How will migrants get food without ration cards, asks the Supreme Court?
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-06-2021; Today Supreme Court asked the Center, how it plans to deliver food to millions of migrant workers who do not have ration cards.
- “How will food get to migrant workers without ration cards?” a court of judges Ashok Bhushan and M.R. Shah addressed Attorney General Tushar Mehta and Additional Attorney General Aishwarya Bhati, through the Center. The court said plans implemented so far appeared to only cover ration card holders.
- Bhati explained that the Center has done its best with Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, who covers 80 crore of poor people identified as beneficiaries under the national food security law. The plan provides 5 kg of free food grains to everyone during the months of May and June.
- It is intended to help the poor overcome the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. Eight lakh tonnes of food grains have already been delivered, he added.
“Without a doubt, you [the Center] provide food… Without a doubt, some migrant workers have ration cards… But we are only interested in those who do not. We want to know your mechanism for identifying and providing food to people who do not have ration cards… ”Judge Bhushan addressed the government side.
- Bhati said the Center was only responsible for providing or purchasing food grains. States were to distribute food on their territory. The law enforcement officer said the Center is ready to give states what they want.
- Senior lawyer Dushyant Dave, who represented some activists with lawyer Prashant Bhushan, said that “the Center left [the poor without ration cards] at the mercy of the states.”
- “Those who don’t have ration cards can’t die… The economy is much worse now,” Dave said. Mehta strongly objected to Mr. Dave’s presentations, saying he “dramatizes” the problem.
- At the previous hearing, Bhushan said the Center had registered 8 million migrant workers without a ration card last year. States had identified 2.8 million million.
- At this point, the court arrested the government for delaying the completion of a national database to identify and register migrant workers. The creation of the database portal has not started for months.
- The government said the delay had something to do with the “software”. The database is said to have helped the Center work with state governments to identify migrant workers and provide them with timely welfare during the pandemic. They added database would be ready within the next three to four months.
- “Why do you need three or four months?” He’s just preparing a database portal, ”Judge Bhushan asked. Bhati explained that the portal would be “end-to-end,” that it would not only function as a database, but also help track and monitor benefits for migrant workers.
Mukul Roy and his son return to Trinamool
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-06-2021; Almost a month after the BJP suffered a major defeat in the West Bengal Assembly elections, its Vice President Mukul Roy returned to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Friday. Roy (67), one of the founding members of the TMC, joined the BJP in November 2017.
- TMC Supreme and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Roy, now BJP MP for Krishnanagar Uttar, held a joint press conference after a two-hour meeting.
- Roy described Banerjee “as a leader of the whole country”. He said he was relieved after leaving the BJP. “Under the current circumstances, no one can stay at the BJP in Bengal,” he said.
- Banerjee, in turn, described Roy as an “old member of the family” and added that “the old is still gold”.
- Roy’s son and former MLA Subhrangshu Roy also followed in his father’s footsteps to return to TMC.
- Speculation over Mukul Roy’s return to TMC has grown after Banerjee visited a city hospital to inquire about his wife’s health last week.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called Roy.
- The veteran politician was reportedly upset that he did not receive much prominence in the 2021 Assembly elections, where Nandigram MP Suvendu Adhikari emerged as the prominent face of the BJP. Roy had played a pivotal role in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls when the BJP won 18 of 42 seats.
Supreme Court refuses to hear statement from former Mumbai police chief requesting transfer of investigations
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-06-2021; Supreme Court told former Mumbai Police Chief Param Bir Singh on Friday that “people living in glass houses should not throw stones at others” while refusing to listen to his voice, investigation by an independent agency.
- He alleged that the state government was trying to “trick” him into bringing corruption charges against Shiv Sena’s leader Anil Deshmukh, who had to resign as Interior Minister.
- Along with Singh’s petition, the judiciary Hemant Gupta and V. Ramasubramanian were also considering a petition filed by Mumbai Police Inspector Bhimraj Rohidas Ghadge, who in turn accused Singh of corruption and revenge.
- Ghedge, represented by senior attorney S.B. Talekar and lawyer Vipin Nair accused his former boss of trying to “silence him” by filing false cases against him.
USFDA’s Rejection of Covaxin Has No Impact on Its Use in India, Says Center
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-06-2021; USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) rejection of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin emergency use app has no impact on policy in India, NITI Aayog member, Dr. VK (Health) . Paul said at a Union Health Ministry press conference on Friday.
- Each country has its own parameter for the approval of vaccines for its population, even though the world shares a common scientific framework for their approval.
- India also follows its own regulatory approval process that is tailored for our people.
- It is their decision, it must be respected. Our regulatory body has approved this vaccine and there is no impact on the use of Covaxin in our national program, noting that the data from the phase 3 Covaxin clinical trial will be released within the next 7-8 days.
- “We hope that the manufacturers of Covaxin can meet the requirements of the regulators. Our regulatory body has approved this vaccine. We have enough data on safety and efficacy, ”he said.
- As the Health Ministry said on Friday that India is now showing signs of improving the Covid-19 scenario, Dr. Paul said that the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) is preparing for a national investigation.
- “The ICMR will begin work on the next serosurvey this month. But if we want to protect our geographies, we will not have to rely solely on national serosurveys, we will also have to encourage states to conduct serosurveys, ”he observed.
Daily NEWS Summary | 11-06-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2,93,38,118 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,64,515.
- Extending the ongoing lockdown of Covid-19 until 6 a.m. On June 21, the Tamil Nadu government announced on Friday further easing in 27 districts, including Chennai.
The economic offence wing of the state police arrested Ravi Parthasarathy, 69, former chairman of the IL&FS Group, in connection with an alleged fraud of a Chennai-based limited liability company in the amount of Rs 200 million per party through its subsidiary IL&FS Transportation Networks India Limited (ITNL), Mumbai.
- Parthasarathy was arrested by police in Mumbai and taken to the city on Thursday. He was brought before the Tamil Nadu Depositor Interests Protection Act (TNPID) Special Court for Cases and held in pre-trial detention for 15 days. He was incarcerated in the Saidapet Sub-Prison.
The United States Senate approved the historic appointment of Pakistani-American Zahid Quraishi to the New Jersey District Court, making him the first Muslim federal judge in the country’s history.
- The Senate voted 81-16 on Thursday to confirm the 46-year-old Quraishi. No fewer than 34 Republicans joined Democrats in confirming the first Muslim American as a federal judge.
- Currently a magistrate judge for the District of New Jersey, Quraishi would now make history when he was sworn in as a judge of the United States District Court in New Jersey.