10% quota to come into force in Gu­jarat from to­day

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTNATION -

AHMED­ABAD: The Gu­jarat gov­ern­ment said Sun­day that it will im­ple­ment the 10% reser­va­tions in gov­ern­ment jobs and higher ed­u­ca­tion for the eco­nom­i­cally back­ward sec­tions in the gen­eral cat­e­gory from Jan­uary 14. The Con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to pro­vide the 10 per cent quota re­ceived as­sent of Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind Satur­day. “The eco­nom­i­cally weaker sec­tions from the gen­eral cat­e­gory will get 10 per cent reser­va­tion in ad­mis­sions to higher ed­u­ca­tion and gov­ern­ment jobs start­ing Ut­tarayan on Jan­uary 14,” the state gov­ern­ment said in a re­lease. The new quota will also be im­ple­mented in ad­mis­sions and jobs which were ad­ver­tised be­fore Jan­uary 14 but for which the ac­tual process has not started, it said. In such cases, fresh an­nounce­ment about the ad­mis­sion process or jobs will have to be made, it added.

cen­tral Crime Branch deputy com­mis­sioner SR Senthilku­mar have rushed to New Delhi and Ker­ala to ar­rest Mathew and Sayan. “As Mathew and Sayan have re­vealed al­le­ga­tions against CM EPS, we have re­ceived a com­plaint from the CM’S side say­ing they are air­ing base­less al­le­ga­tions to de­pict the CM in poor light. Hence, we are look­ing to nab Mathew, Sayan and ‘Way­alar’ Manoj for an en­quiry,” said the po­lice sources. NEWDELHI: The gov­ern­ment is set to clear the con­struc­tion of 44 “strate­gi­cally im­por­tant roads” along the In­dia-china bor­der as New Delhi has sharp­ened its fo­cus on ramp­ing up bor­der in­fra­struc­ture to counter Bei­jing, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Pub­lic Works Depart­ment (CPWD)’S 2018-19 an­nual re­port. The roads in Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Jammu and Kash­mir, Ut­tarak­hand and Himachal Pradesh are ex­pected to be built at cost of around ₹21,040 crore, the re­port adds.

The de­tailed project re­ports (DPRS) for the roads, which are aimed at swifter mo­bil­i­sa­tion of troops, have been sub­mit­ted to the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi-headed Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on Se­cu­rity for ap­proval.

The con­struc­tion work is ex­pected to be split be­tween the Bor­der Roads Or­gan­i­sa­tion (BRO) and the CPWD, two gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

BRO and CPWD are cur­rently en­gaged in the con­struc­tion of 73 strate­gic roads mea­sur­ing 4,643 km along the In­dia-china bor­der. The BRO, which comes un­der the de­fence min­istry, is con­struct­ing 61 of these roads. The CPWD is build­ing the re­main­ing 12.

“All ef­forts to im­prove in­fra­struc­ture along the bor­der are most wel­come. These projects will be help­ful for both mil­i­tary and civil­ian pur­poses,” said Lieu­tenant Gen­eral SL Narasimhan (retd), who com­manded a corps in the North-east and is cur­rently a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sory Board mem­ber.

Twenty-two foot tracks mea­sur­ing 750 km are also in the works to sup­port the move­ment of In­doTi­betan Bor­der Po­lice (ITBP) per­son­nel in for­ward ar­eas of Arunachal Pradesh, the re­port said. They are likely to cost 1,275 crore.

Projects along the In­dia-china bor­der form the bulk of the CPWD’S work. The CPWD is also set to ex­e­cute projects along the bor­der with Pak­istan. It will con­struct ax­ial and lat­eral roads mea­sur­ing around 2,200 km along the In­dia-pak­istan bor­der in Pun­jab and Ra­jasthan at a cost of ₹5,450 crore, the re­port said. “To se­cure the vast and re­mote bor­der ar­eas of Ra­jasthan and Pun­jab, the DPRS of con­struct­ing lat­eral and ax­ial roads along the Indo-pak Bor­der are un­der prepa­ra­tion in CPWD.” The CPWD is also eye­ing the con­struc­tion of per­ma­nent in­te­grated build­ings

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