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August 2022

Self government

Thiruvananthapuram local self-government bodies promote flower cultivation for Onam

Flowers are grown in several panchayats in Thiruvananthapuram in view of the Onam market

Flowers are grown in several panchayats in Thiruvananthapuram in view of the Onam market

Dew-soaked marigolds, chrysanthemums, jasmine and oleander in full bloom sway in the breeze at Plamoottukkada near Parassala, about 30 kilometers from Thiruvananthapuram. Here, on an 80-cent plot, the Parassala block panchayat is promoting Poovili 2022, a project to encourage floriculture.

Also in Thiruvananthapuram, marigolds are also grown on almost 8.51 acres in six grama panchayats spread over the block panchayats of Nemom and Vellanad.

Thiruvananthapuram local self-government bodies have made every effort to promote floriculture to take advantage of the blooming Onam market to make floral carpets, which are an integral part of the celebrations. The plan is to reduce reliance on flower markets in Kanyakumari district and Bengaluru during Onam. Several blocks and grama panchayats grow flowers on their own plots, albeit on a small scale.

“It was an ambitious project. But the result exceeded our expectations and we had a bumper crop, particularly of marigolds, in May this year. Now the second batch of marigolds is ready for harvest,” says SK Ben Darvin, Parassala bloc panchayat chairman. “We had people coming from other parts of the district to see the flowers,” adds Alvedisa A, vice president of the panchayat.

The Parassala block panchayat launched the project in March this year, as part of the five-year plan. Marigold in three shades of dark yellow and orange, oleander in red, pink and baby pink, and different varieties of jasmine such as kuttimulla and pichi have been planted.

Ambitious project

“We adopted the mulching method (to prevent weeds and protect the roots and soil) with drip irrigation. Initially, 20-day-old marigold saplings were planted and within two months we got the harvest. We get 40 to 50 flowers from one plant,” says S Vijayakumar, a former agricultural officer and Agro Service Center facilitator, who provided assistance and advice for the project.

SK Ben Darvin, Chairman, Parassala Block Panchayat, Alvedisa A, Vice Chairman of Panchayat and S Vijayakumar, Facilitator, Agro Service Center

SK Ben Darvin, Chairman, Parassala Block Panchayat, Alvedisa A, Vice Chairman of Panchayat and S Vijayakumar, Facilitator, Agro Service Center | Photo credit: SREEJITH R KUMAR

About 450 kilograms of marigold have been harvested up to July, in addition to 200 kilograms of chrysanthemum, 10 kilograms of jasmine and 15 kilograms of oleander. They have achieved sales worth ₹40,000 so far. The goal is to collect around 200 kilograms of flowers for Onam.

Oleander (arali)

Oleander ( Arali) | Photo credit: SREEJITH R KUMAR

Flower prices are the same as Thovala in Kanyakumari, Ben adds. Marigold, usually priced at ₹50-60 per kilogram, costs ₹250 and above during Onam. Oleander buds usually fetch ₹1,000 per kilogram, while flowers are sold at ₹150 per kilogram. Prices of both kuttimulla and pichinormally priced at ₹150 per kilogram, can go up to ₹1,000-1,500 during the festival, which coincides with the wedding season in Kerala.

SK Ben Darvin, President of the Parassala Block Panchayat, at the UP Lutheran School Worry Farm, Ponvila

SK Ben Darvin, Parassala Block Panchayat President, at Lutheran UP School Marigold Farm, Ponvila | Photo credit: SREEJITH R KUMAR

The first batch of jasmine and oleander continues to yield. “It is necessary to prune these plants regularly to ensure a better yield,” says Vijayakumar. The panchayat has also grown 30 cent marigold at the premises of UP Lutheran School, Ponvila, which is ready for harvest.

Floriculture in five grama panchayats of Vilappil, Vilavoorkkal, Malayinkeezhu, Maranalloor and Pallichal under the Nemom bloc panchayat, and Kattakkada under the Vellanad bloc panchayat was an initiative of MP Kattakkada IB Sathish. This is done under the close supervision of the Nemom bloc panchayat committee. The Kerala Land Use Board also provides the support.

Marigold Farm in Kattakkada

Marigold Farm in Kattakkada | Photo credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

It is implemented under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) – Watershed Component in convergence with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). “It was a new venture, but we were able to implement it well,” says Ajikumar K, Block Development Manager at Nemom.

The 33 beneficiaries of the scheme include individual farmers and groups of farmers. “Our marigold farm is 20 cents. It was a challenge when we started but now we are looking forward to the harvest. As we have to water the plants twice a day, we do it in separate batches,” says Sheeja Kumari V, a member of a 20-member group from Maranalloor.

Inauguration of the marigold harvest in Pallichal.  The farm is managed by the Farm in Trivandrum group

Inauguration of the marigold harvest in Pallichal. The farm is managed by the Farm in Trivandrum group | Photo credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Farm in Trivandrum (FiT), an agricultural joint venture, grows 50-cent marigolds in the Kannamkode neighborhood of Pallichal. “We grow several crops, especially fruit trees, tubers, etc. Marigold was introduced as an intercrop. The women employed under MGNREGS prepared the land and we did not have to spend on saplings as it was provided by the Krishi Bhavan. The harvest will start before Atham (August 30),” explains Vinod Venugopal, who conceptualized the FiT.

The panchayats plan to continue floriculture even after Onam. “It will be an additional source of income and our dream is to make it a flowery village,” adds Ben.

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Home rule

Andy Burnham: Scotland should be as close to home rule as possible

Scotland should be “as close as possible” to self-rule, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has said while discussing a possible second independence referendum.

Mr Burnham said he was still opposed to Scottish independence but said the UK’s constitution needed to be ‘completely rewired’.

He was interviewed by former Labor MSP Neil Findlay at an Edinburgh Fringe event on Tuesday.

Mr Burnham also told the audience that he had asked to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during his visit to Scotland but had not heard back from his office.

The mayor said he asked to meet Nicola Sturgeon (Nigel French/PA)

The Scottish government later said that was not the case.

He also spoke about his dispute with the Scottish Government over Covid travel rules, saying the way the travel ban was imposed during the pandemic was an example of the “Scottish National Party dealing with the North of England with contempt”.

Mr Burnham said being mayor for the past five years has given him ‘more perspective on the Scottish independence debate’.

He said: “This country, the UK needs to be completely rewired, there needs to be a redistribution of power.”

He continued: “I understand how for Scotland to simply say ‘OK, status quo but with a bit more devolution’ is not an answer if there is to be another referendum.

“You must have a much better alternative next time and for me it is a completely rewired Westminster where I would say proportional representation for the Commons, an elected Nations and Regions Senate to replace the House of Lords.

“Much more devolution in all of this, as close to self-governing Scotland as possible, I would say.”

In Scotland, he said more powers should be transferred from Edinburgh to local communities.

Setting out in more detail his constitutional views, he said: “I never want to see a border run through the north of England and Scotland in my lifetime.”

The Mayor of Greater Manchester went on to discuss his dispute with the Scottish Government over the Covid travel ban imposed in the summer of 2021.

He said it was done without any notification or discussion with his office, adding: ‘What message do people in the Scottish Government think it sent to people in our place? Basically, “you’re not welcome”.

He continued: “We expect the Tories to treat the North of England with contempt, but it was the Scottish National Party who treated the North of England with contempt.”

Saying he was meeting Glasgow council leader Susan Aitken on Wednesday, he added: ‘I asked to meet the Prime Minister while I was here and got no response.

A Scottish Government spokesman said: ‘It is factually incorrect to say that no response has been sent to Mr Burnham’s request for a meeting.

“The Prime Minister’s Office contacted Mr Burnham’s office the same day the meeting request was received.

“Since then, in discussion with his office, an agenda has been agreed and dates identified.

“The Prime Minister remains open to holding this meeting.”

A Scottish Government spokesman later added: ‘Both offices have identified a suitable time for the meeting today and the First Minister looks forward to meeting Mr Burnham tomorrow (Wednesday).’

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Self government

Local Self-Government Institutions Court has no jurisdiction to deal with interference with natural rights: Kerala HC

The High Court observed that since the allegation of violation of natural law is also alleged in the lawsuit, the claimant’s grievance could not be considered by the Tribunal of Local Self-Government Institutions and, therefore, in such a lawsuit, the jurisdiction of the civil court the court is not implicitly prohibited and the civil court has jurisdiction to prosecute.

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The seat stated that it is true that if the Municipality or the Government intends to regularize an illegal construction this can be brought before the civil court by the defendants. So too, the obstruction of natural rights and the consequent prayer to undo the same must be examined by the civil court independently and such violations cannot be regularized.

The High Court held that the original petition filed under Section 227 of the Constitution of India is not a party’s remedy for a reviewable order under Section 115 CCP; therefore, the original petition is not maintainable.

In view of the foregoing, the bench denied the motion.

Case title: Shibu vs Sreekumaran

Bench: Judge A. Badharudeen

Quote: OP(C) NO. 1523 OF 2019

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Recently, Kerala HC has ruled that the Tribunal for Local Self-Government Institutions has no jurisdiction to deal with interference with natural rights and that the decision rests exclusively with the civil court.

The bench of Judge A. Badharudeen said that “The interference with natural law and the resulting prayer to undo it must be examined by the civil court independently and such violations cannot be regularized.”

In this case, the plaintiff filed a request for a mandatory injunction ordering the defendants to demolish the building constructed by them without obtaining a permit from the local self-government institution concerned and without allowing sufficient setback and obstructing the natural right to light and air by making constructions illegal.

Ext.P3 was adopted by the trial court against defendants 2 and 3.

The issues to be considered before the bench were:

1. Which orders are reviewable under Article 115 of the Code of Civil Procedure?

2. Can a reviewable order be challenged by invoking Section 227 of the Constitution of India?

3. Is the jurisdiction of the civil court totally excluded either by express provisions of a special law providing for an alternative remedy, or by way of tacit eviction, since there is no express prohibition in the special law?

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The High Court observed that since the allegation of violation of natural law is also alleged in the lawsuit, the claimant’s grievance could not be considered by the Tribunal of Local Self-Government Institutions and, therefore, in such a lawsuit, the jurisdiction of the civil court the court is not implicitly prohibited and the civil court has jurisdiction to prosecute.

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The seat stated that it is true that if the Municipality or the Government intends to regularize an illegal construction this can be brought before the civil court by the defendants. So too, the obstruction of natural rights and the consequent prayer to undo the same must be examined by the civil court independently and such violations cannot be regularized.

The High Court held that the original petition filed under Section 227 of the Constitution of India is not a party’s remedy for a reviewable order under Section 115 CCP; therefore, the original petition is not maintainable.

In view of the foregoing, the bench denied the motion.

Case title: Shibu vs Sreekumaran

Bench: Judge A. Badharudeen

Quote: OP(C) NO. 1523 OF 2019

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Sovereignty

Dehcho Prepares Detailed Self-Government Proposal

Dehcho First Nations negotiators are pushing for regional consensus on a range of issues before approaching the Government of the Northwest Territories with a self-government proposal.

Chief negotiator and former Deh Cho MP Michael Nadli, lawyer Chris Reid and Grand Chief Herb Norwegian answered questions during a virtual town hall on Tuesday evening.

The DFN seeks to permanently establish sovereignty over how the following systems are run in Dehcho communities: justice, education, traditional medicine, culture and language, marriage, adoption and child welfare, income assistance and social housing, and Wills and Estates.

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Negotiators told members that, over the next few months, the focus will be on clarifying the DFN’s right to self-government and defining what it will look like, rather than land claims.

But Norwegian stressed that he would like to see conversations about land claims taking place alongside these talks.

“When I walked into this election, I made it very clear that I wanted to get the negotiations back on track,” Norwegian said in his opening speech. “This includes land and resources. This is how I was elected. So I see that as a mandate from the assembly.

Regular meetings to reach regional agreement on a self-government proposal will take place over the coming months.

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“Recent discussions have focused on governance both at the regional or tribal level and at the community level,” Nadli said.

“Programs and services around education, health, language and culture were mentioned [by regional leaders] as priorities for self-government.

But land claims are not completely irrelevant. The DFN Land Use Planning Committee aims to complete a new plan that can be presented to the territorial government by 2025.

Nadli said public forums will continue on a monthly basis as negotiators and leaders provide updates.

During Tuesday’s meeting, negotiators answered questions about how self-government works and the stalemate of previous negotiations.

“Has anyone done a financial analysis of the revenues the Dehcho will need in the future to be sustainable and self-sufficient? asked Rosemary Gill.

“At our next meetings, we will endeavor to consider the financial resources and revenues we will need for a functioning Dehcho government,” Nadli said in his response.

“That’s why continued work on the land use plan is essential,” added Norwegian. “We have identified major areas throughout our territory where we are rich in oil and gas, rich in minerals, rich in timber, there are incredible agricultural opportunities in the Mackenzie Valley…the market is there.

“The potential is there. There’s no doubt that we could hold our own…once that’s sorted out, we could probably go a little beyond that.

The negotiators have promised to announce the date of the next public meeting by early September.

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Self government

Alberta Métis Conclude Historic Assembly Advancing Self-Government

More than 55,000 Métis citizens will vote on the Constitution this fall

Over the weekend, the Métis Nation of alberta held its 94e Annual general meeting at Calgary, where delegates voted overwhelmingly in favor of moving forward with a province-wide ratification vote on a draft constitution for the Métis Nation in alberta.

The draft Constitution was tabled in the Assembly by the MNA Constitution Committee after two and a half years of extensive community engagement that included focus groups, community gatherings, hearings, written comments and a project already released. Additional information on the MNA Constitutional Commission and the engagement process can be found at www.albertametisgov.com.

For generations, our elders, our citizens and our communities have told us that we must opt ​​out of provincial legislation and govern ourselves according to our inherent right to self-government and Métis traditions and laws.“, declared the president of the MNA Audrey Poitras. “With this draft Constitution, we can now implement what Louis Riel and our ancestors fought for: our inherent right to govern ourselves. I look forward to all of our citizens exercising their democratic right to decide whether we will finally adopt our own constitution.”

The resolution directs the MLA to place the final draft constitution of the Métis Government of Otipemisiwak “into the hands of all the citizens of the MLA” and that a province-wide ratification vote including the vote by ballot box, mail and online take place in the fall of 2022. A copy of the full resolution is available on the Member’s website.

Over the coming months, the MNA Constitutional Commission will hold further briefings to present the draft Constitution that will be subject to the province-wide ratification vote. In addition, the MP will undertake a province-wide information campaign to ensure that all of its more than 55,000 citizens are aware of the ratification vote and have the option to vote by ballot box or online voting. .

All citizens are encouraged to update their contact information with the MNA Registry by calling 1-800-267-5844 or visiting this link. This will allow Citizens to update their MLA Registry file and indicate their preference as to how they would like to vote.

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Home rule

Chandler holds Hartke, Orlando on the way to victory; home rule passes for the 11th time in a row

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke easily leads his opponent in the early results of the Sept. 2 primary election Tuesday night.

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke and incumbent Alderman Matt Orlando appear headed for re-election in the first results released shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday night in the city’s primary election.

It also appears that Chandler has once again overwhelmingly approved a self-governance measure that gives the city permission to spend its money as it sees fit rather than being tied down by an outdated spending formula from the State. Prop. 478 has an 88 percent approval in the first batch of ballots counted.

It was expected. Chandler voters had endorsed Home Rule for local budget control 10 consecutive times since 1982.

Final results likely won’t be known for a few days, according to Maricopa County election officials.

Kevin Hartke

Hartke, 66, a Chandler resident for 37 years, has a sizable lead with 77% of the vote in the early results of his race against challenger Ruth Jones, 55, a mortgage loan officer and Chandler political neophyte. She has lived in the city for two years.

Hartke, an associate pastor at Trinity Christian Fellowship, joined the city council in 2008 and served two full terms before being elected mayor in 2018.

Orlando, 66, a 38-year-old resident of the city, has 27 percent of the vote in a tight race for three city council seats.

The field is packed right behind him in the first batch of votes.

Jane Poston, 53, a resident of the city for 13 years, holds 21% of the vote. She is the owner/partner of J2 Media and is a former employee of the Chandler Public Information Office.

She holds a slight advantage over third-placed Angel Encinas, who holds 20% of the vote. Encinas works with community members to provide legal status, employment opportunities, housing, and community services.

Matt Orlando

Darla Gonzalez is fourth in the top results with 17%; Farhana Shifa has 14 percent.

Gonzalez, 56, has been a resident of Chandler for 18 years. She is self-employed at Gonzalez Professional Services and is the Base Manager of the Az Free Enterprise Club.

Shifa, 46, has lived in Chandler for 16 years. She owns The Joy of Fine Arts.

A second round of elections would take place on November 8, if necessary.

Proposition 470, the alternative spending restraint and self-reliance option, was put to voters by the city council, asking for a four-year extension of a measure that voters first approved in 1982. It allows the council to establish the budget according to the specificities of the city. needs in general government, public safety, public works, and utilities, rather than being constrained by the state-mandated spending formula based on the 1979-80 fiscal year established by the Arizona Legislature .

It wouldn’t raise taxes or allow Chandler to spend more than he receives in income.

If approved, Chandler estimates he would be allowed to spend approximately $766,205,118 in 2023-24 (limited to $543,443,438 if Home Rule is not approved), $734,813,629 in 2024-25 ($578,389,413 if not approved), $739,234,393 in 2025-26 ($575,701,116 if not). approved) and $745,992,632 in 2026-2027 ($587,398,668 if not approved).

If the measure fails, the revenue would still be collected, but the city would be prevented from applying it to essential functions, such as police, fire, streets, parks and libraries. This, according to the City, would force it to make drastic cuts in essential services, thus impacting its ability to meet the basic needs of residents.

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