– to lodge complaint with IDB about use of fundsThe People’s Progressive Party has raised concerns with the World Bank about Government’s expenditure during a period when the State should be paving the way for early elections.This was communicated by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at his press conference on Thursday. There, Jagdeo referenced home improvement subsidies that were recently distributed.“You’ve seen the accelerated use of money, bypassing all the transparency safeguards. So they’re giving out money now, to fix your house … what should have been done over time, they’re rolling out in three months.”According to Jagdeo, they have already raised concerns about Government spending with one donor agency. The next step, he said, is for the Party to raise its concerns with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).“This is money from the Inter-American Development Bank. We plan to write them. We plan to raise this. We’ve already raised this in a meeting with the World Bank, about the abuse of resources in this period.”Jagdeo also raised concerns about land distribution and whether it was being done in an equitable manner. According to the Opposition Leader, there are cases where land is being distributed to persons aligned with the Government.Since the passage of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, the Opposition has said Government should be in caretaker mode. Government has insisted that programmes under the 2019 Budget will be carried out as per normal.At a recent post-Cabinet press conference, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had said that Government would not operate in a caretaker mode, but would continue business as usual. In fact, the Minister issued a direct statement to public servants that they must continue to carry out their functions as per normal.According to Harmon, Government fully intends to carry out all its programmes in the 2019 Budget. The Minister insisted that public servants had a duty to ensure these programmes are carried out. According to Jagdeo, however, Harmon cannot protect public servants who do wrong and as such, he advised them to be careful of being used for nefarious purposes.
A 17-year-old wrestler was booked for allegedly molesting a national level girl grappler, police said on Thursday.The incident took place on June 9 near Sports Authority of India (SAI) campus at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, where the complainant had gone to attend a camp for the junior girl grapplers, they said.In a complaint lodged with the Sadar Police here, the girl, who is from Hisar, alleged that the youth molested her when she went to an ATM kiosk to withdraw money at about 7 pm.She claimed that he also tried to drag her to a nearby hotel but she managed to escape, it said.The complainant alleged that the youth also threatened her with dire consequences if she told anyone about the incident.Based on the complaint, a ‘zero FIR’ under relevant sections of the IPC which pertain to using criminal force to a woman with intent to outrage her modesty, criminal intimidation and under various provisions of the Protection of the Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was registered against the youth, who is also from Hisar, said Harish Bhardwaj, the spokesman of district police.The complaint was forwarded to the SHO of Sarojini Nagar police station in Lucknow for further investigation, he said.A ‘zero FIR’ can be filed in any police station and can be later transferred to the police station concerned.Also Read | Indian man detained in Dubai for molesting seven-year-old girlAlso Read | Aligarh: Girl’s family alleges rape, police rules out sexual assaultAlso Watch | Watch: Man forces himself on child at Riyadh malladvertisement