More aid to States
On the recommendation of the Planning Commission, the Union Ministry of Finance has agreed to allot in the current financial year another Rs.50 crores by way of Central assistance to States. This amount is by way of accelerated assistance and will therefore be adjusted against assistance to be given during the rest of the Plan period. The Planning Commission, in consultation with the Finance Ministry, has worked out its distribution among different States. Already the States have been intimated about the allotment of Rs.400 crores of Central assistance. Together with this amount of Rs. 50 crores, the Central assistance comes to Rs.1,217 crores. This means that in the first three years of the Third Plan the States will be able to draw 51 per cent of the Central assistance for the Third Plan.
South Viet Nam situation
U Thant, U.N. Secretary-General, said on September 12 that the situation in South Viet Nam was chaotic and was going “from bad to worse.” Noting that South Viet Nam’s Buddhist issue has been inscribed on the agenda of the forthcoming General Assembly, U Thant said South Viet Nam to-day lacked the essential virtues of democracy, namely the ability to change a Government by peaceful, constitutional means and use of persuasion and not force in the conduct of public affairs. U Thant was addressing his usual eve-of-sessions Press conference in United Nations.
ICS officer reinstated
The Punjab Government have passed an order reinstating Mr. R.P. Kapur, ICS, for the period of his suspension from July 18, 1959 to April 4, 1963. The order passed by the Government on September 11 was produced before the Supreme Court on September 12 during the hearing of an appeal by Mr. Kapur challenging the validity of certain rules in the All-India Services (discipline and appeal) Rules 1955. Mr. Kapur would be deemed to have been on duty for the period of suspension and would be entitled to full pay and allowances for that period. Mr. Kapur was suspended for this period as certain criminal cases were pending against him in courts. All these cases have now been disposed of in favour of Mr. Kapur.