The Modi Government’s claim that it is an efficient government is in doldrums. The One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue, which the BJP in their election campaign stated that it would be settled if they come in to power, has not been settled, despite the BJP Government in power for more than one year.
It was expected to be announced by the Prime Minister, but nothing happened. It was propagated that it would be issued on 28th August 2015, the war Veteran’s day, but nothing happened.
The Defence Minister is stating that they have agreed in principle on OROP. Does agreeing in principle get releief to the Defence pensioners?
Action, not words are required. Modi Government should issue the orders without any delay.
Another election, 5th in six years, has been announced by the Greek Government.The situation arose after some of the members of the ruling party Syriza left and the government became a minority. Prime Minister Tsipras had resigned a few days back, which resulted in the fresh election which will be held on September 20th.
New Delhi, Aug 28 The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to update its national policy that envisages state support to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons across the country.
The social justice bench comrpising justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit said “national policy on old age homes is 15 year old. You need to update it. So much has happened since 1999.”
The court said that revisiting the 1999 NPOP has become necessary in the wake of the enactment of the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
The National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) envisages state support to ensure financial and food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons, equitable share in development, protection against abuse and exploitation and availability of services to improve the quality of their lives.
It also provides state support on issues like social security, inter-generational bonding, family as the primary caretaker, role of NGOs, training of manpower and research.
The court expressed dissatisfaction over the reply filed by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry and said that it had not disclosed the steps taken so far for setting up old age homes.
Earlier, the apex court had issued notice to the Centre on the PIL seeking setting up of old age homes with basic healthcare facilities in every district of the country. (PTI)
The Government of India has acquired the House in London, where Dr. Ambedkar stayed while he was studying in London School of Economics during 1921-22. The deal to hand over the Rs. 31 crore property has been clinched on 27th August at London. The 2,050 Sq. feet house is situated at 10, King Henry’s Road in London.
It is stated that the house will be made a monument to the architect of the Indian Constitution. A decision to be appreciated.
Another promise by Modi Government is broken. It was assured earlier that the declassification of files connected with Netaji Subhas Bose will be favourably examined. It is 70 years since the disappearance of Netaji after a plane accident. One view is that he died in the accident on 18th August 1945 and his body is laid to rest in a temple in Japan. The other view is that he survived the accident and lived incognito.
There is not an iota of doubt that he is no more. The people has got a right to know what happened to the revolutionary leader who fought for the freedom of the country. But now, once again, the government has decided not to declassify the Netaji Files and make it public. This time, the plea for not declassifying is that it will adversely affect relations with foreign countries.
This is a bogus plea. Finding out the truth about an incident happened about 70 years ago is not have any major effect on any body.
The Government needs to rethink on the matter.
Coms. VAN Nambodiri, President, BSNLCCWF, G.L.Jogi, President SNEA, K.Sebastin, General Secretary SNEA and M.C.Balakrishna, AGS BSNLEU met Shri Anupam Shrivastava, CMD BSNL and demanded that Shri MSS Rao, CGM, Kerala be immediately transferred out of Kerala Circle as agreed in the meeting of the unions and management held at Thiruvananthapuram chaired by Shri N.K.Gupta, Director (CFA) on 20th August 2015. Any delay in the matter will result in further agitational programmes from 1st September 2015. It was also brought to his notice that after joining back from leave, the CGM is creating further troubles which will adversely affect the workers effort to improve the services. The vigilance /CBI enquiry against the officer was also pointed out. Any further day being allowed the present CGM to continue in Kerala will only result in further agitation programmes by the concerned workers..
We hope that the CMD will take immediate action in the matter by shifting the present CGM from Kerala. We congratulate the Kerala workers for their sustained struggle for getting justice.
New Delhi, August 27: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On Gujarat Violence
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the violence which has engulfed various parts of Gujarat resulting in arson and deaths of nine people. The manner in which the police and the administration handled the aftermath of the August 25 rally organized by the Pattidar organizations contributed to the eruption of violence. The CPI(M) calls for the immediate restoration of peace and normalcy.
The wide-spread agitation for reservation for Pattidars is a clear indication of the failure of the so-called Gujarat model of development. It has led to lack of employment opportunities, agrarian crisis and low social development indicators. Unless there is balanced development with equity, large sections of the people will remain outside the ambit of social and economic development.
The demand for reservation should not be used to pit one community against another. Those who are entitled to reservation should not be targeted for the failure of the government to render jobs and equitable development.
In a significant judgment, the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday 18.8.2015 directed the Uttar Pradesh government to make it mandatory for the government employees and those serving in the local bodies to send their kids to government-run primary schools. In its order, the HC asked the state government to take appropriate steps to ensure that these guidelines are implemented from the next academic session.
While hearing a group of petitions by Shiv Kumar Pathak and several others, the HC bench of JusticeIn case the government employees fail to send their kids to the government primary schools, an amount, which they are paying as fee for their wards in private schools, will be deducted from their salaries every month. The court also directed the chief secretary to submit a compliance report in next six months. Agarwal also suggested strict penalties for those officials/employees failing to follow the new rules.