Ajit Pawar’s shocking remark: ‘If no water in dam, do we urinate in it?’ #WTF


Reported by Tejas Mehta and Syed Imtiaz Jaleel, Edited by Amit Chaturvedi | Updated: April 07, 2013 21:45 IST

 

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PuneMaharashtra’s deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar today apologised for ridiculing a two-month-long protest by a farmer, who was demanding the release of water from a dam for his parched field. In a statement issued in the evening, Mr Pawar said he is sorry for “hurting sentiments of people in Maharashtra with his comment”. “These remarks were not made for drought-affected people,” Mr Pawar said in the statement.Mr Pawar, in a shocking statement made in a rally on Saturday, had said, “There is this person from Solapur, sitting on hunger strike for 55 days demanding water be released from the dam. But where are we going to get water from? Should we urinate? And when we are not getting water to drink even urine is not coming easily.”

Mr Pawar is also the nephew of Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and a senior leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

Commenting on the shortage of electricity, Mr Pawar made another controversial remark. “I have also come to know that since there is a shortage of electricity in Maharashtra, the population is increasing,” Mr Pawar said while speaking in Indapur, Pune.

As the crowd laughed, Mr Pawar paused and then added, “All of you must be thinking that I have taken (liquor) in the day itself.” The crowd again laughed out.

Mr Pawar was scheduled to hold a rally in Pune today, but it has been cancelled without giving any reasons. The NCP is tight-lipped on the issue, but speaking on condition of anonymity, party leaders are themselves shocked by Mr Pawar’s statement. “Even as a joke, this is just unacceptable,” a senior leader said.

The BJP too slammed the comments made by Mr Pawar. “Making an ill-informed comment is a different thing but making such crude and arrogant comments… instead of saying that I stand by the public he makes comments like this. This is the lowest of low in Maharashtra politics,” BJP leader Shaina NC said.

The crude comments come at a time when many parts of Maharashtra, especially Marathwada, are reeling under a severe drought. Of the total 34 districts, the worst-affected are Solapur, Ahmednagar, Sangli, Pune, Satara, Beed and Nashik.

Ajit Pawar had to also resign after allegations were levelled against him in the Rs. 70,000 crore irrigation scam as he held the irrigation and water resources portfolio for a nearly a decade. However, the party reinstated him later.

The Maharashtra government and Sharad Pawar have claimed that the drought in Maharashtra is the worst since 1972. But water activists and experts have repeatedly pointed out that the drought is largely man made and worsened by poor water management policies.

The queen of mujra moves #Sundayreading


Moupia Basu | April 6, 2013, TimesCrest

Chic in a trouser-kurti ensemble, former actor and dancer Minoo Mumtaz is completely at ease as she reclines on the sofa in her Pune home. She has a flight to catch in a couple of hours as she heads back to home and family in Canada. “I can’t wait to be with my grandchildren, ” she says excitedly. At 72, she has seen it all – the glory of being a Bollywood diva and its pitfalls. Unlike most of her contemporaries from the golden era of Hindi cinema, Minoo Mumtaz leads a contented life today. “My family is my strength, especially my husband who has never let me shed a single tear in our nearly 50 years of marriage. ”

It is difficult to picture her as the original item girl, who played the seductive courtesan in “Saaquiya aaj mujhe neend nahi aayegi” (Guru Dutt’s Sahib Bibi aur Ghulam), one of the best mujra sequences of all times. But she takes umbrage at being called an ‘item’ girl. “We were not ‘item’ girls, but professional dancers and actresses. I feel ashamed watching them today gyrating in scanty clothes to obscene lyrics. ”

There was something about Minoo Mumtaz, born Malka Begum, that endeared her to millions of moviegoers. It could be the smile, the nakhras, the come-hither look, but her hypnotic grace lingered long after the dance ended. Although she never rose to the height that Madhubala or Meena Kumari did, her presence in a film could not be ignored.

Mumtaz‘s performances were free-spirited and spontaneous, especially her dance numbers. This applied to her classical compositions also. “I surrendered myself to the dance director. I knew no technique but dance came easily to me, ” she says. “I would watch my father (Mumtaz Ali), a very good dancer, and mimic his moves in front of a mirror, much to my mother’s horror because she was dead against movies. ”

Mumtaz grew up in a conservative Muslim household of Nawabi descent. But the family, which once supported at least 35 residents in a huge bungalow in Mumbai, fell on hard times when Mumtaz Ali took to drinking. “I decided to help out financially although I was only 13. Those were the worst two years of my life because I also lost my mother, ” she says.

But she loved life too much to give in. “My sister and I would walk on the railway tracks from Malad, where we lived, to Mohan Studios in Andheri and wait – often in pouring rain – until producer-director Nambhai Vakil took us in. I started off with a substantial role in Sakhi Hatim, my very first film. I was paid Rs 500 for the film and Rs 200 for a dance. My price quickly shot up to Rs 800 and within three months, I bought my first car. ” Within three to four years, Mumtaz had bagged important roles including that of a heroine, with top actors of the time like Balraj Sahni.

It was her professionalism and no-nonsense attitude that took her to the top. “I was not interested in anything other than my role. I would carry my knitting to the studios and once the cameras were switched off, I would knit. Those who came to me with dishonourable intentions were shooed away, ” she says. Moreover, her brothers, especially legendary actor Mehmood, were always around to protect her.

As she speaks, Mumtaz’s slender fingers often curl up in a mudra. “Dance is in my blood, ” she says. “If I get into the mood, I can dance even today, but where are the songs, where’s the music?” She is unhappy with modern Bollywood music. “Hindi film music lacks the lyrical quality today, ” she says.

At the peak of her popularity, she married assistant director Ali S Akbar. “Although we belonged to different Muslim sects, Mehmood Bhai went ahead and organised the wedding. And, he did it in style. Parts of the Sheesh Mahal sets from Mughal-e-Azam were used to do up the wedding venue. But, Bhaijaan forbade me from acting thereafter, ” she says.

It’s been a long time since she faced the arclights, but the memories have not dimmed. “I feel sad for Meena aapa, it was she who rechristened me Minoo Mumtaz. An unhappy and childless marriage led to her collapse, she simply wasted away. She was one of the greatest actresses ever, with no nakhras!”

But she smiles at the mention of Madhubala. “She was like a sister and I was her confidante. When her romance with Dilip Kumar broke off, she turned to me. ” But Mumtaz’s first meeting with Madhubala was not all that pleasant. “She ignored me completely as I waited for our first shot together in Ek Saal Baad. But I walked up to her and asked her why she chose to behave so badly with a devoted fan. Her arrogance crumpled, and we went on to become the best of friends, ” she says.

As for her male co-stars, she has a special corner in her heart for Dev Anand. “He was a thorough gentleman and one of the most handsome men ever, ” she remembers. Guru Dutt is another actor she was very fond of. “Dada was not just a creative genius, he was very humble as a person. Each time I walked on to the sets, he would get up from his director’s chair to welcome me, and I was not even the heroine. ”

The years have flown past and Minoo Mumtaz has accepted all that came her way with a rare grace. As she gets up to leave for the airport, she flashes a smile and says, “I thank Allah for bestowing me with so much. ”

 

‘We do not have any identity even after being cleared of all charges’


By Tariq Abdul Muhaimin, NEWZFIRST 4/6/13

Bangalore – Even after walking out free, three youths who were arrested last year on terror charges, remain deprived of identity since the intelligence agencies have failed to return their Identity cards and other belongings. “The world asks ID proofs for everything. We cannot even get a tatkal railway ticket,” the youths said, while speaking at the release of a report named ‘Permanent Suspects – Framing Muslim Youth in Karnataka’ by human rights groups here on Saturday.

Speaking about the six month ordeal that they had to undergo, three youths – who were arrested on 29 August last year in connection with the infamous Karnataka terror module, but were released last month after the NIA dropped all charges against two of them and failed to file any charges against the third one within the stipulated time limit – said “Even after being released, we cannot go back to our normal lives. We are facing many problems just because we do not have any identity today.”

“I wanted to shift+delete all the memories related to this six month experience. But since I have been given an opportunity to speak here, I would like to share the torture that my parents underwent after my arrest. The ground beneath their feet shifted; they ran everywhere asking ‘Where are our children? How are they?’, but nobody was there to answer them,” said Aejaz Ahmed Mirza, a researcher who worked at DRDO before he was arrested last year.

Aejaz is presently out on statutory bail since the NIA failed to file charges against him within the stipulated time limit.

“I lost my dream job and I do not have any identity. To travel to Bangalore, I needed an ID card for booking a train-ticket; but the police have not returned any of my belongings. What should I do?” Aejaz asked.

“Throughout the case, media and the investigating agencies behaved in a manner that portrays Muslims in a very stereotypical way. During interrogation, a policeman asked me ‘You work for a Pakistani newspaper no?’ The whole world knew that I work for a leading English daily in India. One officer told Aejaz ‘Only 2 or 3 Muslims have worked for DRDO till date… After this I am sure that they will not take any Muslim’,” Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui, who was cleared of all charges before being released last month, said.

“After witnessing all this, and the way in which media reported this case, I am no longer proud to be a journalist. Although I got very good media coverage after being released, the media is being hypocritical. They are asking the police to apologize, while they are not willing to do so,” Siddiqui added.

Adding to this, Yusuf Nalband, another accused who was released along with Siddiqui, said “The media showed our Kalima (Symbol of Muslim faith) ‘La ilaha illallah’, which was written on the front door of our house, as a symbol of terror and blood-shed.”

“I do not have a father, and my mother is aged. I cannot explain to you what my mother went through when she was put up with questions like ‘Is your son a terrorist?’; Policemen still come to my house and ask me to give all details like ‘where I go’, ‘what I do’, ‘who my friends are’ etc… All my documents are still with them. I do not have an identity now,” Nalband added.

Bangalore terror case as of now…

The charge-sheet filed by NIA in this case – RC 04/2012/NIA/HYD – lists the names of 25 accused, out of which 15 were arrested last year while 10 others remain absconding. In the charge-sheet, charges were filed against 12 persons – 11 out of the 15 arrested and 1 from the absconders list. While two of the accused – Muthi-ur-Rahman Siddiqui and Yusuf Nalband – were released, more time was sought by the investigation agency to probe the role of two more youths – Aejaz Ahmed Mirza and Syed Tanzeem.

However, since the stipulated time of filing a charge-sheet against an accused had passed in Aejaz Ahmed Mirza’s case, he was released on statutory bail about a week after Siddiqui’s release.

Activist seeks info on terror camps, MHA provides Shinde’s clarification #RTI


Neha Shukla, TNN | Apr 5, 2013,

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LUCKNOW: In what could be described as a double whammy for the
Congress, after Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde made a U-turn
on his comments on Hindu terrorism, the ministry of home affairs did
not provide information about terror camps being operated by the
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and Bharatiya Janata Party, when asked
under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The ministry, instead, provided the copy of Shinde’s clarification and
said the “home minister has issued a clarification on February 20,
clarifying the position.”

The political furore over Shinde’s comment on BJP and RSS conducting
terror camps, though died down after the minister tendered an apology,
caused embarrassment to the government. In an RTI response, the
ministry denied information. The questions could be irrelevant since
the minister has already apologised for his comment.

Shinde had said, during Congress’ Jaipur conclave, in January, “We
have got an investigation report that be it the RSS or BJP, their
training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism.” He later clarified that
he meant saffron and not Hindu terrorism. The comment was strong
enough to leave BJP livid, which demanded that the minister either
apologise or be sacked. Shinde later backpedalled and retracted his
statement by issuing a clarification and also regretting his
statement.

In January, activist Urvashi Sharma had sought certified copies of all
records available with the government based on which the home minister
had accused RSS and BJP of conducting terror training camps and
promoting “Hindu terrorism”, from the PMO. The response which came
more than two months after the application was made, said the
government has no records available on any of the information sought.

The query had also sought certified copies of information on location
within India and/or abroad of RSS and BJP terror training camps;
certified copies of records available with the government on action
taken against BJP and RSS to ban them for running terror training
camps; certified copies of prevailing national/international
rules/regulations/treaties/Government Orders as per which “terrorism”
has been divided on the basis of religion/caste/creed/sect etc.;
certified copies of list and all records available with the government
on cases of infiltration and/or insurgency and case wise actions taken
by government.

 

#India – Get #Aadhaar #UID to obtain PAN card now- seriously #WTFnews


PTI | Apr 7, 2013, 12.31 PM IST

Get Aadhaar to obtain PAN card now
The ministry, through the Income Tax department, has already incorporated more than 1.75 lakh Aadhaar numbers in its database since it notified a new form 49A for getting PAN last year.

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NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification (UID)Aadhaar number will soon be a “valid” proof of identity and address to obtain a PAN card.A proposal for inclusion of Aadhaar in the existing list of valid proof of identification and proof of address for allotment of PAN was sent to the finance ministry by the Unique Identification Authority of India sometime back.

The ministry has decided to notify rules in this regard. It is aimed at curbing the menace of fake or duplicate PAN cards which are allotted by I-T department to taxpayers.

“Once Aadhaar is accepted as a valid proof for obtaining PAN, the I-T department would be able to weed out the menace of fake, forging or duplication of PAN cards.

“The amalgamation of the databases is in full swing and the ministry would soon notify the rules in this regard,” a senior finance ministry official said.

The ministry, through the Income Tax department, has already incorporated more than 1.75 lakh Aadhaar numbers in its database since it notified a new form 49A for getting PAN last year.

It has been working for nearly three years on the plan of creating a biometric database of taxpayers which it will now achieve by incorporating the Aadhaar data which has been taken on similar lines.

Till now, a variety of documents, like voter ID card, passport, driving licence and documents of owning or renting a property were used as a proof to obtain the Permanent Account Number (PAN).

The ministry had last year brought out a new PAN application form– 49A for use of Indian citizens, companies and entities incorporated in the country which allows a applicant to mention his or her Aadhaar number.

The finance ministry, which had first mooted the proposal of generating and issuing biometric PAN in 2006, had kept the decision pending for sometime as it was felt that both the agencies (UIDAI and I-T) would be “duplicating the effort” to reach a common goal — biometrics-based identity.

In 2006, the ministry had proposed that the biometric PAN cards would have the I-T assesses’ fingerprints (two from each hand) and the face. This will now be achieved by collating the Aadhaar database with that of the PAN.

According to latest data (till December last), more than 16.49 crore PAN cards have been issued in the country.

The I-T department, in a number of cases, has unearthed a number of individuals possessing multiple PAN cards or forging the details to evade taxes and create ‘benami’ properties

 

#Meghalaya Gangrape – A cry in the dark #Vaw


Esha Roy : Sun Apr 07 2013,  IE
The Sunday StoryThe victim’s closest friend Rabolin, who was with her when she was attacked
She was gangraped by 16 boys, nine of them juveniles. She was beaten, cut up and her genitals mutilated. She made it to hospital, but was sent home with first-aid. When she survived to fight, she ran into an indifferent administration and influential accused. Schools denied her admission, and others mocked and threatened her.Chances are you haven’t heard this 16-year-old’s story. Three days after the brutal attack on her, the Delhi bus gangrape would happen, and a grieving nation’s conscience would not find time or space for this distant town in remote Meghalaya.***

It was a dark, moonless night on December 13, 2012, in Williamnagar in East Garo Hills district. Most of the houses in the town were empty as people had gathered for the annual winter ‘Simsang’ festival. Like every year, the star attraction was a fashion show-cum-beauty pageant. That evening, among the jostling audience of youngsters were three teenage girls. They were excited, having convinced family members to let them go without male relatives.

Rabolin K Sangma, 16, says it was she who had convinced the other two, her closest friends, to come along. “We weren’t really interested in the festival. But I had to see the fashion show,” she says.

They left at 8.30 pm, before the show had ended. Fog had crept in by then and turned the trees on the isolated stretch they took past the Sacred Heart Church to soft shadows.

They had walked just a short while when they saw a group of boys coming towards them. “They were behaving strangely. I thought, this is not okay… but I didn’t say anything,” says Rabolin. Seconds later, the boys charged at them. “We started running and turned into a narrow lane. We cried for help,” Rabolin says.

One of her friends, also her cousin and neighbour, fell down and got left behind. “She got up but the boys had by then started pelting stones. One hit her and she fell down again. When they got her, they stopped chasing us. We hid inside a garage for hours. We heard her screaming but we were too scared to go back.”

***

Sixteen boys are believed to have proceeded to rape the victim, nine of whom were minors. The victim can’t say as she blacked out. The oldest of the rape accused is 19 years old, the youngest 12. Six are 18.

Defence counsel M L Thangal admits some of them participated directly in the assault, but adds others “just hung around to watch it”. “According to the FIR and the statement of the victim, the leader was 19-year-old Laston Marak, who told the others what to do. Laston was the victim’s brother’s friend but apparently did not recognise her. She was pinned to the ground, kicked and hit. They tore off her T-shirt and started knifing her through her jeans, only later taking it off. The victim remembers the first three boys who raped her, after which she lost consciousness,” says Thangal.

When she stopped responding, the boys stuck a knife into her vagina repeatedly to get her to react.

The victim regained consciousness at some point and realised she was lying naked. Laston allegedly started to rape her again, at which point she called out his name and asked him why he was doing it. “When she said his name, he asked, ‘Who are you?’. She told him and he realised he knew her brother. By then, there was just Laston and another boy there. They helped her put on her jeans and gave her a T-shirt and they dropped her back home,” says Thangal.

Meanwhile, as an eerie quiet fell again over the lane, the victim’s friends came out of hiding and stopped a biker for help. “He took us to the spot but by then she had disappeared and so had the boys. He then dropped us home,” says Rabolin.

***

All 16 accused have since been arrested and booked for rape, “common intention” and criminal conspiracy. On April 3, the trial commenced in a fast-track court with the examination of five witnesses. Interestingly, the police are not showing the FIR to anyone, including the victim’s family.

What has since emerged about the accused’s alleged behaviour has only added to the shock. According to the police, like the girls, the accused were present at Simsang. At the festival, they attacked a schoolteacher (no one knows why) and were carrying him to throw him into the nearby Simsang river when they spotted the victim and her friends. As they got distracted, the teacher fled. He was present at the hospital when the victim’s family brought her there later that night. He told the family about the attackers. The teacher has since disappeared.

The hospital medical report lists injuries on her neck, face and back as well as cigarette burns on her right hand. Her vagina had been mutilated. However, the attending doctor, says the family, just gave the victim an i-pill, eight stitches, some first-aid, a few painkillers, and sent her home.

The next day, a women’s rights activist, Jaynie N Sangma, took the victim back to the hospital. She would remain there for two weeks.

“She hadn’t been eating or drinking and couldn’t pass urine. I asked the doctor why she hadn’t been admitted and she said she had administered first aid. Initially, even the administration took the incident lightly and only after we held protests did they take up the case,” says Jaynie.

When the victim’s mother, who stays in Rongongre village, heard what had happened, she fainted. “I couldn’t recognise my own daughter. Her body was swollen. I asked what had happened to her. She started crying.”

“I expect to get 100 per cent conviction,” says public prosecutor P L Sebastian.

***

The victim has since moved out of Williamnagar. She had left her parents’ home in Rongongre, on the other side of the Simsang river, to attend school in the town, staying with her married older sister and her in-laws. A Class IX student, she had failed her final examinations and was looking to switch schools.

Rabolin prefers that her friend keep away. “One day in February, the two of us had gone to the market and the family of one of the accused started abusing her. Another day, the sister of another of the accused took her photo,” says Rabolin.

“When I realised the danger to her and us, I asked Jaynie to take her to Tura. One of the accused’s father is a surrendered militant and had threatened to take up arms again,” says the victim’s mother.

Jaynie took the girl to her home in Tura. “After several weeks, child protection officers came and took her away,” she says.

***

On March 25, the State Women’s Commission took up the case and took the girl into “protective custody”. Member Gamchi Tamre insists the commission acted for “the girl’s own protection” and to ensure her identity wasn’t exposed. “I couldn’t go the day of the incident, but I went as soon as possible,” Tamre says.

However, even the victim’s mother found it difficult to meet her in the commission’s custody. “I went to the shelter but after I had waited four hours, they told me I couldn’t meet her… I was never allowed to meet her alone,” she says.

The mother also claims that Tamre warned her that should she take the girl out of their custody, the government would not support the family. “I am a vegetable vendor and my husband doesn’t work. What option did we have?” she says.

Women’s groups say the reason for the commission’s actions was that one of the accused—a juvenile—is the nephew of Williamnagar MLA and Cabinet Minister for Social Welfare and Justice in the Meghalaya government Deborah Marak.

Asked who the Women’s Commission reports to, Tamre says, “We are a branch of the National Commission for Women… but we report to the social welfare department.”

***

On March 28, after much pressure, the victim was brought to Tura and allowed a five-minute interaction with a woman activist from Shillong, Agnes Kharsiing, and this journalist. “You can see she’s doing fine,” Women’s Commission member Angela Ingty said, ruling out any questions for the victim. “What is the need for talking?”

The victim was accompanied by three women protection officers. Her head covered with a dupatta, she sat huddled in a chair in a guesthouse in Tura, eyes downcast.

Looking small and frail, she said she was okay. “I like going to school. My favourite subject used to be science and I wanted to grow up to be a doctor,” she added nervously. She only looked up once and broke into a smile when she was told that Kharsiing had come from Shillong to meet her.

However, at least three schools in Tura refused to take her. “The headmaster of the Garo Union School said since she was an undertrial, they could not accept her. How can she be an undertrial when she is the victim?” says Jaynie. The headmaster, Stanley Momen, told The Sunday Express admissions in the school had finished by the time they were approached. “Why is everyone targeting me?” he said. “We are a semi-government school. There are government schools which these people should approach—this is a government matter. There is no question of admission in my school.”

***

After a PIL was filed alleging sloppy handling of the case, the girl was taken out of the protection of the Women’s Commission and handed over to the care of East Garo Hills District Commissioner V K Mantri on March 31. Mantri organised for the victim to attend school in Williamnagar.

The victim’s parents, however, felt she wouldn’t be safe in the town. They handed her over to a women’s group. On April 5, the girl finally got school admission with the help of the Garo Students’ Union. For her safety, it is not being revealed where.

***

At Williamnagar, the lane where the rape occurred remains isolated. Moss-covered walls block it from view of both the huts on the left and the government colony on the right.

At her sister’s home, the mother remembers the things her 16-year-old liked. “She is a good girl. She loved cooking, especially dried fish. In the evenings, she would watch Hindi serials on television. She wouldn’t understand the language but she loved them. She also liked dressing up and would save up to buy new clothes.”

Now, she adds, “I want her to study hard, get a job, become independent. There is no other future for her.”

She demands that the culprits be jailed for life and that Laston be hanged. “I have watched him and another accused grow up. They were my younger son’s friends. My eldest son warned me about them. They were the town goondas… I can’t believe that this is the guy who used to accompany my son on his fishing trips.”

Life has changed for Rabolin too. “I have gone out only a couple of times (since the incident), but I never leave home after sundown,” she says.

Talking about her friend, Rabolin says: “She never talked about it… withdrew into herself. Only once she told me, ‘I should have died on that very spot. I should have died right then and there’.”

At her sister’s home, one part of the victim’s past has already been erased. The bedroom that she used has been converted into a kitchen. Two tables with gleaming steel pitchers and a stove stand where her bed once was.

THE ACCUSED

* The oldest, 19-year-old Laston Marak, is alleged to have been the ringleader, instigating the boys to commit the crime.

* He and co-accused Patrick Sangma, 18, were her brother’s friends.

* Five other accused are 18, including Platon Marak, Chengchow Sangma, Rikrak Sangma, Kisen Marak and Chingkam Marak.

* Of the nine juvenile accused, the youngest is 12.

* The gang was known to get into streetfights and rob truck drivers and shopkeepers.

In 2012,

Meghalaya saw 158 rapes

6 were gangrapes

 

#India- Prime Minister approves expansion of Direct Benefits Transfers (DBT)


April 5, 2013
New Delhi, PIB

78 more districts, 3 more Pension Schemes under DBT 

DBT will now cover 1/5th of the country  

The Prime Minister held a meeting of the National Committee on DBT to review the rollout of the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) system so far. The meeting was attended by all concerned Ministers including the Finance Minister, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and Chairman, UIDAI. Secretaries of all Departments were also present.

Major decisions taken:
After reviewing the progress in rollout of DBT in Phase – I, many important decisions were taken to expand the coverage of areas under DBT in Phase II of the rollout. These are:

  1. 1.      DBT will now be expanded to NPR states where biometrics are being collected under the National Population Register. These include Odisha, West Bengal, UP, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Chhattisgarh.   The collection biometrics in selected districts here will be accelerated to have a coverage of 70-80% by June 2013 and DBT will be rolled out from 1.7.2013. 
  2. 2.      Additional districts: The next phase of the rollout will begin from 1 July 2013. A total of 78 districtshave been identified for this phase based on the lists given by UIDAI and Registrar General of India. The list is annexed.
  3. a.      States Not covered in Phase I which are now covered:
                                                             i.      UP – 6 districts
                                                             ii.     Bihar – 3 districts
                                                             iii.    West Bengal – 2 districts
                                                             iv.    Odisha – 4 districts
                                                             v.     Gujarat – 4 districts
                                                             vi.    Himachal Pradesh – 6 districts
                                                             vii.   Tamil Nadu – 3 districts
  4. b.      States covered in Phase I with more districts now – Kerala, Punjab, Delhi, MP, Rajasthan, AP, Maharashtra, Jharkhand. 
  5. 3.      Additional schemes: DBT now covers 26 schemes. The three Pension Schemes managed by MoRD (old age, disability and widows) will now be covered under DBT in all the covered districts. DBT for pension schemes would be introduced from 1.7.2013 along with the rollout of Phase-II. 
  6. 4.      Expanding to Post OfficesDBT will be expanded to include Post Offices and schemes run through Post Office accounts from 1 October 2013. By this time, the Post Offices will have the core banking system in 51 districts. They will accelerate CBS in other districts as well. 
  7. 5.      LPG Subsidy through DBTMoPNG is working on rolling out DBT of LPG subsidy in a phased manner.There will be a phased rollout beginning with one district and expanding to 20 districts by 15 May 2013. Rollout will cover more districts as Aadhaar enrolment expands. The total number of LPG consumers in the country is 14 crores and as the scheme rolls out, the subsidy amount will be transferred to consumers directly into their bank accounts. With the subsidy going directly, there will be only one price at which cylinders will be sold at a dealer’s shop. This will eliminate all ghost connections and diversion of cylinders. 
  8. 6.      Nationwide Database digitisation: Departments will start the process of digitisation in all districts, irrespective of the rollout of DBT as this is a critical activity which need not wait and can be done in parallel.  
  9. 7.      Mission Directorate: A full fledged DBT Mission Directorate consisting of  a Mission Director assisted by other officers is being created to have an institutionalized administrative arrangement to enable smooth rollout, early identification of bottlenecks, resolution of bottlenecks and handholding of Ministries/ departments wherever necessary. To facilitate a nationwide rollout of DBT, the Prime Minister has approved the creation of a post of Mission Director for DBT.

Prime Minister’s Closing Remarks 

In his closing remarks, the PM said that the meeting was productive and everyone’s views were heard. This program will transform the way in which government benefits are delivered to our people. He said that we have come some distance since DBT was rolled out in January. In these 3 months, we have learnt a lot about the challenges in implementing a program of this sort. It has not been as easy as departments envisaged. We have run into many operational issues which were resolved along the way. I am heartened by the progress and am hopeful about the future. But the journey has just begun and we have a long distance to go. This is not the time to rest. 

He said that DBT is not conceptually difficult. It consists of just a few simple steps. In the field, it is all about digitising data, enrolling in Aadhaar, opening bank accounts and seeding these accounts. More importantly, he said that DBT requires process re-engineering at the government level. He emphasised the need to change the way we transact business, the way we release funds, the way we track funds and the information we have on beneficiaries. All these are important in themselves. He urged everyone to apply themselves to this exercise as that is one of the biggest benefits that will come out of DBT. 

He mentioned that the exercise of DBT has revealed the poor nature of tracking and monitoring systems we have in departments. If we need to ensure that the money we spend delivers outcomes, it is necessary that we have a robust monitoring system in place. That is what DBT does, in addition to making the process simpler for beneficiaries and rooting out fraud, corruption and wastage. 

He concluded by saying that as DBT expands, DBT will become more visible with a larger footprint, both in terms of area and in terms of number of people covered. This is a program on which the implementation capacity of the government will be tested. We will soon be covering over 120 districts and even more in a few more months. We cannot afford to fail. We need to show that we can deliver results and benefits. He asked all Ministries and Departments to apply themselves with dedication to this major initiative and the challenging task in rolling out the DBT program.

 

Districts in phase I and phase II

S.No. Name of State/UT 43 districts included in first phase To be included in II phase Recommended by
1 Karnataka 1 Tumkur      
    2 Mysore      
    3 Dharwad      
2 Kerala 4 Pathanamthitta 1 Palakkad RGI&UIDAI
    5 Wayanad 2 Kottayam RGI&UIDAI
        3 Ernakulam UIDAI
        4 Alappuzha UIDAI
        5 Idukki RGI&UIDAI
        6 Thiruvananthapuram UIDAI
        7 Kozhikode UIDAI
        8 Thrissur UIDAI
        9 Kannur RGI
3 Puducherry 6 Puducherry 10 Yanam RGI
4 Chandigarh 7 Chandigarh      
5 Harayana 8 Ambala      
    9 Soniput      
6 Punjab 10 SBSNagar/Nawanshahar 11 Jalandhar UIDAI
    11 Fatehgarh Sahib 12 Barnala UIDAI
    12 Gurdaspur     UIDAI
7 Delhi 13 North East Delhi 13 Central Delhi UIDAI
    14 North West Delhi 14 East Delhi UIDAI
        15 North Delhi UIDAI
        16 South West Delhi UIDAI
        17 West Delhi UIDAI
        18 South Delhi UIDAI
8 Madhya Pradesh 15 Hoshangabad 19 Burhanpur UIDAI
    16 East Nimar (Khandwa) 20 Bhopal UIDAI
    17 Harda 21 Jabalpur UIDAI
9 Rajasthan 18 Ajmer 22 Jhunjhunu UIDAI
    19 Udaipur 23 Pali UIDAI
    20 Alwar 24 Kota UIDAI
10 Sikkim 21 West 25 South UIDAI
    22 East 26 North UIDAI
11 Tripura 23 Khowai      
    24 Dhalai      
    25 North      
    26 West      
12 Andhra Pradesh 27 Hyderabad 27 Srikakulam RGI&UIDAI
    28 Anantpur 28 Krishna UIDAI
    29 Chittoor 29 Guntur UIDAI
    30 East Godavari 30 Adilabad UIDAI
    31 Ranga Reddy 31 Cuddapah (YSR Kadapa) UIDAI
        32 Vizianagram RGI
        33 Kurnool RGI
        34 Nalgonda RGI
13 Daman & Diu 32 Diu      
    33 Daman      
14 Goa 34 North Goa 35 South Goa UIDAI
15 Maharashtra 35 Wardha 36 Aurangabad (MH) UIDAI
    36 Mumbai + Suburban 37 Gondiya UIDAI
    37 Amravati 38 Jalgaon UIDAI
    38 Pune 39 Jalna UIDAI
    39 Namdurbar 40 Latur UIDAI
        41 Ratnagiri UIDAI
16 Jharkhand 40 Saraikela-Kharsawan 42 Khunti UIDAI
    41 Ranchi 43 Lohardaga UIDAI
    42 Ramgarh 44 Bokaro UIDAI
    43 Hazaribag     UIDAI
17 Himachal Pradesh     45 Hamirpur UIDAI
        46 Una UIDAI
        47 Bilaspur UIDAI
        48 Mandi UIDAI
        49 Kullu UIDAI
        50 Solan UIDAI
18 Gujarat     51 Mehsana UIDAI
        52 Valsad UIDAI
        53 Bhavnagar UIDAI
        54 Anand UIDAI
19 Tamil Nadu     55 Ariyalur RGI
        56 Pudukottai RGI
        57 Tirucherrapalli RGI
20 West Bengal     58 Coochbehar RGI
        59 Howrah RGI
21 Odisha     60 Bolangir RGI
        61 Puri RGI
        62 Cuttack RGI
        63 Sonapur RGI
22 Lakshadweep     64 Lakshadweep RGI
23 Uttar Pradesh     65 Etawah RGI
        66 Chitrakoot RGI
        67 Sant Kabir Nagar RGI
        68 Shrawasti RGI
        69 Rae Bareilly RGI
        70 Amethi RGI
24 Uttarakhand     71 Bageshwar RGI
        72 Champawat RGI
        73 Tehri Garhwal RGI
25 Chhattisgarh     74 Dhamtari RGI
        75 Koriya RGI
26 Bihar     76 Arwal RGI
        77 Sheohar RGI
        78 Sheikhpura RGI

 

#Mumbai – Illegal permission granted to a jain community to generate #aadhaar cards. #UID


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RTI-INDIA TEAM,
Recently, on 6th of March’13, we came to know that the Shri xxxxxxx (ParelMumbai) had organized an unauthorized / illegal Aadhaar enrollment center in Parel .Since they claimed to our local residents that they had taken a special permission from the concerned departments, for this enrollment for their Jain community only, which was opened up to 2230 hrs, so some local residents got suspicious about their moves, after proper investigation we found out that they were charging Rs.200/- per head for the same, when approached and demanded the permission letter, they were not in a position to produce, so we had to inform the police authorities, who arrived and seized their gadgets/ deleted all the data and registered a complaint against them.
The UIDAI had launched this Aadhaar program to provide a unique ID number to all citizen of India, where this enrollment is free of cost, this is totally against the law under the Planning Commission, Govt. of India.
Sirs, if such unauthorized organization are given powers as the Planning Commission Dept or their nominated agencies,surely there will be duplications and fake identities.
Appreciate, if our crusaders can guide me to get this incident noticed to proper departments through your valuable support.
Await for your favorable response to ahead with this matter.
Pleased to hear.
Rgds / Arnold Lobo
Member of RTI – INDIA

source- http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/110810-illegal-permission-granted-jain-community-parel-mumbai-generate-aadhaar-cards.html

 

 

 

Inferior parts being used in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Top scientist


English: Construction site of the Koodankulam ...

TNN | Apr 7, 2013, 05.32 AM IST

 

 

CHENNAI: The Centre, speeding up the process to commission the first unit of theKudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, received a jolt from one of the country’s noted nuclear scientist and former chairman of AtomicEnergy Regulatory Board (AERB) A Gopalakrishnan, who raised doubts about the quality of equipment in the plant. “Sub-standard materials have come to the Kudankulam plant and they are causing problems,” he alleged.

Gopalakrishnan was speaking at the nationalconvention on “Approach to the power question in the country,” organised by the People’s Committee for Safe Energy, and Breakthrough Science Society. “Dangerous things have been doneundercover,” he said. “AERB officials are not responding to any queries. There are reports from Russia about the supply of substandard atomic energy equipment. This has to be investigated before they go ahead with the commissioning. Since faults may not be known for a few years, safety concerns of the people have to be cleared,” he said, while seeking an independent Indian investigation team to study the plant. “Chinese have now started examining the components from Russia,” he said.

The senior scientist, who endorsed indigenous development of atomic energy, complained the reactors under operation with foreign support were in a very bad state. The nuclear reactors in Tarapur built by America’s General Electric in 1965, suffered serious technical problems even when they were constructed. The spare parts could not be sourced from GE even in 1995 as they were no longer making it. “Even the GE’s assessment was that the plants were too old, dangerous and should be shut down, but the department of Atomic Energy continue running the plants till date,” said Gopalakrishnan. He questioned India’s commitment to French reactors for Jaitapur even while a single plant of that kind had not been built anywhere in the world.

Terming the Centre’s nuclear policy as dictated by foreign countries, Gopalakrishnan said, “Nuclear policy followed in this country today is moving on a reckless path and it could one day land us in trouble.”

 

 

 

#Aadhaar slips up, letters come with dog, tree photos #UID #WTFnews


 

In perhaps one of the strangest government goof-ups India has seen till date, thousands of people across the country have received Aadhaar letters with photographs of trees, animals or buildings in place of their own. Fifty-two-year-old south Delhi resident Ashish Kumar Mathur, for instance, was thrilled when he got his letter earlier than expected. But his joy was short-lived as he opened the envelope and saw that the letter carried the photo of a tree against his name. 

The Aadhaar letter provides a person with a unique identification number that becomes a valid proof of identity to avail of several services such as getting a passport or opening a bank account. But the document has no value if the photo is of a person different from the one whose name and address it mentions — and even less so, one could say, if the photo is of an inanimate thing.

Having said that, the case of the daughter of Andhra Pradesh resident MS Reddy is no better for having the photo of a dog on her Aadhaar letter. “It is a disgrace,” Reddy wrote angrily on his blog, raising questions about the entire Aadhaar project.

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said in response to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by this reporter that 3,858 Aadhaar letters with photographs of non-humans have been detected so far.https://i0.wp.com/www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/4/07-04-13-pg-01h.jpg

In addition, 14,817 cases of Aadhaar letters bearing photos of wrong people have been detected. “I am 71 and my Aadhaar letter has the photo of a person in his early twenties,” said Punjab resident Om Prakash Syngal.

In its reply, the UIDAI attributed the goof-up to an error in the printing software, which, the authority claimed, accidentally picked random pictures from the computer being used. “The application used an incorrect algorithm to choose the photo,” it said, adding that a process to identify such cases was initiated once the reason for the glitch was identified.

 

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