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Family members disapprove Bharat Ratna to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
11-08-2014

KOLKATA: Amidst speculation that the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna may be conferred on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, his grandnephew on Sunday claimed that a majority of his family members did not approve of the idea.

Chandra Kumar Bose, Netaji’s grandnephew, claimed that most family members were opposed to the conferment of the award and instead demanded that the mystery of his disappearance be solved first.

“Netaji has been missing since 1945. When you award him with Bharat Ratna posthumously, you have to say when he died, but where is the evidence? The best way to honour him is to declassify government files which can reveal the truth behind his disappearance,” Bose said.

He told PTI that he had spoken to around 60 family members of the great leader, none of whom was willing to accept the award on his behalf. “All of us feel that Bharat Ratna is not the appropriate award for him. None of us will go and accept the award,” Bose said.

The family and members of the Open Platform for Netaji had recently written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding formation of a Special Investigation Team under the guidance of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court to investigate into Netaji’s disappearance.

When under house arrest by the British, Netaji had escaped from India in 1941 to seek international support for India's freedom struggle.

He went missing in 1945, giving birth to India's most debated and lingering mystery ever. The Mukherjee Commission which inquired into the disappearance had rejected the opinion that he died in a plane crash in Taiwan on August 18, 1945. With t�" ui� �0�m, benefits of banking facilities are reaching the blind, weak and old villagers at their home easily.

“Samriddhi” financial inclusion model developed by Madhya Pradesh has been praised in the country. Due to its success, this unique model of Madhya Pradesh has drawn attention of many states of the country and their delegations have been reaching here to study the processing system of ultra-small banks.

“Samriddhi” model’s immense success has also belied banks’ assumption that opening bank branches in rural areas is not beneficial. Now, all banking majors are competing with each other to open ultra small banks in rural areas of Madhya Pradesh. Keeping these facts in view, the Central Government has decided to implement the Madhya Pradesh model in entire country. United Nations Development Programme had released a report on success and evaluation of this financial inclusion model at a national workshop in New Delhi on January 24, 2014. Representatives had also praised the model at the workshop.

On the initiative of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Mukhyamantri Gram Samriddhi Bhavan Yojana has been launched under which 1000 new bank branch buildings each costing Rs 10 lakh are being constructed with cooperation of concerning Gram Panchayats. The state government has provisioned Rs 100 crore for the scheme.

So far, sanction has been granted to 31 Gram Panchayats to construct buildings. Panchayats & Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava inaugurated this scheme online recently. As a result of financial inclusion, state’s District Cooperative Banks have also been connected with NEFT system.

Now, amounts payable to beneficiaries of social pension schemes, students’ scholarships and MNREGA labourers’ wages are being directly deposited in their bank accounts in or around their villages. Now, post offices in remote villages are also going to be connected with this modern payment system soon.