Maha crisis: Rebel MLA Bornare attacks Thackeray coterie, hails Shinde for development funds for constituency

Aurangabad, Jun 28 (PTI) Ramesh Bornare, rebel Shiv Sena MLA from Vaijapur in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district, on Tuesday said he stood firmly with Eknath Shinde, who has revolted against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, as he knew the Thane strongman \"won't let anything bad happen to us\". Attacking the present leadership of the party, Bornare said it should introspect on why \"51 MLAs\" have joined Shinde, a number that is yet to be verified. Attacking a coterie in the party, he claimed, \"People around Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray don't allow me to meet him. Leaders like Sanjay Raut have used objectionable language against us. However, we know Shinde won't let anything bad happen to us\" \"My stand is final and Eknath Shinde is my leader. My constituency got funds of Rs 400 crore from various (Maha Vikas Aghadi) departments in the past two-and-half years due to my skills and the help given by Shinde,\" Bornare told PTI over phone from Guwahati. He said the Sena MLAs, including himself, were elected in the 2019 Assembly polls while the party was in alliance with the BJP, adding that he had decided to go ahead on the path of Hindutva as \"I felt bad sitting with those (Congress and NCP) who we had defeated\". \"I have taken this decision (of joining Shinde) for the development of my constituency. I don't intend to stay MLA for long, but want that people remember me for the development work I do in my tenure. The Shiv Sena (leadership) should introspect why such a large number of MLAs are now with Shinde,\" he said. PTI AW BNM ..

Co-op banks will soon get permission to implement govt schemes using JAM: Amit Shah

Ahmedabad, Jun 28 (PTI) Union Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday announced that cooperative sector banks will soon be given permission to implement government welfare schemes, which use the trinity of Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile (JAM) for direct benefit transfer (DBT). JAM is the Centre's initiative to link Jan Dhan accounts, mobile numbers and Aadhaar cards to plug leakages of government subsidies. At present, 52 ministries use DBT with the help of JAM to provide assistance to beneficiaries under 300 government schemes, Shah said while virtually addressing the 70th annual general meeting of Ahmedabad-headquartered Gujarat State Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank Ltd, popularly known as Kheti Bank. \"Very soon, the cooperative sector will enter these government schemes, which will increase our direct contact with the common man. The cooperative sector has been kept away from JAM DBT schemes. But the Centre has now decided to allow the cooperative banks to implement these government schemes,\" the Union minister of cooperation said. Shah praised Kheti Bank's management, especially its chairman Dollarrai Kotecha, for recovering Rs 190 crore from loan defaulters last year. \"Kheti Bank contributed immensely in developing Gujarat's agricultural sector. It provides long and medium-term agri loans to farmers. The bank also provides loans for dairies, cottage industry and for self-employment. Till now, it has disbursed loans of Rs 4,543 crore to nearly 8.42 lakh farmers,\" he said. The bank came into existence in 1951 under the leadership of the then ruler of Porbandar princely state, Udaybhansinhji. The main purpose of the bank was to provide loans to farmers to buy agricultural land from the erstwhile rulers following the integration of princely states into the Union of India after Independence, Shah said, adding that nearly 56,000 farmers became land owners with the help of loans given by the bank at the time. PTI PJT PD ARU ..

Guj: Indian Coast Guard commissions Advanced Light Helicopter MK III squadron at Porbandar

Ahmedabad, Jun 28 (PTI) In a bid to strengthen the Coast Guard Region North West, an advanced light helicopter (ALH) MK III squadron was commissioned by the director general of the Indian Coast Guard at the ICG Air Enclave in Gujarat's Porbandar on Tuesday. The commissioning of this squadron earmarks a tremendous leap towards self-reliance in the field of SAR and maritime surveillance, in line with the government's vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, a defence release stated. Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) MK III squadron was commissioned by DG-ICG VS Pathania. As many as 13 ALH MK III aircrafts have been inducted in the ICG in a phased manner, and four of these are positioned at Porbandar, it was stated. Since their induction, the squadron has flown over 1,200 hours and conducted numerous operational missions, including the maiden night search and rescue mission off Diu coast. ALH MK III helicopters have been indigenously manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and features state-of-the-art equipment, including advanced RADAR as well as electro-optical sensors, Shakti engines, full-glass cockpit, high-intensity searchlight, advanced communication systems, automatic identification system and search-and-rescue homer. These features enable them to undertake maritime reconnaissance and carry out search and rescue at extended ranges even while operating from ships, both by day and night. The aircraft has the ability to switch roles from being an offensive platform with heavy machine gun to that of one carrying a medical intensive care unit to facilitate transfer of critically ill patients, the release stated. The commissioning of 835 Squadron of the Coast Guard will give a major fillip to the abilities of the ICG in the security sensitive Gujarat region. It is commanded by Commandant Sunil Dutt and manned by 10 officers and 52 men. PTI KA ARU ..