17042017-TT-01.qxd 4/16/2017 10:25 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 monday,april 17, 2017 jammu & kashmir chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 2 no. 105 | 16 pages | ~3.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd Consider benefits to paramilitary: SC Asks Centre to reconsider non-grant /thetribunechd PM calls for ‘giant leap’ by 2022 Bats for social justice for Muslim women without conflict; terms EVM row unsustainable Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service Army Chief meets NSA post video row New Delhi, April 16 Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today apprised National Security Adviser Ajit Doval of the security situation in Kashmir, amidst growing outrage in the Valley over the controversial “human shield” video. Rawat’s meeting comes a day after he had separate deliberations with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor NN Vohra over the law and order situation. The video, showing a man tied to an Army vehicle purportedly as a shield against stone-pelters during polling in the Srinagar Lok Sabha bypoll, has triggered a public outcry, prompting separate inquiries by the civil and Army authorities. Gen Rawat had assured Mehbooba of timely action against the personnel responsible for tying the man to the vehicle at Budgam. Army officials told a probe team that they had received a call from the ITBP and the police guarding a polling station to save them from a mob that was out to lynch them. The Army convoy rushed in and tied 36-year-old Farooq Dar to a jeep, they said. — PTI New Delhi, April 16 Can paramilitary forces such as CRPF, BSF, ITBP CISF , and SSB be given monetary benefits like the “organised services”? The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to reconsider its decision on the issue. The Centre has challenged the Delhi High Court’s September 2015 verdict asking it to consider all paramilitary forces as “organised services”. “If the conferment of monetary benefit can assuage the grievance of the respondents, the Union of India may rethink over the matter without disturbing its sense of discipline as it conceives,” a Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said in an order on April 6. It was perceived that paramilitary personnel were grieved by the non-grant of ‘equal pay for equal work’, a benefit granted to the organised services, and if the conferment of monetary benefit could assuage their grievance, the government might think over it, the Bench said, giving 12 weeks to the government to take a decision. The Delhi HC had said officers of paramilitary forces should be given the benefits, including non-functional financial upgradation (NFU), earlier available to ‘Group A organised services’, from 2006 in terms of the 6th Pay Commission. Under NFU, if all officers of a particular batch cannot move up the ladder owing to lack of vacancies but only one does, the others will automatically get financial upgradation like the one who has been promoted. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar said if the paramilitary forces were declared as organised group ‘A’ services, there cannot be any deputation and no one from IPS cadre can come on deputation. The SC fixed August 9 for hearing, framed issues for consideration and whether the Home Ministry alone was responsible for taking a decision or other departments can confer the benefit of equivalence subject to Cabinet nod. Telangana Bill to raise quota for Muslims, STs Capt for export of power to If quota sought, can’t reverse it: SC Pak, Nepal, seeks approval OBC petitioner wanted job in general category since had more marks Satya Prakash Tribune News Service Suresh Dharur Tribune News Service Tribune News Service Chandigarh, April 16 Beset with the problem of surplus power, the Punjab Government is all set to approach the Centre seeking permission to export power to Pakistan and Nepal. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, who will meet senior officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) soon to review the power scenario, will write to PM Narendra Modi on the issue, it is learnt. Power consumers in the state will have to bear a burden of about Rs 2,750 crore For Circulation and Advertisement related issues please call at following numbers between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Circulation: 0172-3050419 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Advertisement: Classified: 0172-3050257, or e-mail at email@example.com Display: 0172-3050256, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Lord Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar on Sunday. PTI for taking a giant leap towards building a new India and rewriting history. We have done a lot of work, but it is not adequate. We have to awaken our ‘purusharth (efforts)’ and work in mission mode,” he said. Reaffirming his commitment to development, he stressed on ‘P2 G2’ (propeople proactive good governance) agenda and rejected the EVM row as another “unsustainable” product of “manufacturing factories” Satya Prakash Sarbjit Dhaliwal Hyderabad, April 16 Amid protests from the Opposition BJP a special , session of the Telangana Assembly today passed a Bill to increase the reservation quota for Muslims and Scheduled Tribes in the country’s newest state. Reservations in jobs and educational institutions for the socially and economically backward sections among Muslims, under the category OBC-E, will go up from the present 4 per cent to 12 per cent while it will be increased from 6 per cent to 10 per cent for STs. With this, the total reservations in the state will go up to 62 per cent, exceeding the 50 per cent ceiling fixed by the Supreme Court. However, states can cross the upper limit, provided the Centre gives consent and includes it in the 9th Schedule of the Constitution, as was done in the case of Tamil Nadu in the past. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao termed it “historic”, asserting that he would take up with the NDA government the need to allow the increase in reservation in tune with the social realities and include it in the 9th Schedule. Countering the BJP members’ objections over quota for Muslims, the CM clarified that it was not based on religion but on social and economic backwardness of certain sections among the Muslim community. Bhubaneswar, April 16 Terming triple talaq a “kupratha” (social evil), Prime Minister Narendra Modi today batted for social justice for his Muslim sisters, but without any “sangharsh” (divisions or conflict) within the community. His message at the BJP’s national executive meeting here coincided with the warning issued by the AllIndia Muslim Personal Law Board that anyone found misusing the Islamic practice of triple talaq would face social boycott. The Prime Minister asked his party members to look upon political power as an “instrument” for social and economic transformation and treat electoral victories with humility. Calling for a “giant leap” towards building a new India by 2022, he insisted on socio-economic transformation dominating the national discourse, as did Independence in Mahatma Gandhi’s talk. The PM called for making India a leading country in the world by 2022. “It’s time Unsuccessful earlier This is not the first time that the issue of exporting surplus power to Pakistan has cropped up. It has been tried a number of times, but without success. A meeting was held in 2012 to export 500 MW daily, but it did not materialise. Later, trade delegations took it up. (around 70 paise per unit) this fiscal due to non-utilisation of the fixed quota of power being generated by private sector thermal plants in the state. At the time of setting up such plants, the state entered into agreements with private players that it would pay fixed charges in case its power customers did not utilise the fixed quota of power generated at these plants. In fact, the burden has to be ultimately borne by power consumers in the state. With the setting up of three thermal plants in the private sector in recent years, there has been an addition of 3,950 MW in power generation against the requirement of 1,400-1,500 MW . continued on page 7 Tribune News Service New Delhi, April 16 In a significant verdict, the Supreme Court has said candidates availing of age relaxation under reserved categories for government jobs can’t claim the right to be appointed under the general category. “We find that there is an express bar for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC who have availed relaxation for being considered for general category,” a Bench headed by Justice R Bhanumathi said. The Bench dismissed the appeal of one Deepa, And the winner is — B Sai Praneeth Promising Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth clinched his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open after defeating compatriot K Srikanth in a historic all-Indian final on Sunday. World No.30 Praneeth, who had won the Canada Open Grand Prix last year and reached the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold final this year, won 17-21 21-17 21-12 in the summit clash of the USD 350,000 event. AFP PAGE 14 Where kids are named after, you name it Bundi (Rajasthan), April 16 If you hear someone saying here “Rashtrapati has gone to graze goats” or “Pradhan Mantri has left for the city to purchase essentials”, don’t be surprised. Also, a doctor being asked to prescribe medicines for Samsungs or Androids suffering from dysentery isn’t something uncommon. Names of people after topranking posts, high offices and mobile brands and accessories aren’t something new in this district. So apart from Rashtrapati, Pradhan Mantri, Samsung and Android, there are others who have names like SIM Card, Chip, Gionee, Miss Call, Rajyapal and High Court. In Ramnagar village, 10 km from the district headquarters with a population of 500 from the Kanjar community, the names are usually after top-ranking posts, high offices and popular figures. Though most of the people in the village are illiterate, their names speak otherwise. A woman was so impressed by the aura of the district collector during his visit that she named her grandson Collector, who never went to school and is now 50. “Several villagers often engage in illegal activities and frequent police stations and courts. Influenced by the reputation and dignity of officials, they tend to name their children after posts and offices like IG, SP Hawaldar , and Magistrate,” says a teacher in the government school of the village. Congress, a passionate fan of Indira Gandhi, named his family members Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka. A disabled person named High Court is popular for his fierce nature. At the time of his birth, his grandfather was granted bail by the HC for a criminal activity. People of Moggiya and Banjara communities living in villages in Nainwa region of the district name their children after mobile phone brands and accessories. Women and girls from the Meena community in Arniya village have their own share of names: Namkeen, Photobai, Jalebi, Mithai and Phaltu. — PTI set up by Opposition parties. Invoking Eklavya, he asked party leaders and workers to be their own guru. “At a time when the party is registering victories everywhere, it is imperative that their ‘utsah’ (enthusiasm) belonging to the Dheevara community, who had applied for the post of Lab Assistant Grade II in the Export Inspection Council of India under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under the OBC category. The selection went in favour of one Serena Joseph, another OBC candidate who had secured 93 marks as against 82 marks scored by Deepa. Having failed to get the job under the OBC category, Deepa wanted the government to consider her against general category seats as none from the general category secured 70 does not turn into ‘unmad’ (unbridled passion),” he said. Several BJP leaders have been accused of making provocative statements following the victory in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. more on page 7 marks — the minimum cutoff marks. She moved the Kerala High Court, which dismissed her plea. However, the Supreme Court dismissed her appeal, holding that there was an express bar against reserved category candidates being considered for general category seats. The Bench also rejected her arguments based on an earlier verdict of the top court in a case from Uttar Pradesh, saying there was no such express bar in the state law under which the employment was being considered. ❝We find that there is an express bar for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC who have availed relaxation for being considered for general category❞ Supreme Court Bench Border farmers get driven to drug trade Hijack threat triggers alert at airports Economic distress takes its toll Tribune News Service Anirudh Gupta Ferozepur, April 16 Border farmers, with landholdings across the fence along the India-Pakistan border, are being driven to drug peddling. Unable to cope with the spurt in input costs and crop failure, they are increasingly falling into the trap of cross-border smugglers, say sources. “Even if our crops are untouched by the swollen Sutlej, the wild boars destroy our fields,” says a desolate Swaran Singh, claiming that government help almost never arrives. If it does, the farmers have to make umpteen rounds of offices. If fortunate to get the dole, it is invariably too meagre to make a difference, he says. Also, for every sickness or wedding in the family, the farmers have to borrow money, which they are unable to pay back. More often than not, they are goaded by smugglers into carrying drugs across the fence, and eventually find themselves behind bars, says Karan Singh, secretary, Border Kisan Union. “The risk of getting caught and the subsequent disgrace does not stop them from entering the illegal trade, such is the economic distress. Those more conscientious, resort to suicide. It is a Hobson’s choice for most,” explains farmer Guram Singh. A former sarpanch, who did not want to be identified, said he once owned 10 acres. He, however, had to sell both the land and his house owing to the mounting debt over the years. He was arrested for stealing a bike and then for drug smuggling. Another farmer took to drug peddling because of repeated losses. Ironically, his son turned an addict and died of drug overdose. Jarnail Singh owned 8 acres. He had to sell 4 acres to pay a lawyer after his son was booked under the NDPS Act. Last week, three farmers — Mukhtiar Singh of Gandhu Kilcha, Jarnail Singh of Dullke Ke and Major Singh of Gandhu Kilcha — were caught with drugs. Also, BSF personnel apprehended continued on page 7 Mumbai, April 16 Security has been beefed up at major airports across the country after an email was sent to a security agency warning of aircraft being hijacked from three major airports today. Sources in the anti-terror squad said the email was sent by a woman who allegedly overheard some boys discussing plans to hijack aircraft from Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad airports. The message also warned that 23 people were likely to be part of the hijack operation. The mail was sent to officials based in Mumbai early on Sunday, sources said. Security agencies activated the drill to deal with possible hijack situations and multiple agencies such as the CISF in charge of security at the Mumbai airport and the ATS of the Mumbai police had been put on alert. Sources at the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport have warned passengers of delay during checkin following heightened security measures.
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