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PM to launch Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao nationwide on Jan 22

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Jhunjhunu on January 22. He will formally launch ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ mission that will be now implemented in every district in the country. The PM will also inaugurate ‘national nutrition mission’. Till now, ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ mission is running in 161 districts including 14 from Rajasthan. Jhunjhunu, which once boasted the highest sex ratio has the lowest sex ratio in the state, now. The ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ mission that began from Haryana two years ago has brought a welcome change in people’s attitude. On the third anniversary, it will be implemented in the entire country.The changed face of 10 districtsIn Rajasthan, 14 districts were selected for the mission, where the sex ratio was highest. After two years, at least ten districts have shown remarkable progress. Jhunjhunu has converted from the lowest sex ratio district to the highest sex ratio district in the country. Still, four districts, which had shown improvement in the first year of the mission, are back to square one. Sawai Madhopur, Karauli, Bharatpur and Jaisalmer are at the bottom. Yet, Rajasthan has been able to maintain its number one position in ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ mission for which the state recently received Nari Shakti award from the President.Prime Minister Modi will facilitate 10 districts collectors from different parts of the country who did excellent work in the implementation of the mission. The PM will also directly communicate with officials in every district through video conferencing. Rajasthan’s women and child development department will be the nodal agency for the entire programme.The other flagship programme ‘national nutrition mission’ will also be expanded in every state. Earlier, it was operational in only eight states. In Rajasthan, it will cover 24 districts in place of 19 districts, at present. Later, in a phased manner, all districts in the country will be covered by 2019-20. In the current financial year, 315 districts, next year 235 and remaining will be covered in 2019-20.The mission will focus to remove stunting, malnutrition, anemia and low weight at birth through better coordination and monitoring. The states will be encouraged to achieve the targets. “A video conference was held with district officials regarding the Prime Minister’s visit. They have been given necessary instruction. The PM will launch Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and national nutrition missions on January 22. At present these programmes are operation only a few states,” said Shuchi Sharma, director, ICDS.

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Gurjars, 4 other communities to get 1% reservation in NBC category

Thousands of unemployed youths can look forward to getting a government job now. Thanks to a timely and wise decision by Vasundhara Raje government of granting one per cent separate reservation to Gurjars and four other communities in Most Backward Class (MBC) category. Gurjar community may be skeptical about the move but it has paved way to fill up 72,000 posts in the government; the recruitment process for which was stuck because of reservation tangle.For last two years, 72,000 posts in 13 different categories and departments could not be filled because of OBC reservation act. Among them 55,000 posts were those for which notification had been issued. In fact, the government had to extend application deadline five times for level 2 of REET teachers’ recruitment 2016, whereas second grade teachers’ recruitment result was not declared for six months.The recruitment process was stalled only because of reservation issue but now everything is clear as Raje government has made a provision by which Gurjars and four other communities will enjoy one per cent separate reservation in MBC and continue to receive OBC reservation benefits as well.Though, the Gurjar community is still not convinced and threatening to launch stir once again.Notably, the SBC reservation got stuck in the court. The state government had to cancel it. After that, Raje government brought OBC bill to give 5 per cent reservation to Gurjars but before a notification could be issued the matter reached court.Since the overall reservation limit went up to 54%, Supreme Court quashed the bill reiterating its stand that reservation cannot go beyond the cap of 50%. The government discussed the matter with Gurjars and tried to convince them to agree to accept MBC but they refused.However, the government released notification of MBC. Now, the unemployed are eagerly waiting for opening up of the recruitment process.Social justice and empowerment minister, Arun Chaturvedi hailed the decision claiming that MBC will restart stalled recruitment process at speedy level.State president of Berojgar Ekikrat Mahasangh, Upen Yadav, however, demanded that the government should not lose time to restart recruitment process at the same time appointments in old recruitments should be given immediately to fulfill its promise.But, Gurjar leader, Himmat Singh alleged cheating. “The government has duped us. The one percent reservation was available even during the Gehlot government. Instead of keeping youths unemployed, the government could have given this benefit earlier. Our agitation is for 5 per cent reservation will continue. We will oppose the government in upcoming by polls and in assembly elections,” he said.

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Official apathy cripples Vasundhara Raje’s ‘divyang’ verification drive

Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje’s ambitious programme to create a database and provide identification to ‘divyang’ in the state is limping because of inability of health department.If the CM expected timely distribution of certificates to specially abled people, she erred in estimating health department officials’ capabilities. Against the target of eight lakh, they have issued only 84,000 certificates to ‘divyangs’.The government had embarked on verification drive of specially abled people to ensure only deserving people get the benefit. They were supposed to be given certificate after medical check up to ascertain exact type and quantum of disability as many ‘undeserving’ people were receiving benefit by faking their disability.After receiving more than nine lakh applications, the verification process began from September 27.However, looking at the snail’s pace of verification, there is big question mark over timely completion of the certification drive because second phase of the campaign is scheduled to begin from December 11. How will the department issue certificates to 8.20 lakh people in just six days.So far 30 districts have issued less than 5000 certificates and 15 of them could issue just 2000.Only three districts including Jaipur, Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh have been able to deliver more than 5000 certificates.The third phase of campaign is beginning from December 12 in which ‘divyangs’ will be distributed supporting equipments, however, the problem is that without certificates and UDID cards who will the social welfare department give these equipments to.“We are doing our best that no one is left out. Doctors’ strike delayed the process. We have not received guidelines from the central government regarding disability of 16 types who need not come to the camps.For them camps will be held once the guidelines comes. But, five lakh new applicants can get certificate from the camps,” Dr Samit Sharma, director of social justice and empowerment department said.
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UDID card will now be delivered at home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a huge relief to specially-abled people, the state government has decided that they would get new certificate and UDID card at home. Those who already have certificate will not be required to go to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya camp for specially-abled persons.The decision will help around 2 lakh specially-abled people who already have certificate of disability. They now don’t need to go to assembly constituency wise second and third phase of the camp.Social justice and empowerment department officials have been calling or sending message on their mobile to inform that they need not come to the camp to avoid unnecessary hassle. Their old certificates would be sent to Delhi and social welfare ministry will provide UDID card within one and half month to the to enable them to receive pension ot any other government scheme anywhere in the country.So far, nine lakh differently abled people have applied and almost all applications have been sent to the medical department so that it can issue their certificates and UDID card. The second phase will continue till December 12 while the third phase will begin from December 13 and conclude on March 31, next year.In the last phase they will be given artificial limbs free of cost. According to old census there were 15 lakh specially abled people in which people with less than 40% disability were also getting benefit, which has now been changed and only those with above 40% disability would get the benefit.DATA SHAREDAdditional director, department of specially abled people said, “We are providing data to the medical department. Soon, they will be forwarded to social welfare department in Delhi and within a month UDID cards of more than two lakh divyangjan would be made.”

No action against duping sarpanch’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two years ago, Rajasthan became the first State in the country to fix a minimum educational qualification for contesting elections to the Panchayati Raj Institutions. However, a large number of people managed to contest elections and many even won by using ‘fake’ certificate. Though complaints were filed against them even after crossing half the term, the government has not taken any action against them.As per rule 80 of Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act 1994, the election can be challenged only before a district judge. The Panchayati Raj department can take action against an elected representative only after the competent court has framed the charges. There are many cases in which the court had framed charges but the department seemed reluctant to act against the elected representative.The amendment to article 19 of Rajasthan Panchayati Raj Act 1994 made it mandatory for a candidate to pass Class VIII for the post of sarpanch — except in tribal reserved areas, where the minimum qualification is Class V — and Class X for Zila Parishad or Panchayat Samiti elections.Since a large number of candidates used fake mark sheets, elections were held again at many places resulting in unnecessary expenditure of taxpayers’ money as well as stalling development in the villages.FACT FILEMass level irregularities in Panchayati Raj electionsSarpanchs used fake mark sheet to contest electionMaximum complaints against sarpanch634 out of 686 complaints against the sarpanchHalf the term is over but action in only a few cases

RASLA team visits care’less’ home after DNA report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following DNA exposure into mismanagement at mental asylum in Jamdoli; a team of Rajasthan state legal service authority (RASLA) visited there for consecutive two days. During its inspection, the RASLA team lead by member secretary SK Jain found many irregularities. After the first visit, the caretakers were relaxed that nothing happened but shocked to see the team again the next day.The RASLA team is likely to submit its inquiry report to the high court, which can make big revelations. The DNA had disclosed negligence and indifferent attitude of caretakers in the mental asylum. Following the DNA report, district collector had sent SDM for inspection of the care home.However, the social justice and empowerment department has not taken action against the staff rather it is keen to cover up the matter by banning mobile. It is being learnt that staff or outsiders would not be allowed to carry mobile to prevent them from taking photographs that reveals mismanagement in the care home. A similar ban has been imposed by the health department.

Jamdoli continues to ill-treat kids

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nothing has changed in Jamdoli mental asylum. The horrifying episode of 12 kids who had died in a short span of 13 days after consuming contaminated water is fresh in memory, but the same apathy and callousness still prevail. The care home set up for treatment and improvement of mentally challenged kids is itself crippled because of official negligence. It is in dire straits. DNA has accessed some proof to show sick mentality of the care home staff.Children are sleeping on floor while their beds have been taken by the staff members. There are hundreds of beds, but they are not given to the children. The kids have no clothes to wear. It is not that the government doesn’t take care of the needs of children here but the greedy and insensitive staff is holding on to these facilities meant for the children. Since media entry is banned, it is being used by the care home staff to cover up its shenanigans.When district collector saw pictures of this horrifying truth, he asked SDM to visit mental asylum and submit a report. Subsequently, the SDM Ashish Kumar and Deepali visited the care home in Jamdoli.The matter had been raised by Hemant Kumar Goyal and advocate Sunita Satyarthi through a PIL. The HC had conducted regular hearing of this case and issued some directions. Legal service committee has been doing inspections on the instruction of the HC. Yet, things remained as they were.According to the petitioner Hemant Kumar Goyal said that these children should be connected with the society. There are many people who want to offer their service free but the department doesn’t even allow them to enter.UNDER SCANNERThe matter had been raised by Hemant Kumar Goyal and advocate Sunita Satyarthi through a PIL. The High Court had conducted regular hearing of this case and issued some directions. Legal service committee has been doing inspections on the instruction of the HC. Yet, things remained as they were.
According to the petitioner Hemant Kumar Goyal these children should be connected with the society. There are many people who want to offer their service free but the department doesn’t even allow them to enter.

The story of a ‘careless’ care home in Jamdoli village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jamdoli based mental asylum is in news once again and this time too for a wrong reason. Last year, the government-run shelter for mentally challenged children made headlines following deaths of 11 children in a short span. Now, the children have been running away but the administration doesn’t have a clue.In last one and half months, three children have vanished from the care home and could not be traced. It is surprising that mentally challenged children have been jumping over high walls of the care home but the authorities did nothing to improve the system. The latest incident took place on Friday morning when 15-year old Kalu ran away in the wee hours but the authorities came to know about it in the morning through CCTV footage.Kalu went to kitchen from the male wing and jumped the seven feet high wall while the caretakers were sleeping. It is learned that there is only one caretaker for a wing of 25 children. Another question is about not having a railing on top of the wall.After the death of children last year, things improved a bit because of media coverage and subsequent visits by social justice and empowerment minister Arun Chaturvedi and top officials from the department but once the matter got over, staff was back to its usual self –indifferent and careless. However, the department is yet to take action against them.“We have been continuously trying to improve things at the mental asylum. This time the boy jumped the wall. We would take action against careless caretakers,” said Amitabh Kaushik, Add Dir, dept for specially abled.No trace of 3 children10 September: 19-year old Bablu jumped the wall in the night.17 September: Seven days later, another boy with the same name went missing from SMS Hospital. The caretakers went to drink water leaving the children unattended27 October: Kalu jumped the wall.

Govt set to table Gurjar reservation bill, will it get nod from judiciary?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the upcoming session of the state assembly, the government is likely to table Gurjar reservation bill.Notably, OBC (Other Backward Class) commission has submitted report prior to preparing draft of the bill. In the report, the commission has submitted population and job data. While the report is completely based on Garg Committee.The government is dividing OBC into two categories, which is why the OBC commission had to prepare report afresh.Old OBC castes have been put together in the first category, while the second category has six castes, including Gurjars, while the total OBC reservation will go up from 21 to 26 per cent.Once, the new bill comes into effect, there will be 91 castes in the OBC. The government is now working on the draft of the new bill.However, the bill will certainly get stuck in the court. Earlier, the high court had rejected the bill for crossing overall reservation limit of 50%. This time again the quota has reached 54%.However, Gurjars believe that if the bill is stuck, then entire OBC reservation will get stuck. Then it will be up to the government to find a solution.Next talks between the government and Gurjars will be held on October 16. Devnarayan scheme will also be discussed then.“OBC commission has submitted report to the state government. Population and job figures have been included to enable the government to prepare new law. The report is confidential and based on recommendation of the Garg committee,” informed Hari Kumar Godara, Member Secretary, OBC commission.“The government should bring a solid bill. It should remove legal complication so that it doesn’t get stuck in the court. We will discuss it with the government on October 16,” says Himmat Singh Gurjar, Gurjar Leader.

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