Activist slams cut in budget allocation for environment
Kolkata:Environmentalist Subash Dutta on Monday criticised the state government for reduction of budgetary allocation of the environment department under the state annual plan,alleging that the move proved that the government was neglecting the environment. The attitude of the state government will encourage the people who pollute the environment daily, he said at a news conference at Calcutta Press Club. The budget documents showed that under the head of state annual plan,the environment department would receive only of Rs 25.85 crore for the year 2013-14 out of the total plan size of Rs 26,674 crore. In the revised estimate in 2012-13,Rs 31.15 crores was allocated for the environment department under the same head,he pointed out. Dutta said the state government had decided to bear expenses to give allowance to unemployed youths and others for political reasons. But it neglected the environment,for which the common people would suffer. Incidentally,Dutta has filed the highest number of PILs 68 so far in India.
Mukhtars bail plea rejected
Kolkata:The bail application of Md Mukhtar,arrested on charges of rioting on February 12 in front of Harimohan Ghosh College at Garden Reach,has been denied on Monday. During the trial at Alipore CJM court in the presence of Suparna Roy,Mukhtars lawyer Tarun Roychowdhury put forward a submission requesting bail. After the hearing,the magistrate rejected the bail plea without citing any reason. The complainant said he had to be presented at a test identification (TI) parade but that should not have stopped the bail plea from being okayed, Roychowdhury said. He said it was not yet decided who would identify him. Police sources,however,said during the TI parade to be held on March 21 or 22,witnesses named in the FIR would be present to identify Mukhtar. Sixty-year-old Md Shakil,Mukhtars father,said his son was diabetic and his health was deteriorating behind bars. My son is innocent and has been framed by the ruling party, he alleged.