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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Afghanistan after death of Abdul Razik; a review

By on Sunday, November 11, 2018

The increasing influence of Taliban over the territory and battling its continued attacks in the region, the Afghan government is facing consecutive setback.
As there was a meeting going on in Southern province, Kandhar, of this country, on October 18 last month; a terrorist, disguised as security man, reached there and gunned down Abdul Razik, police chief and Abdul Momin, intelligence chief. Taliban took the responsibility.
The importance of Abdul Rajik can be understood that the election of Kandhar province was postponed after this killing. Many renowned personalities including PM Narendra Modi expressed their grief for this incident.
It is said after the killing of Abdul Razik that the incident has paved the way of Taliban to siege the Southern province. Is it true indeed? Many international journalists’ opinion is so.
They say that Afghanistan, especially in Kandahar Province, Abdul Razik’s respect was at its acme than other police officers. He was as a national commander there. He was count among a strongman in Southern Afghanistan, which USA supported him ignoring the Afghanistan government.
Razik was too influential that he had declined to have taken the order of Afghan government. He condemned President, Ashraf Ghani, many times, but the action was never taken against Razik because of American intervention.
Abdul Razik expelled Taliban from Kandahar in his commanding of Afghan army with the help of American till 2014. Taliban had always been battling to take over Afghanistan in Razik's presence. However Taliban once again has controlled on vast area of Kandahar with the help of Iran and Russia, after leaving US army Afghanistan. If the peace talk is held, Taliban shall be domineering in future because they would have been spirited much after Razik’s death.
Ashley Jackson is one of the journalists who has met with Abdul Razik and is familiar with his respect and the influence in the region.
Taliban has won a tough battle of Afghan’s future by killing Razik, he says. If let us accept Jacson’s view, there is no able officer who can render his duties like Abdul Razik in Afghanistan after Razik’s death. Other known person assume that his departure has created a 'power vacuums' among the security forces that is good news for Taliban.
Whatever a brief meeting or talk held between Taliban and Afghanistan had also a role of Razik? This death has caused a situation of commanding void in armed power.
According to the conversant with the issue, Taliban shall take its benefits and shall have the Afghan Government accepted its conditions for the control of territory.
That his image was not limited only to the trusted personnel or commander of armed force, but Razik being so dominant: the reason was that he had been national hero among the people of Afghanistan. He was most popular in Kandhar because that he was ‘Achakjai’. This surname is belonging to Durrani Kabila that had been the past ruler of Afghanistan’s history.
Ashley Jackson wrote in her article after Razik’s death, “not only Southern Afghanistan but also the whole country’s weak future is now under growing threat. The mounting of violent clash is imminent after the year 2001. According to the armed experts, Kandahar is a territory where it a little economically flourished than other areas of this country and was away from the access of siege policy of Taliban. Razik was accepted national hero of Afghanistan."
She added in her article, “Razik was the accused of war crime, but he had expelled Taliban; and opposing the intervention of Pakistan in Afghan issues, he garnered the pleasure of Kandahar people. Razik used to pay atrocities with the enemy, but it does not affected his image among the people of Kandahar rather he was appreciated.”
According to Jackson, “After Razik’s death, Taliban shall intense its effort repeatedly to siege those areas where its fighter militants had surrendered.
Only if Afghanistan is most insecure after the death of a police officer, a class admits its cause of US wrong policies there and the politics of country. The politics of Afghanistan has been under the dominance of Army Chiefs. America and international community favoured there democracy after 2001; but together like Abdul Razik, they supported powerful Army Chiefs.
According to Ashley Jackson, the America's patting to Razik that improved mere such situation in Afghanistan that could have made America benefitted. If we accept her, America always enforced to find the quick solution of problems for what there could have not been maintained economic and political stability for long term. It sowed seeds of ignoring the democratic government and happening of violence in future. The present situation is its result.
Actually America and other international powers reckoned that only Abdul Razik could have combat better to Taliban. Well, they ignored the negative effect of Abdul Razik; consequently he garnered so dominance that he began to run a parallel government. According to many media reports, Razik had established the drugs addiction business. he was accused of Human Rights violation and atrocities with the captured people(including Taliban militants) during the violent clash. Wiki leaks had told in its report 2010 that US was aware of all these facts, but it was going on the policy with the assumption of security guarantee to Afghanistan. The guarantee has now ended and at least Taliban got an open way to make its political and armed strong hold in Southern Afghanistan.

Friday, November 09, 2018

House turned into ashes; candle factory caught fire

By on Friday, November 09, 2018

The celebration of Dipawali was  going on; the crackers were in the sky, but one of them barged into a home situated in Birhana under Naka Thana Lucknow on Wednesday late evening. The house caught fire which turned into ashes.
A wax piled home in narrow lane where candles makers were in rest inside stunned when the fire suddenly flared; and they came out of the building. The building had had lodged more than 12 liquidated propane gas cylinders which were fuelling the engulfed fire in the building.
The building were in use of candle makers, and huge wax were piled in the wake of Dipawali which is a festival of light and traditionally candles are used by people for lighting their homes.
According to report, a hot air parachute balloon which were flown in the air fell on the house was burning and set this house on fire.
The fire was intense and the firemen were trying to extinguish it, but the fire caught into the wax; the gasoline cylinders fuelled it. The fire Brigade vehicles reached the spot, but the firemen faced difficulties to control it because the lane which goes  to this place is narrow where the heavy vehicles cannot make its access.

No casualties has been reported, but the house and adjoining families other houses were evacuated; till Thursday morning they were not allowed to return. The damage has not been yet assessed. The factory was in residential  area that has ruined now, which has no license, so the owner and the tenants have been arrested.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Man was shot at and looted in Lucknow

By on Wednesday, November 07, 2018
A man, 30, working as partner in a Modal Shop (Saloon) situated at the Tal Katora Road was looted at a gun point under Khala Bazar Police Station on Tuesday evening in Lucknow, state capital of Uttar Pradesh.
According to the information, Deepu Jaiswal carrying about Rupees 2 Lakh to deposit it to the another liquor shop situated in Aishbagh Locality was passing from a lonely or thinly populated road where has no street lights was intercepted by the two motorcycle borne unidentified assailants who shot at him from the back;snatched the cash bag; and decamped with the booty from the spot .
The incident took place on a road going towards Malviya Nagar joining it to the Tal Katora Road. According to report, Mr. Deepu Jaiswal who sustained bullet injury was lying down about 200 m away from Avtaar Hospital and was wriggling in the blood that a passer by, named Mithun, stopped his bike to see the crowd which had surrounded.
Seeing the critical condition of injured Mithun dialed 100 number to call the police help line where the police reached the spot late. Well, traumatic Deepu was rushed  to get the treatment to the Avtaar Hospital where he was declined for the treatment because of being a criminal case.
Mithun came out and sent him in an Ambulance passing infront which was stopped by the crowd. Deepu is now in KGMU Trauma centre. His Condition is stable and out of danger.
The Police to nab the accused are trying to investigate this loot and murder attempt case from many angles. The investigation is going on and SHO Khala Bazar has claimed the accused shall be in police draggnet earliest.
Mr Vikas Chandra Tripathi,SP West, said to this correspondent out side KGMU, “ Deepu Jaiswal is under treatment. His condition is stated to be stable. The motive behind this bullet injury is not clear because the police have not yet recorded any statement about the alleged loot of any cash from the victim's possession.”

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Police Lathi Charge in front State Assembly of Uttar Pradesh

By on Saturday, November 03, 2018
 Demonstrators beaten in Lathi Charge infront  of State Assembly of Uttar Pradesh
A strong demonstration was staged in protest against the cancellation of government teachers’ appointments on Friday in Lucknow. The Lucknow Bench of High Court Allahabad ordered the cancellation of appointments more than 12000 and has recommended the CBI enquiry into the process of appointment. The demonstrating teachers were on roads against the High Court decision. The police had to control the crowd by Lathi Charge.
12,460 trainee teachers’ appointments have been cancelled by the High Court Allahabad bench Lucknow on Thursday. The notification had been issued during Akhilesh government in the year 2016. one more decision by high court on Friday has created tough situation for Yogi Adityanath’s government when it ordered the CBI enquiry into the case of 68500 teachers posts recruitment done in the beginning this year.
The police protection chain was tried to break when the trainee teachers were demonstrating in front of State Assembly Friday afternoon. Police had to Lathi Charge to control the demonstrators. While the police have claimed none were injured, but the trainee teachers have claimed that many injured and tumbled down on ground in police Lathi Charge.
It is noticeable that the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad cancelled the appointments on Thursday saying the recruitment in the year 2016 on 12460 teachers posts were against the rules. The court in another decision has given order to CBI enquiry into the recruitment on the 68500 vacant posts of assistant teachers of primary schools in the state.
The bench of Justice Irshad Ali disposed many writ-petition filed in the recruitment of 12460 posts of trainee teachers ordered so. The court said the assistant teachers’ recruitment by the government on 21 December 2016 was not according to the Primary Teachers draft service rules of Uttar Pradesh. Court has ordered to government to begin the recruitment process again. The court has given the state government a time frame of three months. the same Bench has  ordered the CBI enquiry for the process that had begun in the recruitment of 68500 posts of assistant teachers under the Advertisement published on January 23 this years.
Court has also directed that the officers found guilty in this recruitment should be taken action against them. The court has ordered the CBI to submit it status report on November 26 and also ordered to CBI to complete its investigation within 6 months.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Delhi Crime Branch solves murder mystery; UP police suspected it honour killing

By on Friday, November 02, 2018

Mohd Azam; New Delhi
The Delhi police crime branch has solved the shrouded mystery over the murder of a family suspected kidnapping from Wazirabad area New Delhi two years ago. The special police team has arrested in this connection a man named Abhishekh. A girl, Naina Kirodiwal, 21, was murdered in July 2016; her body was disposed near canal at Dhaulana in Hapur and a Santro car was recovered from the canal.
When UP police reached to the girl's home then found the family members of deceased were not present there. The police began to search of her family members, but was failed to trace them. Further when they took the help of surveillance to trace the mobile phones of family members, they found all the cell phones were switched off at Wazirabad area.
The police was investigating then to find these unexplained questions:
1-Who and why did commit the murder of Naina?
2- Who had derived Naina’s car up to Dhaulana 100 kilometer away while she had no knowledge of car driving?
3-Where had disappeared her family a day before of her body found?
4-Lest behind Naina’s murder should be her own family, was also a fact.
5- Lest the Naina’s family should be the victim of any hatched conspiracy, think it.
6-Why her and her mother’s cell phone were switched off two days before of her murder?
7- Whether Naina was murdered in Delhi and her body was disposed in Hapur?
The police had suspected Naina’s mother, father and brother were the murderers, and kept on investigating this murder as a case of honour killing.
While the hatched conspiracy was executed by Abhishekh with his accomplice; and UP Police had earlier told that Ved Prakash had killed his family including daughter where Delhi police narrates it -- Ved Prakash is the victim!
According to Delhi Police, Abhishek with his accomplice Babla and other accused assassinated all the 4 family members one-by-one and disposed their bodies throwing  in Ganga canal.
Delhi police got information that Abhishek was involved in this murder case. Police arrested him. When police quizzed roughly, he broke his silence and confessed the crime.
Abhishekh told that his friend Bawla and with the help of Ved Prakash’s relative Sonu had hatched conspiracy. Actually Ved Prakash had had given some money to Abhishekh and Ritesh. Retesh had used to work at Ved’s garment shop, but these were not returning the owed money.   The duo’s activity had resented Ved.
Abhishek hatched conspiracy and to execute these assassinations, he indulged Babla, a local criminal. Trio were to capture the property by killing the family.
Abhishek bought the weapon of murder and later by some trick he took Ved Prakash together. He murdered Ved Prakash with the help of Babla. Actually when Ved Prakash was going with Abhishek, his son, Shubham had seen them. Now he carried Shubham calling by trick and committed  Shubham’s murder too.
He carried Ved’s wife, Sadhna and daughter, Naina one-by-one calling by trick and murdered them; threw four bodies in Upper Ganga canal.
The car was recovered with the Naina’s dead body, but other deceased of family could not have been recovered which caused the assumption of honour killing.
The investigation of Delhi police exposed that it was not an honour killing, but was the planned murders. The murders were executed by Abhishekh, Babla alias Sonu, Ritesh including other. Babla died in Road accident and another accused committed suicide. The police enquiry is still continuing.
The UP police failed through the fact that the accused and deceased were in last contact by cell phones.

Friday, October 26, 2018


By on Friday, October 26, 2018

                                                                                    BACKGROUND OF TWO IPS OFFICERS

Alok Verma joined the IPS in 1979 at age 22 and was allotted to the AGMUT (Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram, UTs) cadre. He was the youngest officer in his batch. Prior to assuming the office of CBI Director, Verma had been Commissioner of Police, Delhi; Director General of Prisons, Delhi; Director General of Police, Mizoram; DGP, Puducherry and IGP, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. He is the only CBI Director to hold the top post without any prior experience in the agency. Rakesh Asthana, a 1984 batch IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, has investigated many important cases, including the fodder scam case (during an earlier stint in the CBI) and the 2002 Godhra train burning when he was Inspector General in charge of Vadodara Range. His investigation into the fodder scam is regarded as key to the case resulting in the conviction of RJD chief Lalu Prasad. He is widely seen as being close to the current ruling dispensation. Let us understand how a director in CBI is appointed and how the others are appointed.
The former CBI director Anil Sinha retired on December 3rd, 2016. His deputy Rupak Kumar Dutta was widely speculated to be the next CBI director. But, just a day ahead, he was surprisingly shifted out of the CBI and made special secretary in the Home Ministry. Dutta who served for nearly 14 years in CBI was Special Director since 2014.
Rakesh Asthana, a 1984-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer, is not new to the controversy and the corruption. Rakesh Asthana supervised the probe into the 2002 burning of the ‘Sabarmati Express’ train at the Godhra railway station. He was handpicked by the government to be the interim director of the CBI. On August 30, 2017, the CBI had registered an FIR against three senior Income Tax officials for allegedly accepting bribes from Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech and Sandesara Group of Companies. A “Diary 2011” was found in the company premises, which detailed a monthly payout to the accused officials, including income tax officials, policemen and politicians in Gujarat. Rakesh Asthana’s name figures in the diary of Sterling Biotech — CBI itself has registered an FIR. It seems that the present government is “hell-bent” on destroying the independence and integrity of the CBI. Asthana’s appointment for special director on October 22, 2017 had happened in controversial circumstances. The selection committee comprising the central vigilance commissioner (CVC) K.V. Chowdary whose own role was under question cloud in the investigations related to Sahara-Birla diaries; and two vigilance commissioners and the secretaries to the home ministry and the department of personnel and training (DoPT) appointed him unanimously. However, it was then reported that Verma had queried to Asthana’s elevation in the organization.
 While the CBI director was not a member of the selection committee, the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, under which the CBI operates, says that the director has to be compulsorily consulted before being appointed any person higher the rank above superintendent of police. However, the Supreme Court had then thought that it should not interfere in the government functioning, giving Asthana the benefit of doubt.
Rakesh Asthana, working as an Additional Director of CBI in April 2016, was given charge of interim director to the CBI for a brief period between December 3, 2016 and January 18, 2017 after Anil Sinha demitted his officeHe noted that merely two days before of Sinha’s retirement, the second-in-command at the CBI,  R.K. Dutta, who should have taken over as the interim director was transferred to the ministry of home affairs as special secretary (internal security). The transfer of Dutta was extraordinary benevolence as the post he was given “was specially upgraded from the level of joint secretary to the special secretary”. Asthana has always landed plush positions because of his proximity with the top brass in the Modi government.
 Rakesh Asthana has been allegedly influencing a coal scam case at the CBI in which the name of Bhaskar Khulbe , a West Bengal cadre IAS officer, who is now one of the most trusted lieutenant of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in the PMO had come up. Asthana is said to have taken a stance that Khulbe should be made a witness rather than an accused in the case. As secretary in the PMO, he (Khulbe) is one of Narendra Modi’s most trusted aides. He handles all the transfers and the postings of officials in Central Government, working closely with P.K. Mishra, additional principal secretary to the prime minister.
Rakesh Asthana’s soft stance against Khulbe in the case was “hardly a surprise, given his proximity to (P.K) Mishra in the PMO”. The report adds that Mishra, also a Gujarat cadre officer, had backed Asthana’s appointment as the special director in the CBI and ensured to the selection committee, headed by the CVC, K.V Chowdary, to appoint him unanimously despite the CBI director’s objections.
 Before the Lokpal Act was legislated, the CBI director was appointed by the DSPE Act. Now, the Lokpal Act governs the appointment of the CBI director. The process to select the CBI director is begun in the Home Ministry which prepares a list of IPS officers who are eligible for the post on the basis of their seniority and their experience in the field of probe. The MHA list is sent to the Department of Personnel where is prepared a final list on the basis of "seniority, integrity and experience in the investigation of anti-corruption cases". The search committee examines the names and recommends to the government for the appointment of CBI director. The decision of the committee could be unanimous or divided with a member recording the note of dissent. Earlier, under the DSPE Act, the CBI director was appointed on the basis of recommendation by a panel comprising the Central Vigilance Commission as chairperson, other vigilance commissioners, Home Secretary and Secretary (Co-ordination and Public Grievances the Cabinet Secretariat).The CBI director is appointed by the Centre on recommendation of a search committee comprising of Prime Minister as the chairperson, the Chief Justice of India and the Leader of Opposition. The Chief Justice of India can nominate a Supreme Court judge if he does not attend to the search committee meeting. In the absence of a formal Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, the leader of the floor of the largest opposition party (in present case Congress) takes part in the search committee meetings.
 It traces its origins to events of mid-2017, when the government refused to appoint certain IPS officers into the CBI despite recommendations from the CBI Director. In October 2017, the CBI Director handed over a confidential note to the CVC during a panel meeting over the promotion of Asthana to the post of Special Director. The note alleged corruption on Asthana’s part with regard to the Sterling Biotech case of August that year; It alleged that according to a diary found on the premises of the company, Asthana was paid Rs 3.88 crore by the company (which in October came under probe for loan defaults of over Rs 5,000 crore). Yet the CVC panel unanimously cleared Asthana’s promotion, taking no record of Verma’s submissions. It said the allegations were not verifiable. In June this year, the Director targeted Asthana again, now through a letter to the CVC that said that Asthana could not represent him in his absence in a CVC meeting over CBI appointments. The Director said Asthana was being probed for alleged corruption. Asthana hit back by writing to the Cabinet Secretary in the month of August this year that Verma was interfering in his probes and had tried to stall a raid on Lalu Prasad in the IRCTC case. He also alleged corruption on Verma’s part. Less than two months later, Verma got an FIR registered against Asthana as an accused in a case of corruption.
 Asthana is alleged to have demanded a bribe of Rs 5 crore from a Hyderabad-based businessman through two middlemen to help him get off the hook in the Moin Qureshi case. CBI has alleged that at least Rs 3 crore had already been paid to Asthana through the middlemen. The agency claims that it has evidence, through WhatsApp chats between the middlemen and the businessman, of bribes having been paid. But the businessman seems to have never met or spoken to Asthana.
According to the CBI FIR, when a middleman offered to arrange a meeting in Dubai, the businessman refused. CBI has argued that, since this was a case of bribery and not of abuse of official position in connection with a decision taken on policy or otherwise, this would not be under the purview of Section 17A of the recently amended Prevention of Corruption Act. Section 17A says, “No police officer shall conduct any enquiry or inquiry or investigation into any offence alleged to have been committed by a public servant…, where the alleged offence is relatable to… (the) discharge of his official functions or duties, without the previous approval… of the government. …No such approval shall be necessary for cases involving arrest… on the spot on the charge of accepting or attempting to accept any undue advantage…”
 The marriage of his daughter was a treat to eye and he reportedly got venue, catering, rooms and cars for his daughter’s wedding all on “complimentary basis” allegedly from at least a dozen persons including some loan-defaulters and fugitives. A day after Gujarat cadre IPS officer and number 2 in the CBI Asthana was named in an FIR for allegedly accepting bribe, a CBI team landed in Vadodara on Sunday to get details of a lavish wedding ceremony of his daughter. CBI questioned about a dozen people and received replies on expenses made and facilities provided from at least four hotels during the 2016 wedding of its Special Director Asthana’s daughter in Vadodara. The report claims that “a perusal of these replies and CBI documents show that several venues were availed by the Asthana family on complimentary basis. “Referring to the CBI documents, it stated that the catering for the event was provided by Hotel Express Towers which did not charge the expenditure. In a signed document provided to CBI, the Hotel Express Towers said, “We were only supplying food at the event and no other services were provided and the function was done on complimentary basis so no bill was raised for the Sangeet Sandhya held on 24/11/2016.
The wedding ceremony, according to CBI documents, was organized on November 25 at the Sunken Garden, The Lakshmi Vilas Palace, the home of the erstwhile royalty of the Gaekwads. In its reply to the CBI, The Laxmi Vilas Palace has said that the venue was provided to the Asthana family on complimentary basis. It further alleged that catering for the wedding was handled by Vadodara’s oldest five star hotel The Grand Mercure Surya Palace and the documents do not show the payment. This has been under circulation that around 1,200 guest of eminence attended the wedding. The CBI team collected all these receipts and invoices as evidence, it added. Apart from this, the Asthana family also booked 35 rooms for two days in the Sun City Club and Resort in Vadodara. In its reply to CBI, the club said it provided the rooms on “complimentary basis”. The owner of the property is reportedly confessed to CBI that as “our resort was new at that time, even before we had launched the resort and we found it as an honor to host such prestigious guests to make them stay at our property and thus we offered it all on complimentary basis.
The CBI has also claimed in its report that a BMW car and a Honda CRV were used by the Asthana family during the function. It says the vehicle was provided by Sandeep Barot, transport incharge of Chetan Sandesara, Pertinently, a PIL filed by petitioner Prashant Bhushan in the Supreme Court raising doubts over Asthana’s integrity, which was later dismissed by SC last year. Meanwhile, the fight between the CBI's top two men is becoming curiouser and curiouser.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also named special director Rakesh Asthana as an accused in a bribery case for accepting a bribe of Rs 2 crore to settle meat exporter Moin Qureshi’s case. Apart from Asthana, the CBI has also named RAW number two Samant Kumar Goel in the FIR. Goel has been accused of facilitating the deal between Asthana and Qureshi. The FIR was filed on October 15 and one Manoj, who allegedly transferred the bribe, was arrested the following day. Qureshi was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in August last year. According to the agency, he was arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and he was not cooperating in the probe. The meat exporter has been accused of laundering money for a host of public servants.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Case Of Aadhar

By on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The origin of Aadhar dates back to the year 1999, post-Kargil war times when the head of security analysis, Mr. K. Subrahmanyam, wanted to assess the sense of security situation among the citizens of India.
The first prominent step in the inception of Aadhar was taken in January-2009 by the GoI (UPA-II tenure) under the Prime Ministership of Dr.Manmohan Singh with the formation of UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India); and by Mr Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of tech giant Infosys materializes, headed the statutory authority under the ambiance of Ministry of Electronic and Information Technology. It was, only in March-2016 when Aadhar act took its shape, passed in the Lok Sabha as a money bill to give legislative backing to the former and started to broaden its horizons.
The rationale, given in introduction of the world’s largest bio-metric digital record base by the GoI, was to reach up to the common masses specifically to the people dwelling in the remote areas to fulfil the aim of financial inclusion.
There were numerous schemes and benefits articulated by the GoI to increase the Aadhar-intrusion to the biggest extent possible vis a vis the introduction of AEPS (Aadhar Enabled Payment Sysytem) where individual can perform all the typical banking transactions viz. balance check, deposit, cash withdraw and aadhar-to-aadhar fund transfer in a hassle free manner.
This was introduced to ease the functioning of the Banking Correspondent's to reach into the rural masses and enlighten them with the literature of financial inclusion and the benefits in an easy manner.
Another initiative in the same lines was taken by the SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank Of India) to ease the business ventures undertaken by the MSME (Micro,Small & Medium Enterprises) by introducing the digitally motivated platform of Udyog Aadhar under which the MSME will self-certify its existence, bank account, owners Aadhar details and other basic information.
Based on the same the MSMEs can be issued, a unique identifier (i.e the Udyog Aadhar Number), which can be used to leverage all the benefits enlisted by the respective ministries and departments under the GoI with ease.
Now the big question to ponder upon is what went wrong that the Apex court had to intervene and make amendments to the Aadhar Act when everything was adequately going well.
On 26th September, 2018 the Hon’ble Supreme court of India under the supervision of the 5-judges constitutional bench struck down the Section 47, Section 57 of the Aadhar Act 2009 which allows the private entities like telecom to leverage the data collected by UIDAI. The moves come under the issue of data leakage instances observed globally.
SC also passed the amendments noting that it will henceforth not mandatory for an individual to link the bank accounts and mobile number with Aadhar respectively however it is still the prerogative of an individual to held the link between PAN (permanent account number) and Aadhar.
The semantic of the state of Aadhar can only be taken by being cognizant of the main objective of the same rather than glorifying or criticizing the functionalities.
The SWOT analysis should be given impetus to assess how far the objectives have materialized yet and the identification of the focus areas.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Why BJP kept on waiting construction of Ram Temple?

By on Tuesday, October 23, 2018


The RSS has announced that it is to review the function of Uttar Pradesh government on Oct 24, and has also reprimanded the Union Government for Ram Temple issue.
Why is RSS trying to scrutinize the functioning of UP Government & is chiding to the Modi government while it has not been conferred any constitutional power like Governor, Prime Minister and President?
Why is it issuing command to the State government and is chiding Modi Government on the issue of Mandir construction has unexplained rights.
 Incase let it be assume that the BJP is an adopted child of RSS, why the BJP is replying clarification of its relation with the RSS to the oppositions? -- Who look saying like, “The BJP is a puppet and is being pulled or controlled by RSS.”
Many times other parties’ supremo and the former chief ministers of this state have also said so.
 It is noticeable that Mr Amit Shah and the assistant Dr Krishn Gopal Mishra including other chief of RSS will participate in the meeting that is to be held on 24th October.
It is strange that the RSS is going to discuss on the feedback review instead of top leaders of the BJP in this meeting -- even that the RSS can decide the future of many faces in the cabinet and in the organization.
It is not confirm that the PM Modi is to participate in this meeting, but cannot be denied too. However Yogi Aditya Nath and his Deputy Chief Ministers, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, State BJP president and Mr Sunil Basal shall be participant of this meeting.
Sir Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief, has toughen his statement on Temple construction issue, "Why doesn’t the BJP bring in bill for the ‘construction of Ram temple'?"
The scheduled meeting has its own importance after the statement. However the statement of RSS chief that the Hindutva is not mature without Muslims had surprised the Muslim community; now he is trying to lure the scheduled caste.
If the RSS endorses all the needful help in election to the BJP, why it does not come in the fray?
Mohan Bhagwat’s statement appears that the BJP is trailing in the coming Parliamentary election 2019. The reason of this fact is that Mohan Bhagwat had not spoken such any statement before the parliamentary election-2014 whatever he is continue.
However it looks a split opposition, but no such sign is looking in future. if it hadn't so, the RSS should have not been under worrying.
It appears that there may be a big change to replace PM Narendra Modi after winning of the parliamentary election.
(‘We will arrive at Ramlala, and build temple there’) Ram Lala Hum Aayenge Aur Mandir Wahi Banayenge slogan has been shouted for the past many years, but it looks that there is no so far BJP government optimum.
Why? The reason is that no such slogan is in propaganda campaign of present government as has been shouted during the Babri Masjid demolition.
Where the resentment is among the Hindu for the BJP policies; the awareness is also here that the BJP has formed its government with grand-slam victory; and if it ensures, it can bring in a law to construct Ram Temple, but it is kidding the Hindu’s faith.
Although the BJP shall bring in a bill before the election after a scold of RSS; and will construct Ram Temple so that it could hide its tenure’s flaws, showing Hindu's card to let the BJP be able to win the election—2019.
It explains that there may be sporadic riots with the construction of Temple; there may be murders of a few innocents; the curfew can be clamped; the arrested shall be sent behind the bars; but after the construction completed, there shall return of peace and normalcy in situation in the affected areas.
Ram Temple Nirman bill can be passed exactly as the SC/ST revision bill was passed. Both matters were in the court and the BJP, having gone against the court’s verdict, achieved success in passing the SC/ST bill in both houses; in the same way, it can bring in bill for Ram temple construction and shall be able to pass it; but why the BJP has been waiting the election-2019 for Ram Temple after winning its parliamentary election-2014 is not better to write here?

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Dussehra in Punjab left condolence -- to state; to country!

By on Saturday, October 20, 2018

Running train kills more than 50 Dussehra fair crowd in Amritsar
Shukhveer Aluwalia; Amritsar
On the occasion of Dussehra, the celebration of Ravana effigy burning near the railway track at Zoda crossing in Amritsar Punjab was going on suddenly it turned into grief atmosphere on Friday evening.
More than 50 people have been killed when a huge crowd was the spectators of the burning effigy of Ravana which turned into intense flames – and the crowd retreated; tried to escape themselves narrowly spill away from the spot towards the railway track; meanwhile Jalandhar Express ran into the crowd.
The Train was in speed, and the spectators of this celebration came into the trap of this fatal accident on Friday this week in Amritsar.
Atleast 50 people have been killed in this fatal accident. According to report, on the occasion an effigy of Ravana was being burnt to celebrate the fair of Dussehra near the Railway track at Zoda crossing.
Those who had to be returned would never be come back; and those who are safe are preparing for funeral; those who had to carry milk for their children are seeking bamboo for pallbearing. The mothers are in stir to search their children whom they were waiting. The shrouds to wrap, the wood to burn and the places to put the bodies of their beloved one are lacking.
The eye witness says that it is a very strange accident -- and it is not an accident rather a murder. Several questions are here to be posed which have had no answer. Who is responsible for this accident is to find in this question?
1- How the Ravana effigy burning fair was allowed near the Railway track?
2. Why didn't maintained the needful security measures in this fair by the local administration.
3. Why didn't the DM order to the railway to run slow train?
4. Why didn't the management of fair communicate instruction to the people not to cross the railway track?
5. Why didn't the Police ensure the security measures before managing this fair? The people of country need the answer of these questions, but all these questions are being subsided in the frame of investigation now. The Chief Minister of Punjab Captain, Amrinder Singh, has announced Rupee 5 Lakh ex-gratia to teh next kin of the deceased of this accident and ordered an inquiry.
The effigy laden with crackers began to burst and the intense fire turn into high flame, the spectators went over the railway track and a few of them were already bystanders there.  

Friday, October 19, 2018

N D Tiwari is no more; took his last breath

By on Friday, October 19, 2018

It's good bye

Mr ND Tiwari, 93, former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttara Khand, died in Max hospital at New Delhi on Thursday evening.  Tiwari's prolong illness deteriorated his condition yesterday evening. It is coincidence that Mr Tiwari’s birth day was yesterday when he took his last breath.
Mr Tiwari had taken the charge of Chief Minister post three times during the years 1976-77,1984-85 and 1988-89; then Uttara Khand during 2002-07, and became the Governor of Andhra Pradesh during the year 2007-09. He had been on high profile posts like finance and foreign ministry during the tenure of former Prime Minister Late Rajiv Gandhi..

Tuesday, October 09, 2018


By on Tuesday, October 09, 2018
There has been a perpetual tendency with the prime minister that he promises but always falters on that, I understand, promising something is much easier than having the capacity to deliver. I will like to tell you some of the promises in the Agricultural sector which has not been fulfilled till today. This government promised on the price stabilisation fund to help regulate price volatility of important agro-horticultural commodities such as onion, potatoes and pulses and it was set up in 2014-15 but it is ineffective till this day. The second most important issue was establishment of National Agriculture Market for electronic trading and connecting the existing Agriculture Produce Marketing Committees and other market yards to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities. This was also set up in 2016 but largely non-functional since then. The third promise was 50% profits for farmers over cost of production but now the government has started to say it is not possible. The next promise was to unbundle Food Corporation of India (FCI) operations into procurement, storage and distribution for greater efficiency but not much headway was made in this regard. A high-level committee headed by former food minister and senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar, was formed to look into the issue but the committee had junked the idea in its report in 2015. This reality of agrarian crisis has to be understood in right perspective and it has to reckon with in the current kharif marketing season itself, even as it has announced a fresh round of minimum support price (MSP) increases for the about-to-be-planted rabi crops.Farmers have already started bringing their freshly-harvested kharif crops of moong (green gram), urad (black gram), bajra (pigeon-pea) and short-duration paddy varieties, besides early pickings of cotton, into the mandis. Peak arrivals will happen, though, only after next month. But even before that, almost all kharif crops are selling at well below their declared MSPs as is shown in the following table


SOURCE: Ministry of Agriculture 2018
Take, for instance, bajra. This coarse grain is quoting in major markets across poll-bound Rajasthan at Rs 1,250-1,350 per quintal, as against the MSP of Rs 1,950 announced by the Modi government. Jowar, likewise, is trading in Jalgaon, Latur, Sholapur and other centres of Maharashtra at Rs 1,200-1,400 per quintal. Its MSP was handsomely raised from Rs 1,700 per quintal in 2017-18 to Rs 2,430 for this season, just as that of bajra was, from Rs 1,425 to Rs 1,950. Even more revealing is ragi or finger-millet. This crop’s MSP was hiked by 52.5 per cent, from Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,897 per quintal. But its current average modal price at Davangere and the Nagamangala market of Karnataka’s Mandya district according to data from the Union Agriculture Ministry’s own agmarknet.in portal is in the Rs 2,100-2,200 range. In the case of kharif pulses arhar (pigeon-pea), moong and urad the ruling market rates are below not only their latest, but even the 2017-18 and 2016-17 MSPs of Rs 5,450 and Rs 5,050/quintal, Rs 5,575 and Rs 5,225/quintal, and Rs 5,400 and Rs 5,000/quintal, respectively (see accompanying table).The only crop that, as of now, is selling at just around MSP levels is cotton. One reason for that is the tight domestic supply position and greater prospect for exports. Those similar hopes of China buying more from India, in order to offset cutbacks in purchases from the US haven’t materialised yet, though, in soyabean. The oilseed, a major crop grown in Madhya Pradesh (which is also going for Assembly polls in just over a month), is now fetching less than Rs 3,000 per quintal in Ujjain. This is again below the current MSP of Rs 3,399 per quintal and also the Rs 3,050 for 2017-18.The other significant crop that has been arriving in the mandis of Haryana and Punjab is Pusa-1509, a short-duration basmati paddy variety. About 10 days back, it was being traded at Rs 2,650-2,700 per quintal, but has since fallen to Rs 2,300-2,400 levels. The main triggers for this have been grain quality issues on account of crop damage from unseasonal rains last week and also uncertainty over Iranian purchases, post the recent US trade sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Prices of par-boiled rice from the new Pusa-1509 crop have come down in the last 10 days, from Rs 5,100-5,200 to around Rs 4,700 per quintal. There has been a decline even for white steamed rice from Rs 6,300-6,400 to Rs 5,900-6,000. This will naturally reflect in the prices paid for paddy as well. What all this simply translates into is the fact that while announcing MSPs for crops and fixing these at over 1.5 times their estimated production costs the so-called Swaminathan formula is easy, actual implementation on the ground isn’t at all so. The only two crops where the MSPs seem realistically implementable are paddy and cotton. In paddy, because there is assured government procurement: Out of India’s estimated 112.91 million tonnes rice production in 2017-18, as much as 38.18 million tonnes was bought by the Food Corporation of India and state agencies. In the case of cotton, farmers are likely to get MSPs this time only because of the market, not the government. But in all other crops including the likes of ragi, sesamum, nigerseed and sunflower the MSPs will probably remain just on paper.

The decision to hike the MSP for kharif crops is welcome relief for the farming community reeling under severe distress due to the collapse of agricultural commodity prices and a general collapse of demand in the economy, much more in the rural economy. This is nowconfirmed from several sources, including a decline in real wages in agriculture (a sustained decline for the last four years), the decline in commodity prices and a general sense of joblessness among the youth. Some of this is also captured in the GDP deflator, which shows a sharp fall from more than 5% in 2016-17 to only around 1% for 2017-18.The demand of farmers, based on the Swaminathan committee recommendations, was MSP at 1.5 times of the C2 cost (total cost including imputed cost). But what has been announced is 1.5 times the A2+FL cost (paid out cost plus family labour cost). The MSP announced barely covers 1.5 times the A2+FL cost and will give a return of only 12% over C2 as against the demand of 50% over C2 cost. But the announced MSP is also significantly lower than the average wholesale price of paddy at ₹1,950 per quintal in April 2018, which is lower than ₹1,980 per quintal in April of last year. I shall like to enlighten about how the different terminologies are used while finalising MSP. The National Commission on Farmers as the panel headed by the agricultural scientist was called did not elaborate on what really constituted “weighted average cost of production” in its report submitted in October 2006. The Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), on the other hand, gives three definitions of production costs: A2, A2+FL and C2. A2 costs basically cover all paid-out expenses, both in cash and in kind, incurred by farmers on seeds, fertilisers, chemicals, hired labour, fuel, irrigation, etc. A2+FL cover actual paid-out costs plus an imputed value of unpaid family labour. C2 costs are more comprehensive, accounting for the rentals and interest forgone on owned land and fixed capital assets respectively, on top of A2+FL. Despite these concerns, the announcement of MSP increase is not just timely but also a much-needed respite at the time of rural distress. If properly followed through by adequate procurement, it can certainly raise agricultural commodity prices and also inject much-needed demand if this also materializes in higher income for a large majority of farmers. But it would also require the government to loosen its purse strings beyond what was promised in the budget this year.
Uma Shanker Singh
writer is a retired IFS
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