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Five fresh faces in new Vijay Rupani cabinet

In the 20-member cabinet of Vijay Rupani, there are five new faces. These faces includes a senior leader like RC Faldu and four-time MLA Raman Patkar.Ishwar Parmar, Kishor Kanani and Vibhavari Dave got their second term as MLA.Many senior leaders and ministers lost in the recent Assembly polls with the total tally of 99 members in the house. So, BJP was almost pushed to cherry-pick some fresh faces in the Cabinet. MLA from Jamnagar (South) seat and former Gujarat BJP president RC Faldu were lucky enough to secure the berth in the Cabinet this time. Faldu had lost the polls in 2012 elections but succeeded in winning this time when the Patel community was up in arms against the BJP, especially in the Saurashtra region. Faldu was elected as an MLA twice in the past polls held in 1998 and 2002.Raman Patkar, Scheduled Tribe leader and MLA from Umbergaon seat in Valsad district, is four-time MLA and has been elected again. He waited for a longer time than Ishwar Parmar, Vibhavari Dave and Kishor Kanani. All three have been inducted in Cabinet by Rupani in their second term. Of these three, Parmar was lucky enough to get a cabinet position as no any senior Scheduled Caste leader from BJP could win the polls.

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Leaders at NDA meet seek all India judicial service

Some leaders of the BJP-led NDA have pitched for an all India judicial service on the lines of the civil services and sought a discussion on the matter in Parliament.The issue, which involves the demand for reservation in the judiciary for Dalits and backward classes, was raised in the meeting of top NDA leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, on Friday, the first day of the Winter Session, highly-placed sources said.A senior BJP leader told PTI that the matter was raised in the meeting by some members, who sought a discussion on the issue in Parliament.They said there should be all India judicial service like the Indian Administrative Service or the Indian Police Service, he said on the condition of anonymity.The sources, however, declined to name the leaders who raised the issue at the meeting.A large section of politicians, especially those drawn from disadvantaged classes, has been vocal over the issue, citing minuscule presence of these communities, especially Dalits and STs, in the higher judiciary.The matter was in the limelight recently after President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his concern at a public event over “unacceptably low” presence of women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the higher judiciary.Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha had demanded recently that gates of higher judiciary be opened for women and disadvantaged classes, claiming that most high court and Supreme Court judges have come from 250-300 families.”Not only for Dalits and backward castes, the door is closed even for people from general castes. Members of over 250-300 families have been becoming judges in high courts and the Supreme Court since Independence. Doors are closed for all others. They must be opened,” he had said at a public meeting to mark the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar.Dalit members of Parliament have long been raising the issue and saying that an all India judicial service will pave the way for reservation for the traditionally deprived sections of society in higher judiciary.

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Sankar murder: Six sentenced to death in honour killing case, Kausalya welcomes verdict

In a sensational case of honour killing, Tamil Nadu’s Tirupur Principal District and Sessions Court on Tuesday sentenced six persons to double death penalty for the daylight murder of 23-year-old dalit V Sankar who had married an upper caste woman. The murder took place in a busy marketplace and was caught on CCTV cameras. Of the 11 accused, six including girl’s father Chinnasamy received death penalty, one person was awarded double life sentence, one person got at a five-year sentence and three including girl’s mother Annalakshmi were acquitted.Judge Alamelu Natarajan pronounced the verdict on Tuesday. Sankar’s wife Kausalya was accompanying him when three bike-borne men hired by her parents attacked them in full public view near a busy bus stand in Udumalpet on March 13, 2016. Sankar died on way to the hospital, while Kausalya survived with head injuries. Saukalya’s parents were against their marriage as Sankar was a dalit. Both Sankar and Kausalya studied in a private engineering college in Pollachi when they got married against her parent’s wish. Kausalya, hailing from Dindigul, belongs to politically powerful Thevar caste.Kausalya who lives with Sankar’s family welcomed the court’s verdict. “Though I am against death penalty, the severest punishment given in this case would create fear among perpetrators of such heinous crimes. Our wait for the verdict did not go waste as the verdict given in my case was first of its kind in the country. The punishment like the double death penalty and double life sentence were given to prevent the convicts from escaping through the holes in the law. Hence I welcome the verdict as a whole,” she said, adding that however, she would appeal against the acquittal of her mother Annalakshmi, maternal uncle Pandithurai and her another relative in the Madras High Court.“If other convicts appeals against the verdict, I will fight them in the court,” she said, adding that she would continue her fight for justice in the court as well as in the public domain.“Justice for Sankar’s murder does not end with this court’s verdict alone. Only the enactment of a law against caste-based honour killing is the real justice for the murder of Sankar. I hope this verdict would help achieve this goal,” she said, sought police protection for Sankar’s family and herself following the acquittal of the three accused and tension prevailed in the court premises after the verdict.Special Public Prosecutor U Sankaranarayanan said that judge wanted the punishment given in the case to act as a deterrent in future against such honour killings. The court also ordered a total compensation of Rs 11.95 lakh to the girl and Shankar’s family, he said. After the investigation, the police arrested 11 persons including Kausalya’s parents in connection with the case and registered cases under seven different sections in the Indian Penal Code and under Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Police had filed a 1500 page charge sheet against the accused.

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Jisha rape-murder case: Kerala court convicts migrant labourer, to pronounce quantum of sentence tomorrow

A court here today found a migrant labourer from Assam guilty of rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit law student in Kerala last year.Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court judge N Anil Kumar is likely to pronounce the quantum of punishment tomorrow.Muhammed Ameerul Islam was found guilty under various sections of the IPC including 302 (murder), 376 (Rape) 376 (A) (causing death or causes the woman to be in persistent vegetative state while committing rape).The accused, however, was not found guilty under 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and various sections under SC/ST (prevention of atrocities) amendment Act 2015.The Court had on December 6 completed the hearing in the case and posted it for today for pronouncement of judgement.Islam, a migrant labourer from Assam and the lone accused in the case, was charged with brutally raping and murdering the woman, a law student, at nearby Perumbavoor on April 28, 2016.He was booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules.As many as 100 witnesses were examined during the trial which commenced in April last.The prosecution has described it as a rarest of rare case.The victim’s mother had expressed hope that justice will be delivered in the case.She demanded capital punishment for the accused.The woman, who hailed from a poor family, was brutally assaulted using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered at her house.Islam, who had left Perumbavoor soon after committing the crime, was arrested from Kancheepuram in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, 50 days after the gruesome incident.The incident was in focus during the state assembly polls campaign last year with political parties attacking the then Congress-led UDF regime for ‘tardy’ progress in the probe and ‘failure’ to nab culprits.The LDF government, after assuming power on May 25 last year, changed the investigation team and entrusted the probe to ADGP B Sandhya in its first cabinet meeting itself.More than 100 police personnel had questioned over 1,500 people.Finger prints of over 5,000 people were also examined by the SIT personnel who went through over 20 lakh telephonic conversations before reaching Islam.Police have said a blood stained footwear found from a canal near the victim’s house was one of the key evidence in identifying the culprit.

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Not against private hospitals, but won’t hesitate to act: Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government was not against the city’s private hospitals but it would not hesitate to act sternly in cases of criminal negligence and “looting of patients”, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today.Kejriwal said it takes courage to cancel the licence of a leading healthcare facility like the Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh.His comments came a day after the Delhi government decided to cancel the licence of the hospital for alleged medical negligence on multiple instances, including one in which it wrongly declared an alive baby dead on November 30.The baby’s body was handed over to their parents in a plastic bag, along with his still-born sister. He died during treatment at a nursing home in Pitampura a week later.The Delhi Medical Association and the Indian Medical Association have criticised the AAP government’s decision to cancel the license of the private hospital as harsh.Also readDelhi government cancels licence of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh for medical negligence The DMA called the decision “irrational and autocratic”.Kejriwal, however, attacked the previous dispensation in Delhi, alleging they were often hand in glove with the “big” and the mighty.Also readMax Hospital’s licence cancelled: Kejriwal says ‘open loot’ won’t be tolerated, IMA says ‘too harsh a step'”If we had entered into any setting with the hospital, we would not have been able to face our conscience and would have lost the faith of the people. We are not against private hospitals. But we will not hesitate to act sternly in cases of criminal negligence and looting of patients,” he said.Citing his government’s handling of discoms, he said power tarrifs had not risen in Delhi in the past three years.Attacking his political rivals, he claimed “some powers” were trying to crush him and his party. The chief minister sought people’s support so that he can work “honestly”.Also readLiving baby declared dead: Family welcomes loss of Max Hospital’s licence, demands doctors’ arrest Kejriwal was speaking at the launch of the Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojna scheme as part of which students from the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Castes and minority communities would be able to join private coaching centres to prepare for competitive exams and the Delhi government will provide an assistance of up to Rs 40,000.They will be able to prepare for services, medical, engineering and other competitive examinations, Kejriwal said.

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Gujarat fifth in crime against SC/ST: Data

According to the data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) on Thursday, Gujarat ranks fifth in crime rate against those belonging to the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) category in 2016. While Madhya Pradesh topped the list, Rajasthan, Goa, Bihar and Gujarat followed closely.The data states 40,801 cases were lodged under (Prevention of Atrocities) Act across the country in 2016. Out of which 1,322 cases were lodged with Gujarat police. The number of such cases shot up in Gujarat as compared to the last two years. It was 1,010 cases in Gujarat in 2015 and 1,094 cases in 2014.Out of the 1,322 cases that were lodged in Gujarat, 32 cases were related to murder, 35 cases of attempt to murder, 64 cases causing grievously hurt, 75 cases of assault on Schedule Caste women, 36 cases of sexual harassment, 57 cases of kidnapping and abduction, 70 cases of rape, 99 cases of rioting, 16 cases of robbery, 11 cases of arson, 688 cases of other IPC crimes and 165 cases related to other incidents, the data said.TOTAL ATROCITY CASES IN INDIA2016- 40,8012015- 38,6702014 – 40,401RANK OF STATES BASED ON RATE OF CRIME IN 2016Madhya Pradesh – 3,294 casesRajasthan- 6,735 casesGoa-13 casesBihar- 7,886 casesGujarat- 1,322 cases(Crime rate is the number of incidents per 1,00,000 of the population.)
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Gujarat elections 2017: SC federation releases ‘Dalit Manifesto’

After discussing their issues in a democratic way, Gujarat Scheduled Caste Federation (GSCF) released Dalit manifesto on Tuesday evening. The manifesto, suggesting reforms of the community, was released by five sanitation female workers at Bhuvaldi village.GSFC is a federation of more than 30 organisations working for Dalit welfare in the state. They formed a federation on November 19 to draft the manifesto.”This manifesto is collective efforts of what we had discussed and think are core issues for the community. We believe in harmony and we don’t want to divide any community. But it is equally true that we want upliftment of Dalit community, enough of suffering,” said Jayesh Solanki, member of GSCD.”The manifesto was released by five women who are sanitation workers which is symbolically significant. There are 26 points we have highlighted in the manifesto which includes free education for Dalits in government as well as private institutions,” added Solanki.They have asked for a separate settlement to fulfil the dream project of Babasaheb Ambedkar. There is also a provision of 33% and 50% of reservation for women, the similar provision we want for SC/ST women.The Dalits organisations across Gujarat want the government to recall all the cases filed against Dalits during different agitations took place during atrocities.”We want a strong law which secures jobs for SC/ST in co-operative sectors and in private sectors. Also, we want to abolish the mentioning of any religion and sub-caste in school leaving certificates and there should mention of only SC/ST only,” remarked Solanki.
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Congress releases 3rd list of 76 candidates for Gujarat polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress on Sunday night released its third list of 76 candidates for the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly election, filing of nominations for which ends on Monday.The party, which has been seeking to dislodge the BJP from power in the western state, earlier announced the names of 86 candidates in two phases.The party, however, could not finalise the names of its candidates in 20 more seats.Congress general secretary Oscar Fernandes released the third list to the media tonight.The list featured at least 11 candidates from Scheduled Tribes and three from Scheduled Caste communities.The Congress has been out of power in the crucial state for over two decades.The polling for the two-phase elections in Gujarat, having total 182 seats, will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18.Eighty-nine seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat region are going to polls in the first phase, while the remaining 93 seats in central and northern region would go for polls in the second phase.

Order freezing tribal rights in tiger reserves violates FRA, NCST tells tiger authority

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) controversial directive from March this year asking states to stop settlement of tribal rights inside tiger reserves violates the Forest Rights Act, 2006, and should be thus kept in abeyance, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) told NTCA in a meeting.The NTCA, under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), had said in the directive to 17 tiger bearing states that the rights settlement should be halted as the guidelines to notify ‘critical wildlife habitats’ were not formulated. This was the responsibility of MoEF&CC, and the guidelines that were to be prepared in 2007 are still pending.The NCST had taken cognizance of news reports on the NTCA directive and its secretary held a meeting with NTCA’s senior officials. It told the NTCA Member Secretary, Debabrata Swain, that a legal process cannot be halted because of the pending guidelines, and asked the authority to not displace tribals till they finalize the guidelines. The NCST chairman, Nand Kumar Sai, is also expected to convene a meeting on this issue in December.Critical wildlife habitats are essentially areas inside national parks and sanctuaries that have to be kept inviolate, free of human encumbrance. But, the Forest Rights Act (FRA) mandates settling of the rights of forest dwelling communities living inside tiger reserves, and even critical wildlife habitats. The relocation of tribals from such areas has to be done on a voluntary’ basis, only after settling their rights and taking their consent.According to official estimates, as many as 45,000 families still live in the core or critical tiger habitats.”We told them that they should not allow displacement until they have cleared the critical wildlife habitats guidelines with us. We informed them that this needs closer understanding and scrutiny and the commission has made it clear in discussions that this (directive) is in violation of the Forest Rights Act (FRA),” said Raghav Chandra, Secretary, NCST.NTCA were directed to fast track the process of formulating the guidelines. According to NCST officials, NTCA sought two to three years of time to complete this process. This was outright rejected and NTCA was told that the settlement of rights of cannot be halted because of a pending matter and they would have to to prepare the guidelines in a time-bound manner. NTCA member secretary Debabrata Swain could not be reached for comment.

Hardik-Congress club one of mutual deception, 50% reservation cap can’t be breached: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the club consisting of the Congress and Patidar leader Hardik Patel was one of ‘mutual deception’ as they were deceiving each other as well the voters.Speaking at a media briefing, the union minister said, ‘The Congress-Hardik club is one of mutual deception. The law of the land is very clear and that has been laid down by the Supreme Court. Last week, it was reaffirmed that the 50 per cent reservation cap cannot be breached. They (Hardik Patel and Congress) can continue to mutually deceive each other and the public by saying that they will devise a methodology of breaching the cap.”He added that in elections, only those promises should be made to each other and the public that could be implemented, otherwise “you deceive your own constituents.
ALSO READ ‘A fool made a request and another fool accepted it’: BJP says Congress gave ‘lollipop’ to HardikPatidar quota stir leader Hardik Patel today declared his support to the Congress for the Gujarat Assembly elections, saying that the opposition party has accepted the demand of giving reservation to his community in a “special category”.The Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader said that reservation formula given by the Congress for his community will be over and above the 50 per cent quota for the SC, ST and OBCs.
ALSO READ Hardik Patel says Congress agreed to Patidar quota demand, asks party to put details in manifestoOn the 50 per cent reservation cap set by the Supreme Court, he said that it is just a “suggestion”.Hardik said if the Congress comes to power, it will conduct a proper survey for providing reservation. The party will bring a Bill in the state Assembly and give reservation, he said.”My fight in Gujarat is against the BJP and that is why we will directly or indirectly support Congress (in the elections) as it has accepted our demand for reservation,” he added.”Congress has promised to include our demand in its manifesto,” he said.”The percentage of reservation under a special category to be given to us will be decided after the survey conducted by the commission to be formed by the government.” “As per the formula, without touching the 49 per cent quota (now provided in the state) to the Schedule Tribes (ST), Schedule Castes (SC) and Other Backward Class (OBC), the Congress has decided to provide quota to the communities, who have not got the benefit of reservation so far under Article 31 (C) and Article 46 of the Constitution,” he told reporters here.Article 46 of the Constitution says the State shall promote with special care the educational and economic interests of the weaker sections of the people, and, in particular, of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, and shall protect them from social injustice and all forms of exploitation.Article 31 (C) has two parts. The first part protects a law giving effect to the policy of the state towards securing the principles specified in Articles 39 (b) and (c) from being challenged on the ground of infringement of the Fundamental Rights under Article 14, 19 and 31.The second part of Article 31 (C) originally sought to oust the jurisdiction of the courts to find out whether the law in question gave effect to the principles of Articles 39 (b) and 39 (c).When pointed out that the Supreme Court had “restrained” the Rajasthan government from taking any action on conferring the benefit of reservation resulting in crossing the total reservation beyond 50 per cent, Hardik said, “This (50 per cent cap) is just a suggestion of the Supreme Court.” “In our Constitution, there is no mention of 50 per cent cap on reservation. I am of the firm opinion that reservation can be given over 50 per cent,” he said.Hardik also said that there were no differences with the Congress over seat-sharing. “We had not demanded any seats, but we had asked the Congress to put up candidates of our community, who have a strong character,” he said.Asked what will he do about the PAAS members who have filed nomination papers to contest elections, Hardik said that they will no longer be members of the organisation.Hardik also accused the BJP of trying to buy PAAS members by offering Rs 50 lakh.The Congress, which has mounted a hectic campaign to dislodge the long-ruling BJP in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and saffron party chief Amit Shah, has been wooing the Patel stir spearhead for quite some time.Elections in Gujarat will be held on December 9 and 14.With inputs from PTI and ANI

Gujarat Dalits form federation, draft manifesto to press for demands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Representatives of around 22 organisations working for Dalit welfare from across the state gathered in city on Sunday and formed a federation besides drafting their own manifesto.The Gujarat Scheduled Caste Federation (GSCF) has decided on its executive committee members and it will launch the manifesto officially next week. Five persons from different regions of the state will be a part of the panel.The main highlight of the manifesto is a demand for separate settlement. “It is sad that even after 70 years of independence, most Dalits are deprived of their basic right. We are still considered untouchable. The government should be ashamed that we still have to fight for survival and equal opportunity,” said Jayesh Solanki, member of GSCF and organiser of the event.Elaborating on demands, Romel Sutariya, member of GSCF, said, “We want free education from KG to PhD and financial assistance to study abroad, equal employment opportunities in private sector and equal representation in democratic process. Our other demand is that accused in atrocity cases should be given life imprisonment. In cases, where the probing members are found to have adopted a lax attitude, strict action should be taken against them.”Solanki added, “Now, several communities are talking about reservation. Despite having reservation, there is hardly any upliftment of Dalit community. Many activists and organisations are working towards our rights. The manifesto was framed after discussion with the community members.”The newly formed Dalit federation is yet to decide on how to approach political parties with the manifesto. It is also wants that victims of Thangadh and Una tragedy should contest the polls.THE OFFICIAL DATEThe Gujarat Scheduled Caste Federation has decided on its executive committee members and it will launch the manifesto next week.

Abusing SC/ST person over phone in public place an offence: Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has ruled that using castiest remarks over phone in a public place against the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe category amount to criminal offence warranting a jail of a maximum five years.The apex court refused to stay the criminal proceedings and quash an FIR lodged against a person, who allegedly used expletive and derogatory casteist remarks over phone to a woman belonging to the SC/ST category.A bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer declined to interfere with the August 17 order of the Allahabad High Court which had rejected a plea of a Uttar Pradesh native, seeking quashing of the FIR lodged against him by the woman.It dismissed his plea saying he has to prove during the trial that he had not talked to the woman over phone from a public place.Advocate Vivek Vishnoi, appearing for the accused, said that at the time of conversation both then woman and his client were in different cities and it could not be stated that it was in public view.He said that section 3(1)(s) of SC/ST Act relates to a person, who abuses any member of a SC or ST by caste name in any place “within public view”.”In this case, both persons were in different cities and the conversation took over phone which can’t be said to be in a public view. This was a private conversation. The apex court had already settled what ‘public view’ means in its earlier verdict of 2008,” he said.Vishnoi said the issue involved in the petition was that whether a private conversation on mobile phone between two individuals can come within the ambit of expression “within public view”.He said that by no stretch of imagination, a private conversation between two indviduals on mobile phone can come within the ambit of expression “within public view” and that the charges framed against the petitioner need to be quashed.The lawyer further said that the complainant has made some vague allegations regarding land sale transactions but no specific averments were made which may prima-facie show that offence of cheating and intimidation were made out.The bench, however, refused to agree with the contenton and said it was only in trial that accused could prove if he was talking on phone in public view or not.The high court had on August 17 dismissed his plea for quashing of FIR and stay of criminal proceedings against him saying it was not advisable to adjudge whether the case shall ultimately end in conviction or not.”Only a prima facie satisfaction of the court about the existence of sufficient ground to proceed in the matter is required,” the high court had said while relying on various apex court verdicts.The high court had also said that it cannot be persuaded to have a pre-trial before the actual trial begins and the perusal of FIR and material collected by the police on the basis of which the charge sheet was filed “makes out a prima facie case against the accused at this stage and there appear to be sufficient ground” for proceeding against him.

Gujarat Election 2017: Gujarat BJP announces 36 more candidates; 11 MLAs dropped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after announcing candidates for 70 seats for the upcoming Gujarat elections, the BJP announced its second list of 36 candidates late on Saturday. The BJP has dropped as many as 11 sitting legislators, including two ministers, while repeating only seven MLAs. The list of candidates include home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja, who has been renominated from Vatva constituency, water resources minister Babu Bokhiria (Porbandar seat), Ahmedabad BJP president Jagdish Panchal (Nikol), and Bhushan Bhatt (Jamalpur-Khadia).Even as the BJP had dropped only two sitting MLAs in the first list of 70, the axe fell on as many as 11 in the second list of 36 candidates. The dropped MLAs, include women and child development minister Nirmala Wadhwani, who represents Naroda seat in the assembly. The BJP has given tickets to over two dozen new faces, which is seen as a move to curb anti-incumbency.As in the first list, there are only four women in the list of 36. Unlike in the first list, the second one has a better balance of caste equations. There are five candidates each from general category, Patels and Kshatriyas, and seven OBCs. There are 12 tribal candidates and two from Scheduled Castes.

BJP at vantage point in Gujarat tribal areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least four adivasi congregations held recently at Vyara, Santrampur, Dahod and Godhra went largely unnoticed in Gujarat, but not for an ever-vigilant BJP that immediately decided to scale up its outreach programmes in the areas.Increasing its tally in tribal regions that dot the eastern border of Gujarat from the deep south to the north, is the key for BJP if it wants to come anywhere near the target of 150 seats set by party chief Amit Shah. At present the BJP has 11 seats of the 27 tribal seats against Congress’s 15.At the Adivasi Sabhas that were attended by about 20,000 to 35,000 people, mainly tribal youth, there was palpable anger against the unnatural spike in the population of Rabari community of tribals. The Rabari population has witnessed a 289 per cent increase in a decade from 15,417 in 2001 census to 59,995 in 2011.Many among adivasis alleged that it happened because non tribals were given ST status, which was hurting their interests. They claim that the Rupani government had distributed 1.5 lakh ST certificates ostensibly to the tribal communities living in the Nesses of the forest of Alech, Barada and Gir but in fact they are not them.Anand Vasava, assistant professor of linguistics in Gujarat University, and editor of Adilok, a Gujarati journal on adivasi issues said, “There is a growing feeling among adivasis that the benefits meant for them were being cornered by others. The sudden increase in Rabari population that defies all logic and is a sign that all is not hunky dory.”He also points out how the PESA Act of Gujarat government is just an embellishment as it gives power not to the Gram Sabha but to the state government to take final decision in crucial matters.If this sense of deprivation gets political support, it can put breaks on BJP’s ambitious plans, says Vasava adding that unfortunately, no one has addressed it apart from a few local tribal organisations and in some cases Bhilistan Tiger Sena, a non political wing of the JDU, that claims to advocate for the rights of Scheduled Tribes.But confident of improving its tally appreciably in tribals, the BJP summarily rejects these charges as desperate antics by Congress and its ally rebel JDU group led by Chhotubhai Vasava.Keen to bring 15% adivasis in their fold, the BJP took an early lead by launching Adivasi Vikas Gaurav Yatra in February this year. Subsequently, it stepped up its campaign by holding Vistarak Yojna, programme for extensive door to door outreach, that is being personally supervised by BJP chief Amit Shah.”Our government began Adivasi outreach in 2007 by launching Van Bandhu Yojna and allocating Rs. 15,000 crore for it but actually ended up spending Rs. 17,500 crore. In 2012, the allocation was increased to Rs. 40,000 crore. It has brought a sea change in the lives of Adivasis,” says BJP spokesperson Bharat Pandya.Citing various schemes like Jyotigram, Maa Amrutham, Jeevandeep and steps taken in education that reduced the school drop out rate from 37 per cent to 2 per cent, Pandya is confident of a sharp increase in seats in tribal region.BJP’s confidence also emerges from the consistent work done by among tribals by the RSS and other saffron organisations like the VHP since 1995. Since December last year the RSS renewed its contact programme after Mohan Bhagwat addressed a gathering of pracharaks and swayamsevaks in Navsari district, says Tuslibhai Mauna of Surat.Incidentally, the Congress, concentrating more on Patidars and OBCs and on issues of GST and demonetisation to win over traders, is missing in action in the tribals areas that used to its bastion.BJP’s tall claims of Van Bandhu Yojna Doon not reflect on the ground, maximum budget has gone into infrastructure projects like dams, canals, roads, purchasing transport buses etc., says Anand VasavaA tribal leader associated with Congress in Narmada district that BJP wrested from Congress in 2012 is angry with his party for not concentrating in the tribal regions that traditionally are with Congress.”The Congress has virtually done nothing to challenge the RSS and VHP that have made deep inroads among tribals by slowly replacing their culture and traditions with the Hindu. It is bound to reflect in election results,” he says.

Five-judge Constitution Bench to revisit 11-year-old verdict on SC/ST quota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to consider whether its 11-year-old judgement dealing with the issue of application of the ‘creamy layer’ for reservation to SC and ST categories in promotion in government jobs needs to be revisited.The top court said that a five-judge Constitution bench will examine the limited issue as to whether the 2006 verdict delivered in M Nagaraj and other versus Union of India was required to be re-looked at or not.A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan clarified that it was not going into the correctness of the verdict.The M Nagaraj verdict had said that the creamy layer concept cannot be applied to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for promotions in government jobs like two earlier verdicts of 1992 Indra Sawhney and others versus Union of India (popularly called Mandal Commission verdict) and 2005 EV Chinnaiah versus state of Andhra Pradesh, which dealt with creamy layer in Other Backward Classes category.The apex court was hearing a batch of petition which arose from a Bombay High Court order quashing two state government resolutions terming them as ultra vires to Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution of India.Several other states have also approached the apex court on the issue.The Maharashtra government, through its resolution in 2004, had granted reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and De-Notified Tribes, Nomadic Tribes, Special Backward Category and Other Backward Classes in job promotion.The issue cropped up as a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi had referred a matter to the Constitution bench which also related to creamy lawyer for reservation of SC/ST in government jobs.The two-judge bench had said that clarity was required on the applications in creamy layer in situation of competing claims within the same races, communities, groups or parts thereof of SC/ST communities notified by the President under Articles 341 and 342 of the Constitution.The bench had sought clarification on Article 16(4), 16 (4A) and 16(4B) of the Constitution of India, which deals with the power of state government to make provisions for reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion, was not adequately represented in the services under the state.The Nagaraj verdict had reiterated that the ceiling-limit of 50 percent, the concept of the creamy layer and the compelling reasons, namely, backwardness, inadequacy of representation and overall administrative efficiency were all constitutional requirements without which the structure of equality of opportunity in Article 16 would collapse.It had further said that the state was not bound to make reservation for SC/ST in matter of promotions.”However, if they wish to exercise their discretion and make such provision, the State has to collect quantifiable data showing backwardness of the class and inadequacy of representation of that class in public employment in addition to compliance of Article 335,” the five-judge constitution bench had said in its 2006 judgement.It had also clarified that even if the state has compelling reasons, as specified, the state would have to see that its reservation provisions does not lead to excessiveness so as to breach the ceiling-limit of 50 percent or obliterate the creamy layer or extend the reservation indefinitely.

Constitution bench to revisit 11-year-old verdict on creamy layer in SC/ST quota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today agreed to consider whether its 11-year-old judgement dealing with the issue of application of the ‘creamy layer’ for reservation to SC and ST categories in promotion in government jobs needs to be revisited.The top court said that a five-judge Constitution bench will examine the limited issue as to whether the 2006 verdict delivered in M Nagaraj and other versus Union of India was required to be re-looked at or not. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan clarified that it was not going into the correctness of the verdict. The M Nagaraj verdict had said that the creamy layer concept cannot be applied to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes for promotions in government jobs like two earlier verdicts of 1992 Indra Sawhney and others versus Union of India (popularly called Mandal Commission verdict) and 2005 E V Chinnaiah versus State of Andhra Pradesh, which dealt with creamy layer in Other Backward Classes category.The apex court was hearing a batch of petition which arose from a Bombay High Court order quashing two state government resolutions terming them as ultra vires to Article 16(4A) of the Constitution of India.Several other states have also approached the apex court on the issue. The Maharashtra government, through its resolution in 2004, had granted reservation to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and De-Notified Tribes, Nomadic Tribes, Special Backward Category and Other Backward Classes in job promotion.The issue cropped up as a bench of Justices Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi had referred a matter to the Constitution bench which also related to creamy lawyer for reservation of SC/ST in government jobs.The two-judge bench had said that clarity was required on the applications in creamy layer in situation of competing claims within the same races, communities, groups or parts thereof of SC/ST communities notified by the President under Articles 341 and 342 of the Constitution.The bench had sought clarification on Article 16(4), 16 (4A) and 16(4B) of the Constitution of India, which deals with the power of state government to make provisions for reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class of citizens which, in the opinion, was not adequately represented in the services under the state. The Nagaraj verdict had reiterated that the ceiling-limit of 50 per cent, the concept of the creamy layer and the compelling reasons, namely, backwardness, inadequacy of representation and overall administrative efficiency were all constitutional requirements without which the structure of equality of opportunity in Article 16 would collapse.It had further said that the state was not bound to make reservation for SC/ST in matter of promotions.”However, if they wish to exercise their discretion and make such provision, the State has to collect quantifiable data showing backwardness of the class and inadequacy of representation of that class in public employment in addition to compliance of Article 335,” the five-judge constitution bench had said in its 2006 judgement. It had also clarified that even if the state has compelling reasons, as specified, the state would have to see that its reservation provisions does not lead to excessiveness so as to breach the ceiling-limit of 50 per cent or obliterate the creamy layer or extend the reservation indefinitely.

Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train is an exercise in vanity

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed Bullet Train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is an exercise in vanity, said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said while addressing small businessmen in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.Instead, projects like the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) started during UPA government will benefit the Indian economy in multiple ways, increase productivity and reduce transportation costs, he said.”The Bullet Train project is an exercise in vanity. The Rs 88,000-crore needs to be repaid to Japan. Gujaratis have a good business sense and you know if a project is too good to be true, it certainly is not,” said Singh.He blamed the NDA government for its lop-sided priorities, adding not many will benefit from the project and alternatively, more investment should be pumped in creating infrastructure to boost safety and speed of Indian railway system, referring to spurt in railway accidents in past one year.Condemning the policy of ruling establishment to term anyone who disagrees with the government as anti-national, anti-development and anti-government, Singh said this has damaged the democratic discourse in the country. “Ëvery issue is looked through the binaries of black and white, seeing everyone as thieves. The rhetoric has damaged the democratic discourse,” he said.On the human development front too, the BJP-ruled Gujarat government has failed to help the masses and its actions are against the interest of sections like Scheduled Tribes. He contrasted the actions of the Congress-led UPA government, which made provisions for transparent process during acquisition of land and providing fair compensation for farmers who part with land for industrial projects. While the all-India average of coverage of giving land rights and possession to tribals is 87%, the figure for Gujarat is 44%.’DEMOCRACY DAMAGE’Condemning policy to term anyone who disagrees with the government as anti-national and anti-development, Singh said this has damaged the democratic discourse in the country

Rajasthan & party will miss him: Vasundhara Raje

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday called the death of BJP leader Digamber Singh, a former health minister and chairman of Twenty Points program Planning, Implementation and Coordination committee, a personal loss. Raje also visited his home in Bharatpur to offer condolences to the bereaved family and tributes to the departed leader.As soon as news of Singh’s death reached the CM, she rushed the EHCC hospital where he was undergoing treatment.. Raje stayed at the hospital for an hour and was seen consoling his family members.“Demise of Singh is a personal loss for me. I worked with him for a long time in public life. He was always with me in every crisis. Singh was leader of masses whose dedication, honesty and spirit of serving others should be followed. He also played active role and raised voice for Jat reservation in Bharatpur-Dholpur. His death is personal and organisational loss,” said a statement quoting Raje as saying.After paying tributes, Raje reached Bharatpur where Singh was cremated. Raje poured drops of Ganga jal in his mouth and prayed salvation of the departed soul. Recalling Singh’s contribution, Raje said with his guidance and positive support, many flagship schemes of the state government got momentum and were implemented successfully. Rajasthan will miss him, she said.She also underlined his efforts which he put for development of Rajasthan. “During my previous tenure Singh as a minister for various departments played a key role not only for the development of Bharatpur but entire Rajasthan. Currently, chairman of twenty point program committee, he also worked and implemented schemes meant for the welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.”Minsters meetA meeting of council of ministers chaired by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje passed a resolution condoling death of Digambar Singh. As per the resolution, the state mourning was declared on Friday in Bharatpur district from where he hailed. The national flag will remain at half mast in the district and the government functions were restricted. A two-minute silence was observed by the council ministers also. The resolution underlined his positive role to tackle Jat reservation row in Dholpur-Bharatpur area.

Bengaluru: Congress gets Mayoral position, JDS gets Deputy Mayor

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sampath Raj of the Congress party was declared the 51st Mayor of Bengaluru , while Congress coalition partner JDS’ Padmavathi Narasimhamurthy was named the Deputy Mayor.The election was a cakewalk for the Congress-JDS coalition in the city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike as the opposition BJP, which has a majority of corporators but lacks the numbers in the Electoral College, staged a walkout.Though BJP’s S Muniswamy and Mamatha Vasudeva contested the election to the post of Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively, they lost badly as they secured nil votes.The tenure of the Bengaluru Mayor and Deputy Mayor is for 11 months.Besides the corporators, elected MPs, MLAs and the MLCs too are entitled to vote to elect the mayor and deputy mayor.This year, the post of mayor and deputy mayor was reserved for Scheduled Caste and women from General Category respectively.Speaking to reporters after the election, Sampath Raj said “We will take people along. We will ensure public participation in governance.””I will see to it that the Bengaluru’s infrastructure improves. You will notice the changes happening from today itself.”

Hospitality event to be held at Jodhpur palace

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Hospitality Purchasing Managers’ Forum (HPMF) will hold its 7th Convention and Awards in a two-day event at the Indana Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan. Scheduled between September 14-16, the event is themed around the “Seven Elements of the Universe”.“The synergy, coordinated efforts and the passion will lead to better environment in hospitality procurement. We will also work out a collective strategy to create better name for our fraternity. Training and development needs will be identified and a solid three-year plan of action will be created to implement the strategies for achieving 100per cent results,” said one of the key organisers.The HPMF is a consortium of purchasing managers from the hospitality industry representing star hotels, catering companies, stand-alone restaurant chains and airlines.For its seventh convention, the forum has over 1,400 members spread over 48 countries.

Ramdas Athawale calls for SC, ST reservation in Rajya Sabha, union cabinet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Ramdas Athawale today pitched for reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled tribes in the Rajya Sabha and the Union Cabinet.The Dalit leader from Maharashtra also sought quotas for them in the armed forces.”When I was in the Lok Sabha, I had demanded that the way reservation exists there with some constituencies reserved for SCs and STs, similarly reservations should be there in the Rajya Sabha and also in the Union Cabinet,” he told reporters here.The RPI leader and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment was asked for his views on reservation in the Union Cabinet.After a Constitution amendment, the strength of the council of ministers at the Centre and in states cannot exceed 15 per cent of the strength of the lower chamber of the legislature.”Earlier, the prime minister could induct as many ministers as he wished…later a law (constitution amendment) was made (to cap it). It is our demand that reservation be introduced in the Union Cabinet also…let’s see what happens in the future,” he said.Athawale reaffirmed his demand for enhancing reservation in government jobs and educational institutions to 75 per cent, saying his party supports quotas for the economically poor from all castes.He appealed to the Centre and political parties to support enactment of a law to enhance reservation by another 25 per cent.”Without touching the 50 per cent reservation cap put by the Supreme Court on quotas for SC, ST and OBC a law should be made to provide 25 per cent reservation to economically backward people of all communities,” Athawale said.

‘What wrong had she done, who will answer," NEET crusader Anitha’s father laments her suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lamenting her death, Dalit State Board student Anitha’s father spoke up about how she managed to study in difficult circumstances.”She managed to study in difficult circumstances. She was concerned about NEET. What wrong had she done, who will answer?” he told ANI before her last rites.Anitha, depressed over not being able get admission in a medical college, hanged herself to death at her residence in Ariyalur’s Kuzhumur village on Friday. She had moved the Supreme Court against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admission. Selvaraj, who had advocated in favour of Anitha at the Supreme Court, averred that Anitha was a very intelligent and confident girl who was motivated to complete her higher education. Her father supported her dream with his job as a coolie, informed Selvaraj.The advocate criticised the judiciary as well as the government for ignoring people’s welfare.
ALSO READ Tamil Nadu: Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan grieve NEET crusader Anitha’s suicide”The reservation policy is in favour of Scheduled Caste but the government is intentionally violating it,” he said.Selvaraj also alleged that no actions are taken to improve lives of people below poverty line, adding that the Centre do not take cognizance of Tamil Nadu while making laws and policies.
ALSO READ Dalit fighter against NEET ends life”Government ignores Tamil Nadu, its people and its government, Tamil Nadu is only occupied in the administrative seats” he said.On August 22, the Apex Court ruled that medical college admissions in Tamil Nadu will be based on the national admission test merit list by September 4.
ALSO READ Girl who moved SC against NEET commits suicide, Tamil Nadu CM announces ex-gratia of Rs 7 lakhAnitha had scored 1,176 marks out of 1,200 in the plus two exams under the Tamil Nadu state board. However, she got only 86 marks in the NEET examination for medicine which ruined her chances of getting admission.After her suicide, Anitha’s family, relatives and villagers staged a road roko, holding the State and Centre responsible for her death.Anitha belonged to an interior village of Kulmour in Tamil Nadu, where her last rites will be performed today.

Quota of Dalit Christians; SC seeks Centre’s reply on PIL

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today sought the Centre’s response on a plea by Dalit Christians seeking parity in quota with their counterparts among the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist communities. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the central government on the plea filed by All India Catholic Union challenging the validity of paragraph 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Caste) Order, 1950, which says no person who professes a religion different from Hindus, Sikhs or Buddhists shall be deemed to be a member of a Scheduled Caste. It has sought inclusion of Dalit Christians in the Scheduled Caste category for enabling them to get benefits of reservation under the Constitution. The plea, filed by advocate Jose P I, claimed that by this Order, Scheduled Caste persons professing religion different from the Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists, are deemed not to be scheduled caste and hence deprived of quota benefits. It said the exclusion ought to have been only of those persons who were no more socially and educationally backward. “The exclusion as per 1950 SC Order ought to have been only of those persons who are no more socio-educationally backward and it may be appropriate to treat as a different class of persons who has taken a religion other than Hinduism as their profession by joining any of its religious congregations for they have gained in education as well as social status,” the plea said. “It may be mentioned that by amendment Act 63 of 1956, persons professing Sikh religion was included in Para 3 after Kalelkar Commission in 1955 submitted its report according to which persons professing Sikh religion were found to be backward. However the benefit was not given to Christians,” it said. “Because the advantage of gaining, or the disadvantage of losing, the benefits specially provided to members of a Scheduled Caste through various reservation and other laws/ policies of the Government to a Christian of SC origin upon ‘Ghar Vapasi’ or to a Hindu of SC origin upon deciding to profess Christian religion, respectively, under the 1950 (SC) Order by itself is not only discrimination but also amounts to granting of a special privilege by the State to the preferred Hindu religion,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tribals body meets Gaddi community in Himachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) today met members of Gaddi community in Himachal Pradesh in the wake of reports of lathicharge on the community on August 9 here. “The commission met the Gaddi community people and others in Dharamsala. We also met police personnel and officials of the state government as well as visited the incident site. The photographs and video clips of the alleged incident have also been collected,” NCST chief Nand Kumar Sai told reporters here. The Gaddi community, a scheduled tribe in the hill state, had alleged that they were lathicharged after they tried to block the cavalcade of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh here on August 9. The community had been protesting against the chief minister over his alleged remarks against the Gaddis. The commission also met district police officers and Dhramsala DGP in this regard. Sai said the police personnel had refuted reports of lathicharge on the communuity members. “However, we will probe the matter from all angles and strict action will be taken against those found guilty of committing atrocities on Gaddis,” he said. The official also dismissed allegations of the ruling Congress that the commission was “politicising” the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bawana bypoll: Over 2.94 lakh electors, 8 candidates in fray

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the upcoming Bawana Assembly bypoll in Delhi in which EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) would be used at all polling stations. The election is scheduled to be held on August 23 and the counting will take place on August 28. “Out of 2,94,589 electors, 4,102 fall in the age group of 18-19. The number of male, female and third gender electors are — 1,64,114, 1,30,143 and 25 respectively. The average number of voters per polling station stands at 776,” the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Delhi said today. In a statement, the CEO Office also said the bypoll would be carried out through 379 polling stations. Eight candidates are in the fray for the bye-election that has been necessitated after the seat, reserved for the Scheduled Caste category, fell vacant in March post the resignation of sitting legislator Ved Prakash. Prakash, who had won the seat on an AAP ticket, had also resigned from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and joined the BJP. He is now the candidate of the saffron party for the bypoll. The AAP has named Ramchandra as its candidate while the Congress has fielded Surendra Kumar, a former three-time MLA from Bawana, who presently holds the post of Congress district president. All three parties are eyeing a victory, more so for the AAP, after it suffered defeat in the Punjab polls and a severe drubbing in the Rajouri Garden bypoll and the MCD elections. “VVPAT is being used for the first time in any election held in AC-07 (Bawana). EVM (Ballot Unit + Control Unit) along with VVPAT will be used at each polling station,” the CEO Office said in the statement. Out of 379 polling stations, 311 of them have less than 1,000 registered electors while 68 have more than 1,000 registered electors, it said. About the action taken in the run up to the bypoll, the CEO Office said, 8,019 bottles of country-made liquor and 3,972 bottles of Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL) have been seized. Twenty-four FIRs have been registered and 19 persons arrested. “Sixty-four licensed arms have been deposited and five unlicensed arms have been seized. Two FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act and four persons have been arrested,” it added. The total number of eligible electors in 2015 Delhi Assembly polls stood at 3,03,108. The overall polling percentage for Delhi in Assembly elections in 2013 and 2015, was 65.63 per cent and 67.12 per cent respectively. The corresponding polling percentage in Bawana constituency had stood at 61.14 and 61.83 per cent respectively. The AAP has a mammoth majority of 66 MLAs in the 70- member Assembly, with the rest four legislators belonging to the BJP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Very few got benefit of milch animal distribution scheme: CAG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Less than a third of applications received under the Maharashtra government’s scheme to provide milch animals to members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes were sanctioned in five years. Of the 8,455 valid applicants, only 2,372 (28 per cent) received a cow or buffalo under the scheme, said the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), tabled in the state legislature last week. In many cases, applications could not be sanctioned for lack of funds, the CAG said in its report for 2015-16. It also highlighted delay in distribution of animals and purchase of aged animals. The Animal Husbandry Department had introduced the scheme in November 2011. “Demands for funds were placed without considering the actual number of applications received,” said the report. “In Gadchiroli and Chandrapur districts, tribals were kept out of the ambit of the scheme as the district authorities failed to demand funds,” it said. Despite a guideline that desirable age of cows to be distributed is three-and-half years to four-and-half years, nearly half of the cows purchased (43 per cent) were between five and seven years old, with “declining lactating ability”, the CAG said. The government should evaluate implementation and monitoring of the scheme, the report said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shah begins 3-day trip to Karnataka to re-energise BJP cadre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah arrived here today on a three-day visit to Karnataka to re-energise the rank and file, and asserted that the party stood united and would return to power in next year’s assembly polls under the leadership of state unit chief B S Yeddyurappa. “Friends, our party stands united, and is geared up to take to the electoral battlefield under the leadership of Yeddyurappaji in coming days, and see to it that we form a BJP government in the state,” Shah told party workers near the Kempe Gowda International Airport here. Shah was accorded a rousing reception by BJP workers. He claimed the people had decided to vote the BJP to power as the party had been exposing the “corrupt, polarising and oppressive” rule of the Congress in the last five years. “I am hopeful that the way the party, for the last five years, has been fighting against the corrupt, oppressive and polarising rule of the Congress, the people of this great state of Karnataka have decided to vote the BJP to power,” he said. Shah said he had come here to realise the resolution of forming the next BJP government in Karnataka. “I have come here amidst BJP workers to realise ‘Ab Ki Baar, BJP Sarkar’ (This time, a BJP government) resolution,” he added. He said when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Vijay Rath’ (victory chariot) would reach Karnataka in next February- March, party workers should be ready with their quest to make inroads into the southern India by winning the Karnataka assembly polls. Shah has a packed schedule and would try to bring the factional fights in the party to an end. BJP state president and former chief minister Yeddyurappa has been facing criticism over his “arbitrary” style of functioning with some party leaders expressing their unhappiness with him. Shah’s programmes during his three-day stay include interaction with intellectuals, meeting religious leaders, state functionaries, legislators, MPs, and leaders of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Tomorrow, he will take part in the Political Affairs Committee meeting of the party and visit Adi Chunchanagiri Math in Nagamangala in Mandya district and meet the seer, who is the religious leader of Vokkaligas, the second most powerful community in Karnataka. He will also meet Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. On the third day, Shah will address party “vistaraks” (volunteers) who had fanned out across the state to get feedback from the people.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala govt to probe suicides of 45 tribals since 2012: CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala government today said it has taken a serious view of suicides of 45 tribals at nearby Palode area since 2012 and that the reasons behind the deaths would be probed. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated this in the assembly in reply to a query during the Question Hour. The issue of the suicides of tribals between 2012-17 was brought to the notice of the House by former Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Caste and Tribes A P Anilkumar (Congress). Forty-three persons were found hanging, one was found dead with poison in his body and another found dead with burn injuries, he said. The deaths came to light after an enquiry into the alleged suicide of a woman last week, Anilkumar said and demanded a probe into it. The continuing suicides in the area had ‘somehow’ not come to the notice of successive governments, State Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Caste and Tribes A K Balan said, adding that the reasons behind the deaths had to be ascertained.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ramdas Athawale hits out at Congress for stalling bill to empower NCBC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting out at the Congress for creating a furore in the Rajya Sabha over the passing of the the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale, on Tuesday, accused the party of stalling the Bill’s passage. The Bill seeks to grant National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) powers of a civil court, with the rights to summon.”The Congress was in power for 27 years. Did it do anything to empower the OBC Commission?” asked Athawale.”In fact, in the Parliament, they took objection to an amendment increasing the number of members in the Commission. These are simply ways of stopping the bill, which is meant for the empowerment of the backward classes.”In a press conference, Athawale said that the Congress was opposed to the idea of development of all backward classes, because it did not fit into its idea of appeasement politics.Athawale’s comments were in reply to the ruckus that the Congress created in the Upper House of the Parliament on Monday over the passage of amendments in the Bill. Some of the amendments put forward by the Opposition were passed, much to the embarrassment of the government, because of the few number of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) members in the 245-member house.One of these amendments included increasing the number of the Commission members to five. While another amendment sought the protection of the rights of states by making their recommendations binding.The amendment Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha by the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot on April 5. It seeks to grant NCBC constitutional status, at par with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes….ON VANDE MATARAMAthawale has said there was nothing wrong if one didn’t recite Vande Mataram. The leader of Republican Party of India (A), said the issue of the national song was being brought out to cause feud among communities while addressing the Maharashtra Gramin Patrakar Sangh’s 11th anniversary at Kalyan.

Odisha to set up spl development councils in 9 tribal dists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha government today decided to set up special development councils (SDCs) in nine tribal dominated districts for taking up cultural, educational and economic welfare of tribes. The decision in this regard was taken at the cabinet meeting here chaired Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. “These councils shall take up cultural, educational and economic development in harmony with the unique identity and ethos of the people,” Patnaik, who for the first time briefed media after cabinet meeting, said. The districts where the SDCs will be set up were: Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Sundergarh, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Koraput, Rayagada, Malkangiri and Nabarangpur. Terming the state government’s decision as “historic”, Patnaik said many small tribal groups do not get representation directly in higher decision making fora. “It is in this context that the formation of these SDCs is significant,” Patnaik said. These councils will have representation from every tribe present in the state, he said adding, they will have decision making powers and financial resources to preserve, promote and develop their unique socio-cultural identities and economic capacities. Stating that all the 62 tribes, including 13 particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG), will have representation in the councils, the chief minister said about Rs 1.5 crore will be allotted to each block under these councils and a total of Rs 175.50 crore will be spent per annum. Patnaik said Rs 175.50 crore is earmarked for the SDCs over and above the already existing schemes for the nine tribal dominated districts. Noting that this will be a landmark step towards empowerment of every tribe, irrespective of the size of their population, he said it will help preserve, honour and celebrate the unique cultural identity of every tribe, bringing about truly inclusive growth. The Scheduled Tribes constitute 22 per cent of the state’s population and nearly 10 per cent of the country’s population. The tribes of Odisha reside in 44 per cent of the geographical area of the state. “Indeed Odisha takes pride in its unique cultural geography and its plural identity,” Patnaik added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Subsidy for Manasarovar yatra will now cover 1,000 pilgrims:CM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Tamil Nadu government today doubled the number of beneficiaries to 1,000 under the subsidy scheme for undertaking Manasarovar and Mukthinath pilgrimages in view of good response to it. The increase in the number of beneficiaries would entail an additional expenditure of Rs 1.25 crore to the government in the current fiscal. “There is a good response among pilgrims in Tamil Nadu to embark on these yatras,” Chief Minister K Palaniswami told the state assembly announcing the measure. At present subsidy was being extended to 500 pilgrims under the scheme, launched by late chief minister Jayalalithaa fulfilling her 2011 electoral promise to provide subsidy on the pilgrimage cost of people visiting Manasaraovar in China and Mukthinath in Nepal. Till now, out of the total 500 pilgrims, subsidy was for given to 250 pilgrims visiting Manasarovar and an identical number of those going to Mukthinath. The government came forward to bear Rs 40,000 per yatri for Manasarovar pilgrimage, it was Rs 10,000 in respect of Muktinath trip. The late AIADMK supremo had also implemented a scheme subsidising pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Christians. Palaniswami also said the number of village temples to get financial aid for renovation purposes in areas inhabited by Scheduled Castes and Tribes will be increased to 2000 following representation. Though it was announced in the budget that the number of beneficiary temples will be increased to 1000 from 500, it will now be 2000 temples in view of representations from SC/ST regions, he noted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Attack on Dalits in Dwarka: Police arrest two accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dwarka police on Thursday arrested two persons, including prime accused Vadhsinh Goriya and Mashripitha Ghadev, for allegedly attacking and injuring Dalits over a land ownership dispute in Kalyanpur taluka’s Mevasa village at Devbhumi Dwarka.“We have identified 12 accused from the upper castes that were involved in the attack on Dalits. So far, we have arrested two of them, while a manhunt has been launched to apprehend the remaining ten accused,” district superintendent of police (DSP) RJ Parghi told DNA.As many as four Dalits had sustained injuries when a group of upper caste people allegedly attacked them with country-made guns on Tuesday. The four injured were identified as Kiran Rathod (21), Dudadha Rathod (23), Rahul Rathod (18), and Raju Rathod (35). The Rathods and Ahirs have allegedly been at loggerheads over the ownership of a piece of land for quite some time and altercations over the issue have also occurred earlier. On Tuesday, a group of Ahirs attacked the Dalits with edged weapons and sticks before openly firing nearly a dozen rounds on them, while the latter were working in a farm and fled.Fortunately, the victims did sustain bullet injuries, but were not fatally wounded. They were first rushed to Khambhalia’s Civil Hospital, and were later shifted to Jamnagar’s GG Hospital for treatment. An FIR was lodged by the victims for attempt to murder under the Arms Act and the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The disputed land, originally belonging to the Dalits, was sold some 25 years ago to the Ahirs. The latter are also in possession of all legal documents to prove ownership of the land. However, the present generation of these Dalits continued claiming the land as their own and moved the court stating that the land is their only source of breadwinning. The Ahirs had earlier allegedly beaten them up, while warning them of dire consequences if they did not vacate the land and withdrew the petition filed in court.

Punjab SC body asks police to probe rape of Dalit girl

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission has directed the police to probe the alleged rape of a Dalit girl in a private college of Amritsar. Rajesh Bagha, chairman of the commission, said the victim who had gone to the college to seek admission on July 6 was allegedly raped by a youth, who offered her a glass of juice while she was filling a form, an official release said here. The youth committed the ghastly act after the girl became unconscious. The police did not initiate any action as the youth belonged to a well-off family, it said. Bagha said he took notice of the incident from media reports. The official said that the commission has instructed the Police Commissioner, Amritsar to submit the complete report in this regard within a week.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab minister urges Centre to release scholarship funds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Punjab minister Sadhu Singh Dharamsot today urged the Centre to take immediate measures to release the state’s share of Rs 1,046.48 crore in connection with the post-matric scholarship scheme of Scheduled Caste students. He was speaking at a regional conference of Social Welfare ministers of Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh here. The event was organised under the aegis of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry. The meeting was presided over by Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot. Dharmsot is Punjab’s Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and Minority Welfare minister. “Under the scheme, the Union government owes Punjab government an amount of Rs 1,046.48 crore for the fiscal 2015 -16 and 2016-17,” he said, a Punjab government release quoting him said here. He added that due to alleged non-release of funds for 2017-18 the admission process of students was being affected and urged for immediate release of the amount considering the future of three lakh students. Dharamsot also said that an amount of Rs 18.43 crore for 2016-17, under pre-matric scholarship scheme for SC students, under which students of class IX and X get scholarships, was pending with the Union government. He said proposals of Rs 76.33 crore under Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatravas Yojna have been sent by the Punjab government to the Centre for year 2016-17, which need instant approval for the welfare of the SC category students. Under Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojna implemented in 2014-15 only 112 villages of Punjab have been included whereas there are 2,800 such villages which have SC population of more than 50 per cent, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Posting Andaman tribes’ videos on social media now punishable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Action will be taken against those who have uploaded videos and pictures of the protected Jarawa and other tribal communities of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on social media, the government today said. The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) said it has taken suo moto cognisance of these instances and has decided to take up the matter with various ministries including the Union home ministry and ministry of external affairs among others. The NCST, in a statement, said it will seek “removal of these objectionable video films from YouTube and initiate action on those who uploaded these video clips on social media platforms”. It said the Andamanese, Jarawas, Onges, Sentinelese, Nicobarese and Shom Pens have been identified as “aboriginal tribes” and they are protected under the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation. The regulation, it said, contains the provisions of protection of these communities from outside interference. Also, penalty provisions for promoting tourism through advertisements relating to aboriginal tribes has also been made in 2012. “Whoever enters these areas in contravention of the notification under section 7 (which prohibits entry into reserve areas) for taking photographs or making videos shall be punishable with imprisonment up to three years,” it said, adding, various sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act) can also be slapped against the offenders. The total population of tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is about 28,077. Out of these, five tribal communities have populations of below 500, it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana CM directs officers to work out new schemes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today directed officers to work out new plans by integrating the schemes of both Centre and the state to enhance the income of women. He gave these directions while presiding over a meeting held here to review the progress of centrally sponsored schemes of five departments – women and child development, irrigation, social justice, welfare of scheduled castes and backward classes and public works (building and roads) for 2016-17 and 2017-18. “Schemes should be prepared so that women engaged in angawadi centres and other related plans can simultaneously earn more by taking up other ventures,” he said according to an official spokesperson. The best practices adopted by other states in this regard should be studied, he said. At present there are about 24,000 anganwadi centres in the state. Reviewing the schemes of the social justice department, the chief minister ordered that a meeting be arranged with the Centre to press for the inclusion of maximum beneficiaries for the grant of funds under various social security pension schemes, including old age pension, widow pension and disability pension. He issued directions that involvement of elected representatives and senior government functionaries should be ensured in the distribution of financial assistance of Rs 51,000 and Rs 41,000 to the beneficiaries of ‘Mukhya Mantri Vivah Shagun Yojna’ in the state. The cheque for the amount would be handed over to the family by the MP concerned, MLA, members of the zila parishad, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police, he said. As many as 29,426 persons got the benefit of the scheme last year. The chief minister directed the scheduled castes and backward classes department to set up a separate cell and coordinate with the school education department to monitor whether the drop-out SC students were gainfully employed or not. The meeting was informed that 12th pass SC students would be provided coaching for admission in professional courses like law, medical and engineering. For this, the scheduled castes and backward classes department would tie up with coaching institutes. The department has simplified the criteria for the grant of benefits to SC students under the post matric scholarship scheme. Now, as the online admission process has started in courses related to IT, technical education and medical education in the state, SC students are required to fill caste details only once at the time of admission. Thereafter, they would be provided scholarship within a month. Earlier, it took several months for them to get the benefit of scholarship as they had to fill separate forms for taking the benefit, the spokesperson said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC asks NGO to provide population details of STs in Sikkim, WB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court today asked an NGO to apprise it how it had deciphered the population details of ‘Limbu’ and ‘Tamang’ tribals in Sikkim and West Bengal by using the 2001 census data. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud was hearing a plea of NGO ‘Public Interest Committee for Scheduling Specific Areas (PICSSA) that ‘Limbu’ and ‘Tamang’ communities, belonging to ST category, have been denied proportionate representation in West Bengal and Sikkim. It asked lawyer Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the NGO, to provide population details about the ‘Limbu’ and ‘Tamang’ tribals on July 11, the next date of hearing. Bhushan claimed that there was a rise in the ST population in Sikkim and West Bengal and not reserving seats for them proportionate to the growth in their population amounted to denial of their constitutional rights. “How did you arrive at the figures that there is a rise in population of these communities from the 2001 census,” the bench said. The apex court had yesterday said the constitutional scheme that the 2001 census data would be used for giving proportionate representation to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Lok Sabha and legislative assemblies is “unambiguous”. However, the NGO in its plea has claimed that the population of Limbu and Tamang communities in Sikkim was 20.60 per cent in 2001 and had risen to 33.8 per cent in 2011. It also said that in Darjeeling area of West Bengal, the ST population rose to 21.5 per cent in 2011 from 12.69 per cent of 2001. “It is very clear that for proportionate representation, the census of 2001 shall be considered till 2026. There is no ambiguity,” the bench had said. The PIL has sought direction to the Centre, the poll panel and the two states to take steps for proportional representation of STs, as guaranteed under Articles 330 (reservation of seats for SCs and STs in the House of People) and 332 (reservation of seats for SCs and STs in legislative assemblies of states) of the Constitution, to prevent violation of Article 14 (Equality before law). The petition said in the Tribes Advisory Council (TAC) established in West Bengal on March 6, 2012, there were no elected members of STs from the three hill area subdivisions of Darjeeling district. “Moreover, the state assembly elections in 2016 had no reserved ST seat and hence had no implementation of articles 170 and 332 of the Constitution notified as per census 2011. The delimitated assembly seats in Darjeeling hills presently consist of elected non-ST members,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Atrocities against Dalits increasing in Kerala: Panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Commission for Scheduled Castes today said atrocities against Dalits were increasing in Kerala and the state government has failed to ensure their safety. L Murugan, the vice chairman of the commission, said here that the panel has been receiving lots of complaint of atrocities especially against Dalit women and on diversion of funds meant for the Scheduled Castes for other purposes. He was in the city after visiting Govindapuram village in Palakkad district, where Dalits had been allegedly subjected to untouchability. Murugan also went to some villages in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district. “According to figures of the Crime Records Bureau, as many as 883 cases of atrocities have been reported against Scheduled Caste people in the state between June 2016 to April 2017,” he told reporters here. “Of them, 12 were murder cases and 155 were rape. The state government has failed to ensure protection for Dalits, especially for SC women. The state government should take necessary steps to ensure safety the SC people,” Murugan said. Lack of timely action by the government may lead to insecurity in the minds of Dalits, he said. Murugan also asked the state government to ensure basic amenities for Dalits across the state. “The condition of SC colonies in the state is bad. I visited some such places, including the Ambedkar colony in Govindapuram and areas in Muvattupuzha,” he said. Basic amenities, including proper housing and drinking water, were lacking in such colonies, Murugan said, adding that in many places there was not even space for performing last rites of Dalits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dalit atrocities increasing in Kerala: Scheduled Caste Commission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Commission for Scheduled Castes today said atrocities against dalits were increasing in Kerala and the state government has failed to ensure them adequate safety.L Murugan, Vice Chairman of the Commission said here that the agency has been receiving lots of complaints of atrocities especially against dalit women and also regarding the diversion of SC funds for other purposes.He was in the city after visiting SC colonies in Govindapuram village in Palakkad district, where dalit residents had been reportedly suffering from untouchability and some villages in Muvattupuzha in Ernakulam district.”According to the figures of the Crime Records Bureau, as many as 883 cases of atrocities have been reported against Scheduled Caste people in the state during the period between June 2016 to April 2017,” he told reporters here.”Of them, 12 were murder cases and 155 were rape. The state government has failed to ensure dalits especially SC women protection.The state government should take necessary steps to ensure protection for SC people,” he said.Lack of timely action by the government may lead to instill insecurity in the minds of dalit people, he said.Murugan also asked the state government to ensure basic amenities in dalit colonies across the state.”The condition of SC colonies in the state is very worse.I visited some of such places including the Ambedkar colony in Govindapuram and similar ones in Muvattupuzha,” he said.Basic amenities including proper housing and drinking water are lacking in SC colonies, he said adding that there was not even buriel grounds to cremate dalits in many places.

‘Panel to probe ST officers should have babus from community’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes has asked the DoPT to ensure any committee constituted to look into cases related to ST employees should have minimum of two members from the community. The commission has taken this decision to ensure “natural justice” to every ST employee. As per a communication the Commission sent to the Department of Personnel and Training, if ST officers are not available in the department or the ministry concerned, then the committee can take them from other departments. Article 338 of the Constitution empowers the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) to ensure proper service conditions to ST employees of the government. On several occasions, it was found that normal procedures for disciplinary action against ST employees were not followed, an official statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab SC Commission orders probe against private college

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission today ordered a vigilance probe into alleged misappropriation of student scholarship funds by a private college in Patiala. Commission chairman Rajesh Bagha said they had received a complaint from SC students pursuing Bachelor in Education (B.Ed) and Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) courses at the private college that they were being illegally charged fees. By charging the students, the college misappropriated funds received from the Punjab government/Union government under scholarship schemes. He said that the matter was investigated by the district welfare officer. It was found that fees were levied on the students and no receipt was issued for the same. Bagha said the matter was later probed by commission’s senior vice chairman Raj Singh and member Prabh Dyal. It showed that the college illegally collected fees from the student. “The commission has instructed the welfare department to get the case probed by the vigilance department,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sangma demands action against club for asking women to leave

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today demanded legal action against Delhi Golf Club, whose staffers asked a woman from Meghalaya to leave a dining room because her traditional Khasi attire looked like a “maid’s uniform”. “Such racial discrimination has been happening all these years in a number of places and this particular racial behaviour is not an instance in isolation. “All legal options available according to Scheduled Tribe Prevention of Atrocities Act 1989 and Fundamental Rights, with its relevant Articles should be taken advantage of, so such behaviour is not repeated in future,” the Chief Minister said in a statement here. Sangma said the incident was ‘unacceptable and demanded a case be registered against the club so that it becomes a deterrence in future. “This incident of racial behaviour of the people who do not understand the very spirit of the inclusiveness of this nation is unacceptable, distasteful and racial discrimination that needs to be condemned by one and all and calls for all necessary action as per the law of the land,” he said. The woman, Tailin Lyngdoh, was asked to leave the room because the club’s staffers believed her traditional outfit looked like a “maid’s uniform”, her employer, Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khasi woman in traditional dress asked to leave Delhi club

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Throwing out of a Khasi woman by a plush Delhi club for wearing traditional attire evoked sharp reactions today with Union Minister Kiren Rijiju describing it as a “case of racial discrimination” and asking the city police chief to take appropriate action. The Union urban development ministry has sought a report from the Delhi Golf Club. Appropriate action will be initiated if the club is found violating human rights norms, a senior ministry official has said. Reacting sharply, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul M Sangma said such an incident was “unacceptable” and demanded legal action against the club. The club, however, said it was “unfortunate and regrettable” that an “undesirable” attempt was being made to give the incident a political and cultural overtone. Meghalaya-resident Tailin Lyngdoh, who was wearing a ‘Jainsem’, a traditional Khasi dress, went to a lunch hosted by a member of the club in the heart of the capital on June 25. Lyngdoh said she was asked by the manager to leave while they were having lunch, saying such a dress (Jainsem) was not allowed. The club has tendered an apology to the member who had brought the guest, Nivedita Barthakur Sondhi. Lyngdoh, who is Sondhi’s son’s governess, was accompanying her employer. Lyngdoh said the manager told her that “it is not allowed so you must go out. I went out, but it was very sad for me to hear such a thing. I have travelled to many places and everybody has complimented me on my traditional dress and nobody has ever said such a thing to me”. In a Facebook post, Sondhi said, “Lyngdoh, an extremely proud, Khasi lady who has travelled the world in her Jenseim from London to UAE, was thrown out of the Delhi Golf Club because her dress was taken for a maid’s uniform!” Despite she being invited in her own right as a guest of a member, she was humiliated and the two gatekeepers did not even have the grace to apologise, the post read. “It is so appalling that a citizen of India is judged on her dress and treated as a pariah,” she said. The club, in a statement, said that the incident could have been handled in a much better way by the staff member. Explanation of the staff was sought and disciplinary action was in process, it said. “An apology has been made to the member who has brought the guest. This has been unconditionally accepted. It was also confirmed that the guests were not asked to leave the club premises,” the statement said. Minister of State for Home Rijiju described the incident as a “clear case of racial discrimination” and asked Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take appropriate action in the matter. Rijiju, who is from Arunachal Pradesh, said the incident also reflected an “elitist mindset”. Rijiju raised the matter with Patnaik after the Meghalaya chief minister discussed the issue with him. “I will also speak to the urban development ministry on how such privileges can be given to people with such mindsets,” he said about the club, which occupies prime land in the heart of the national capital. A senior Delhi Police officer said that they had not received a formal complaint in the matter. However, after the media reported about the incident, some officers visited the club and spoke to its representatives. No FIR has been filed yet. Meanwhile, Meghalaya Chief Minister Sangma demanded legal action against the club, and said, “Such racial discrimination has been happening all these years in a number of places and this particular racial behaviour is not an instance in isolation.” “All legal options available according to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989…should be taken advantage of, so that such behaviour is not repeated in future,” the chief minister said in a statement here. He has said the incident of racial behaviour of the people who do not understand the very spirit of the inclusiveness of this nation is “unacceptable, distasteful and racial discrimination” and needs to be condemned by one and all and calls for all necessary action as per the law of the land.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajasthan: ‘I am poor, receive ration from NFSA’, painted on houses in Dausa by administration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje has been making headlines for the wrong reasons, another incident denting her image has come to the fore.In a humiliating move for the villagers, the district administration in Dausa district has painted -— ‘I am poor’ — on the walls outside the homes off families receiving subsidised food grains.According to a Dainik Bhaskar report, the painted messages could be seen outside over 50,000 dwellings in Sikrai and Bandikui tehsils.Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and minorities are among those in the BPL category who receive the benefit under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).The report also says that the villagers have been hiding their faces due to the humiliation. The officials have reportedly been directed to remove the names of people from the beneficiary list if they protested to the painted messages. “Even when we opposed, they painted our walls with this message. We feel very humiliated but what can we do. The government is just making fun of us by painting this,” said a villager. According to ANI, the villagers also claimed that they were told they will be paid Rs 750 if they allowed their homes to be marked. “At the time of the Congress, many got themselves registered to avail the benefits of the government’s scheme. But the one who deserve to get the right are still deprived of it. The ruling government has taken this initiative for the backward class,” said a NFSA official.The NFSA was undertaken during the UPA government, as per which people belonging to backward classes were given five kilograms of food grains per person per month at subsidised rates.However, additional collector Dausa, KC Sharma said that the district administration had not given any such directive.“The zila parishad could have issued the directive as there were complaints of misuse of the Food Security Act by those who are not eligible. I will look into this complaint,” Sharma told Hindustan Times.The Congress has also attacked the Vasundhara Raje government for ‘humiliating’ those getting subsidized food grains.“It’s a sick joke. It proves the BJP governments at the Centre and in states are anti-poor,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.However, this has not happened for the first time. Last year too, the administration had marked the houses of people belonging to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category.(With Agency Inputs)

From banning to adult films to Ambedkar on notes: Highlights of Ram Nath Kovind in Rajya Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From banning adult content on television to introducing B R Ambedkar’s image on 1000-rupee notes, BJP’s presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind addressed a wide range of subjects as a Member of Parliament.Kovind, who is set to be the next president, frequently raised questions about reservations for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) as well as atrocities on backward communities during his two terms in Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006.On one occasion, he wanted to know since when some announcers on All India Radio and Doordarshan had started welcoming listeners with a “Ram Ram” — a form of greeting popular in the north — and whether this had been stopped. If so, why, he asked.Kovind also wanted the government to make public the General Handerson Brooks Report on the India China war of 1962.According to the Rajya Sabha archives, in July 1996 the former Bihar governor posed a question about banning the telecast of adult movies and uncensored programmes.In the same question, he also asked the government how it planned to stop the “cultural invasion” of foreign channels.In one of his questions in 1998, he mentioned demonetization while asking about the reintroduction of 1000- rupee notes.That very year, Kovind, who had led the BJP’s Dalit Morcha, asked the then NDA government if it proposed to print 1000-rupee notes with an image of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar to “honour him”.Kovind also questioned a change in the formatting of Chitrahaar — a popular television show on Hindi film songs — by Doordarshan, and asked if it was true that audiences had not taken to it.

Blast from the past: When Ram Nath Kovind opposed reservations for Christians and Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The received wisdom around newsrooms it that Amit Shah picked Ram Nath Govind since he is a largely non-controversial figure whose stellar work with minorities will stand him in good stead even among Opposition parties. However, if one has been in politics for long, one is sure to have made a controversial statement and Kovind’s moment came in 2010 when as a newly-appointed BJP spokesperson he spoke against the Misra Commission’s report on reservations for minority groups.The Ranganath Misra commission had recommended 15% quota in government jobs for socially and economically backward sections among religious and linguistic minorities in India.Kovind had opposed the commission’s report saying it wasn’t possible. He was quoted saying: “No, that is not possible. Including Muslims and Christians in the Scheduled Castes category will be unconstitutional.”
ALSO READ Am a small citizen entrusted with a big responsibility: NDA’s Prez nominee Ram Nath KovindWhen asked why Sikh Dalits were given quota privilege and not Muslims and Christians, he had said: “Islam and Christianity are alien to the nation.”He had added: “The educational level of Scheduled Caste children remains much lower than that of convert Dalits and Muslims. The children of converts will grab major share of reservation in government jobs. They would become eligible to contest elections on seats reserved for Scheduled Castes. This would encourage conversion and fatally destroy the fabric of Indian society. The Misra commission report should be scrapped because (its recommendations) will jeopardise the interests of Scheduled Castes.”
ALSO READ Presidential Poll: Stunned by BJP’s pick, non-NDA parties likely to field joint candidate against Ram Nath KovindNot that, he was the only one and the Misra Commission report was roundly criticised by BJP including erstwhile Gujarat CM Modi who had reached out to Dalits and backward classes and debunked the report on reservation for minorities.How political parties reacted to Ram Nath Kovind’s candidature NDA constituents barring the Shiv Sena today welcomed the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind for the president’s post while Opposition parties seemed not impressed and sought to keep up the suspense on extending their support.With both the names suggested by it — RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and noted agriculturist M S Swaminathan — rejected, Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said the Dalit candidate was chosen merely for vote-bank politics.The Sena will take a final decision tomorrow regarding its support to 71-year-old Kovind, who is the governor of Bihar.The name of Kovind, who has served two terms as Rajya Sabha MP from BJP and was also the party’s Dalit wing head, was announced by Amit Shah.The BJP chief hoped that there will be a consensus on his name.The Congress, however, spurned the BJP’s appeal for consensus on its choice and said the opposition would take a call on contesting the election after a meeting on June 22.The BJP had taken a “unilateral decision”, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said soon after the announcement.”Congress does not want to comment on this issue as we want to take a unanimous decision with all other opposition parties on the presidential elections. The final call will be taken in a meeting of all opposition parties on June 22,” he said.On the BJP fielding a Dalit candidate, Azad said, “…I don’t want to comment on this…I don’t want to comment on the merits and demerits of the candidate.”Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who was part of the three-member panel formed to hold discussions and build a consensus on a presidential candidate, said the suggestions of opposition parties played a role in the NDA picking Kovind.”I hope they (opposition) should not have any reason now to oppose the candidature of Ram Nath Kovind because of his background, non-controversial nature, and also sound legal and social background,” he said.CPI national secretary D Raja, however, said Naidu and Rajnath Singh, who was also part of the panel, had not propose any name.”Now, they have named a person with RSS background. We are against it, but we will have to discuss the issue within the CPI and with other opposition parties. A meeting will be held soon to discuss the same,” he said.Virtually expressing her party’s reservation about the candidature of Kovind, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said he was nominated only because he had been a leader of the BJP’s Dalit Morcha in the past.”There are other big Dalit leaders in the country. Just because he (Kovind) was a leader of the BJP’s Dalit Morcha, they have nominated him,” she said in a statement.”The office of President is a key post. Someone of the stature of Pranab Mukherjee or even Sushma Swaraj or (L K) Advaniji may have been made the candidate.” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the BJP “unilaterally” selected Kovind and the non-NDA parties will take the decision “keeping in mind the country’s history that the ruling and opposition parties contested the polls on all occasion except once”.He said it was the NDA’s proposal that it would get back to the opposition after zeroing on a candidate.”They did not come back to the opposition and announced the candidate,” he said.The NCP also said the future course of action by the opposition parties will be decided in the June 22 meet.In Lucknow, BSP chief Mayawati said her party is positive about the nomination but wished the NDA had named a non- political Dalit candidate for the top post.”Although Kovind has been associated with the RSS and the BJP from the beginning but since he is a Dalit, our party’s stand towards him cannot be negative. It will be positive, provided Opposition parties do not field any Dalit for the post who is more capable and popular than him,” she said.”Had the BJP and NDA brought any non-political Dalit for the post, it would have been better,” she said.Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed happiness over the state governor’s candidature for the president’s post, but stopped short of committing support to the NDA nominee.”In my capacity as the Bihar Chief Minister, it is a matter of happiness that our governor has been declared as the candidate for the next president of India,” he told reporters in Patna after paying a courtesy call to Kovind at the Raj Bhawan.CPI general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said the Opposition parties must put up their candidate against Kovind as he is from the ranks of the RSS.”Anybody from RSS rank will further divide the country.The three-year rule of the BJP government has divided the country. We feel that definitely there is a need for a democratic candidate, not from hardcore of the RSS,” he told PTI in Hyderabad.In Bhubaneswar, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced his party’s support to Kovind.Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan extended full support to Kovind, saying his choice is a political masterstroke by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The ruling TRS in Telangana and the ruling TDP and opposition YSR Congress party in Andhra Pradesh also backed Kovind’s candidate and pledged their support to him. With inputs from agencies

Couple beaten up for opposing eve-teasing, Pb SC panel sends

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking cognisance of a couple being beaten up for opposing the teasing of their daughter in Mansa district, the Punjab State Scheduled Castes Commission has issued a notice to the SSP asking him to submit a probe report within 15 days. “The incident in Manssa district is against humanity. The panel has taken cognisance of the incident and has asked the Senior Superintendent of Police to submit a probe report within 15 days,” chairman of the state SC panel Rajesh Bagha said. He said no case has been registered following the incident and alleged that the police are trying to suppress the case. A few days back, the couple were beaten up in their home by miscreants for allegedly opposing the teasing of their daughter. Following this the girl’s father was admitted to Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh in an injured state.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lok Sabha MP Gyan Singh resigns from Madhya Pradesh Cabinet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh’s Tribal and Scheduled Castes Welfare Minister Gyan Singh has resigned from his post in view of his election to Parliament. Gyan Singh, previously an MLA from Bandhavgarh (ST) seat in Umaria district, had won from Shahdol (ST) Lok Sabha constituency in the byelection held in November last year following the death of sitting BJP MP Dalpat Singh Paraste. However, he continued as minister in the Madhya Pradesh government. A non-MLA can continue as minister for six months. Gyan Singh met Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at the latter’s residence yesterday and handed over his resignation from the Cabinet, a state Public Relations Officer said today. Chouhan accepted the resignation and lauded the BJP leader’s work in the field of scheduled castes and tribal welfare. Following Gyan Singh’s election to the Lok Sabha, the Bandhavgarh Assembly bypoll was held in April this year which was won by his son Shivnarayan Singh.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No special arrangements for my visits, Adityanath tells

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We are people who sit on the floor,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has told officials while directing them not make special arrangements when he tours the state. “Honouring the people of the state is in fact the honour of the chief minister,” Adityanath told officials yesterday. “No special arrangements should be made for me during visits, inspections and other programmes… we are people who sit on the floor,” the chief minister said. The directive comes amid reports that a window AC, sofa and a carpet were given to martyred BSF head constable Prem Sagar’s family in Deoria when the chief minister had called on them. The family said they were taken aback when authorities removed the air conditioner, sofa and carpet soon after the chief minister left their place. “Officials took away the carpet, sofa and AC soon after Adityanath left our residence,” Dayasagar, the martyr’s brother, was quoted as saying. There was, however, no official word on it. There were also reports that the Kushinagar administration provided soap and shampoo to members of the Scheduled Caste Mushahar community ahead of a visit by Adityanath. They were reportedly asked to meet the chief minister after a proper bath.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UPSC 2016: Namrata Jain, girl from Naxal-hit area in Chhattisgarh stands 99th

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Growing up in Chhattisgarh’s Naxalite-affected Dantewada district, Namrata Jain had one dream — of joining the civil services. The dream came true yesterday, as Namrata, 23, learnt she had cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam, conducted annually for top government jobs. Namrata, who lived and studied in the troubled Geedam town of the district before moving to Durg for high school and to Bhilai for an engineering degree, stood 99th in the list of 1099 successful candidates.”She had been very studious all through her schooling and in her college also. We knew she would clear the civil service examination some day,” said her uncle, Suresh Jain, from Geedam.He remembered how she travelled on her own from Geedam to Durg and Bhilai, about 350-400 kms from her hometown, for her studies. “She made a lot of effort to complete her education. But she never lost interest in studies and remained focused. This is all the result of her hard work,” said Jain, a shopkeeper.After completing her engineering in electronics, she came to Delhi to prepare for the UPSC exam. A delighted Namrata told PTI that the result was like a dream. “I am really happy to get selected in the exam. It is like a dream come true for me and my family,” she told PTI from Raipur. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who is on an official visit to Japan, congratulated her for the success. “Elated to learn Namrata Jain from Dantewada clinched 99th rank in UPSC exams! Maybe someday she’ll become the district’s collector,” Singh tweeted. Dantewada district comes under the state’s Bastar region, where Naxalites have been waging a guerrilla war for years.Three other students from Chhattisgarh have also qualified for the civil service.Gagan Giri Goswami, Lal Das and Piyush Kumar Lahre have been ranked 710th, 746th and 977th respectively. They stayed in the Tribal Youth Hostel, managed by the Chhattisgarh state government to help students from the state, in Delhi to prepare for the examination.While Goswami belongs to Other Backward Classes (OBC), Das and Lahre are from the Scheduled Castes category. “They studied hard to clear the examination,” a state government official said.Nandini K R, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service Customs and Central Excise), topped the prestigious civil services examination 2016.A total of 846 men and 253 women cleared the exam this year. Of them, 500 belonged to the general category, 347 were OBCs, 163 from the Scheduled Caste category and 89 from Scheduled Tribes.The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages– preliminary, main and interview–to select candidates for the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

After directive, police book 3 for beating, stripping Dalit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Acting on a directive from the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, the Punjab police today booked three people, including a Congress leader, for allegedly beating and stripping a Dalit in Amritsar district. Inspector General L K Yadav told the commission that “arrest warrants were issued against three accused, including Congress leader Lakhbir Rinku”. The accused had on April 17 allegedly beaten up Kashmir Singh and stripped him at Bagga village in Majitha. Later, they allegedly posted his semi-naked picture on Facebook. The commission had directed the police to immediately arrest the culprits after the case was brought to its notice by Akali Dal general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia here. Commission director Raj Kumar Chhanena also called for action against police personnel who demonstrated “criminal negligence” by not taking action on the victim’s complaints. He called for the release of two relatives of the victim who were in jail. Yadav said he would also look into why they were arrested. “The role of the police personnel associated with the incident would also be examined,” he said. Briefing the commission, Majithia said even 15 days after the victim had submitted a complaint to the commission, the grievance had not been addressed. “People who committed the crime are roaming free and even threatening the victim. A concerted effort is being made to protect the criminals as well as police personnel who aided the accused in committing the atrocities,” he alleged. He said there was a second incident on April 29, when the victim’s family was attacked, and his wife and daughter were molested.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Girl from naxal-hit area gets 99th rank in civil services exam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Namrata Jain, who hails from naxal-affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, today qualified the prestigious civil services examination. “Elated to learn Namrata Jain from Dantewada clinched 99th rank in UPSC exams! Maybe someday she’ll become the district’s collector,” Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said in a tweet. Dantewada district comes under the state’s Bastar region, considered as den of the naxals. Nandini K R, an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), has topped the prestigious civil services examination. A total of 1,099 candidates (846 men and 253 women), including 500 in General category, 347 belonging to Other Backward Class, 163 from Scheduled Caste and 89 from Scheduled Tribe, have been recommended for appointment to various central government services, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) said. The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages– preliminary, main and interview– to select candidates for the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP MLAs meet Police Commissioner to press for probe in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP legislators today met Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik seeking a speedy investigation into an alleged “scam” involving use of fake Scheduled Tribes (ST) certificates by general category candidates for getting government jobs in Delhi. Vijender Gupta, the leader of opposition in the Assembly, led the delegation and alleged that the “scam” was going on in “complicity with Delhi government officials” for the last 15 years and thousands of eligible ST candidates were deprived of jobs due to it. The BJP legislators had earlier met Lt Governor Anil Baijal demanding a police probe into the “scam”. Subsequently, Gupta claimed that the probe was handed over to the Special Branch of Delhi Police. “This scam is going on for last 15 years and a large number of general category candidates have obtained Delhi government jobs reserved for ST candidates, in complicity with some government officials,” Gupta said. He alleged that ST certificates were issued to general category candidates without proper verification by the concerned officials and these “fake” certificates were used to obtain jobs in Delhi. “Evidence has been submitted to the Commissioner of Police, in which residents of UP not belonging to ST category obtained fake certificates in Rajasthan and used it to get job in Delhi,” he said. The delegation, including MLAs Jagdish Pradhan, OP Sharma and Manjinder Singh Sirsa, demanded registration of criminal cases against those who used fake ST certificates to get jobs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

A Government ‘of the people’ resides at Centre- Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday lauded the completion of three-year of the Narendra Modi government, saying the Prime Minister as a global leader is taking India towards new heights. Adityanath was addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and people at a rally here to mark the start of M.O.D.I. (Making of Developed India) fest. The 15-day fest is being organized all over India to highlight Modi government?s achievements in last three years. The Chief Minister further said that the Modi Government is the true representative of the common people. ?Since independence, for the first time it seems that there is a government of the people at Centre. All the development works that have been started in the country in the last three years have not been aimed at a particular religion, caste or creed, but on Indians,? he said. He bestowed praises on Prime Minister Modi for his governments? achievements under his tenure. ?Popular Prime Minister Modi has fulfilled his pre-poll slogan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas,? said the Chief Minister. Talking about the Swachh Bharat Mission, Yogi said that nobody would have thought that a prime minister would start such an endeavor. ?The Swachh Bharat Mission is not only important for India but especially for eastern Uttar Pradesh as it can eradicate encephalitis menace from this region,? said Yogi. Adityanath further said that Modi has made it possible that politicians and the government are kept corruption free. ?Even the opposition leaders could not dare to point out any corruption against any minister or government. As a result, India is becoming an economic power in the world,? said Modi. Lauding the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna (PMUY), Yogi said it has changed the lives of many women as they have got cooking gas connections in their kitchens. Talking about Modi Government?s steps for the benefit of the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), Adityanath said the Prime Minister also launched Start UP India and Stand Up India programmes that aim to make Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes self reliant. ?During the last three years, 2.5 lakh people from SC and ST communities have been made self reliant”. The UP Chief Minister also highlighted benefits of various Central Government schemes and said no sector has been left untouched during the last three years of the Modi government. The Chief Minister commended the Clean Ganga project launched by Prime Minister Modi. ?Everyone wants to have a dip at Ganga but it was only Prime Minister Narendra Modi who ensured that Ganga should remain clean and flowing through Namami Gange Project and also earmarked Rs 20000 crore for it.? The UP CM said that the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (save and educate daughters) is an important scheme and has balanced the male-female child ratio.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Book Cong workers for attacking Dailt family: Pb Oppn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Oppositonn SAD and BJP today demanded registration of a case against ruling Congress workers for allegedly attacking a Dalit family in Bagga village last month. A joint SAD-BJP delegation led by SAD general secretary Bikram Singh Majithia, which took the victims – Kashmir Singh and his family members of Bagga village in Majitha before the National Scheduled Caste Commission, demanded immediate action against the accused, according to a statement issued by the SAD. Majithia said the police had not registered the case despite the incident of alleged stripping and thrashing of Singh taking place on April 17, and the attack on his family on April 29. The delegation alleged that the modesty of Singh’s wife and daughter had also been “outraged” by the Congress workers when they attacked the family. Commission Director Raj Kumar gave a patient hearing to the SAD-BJP delegation and assured immediate action in the matter, the statement said. He assured the delegation that cases would be registered against the accused. He also assured he would visit Bagga village along with a team of the Commission, it said. Kumar also gave a separate hearing to the victims and held a meeting with police officials concerned to know why no action had been taken in the matter till now, the statement said. Meanwhile, Majithia also met state police chief Suresh Arora to apprise him about “how a public meeting organised by ADGP Law and Order Rohit Chaudhary in Majitha recently had allegedly been hijacked by criminals and known history sheeters”. He said it was unfortunate that “undesirable” elements had been offered front row seats at the meeting. Majithia said this has sent a wrong message to the public who wanted justice in the Bagga village case, in which a Congress leader had allegedly stripped and thrashed a Dalit, the statement addded.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minister Athawale calls for expanding quota net to 75%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale pitched for expanding the overall reservation net from 50 per cent to 75 per cent, on Thursday, to make it more inclusive without harming anyone’s interest.Athawale, who was in Patna to review the implementation of various welfare schemes for the underprivileged, said, “The distances among various castes in the society is increasing. Various communities like the Jats, Marathas and Patels are also demanding reservation. But, there is a 50% cap on the overall reservation. If they are included in the present reservation net, the quota for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Backward Classes will get cut.”He suggested that the way out was to expand the reservation upper limit by introducing a constitutional amendment. “The Centre should introduce a legislation to increase the quota to 75 per cent to nclude new communities in it,” said Athawale. The minister also expressed concern over the 10,000 cases of Dalit atrocities registered in Bihar in 2016. “While Uttar Pradesh tops the chart, cases of atrocities against Dalits are also high in states like Bihar, Maharashtra and Rajasthan,” he said, adding that a positive attitude was required to eliminate casteism.Athawale said encouraging inter-caste marriage will also go a long way in eliminating casteism from society. “Even though the government provides an incentive, official figures say there were only 8 inter-caste marriages in Bihar,” he said.ATROCITIES ON RISERamdas Athawale expressed concern over the 10,000 cases of Dalit atrocities registered in Bihar in 2016.
He said encouraging inter-caste marriage will help in eliminating casteism.

After threatening to embrace Islam, Valmikis get haircut in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For 70 years, members of the Valmiki community in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur Shamshoi village were denied a haircut due to an upper-caste diktat. That changed yesterday — but only after they threatened to convert to Islam. The barbers in the village had shut their shop for the last one month, as for the first time in decades, they were asked to give haircuts to the lower-caste Valmikis. With the intervention of police and district administrative officials, the stand-off ended yesterday. In Fatehpur Shamsoi, there are about 15,000 Thakurs and Brahmins, and about 1,250 Valmikis in 250 families. “Yesterday, people from different communities interacted with officials of police and district administration, and the deadlock was resolved. After this, the barbers started accepting Valmikis as their customers,” said Sanjeev Sharma, a former village pradhan, who brokered the peace. For decades since Independence, Valmikis have allegedly not been allowed to get haircuts or shaves from the village barbers, because upper castes declared they would boycott the “impure and unhyegenic” razors. A month ago, however, a Muslim barber agreed to give haircuts to a Valmiki family. But he refused to attend to them when the they later on turned up for a shave, allegedly under upper-caste pressure. This snowballed into a major agitation, with all the Valmikis of the village threatening to convert to Islam. “Almost a month ago my cousins, Anil, Bhura and Birjesh Valmiki had got haircuts at Asif Ali’s saloon. A few days later, when they turned up for a shave, Asif refused. He was beaten up by upper caste villagers because he broke the rule,” said Saurabh Valmiki. “Other barbers also refused to give us haircuts or a shave out of fear. We filed a police complaint against them. By the time the police reached the village, all the barbers had shut shop and fled,” he said. Additional SP Sambhal, Pankaj Pandey, said, “The barbers have agreed to cut hair of members of the Valmiki caste and a few Valmikis even got haircuts. Earlier, we had received a complaint in this regard.” Over the past few decades, Valmiki men had to travel 15 to 20 kilometres to towns like Chandausi, Bhajoie and Islamnagar to get haircuts. Valmiki is a Dalit community which has historically faced exclusion and oppression in the upper caste-dominated society and has frequently been affected by anti-Dalit violence and repression by members of other castes. In certain cases, the members of the community have turned away from Hinduism in order to avoid the persecution associated with caste practices. The 2011 Census of India for Uttar Pradesh recorded the Valmiki population, which was classified as a Scheduled Caste, at 1,319,241.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa announces reservation up to 40% for local bodies polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa government today announced reservation up to 40 per cent for the upcoming panchayat bodies elections scheduled next month. “We have reserved wards for scheduled caste category for the first time during this election,” Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho told reporters. “Considering the reservation for Other Backward Classes, Scheduled Tribes and women, this time around 40 per cent of the wards would be reserved,” he said. The elections for 180-odd panchayat bodies would be held on June 11, while counting is scheduled on June 13. Godinho said that across Goa there are 1,522 wards which are 39 more than the last time. The minister said due to creation of additional village panchayat at Cavelossim in South Goa, seven wards were added to the list. He said 27 per cent of the reservation is in other backward class category, while 12 per cent is for scheduled tribe. In all 15 wards are reserved for scheduled caste depending on their population in respective panchayats, Godinho added. The minister said in case of eleven member panchayat, ward number 1, 2, 5 and 8 will be reserved in different categories while in case of nine member panchayats it is ward number 3, 5 and 8. The seven member panchayats will have ward number 3 and 4 reserved while in case of five member panchayat it will be ward number 1 and 3.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rohtak gang rape| Victim’s kin had complained to police a month before the heinous crime

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The family of the 23-year-old woman, found gang-raped and murdered in Rohtak on Thursday, had around a month back complained about a man who was harassing her but the police failed to act, one of her relatives alleged on Sunday.Drawing parallels with the brutality witnessed in the ‘Nirbhaya’ case of Delhi, the victim’s family has sought maximum punishment to the accused.The police acknowledged that a “verbal” complaint had been made but refuted the charge of inaction saying that the victim’s family had later come to a compromise with the man and said there was no need for action.The same man, named Sumit, has now been arrested for the crime, the sheer savagery of which emerged on Sunday in the post- mortem report which found the victim’s skull shattered, a part of the food pipe missing and suggested sharp-edged objects may have been inserted into her private parts.”We had approached the police with a complaint of harassment by the main accused but no action was taken,” a kin of the victim kin told reporters in Sonipat.The police however refuted the charge.”There was a verbal complaint some time back by the woman to Sonipat police saying that the main accused was pressuring her to marry him. It was a verbal complaint, there was no written complaint to police station,” Superintendent of Police, Sonipat, Ashwin Shenvi said.”However, later, the complainant and her mother again came to the police station and said they had struck a compromise and there no need for police action,” the officer claimed.The body was identified by the victim’s mother on the basis of her clothes.”He (Sumit) was putting pressure on her to marry him and used to threaten her. A week ago, he stopped her when she was returning from work. When she resisted, he threatened and abused her. She slapped him and ran home,” said the mother in her statement to the police.While Sumit (24) has a private job, the other person arrested, Vikas (28), works as a car mechanic.”The woman was a Dalit and out of the two accused, main accused Sumit is also a Dalit,” Shenvi said.He said as the victim belonged to Dalit community, the provisions of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act have also been invoked.Shenvi said during investigations, involvement of only two people had come to fore and both have been arrested.The post-mortem report also indicated a ‘Nirbhaya’ case- like savagery.”The findings suggest that it was a brutal rape and murder,” said Dr S K Dhatterwal, head of the department of forensic medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) in Rohtak, who conducted the post-mortem.He said multiple head injuries, inflicted by some blunt weapon, were the main cause of the death and several bones of the victim’s skull were found to be shattered.”There were injuries on the private parts, which means that woman was sexually assaulted,” Dhattarwal said adding that the vaginal swab had been sent to a forensic science lab for confirmation regarding rape.The injuries suggest some sharp-edged objects may have been inserted in her private parts, he further said.Indicating that the woman was given sedatives before she was raped and murdered, Dhattarwal said that signs of some such drugs had been found in the stomach.Rohtak range Inspector General of Police Navdeep Virk said that the family gave the names of six more persons last evening.”A supplementary statement of the family has been recorded. Out of these six persons, five are relatives of Sumit, main accused. The sixth may also be related in some way,” a police official said.The opposition hit out at the BJP government in Haryana over the incident. Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda alleged a complete breakdown of law and order while demanding exemplary punishment for the culprits.Financial assistance of Rs 10.5 lakh was announced today for the victim’s family.As she was a Dalit, the state welfare department would provide Rs 8.5 lakh to her family under provisions of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act while Rs 2 lakh will be given by the Red Cross, Sonipat Deputy Commissioner K Makrand Pandurang said.National Commission for Women member Rekha Sharma met the family of the victim.The decomposed and mutilated body of the 23-year-old woman, who went missing from Sonipat on May 9 and was gang- raped and brutally murdered, was found near the Industrial Model Township in Urban Estate, Rohtak, on May 11. Stray dogs had bitten off the face and lower portion of her body.The sheer brutality of the crime, reminiscent of the ‘Nirbhaya’ incident in Delhi which triggered nation-wide outrage, occurred barely a month after the BJP-led Haryana government launched ‘Operation Durga’ to stop harassment of women.Following the incident, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had expressed deep shock, saying it highlighted the need to revisit the issue of women safety.Meanwhile, in Gurugram, also in Haryana, a 22-year-old woman from Sikkim was allegedly raped by three men in a moving car here and thrown out on a road in Delhi.

Odisha’s Sualgiri, Swalgiri notified as scheduled castes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha’s Sualgiri and Swalgiri communities have been notified as Scheduled Castes following President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent to a new law. The Rajya Sabha had last month passed the bill on it after it was cleared by the Lok Sabha in March. The president gave the nod to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2017, on Friday, officials said today. The SC category status will entitle these communities to reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions, besides some other financial benefits. Some of the major schemes for the scheduled castes include post-matric scholarship, national overseas scholarship, Rajiv Gandhi national fellowship, concessional loans from National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation, hostel facilities for the SC boys and girls etc. The Constitution empowers the president to specify the scheduled castes in states and union territories in a list of notified scheduled castes. It also allows the list to be modified by Parliament. As per the modified list for Odisha, the “Sabakhia, Sualgiri, Swalgiri” are notified Scheduled Castes. The new law has also replaced the term Union Territory of Pondicherry to Puducherry in the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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