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Andhra Pradesh’s GPS Scheme Emerge As Role Model: CM Jagan

Andhra CM Reddy unveils Guaranteed Pension Scheme, replacing Contributory Pension Scheme, ensuring 50% last salary as pension.

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Andhra Pradesh's GPS Scheme Emerge As Role Model: CM Jagan
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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy announced on Monday that his government’s groundbreaking Guaranteed Pension Scheme (GPS) is set to replace the old Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS), positioning itself as a pioneering model for other states across the nation.

Reddy conveyed these significant developments during the 21st state council meeting of the AP Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) association held at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium in Vijayawada.

Addressing the gathering, Reddy stated, “Following an exhaustive 18-month study, we have initiated steps to transition from the long-debated Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) to the Guaranteed Pension Scheme (GPS). This move not only reflects our commitment to our dedicated employees but is also expected to establish a precedent at the national level.”

The Guaranteed Pension Scheme (GPS) will ensure that eligible employees receive 50 percent of their last drawn salary as pension. This includes the provision for dearness relief (DR), mirroring the Central government’s practice of declaring dearness allowance and DR twice a year.

Furthermore, Chief Minister Reddy announced the disbursement of one pending dearness allowance (DA) and one instalment of arrears in preparation for the upcoming Dasara festival. He also extended a special benefit to women working in the medical and health department, granting them five days of casual leave.

In a show of appreciation for the diligent work of the employees, Chief Minister Reddy acknowledged their vital role as the bridge between the administrative system and the general populace. He reiterated the government’s unwavering commitment to their welfare.

Drawing a comparison between his YSRCP government and the erstwhile TDP regime, Reddy highlighted that the opposition party had closed down public sector units (PSUs) such as Nizam Sugar Factory and Chittoor Dairy. In contrast, the current administration has generated employment opportunities for over two lakh individuals in the past four years.

Reddy emphasized that these new recruitments were instrumental in fortifying the welfare delivery system. He also pointed out that the services of 53,000 AP State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) employees have been regularized, leading to a rise in the monthly salary bill for the state government, which now stands at Rs 3,300 crore. The Chief Minister concluded by underscoring several other employee-centric initiatives introduced during his tenure over the past four years.

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Siddaramaiah Considers NIA Probe for Rameswaram Cafe Blast

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah discusses potential NIA involvement in the investigation of the Rameswaram cafe blast.

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah addressed concerns regarding the Rameswaram cafe blast, emphasizing the government’s commitment to ensuring a thorough investigation. The blast, which occurred at a popular eatery in Brookfield on March 1, left 10 people injured and sparked demands for a National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe.

Siddaramaiah acknowledged that the Central Crime Branch (CCB) was currently handling the investigation. However, in response to the BJP’s call for an NIA inquiry, he stated, “We will consider it if necessary. The investigation is underway, and no suspects have been apprehended yet.”

The Chief Minister also criticized the BJP’s attempts to politicize the incident, particularly referencing their accusation of labeling Bengaluru as ‘Bomb Bangalore’ instead of ‘Brand Bangalore.’ He pointed out previous bomb blasts that occurred during BJP’s rule and questioned their accountability during those instances.

Addressing concerns over public safety, Siddaramaiah stressed the seriousness with which governments approach such incidents. “Bombings are never trivial matters. Our priority is always the safety and security of the public,” he affirmed.

He further challenged the BJP to refrain from politicizing the issue and instead focus on supporting efforts to ensure justice and prevent future incidents. “While I condemn the act of bombing, it is crucial that we do not engage in political gamesmanship at the expense of public safety,” Siddaramaiah emphasized.

In conclusion, Siddaramaiah’s remarks underscored the government’s commitment to a thorough investigation into the Rameswaram cafe blast and their willingness to consider involving the NIA if deemed necessary. He reiterated the importance of prioritizing public safety above political agendas, urging all parties to work together towards this common goal.

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Bhandara Mane Demolition: Three Arrested in Ullal, Karnataka

Three arrested in Ullal for the demolition of an under-construction Bhandara Mane near Kondana Daivasthana. Get insights on the incident, legal actions, and reactions.

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in Ullal, Karnataka, three individuals have been apprehended by the Ullal police regarding the demolition of an under-construction “Bhandara mane” near the revered Kondana Daivasthana. Commissioner of Police Anupam Agrawal identified the arrested individuals as Muttana Shetty, Dheeraj, and Shivraj.

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The Kondana Daivasthana, overseen by the endowment department, witnessed the unlawful demolition of the Bhandara mane structure, located on government land adjacent to the Daivasthana premises. Miscreants utilized an earthmover to carry out the demolition during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following a complaint lodged by Kotekar TP Chief Officer Anand, the police initiated legal proceedings under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Karnataka Prevention of Destruction and Loss of Property Act. The sections invoked include IPC Sections 143, 147, 148, 295, 427, along with Section 2A of the aforementioned Karnataka Act.

Interrogation of the arrested individuals revealed that the Bhandara mane construction lacked proper authorization, having been erected without consent from the Daivasthana’s 16 ‘gurikararu.’ Despite complaints to authorities like the Assistant Commissioner and Tahsildar, no corrective measures were taken, prompting the accused to take matters into their own hands.

Expressing dismay over the incident, U T Khader, Assembly Speaker and representative of the Mangalore Assembly constituency, condemned the demolition. He emphasized the significance of preserving religious structures and directed law enforcement to swiftly act against the perpetrators.

The demolition of the Bhandara mane stands as a somber event tarnishing the district’s reputation, prompting calls for justice and stricter enforcement of property laws. Stay tuned for further updates as the legal proceedings unfold in this case.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.

BJP national president J P Nadda’s two-day visit to Belagavi includes public engagements and organisational meetings.

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JP Nadda will reach Karnataka on Monday on a two-day visit.
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BJP national president J P Nadda is set for a significant two-day visit to Belagavi, Karnataka. Scheduled from Monday onwards, his visit encompasses a series of public engagements and crucial organisational meetings. On Monday, he is expected to arrive at Sambra Airport, Belagavi at 08.30 pm. The itinerary kicks off with a core committee meeting for Chikodi, Belagavi, Bagalkot, and Vijayapura parliamentary constituencies at Kakati, Belagavi at 09.00 pm.

The following day, Tuesday, holds various important events. At 11.15 am, Nadda will address the booth karyakarta sammelan at Kiwad Ground, Chikodi. This will be followed by an interaction session with beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Swanidhi Yojana at ITC Welcome Hotel in Belagavi at 02.15 pm. Later in the day, at 05.15 pm, he is scheduled to interact with intellectuals at Jirge Auditorium in Belagavi.

The visit underscores BJP’s commitment to engaging with local communities and strengthening organisational structures. Stay updated on J P Nadda’s visit to Belagavi for insights into the party’s strategies and engagements.

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