Cooperatives conference opened

NEW DELHI MARCH 17. The Madhya Pradesh Governor, Balram Jakhar, inaugurated the All-India Labour Cooperatives Conference here today. Addressing the gathering, Dr. Jakhar said the cooperative movement would be a success if people worked with an honest and sincere approach.

Highlighting the importance given to cooperatives by the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Jakhar said: "Pandit Nehru promoted cooperatives to combat poverty and bring about development through community participation."

Organised during the Cooperatives Centenary celebrations here, the conference was also addressed by the president of the Indian National Labour Cooperatives Federation, Jagdish Raj. Mr. Raj expressed concern over the growing menace of private contractors in this sector.

Quarters for sanitation workers

NEW DELHI MARCH 17. The Delhi Mayor, A.R. Verma, today allotted 221 residential quarters to the sanitation workers of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi by draw of lots at Sunder Nagri and Nand Nagri here.

While more than 1, 200 sanitation workers were aspiring for these residential quarters; the draw was part of the Dr. Ambedkar Awas Yojana under the hire/purchase scheme and was done through computers.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Verma said the MCD was committed to provide better living conditions to its sanitation workers and would explore further possibilities in the housing sector. He informed that MCD had already allotted 640 residential units to the sanitation workers at Rohini, 700 residential units at Jahangirpuri and 559 units at Sunder Nagri and Nand Nagri.

Besides the Delhi Deputy Mayor, Ramesh Dutta; the Chairman of Standing Committee, Mukesh Goel; the Leader of the House, Satbir Singh; the Leader of the Opposition, Subhash Arya; and senior officers of MCD, a large number of sanitation workers were also present on the occasion.

NCC team heads for Bangladesh

NEW DELHI MARCH 17. A National Cadets Corps delegation going to Bangladesh called on the Director-General of NCC, Lieutenant-General M.C. Bhandari, at his headquarters here today.

The delegation, comprising one officer and 12 cadets, will participate in the Independence Day Parade of Bangladesh from March 20 to 31. During their visit, the delegation will showcase India's culture, heritage and tradition besides visiting educational and historical places of that country.

Court seeks medical report on custodial torture

New Delhi March 17. Delhi High Court today directed a senior medical officer to file a detailed report and also to refer the petitioner to a good hospital.

The petitioner, presently lying in the mental asylum at Shahdara here on account of the alleged torture by the cop.

Justice R C Jain ordered the Medical superintendent of the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Science, Shahdara to file a detailed report about the medical condition of the petitioner before March 23. The court also directed the medical officer to refer him to a good hospital for better medical treatment.

Petitioner Rajab Ali is lying unconscious in the hospital since February 2 on account of the inadequate medical facilities, alleged the petition.

The court has directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) to hold an enquiry and submit a report into the alleged torture of the petitioner by the police.

The petitioner alleged that he was picked up by the police at Bhajanpura in East Delhi and that he was tortured in custody from February 16-17.

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