Nagpur registered 1237 new COVID-19 positive cases on Tuesday, September 22, which took the districts overall tally to 66,380.
The number of patients who died due to the infection today was 54, which pushed the death toll in the district to 2150.
As many as 55,212 patients recovered from the infection so far, of whom 1662 were discharged on Tuesday. There are currently 9018 active patients in Nagpur district at present.
Mah lauded for fast-tracking initiative of making buildings ‘accessible’
Access audit of a total of 180 Government buildings in four major cities of Maharashtra done
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was observed on Dec 3. On this day, Maharashtra was recognized for the way it has been implementing Sugamay Bharat Abhiyan. A release by the PIB, says that he state has received the National Award for Institutional Empowerment 2022 under the category ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan Ke Karyanvayan / Badhamukta Vatavaran Ke Srijan Mein Sarvshrestha Rajya’, at a function to celebrate “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”, held in New Delhi on Dec 3.
What constitutes an accessible building?
An accessible government building is one, where persons with disabilities have no barrier in entering it and using all the facilities therein. This covers the built environment – services, steps and ramps, corridors, entry gates, emergency exits, parking – as well as indoor and outdoor facilities including lighting, signages, alarm systems and toilets.
What has Mah done till date?
· Access audit of a total of 180 Government buildings in four major cities of Maharashtra.
· Of these 180, proposals for making 142 buildings accessible have been sent.
· Of the remaining 38 buildings, the building plan and estimate for 15 buildings has been submitted.
· Retrofitting work has completed in 137 buildings
· Out of funds amounting to ₹21.67 crore, utilization certificate for ₹19.30 crore has been sent to the Central Government.
Will Bommai, Shinde-Fadnavis phone call defuse K’taka-Mah border issue?
After exchanging barbs on the Karnataka – Maharashtra border issue Mah Deputy CM says the matter will be taken up with Amit Shah
It all began with a 2021 Jath resolution that the drought-prone taluk (comprising 40 Gram Panchayats) in Maharashtra passed, which stated that their water scarcity woes have not been met by the Maharashtra government for long and hence they expressed a desire to join Karnataka. Referring to this resolution a few weeks back, Karnataka CM Bommai said that his government was seriously considering this resolution and was prepared to tackle any legal challenges that may come forth.
Rubbishing these Jath claims as being “old”, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that not a single village in Maharashtra would be ceded to Karnataka and that Maharashtra’s claim on Belagavi, Karvar and Nippani is non-negotiable. Bommai responded on Twitter saying, “There is no question of giving even an inch of land to Maharashtra. In fact, our argument is to merge predominantly Kannada-speaking Sholapur and Akkalkot areas in Maharashtra with Karnataka.”
Violence broke out in border areas of both states, with some buses and flags being burnt. However, in a words that seemed to hint at a patch, Maharashtra Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis, told ANI on Tuesday, I’ve spoken with Karnataka CM, he gave a positive response. Our constitution provides everyone the right to live & work in any state. I will take this issue to HM Amit Shah. I request people of Maharashtra to not react.” B
Bommai stated that he spoke with Mah CM Eknath Shinde over the phone and that they both agreed that peace and law and order should be maintained in both states. However, this seems to have fallen on deaf ears as violence was reported along the border areas.
(With input from agencies)
11 things you need to know on the Karnataka – Maharashtra border dispute
1. After the State Reorganisation Act was passed by the Parliament in 1956, On November 1, 1956, Mysore state – later renamed Karnataka – was formed.
2. This reorganization did not go well with Maharashtra which was of the view that the northwestern district of Karnataka, Belagavi, should be part of the state.
3. This was also the time that the Maharashtra Ekikaran Samithi (MES) was formed and became a prominent player in politics.
4. After decade-long protests erupted on either side, finally the Union government set up a commission under retired Supreme Court judge Justice Meharchand Mahajan on October 25, 1966.
5. The commission, which submitted its report in August 1967 recommended merging 264 towns and villages of Karnataka including Nippani, Nandgad and Khanapur with Maharashtra, and 247 villages of Maharashtra including South Solapur and Akkalkot with Karnataka.
6. The report was tabled in 1970 in the Parliament, but was not taken up for discussion.
7. In 2004 Maharashtra approached the Supreme Court challenging the State Reorganisation Act and demanded 865 villages and towns from five Karnataka districts to be merged with the state. The five districts are Belagavi, Karwar, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi and Bidar.
8. Karnataka argues that Article 3 of the Indian Constitution does not give the Supreme Court jurisdiction to decide the borders of states, and only Parliament has the power to do so.
9. Maharashtra says Article 131 of the Constitution says that the Supreme Court has jurisdiction in matters related to disputes between the Union government and states.
10. The petition in SC was to come for hearing on Nov 30, 2022 and was listed before the Bench headed by Justice K M Joseph, but has been pushed to another date.
11. Every winter since 2012, Karnataka Assembly session is held in Belagavi in a newly inaugurated building called Suvarna Vidhana Soudha. Hence, this is the period when the issue always gains steam.