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Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat on APN News Face2Face show

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Harish Rawat, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, is fighting a lone battle as he takes on an aggressive BJP in the upcoming assembly elections. He spoke to Editor-in-Chief, India Legal, Inderjit Badhwar on APN News’ Face2Face show. Excerpts from the interview:

Q. So many leaders have been changing their political affiliations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah used to talk of “Congress-mukt Bharat” but in reality it seems that the BJP is becoming Congress-yukt. Your comments.

A. BJP has become “Congress dal-badloo yukt”. It used to claim as a “party with difference” which is now being witnessed by the people in many ways. It seems that “the difference” is projecting the BJP’s worst face. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked his party leaders not to adopt “vanshvad” in ticket distribution. Perhaps he wanted to caution Rajnath Singh (Home Minister) not to ask a ticket for his son…

But it was surprising to see that within one week, the BJP announced its candidates’ list for Uttarakhand. The list had names of more than half a dozen leaders who had recently left the Congress and joined BJP; they were allotted party tickets based on “parivarvad”.

Not only that, a father and his son were given tickets within four hours of joining the BJP. Yashpal Arya and his son were given tickets. ND Tiwari took his son to them to ask for a ticket. Tiwariji has recently denied about joining BJP. We don’t know what the fact is.

Q. Uttarakhand was being targeted and at one stage the judiciary had seen it as violation of Article 356. What you had said at that time proved correct. Prime Minister Narendra Modi comes here personally and other BJP leaders focus on Uttarakhand. Why has the 70-member assembly become so important for them?

A. I am a small chief minister of a small state and a person from poor background. I am surprised why a “strong” prime minister is doing all that. Nothing can happen without his consent.

First, he staged mass political defections and then implemented President’s rule based on a sting operation. And you know that if President’s rule is implemented based on a sting operation, no state government will be able to function more than a month. The high court and the Supreme Court did not find any justification in the President’s rule. It was for the first time in India that a suspended chief minister was restored to his position.

Now, I am not surprised because there is no non-BJP ruled state where the CBI is not conducting an investigation. The CBI has been asked to probe chief ministers of all the non-BJP ruled states while it has not yet completed investigation in the Vyapam scam in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh. The Pearl Group scam of Raipur in Chhattisgarh is also yet to be investigated. Investigations against other BJP chief ministers have not been initiated.

But the CBI has been working full force in non-BJP ruled states and I am one such CM. In Uttarakhand, there are no important BJP faces—neither a chief ministerial candidate nor any ministers…

Q. There are former Congress leaders who have defected to join BJP and have become its face. Is this the irony of the time?
A. Of course, as I was saying before that they used to claim to be a “party with difference”. Now they are taking inference from the dal-badloo (turncoats). When Uttarakhand was hit by the worst tragedy of flash floods, none of them looked at this state. Nobody came forward with support or sympathy. But after the elections were declared, they have been roaming around with all “available weapons” in their hands.

Q. You have rightly said that there is no BJP face in Uttarakhand. Then is your fight directly with Narendra Modi?
A. How can I fight with the prime Minister? His position is so powerful.

Q. Then, why is he climbing down to fight with you?
A. I don’t understand. I don’t find myself equal in front of him. I am a very small person. But in a democracy there is no other option but to contest elections. I will contest elections against anyone, either Modiji or anybody. We will contest elections with due respect. The prime minister is the guardian figure for all states. But the latest developments in the state have not given impetus to anybody’s stature except that of the PM.

Q. We are receiving information that some disgruntled leaders from the BJP are trying to get Congress tickets. Is this true?
A. Yes, we have the information. Wherever we find that it suits our election strategy, we will definitely consider giving tickets (to them). There are some good people with them. I felt pained when certain people were turned down (by BJP). They have not even given a ticket to their former state president, who is a thorough gentleman. He is young and has a long future.

I am sure that in this election, 12-14 dal-badloos (turncoats) will be rejected by the people. Because if they win elections, then Uttarakhand will fail. I have full hope that these people will lose elections.

Q. Some pre-poll surveys have recently indicated that the BJP will win 38 seats, but a most recent poll survey has indicated that your party (Congress) will win 41 or 42 seats. What is your assessment?
A. I hope that in this election people will vote for political stability and appreciate the initiatives taken by our government. My government has taken several unique initiatives to fulfill the demands which were being discussed while running the campaign for a separate state. The focal point of those was to restore “Uttarakhandiat”. Some of the demands have been fulfilled, while others will need more time. I hope that people will vote us to see these accomplished and give us a comfortable majority. Because the helplessness I have gone through while running a coalition government was very painful.

Today, we are providing 24-hour electricity supply to our people and Uttarakhand is one of the six fastest progressing states of the country. I am satisfied that we are on the growth path. We have performed well in all economic parameters, succeeded in initiatives for “Uttarakhandiat”, protected our fauna, craft, culture, food, traditional crops, etc.

Q. You have explained the social and economic initiatives taken by your government. But don’t you think this was not projected properly?
A. I have spent enough time in restoring Kedarnath after the unprecedented flood tragedy. I need more time to develop Kedarnath as the only religious place at the highest location in the world.

Tragedies have struck me—first a natural tragedy, then a political tragedy and now I am facing a surgical strike of defections in the party. As a result, I could not project my government’s success at all. I was not doing big things but I was only trying to serve the villagers and the poor.

I would like to mention two major steps here. At the time of my elevation as chief minister, some 1,74,000 people were receiving Rs 200 each as handicap, old-age and widow pensions. Now within two years, this pension has increased to Rs 1,000 per person. Uttarakhand is the highest in pension paying state in India.

As far as women’s empowerment is concerned, our government supports mothers’ right from the time they deliver a female child. The model of women empowerment we have developed, will be, I am sure, copied by other states as well. We have successfully established Indrama canteens that provide traditional food to women.

Q. What is the impact of demonetisation?
A. If demonetisation was aimed to eradicate black money there would have been visible positive results in the society. How much black money has been brought back from foreign lands in the last two and a half years? Which big black money hoarder has been arrested? In fact, this was a surgical strike against the common man.

The demonetisation surgical strike has hit the common man and spared the capitalist. Dr Manmohan Singh has very rightly said that it will reduce the rate of progress. Our small state has already lost over Rs 1,000 crores in tax collection. The impact is very visible.

The tourists who used to come here in winter season are cancelling their bookings. Very few tourists came on the New Year eve. Tax collections and VAT recoveries have decreased substantially.

Now, we wish the prime minister realises the ground situation and takes bold corrective measures. That is why we are raising our voice. The difficulty is that if you raise your voice, the BJP people issue “fatwa” that such people were black money hoarders and not patriots.

Q. Yes, some feel that they are participating in “Satyagraha” with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They consider that they will succeed in eradicating black money as Mahatma Gandhi succeeded in removing British rule by following “Satyagraha”.
A. For this reason, they have started removing Mahatma Gandhi’s picture from Khadi and currency notes. There is only one Satyagrahi who successfully removed British rule from the country. Now you want to eradicate black money, perhaps, for this reason they might even remove Mahatma Gandhi’s picture from currency notes. You (the government) call it to be an economic measure and we consider this as a political measure.

You chose to do it in the election season as you had no other achievements to claim. People had started questioning the government on many fronts. Where is (the promised) Rs 15 lakh in each person’s bank account? What happened to the creation of two crore jobs? Why achche din for farmers have not come? Where are your start-ups?… Kindly tell us how much black money has been brought back from foreign lands.

If 90 percent of black wealth is out of the country, then was this “surgical strike” against just 10 percent black wealth? And that 10 percent ‘black wealth’ was yours, mine and in the common man’s pocket. What has happened to the big black money hoarders? When will that money return?… They say that black money is invested in buying land. Has any recovery been done? They claim that it will eliminate terrorism. But the number of deaths in Kashmir is only growing since demonetisation…

Q. If you contest and succeed in winning the election this time, you will probably emerge as a giant-killer. Have you ever thought about this?
A. No, no, I am quite contended as soldier of democracy and a servant of Uttarakhand. I am happy with this status.

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UPTET 2021: UP teacher eligibility test postponed after question paper leak, check new date here

The Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET 2021) was scheduled to be conducted today on November 28, 2021, but it has been cancelled. According to the reports, the UPTET 2021 exam has been suspended due to a question paper leak on a WhatsApp group.

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The Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET 2021) was scheduled to be conducted today on November 28, 2021, but it has been cancelled. According to the reports, the UPTET 2021 exam has been suspended due to a question paper leak on a WhatsApp group.

Now, reports are saying that UPTET 2021 exam will be conducted after a month. Candidates should not worry, because the next date of the UPTET exam will be declared shortly by UPBEE.

For those who don’t know, candidates do not need to pay another application fee for the UPTET 2021 examination.

According to the reports, the leaked question paper went viral on the WhatsApp group of Mathura Ghaziabad Bulandshahr before the commencement of the examination, many accused were detained from Prayagraj and Western Uttar Pradesh.

Also, information about blacklisting the agency which was conducting the examination has come to the fore.

Around 20 lakh applicants enrolled for the UPTET 2021 exam. The UPTET 2021 exam was set to be held at different test centres, located over 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh. The UPTET 2021 test will consist of two papers. UPTET paper 1 was to be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for primary school teachers, from grade 1 till grade 5. UPTET 2021 paper 2 was for higher primary school teachers in classes 6 to 8, and it was to be held from 2:30 PM to 5 PM.

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When stars descended on earth

The Uttarakhand government is taking various steps to encourage filmmakers to shoot their movies in Uttarakhand. 

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Uttarakhand government is taking various steps to encourage filmmakers to shoot their movies in Uttarakhand.  This includes constituting the Uttarakhand Film Development Council, exempting all films shot in the state from shooting charges, focussing on development of Film City at selected location and selection and development of places for outdoor shooting.

The two-day Film Conclave 2019, held in Mussorie on 7th and 8th November, is another step in this direction. The APN Group was the media partner of this film conclave. A galaxy of film producers and directors attended this event, where Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat lent a patient ear to their demands and requirements.

The Conclave was inaugurated with much fanfare with Chief Guest and Central Minister Smriti Irani and CM Rawat lighting the lamp and Editor-in-Chief of APN Group, Rajshri Rai being the master of  ceremonies.  Chairman of the APN Group and senior lawyer Pradeep Rai presented a token of gift to the two dignitaries, before the renowned singer Shoma Ghosh rendered Ganesh Vandana.

Later in his address to the filmmakers, CM Rawat promised all help to them for organising shoots in Uttarakhand. He said the government will soon come up with a single window system to avoid any delay and red tapism in approving their shooting schedules.

Smriti Irani had the audience in splits when she said she was confused as to whom she should represent – the film fraternity to which she once belonged or the government, in which she is presently serving as a minister. Irani stressed the need of multi-language content and the use of high quality technology in producing films. She said that the art and culture of Uttarakhand must be preserved.

Different sessions on ‘My film and experiences in Uttarakhand’, ‘Uttarakhand’s Film Policy – Today and Tomorrow’ and on other engrossing topics were competently conducted by Rajshri Rai, where renowned film makers  Muzaffar Ali, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vishal and Rekha Bhardwaj,  Abhishek Dogra,  Ajay Arora, Director, Sanjay Dutt Productions, film producer Sandeep Singh, Dharmendra Mehra, President, Western India Film Producers Association, Komal Nahta, film trade analyst, actresses Pooja Bisht and Pooja Balotia putforth their views.

The idea of organising such a conclave and inviting film-makers to choose Uttarakhand as their shooting destination seems to have already paid dividends, when one of the invitees said that he will never forget the morning he spent in Mussoorie  where  he could see nature in full bloom and a pollution-free environment. Another guest said he was bowled over by the pristine beauty of hills which can anytime give the locales of Switzerland or New Zealand a stiff competition.

Indian film industry is the biggest in the world in terms of the number of films produced with around 1,500 to 2,000 films produced every year in more than 25 languages.  And Uttarakhand government is leaving no stone unturned to lure producers to the state. As a result of this, films like Student of The Year, Koi Mil Gaya, Lakshya, Paan Singh Tomar, Kedarnath, Badrinath were shot in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand was also given a Special Mention Certificate during the National Film Festival 2017 to recognise the efforts made by it towards creating a film-friendly environment in the state.

And the way the present conclave has concluded, it seems Uttarakhand will soon have its plate full.

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US born Indian origin 15-year child Aaron’s services appreciated

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Aaron Phogat,a 15 year old child born in US in an Indian family, is an inspiring character in many ways for his parent’s homeland. Though he was born in New Jersy,USA,Aaron nursed love for India, due to frequent visits with his parents. He used to visit his paternal and maternal elders. Now he imparts English language tutorials to the younger children living in several orphanages in Rajasthan.  His parents are from Sikar districts of Rajasthan.

US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

Recently APN News covered exclusive story about Aaron’s extraordinary work done in field of education for underprivileged children in Rajasthan. Aaron Phogat came to Sikar, some 120 kms from Jaipur few years back and observed that large number of children have no access to education due to various reasons including lack of infrastructure and resources with their parents. Children living in orphanage were the worst victim of the situation. Though he was on a visit for vacation, he decided to start classes for the deprived children.

US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

He started teaching in two orphanages “Apna Ghar” and “Manna Children Home” in Jaipur, His special attention was focused on orphans who do not have luxury or anybody’s support for even basic primary education.

School going children started gathering around him for attending his classes. Aaron developed skill of teaching English language, which was simple,interesting and understandable for the orphanages children. Aaron’s inspiration came from his grandfather P R Dhayal who came from a very humble farmer’s family but due to timely education and hard work reached to the rank of Chief Commissioner of Income Tax in India. Mr PR Dhayal’s continuous support & guidance motivated Aaron to do more for these kids .

US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

However, after some days he had go back to US on the completion of vacations. Everybody was sad as Aaron had to leave the children behind him.  On his return, he convinced his parents to arrange equipment for organizing classes through video conferencing. His parents supported him in this and it took a new turn in the life of orphanages’s children as well as Aaron.. Now he is teaching these kids on every Saturday and Sunday from his home in New Jersy through video conferencing.

US born Indian origin 15-year child Aron’s services appreciated

He arranged all stationary,books and sports equipments for these kids. At present, Children in several orphanages are being benefited by Aaron’s classes. Lately, Aaron has established a non-government organization known as “Helping One By One” and is planning to connect many more orphanages including Jaipur & Sikar  based orphanages: Mamata and Kasturba Seva Sansthan. His contribution of imparting education to the orphans and deprived children has attracted a lot of appreciation. We at APN News salute Aaron’s dedication for the needy children and love for India, which will definitely contribute nation building and strengthen next generation.
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