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Jawed Usmani takes oath as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of UP

Former IAS officer Jawed Usmani took oath as Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of Uttar Pradesh (UP).

He was administered oath to office by Governor of UP Ram Naik at a function at Raj Bhawan in Lucknow.

He was sworn-in to office after he had taken voluntary retirement as Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Board of Revenue.

Background

Jawed Usmani was appointed as UP CIC in November 2014. But during this appointment, he was the chairman of Uttar Pradesh Board of Revenue.

He was able to take over as state CIC as Right to Information Act, 2005 has provision mentioning that any person while he/she is in government service cannot be can be appointed to this statutory post.

About Jawed Usmani

  • Jawed Usmani is a 1978 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer.
  • He holds MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad and MSc degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.
  • Earlier, he had served as secretary in Union coal ministry and also as joint secretary to the several Prime Ministers including H D Deve Gowda, I K Gujral and Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1996 to 2001.
  • He also had served as joint secretary of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh between 2004 and 2007
  • He was a senior advisor to the Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington DC and Minister of Economic Cooperation at the Embassy of India in Nepal.
  • In 2012, he had served as Chief Secretary in Uttar Pradesh.

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Journalist Vinod Mehta awarded Yash Bharti Samman by UP Government

Distinguished journalist Vinod Mehta has been conferred Yash Bharti Samman by Uttar Pradesh Government.

Yash Bharti Samman is Uttar Pradesh’s highest civilian award.

About Vinod Mehta

  • Vinod Mehta was born in in Rawalpindi, in West-Punjab region of undivided India.
  • He is one of India’s most influential editors and has launched a number of successful publications such as the Sunday Observer, Indian Post, The Independent, The Pioneer (Delhi edition) and Outlook.
  • He has authored a biography of Meena Kumari (movie actress and poet) and Sanjay Gandhi- The Sanjay Story (2012).
  • His other acclaimed work includes memoir Lucknow Boy published in 2012, Mr Editor, how close are you to the PM? (1999) and Bombay: A Private View (1971).
  • Currently, he is editorial chairman of the Outlook Group

About Yash Bharti Samman

Yash Bharti Samman is conferred by the Uttar Pradesh Government for excellence in literature, fine arts, folk and classical music and sports.

The award was instituted by Mulayam Singh Yadav Government in 1994. It was discontinued by the Bahujan Samaj Party Government from 2007-2013, but later it was revived after a gap of six years.

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Union Government’s Sukanya Samridhi Yojna begins in Uttar Pradesh

Union Government’s Sukanya Samridhi Yojna under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) campaign has begun in Jaunpur district in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

The first account under the scheme was opened in the name of a three-year old girl Vedika Tiwari in this district by her parents.

Sukanya Samridhi Yojna under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) campaign

  • It was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 January 2015 in Haryana to enhance the strength and honour of the girl children across the country.
  • This scheme encompasses all the girls of every economic strata under 10 years of age to open Sukanya Samridhi Account in Post offices and in the Banks. This account will be opened by girls parents or legal guardians.
  • In the account, a minimum of one thousand Rupees and maximum of One lakh fifty thousand Rupees can be deposited annually, upon which interest of 9.1% will be accrued.
  • When the girl child attains the age of 18 years, she herself would become eligible to operate the account.
  • Under the scheme, the girl child can withdraw 50 per cent of the money after reaching age of 18 for higher education. The 18 years deadline will also help preventing child-marriages.

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