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PDS wheat, rice to cost more

28 Apr 2017 | 1:10 AM

DEHRADUN: The state APL families will have to pay extra for procuring wheat and rice from the PDS stores. In a Cabinet decision taken by the Trivendra Singh Rawat-led BJP government yesterday, approval was given for hiking the price of wheat from Rs 5 to Rs 8.60 and that of rice from Rs 9 to Rs 15.

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Neena Sharma

Tribune News Service

Dehradun, April 27

The state APL families will have to pay extra for procuring wheat and rice from the PDS stores.

In a Cabinet decision taken by the Trivendra Singh Rawat-led BJP government yesterday, approval was given for hiking the price of wheat from Rs 5 to Rs 8.60 and that of rice from Rs 9 to Rs 15.

In all, there is going to be an increase of Rs 3.60 in the price of wheat and Rs 6 in the price of rice.

"The proposed hike will be effective from next month for 11 lakh APL card holders in the state," said Uttarakhand Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy stated this while briefing mediapersons.

Significantly, according to the State Food Security Scheme, persons whose salaries were below Rs 5 lakh annually, i.e. APL card holders, were entitled for the cheap ration. The scheme was started by the previous Harish Rawat-led Congress government. However, the new BJP government has now announced a hike in the prices of foodgrains for the APL card holders.

The Cabinet also approved the state GST bill to be tabled in the second session of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly to take place from May 1. The Uttarakhand Governor has already given his approval for the two-day Assembly session.

In another important decision, the government has decided to continue with the old excise policy for another month. "The old excise policy will continue for at least a month. The Cabinet has given approval for its extension for another month," said Ramaswamy.

The Uttarakhand Government has also gone back on its earlier announcement of reducing the hours for selling liquor in the state. In the plain areas of the state, liquor will continue to be sold from 10 am to 10 pm, but in the hill areas the liquor vends will remain open from 3 pm to 9 pm.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also given a go-ahead to the government to approach the Supreme Court against the Uttarakhand High Court ordering it to raise the ex gratia amount given to disaster victims to 50 per cent.

It is believed that the government is of the opinion that the victims of the 2013 disaster were given substantial amount as ex gratia for which several existing norms were relaxed. "The government is not in a position to enhance the ex gratia amount that has already been disbursed," said a top official.

Further, the Cabinet has also approved the setting up of a committee under Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy to look into the issues of power companies demanding the royalty money for damaged schemes in Bhatwari, Fata and Rambara during the 2013 natural disaster.

Seize EVMs used in Vikasnagar poll: HC

28 Apr 2017 | 1:08 AM

NAINITAL: Uttarakhand High Court today directed the judicial magistrate of Vikasnagar in Dehradun district to seal and seize the EVMs used for the constituency during Assembly polls.

Modi to visit Kedarnath on May 3

28 Apr 2017 | 1:08 AM

DEHRADUN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Himalayan holy shrine of Kedarnath on May 3, Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj stated this on Monday.

Payment to singer Kailash stopped

28 Apr 2017 | 1:08 AM

DEHRADUN: After protest by BJP president Ajay Bhatt, the state Department of Information has withdrawn the payment made to Kailash Kher for his documentary on the Kedarnath temple from the money earmarked for the use of Department of Disaster Management.

Upgrade Jolly Grant airport: Ex-CM

28 Apr 2017 | 1:08 AM

DEHRADUN: Haridwar MP and former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has said efforts are being made to convert Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun into an international airport.

Elephant census from May 23

28 Apr 2017 | 1:08 AM

DEHRADUN: An elephant census will take place in Uttarakhand from May 23 to 27.

EVMs used in Vikasnagar seat to be seized: Uttarakhand HC

EVMs used in Vikasnagar seat to be seized: Uttarakhand HC

27 Apr 2017 | 7:27 PM

NAINITAL: The Uttarakhand High Court on Thursday directed the judicial magistrate of Vikasnagar in Dehradun district to seal and seize the EVMs used for the constituency during Assembly polls.

Man paraded with garland of shoes over extra-marital affair

Man paraded with garland of shoes over extra-marital affair

27 Apr 2017 | 2:02 PM

ROORKEE: Members of a panchayat at Roorkee in Uttarakhand on Wednesday paraded a man with garland of slippers for allegedly having an extra-marital affair.

U’khand, UP to sign pact on Jamrani dam project soon

27 Apr 2017 | 1:07 AM

DEHRADUN:The state government is on the verge of signing the memorandum of understanding with the Uttar Pradesh government for starting construction on the Jamrani multipurpose irrigation dam project within a month.

Pant assures Chinese investors of support

27 Apr 2017 | 1:07 AM

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand Industries Minister Prakash Pant on Monday assured a delegation of Chinese businessmen of providing a conducive investment opportunity in the state’s industrial hub of Sitarganj.

Nabard gave state Rs 1,917 cr in 2016-17

27 Apr 2017 | 1:07 AM

DEHRADUN: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) had provided an assistance of Rs 1,917.96 crore to Uttarakhand in the 2016-17 financial year, focusing on increasing rural infrastructure in the state.

Cong workers burn effigies of Central, state govt

27 Apr 2017 | 1:07 AM

DEHRADUN:Congress workers yesterday burnt effigies of the state and Central governments alleging that both the BJP governments were pursuing anti-people policies.

Woman mauled by tiger in Tanakpur

26 Apr 2017 | 12:50 AM

DEHRADUN: A tiger yesterday mauled to death a woman at Tanakpur in Champawat district of Kumaon division of Uttarakhand.

Prez’s visit: Governor reviews arrangements

26 Apr 2017 | 12:50 AM

DEHRADUN: Governor Dr KK Paul today undertook an important meeting with the Chief Secretary, the DGP and other senior officials at Raj Bhawan to review necessary preparations regarding President Pranab Mukherjee’s upcoming visit as a chief guest at the convocation of Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, Dehradun, on May 5 and Shri Badrinath visit on May 6.

CM unveils museum in memory of UP ex-CM HN Bahuguna

26 Apr 2017 | 12:50 AM

DEHRADUN: On the occasion of 98th birth anniversary of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna, the Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat, inaugurated a museum, set up in his memory at his native village Bughani in Pauri Garhwal district today.

Chopper service to Kedarnath

NGT notice to govt, green ministry

26 Apr 2017 | 12:50 AM

NEW DELHI: A plea seeking execution of the National Green Tribunal’s order to frame an aviation policy for the eco-sensitive Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand today prompted the green panel to seek responses from the Environment Ministry and the state government.

Welham school wins basketball tourney

25 Apr 2017 | 12:34 AM

Dehradun: The basketball team of Welham Boys School won the 31st All India Golden Jubilee Basketball Tournament 2017 by beating Blue Bells School, Delhi, in the finals played here on Sunday.

2,750 take part in 7th Terry Fox run

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

DEHRADUN:The 7th Terry Fox run or “The Marathon Of Hope” held here yesterday saw a record turnout of more than 2,750 participants.

Drop helipad plan at Prez Estate: Activist

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

DEHRADUN:Social activist Anoop Nautiyal has opposed a proposal to construct a helipad at the President’s Estate in the city, ‘Ashiana’, saying it would cause massive damage to the environment.

CM Rawat seeks NIFT centre in state

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

DEHRADUN:Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today sought the opening of a National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) centre in the state during his meeting with Union Textile Minister Samriti Irani in New Delhi.

CM seeks Centre’s nod for cluster-based farming project

CM seeks Centre’s nod for cluster-based farming project

25 Apr 2017 | 12:32 AM

DEHRADUN:Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat today met Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi.

Cong accuses BJP of promoting liquor mafia

24 Apr 2017 | 12:26 AM

DEHRADUN:In the wake of ongoing agitations undertaken by women across Uttarakhand seeking a ban on liquor, state Congress president Kishore Upadhyay has accused the ruling BJP in the state of promoting liquor mafia and totally ignoring women, who, he said, are credited with the formation of separate state of Uttarakhand.

Political Diary

Modi likely to meet Rawat, discuss development

24 Apr 2017 | 12:26 AM

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is likely to get directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as both the leaders are scheduled to meet in New Delhi on Sunday.

CM seeks  Rs 2,000-cr assistance from CentreNITI aayog meeting

CM seeks Rs 2,000-cr assistance from Centre

24 Apr 2017 | 12:26 AM

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has sought Rs 2,000 crore per annum as special assistance from the Centre against the loss being suffered by the state due to the new set of recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.

Guv gives tips on promotion of tourism, sports

22 Apr 2017 | 12:51 AM

DEHRADUN:Governor KK Paul held deliberations with Secretary (Tourism and Sports) Shailesh Bagauli regarding the enhancement of tourism and sports activities in the state here today.

CM inaugurates solar power plant

22 Apr 2017 | 12:51 AM

DEHRADUN:Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has said the solar energy will be a major source of income for Uttarakhand in the days to come.

Two chain snatchers held

Two chain snatchers held

22 Apr 2017 | 12:51 AM

DEHRADUN:The Uttarakhand police arrested two youths allegedly involved in a number of chain-snatching incidents here today.

Bus mishap may hit Char Dham tourism: Upadhyay

22 Apr 2017 | 12:51 AM

DEHRADUN:State Congress president Kishore Upadhyay today said the Chaupal bus mishap would have a negative impact on the Char Dham yatra in Uttarakhand beginning in the state shortly.

MBBS students not paid stipend since 2011

22 Apr 2017 | 12:51 AM

DEHRADUN:Despite completing their internship last month, the 2011 batch MBBS students of Veer Chander Singh Garhwali are running from pillar to post approaching authorities to release their pending stipend money.

My stand on Central funds vindicated: Ex-CM

My stand on Central funds vindicated: Ex-CM

23 Apr 2017 | 12:40 AM

DEHRADUN: Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat today said his stand that Centre was not providing adequate funds to the state had been vindicated with two ministers of the new state government complaining that the present funding pattern of the 14th Finance Commission was not in favour of the state.

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