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Umashankar’s suspension smacks of victimisation:: JAYA

Posted by egovindia on August 5, 2010

“Umashankar’s suspension smacks of victimisation”
Special Correspondent News » States » Tamil Nadu
CHENNAI, August 5, 2010
AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa has alleged that suspension of IAS officer C. Umashankar smacked of victimisation by the DMK government.
In a statement here on Wednesday, Ms. Jayalalithaa questioned the powers of the State government to place an IAS officer under suspension on the pretext that he had entered the Civil Services using a bogus community certificate.
“All civil service appointments in the country are done by the Union Public Service Commission. It is the responsibility of the UPSC to vet the antecedents of every recruit and verify their certificates,” she said.
She said the DMK government’s claim that Mr. Umashankar, belonging to Dalit community, had entered the service using a forged community certificate had given room for speculation on the reasons behind this.
Ms. Jayalalithaa recalled the government’s decision to launch Arasu Cable Corporation and the appointment of Mr. Umashankar as its Managing Director, and said the real motive behind it was to pose a challenge to the Maran brothers’ Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV).
Ms. Jayalalithaa said after an agreement was suddenly reached between the warring cousins of Mr. Karunanidhi’s family, the IAS officer was made the scapegoat and shunted out.
She alleged that though Mr. Umashankar was appointed as the MD of Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT), he was removed from the post because he questioned the disappearance of ETL Infrastructure Ltd., a subsidiary of ELCOT, along with Rs. 700 crore assets.
Explanation sought
Demanding an explanation from Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi on what happened to ETL and the fate of the Rs. 400 crore invested in Arasu Cable Corporation, she wanted to know why was a Dalit officer in government service being victimised.
Keywords: C. Umashankar, AIADMK, DMK


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Govt to establish three Nano Tech Institutes

Posted by egovindia on November 3, 2007

Govt to establish three Nano Tech Institutes


The Institute in Bangalore, to be located near Tumkur road will be jointly set up by JNCASR and the IISc

Saturday, November 03, 2007


 CMN Bureau

BANGALORE, INDIA: The Government of India would establish three Institutes of Nano Science Technoloy in Bangalore, Kolkata and Mohali for the research and development in the field of Nanotechnology.

The Government has allocated Rs 100 crore each for each of these three centers, according to T Ramasami, secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India.

The Institute in Bangalore, will be located near Tumkur road and will be jointly set up by Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) and the Indian Institute of Science. The Karnataka government has pledged its support to the project. It has already allotted 15 acres of land for establishing the Institute.

The setting up of these institutes is part of the Department of Science and Technology’s Nano Mission, which was launched early this year. The department would invest Rs. 1,000 crore for five years on the mission.

“Through the mission we are trying to focus on research and introduce Nanotechnology as a course in various educational institutions,” said Ramasami.

Some of the investment would also go to the existing Nano groups in the country, added Ramasami.

While this is the first time that India would have centers for Nanotechnology, 50-60 groups are already working on the technology in the country.

Ramasami said that 15 of the nanotechnology groups are doing well and the target by the department is to raise the figure to 50-60 units.

“For this we should have 150 groups working on Nanotechnology in the country. If you have 150 groups working on a single technology, then that’s a critical mass.” The increase in number would elevate the quality of the technology in India, said Ramasami.

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