Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao: 80% of funds spent on media campaigns, according to parliamentary committee
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-12-2021; The government has spent 80% of the funds from its flagship Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) program on media campaigns and now needs to review this strategy and invest in measurable health and education outcomes for girls, noted the Parliamentary Commission for the Empowerment of Women, in his report to Lok Sabha.
“The Committee finds that of a total of ₹ 446.72 crore released during the 2016-2019 period, a whopping 78.91% was spent solely on defense of the media,” the report said. It adds: “Over the past six years, through targeted advocacy, BBBP has been able to draw the attention of political leaders and national awareness to the empowerment of girls. Now is the time to focus on other verticals with ample financial provision to help achieve the measurable health and education outcomes envisioned in the program. “
The Committee noted that the massive spending on advertising occurred despite the clearly established formula for the use of funds: 50 lakhs are allocated per year to a district for use in six different components. Of this total, 16% of the funds are allocated to intersectoral consultations or capacity development, 50% to innovation or awareness activities, 6% to monitoring and evaluation, 10% to health sector interventions, 10% to sector interventions in education and 8% in the form of flexible funds.
The committee is chaired by Heena Vijaykumar Gavit and the report is titled “Empowering Women through Education, with Special Reference to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.” They dropped him off at Lok Sabha. The Beti Bachao program was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015 with the aim of fighting against sex-selective abortion and the decline in the child sex ratio, which was 918 girls for every 1000 boys in 2011. The program is implemented in 405 districts of the country.
Total utilization under the program was also poor – the committee found that from the start of the BBBP in 2014-15 through 2019-20, the total budget allocation under the program was 848 crore, excluding the COVID-affected fiscal year 2020-21. During this period, 622.48 million rupees were disbursed to states, but only 25.13% of the funds, or 156.46 million rupees, were spent by states and Union territories.
Supreme Court orders Air Quality Commission to decide to relax sidewalks in Delhi
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-12-2021; Noting that air quality in Delhi had “started to improve,” the Supreme Court asked the Central Air Quality Commission to make a decision on easing court-imposed restrictions on pollution sources, including industries, buildings and factories, in the capital. A special bench run by the Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana has asked the panel to consider the matter within a week.
The court left it up to the panel to consider requests made by industry owners and other affected parties for a personal hearing and to receive their contributions. This writing was mentioned in the court order after several commercial and construction companies that had projects underway and were affected by the restrictions urged the court to allow them to make representations to the commission.
The court had previously ordered the regulation of the construction and operation of factories that use unclean fuel. It had banned polluting trucks from entering Delhi that did not carry basic necessities. The Delhi government had also closed educational institutions.
The committee had said in a previous hearing that thermal power plants located within a 300 km radius of Delhi would continue to be regulated. Only five of the 11 factories were in operation. The rest would remain inoperative until December 15. Attorney General Tushar Mehta, speaking on behalf of the committee, said long-term anti-pollution measures were already “under consideration.”
At the last hearing on December 3, the commission informed the court of the creation of an “Enforcement Task Force” and flight squadrons to prevent and punish polluters in Delhi NCR. Mehta, at the time, informed the court that 17 flying squadrons had so far been formed and that number would increase to 40 within the next 24 hours. The court, at a hearing on December 2, questioned the very purpose of creating the Air Quality Commission as pollution levels continued to rise unabated. He had given the Center 24 hours to act.
Senior advocate A.M. Singhvi, on behalf of the Delhi government, noted that the drop in pollution levels had been dramatic. “It shows very, very good numbers for Delhi,” he said. Singhvi, however, pointed to the case of Indira Gandhi Hospital, which increased its number of beds from 700 to 1,240. He said the hospital needed external development. The court mentioned orally that the commission participated in the hearings and that the court could not seize individual cases.
The court further ordered Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to pay the wages of construction workers to the welfare system. This address was taken in response to a complaint that their wages had not yet been paid. The court ordered both states to submit affidavits of compliance.
UK court authorizes Assange’s extradition to US for espionage
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-12-2021; A UK appeals court opened the door to Julian Assange‘s extradition to the United States by overturning a lower court ruling that found the mental health of the WikiLeaks founder too fragile to resist the justice system American criminal.
The High Court in London ruled that US guarantees were sufficient to ensure Assange would be treated humanely and ordered a trial judge to forward the extradition request to the Home Secretary for review. The Home Secretary, who oversees law enforcement in the UK, will make the final decision on Assange’s extradition.
However, Friday’s appeals court decision is expected to be appealed. Earlier this year, a lower court judge rejected an American request for Assange’s extradition to the United States to face espionage charges for the release of secret military documents by WikiLeaks a year ago. decade. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser denied the extradition on health grounds, saying Assange was likely to kill himself if held in harsh US prison conditions.
The United States has appealed, challenging the idea that Assange’s sanity made him too vulnerable to resist the U.S. justice system. Lawyer James Lewis has said Assange “has no history of serious and lasting mental illness” and has not reached the threshold of being so ill that he can’t help but hurt himself.
US authorities told UK judges that if they agreed to extradite Assange, he could serve the US prison sentence he would receive in his native Australia. U.S. prosecutors have charged Assange with 17 counts of espionage and one count of computer abuse for WikiLeaks’ publication of thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison, although Lewis said “the longest sentence ever for this crime is 63 months.” Assange, 50, is currently being held in Belmarsh High Security Prison in London.
No proposal to abolish the sedition law: Govt.
Daily NEWS Summary | 10-12-2021; Law Minister Kiren Rijiju told Lok Sabha that the Home Office (MHA) had no proposal under consideration to remove Article 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which deals with the sedition. Rijiju also informed the Chamber that “the question of law” regarding Article 124A is pending before the Supreme Court.
“The Home Office has reported that no proposal is being considered to remove Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code of 1860. In addition, the issue of the Section 124A Act is pending before the Honorable Supreme Court of India, “said the Minister of the Interior. Justice in a written response to a question asking if the government was planning to overthrow him.
Article 124A of the IPC says: “Anyone who, by word, spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, induces or attempts to introduce hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to arouse discontent with the government established by law in [India], will be punished with [life imprisonment], to which may be added a fine, or imprisonment of up to three years, to which may be added a fine or a fine.
Law Minister was responding to a question from Assam’s All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) member Badruddin Ajmal, who asked whether the Supreme Court recently called the sedition law colonial and noted that it is incorrect. Government to present its response on the need and validity of this law.
However, it said, in a motion brief, the highest court noted that “the scope and parameters of the provisions of sections 124A, 153A and 505 of the Indian Penal Code of 1860 would require interpretation, particularly in the context of law. of electronic and printed media to communicate news, information and rights, even those that may criticize the current regime in any part of the nation ”.
The Justice Minister said that the higher court, in a (criminal) petition sent to the Center, said that the petitioners had asked the Supreme Court for an appropriate summons, order or instruction declaring article 124A of the Code unconstitutional. The Indian Penal Law of 1860 and void.
“After hearing the case, the Honorable’s Supreme Court order of July 12, 2021 granted time to submit written submissions and a counter-affidavit in the case on behalf of Union Indian,” he said. “Brief (Civil) Application No. 682/2021 has been associated with other cases in which a similar legal issue has been raised and is pending consideration by the Honorable Supreme Court,” Mr. Rijiju’s response noted.
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