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WBPSC Recruitment 2020: HC slams official for not providing copies of exam answer sheets to applicant

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KOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on the Public Service Commission, West Bengal, observing that its state public information officer (SPIO) has committed gross illegality by not supplying certified copies of answer sheets to an applicant. Dismissing a petition by the PSC, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay directed that the amount of Rs 10,000 be paid to applicant Papri Ganguli within four weeks.

The court further directed that the SPIO shall supply the photocopies of the answer scripts as was requested by Ganguli.

On February 12, 2018, Ganguli filed an application with the SPIO for certified photocopies of her answer scripts for two papers for limited departmental examination of eligible employees of the state government for promotion.

The SPIO, however, replied that photocopies of answer scripts cannot be provided and she can only inspect these.

Aggrieved by this, she moved the appellate authority, which had on April 12, 2019 directed the SPIO of PSC to furnish certified copies of answer scripts to Ganguli.

The PSC had then moved the Calcutta High Court challenging the appellate authority’s order.

Passing the order, the court observed that it is not understood how the SPIO of the Public Service Commission can say that photocopies of answer scripts cannot be given to the applicant.

By writing this, the court said, the SPIO has tried to lay down a new law in respect of the RTI application and ignored several judgments of the Supreme Court.

It observed that it is a gross illegality and a dangerous trendsetter.

The said SPIO has acted against the policy of the state of transparency, the court observed and held him guilty for violation of the state policy as well as law.



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Nine girls take charge as officers for a day in UP

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JHANSI: Nine meritorious girl students, who had topped in the board exams, were made top administrative officers of various departments in Jhansi district for a day as the Navratra festival that celebrates the nine avatars of the Mother Goddess reached its peak.

The event, held on Saturday, in Mauranipur tehsil was a part of the ongoing ‘Mission Shakti’ programme in Uttar Pradesh for empowering women.

Sunaina Mishra got the chance to serve as SDM; Nancy Gupta as circle officer; Diksha Ahirwar as tehsildar; Vanshika as agriculture officer; Kritika as education officer; Kumkum as SHO; Anjali Gupta as BDO; Aashi Gupta as CHC head and Kanchan Agarwal as EO.

All the nine girls, on Saturday morning, were brought to their respective offices from their home in official vehicles and given the opportunity to serve as officers for the day.

They discharged their official duties for the entire day under the guidance of the officers who were present to help them.

The girls passed orders and marked applications of complainants to the departments concerned with instructions.

Sunaina, who was serving as SDM , later told reporters that she was excited and thrilled to be handling the duties.

Sunaina ranked second in Class 12 and is preparing for NEET, and after her experience of serving as an SDM, she said she would now definitely appear in civil services examination after completing her MBBS.

Nancy Gupta, who was Circle officer (CO) for the day, has enrolled for B.Sc and is aiming to do doctorate.

SDM Mauranipur Ankur Srivastav, who was the brain behind the initiative, said that the ‘experiment’ was fulfilling. He said he hoped that it would make the children strive harder for their goals.



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Bhagwat welcomes Centre’s new agri reforms, education policy

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NAGPUR: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday praised the Centre for the agriculture and labour reform bills recently passed in Parliament, and said new policies should aim to make farmers aware of the modern agriculture science.

Addressing the Sangh’s annual Vijayadashami rally here which was this time attended by only 50 ‘swayamsevaks’ due to the COVID-19 guidelines, he also welcomed the government’s new education policy.

Stressing on self-reliance, he said while designing the agricultural policy, farmers should be empowered to control their seed banks, create manure, fertilisers and pesticides on their own or procure from neighbouring areas.

“The new policies should aim to make our farmers aware of modern agricultural science and also enable them to blend that knowledge with the time-tested, contextually relevant traditional knowledge,” Bhagwat said.

The policies should be such that a farmer is able to use the research findings and sell his produce without getting trapped under the pressure of market forces and middlemen, the RSS chief said.

Incorporating these changes immediately within the present agrarian and economic system might not be possible. In that case, the policies should focus on creating a conducive environment to translate the suggested changes into reality, he said.

“Some positive steps in the direction of assimilating this swa (selfhood) in our economic, agriculture, labour, manufacturing and education policy have been taken,” he said.

He further said a new education policy formed on the basis of extensive deliberations and dialogue has been launched and the Sangh has also welcomed it.

The RSS chief also said that ‘vocal for local’ is a great start in the exploration of possibilities of ‘swadeshi’.

A policy-making process where all people and parties concerned discuss and deliberate extensively and draw consentient conclusions fosters the spirit of oneness and trust among all.

“Fortunately, we can rely on the prevailing political leadership to engender the feeling of oneness and trust with regards to matters small and big among all people,” he said.

He further said the need to decentralise agriculture and manufacturing sectors by supporting small and medium scale enterprises and creating job opportunities has drawn the attention of many intellectuals alongside the policy-makers in this time of COVID-19.

Those employed in these sectors, from small-time and seasoned entrepreneurs to farmers, are all eager to taste entrepreneurial success for the nation.

“The government will need to provide extra cover for them so they can attain world-class standards that will allow them to stand a competitive chance alongside other economic giants of the world.

“Along with the allocation of funds, its actual disbursement on the ground has to be ensured so that they can restart again after six months of the corona crisis,” he said.

Bhagwat said the consciousness that has prevailed in the aftermath of COVID-19, realisation of the true meaning of self’, spirit of oneness with all, the importance of cultural values and environmental awareness, should not be disregarded.

“We must not drop the momentum, lose sight of these indispensable values and fall back in a pattern of insensitive behaviour. Gradual and consistent practice of right conduct and responsible behaviour of an entire society alone can bring rewards,” he added.



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15 school students among 58 new Covid-19 patients in Mizoram

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AIZAWL: Fifty-eight more people, including 15 students of two private schools in Aizawl, have tested positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram, taking the northeastern state’s caseload to 2,447 on Sunday, a health official said.

Aizawl district reported the highest number of new cases at 44, followed by five each in Hnahthial and Kolasib, and two each in Serchhip and Khawzawl, he said.

Twenty-two new patients have travel history, while 36 infections were detected during contact tracing, the official said.

Mizoram now has 249 active coronavirus cases, while 2,198 people have recovered from the disease so far, he said.

The state has not reported any coronavirus fatality till date, the official said.

The state has so far tested 1,04,073 samples for Covid-19, including 1,121 on Saturday, he added.

The Mizoram government has decided to shut all schools, that had reopened on October 16 for students of classes 10 and 12, from Monday due to the rising number of locally transmitted coronavirus cases.



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