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Bolero caught with 25 cases of IMFL

Dehradun: Police on Sunday caught a bolero with 25 cases of IMFL being smugled from neighbouring states into Uttarakhand, though the driver succesfully escaped leaving behind the vehicle.

The police was getting information for quite some time about liquor being brought into the state from the neighbouring states and being sold in the local market on cheaper rates. The hill routes were being considered safe for the purpose and Kalsi Incharge DIlbar Negi had his eye on the same. He and his team stopped the vehicle near haripur koti road and the driver escaped into the forest leaving the car behind, who also left his wallet in the car. As per the IDs obtained from the wallet, he has been identified as Sumerchand, son of Gumnam SIngh and resident of Sirmour District in Himachal Pradesh.

Police recovered 20 cases of IMFL, 4 cases of beer, 48 smallers of Arunachal local liquor. A case has been registered against the driver and the car has been seized.  

80% Jan Dhan Yojana accounts have cash balance: Jaitley

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that 80 per cent of the 240 million new accounts opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana are now functional with cash balances.

"Today, we have been able to connect 240 million people additionally to the banking system. About 80 per cent of them are today functional with cash balances," Jaitley said at a panel discussion on 'Financial Inclusion not Exclusion: Managing De-Risking' here on Friday.

"Eighty per cent of these accounts didn't have money, in the first instance. So all government programmes -- from central to regional to local bodies which give assistance to the weaker sections -- now transfer payments in these accounts. The payments come from schemes like rural employment guarantee scheme and subsidies on fuel, food and ferlilisers," he added.

Talking about the Jan Dhan programme, he said the government undertook it with a mission mode.

The entire banking system, including government banks, coordinated and we were able to bridge the gap substantially in 100 days, he said.

On another important government initiative of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the Finance Minister said it has been able to cover a billion people in India, that is, 98 per cent of the adult population. 

The biometric identity (Aadhar) helps the government to identify people who are entitled to state support and exclude those who are not, he added. 

"Collectively we have been able to bring a lot of people under financial inclusion, but it is still a work in progress," Jaitley said.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim lauded India's efforts on financial inclusion and UIDAI.

"What's been going on in India is fantastic. Billions of dollars have been saved because of focus on bank accounts. India is a fantastic example of how we can spread benefits of unique identification," Kim said. 

Earlier, the Finance Minister along with Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, participated in the 2016 International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank Annual Meetings Plenary, which was held here on Friday.

On the sidelines of annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, Jaitley also held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Sri Lanka, China, and Iran. The discussions mainly focused on the areas of mutual co-operation and commonality of positions in various multilateral fora.

Das participated in the World Bank Development Committee meeting, during the afternoon, wherein he spoke about the wide-ranging economic reforms undertaken in India which are transforming the business environment for Indian and global investments. 

He also met the president of the New Development Bank and the CEOs of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and Scotia Bank.

Jaitley is currently on official tour to Washington to attend the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank and other associated meetings. 

He is accompanied by Reserve Bank of India Governor Urijit Patel, the Indian government's Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian and other officials.


Rs 250 crore declared in Uttarakhand under Income Declaration Scheme

Dehradun: Unaccounted wealth and income of Rs 250 crore has been declared by 400 people in Uttarakhand under the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), an Income Tax official said on Monday. He added that the amount is not much, however, noticeable for a small state.

Of this about Rs 112 crore would go to the income tax (IT) department, he said.
"If we do not count the major taxation from bug industries, Uttarakhand gives an annual income tax of around Rs 250 crore and hence the declaration of a similar amount under the IDS is certainly big," he said.
While the details of the disclosures will not be shared by any other agency, the IT official said, severe action would be taken by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) against people caught with illegal income and black money holdings here after.

पंचायती राज विभाग की वेबसाइट का लोकार्पण

 देहरादून: पंचायती राज, ग्राम विकास खाद्य नागरिक आपूर्ति, लघु सिंचाई मंत्री उत्तराखण्ड सरकार प्रीतम सिंह द्वारा आई$आर$डी$टी पेक्षागृह में ग्राम्य विकास तथा पंचायतों के सशक्तिकरण में उत्ष्ट कार्य करने वाली पंचायतों को पंचायती सशक्तीकरण पुरस्कार एवं गौरव ग्राम पुरस्कार से प्रदान करते हुए पंचायती विभाग की आधिकारिक वेबसाईट का लोकार्पण किया गया, साथ ही 1 अक्टूबर से 15 अक्टूबर तक स्वच्छता- जागरूकता के सम्बन्ध में चलाये जा रहे पखवाड़े का भी शुभारम्भ किया गया।

मंत्री द्वारा पंचायत सशक्तीकरण पुरस्कार के तहत जिला पंचायत टिहरी गढवाल की जिला पंचायत अध्यक्ष सोना सजवाण को 50 लाख की धनराशि, क्षेत्र पंचायत बागेश्वर की ब्लाक प्रमुख रेखा खेतवाल को 25 लाख रू0, क्षेत्र पंचायत बेतालघाट नैनीताल ब्लाक प्रमुख सतीश नैनवाल को 25 लाख, ग्राम पंचायत कन्धाला विकासखण्ड रामनगर नैनीताल के प्रधान सतनाम सिंह को 8 लाख, ग्राम पंचायत हल्दूचौड़ दिना विकासखण्ड हल्द्वानी नैनीताल के प्रधान बाला दत्त खोलिया को 8 लाख, ग्रमा पंचायत कुकरेड़ा विकासखण्ड मोरी उत्तरकाशी के ग्राम प्रधान चतर सिंह को 5 लाख तथा ग्राम पंचायत निनूस विकासखण्ड चकराता देहरादून की ग्राम प्रधान रीता देवी को 5 लाख की धनराशि मय प्रशस्ति पत्र प्रदान किया गया। मंत्री द्वारा राष्ट्रीय गौरव ग्राम सभा पुरस्कार के अन्तर्गत ग्राम पंचायत सतगढ़, विकासखण्ड कलानीछीना पिथौरागढ की प्रधान हरिप्रिया कापड़ी को 10 लाख  तथा ग्राम प्रधान निनूस को विकासखण्ड चकराता देहरादून की प्रधान रीता देवी को 10 लाख की धनराशि मय प्रशस्ति पत्र प्रदान की गयी। 
उन्होंने पुरस्कृत पंचायतों को बधाई देते हुए कहा कि पंचायतों के सशक्तिकरण में इन पंचायतों ने उत्ष्ट कार्य करके हमारे प्रदेश के गौरव को बढ़ाते हुए अन्य पंचायतो के लिए भी प्रेरणा का कार्य किया है तथा उत्कृष्ट पंचायतों के सभी 11 मानकों पर अनुक्रणीय कार्य करते हुए यह पुरस्कार प्राप्त किया है। उन्होंने कहा कि सभी पंचायतों को उत्कृष्ट कार्य करके अपने पंचायत को विकास के सभी पहलुओं में उदाहरण बनकर लोगों के सामने आना होगा, जिससे हमारे प्रदेश के साथ-2 हमारे देश का भी मान बढेगा। उन्होने पंचायतीराज विभाग की वेबसाईट का लोकार्पण करते हुए कहा कि अब जनता पंचायतीराज विभाग के तहत सभी कार्यों को आनलाईन देख सकेगी जिससे कार्य में पारदर्शीता, गुणवत्ता व गतिशीलता आएगी। उन्होने स्वच्छता अभियान के पखवाड़े का शुभारम्भ करते हुए कहा कि सभी लोगों को अपनी ओर से भी स्वच्छता की पहल करनी होगी और केवल सरकारी मशीनरी के भरोसे नही रहना होगा। उन्होने कहा सरकारी अधिकारियों एवं जनप्रतिनिधियों को अपनी जिम्मेदारी के साथ आम जनमानस के साथ संयुक्त जनसहभागिता से स्वच्छता, स्वास्थ्य एवं पर्यावरण सुधार के कार्यों को करना होगा, तभी हम राज्य को खुले से शौचमुक्त करते हुए स्वच्छ भारत मिशन की ओर अपना प्रभावी कदम बढा सकते है।

Three dead as a car slips into gorge in Uttarakhand

 Haldwani: Three people have been reported dead in Pithoragarh on Saturday when their vehicle fell into a deep gorge, police said.

The accident took place in the Gangolihaat area early morning when the driver of a Wagon R car coming from Chahaj to Pannar, apparently lost control and the car skidded into a gorge.
The victims are yet to be identified.