Daily Archive: August 9, 2018

Mainly clear skies in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 9  Mainly clear skies prevailed in the national capital with the maximum temperature settling at 36.5 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season’s average.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 27.6 degrees Celsius, a notch above the normal, a MeT Department official said.

The humidity oscillated between 94 and 59 per cent.

The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, received 0.6 mm of rainfall till 8.30 am.

The weather office has predicted light rains and thundershowers for tomorrow.

“The maximum and minimum temperatures are expected to hover at 37 and 28 degrees Celsius, respectively,” the weatherman said.

Yesterday, the maximum temperature was 33.5 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature settled at 26.5 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Source: PTI

Parliament passes bill to restore SC/ST Act

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Thursday unanimously passed the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, which seeks to overturn a Supreme Court order that struck down the provision for the immediate arrest of the accused booked under the Act.

Since the Lok Sabha has already passed the bill, it is set to become a law following the President’s assent.

Replying to the discussion on the bill, Social Justice Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said that the Narendra Modi government was committed to the welfare of the Dalits and the weaker sections and stressed that it had not brought the bill “under any pressure”.

The bill provides that an Investigating Officer will not require the approval of any authority for the arrest of the accused booked under the SC/ST Act. Further, it provides that a preliminary inquiry will not be required for the registration of an FIR against those accused under the Act.

On March 20, the Supreme Court ruled that to arrest persons accused of committing an offence under the said Act, approval of the concerned Senior Superintendent of Police will be required. Further, a Deputy Superintendent of Police may conduct a preliminary inquiry to find out whether prima facie a case is made out under the Act.

The bill says that persons accused of committing an offence under the proposed Act cannot apply for anticipatory bail. It seeks to clarify that this provision will apply despite any judgments or orders of a court that provide otherwise.

Gehlot said that the provision of special courts has also been included and 14 states have already established 195 special courts for this purpose.

Under the new law, the investigation has to be completed and charge sheet filed within 60 days.

प्रेस को असहिष्णुता की शिकार होने से बचान ा होगा। – नंदगोपाल वर्मा

भोपाल – नेशनल प्रेस क्लब ऑफ इंडिया के राष्ट्रीय महासचिव पत्रकार नंद गोपाल वर्मा ने कहा है।कि संविधान में पत्रकारिता की अधिकारिता सुनिश्चित नही होने के अभाव में प्रेस भी असहिष्णुता की शिकार होती जा रही है ।

श्री वर्मा भोपाल स्थित रविन्द्र भवन में नेशनल प्रेस क्लब ऑफ इंडिया की मध्य प्रदेश इकाई द्वारा आयोजित पत्रकार गोष्टी को संबोधित कर रहे थे। उन्होंने कहा कि आज भी देश के कुछ हिस्सों में स्वतंत्रता की अभिव्यक्ति पत्रकारिता का गला घोट जा रहा है।और वह असहिष्णुता की शिकार होती जा रही है । बीते दो तीन सालों में हुए पत्रकार उत्पीड़न और हत्याएं हमारे लोकतांत्रिक देश व समाज हित केलिए शुभ सूचक नहीं है। पत्रकारिता को असहिषुणता की शिकार होने से बचाने के लिए पत्रकारों को संगठित हो संघर्ष करना होगा।

नंदगोपाल वर्मा ने सरकार से सविंधान में पत्रकारिता की अधिकारिकता सुनिश्चित कर पत्रकार सुरक्षा कानून लागू की जाने की मांग की।

क्लब की मध्य प्रदेश इकाई के अध्यक्ष डॉ0अशोक कुमार सोनी ने कहा कि केंद्र व प्रदेश सरकारों को देश और समाज हित में लोकतांत्रिक मूल्यों की रक्षा करने के लिए पत्रकार सुरक्षा कानून लागू किया जाना चाहिए । गोष्ठी का संचालन केशव मालान व अध्यक्षता सुरेंद्र सिंह राजावत ने की। इस मौके पर जयवंत ठाकरे, मुकेश आदित्य, मोहम्मद हलीम शेख, नरेंद्र मिश्रा, सैय्यद यूसुफ हुसैन, ज्ञानू निगम, पूरन सिंह आदि पत्रकारों ने शिरकत की।

HRD Ministry issued guidelines for ensuring safety and security of school children

As per Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE), 2016-17 (Provisional), 0.67% schools are having building in dilapidated condition and 7.73% of classrooms in schools across the country require major repairs. State/UT-wise percentage of schools having building in dilapidated condition and percentage of classrooms requiring major repairs are at Annexure.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 provides norms and standards for a recognised school.  The Schedule to the RTE Act mentioning norms and standards for a school inter alia provide for an all-weather school building. The Schedule also provides for arrangements for securing the school building by boundary wall or fencing.  The Central RTE Rules 2010 states that the School Management Committee shall prepare a School Development Plan at least three months before the end of the financial year in which it is first constituted under the Act. The School Development Plan shall inter alia contain the physical requirement of additional infrastructure and equipments, calculated with reference to the norms and standards specified in the Schedule.  The RTE Rules also specify that the schools found to be conforming to the norms, standards and the conditions are to be granted recognition and withdrawal of recognition of the schools which do not conform to the norms, standards and conditions mentioned in the RTE Rules.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued guidelines on 9th October, 2014 to all State and UT Governments for ensuring safety and security of school children. Para 4.1.2 of the guidelines inter alia states that the school building should be physically sound, all-weather structures, resistant to earthquakes, fire, safe from floods and other calamities as the children are more vulnerable to be harmed and less likely to be able to react effectively in case calamity strikes. The guidelines also state that building should be kept free from inflammable and toxic materials. If storage of some inflammable material (e.g. fuel for cooking mid-day meal) is inevitable, they should be stored safely.  The school should have adequate emergency exits. There should be adequate supply of water and sand for fire-fighting purposes.  The guidelines also specify carrying out periodical building safety audit for each and every school, reducing structural vulnerability of existing school buildings, preparation of Disaster Preparedness and Response Plans, preparation of a standard Checklist to assess the existing structural risks in the school buildings and preparation of retrofitting guidelines to strengthen the schools found vulnerable. Further, this Ministry has again advised to all States and UTs on 11th September, 2017 to sensitise the entire administrative and monitoring machinery towards effective implementation of the guidelines on safety and security of school children; and institutionalizing and ensuring a safe, secure and vibrant environment in schools for children.

The Department of School Education and Literacy has formulated an Integrated Scheme for School Education – Samagra Shiksha, which subsumes the Centrally Sponsored Schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE). Samagra Shiksha effective from 1st April, 2018 supports States and UTs for strengthening of existing government schools, and for creation and augmentation of infrastructure facilities in schools.

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued school safety policy guidelines which were circulated to all States and UTs on 1st September, 2017 for compliance. The guidelines provide for conducting quarterly safety audits by the School Management Committee (SMC) in schools including fire safety and food safety. The guidelines are in public domain and hosted on www.mhrd.gov.in.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has also suggested authorities at different levels such as SMC, School Principal, School Management, Education Department and Boards, to conduct safety audits in schools. NCPCR has developed a Manual on safety and security of children in school setting.

As per CBSE Affiliation Bye-laws, before grant of Affiliation, a school is required to submit a certificate from the competent authority to the effect that the school building is safe.

Statement showing State/UT-wise percentage of schools having building in dilapidated condition and percentage of classrooms requiring major repairs

S. No. State/UT Percentage of schools with Building in Dilapidated Condition Percentage of classrooms requiring major repairs
1 Andaman & Nicobar Islands 0.24 10.29
2 Andhra Pradesh 0.24 6.86
3 Arunachal Pradesh 0.39 14.37
4 Assam 4.13 30.32
5 Bihar 0.6 10.47
6 Chandigarh 0 0.74
7 Chhattisgarh 1.71 9.80
8 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 0 1.03
9 Daman & Diu 0 2.21
10 Delhi 0 3.73
11 Goa 0 3.15
12 Gujarat 0.18 7.41
13 Haryana 0.33 4.49
14 Himachal Pradesh 0.12 8.52
15 Jammu and Kashmir 0.12 6.99
16 Jharkhand 0.57 6.13
17 Karnataka 0.18 9.03
18 Kerala 0.3 4.20
19 Lakshadweep 0 3.60
20 Madhya Pradesh 0.88 5.83
21 Maharashtra 1.06 5.43
22 Manipur 0.32 17.74
23 Meghalaya 1.89 18.57
24 Mizoram 3.93 17.82
25 Nagaland 2.54 8.30
26 Odisha 0.18 15.19
27 Puducherry 0 1.22
28 Punjab 0.12 2.99
29 Rajasthan 0.11 5.41
30 Sikkim 0.15 12.02
31 Tamil Nadu 0.48 4.25
32 Telangana 0.17 6.44
33 Tripura 0.27 15.85
34 Uttar Pradesh 0.16 3.94
35 Uttarakhand 3.46 12.72
36 West Bengal 0.09 15.31
  All India 0.67 7.73

Source: Data from NIEPA based on UDISE, 2016-17(Provisional)

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh today in a written reply to a Rajya Sabha question.