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December 2017 Edition of Power Politics is updated.         December 2017 Edition of Power Politics is updated.
Issue:Dec' 2017


Pension for "Satyagrahis"

V.P. Prabhakar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced a lifetime monthly pension scheme of Rs 10,000 for 'satyagrahis' and those from the state who were jailed during the Emergency. The Chief Minister, who was speaking at the closing ceremony of the year-long "SwarnaJayanti" celebrations of the state at the Mahabir Stadium in Hissar on October 31, 2017, where Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu was the chief guest, also announced an increase in financial assistance to the veterans of the Second World War and their widows from Rs 4500 to Rs 10,000.
He said the state would ensure 10-hour power supply to the agriculture sector from November 1, 2017. The Chief Minister said that the government jobs had been provided to 156 next of kin of heroes who had laid down their lives in post-Independence conflicts and while fighting terrorists. These include 130 from the armed forces, 12 from BSP and 14 from the CRPF.
The Vice-President called upon people to shun their communal and caste prejudices and join hands to make the country a mighty power.

For corruption-free city

The UT Police top brass was taken aback when Punjab Governor and UT Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore, who was the chief guest at a parade to mark the 51st Raising Day of the Chandigarh Police on November 1,2017, expressed displeasure over the "Corruption prevailing in the Chandigarh police. The UT Administrator pointed out that the pay and perks of the Chandigarh police personnel were among the highest in the country.
The Administrator said, "I want zero tolerance to corruption in the city." The recent arrest of a sub-inspector posted in Sector 31 by the CBI for allegedly seeking a bribe of 9 lakh was a serious matter. Warning the cops, Badnore had a word of appreciation for the Nigehbaan Project, under which closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed across the city, and implementation of the crime and criminal tracking network system in all police station.
Badnore appreciated the Chandigarh police for successfully controlling the law and order situation in the city.

Regulatory body mooted

The founder of Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, agreed that faith in religious leaders is on the decline and hence there should be a governing body that makes sure that all the religious, spiritual institutions are transparent.
Ravi Shankar, who was talking with media persons at the Chandigarh Press Club on November 6, 2017, was replying to a question that after the episode of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh there was downfall in the image as spiritual gurus.
Ravi Shankar said there should a body to regulate all regions bodies, including those managing places of worship. He said the route to happiness lies in Dhyan, Pranayam and Yoga. Referring to the menace of drug in Punjab, he said that many people, especially youngsters, had benefited from the teachings of The Art of Living and had left drugs forever.
Addressing girl students at Punjab Raj Bhawan, he made them promise to themselves that they would not marry any person who drinks liquor and takes drugs.

Scheme for scribes

Haryana Chief Minister Khattar launched a pension scheme for veteran Journalist at a function held in Red Bishop in Panchkula on October 26, 2017, which coincided with the completion of three years of his government. The Chief Minister honored nine veteran Journalists, seven from Chandigarh and two from Karnal, by presenting them shawls and also cheques of Rs. 10,000 each. Under the pension scheme, veteran Journalists would be given a monthly pension of Rs. 10,000. They will be from newspapers/ news agencies, radio stations and news channels, who are above 60 years of age. The accredited media persons having at least 20 years of experience would be eligible for pension. The media person should be accredited with the Information, Public Relations and language department of Haryana Government for at least five years. A documentary was shown there in which the achievements of the Haryana Government in different fields in three years were shown. The occasion was used to release two booklets, titled 'Sal teen Behtreen'. It was an out-and-out Khattar show with the Chief Minister dominating the documentary. He said that when he took over the reins of the administration, there was rampant corruption in the state and the law and order situation was deteriorating. Today the Opposition was raising just petty issues.

Honouring Brahma Kumaris

The world is nothing but your thoughts. This was the key message that emerged out of a national conference held to celebrate 80 years of Brahma Kumaris, a spiritual-cultural organization engaged in spreading world peace and positive approach since 1937.
Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki inaugurated the conference titled 'God's Wisdom For World Transformation', on October 15, 2017 at Tagore Theatre.
"Brahma Kumaris is truly an example of women empowerment.
Eighty years is a long journey and is important for any organisation. I congratulate the organization on the successful completion of this ongoing journey," said Solanki, in his address. He added that Brahma Kumaris had been rendering their spiritual services with the same honesty, devotion and motivation as they did 80 years ago. Some dignitaries were honoured.
They were Major General MS Kandal (retd), nominated councilor, in the Chandigarh Muncipal Corporation; Jagdish Lal Ahuja, PGI Bhandare Wale; Deepak Dhiman, state head, Dainik Bhaskar, Chandigarh; Rajendra K Saboo, chairman, KDDL Ltd, Chandigarh, Sanjay Tandon, president, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Chandigarh, Nirupama Subramanian, resident editor, The Indian Express, Chandigarh, and Capt Gurjiwan Singh Sidhu, veteran athlete, Chandigarh.
As a responsible citizen, aware of the developmental needs of the society, they have been rendering their meticulous services for uplifting social and ethical values in their individual as well as their organizational capacities.
In another programme, participants from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand participated. It was meant to honour senior devoted Brahma Kumari Sisters who have been associated with the organization for long and have been instrumental in contributing their meticulous services towards individual and society.
"This celebration is a historic event. In 80 years, the institute has helped transform millions of lives who have been able to incorporate a positive approach to the issues and affairs in their lives and are enjoying a peaceful and meaningful life." said BK Amirchand, director, Punjab Zone & BK Karuna Bhai, Head Media & Public Relations, Brahma Kumaris, Mount Abu.
The organization has been contributing towards various social causes like drug de-addiction, women empowerment, Beti Padhao Beti Bachao, Rural Development, Organic farming and many more government and non-government projects.