Assam NRC final list: Students’ body AASU to challenge NRC findings in SC

first_imgWatch | Assam’s NRC Final List is out 19 lakh people left out of Assam’s NRC Final List. What next?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:5001:50  Unhappy with the number of people excluded, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has decided to challenge the findings of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Supreme Court, which had monitored the exercise.The AASU, which spearheaded the anti-foreigners Assam Agitation four decades ago, first demanded an updated NRC in 1980. It was a signatory to the agitation-ending Assam Accord of August 1985 that sought “detection, deletion (from voters’ list) and deportation” of illegal migrants from the State.“The figure of 19 lakh NRC-rejects is not what we expected, given the history of large-scale influx into Assam. This NRC has turned out to be incomplete and error-prone. We will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove the faults and discrepancies,” AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said.NGO Assam Public Works, whose petition in the Supreme Court in July 2009 led to the start of the NRC exercise four years later, also criticised the findings. It said it would move the apex court again besides writing to the President of India, the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister for rechecking the final NRC figures.“We had fought for removing foreigners from Assam, not for their ‘Indianisation’ which is what the NRC has done. For more than a year, we have been telling the Supreme Court for 100% reverification of documents but the NRC State Coordinator’s claim of 27% sample reverification was accepted,” the NGO chief, Aabhijeet Sarma, said. center_img “The NRC authority found 5,464 ‘Bangladeshis’ after 29% reverification in Cachar district, 4,096 in Dhubri district after 38% reverification, and 3,980 in Karimganj district after 25% reverification. If these many were detected, imagine how many would have been identified after 100% reverification,” he said.“We will leave no stone unturned for a quality check and a total reverification of the NRC documents. We will also demand an audit of the Rs. 1,600 crore spent on the update exercise,” he added.last_img read more

Probe selection of tainted officers for CWG: CVC to Delhi govt

first_imgCWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi is being held responsible for all the Games irregularities.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has widened its probe into the alleged financial and administrative irregularities related to the Commonwealth Games and put purchase of medical equipment and selection of tainted project officers for the sporting event among others under its scanner.The Commission is also looking into the whole process for production of vehicle graphics, standees, banners and signages for national sector of Queen’s Baton Relay, 2010 and directed the Delhi Government to take necessary action in this regard.”Some other complaints regarding purchase of medical equipment for Commonwealth Games, selection of tainted project officers for CWG, proposal for production of vehicle graphics, standees, banners and signages for national sector of Queen’s Baton Relay, 2010 have been sent to Delhi Government for necessary action at their end,” the Central Vigilance Commission said in response to an RTI application filed by PTI.According to the information, the CVC is probing at least 22 more Games-related construction and procurement works carried out by different government agencies here for alleged financial irregularities.Out of the total of 22 projects, six were carried out by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, four by Delhi Development Authority, three by Organising Committee and two each by Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Central Public Works Department, Government of Delhi.One work each relating to Department of Commerce, Indian Meteorological Department and New Delhi Municipal Council is also being probed, the reply said.The CVC has also found alleged misuse of official position by Raj Kumar Sacheti, Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games, who is considered a close aide of Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi.advertisementGiving details of the complaint, it said there is a “complaint against A K Jain, Chief Engineer, CPWD regarding alleged irregularities in tenders for LED display board at MCD National Stadium, Mathura Road, New Delhi. The factual report is awaited from CVO, CPWD since January 7, 2010.”There is a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in purchase of air conditioners for DDA flats. A factual report is awaited from CVO, DDA since March 18, 2010,” the RTI reply said.The anti-corruption watchdog is also investigating procurement of “secure communication network” or Tetra for the Games on the basis of complaint received from Dr Harsh Vardhan, Member of Legislative Assembly, Delhi.”The Commission sought comments from Delhi government on the complaint, which is awaited since May 7, 2010,” the reply said. .The CVC has also received a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in the construction of bus queue shelters for Commonwealth Games by DIMTS. A factual report has been sought from Government of NCT of Delhi on June 3, 2010 and reply is awaited.The anti-corruption watchdog is also looking into the complaint regarding alleged irregularities in awarding contracts for PA/Sound System, LED display boards and other communication systems for various Commonwealth Games stadia in which national exchequer borne loss of crores of rupees.”A report was sought from CPWD on September 8, 2010 and is still awaited,” the reply read.An analysis by Chief Technical Examination Wing of CVC has earlier found alleged financial and administrative irregularities in 16 construction and procurement projects.Six of them were done by PWD, three by MCD, two each by CPWD, DDA, NDMC and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise, the CVC report said.The expansion of the probe by the CVC came even as it directed all agencies concerned to submit their reports by the month-end.Official sources said a reminder has recently been issued to Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Public Works Department (PWD) in this regard.The move came after Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas objected to the “lackadaisical approach” and continuous delay by agencies in submitting replies to the queries raised by the anti-corruption watchdog, they said.A senior CVC official said that based on their replies, the CVC will give its findings or final report to a committee formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu.As per the RTI information, it has been found out that some of the agencies are sitting on the clarification or delaying their replies asked by CVC on corruption charges since January this year.There is also a “complaint regarding misuse of official position and corruption by Raj Kumar Sacheti, Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games, 2010. A factual report is awaited from the CVO, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports,” the CVC said.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Football again pays for chaos at Ambedkar Stadium

first_imgBe it a political rally, function or any celebration, Ambedkar Stadium is the favourite destination in the Capital for gatherings of all kinds. And every time it has come at the cost of football.The latest is the agitation by Baba Ramdev at the stadium on Monday. The yoga guru along with thousands of his supporters thronged the stadium after being evicted from the Ramlila ground. By the time he left the place on Tuesday morning, it was in a mess. All this happened just two days before the Durand Cup kicks off.Even though Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) workers have begun cleaning the stadium, the protest has affected the field of play.NK Bhatia, vice-president of the Delhi Soccer Association (DSA), said this kind of ‘tamasha’ is nothing new to them and nothing has changed in the past couple of decades. “We have no power to stop any such political rally as the ground belongs to the MCD. As far as yesterday’s incident is concerned the police also insisted to send Ramdev to Ambedkar Stadium to maintain the law and order,” Bhatia told Mail Today.”There was rain on Monday and so many people were there, so the field might have been affected. There are patches in a few places.”This has been the case for the last 30 to 40 years. Add to this the tantrums of the MCD who keeps increasing the rate for hiring the stadium though it is not used for most period of the year.”advertisementThe problem has aggravated as the qualifying rounds of the 2012 Durand Cup will be starting at the stadium from Thursday.The organisers, however, said that the ground will be ready before the main tournament begins on August 23. “The field is fine for conducting the tournament. It has been cleared up and there is good grass cover,” GS Khanna, member of the Durand organising committee, said.”After the qualifiers, the main tournament will begin on August 23, so we have got enough time in our hand. The sprinklers are on and whatever little mending is required, will be done.”However, Bhatia insisted that sports grounds should be used only sport.”Our national team had to shift to Bangalore because they could not find any quality ground in the Capital. And here we have a ground which gets affected for all non-sporting purposes,” he said.last_img read more