Dalits Media Watch – News Updates 18.11.16

  • ‘After note ban, vegetables have vanished from our platter’ – The Hindustan Times
  • Bhopal: Life in prison till death for man who raped 3 minors – The Hindustan Times
  • Bank gives UP woman with cancer-stricken son Rs 2000 in Re 1 coins – The Hindustan Times
  • Union Health Secy to Supreme Court panel: Selection of Chandigarh PGI director on ‘merit and suitability’- The Indian Express
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दलित मीडिया वाच – हिंदी न्यूज़ अपडेट 18.11.16

http://justicenews.co.in/Hindi/dmw-hindi-news-update-18-11-16/11263

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‘After note ban, vegetables have vanished from our platter’

Updated: Nov 18, 2016 00:31 IST Anupam Srivastava and Oliver Fredrick, Hindustan Times, Lucknow

In the dusty village of Mau Chikmandi in Mohanlalganj, just 25 kilometres from the state capital, life has changed after November 8. A few villagers are worried about arranging money for weddings and others are not sleeping well at night. Some others have also been compromising with their eating habits, shunning cooked vegetables and managing with roti-chutney alone. Despite the hardships, many are willing to back the demonetisation move.

Mohammed Arif, 28, is about to get married on November 26 but instead of being happy and dreaming about his new life, he is a worried man.

“We are so short of cash that my family has not been sleeping at nights. Life is not the same for me. That night (November 8) has changed the way I look at marriages. I was someone who enjoyed weddings to the hilt. I never knew that I would not be able to enjoy my own marriage,” said Arif.

His father, Mohammed Yaseen added, “The government should have thought about poor people like us. Banks are not helping us either. Despite showing the wedding card to the manager, he said that he couldn’t change the rule for us. Now, I don’t know where to go.”

UP’s rural economy is powered by cash transactions. Despite the Jan Dhan drive, many villagers still don’t have bank accounts. Plastic money too is unheard of by most people in rural areas.

Rajesh Sharma, whose daughter Shanno is set to get married on November 21, has been making purchases via cheques. Sharma has bought sarees and several utilities through cheque payment. This is not to say that he’s not feeling the pinch of demonetisation. “I have a lot of old denomination cash with me, which I got after selling 5 biswa of land,” he said, adding, “It’s a wrong decision. I voted for BJP but not for this day.”

Then there are some, who support the centre’s decision. Anil Raidas, a dalit cobbler in village Bakkhakhera said, “It’s a good step. I am ready to support it. I have lost some of my earnings but I am happy that the menace of black money will be tamed. I used to earn around Rs 200 per day. Today, I am not earning more than Rs 100 but I am with the government.”

He added, “Yes, vegetables have disappeared from our diet. I am only taking roti-chutney but all this is acceptable if the plague of black money can be controlled and the corrupt are sent behind bars.”

Courtesy: The Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/lucknow/after-note-ban-vegetables-have-vanished-from-our-platter/story-mAgImCeqct2T9KrT0mukdJ.html

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Bhopal: Life in prison till death for man who raped 3 minors

Updated: Nov 17, 2016 11:49 IST  HT Correspondent, Bhopal

A 36-year-old alleged serial rapist who kidnapped and raped three minors within a span of five months in different parts of Bhopal in 2015 and 2016 was sentenced to life in prison till death in one of the three rape cases by a special court here on Wednesday.

Special judge (SC/ST Atrocities) DK Paliwal, while holding the accused, Radheyshyam Meena, alias Raddu, guilty of kidnapping and raping a 9-year-old Dalit girl in Piplani area of Bhopal on November 26, 2015, sentenced the convict to life in prison till death.

The court also slapped a penalty of Rs 30,000 on the convict, who hails from Shajapur district of MP, but has been residing since last few months in Anand Nagar locality in Bhopal’s Piplani area.

The prosecution produced 17 witnesses during the course of the trial and the conviction was achieved in just eight months from Raddu’s arrest in another kidnapping and rape case lodged in March 2016 by Awadhpuri police.

Raddu, a daily wage labourer, had kidnapped the girl while she had gone with father to Gandhi Market in Piplani on November 26, 2015. He subsequently took the minor to a desolate spot and raped her, after forcing her to consume liquor.

He attacked the girl and severely wounded her. The matter came to light on November 27, 2015, when the rape survivor returned home.

A case under Sections 376 and 363 of the IPC was lodged by the Piplani police. The accused was also booked under provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012.

Raddu allegedly used the same modus operandi to kidnap two more minors in Aishbag and Awadhpuri in January and March 2016 respectively, city SP (Govindpura) Ajay Singh told Hindustan Times.

It was the Awadhupuri police which arrested Raddu first, a day after Holi, for allegedly raping and kidnapping another minor just 24 hours earlier.

It was during the course of grilling by the Awadhpuri police that Raddu admitted to kidnapping and raping the Dalit minor.

Courtesy: The Hindustan Times-

http://www.hindustantimes.com/bhopal/bhopal-life-in-prison-till-death-for-man-who-raped-3-minors/story-e4aUHTcxnOX8QAGOvQB8wM.html

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Bank gives UP woman with cancer-stricken son Rs 2000 in Re 1 coins

Updated: Nov 17, 2016 12:05 IST Oliver Fredrick and Anupam Srivastava, Hindustan Times, Lucknow

Life has been a story of setbacks for Sarju Devi, a resident of Maurawa road in Mohanlalganj, but she is a fighter. The woman in her late 60s has faced struggle – be it at the time when she lost her husband, or when her young son was diagnosed with last-stage-abdominal cancer. But what happened on Tuesday left her crestfallen.

On the day, Sarju couldn’t control her emotions when a banker handed her over a bag, packed with Re 1 coins against Rs 2,000 (in old denominations), which she went to exchange at a bank in Mohanlalganj, 25km from Lucknow.

“Is it justified? After spending hours in queues, to get my own money, I am being paid in one rupee coins. The bag weighs around 17kg, that I couldn’t even carry home,” lamented Sarju Devi, accusing the bankers of apathy. She had to call her son to help take the bag home.

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Sarju said she pleaded the woman cashier to take the coins back as it would be of little help to her ailing son whose check-up was due.

“The cashier turned a deaf ear to all my pleas and replied, ‘jo milega wohi to denge (bank will give money in whatever denominations it will receive), lena ho to lo, warna jao (take it, or go back),” said Sarju, as she showed the reports of her son Ram Kumar Yadav.

Her son was diagnosed with cancer last year and the chief minister had granted an amount of Rs 1 lakh for his treatment.

The cash crunch has left Sarju demoralised as she doesn’t have any more money for her son’s check up. “Radio therapy keeps my son going. Since three days, we couldn’t get it done as no one is accepting the change. They don’t have time to count Re 1 coins,” she added.

Sarju is not the only one facing problems. Mohanlalganj has many others who echoed similar sentiments – they are those who have marriages in their families.

“It’s really unfair on the PM’s part. Did he ever imagine how families having marriages would combat the situation with mere Rs 24,000 withdrawal limit. Nobody is ready to accept payments through cheques, as clearance will take three days. In a small town like Mohanlalganj, people don’t believe in cashless transactions,” said Mohammed Abdul Ghani, whose sister Razia Bano’s marriage is scheduled on December 10.

He said when he went to buy a bike for his would-be brother-in-law, the showroom people asked for Rs6,000 extra to accept old currency.

Rajesh Sharma, a farmer whose daughter’s marriage is scheduled on November 21, is also not convinced with the demonetisation move. “I am paying through cheques as I don’t have any other option. Though not everyone is accepting it, but I am convincing all that the cheque would be cleared,” said Sharma.

A few farmers, hailing from Chibau Khera village in Mohanlalganj said the central government’s move has affected farming as well.

“Most of the farmers deal in cash. How will they get pumps, fertilisers and other equipment when there is no cash…the problem seems to be big, as of now,” said Lalla Ram, a farmer Chibau Khera village.

Even as others are cribbing over demonetisation, people of Bindaua – one of the backward Dalit villages of the town, still believe there is a ray of hope.

“We should give at least 50 days’ time to the Prime Minister and I am sure things will get streamlined,” said Sujit Kumar, a youth from Bindaua village.

Courtesy: The Hindustan Times-

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/struggling-with-change-post-demonetisation/story-BJMF7cKKyYmY3t7g3OGgxI.html

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 Union Health Secy to Supreme Court panel: Selection of Chandigarh PGI director on ‘merit and suitability’

 The commission recently put the selection on hold after they received a complaint from an SC and ST body of PGI alleging discrimination in the process against SC candidates.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:November 18, 2016 5:24 am

A SEARCH and selection committee constituted by Union Health Minister J P Nadda to recommend a panel of doctors to select PGIMER director used “merit and suitability” to shortlist the panel, Union Health Secretary C K Mishra told the National Commission for Scheduled Castes on Thursday.

The commission recently put the selection on hold after they received a complaint from an SC and ST body of PGI alleging discrimination in the process against SC candidates. The Union Health Secretary was asked to appear before the committee in the case.

As the case came up for hearing on Thursday, Union Health Secretary C K Mishra appeared before the commission and explained how the panel was shortlised by a committee constituted by the Union Health Ministry. As he was asked to explain the criteria, Mishra told the commission the shortlisting was done as per the “merit and suitability”. The secretary then presented its action taken report, following which the commission asked the petitioners to submit a rejoinder. The next date of hearing is December 12,” said Ishwar Singh, a commission member. “The commission also questioned why parameters like seniority, administrative experience and merit were not taken into account to shortlist the panel.”

Singh said that the health secretary told the commission that applicants for the PGI post were asked to come up with five slides. “No preference was given to seniority. We also came to know that one of the shortlised applicants had faced a vigilance probe in the past and another candidate is not even heading a department,” he said.

The commission, Singh said, will give its further comments only after the petitioner submits the rejoinder. “The commission has already said till the clearance of commission is issued, the selection may be put on hold,” he said.

A controversy has erupted over the selection of a panel by the selection committee which was headed by Mishra. Dr Anil Bhansali, head of Department of Endocrinology, Dr Meenu Singh, who is from the Department of Paediatrics, and Dr Jagat Ram, head, Advanced Eye Centre, were recommended by the selection committee.

The selection panel has triggered resentment among the PGI faculty who have raised questions about the shortlisted doctors. Of the three shortlisted candidates, according to senior faculty members, one of them is junior in terms of professor seniority list while another candidate had faced a vigilance probe earlier.

 Courtesy:The Indian Express-

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/union-health-secy-to-supreme-court-panel-selection-of-chandigarh-pgi-director-on-merit-and-suitability-4381523/

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 News monitored by AMRESH & AJEET

 

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