Prin­ci­pal sus­pended af­ter Scin­dia’s event at MP govt col­lege

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - NATION - Ran­jan ran­jan.sri­vas­tava@hin­dus­tan­times.com

GUNA MP SCIN­DIA WAS AT AN EVENT IN THE COL­LEGE IN HIS PAR­LIA­MEN­TARY CON­STITUENCY ON OC­TO­BER 10

BHOPAL: A day af­ter Guna MP and Con­gress leader Jy­oti­ra­ditya Scin­dia at­tended a pro­gramme and ad­dressed a gath­er­ing of stu­dents at a govern­ment de­gree col­lege in his par­lia­men­tary con­stituency, the state govern­ment sus­pended the col­lege prin­ci­pal.

In its or­der dated Oc­to­ber 11, 2017, the higher ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment at­trib­uted the sus­pen­sion of BL Ahir­war, prin­ci­pal of the Govern­ment Ganesh Shankar Vid­yarthi De­gree Col­lege, Mun­gawali, to “hold­ing of NSS pro­gramme un­der a ban­ner bear­ing ‘pol­i­tics party’, as­sem­bly of ‘ pol­i­tics party’ work­ers, putting up ban­ner of ‘pol­i­tics party’ on the de­gree col­lege premises, giv­ing ad­vice to lure stu­dents with money to vote for any ‘pol­i­tics party’ and con­duct­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to vi­ti­ate ed­u­ca­tional at­mos­phere while get­ting in­volved in party pol­i­tics”.

The or­der, a copy of which is avail­able with HT, says the above men­tioned ac­tiv­i­ties amount to a clear vi­o­la­tion of The MP Civil Ser­vice Con­duct Rules, 1965.

Since Mun­gawali is to wit­ness a by-poll for the as­sem­bly seat in the com­ing months af­ter the death of its rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Ma­hen­dra Singh Kalukheda, the ac­tion against the prin­ci­pal smacks of a po­lit­i­cal vendetta in the Op­po­si­tion’s eyes.

In a scathing at­tack on the govern­ment, Scin­dia tweeted: “By plac­ing un­der sus­pen­sion Dalit prin­ci­pal Dr Ahir­war with­out any no­tice or con­crete ground, the govern­ment stands ex­posed for its anti-dalit mind­set. It’s a dic­ta­to­rial or­der of an in­sen­si­tive govern­ment which is bi­ased and de­serves strong con­dem­na­tion.”

He sought to know from the govern­ment, “Is invit­ing the lo­cal MP to a de­gree col­lege in his con­stituency amounts to such a big crime as prin­ci­pal be sus­pended for this?” De­spite re­peated at­tempts, the min­is­ter and prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary higher ed­u­ca­tion couldn’t be con­tacted. Jus­ti­fy­ing the ac­tion, state BJP spokesper­son Ra­jneesh Agrawal said col­lege premises should not be used for fur­ther­ing any po­lit­i­cal agenda by a party or politi­cian. NEWDELHI: In­dia’s fac­tory out­put re­bounded strongly to a ninemonth high of 4.3% in Au­gust as com­pa­nies stepped up pro­duc­tion to re­stock ware­houses ahead of the fes­ti­val sea­son, af­ter they re­duced out­put in June and July ow­ing to un­cer­tain­ties re­gard­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the goods and ser­vices tax (GST).

The Cen­tral Sta­tis­tics Of­fice (CSO) fur­ther re­vised down­ward the in­dex of in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion (IIP) fig­ure for July to 0.9% from 1.2% es­ti­mated ear­lier.

Data sep­a­rately re­leased by CSO showed re­tail in­fla­tion was un­changed at 3.28% in Septem­ber from its re­vised fig­ure for Au­gust--the pro­vi­sional re­tail in­fla­tion for Au­gust was 3.36%.

The re­bound in fac­tory out­put re­in­forces the claim that sub­se­quent quar­ters would see a re­cov­ery in the eco­nomic growth mo­men­tum; growth in gross do­mes­tic prod­uct had slowed to 5.7% in the first quar­ter ended June. How­ever, an­a­lysts claimed that it would be bet­ter to wait and watch. “Three suc­ces­sive impressive growth rates would in­di­cate a real re­cov­ery. Or else it would be more a case of the re­stock­ing im­pact of the GST ef­fect,” said Madan Sab­navis, chief econ­o­mist at Care Rat­ings.

Af­ter the econ­omy un­ex­pect­edly slowed to a three-year low at 5.7% in June quar­ter, clam­our for a fis­cal stim­u­lus grew with fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley also hint­ing at mea­sures to re­vive the econ­omy.

The newly con­sti­tuted Prime min­is­ter’s eco­nomic ad­vi­sory coun­cil un­der econ­o­mist Bibek De­broy that met for the first time on Wed­nes­day ruled out the need for a fis­cal stim­u­lus to prop up the econ­omy, hold­ing that the econ­omy is on a re­cov­ery path.

DATA RE­LEASED BY CSO SHOWED RE­TAIL IN­FLA­TION WAS UN­CHANGED AT 3.28% IN SEPTEM­BER FROM ITS RE­VISED FIG­URE FOR AU­GUST

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