Withdraw chief secretary’s “unconstitutional” dismissal decision: Mamata tells Center
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-05-2021; Describing the Union government’s order to remove West Bengal’s chief secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, “as unconstitutional, one-sided” and as a result of political revenge, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the Center order on Saturday.
- Banerjee said he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him for permission three times before leaving for Digha.
- Hours after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee failed to attend the Prime Minister’s Cyclone Yaas review meeting, the cabinet nominating committee attached the senior state official to the center.
- Referring to photographs of empty chairs at the Prime Minister’s meeting, Banerjee said he spoke to her for several minutes, which had not been photographed or distributed.
- Chief Minister also raised the issue that the Leader of the Opposition was not present when the Prime Minister visited Gujarat or Odisha.
Bengal Chief Secretary recall “malicious”, says federalism death sentence, says Congress
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-05-2021; Congress on Saturday condemned the removal of the West Bengal chief secretary by the Center, saying it was an “unforgivable” attack on the Constitution and federalism that would create anarchy in the country, PTI reported.
- The congress leader also said the ongoing saga in Calcutta’s High Court is extremely worrying and bodes ill for an independent judiciary.
- Surjewala said the recent letter from Calcutta High Court Judge Arindam Sinha is equally shocking to everyone who has faith in the Constitution.
- Just four days after being granted an extension, on Friday night, the Center enlisted the services of West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and called on the state government to immediately relieve the officer, a measure described by the leader as a “forced delegation”.
- Bandyopadhyay, an IAS 1987 officer in the West Bengal cadre, was due to retire on May 31 after turning 60. However, he was granted a three-month extension following the Center’s agreement.
13 district collectors most authorized to grant citizenship to applicants from 3 countries
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-05-2021; Home Ministry authorized 13 other district collectors in five states (Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab) to issue citizenship certificates to applicants from six minority communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
- Latest notification is a reiteration of similar orders issued in 2016 and 2018 and is unrelated to the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which has not yet entered into force.
- The CAA approved in 2019 seeks to grant Indian citizenship to six undocumented communities who arrived in India on December 31, 2014.
- May 28 notification is intended to benefit legal immigrants (who entered with passport / visa) from Hindus , Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains , Parsi and Christian communities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have already applied for citizenship under Section 5 (by registration) and Section 6 (naturalization) of the Citizenship Act 1955.
- The only way CAA could have helped legal migrants belonging to minorities was to expedite their applications, as it reduced the mandatory 11-year requirement for a total stay in India to obtain citizenship to five.
- Although CAA rules have yet to be formulated, a minority candidate from the three countries, even though he arrived in 2014, becomes eligible for citizenship in 2025.
- However, many of them have resided in India since 20 years with long-term visas (LTV). An LTV is a precursor to citizenship.
- Applicants will need to submit their application online and the citizenship certificate will be provided after security clearance by central agencies and state police.
- Under the current system, minority communities in the three countries that entered India before December 31, 2009 may or may not choose to provide a copy of their passport, but must provide the date of the visa and can upload the visa document instead passport when applying for citizenship.
- The Secretaries of the Interior of Punjab (except Jalandhar) and Haryana (except Faridabad) were also given these powers.
- Citizenship is a central issue, and the Home Office periodically delegates powers to states by means of notice in the bulletin in accordance with section 16 of the Citizenship Act of 1955.
Vairamuthu to ‘return’ ONV Kurup literary prize
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-05-2021; Popular Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu on Saturday announced the “return” of the ONV literary prize, instituted in memory of the Malayalam poet ONV Kurup, winner of Jnanpith, following protests from various quarters against the composer award, who faces charges sexual harassment.
- He requested that the ₹ 3 lakh cash award announced by the academy be given to the Kerala Chief Minister’s public aid fund and announced his own contribution of ₹ 2 lakh to it as a “token” of his love for Kerala and its people.
- Although he said he was “returning” the award, he actually rejected the honor, saying he didn’t want the jury to be embarrassed and blamed the “vendetta” for the ONV Cultural Academy’s decision. to reconsider the price.
- On Friday, the ONV Cultural Academy said it had decided to reconsider the decision to award the fifth ONV literary prize to Vairamuthu.
- The academy’s decision is the result of growing protests from various quarters against the decision to award the award to the Tamil poet and composer accused of sexual harassment.
- Actors Parvathi Thiruvothu and Geetu Mohandas and singer Chinmayi Sripada, who were among the women who accused Vairamuthu of sexual harassment, had opposed Kerala’s honor for the lyricist. Vairamuthu had previously denied the allegations against him, calling them “totally false” and “reasoned”.
At the end of Jaishankar’s visit, vaccine supply issues are still being resolved
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-05-2021; Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday discussed various topics, including the acquisition of the Covid-19 vaccine, border issues between India and China (according to the United States ), climate change, the Quad and the bilateral relationship.
- Discussions on the purchase of vaccines for India and related issues, such as compensation for vaccine manufacturers, are still being resolved.
- When asked if there was a discussion about the distribution of vaccines from US stocks, Jaishankar said the issue had been raised but had not gone into detail.
- The Biden administration has pledged to share 60 million doses of AstraZeneca and 20 million additional doses of vaccine with the rest of the world by the end of June.
- U.S. officials said they would work with COVAX, an international effort to equitably distribute vaccines, to meet the allowance.
- Expanding vaccine manufacturing in India, Jaishankar said, was one of the goals of his visit to Washington. In a tweet on Friday, he said his meeting with Blinken and the team “was also Indo-USA centered. Vaccine association to expand access and secure supply ”.
- Addressing the issues surrounding US compensation claims and emergency use authorization (US) was at the heart of Jaishankar’s agenda in Washington.
- However, regulatory, legal, commercial and supply-side aspects were still under discussion, the minister told members of the Indian press on Friday. “These [discussions] are taking place between interested companies and … authorized persons in India.”
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,78,40,925 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,25,238.