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    Published On : Tue, Dec 15th, 2015
    Latest News | By Nagpur Today Nagpur News

    Mild lathi charge by cops to quell irate youngsters during morcha

    Youth participating under the banner of Maharashtra Rajya Sanganak Parichalak Sanghatna had turned violent

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    Nagpur: The members of Maharashtra Rajya Sanganak Parichalak Sanghatna had taken out a Morcha to Winter Session going on at Vidhan Sabha in Nagpur on December 15, 2015. Around 25,000 youth from many parts of Vidarbha were present at the Morcha.

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    As usual, the Morcha of Maharashtra Rajya Sanganak Parichalak Sanghatna was stopped on the Tekdi Road.
    Usually the Morcha is stopped on one side of the road for better mob control. However, the Computer Operators turned violent and broke the Barricades erected on the road dividers and went to the other side as well.
    The very young volatile blood flowing in the veins of the youth soon turned into Mob-like behavior and started pushing and hustling the police officials. Some of the youth started throwing mineral water bottles at the cops. Even though the office-bearers of the Maharashtra Rajya Sanganak Parichalak Sanghatna have been trying to quell the spirits of the irate youngsters, it did not suppress down. There was an infighting too. The police had to resort to a mild lathi charge to quell the irate youngsters.

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    Soon senior Police Officials including Deputy Commissioner of Police Shailesh Balkawde reached the spot and spoke to the youngsters to remain calm. However, the situation remained tensed. Two of the trouble makers were nabbed from the crowd including Bittu Dravekar from Wardha and one other youth. Deputy Commissioner of Police Patil from Mumbai, Additional Commissioner of Police Shrikant Tarwade and Joint Commissioner of Police Rajwardhan too reached the spot and pacified the crowd.

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    According to the rallyists, from April 2011, on behalf of the Maharashtra Rajya Gramin Vikas Vibhag (Maharashtra State Rural Development Department) a programme called SANGRAM (Sanganikrut Gramin Maharashtra) Computerization of Rural Maharashtra was undertaken. For the implementation of the Computerization of Rural Maharashtra, Maha On-Line Company was selected. The Rural Development Department had selected this company. The Maha On-Line Company had appointed Computer Operators at Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samiti and Zilla Parishad. These Computer Operators, they claimed that had worked with sincerity and honesty in the SANGRAM programme and made the Maharashtra State No-1 consistently for the last three years among all the e-panchayats in the country.

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    The members who were participating in the Morcha alleged that while working in the SANGRAM Project, the Company officials exploited the Computer Operators mentally and financially. Instead of paying according to Government rules, the company officials paid the Computer Operators any amount ranging from Rs 50/-, 200/-, Rs 500/- and Rs 4100/- per month. Yet the Computer Operators have been working with all sincerity and honesty. All these Computer Operators had taken out a Morcha to Vidhan Sabha during Winter Session on December 11, 2014. At that time, the Rural Development Minister Deepak Kesarkar had assured in writing that their problems will be resolved within 10 days. However, the assurances remained empty. Subsequently, discussions were held with the Chief Minister during agitations in Mumbai and even Minister of State for Rural Development Pankaja Munde had assured to redress their grievances. But the problems still have not been resolved.

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