Daily Archive: October 26, 2018

Statement by AAP leader in the Rajya Sabha Mr Sanjay Singh on the CBI issue.

Today’s order by the hon’ble Supreme Court of India is a clear indication that the top court of the country has halted the Modi government’s illegal attempts to make a mockery of the rules, law and Constitution of the country.

The hon’ble Supreme Court by making the CVC inquiry time bound and putting it under the supervision of a retired judge of the Supreme Court has exposed the Modi government attempts to use the so-called CVC probe against the CBI director Mr Alok Verma as an excuse to keep him out of office for his remaining tenure.

Irrespective of the unsuccessful spin by the Modi government spin doctors the important facts and consequences of today’s orders of the hon’ble Supreme Court are as follows :

· Modi government design of implicating the CBI director Mr Alok Verma in the CVC inquiry has failed since the inquiry will now be supervised by a retired Supreme Court judge, therefore the truth behind Modi government’s attempt to show that the CVC is probing major corruption allegations against Mr Verma which warrant his stepping aside from the post will come out soon.

· Modi government’s attempts to impose a junior officer with a dubious track record, himself facing corruption allegations as an interim director has been curtailed with the hon’ble Supreme Court seeking all his decisions in a sealed cover and directing him not to take any major decision.

· Modi government’s favourite choice for CBI chief’s post, Mr Rakesh Asthana’s petition was not even heard by the Supreme Court, which means his story has no credibility. Modi government stands exposed since its entire effort was save R & R – Rakesh and Rafale. It’s game of protecting R&R has fallen flat.

Modi government’s spin doctors are not answering a basic question that what prompted their action of a midnight coup in CBI ? Which files was the Modi government afraid of ? When the law is absolutely clear that only a collegium comprising the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and leader of the largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha has the power to recommend for appointment the name of CBI director and his removal, then under which law and authority did the Modi government remove Mr Verma in the garb of sending him on leave ?

The answer to above questions is clear : Modi government is desperately trying to suppress the mega Rafale scam.

The ministers of Modi government know the truth about Rafale scam and their denials notwithstanding – the facts speak for themselves :

· On 6th march 2018, three AAP Rajya Sabha MPs – ND Gupta, Sushil Gupta and myself (Sanjay Singh) – we handed over a complaint about the scam in Rafale fighter aircraft deal to the CVC

· On 12th March : We handed over the same complaint to the CBI

· On 16th May : CVC replied to my letter stating that my complaint has been received and referred to the Ministry of Defence – which means my complaint has been accepted for a probe.

It is a fact that CVC gets any corruption complaint probed by the CBI, therefore how are the ministers in the Modi government saying there was no complaint about Rafale and the opposition parties are misleading ? What is the basis of their statement ?

Not only this, there have been numerous reports in the media that the Central government was very unhappy with the CBI director since he met former union ministers Mr Yashwant Sinha and Mr Arun Shourie along with noted lawyer Mr Prashant Bhushan, when they went to the CBI headquarters to file a written complaint on the Rafale scam.

Why is the Modi government so scared with the word Rafale ? It is because this government knows there is no defence of how a 12 day-old company of Anil Ambani was drafted in as an offset partner for Dassault and India was taken for a ride with a Rs 570 crore fighter jet having been sold to India at thrice the cost at Rs 1670 crore.

AAP will expose the Modi government strongly on this issue and will place all these facts before the public.

Bhima Koregaon Case: Pune Sessions Court has also rejected an application of Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves seeking extension of house arrest for 7 days.

Bhima Koregaon Case: Pune Sessions Court has also rejected an application of Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves seeking extension of house arrest for 7 days.

PM addresses Krishi Kumbh in Lucknow, via video conference

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Krishi Kumbh in Lucknow, via video conference.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that this gathering of farmers would pave the way for new technology to be imbibed and better opportunities to be created in the agriculture sector.

The Prime Minister appreciated the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, for its efforts in augmenting substantially, the procurement of foodgrains. He asserted that the farmers are the ones, who take the country forward. He reiterated the Union Government’s commitment to double the income of farmers by 2022. In this context, he mentioned the series of steps that the Government is pursuing to reduce input costs and raise profits. He mentioned that a large number of solar pumps will be installed in farms across the country in the near future. He said the Government is working to deliver the benefits of science to agriculture. He said the Rice Research Centre being set up in Varanasi, is a step in this direction.

The Prime Minister also spoke of the importance of value addition in farming. He mentioned the steps being taken in the Food Processing Sector. He said that after the Green Revolution, the emphasis now is on milk production, honey production, and also on poultry and fisheries.

The Prime Minister called for discussions on matters such as judicious use of water resources, better technology for storage, and use of latest technology in farming, during this Krishi Kumbh. He emphasized the need to evolve new technologies and ways that will help eliminate the need for farmers to burn crop stubble (Parali).

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Water Storage Level of 91 Major Reservoirs of the Country goes down by one percent

The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on  October 25, 2018 was 112.67 BCM which is 70% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 71% for the week ending on October 18, 2018. The level of water storage in the week ending on October 25, 2018 was 101% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 100% of storage of average of last ten years.

The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM which is about 63% of the total storage capacity of 257.812 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with installed capacity of more than 60 MW.

REGION WISE STORAGE STATUS:-

NORTHERN REGION

The northern region includes States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan. There are six reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.01 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 15.96 BCM which is 89% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 76% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 77% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the corresponding period of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

EASTERN REGION

The Eastern region includes States of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Tripura. There are 15 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 18.83 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 14.02 BCM which is 74% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 80% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 75% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the corresponding period of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

WESTERN REGION

The Western region includes States of Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are 27 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 31.26 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 17.21 BCM which is 55% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 71% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 67% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is less than the storage of last year and is also less than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

CENTRAL REGION

The Central region includes States of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. There are 12 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 42.30 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 31.50 BCM which is 74% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 63% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 71% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is better than the storage of last year and is also better than the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

SOUTHERN REGION

The Southern region includes States of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There are 31 reservoirs under CWC monitoring having total live storage capacity of 51.59 BCM. The total live storage available in these reservoirs is 33.98 BCM which is 66% of total live storage capacity of these reservoirs. The storage during corresponding period of last year was 66% and average storage of last ten years during corresponding period was 66% of live storage capacity of these reservoirs. Thus, storage during current year is equal to the corresponding period of last year and is also equal to the average storage of last ten years during the corresponding period.

States having better storage than last year for corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. States having equal storage than last year for corresponding period is Odisha. States having lesser storage than last year for corresponding period are Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura, Gujarat, Maharashtra, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states), Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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Vigilance Awareness Week 2018 to be observed from 29th Oct-3rd Nov

Theme for this year is ‘Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India’

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) observes the Vigilance Awareness Week every year during the week in which the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (31st October) falls.

This week, through its various outreach activities, it seeks to motivate stakeholders to collectively participate in the fight against corruption and also aims at raising public awareness regarding the detrimental consequences of corruption.   This year, the Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from 29th October to 3rd November, 2018 on the theme “Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India (भ्रष्टाचार मिटाओ- नया भारत बनाओ)”.

The Commission has requested all Central Government Ministries/Organisations to conduct activities relevant to the theme both within their organization, and outreach activities for public/citizens inter alia detailed as follows :

  1. Activities to be conducted within the organization may include taking of the Integrity Pledge by all employees, distribution of pamphlets/handouts on preventive vigilance activities, whistle blower mechanism and other anti-corruption measures, conducting workshops and sensitization programmes for employees and other stake holders on policies/procedures of the organization and preventive vigilance measures. Other activities may include publication of  journals/newsletters on vigilance issues, systemic improvements and good practices adopted for wider dissemination and awareness, conducting various competitions such as debates, quiz etc. for the employees and their families on issues relating to anti-corruption and the use of organizational websites for dissemination of employees/customer oriented information.
  2. Outreach activities for public/citizens may include the display of hoardings, banners, posters and distribution of handouts etc. at prominent locations/places in offices/field units and also at places with public interface , organization of grievance redressal camps for citizens/customers by organizations having customer oriented services/activities and the taking of the online “Integrity Pledge” developed by the Commission.
  3. Laying stress for creation of awareness on the ill-effects of corruption amongst school and college students, special efforts may be being  made by each field unit/branch of every CPSE/ to reach out to students in schools and colleges. In this regard, various activities such as lectures, panel discussions, debates, quiz, essay writing, slogans/elocution/cartoon/poster competitions on moral values, ethics, good governance practices etc. are to be organized across the country. In 2017, such activities were organized in over 15,000 schools and over 3200 colleges with the participation of more than 14.70 lakh children across the country.

A new feature is the establishment of ‘Integrity Clubs’ in schools and colleges to cultivate ethical values in the leaders of tomorrow.

“Awareness Gram Sabhas” are also organized for dissemination of awareness in Gram Panchayats (in rural and semi-urban areas) to sensitize the rural citizens about the ill-effects of corruption. In 2017, 67,131 such Gram Sabhas were organized during the Vigilance Awareness Week.

Seminars, discussions and other outreach events are also organized involving the private sector, professional associations, trade unions and associations for wide participation of all sections of civil society.

Organizations also conduct activities with high visibility and public appeal such as walkathons, marathons, cycle rallies, human chains, street plays and other public functions in various cities and towns across the country.

Many organizations would be extensively using  social media platforms , bulk SMS/E-mail, Whatsapp, electronic and print media etc. for spreading awareness.

 

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Women take money to drop MeToo allegations: Congress MLA Govind

At a time when the MeToo movement is being hailed as a solid fight against harassment aimed at women, a Congress MLA has sparked controversy by saying that women accusers often drop their charges by taking money as compensation.

Govind Singh, veteran Congress leader in MP, invited ire when he made light of the ongoing MeToo movement and questioned the intention with which women are levelling charges against the accused.

“There are many instances of MeToo in our villages. The affected women often take money to drop the entire matter and many are misusing it to serve their personal interests,” he reportedly said.

The comments are likely to leave Congress red-faced especially since the party recently demanded the resignation of MJ Akbar as union minister following allegations of sexual harassment made against him. Party president Rahul Gandhi too has expressed solidarity with women who have recounted tales of horror. In fact, he has previously also said he firmly believes in equal rights and representation for women in all walks of life.

The MeToo movement, which began in the US, has helped many women recount instances when they were harassed – sexually or otherwise. (Agencies)