Cash, articles worth Rs 41cr seized in run-up to AP by-polls
Election authorities in Andhra Pradesh have seized unaccounted cash and articles worth about Rs 41 crore as part of model code enforcement for June 12 bypolls.
Hyderabad: Election authorities in Andhra Pradesh have seized unaccounted cash and articles worth about Rs 41 crore as part of model code enforcement for June 12 bypolls, which is higher than what was recovered in the State during 2009 general elections.
"Total seizure made in the general elections 2009 was Rs 38 crore. In these 18 Assembly segments and one Parliamentary constituency (facing bypolls), till today the amount seized and the worth of seized gold ornaments and such other articles is Rs 41 crore. This is higher than what was seized (in AP) during last general election," state Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal told reporters here today.
A whopping Rs 31.65 crore in cash (unaccounted money) and 1.74 lakh litres of illicit liquor had been seized so far, he said.
He said 275 complaints of various nature have been received from various political parties and others since the date of announcement of the bypolls and 117 of them have been acted upon.
The remaining 158 cases are being pursued and action will be initiated in a couple of days, the CEO added.
Bahuguna expresses concern over rising cases of forest fire
Dehra Dun: Apprehensive over the rising incidents of forest fire, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Tuesday said the fire lines would be increased upto 9,000 km from the present 2,500 km.
Stringent action would be taken against persons found igniting fires, Bahuguna said.
Nearly 30,000 hectares of jungle area in Uttarakhand since the hill state came into being over a decade ago.
Fire lines are created by burning the dried grass, due to which the accidental fire does not spread owning to the gap in the contiguous grass.
Speaking as chief guest at a programme organised by forest department and pollution control board to mark World Environment Day, Bahuguna also favoured setting up of Environment Directorate in the state.
Bahuguna also called for banning polythene carry bags.
Laying emphasis on general awareness towards environment conservation, the chief minister said special subject on environment ought to be included in the syllabus to connect maximum youths with environment conservation.
Emphasising on maintaining a balance between environment and development, Bahuguna said the preservation of environment should not adversely affect due to acts related to environment. "We all have to put unified effort for green economy," he said.
Bahuguna also said a financial assistance of Rs 80,000 has been sanctioned for environmentalist Rambabu `Junglee` who is presently admitted in a private hospital here.