Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel "Jan Chaopaal" will listen to people's problems
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will hear the problems of those coming to the Jan Chapal in his official residence every Wednesday from July 3 to July. Please tell that the Jan-Choupal will start from 11 a.m. But the time for the arrival of people will start from the morning.
People will be given registration number
Those who reach the Jan-Choupal will be given a number by first registration. People will be given entry on the basis of that number. During the Jan-Chaugal of CM Baghel, the Chief Secretaries Sunil Kuzur, DGP DM Awasthi and other senior officials of the departments will also be present. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will not only listen to people's problems but also solve the possible problems. It may be known that the first public meeting of the Congress government will start from Tuesday.
Jan-Choupal at a glance:
CM will start from July 3, Bhupesh Baghel's Jan-Choupal.
Jan-Choupal will be installed in CM house on Wednesday in the CM Bhupesh Baghel CM house.
The program of Jan-Choupal will start from 11 am.
The people who come from across the state will be the first registrations.
According to the registration number, people will get access to the CM house.
Officials will also be there to listen to people's problems and understand them.
CM Bhupesh Baghel will listen to those who come to the problem.
Bhupesh Govt, administrative drill starts in 7 new districts in Chhattisgarh
Apart from Bastar, all the four divisions are being prepared to identify backward areas in the form of district as administrative approach.
7 new districts can be made soon in Chhattisgarh Bhupesh Sarkar has sharpened the exercise for the formation of new districts. Apart from Bastar, all the four divisions are being prepared to identify backward areas in the form of district as administrative approach. The State Government has written to the Divisional Commissioners of Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur and Sarguja to send all the information related to the formation of new districts. It has also said that duly prepared proposals from the division should be prepared and sent to the state government.
Instructions for preparing proposals for making separate districts of Gorela-Pendra, Chirmiri-Manendraagarh, Pratappur-Vadafnagar, Pathholgaon, Bhatapara, Sankra to Banjariana (Fuljhar Zone) and Ambagad Chowki in a letter written by the Revenue and Disaster Management Department of Chhattisgarh. Have been given. The Department of Revenue and Disaster Management has issued instructions to this effect in the letter sent to the Divisional Commissioner.
Detailed information of the total population of the district proposed by the Divisional Commissioner, Total Village, Total Patwari Light Numbers, Revenue Inspector Board, Makbuza Raqa Hectare, number of account holders, Gram Panchayat, separate information of urban body, number of revenue cases , Kotwar, Number of Patels, Joint Map, in which districts have marked the border area and many important information has been floated. At the same time, information about the necessary setup and salary allowance on the district formation has also been convened.
..To be 34 districts
There are currently 27 districts in Chhattisgarh. In 2000, the number of districts in Chhattisgarh, separated from Madhya Pradesh, was 16. After the formation of the state, Narayanpur and Bijapur districts were built on May 11, 2007 in the Bastar division. On January 1, 2012, the then BJP government created the district of Balod, Mungeli, Bemetara, Balodabazar, Gariiband, Kondagaon, Sukma, Balrampur and Surajpur. Now the exercise of making directives for making seven new districts has been intensified.
Raipur: Divya Gajanand, Leela and Khemi have made the road easy
Their way has been simplified by providing a battery-run tri-cycle to the three divisions of the Joint District Office located at Balod district headquarter. The collector himself went to him and heard his problems. Divyang Shri Gajanand Sahu resident of Dalli Rajahhha of Dundee Development block, K. Laila Sahu and K. Khemani Manikpuri told the collector that they are Divine with their feet. Due to Divya, they have problems in daily activities. They had submitted the application to the collector and demanded a battery-operated tricycle.
The Collector directed the officer of the Social Welfare Department to sympathetically consider the application of the devotees and instruct them to provide a battery-run trials. Battery running trials were made available on the instructions of the collector in quick action. Collector Mrs. Sahu gave the best wishes to the devotees by giving them a battery run triuscle. Divya Shri Gajanand Sahu, K. Laila Sahu and K. Kheemani Manikpuri happily said that they can now be known to come for any work with their daily activities with the help of a battery powered TriSikal.
Raipur: Chief Minister approves the Bilaspur city for free Wi-Fi
Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel today gave free Wi-Fi to Bilaspur city dwellers under the smart city project.
In today's inauguration ceremony, the Chief Minister dedicated the Wi-Fi service to the city dwellers. Along with this, he also launched his own cleanliness song of Bilaspur, built by city corporation Bilaspur and Smart City. Visitors will get free Wi-Fi service at Nehru Chowk, Swami Vivekanand Garden, Rever View Road, Shrikant Verma Marg near Magneto Mall, Memorial One, Round Market, Rajiv Plaza, Tagore Chowk at Gandhi Chowk, Pandit Deendayal Garden and Police Ground.
Raipur: Chief Minister gave humble tribute to Dr. Tamrkar
Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel joined the Dashgitra program of Dr Kanhaiya Lal Tamrakar by reaching the local Dhambar city this evening. He presented a humble tribute to Dr. Tamrkar. On this occasion, he expressed deep condolences with his family members.
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Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale
Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker who helped to clear up the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers and surrounding area.
The CDs were in poor condition but the data was ultimately retrievable.
The archivists have uploaded the photos to Flickr.
The digital albums include images of Ground Zero itself taken both at ground level and from above, construction staff at work and the damaged interiors of the blocks surrounding the towers.
Nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
"Generally these items are neglected at sales. It's very likely these would be in a dumpster by now had we not gone," said Dr Johnathan Burgess, whose colleague Jason Scott attended the sale.
"It's a miracle the discs transferred so well, CD Roms of that age are pretty spotty."
He used a CD recovery service to retrieve some of the images.
Dr Burgess said he and Mr Scott had so far been unsuccessful in tracking down the photographer or any relatives.
Many of those who worked in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks went on to suffer illness, with about 400,000 people believed to have been exposed to toxic contaminants, or suffered injury or trauma on the day itself according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Dr Burgess said sharing the photos was "about doing what's right for humanity" and suggested that people who are moved by them should consider donating to a worthy cause of their choice.
Here is a selection of photos from the collection on Flickr.
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Nearly 50 per cent MPs in new Lok Sabha have criminal records
The chances of winning for a candidate with declared criminal cases in the Lok Sabha 2019 is 15.5 per cent whereas for a candidate with a clean background, it is 4.7 per cent.
This is due to the fact that the 17th Lok Sabha will have close to half of its new Members of Parliament (MPs) with declared criminal cases.
Out of the 539 winners analysed in Lok Sabha 2019, 233 MPs have declared criminal cases against themselves. This is an increase of 44 per cent in the number of MPs with declared criminal cases since 2009.
Congress MP Dean Kuriakose from Idukki constituency in Kerala has declared 204 criminal cases against himself. These include cases related to committing culpable homicide, house trespass, robbery, criminal intimidation, etc.
As per the self-sworn affidavits submitted by the candidates at the time of filing nominations, the new Lok Sabha has surpassed the previous two in electing MPs with criminal records.
Out of the 542 MPs analysed during Lok Sabha elections in 2014, 185 (34 per cent) winners had declared criminal cases against themselves while out of 543 winners analysed during Lok Sabha elections in 2009, 162 (30 per cent) had declared criminal cases against themselves.
This time its close to half. Out of the 539 winners analysed in Lok Sabha elections 2019, 233 (43 per cent) MPs have declared criminal cases against themselves.
The figure is far more alarming when it comes to serious criminal cases. Around 159 (29 per cent) winners this time have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crimes against women, etc.
In 2014, out of 542 MPs analysed, 112 (21 per cent) had declared serious criminal cases against themselves. In 2009, out of 543 winners analysed, 76 (14 per cent) winners had declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
There is an increase of 109 per cent in the number of MPs with declared serious criminal cases since 2009.
Among the new Lok Sabha MPs, there are 10 who have declared convicted cases against themselves. There are 11 MPs with declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302) and 30 winners with declared cases of attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).
There are 19 MPs who have declared cases related to crimes against women. Out of these, three have declared cases related to rape (IPC Section-376) and six have declared cases related to kidnappings.
Around 29 winners have declared cases related to hate speech.
Among the political parties, NDA ally Janta Dal United (JDU) has the highest percentage of MPs with criminal records.
In their affidavits, 13 (81 per cent) out of 16 winners from JD(U), 29 (57 per cent) out of 51 winners from INC, 10 (43 per cent) out of 23 winners from DMK, 9 (41 per cent) out of 22 winners fielded by AITC and 116 (39 per cent) out of 301 winners from the BJP have declared criminal cases against themselves.
While, 87 (29 per cent) out of 301 winners from the BJP, 19 (37 per cent) out of 51 winners from INC, 6 (26 per cent) out of 23 winners from DMK, 4(18 per cent) out of 22 winners fielded by AITC and 8 (50 per cent) out of 16 winners from JD(U) have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
The above report has been released by National Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) after analysing the self-sworn affidavits of 539 out of 542 winners in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Elections in Vellore constituency was cancelled. Three winners were not analysed due to the unavailability of their clear and complete affidavits on the Election Commission of India website at the time of making this report.
An alternative vision can only take on PM Modi
Now that the dust has settled on the General Elections of 2019, and we have a new government, in fact not new, but the same BJP led NDA Government in power, with Narendra Modi at its helm, let us pause for a bit and think what this mandate means for the future of Indian democracy and its institutions.
The plethora of glib opinion pieces analysing the ‘thumping mandate’ given to Modi’s brand of politics is flying around in the last few days, especially India morphing into a ‘New India’. Before we start dissecting ‘New India’ that elects a terror accused, Pragya Singh Thakur, to the Parliament, it is important to understand what was the ‘old’ (sic) India.
When India became independent on 15th August 1947, amidst the horror of partition, and displacement of millions of refugees in Bengal and Punjab, the national leaders who participated in the freedom struggle spent almost three years drafting the contract between the newly independent State and its people, i.e., the Constitution of India that came into force on 26th January 1950.
What did that contract entail? That India would be a democratic, secular, socialist republic (albeit the terms ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ were explicitly added in 1976, but the principles always existed in the Constitution) based on a written Constitution that guaranteed several fundamental rights to its people, including the right to equality, non-discrimination, freedom of expression, protection from arbitrary detention, right to life and personal liberty, and freedom of religion, amongst others.
Rule of law was the sine qua non of the independent nation, and all her institutions, whether the Parliament, Executive, Judiciary, or constitutional bodies of Election Commission, were to operate within the bounds of the Constitution. Electoral democracy was only an aspect of the democratic nation and not the whole of it, instead, the focus was on the deepening of democratic principles amongst the masses, and empowerment of the marginalised populations, through welfare policies and laws.
It is often argued that both democracy and secularism were alien concepts to the Indian masses, and were imposed on them, by the Constitution drafters. In fact, this was not at all true. Ambedkar was influenced by the Buddhist ideas of parliamentary democracy, as evident from the Bhikshu Sanghas that followed most procedures of parliamentary decision making.
Similarly, with regard to secularism, the Constituent Assembly members took secularism for granted and pledged that India would be a secular state, with no State religion, and no discrimination against any person on the basis of religion. The evolution of the Indian State included the evolution of its democratic institutions, including the Election Commission of India, Reserve Bank of India, enforcement machinery, universities, and other institutions.
Each was meant to act as a check on absolute power, advance freedom, and generate equality and scientific temper. Most importantly, the aim was to create a truly just and equal post-colonial society that eschewed caste atrocity, religious discrimination, and inequality. Of course, the emergency happened, where most of the fundamental rights were suspended, with a huge clampdown on opposition parties, and the civil society activists.
The last 69 years did not achieve all, but strives were made in all spheres to fulfill the aspirations of the people of India as well as the Constitution makers. Significantly, there was a consensus on what kind of majority the country wanted, i.e., the liberal secular democratic order was agreed upon and built incrementally over the decades. Communal harmony and co-existence were a cherished ideal, both in law and in practice.
But since the last 5 years, this liberal secular democratic order is under systematic attack by the current political regime, aided by the RSS. There have been more than a hundred cases of mob lynchings by cow vigilantes resulting in deaths of Muslim individuals, cases being filed against victims of mob lynchings and their families under cow slaughter laws, and
several cases of daily violence and harassment against Muslims all over the country, amongst others, thereby creating an entire atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Besides, there has been an exponential rise in Dalit atrocities, attempts to dilute the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Protection against Atrocities) Act, 1989, and introduce 10% quota for economically weak upper castes.
Besides, no institution is left undamaged, whether Judiciary in terms of judicial appointments and allocation of cases, financial institutions like RBI or Statistical Commission that generates the economic data, universities and scientific institutions, and even the Election Commission of India.
2019 witnesses one of the most divisive and communal election campaigns ever, with the EC taking action only against the opposition parties or the less important BJP MPs, but did not say a word against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had 11 complaints filed against him for violating the Model Code of Conduct (‘MCC’) or against Amit Shah, let alone taking action.
Both mainstream electronic and print media is completely biased in favour of the ruling establishment, with some exceptions, while the mantle of independent and fair reporting is carried by the online and non-corporate media enterprises. No sphere of public life has not been vitiated by the divisive and Hindutva agenda. Students have been arrested, universities vandalised, artists derided, violence against women and sexual minorities justified and encouraged, and the leitmotif of all, the bogey of nationalism has pervaded all spheres of public and private discourse.
And this mandate is proof of all that more. The country that we grew up in and was quite proud of no longer exists in most sense. Now the question is what can be done? Should we all just agree that India has now become a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, and not fight for the constitutional ideals? Should we just the cede the ever limited space in media, academic spaces, public opinion, and political discourses that argue that this “New India” is destructive, divisive and in the end, will only result in implosion? There is no need for external aggression now, in another 5 years, if the present situation continues, we would be continually under ‘siege’.
I think what is required is another satyagraha, i.e., a fight for the basic: for humanity, compassion, liberty, and fraternity. It’s a fight to preserve the Constitution if we can still do it. The elected majority does not make a nation. Ideas make a country, and we have to get the ‘ideas’ and ‘ideals’ back in our democracy. It’s no use fighting the Hindutva forces if we only want to advocate ‘soft Hindutva’.
A clear unequivocal alternative vision has to be created, which is a polar opposite to the Hindutva agenda. If it is an ideological war between two visions, then let the rules be clear. We have to make it clear that those of us who have enjoyed the fruits of a liberal democratic secular regime, in terms of scientific education and civil discourse, cannot now deny the same to the future generation. We have to start young, and with young (not just in age, but in being open minded).
The 2019 mandate is neither against political dynasties nor against caste politics. It is a product of an RSS project in the works for almost 90 years, with thousands at work chipping away the contours of our secular social fabric, with each riot at a time, each institution at a time, and each seat at a time, which found its fifth gear only from 2014 onwards. It’s the hour of glory for Hindutva fanatics to decisively change the course of the country in such a short span of time. Shock and Awe. Of course, ably supported by the EC, media, corporate resources, and an overall decline in the institutional checks and balances in the country.
However, if we look at the data, only 39% of voters have voted for the NDA parties, while the 61% have not (definitely up from 31% in 2014). Therein lies the story that all is not lost, there is fight still left in the majority of India’s population and let us not undermine that, irrespective of the will and health of the opposition parties. We can’t lose hope. ‘New’ India is not ‘India’.
Amritananda Chakravorty is a freelance journalist. Views are personal.