansi Rani Square, Panchsheel Square, Mehadia Square, Great Nag Road, Mokshdham Square, Baidyanath Square, Jagnade Square, Gangabai Ghat Square, Telephone Exchange Square, Agrasen Square, Mayo Hospital Square, Ram Jhula, Railway Station Flyover, Manas Square, Morris College T Point before concluding at Variety square.

SJVBSS strongly demanded that the government should immediately announce relief package for the affected entrepreneurs and direct DDMA to implement Level 1 relaxations in Nagpur district with immediate effect, else the protest could intensify and government shall be responsible for the same. 

Following trade associations have voluntarily extended their support to Sarkar Jagao Vanijya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti:

1. Association of Coaching Institutes (ACI)

2. Chamber of Associations of Maharashtra Industry and Trade (CAMIT)

3. Consumer Products Distributers Association, Nagpur (CPDA)

4. Nagpur Custom House Agents Association (NCHAA)

5. Nagpur Eatery Owners’ Association (NEOA)

6. Nagpur Hotel Owners Association (NHOA)

7. Nagpur Mangal Karyalay Lawn Association (NMKLA)

8. Nagpur Photographers & Drone Association (NPDA)

9. Nagpur Residential Hotels Association (NRHA)

10. Nagpur Shipping Lines Agents Association (NSLAA)

11. Nagpur Tent House Association (NTHA)

12. Nagpur Zillah Restaurant Permit-Room Association (NZRPA)

13. Steel & Hardware Chamber of Vidarbha

14. TIE – Nagpur

15. Travels Association of Nagpur (TAN)

16. Vidarbha Amusement & Water Park Association (VAWA)

17. Vidarbha Amusement & Water Parks Association (VAWA)

18. Vidarbha Backstage Association (VBA)

19. Vidarbha Computer & Media Dealer’s Welfare Association (VCMDWA)

20. Vidarbha Generator Owners Association (VGOA)

21. Vidarbha LED Association (VLA)

22. Vidarbha Light Owners Association (VLOA)

23. Vidarbha Pen & Stationers Association (VPSA)

24. Vidarbha Wine Merchants Association (VWMA) 

  

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November 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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Nation Next Nagpur Bulletin brings to you a summary of major news events that took place in Nagpur on November 30, 2022.

1. मुंबई में हुई cabinet की meeting में प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के beneficiaries को सिर्फ 1 हजार रुपए में रजिस्ट्री करने का decision लिया गया है. नागपूर के mla कृष्णा खोपड़े ने यह मांग की थी.mla खोपड़े के मुताबिक़ कुछ दिन पहले प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के beneficiaries ने उनसे मुलाक़ात की थी और 1 हजार रुपए में रजिस्ट्री कराने की व्यवस्था करने की मांग की थी. इसके बाद खोपड़े ने 6 september 2022 को Revenue Minister राधाकृष्ण विखे पाटिल को letter लिखा और बाद में 11 नवंबर को deputy cm फडणवीस को letter दिया. इस दौरान letter में यह कहां गया कि जैसे झोपड़पट्टी के लोगों को फ्री में रजिस्ट्री की व्यवस्था की गई है, उसी तरह प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के beneficiaries को हजार रुपए में रजिस्ट्री करने की व्यवस्था की जाए. इस मांग को state government ने मान लिया है.

2. आपने नागपुर शहर में देखा होगा की कुछ महीने पहले बनी सीमेंट roads को नल के पाइपलाइन और गटर line के काम के लिए तोड़ा जा रहा है. इसके विरोध में बुधवार 30 नवंबर को युवक कांग्रेस ने प्रोटेस्ट किया. ‘ घंटा बजाओ, नागपुरवासियों का टैक्स बचाओ ‘ के नाम से यह प्रोटेस्ट किया गया. बंटी शेलके के lead में इस प्रोटेस्ट में नागपुर Municipal Commissioner राधाकृष्णन बी, cm एकनाथ शिंदे और Deputy CM फडणवीस के मास्क पहनकर प्रोटेस्ट किया गया.

3. नागपुर के गिट्टीखदान पुलिस स्टेशन के तहत आनेवाले बोरगांव दिनशॉ फैक्ट्री के सामने वाली बस्ती में 3 महिलाओ के साथ मारपीट का video वायरल हो रहा है. यह घटना शुक्रवार 25 नवंबर की है. इस मामले में आम आदमी पार्टी के लोगों ने पुलिस स्टेशन पहुंचकर आरोपियों पर सख्त कार्रवाई करने की मांग की है. आम आदमी पार्टी कार्यकर्ताओ के मुताबिक़ पुलिस ने अब तक किसी पर भी कोई concrete कार्रवाई नहीं की है. जबकि अलका उईके नाम की महिला के साथ बहोत ज्यादा मारपीट आरोपी चंदन सडमाके ने की है. जानकारी के मुताबिक़ जिनके साथ मारपीट हुई है वो 3 महिलाएं जब गिट्टीखदान पुलिस स्टेशन पहुंची तो सिर्फ एक महिला की complaint ली गई. इस मामले में 354 के तहत अपराध दर्ज होता है, लेकिन पुलिस महिला से कह रही है कि हमने उसको समझा दिया है, अब वो कुछ नहीं करेगा. video में देख सकते है कि एक आदमी महिला के साथ किस तरह से मारपीट कर रहा है. जानकारी के अनुसार इसमें पुलिस ने सिर्फ nc मामला दर्ज किया है. देखने में आया है की शहर पुलिस की इसी लापरवाही के चलते कई बड़े -बड़े हादसे बाद में होते है. समय रहते पुलिस किसी भी मामले में सख्त कार्रवाई करे, तो सामने होनेवाले serious crime को रोका जा सकता है.

4. नागपुर के सदर में Bishop Cotton स्कूल में बुधवार को स्कूल के खिलाफ parents ने नाराजगी जाहिर की . बुधवार 30 नवंबर को सुबह ही parents स्कूल के सामने जमा हो गए. parents ने स्कूल की headmistress शुभदा टिमोथी के खिलाफ नाराजगी की है और parents का यह कहना है कि इनकी appointment ही illegal तरीके से हुई है .कुछ दिन पहले parents ने स्कूल की headmistress के खिलाफ नागपुर के Education Officer को भी written complaint दी है. parents का कहना है कि स्कूल headmistress का बर्ताव parents और management के साथ बिलकुल भी अच्छा नहीं है. parents के साथ उन्होंने कई बार arrogantly बात की है. parents ने यह मांग की है कि स्कूल की CBSE की principal maudlin तिवसकर को nursery से लेकर 12th तक का स्कूल का पूरा चार्ज दिया जाए. parents का कहना है की headmistress टिमोथी के कारण उनके बच्चों की study का नुक्सान हो रहा है. आज parents ने school के management से बात की और उन्हें अपनी problems बताई.

5.  29 नवंबर को नागपूर के मेडीकल कॉलेज में ragging का एक मामला सामने आया है. जिसमें 6 students के खिलाफ कार्रवाई करके उनकी Internship cancel की गई है. इसके साथ ही इन students के खिलाफ पुलिस में complaint दर्ज की गई है. जानकारी के अनुसार mbbs के first year students के साथ ragging का video सामने आने के बाद कॉलेज में सनसनी मच गई थी. इसके बाद central ragging commitie ने इस मामले में मेडीकल कॉलेज को complaint करते ही यह कार्रवाई की गई. दरअसल मेडीकल administration को central ragging commitie की ओर से एक video mail किया गया था., जिसमे 6 intern students mbbs के एक first year student की ragging कर रहे थे. इस वीडियो के मिलने के बाद मेडीकल administration ने तुरंत एक meeting ली और investigation के order दिए. investigation में पता चला कि video सही है. इन students को hostel से भी बाहर कर दिया गया है. कल रात तक यह कार्रवाई जारी थी.

6. रेलवे पार्सल department की ओर से सामान इस शहर से दूसरे शहर भेजा जाता है. कई बार रेलवे कर्मचारी और मजदुर इसमें काफी लापरवाही करते है, कई लोगों के महंगे -महंगे सामान भी रेलवे मजदूरों के उठाने और रखने से टूट जाते है. लेकिन रेलवे department इन गैरजिम्मेदार मजदूरों और रेलवे कर्मचारियों पर किसी भी तरह की कोई कार्रवाई नहीं करता है. ऐसा ही एक मामला मंगलवार 29 नवंबर को सामने आया है. दरअसल एक व्यक्ति ने नागपूर से अपने बेटे के लिए moped लातूर के लिए भेजी थी , लेकिन इसको लातूर में न उतारते हुए इसको कोल्हापुर में उतारा गया. जिसके कारण इस व्यक्ति को काफी परेशानियों का सामना करना पड़ा. जानकारी के मुताबिक़ गणेशपेठ में रहनेवाले m. अग्रवाल ने एक moped 24 नवंबर को नागपुर के पार्सल department से महाराष्ट्र एक्सप्रेस में लातूर भेजी थी, उनका बेटा वहां पढ़ाई कर रहा है. लेकिन लातूर पहुंचने के बाद इसको लातूर में नहीं उतारा गया. जब मोपेड नहीं मिली तो बेटे ने अपने पिता को फ़ोन पर जानकारी दी.इसके बाद अग्रवाल ने जब पता किया तो उन्हें पता चला की मोपेड कोल्हापुर पहुंच गई है. रेलवे ने अग्रवाल को यह जानकारी दी की लातूर में ट्रेन से नीचे मोपेड उतारनेवाला कोई नहीं था. इसके बाद यह भी कहां गया कि अगर फिर से लातूर में कोई मोपेड उतारनेवाला नहीं मिला तो मोपेड वापस आएगी. अग्रवाल ने strict होकर गाडी उतारने को कहा, उन्होंने railway helpline पर complaint भी की, इसके बाद मोपेड को लातूर में उतारा गया. रेलवे के पार्सल department की लापरवाही के कारण कई लोगों को रोजाना ही mentally और physically harrass होना पड़ता है. कई मामले सामने आते है तो कई मामले सामने ही नहीं आते है.

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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Narayana Vidyalayam in Nagpur adopts blue bull for conservation, protection of wildlife

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Narayana Vidyalayam has pioneered in the efforts to conserve and protect the wild life. This year in one of such endeavours, Narayana Vidyalayam has adopted a Blue Bull from Maharajbag Zoo, Nagpur for eighth consecutive year.

This gesture will definitely sow the seeds of wild life conservation and protection in the minds of students. The Maharajbag Zoo authorities presented an appreciation certificate to Principal Madam, Rekha Nair for the kind gesture.

Zoo Controller Dr Katkar, Officer Incharge Dr Sunil Bawaskar, Veterinary Officer Dr Abhijit Motghare, Mahesh Pande, Jay Darwade and zoo staff were present for this blue bull Adoption programme. Poonam Karunakaran , Pooja Shaw, Titiksha Soni and Mohan Joshi accompanied few students of class 8 and 9 who expressed their candid views about the importance of conservation of animals.

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PM Narendra Modi likely to visit Nagpur on December 11

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Nagpur on December 11 for the inauguration of Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Nagpur on December 11 this year for the inauguration of Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg (also known as Hinduhriday Samrat Samruddhi Mahamarg) and first phase of Nagpur Metro.

When Nation Next spoke to Pravin Datke, Nagpur District BJP Chief, he said, “As of now he’s likely to visit Nagpur for the inauguration of the expressway and metro. However, we haven’t received any official confirmation on the same.”

The 701-km long Samruddhi Expressway will connect 10 districts namely Nagpur, Wardha, Amravati, Washim, Buldhana, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nashik, Ahmednagar and Thane, 26 talukas, and 392 villages of Maharashtra.

When fully operational, the expressway will reduce the travel time between Nagpur and Mumbai by half – from 16 to eight hours.

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