Monday, October 17, 2016

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PR No. 417 Date. 16th Oct, 2016

Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Former Minister of Railways and
Shri Ravindra Gupta, GM/SCR Review Progress of Tunnel works on Bidar - Gulbarga New Rail Line Project

Shri Ravindra Gupta, General Manager, South Central Railway along with Shri Mallikarjun Kharge, Hon’ble former Minister of Railways & Member of Parliament, Gulbarga reviewed the progress of the ongoing tunnel works at Margutti on the Bidar-Gulbarga New Railway Line Project today i.e., 16th October, 2016. Shri R.C. Boolchandani, Chief Administrative Officer (Construction) and Other Officials of SCR were also present.

Shri Ravindra Gupta briefed Shri Mallikarjun Kharge on the status of the works, including the extent of completion and also plans drawn up for completing the remaining works. Later, Shri Ravindra Gupta along with Shri Mallikarjun Kharge visited the tunnel site near Margutti at Bidar end and inspected the ongoing works. They also reviewed the ongoing Road Over Bridge works going on above the tunnel. Shri Mallikarjun Kharge advised that railway shall ensure safety of road commuters in executing the bridge works..

Later, interacting with media Shri Ravindra Gupta, said that all measures have been taken and accorded due priority for completion of the tunnel works which is part of the Bidar – Gulbarga new railway line as planned. Of the 1.67 kms of tunnel works, only 80 meters of work is left to be finished, said the General Manager. He expressed confidence that the tunnel drilling works which are going at 2.5 metres per day will complete within the stipulated time. The General Manager elaborated that though there were difficulties due to soil condition in the execution of tunnel works, they were overcome with technical assistance from RITES and RDSO. He expressed optimism that the Bidar-Gulbarga new rail line will be completed by March 2017.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Now, govt extends ESI scheme to whole of Karnataka

Source: TimeOfIndia

BENGALURU: Ministry of Labour and Employment under Government of India has extended the Employees' State Insurance (ESI) Corporation scheme to the entire Karnataka state with effect from September 1, 2016. Bidar, Chikkaballapura, Chikkamagalur and Kodagu have been recently included under ESI coverage as per the newly issued notification.

This extension is a part of series of 2nd Generation Reforms Agenda, known as ESIC 2.0, reported the Employees' State Insurance Corporation Regional Office, Karnataka. The scheme earlier covered 26 districts of Karnataka with effect from May 1, 2016, but with the extension of this scheme to the remaining four districts, the whole of Karnataka has been included under ESI coverage now.

An official statement from ESIC Regional Office Karnataka said, the extension of ESI scheme to the entire state will benefit thousands of industrial workers and their family members to avail various benefits provided under the scheme.

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All the employers have to get themselves registered online and the employees shall become eligible for certain benefits from the first day of the coverage. The employers need to visit for registrations. For further details, employers can visit the nearest ESIC offices or contact them on toll free number 1800-425-0626.

The statement reported that in the extended areas, medical arrangement for the time being is provided through state government primary health centres, community health centres and district hospitals.


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Bloodied village wants its place in history

Source:New Indianexpress

BIDAR (KARNATAKA): As the state commemorated the Hyderabad-Karnataka Liberation Day on Saturday, a tiny village in Bidar stands out as a symbol of the movement. Gorta witnessed one of the bloodiest struggles against the Nizam’s rule, 68 years ago. On September 17, 1948, over a year after Independence, Hyderabad was liberated from the Nizam’s rule and was annexed to the Indian state. Three months before the liberation, the people of Gorta village were massacred by the Nizam’s army.

Nizam of Hyderabad Osman Ali Khan with Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel 

The massacre
The village in Basavakalyan taluk has a population of around 3,000. But Gorta (B) remains unknown to many.

On May 8, 1948, at least 200 people were killed when Razakars, a private militia organised by Kasim Razvi, attacked the village for the Nizam of Hyderabad. After 1947, Hyderabad state comprising Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Hyderabad-Karnataka (which includes Bidar and undivided Kalaburagi and Raichur districts) and Vidarbha region of Maharastra were under the rule of Nizam of Hyderabad. The Nizam decided to keep Hyderabad independent, but the residents of the erstwhile Hyderabad state began opposing the Nizam’s rule. But he suppressed the opposition with his army, Razakars. At this time, Gorta was one of the villages that resisted strongly against the Nizam’s rule. On May 8, 1948, the Razakars entered the village on horses, armed with rifles and other weapons and killed around 200 people. The Razakars took the bodies to the Lakshmi temple and burned them.

K M Munshi’s book In his book End of an Era,

K M Munshi, food minister in PM Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet and Agent General in Hyderabad, writes about his visit to Gorta after the massacre. They concluded that over 200 people were killed. He writes that though the massacre took place for two days on May 9 and 10, bodies were still lying around the village and panchanama (documentation of evidence) was not conducted till his visit. Munshi estimated a loss of `70 lakh.

Witness accounts
Almost 68 years after the incident, Gorta is trying to hold on to its place in history. When this correspondent visited the village, he found four people who survived the 1948 massacre.

Maruti Parit, 91, who was involved in the liberation movement, Veerupakshayya, 89, also involved in the liberation movement, Manikappa, and Basamma Ambesingi are the four people in the village who witnessed the incident. Parit recollects that over 500 people, including Razakars and their followers, ransacked the village and killed over 200 people. Parit expressed his unhappiness about successive governments not constructing a ‘Martyrs Memorial’ nor felicitating those who fought the Razakars.

Not yet a model village
In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana where MPs were encouraged to develop one village in their constituency as a model village. Bidar MP Bhagavant Khuba adopted Gorta to make it a model village, but the situation remains the same.


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