Pro-BJP businessmen cause for inflation
Pro-BJP businessmen in rise in the price of essential commodities.
Business people were responsible for creating artificial shortage which increased the price of commodities.
That was due to pro-BJP businessmen
SP denies Smritis charge
Belgaum Superintendent of Police Hemant Nimbalkar has denied that TV star and BJP leader Smriti Irani was manhandled by police on Tuesday.
Reacting to media reports, he said on Wednesday that the charge was false and baseless.
Reports said that the BJP leader was insulted and touched by some policemen while she was on her way to Goa in a vehicle from Belgaum after attending the party programme on Tuesday. “In the pretext of searching me, some policemen stopped my car near Belgaum and touched me,'’ the actor had claimed.
The SP said the police had not received any complaint by either Ms Smriti or her BJP workers. She has levelled unfair allegations against the police, he said. On Tuesday evening, a vehicle was intercepted near Angol for search by police. Many BJP workers were present on the occasion. “I don’t know whether Ms Smriti was also in it. Apart from this search, nowhere the BJP leaders’ vehicles were stopped during that evening,'’ he stated.
BSP may keep off UPA report card function
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will release on Thursday a yearly “Report to the People” on the government’s achievements.
There are reports that Bahujan Samaj Party MPs will not attend the function to be held to mark four years of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance rule.
The BSP’s move coincides with the announcement by MPs of its rival, Samajwadi Party, that they would attend the event, indicating the change in equations in the run-up to next year’s Lok Sabha elections.
Congress spokesman said, while confirming the reports that the BSP was likely to stay away.
This was expected after the recent war of words between the Congress and the BSP in Uttar Pradesh, say observers.
Deprived of a right and De-Franchised
Now the people of India must have the Right To Information from the Election Commission know as to how many million people were elegible to vote in 2009 and 2008 Karnataka Assembly elections. There is no official information on the exact number of people whose names are not found in the voter’s list.
We the people - these are the most important words in our constitution. Everything depends on us- the voters,who have an opportunity and the right to choose our representatives, demand accountability and determine the direction of growth and governance of the country. Several problems have surfaced in the gigantic task of conducting elections in
Active participation of citizens is an absolute prerequisite to make the electoral system more representative, fair, transparent and free from all the other ills. Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “nobody can hurt you without your consent” which in this context can be rephrased as “nobody can marginalise you without your cooperation
Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy on Thursday fixed the responsibility for preparation of error-free voters list, ahead of the election to Karnataka Assembly, on political parties. Speaking to reporters here, Mr Gopalaswamy said the political parties would be given two separate lists on February seven for deletion and additions to be made in the final list.
‘’They will be given two weeks time for raising objections to removing and adding names of the voters for the final list to be prepared on March ten,'’ he said.
‘’It will be the responsibility of the political parties to ensure the final list did not contain discrepancies any more as the EC has adopted a new mechanism for producing error-free list,'’ he said.
To a question on whether the elections would be postponed in case of a delay in the implementation of the report of Mr Justice Kuldeep Singh who headed Delimitation Commission, he said the EC did not work on the basis of ‘ifs and buts’ and as of now, it would conduct the elections before May 28.
‘’The Commission is concerned about the voter’s list as there are only additions and no deletions in the list.
‘’This is the reason I sent Deputy Election Commissioner R Bhattacharya, who is in charge for Karnataka, to oversee the whole exercise,'’ Mr Gopalaswamy said.
The EC would hold elections before May 28, as the state completes six months under President’s Rule on the date, he said.
In the draft list submitted by the State Election Commission (SEC) names of 3.48 lakh voters had been deleted while 9.27 lakh new voters had been added as of yesterday.
Mr Gopalaswamy and his Deputies Navin Chawla and S Y Qureshi have been here for the last two days reviewing the voters list and preparedness of the official machinery to hold elections, following the detection of large number of bogus voters in the voter’s list.
Earlier, Congress and the BJP submitted memorandum to the CEC urging him to provide error-free voters list and elections be held in the stipulated time.
He replied in the affirmative when asked whether he would take action against the officials for their ‘lapses’ in preparation of the voter’s list.
Voters list mess in poll-bound Karnataka
The irregularities in the voters list pointed out by people and political parties has forced the state election commission to cancel its plans to release the final list on Jan 10.
Bhattacharya met state chief electoral officer R. Ramaseshan, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (Greater Bangalore City Corporation) commissioner S. Subramanya and senior officials from several districts and told them of the Election Commission’s displeasure over the way the voters lists had been prepared.
The state officials now plan to revise the lists and publish them by the end of this month. They have sought the help of voters to point out anomalies.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president Mallikharjun Kharge Friday mentioned the instance of one family in north Karnataka having 90 voters on the list and of Humnabad town in Bidar district that has 30,000 voters in a population of 36,500.
More than 7,000 in the town are school-going children, yet there are 30,000 names in the voters list.
Another Congress leader H.K. Patil said there could be around four million bogus names in the voters list. Karnataka’s population is estimated at 55 million and voting population at around 42 million.
The two other main political parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal-Secular also allege there are many irregularities in the list. The three parties have urged the state and central election officials to rectify the anomalies
MCC to revise voters’ list in three Assembly segments
|Door-to-door campaign to be launched along with booth committee members|
Training programme to be held for booth committee members
Exercise to be launched at one booth each in
the three Assembly segments
MYSORE: The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) will revise the voters’ list in the three Assembly constituencies within its jurisdiction by launching a door-to-door campaign along with members of the booth committees.
There are 607 booth committees in the city covering all the 65 wards. The initiative is expected to be more precise; it will involve people at the grassroots level unlike in the the top-down approach followed so far.
Apart from updating the voters’ list, the exercise will help rectify the anomalises and help add to the list the names of those who were left out while deleting the names of bogus voters. The initiative will complement the steps taken by the district administration before the elections.
Disclosing this, Mayor Ayub Khan said here on Saturday that during his visits to polling booths in his capacity as the first citizen of Mysore, he had received several complaints from registered voters.
“Either their names were missing or the details were faulty. Hence I have decided to accord priority to ensure that the citizens are not deprived of the right to exercise their franchise,” he said.
“I consider it my duty to ensure that the names of all eligible voters are incorporated in the revised voters’ list and hence have decided to take the step with the assistance of booth committee members”, Mr. Khan said.
It has been decided to undertake a survey according to which, the head of each booth committee, along with officials of the MCC and other members, will cover the area coming under their respective booths and ensure that the discrepancies are removed.
“The entire responsibility of revising and updating the voters’ list will be vested with the new team”, according to the Mayor. It has also been decided to conduct a one-day workshop-cum-training programme for all booth committee members so that they can familiarise themselves with the process of revising the list. “Details will be collected from every household on individuals who have been transferred, women who have left the locality after marriage and those who have expired so as to ensure that their names are deleted from the list”, Mr. Khan said.
Once the workshop-cum-training programme is completed, the voters’ list revision exercise will be taken up as a pilot project at one booth each in the three Assembly constituencies coming under the MCC limits.
The team involved in this exercise will record its findings and experience, collate the pros and cons of such an approach and table a report which will be subjected to scrutiny.
“We will thoroughly analyse the report and streamline the exercise before extending it to cover all the booths coming under the 65 wards of the MCC”, Mr. Khan said.
He called for public cooperation, and sought the assistance of non-governmental organisations so as to ensure that in the subsequent elections genuine voters will not be deprived of their right to exercise their franchise.
There are 607 booths in the three Assembly segments in Mysore Urban which has a population of nearly 7.55 lakh according to the 2001 census.
The Election Commission recently called for revision of the voters’ list in Mysore on learning that the number of voters in the city was more than 65 per cent of the total population.
Though the revision exercise was conducted over an extended period of time, there were some discrepancies which the Mayor wants to rectify by launching an exercise involving the booth committees.
Reforms could ensure more voter turnout
Research could throw up answers for poor poll percentage
Poll percentage could improve if the Government makes a ‘determined attempt’ to bring in reforms
‘Involvement of Resident Welfare Associations, NGOs and other concerned citizens would help’
MYSORE: The voter turnout in the second phase of the elections held in ten districts has been put at 60 per cent, which is a drop of six per cent from the first phase of polls. What could be the reason for voter apathy? Can reforms set right the apathy and ensure people turn out in large numbers to exercise their franchise?
Social activist Vasanthkumar Mysoormath, who conducted voter awareness movements in 1999, 2004 and 2008 elections (first phase), has echoed Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer P. Manivannan’s reported view that research has to be conducted on poor poll percentage.
“It is high time that such an exercise is undertaken by the Government of India. A number of election reforms are long-pending before the Centre.
The Election Commission itself has forwarded some suggestions that are pending since many years now,” said Mr. Mysoormath, who was the presiding officer in more than 10 elections.
Mr. Mysoormath, who retired from the Indian Audit and Accounts Department, maintained that the poll percentage can be substantially improved if the Government makes a “determined attempt” to bring in reforms as recommended by the Election Commission and experts over the years.
He, too, had made certain suggestions for improving the poll percentage.
Many eligible voters have been denied their right to vote because their names were missing, although they held Elector’s Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).
“Why should they keep running around in circles to obtain updated EPICs every time there is an election, only to be turned down because the revised rolls do not contain their names,” he asked.
The money and energy spent for enumeration and preparation of electoral rolls with the help of teachers and government officials has time and again failed to produce the required results.
This needs to be answered because public money is being splurged to prepare incorrect rolls and to deny the citizens their right to vote, he said.
It is also time for the citizens to behave in a responsible manner and involve themselves at the grassroots level to help the EC set right the perennial problem, he said.
The three-tier system applicable to rural areas viz., zilla, taluk and gram panchayats, is absent in urban areas. To fill this gap, involvement of Resident Welfare Associations/ NGOs and other concerned citizens would help.
“Street committees with volunteers from the residents in a street are the need of the hour.
They, in turn, can coordinate with ward committees for enumeration and compilation of near-perfect electoral rolls and also for assessing the works and projects that need attention and for projecting their demands and grievances with the concerned service providers,” Mr. Mysoormath suggested.
The youth of the country has exhibited rank apathy due to their feeling that “politics is a dirty business”.
Many have expressed disgust over the behaviour of politicians in Parliament/Assemblies.
“The youth have not bothered even to register themselves as voters because of the cumbersome procedure and running around to get an EPIC which nevertheless becomes useless by the next election. This attitude needs to be changed,” he said.
What the country needs is political will to bring necessary legislation through amendment to those rule books that govern elections.
“Countries like Turkey and Australia have compulsory voting and the turnout is about 90-plus per cent. What made those countries prescribe such a rule and how it is implemented may be studied and adopted in our country also,” he said.
Can incentives attract voters?
Some incentive is bound to attract at least a percentage of people to stop being apathetic and cynical and proceed to vote.
“A system may be prescribed: those who vote may be given a certificate by the EC for claiming say one or two per cent reduction in their electricity bills or water bills or property tax for a certain period after an election. If the percentage of voting can be increased by spending a few crores, then it will be well worth trying,” said Mr. Mysoormath.
EC has failed to check flow of money
Election Commission has failed to check distribution of money and other articles among voters. Mine lords, members of land mafia and anti-social elements were controlling the elections, which a dangerous development in democracy.
Major political parties had no moral right to go before the electorate as they had forgotten the basic principles of politics.
four polling booths in Bellary alleged rigging during the second phase of Karnataka assembly elections.
Tribal organisations, demand, disqualification, of candidates
Adivasi Swayattategagi Rastriya Rangha (ASRR)
and Nagarahole Tribal Rights Samithi have urged the Election
Commission to disqualify three candidates contesting from H D Kote
(Reserve) Assembly Constituency for allegedly producing false caste
According to a press note issued by Samithi Convenor P K Ramu,
the candidates Mr Chikkanna (Congress), Mr Chikkaveera Nayaka (BJP)
and (Mr Doddanayaka (JD-S) had contested the Assembly elections from
this reserved constituency for tribals and urged the Commission to
disqualify and file criminal cases against them.
Earlier, based on a complaint filed by the public, Deputy
Commissioner and District Election Officer P Manivannan had
suspended H D Kote Tahasildar T Vijya and ordered a departmental
inquiry against her for issuing S T certificate to BJP candidate
They alleged that all three candidates had tampered with the
school documents and produced the false caste certificates during
the time of the election process and contested from H D Kote.
The Assistant Commissioner of Hunsur Sub Division M R Ravi had
submitted a report to the district election officer alleging
tampering with the records by the three candidates to claim the
Scheduled Tribe status to contest the election.
In his report, Mr Ravi stated the Tahsildar of H D Kote had
issued controversial caste certificates without verifying the
original documents and failed to follow the procedures before
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer
P Manivannan said the report had been sent to the Election
Commission for further action.
Heartfelt greeting on Buddha jayanti.I’m very thankful to you all for showing your concern for the liberation of Mahabodhi Temple, Buddhagaya. I will be going to Bihar in second week of June,2008 for initiating legal action. I have made legal research on the issue of Buddhgaya. Apparantly the Bodhgaya Act of 1949 which provides for provision for constitution of Temple Management Committee with Invaders and thier slaves majority is unconstitutional on ground several provisions and principles (14, 25,26, secularism etc)of Indian Constitution and International Bill of Human Rights.
Its shocking to learn that how state government had courage to enact such illegal and unconstitutional Act. I feel that becouse of Invaders and thier slaves majority in legislatve body has committed mischief on the pretext of better management of affairs of temple.
It is a grave fraud on the Constitution of India and state and society have committed crime of collective conspiracy.
I belong to Buddhagaya itself but since born in untouchable
(Original Inhabitant of Jambudvipa that is the Great Prabuddha Bharath) family, was unaware of my real identity. When I started reading the works of Babasheb Ambedkar and Buddha, I realized that we are defacto Buddhist and then committed to Buddhism and humanity. I’ll fight till last blood of body to liberate Buddhagaya and Buddhism from the domination of Invaders and thier slaves.
I’m looking forward for your active participation and cooperation.
You may publish this letter in your esteem news magzine.
Manual scavenging still rampant in North East Delhi, says report
|Finance and Development Corporation had sponsored the study to identify scavengers in the city|
As per the report scavenging is a women dominated profession
‘The scavengers have high aspirations for their children and want them to study’
NEW DELHI: While 15 years have lapsed since the demeaning and humiliating practice of manual scavenging was banned through the enactment of the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993, manual scavenging is still rampant in North East Delhi, where a majority of Delhi’s 1,282 scavengers work, a study by a Delhi University lecturer has revealed.
According to the study conducted by Pamela Singla, a lecturer at the Department of Social Work at Delhi University, the main pockets of residence and workplace of people engaged in removal of night soil are in areas like Karawal Nagar, Old Seelampur, Shahdara, Gandhi Nagar, Nand Nagri and Babarpur. “Scavenging is done mainly by two ways, either by cleaning of drains or emptying the containers containing night soil,” said Dr. Singla, sharing the findings of the study that she conducted for the Delhi SC/ST/OBC/Minorities/Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation.
The Corporation had sponsored the study to identify scavengers in the city. Acting on the report, the Delhi State Cabinet had recently decided to initiate steps for the rehabilitation of manual scavengers.
As per the report, “Scavengers and Scavenging in Delhi”, submitted to the Corporation in July last year, scavenging is a women dominated profession.
“About 80 per cent of scavengers are women and majority of them are married. Over 71 per cent are below 40 years of age. Out of 1,282 scavengers, 1,085 reside and work in Delhi, while the remaining work in the Capital but live in Loni. Besides scavenging, they also collect garbage and clean septic tanks. They are engaged in scavenging purely owing to financial reasons as they have to fend for their families,” shared Dr. Singla.
A majority of them are not satisfied with their jobs since the work is “extremely filthy”. About 12 per cent of scavengers said they could not quit the profession as there was no alternative means of employment available to them because of their illiteracy.
“They are not sure what they want to do. During informal interactions with some of the women, I could gauge that they were not ready to undergo training for any other job. They showed willingness to do government jobs. Some women even said they would not mind scavenging if it would be counted under government jobs and would give them a regular, fixed income at the end of the month coupled with weekly holidays,” she said.
According to the report, the scavengers had high aspirations for their children and wanted them to study and get into some “dignified profession”.
Interestingly, Dr. Singla had conducted the same study way back in 1992 and was glad to note that the number of human scavengers in the Capital had come down from 8,000 back then to 1,282 this time round.
“Things have improved in some ways. In 1992, there were many scavengers who carried it (night soil) head load. In 2007, such persons were almost negligible with most carrying it in a cart,” she noted.
Dr. Singla said the profession can be completely abolished only when the authorities convert “dry” latrines to “wet” latrines with simultaneous programmes for their rehabilitation.
“As long as there is a demand for their services, scavengers will continue to exist,” she concluded, adding that the Corporation is sharing the report with some ministries.