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After starvation death case: Jharkhand minister scraps top state official’s order on Aadhaar-PDS link


The order also pointed out that on April 6, the minister had written to his secretary asking for a self-contained report on how the chief secretary could issue such a direction. However, the report was never filed.

Written by Prashant Pandey | Ranchi |

Koyli Devi, whose family had been removed from the state PDS list. Her daughter Santoshi died last month. (File)

Four days after questioning the directions given by the Jharkhand chief secretary on mandatorily linking Aadhaar to ration cards by April 5, state PDS Minister Saryu Roy Saturday passed an order cancelling the instructions issued by the government’s top official. Citing a Government of India circular of February 8, Roy said beneficiaries could produce any approved identity document to avail of ration under the PDS. The order, which has been accessed by The Sunday Express, said: “It is clear that the direction issued by the Chief Secretary on March 27 through video-conferencing and given in writing to the department Secretary on March 29 is in contravention of the directions already issued by the Government of India and, therefore, it is liable to be annulled.”

Efforts to reach Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma by phone for a comment did not succeed. Text messages were not replied to. The order said that in a circular issued on February 8, the Union Ministry of Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution had said that the drive to get ration cards linked with Aadhaar would be intensified. However, nobody would be denied rations for want of the same, and they could avail of their quota by producing any of the approved identity documents, such as Aadhaar enrolment number, Aadhaar application slip, voter ID, driving licence, authenticated letter by tehsildar or a gazetted officer, passport, PAN, Kisan Photo Passbook or any other document approved by the state or central government.

The order said: “The direction of the Government of India is absolutely clear… It shows the sensitivity of the Government to ensure that the beneficiaries keep getting rations under any circumstance. However, at the state level, it reflects an acute of lack of sensitivity among the responsible officers, which is sad.”

The order also pointed out that on April 6, the minister had written to his secretary asking for a self-contained report on how the chief secretary could issue such a direction. However, the report was never filed.

Roy told The Sunday Express over the phone: “I had raised the issue and waited for some kind of clarification for four days. Nothing has been put up before me. Therefore, I have passed the written order. The directive of the Government of India and several other rulings of the Supreme Court make it amply clear that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for lifting of rations.”

He also said that he has asked officials to review all 11.5 lakh ration cards that were cancelled after the exercise of linking them with Aadhaar was launched in October last year. “The figure has been mentioned in the 1,000-day booklet of the government. But I was waiting for a break-up of this number before approving the file. This has not been done yet. Now, I have asked officials to review the whole thing and find out how many cards have got cancelled due to non-availability of Aadhaar,” Roy said.

The state government claims that they had deleted 11.5 lakh “fake” or “ineligible” ration cards, while adding more than nine lakh new ones under the new system.

The minister also expressed his reservations over top officials giving directions to lower-level officials, leading to confusion. “I have been visiting one village every week to review the working of the ration shops. I have realised that junior officials spend a lot of time listening to instructions from the top, and don’t get ample time to execute the task at hand,” he said.

Now, the Jharkhand government has launched a toll-free number — 1800 212 55 12 — where people can leave complaints about problems in the food distribution system, apart from clarifying that the unique identity number is not needed to receive food from the government.

“Aadhaar card is not mandatory. Any card, including a driver’s licence and voter ID card or any specified card, is permissible for procuring food grains,” Jharkhand Food Minister Saryu Roy said. “Grain banks” will be set up in every block, the minister said.

Secretary, PDS Vinay Chaubey could not be reached for a comment. According to a state government press release issued on March 27, the chief secretary’s directive followed a review meeting with PDS officials. “In the course of review, the CS has said that by April 5 all such ration cards, which don’t have Aadhaar, will become ineligible and only Aadhaar-based system would be used for lifting ration,” the release said.

The family of 11-year-old Santoshi, who died in Simdega district last month, allegedly due to non-availability of ration, had been removed from the state’s PDS because their Aadhaar cards were not linked to the new list issued by the government.

After starvation death case: Jharkhand minister scraps top state official’s order on Aadhaar-PDS link

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Bihar – Minor kidnapped , married and sterilised without Screening #WTFnews

16 year old school girl was kidnapped by a distant relative at Gun Point, taken to a temple to get married forcibly and made to undergo sterilisation operation without her consent at a Private Hospital in Banka District of Bihar. Close Family members of the girl and the relative were also involved.

बिना जांच के किया गया नाबालिग का ऑपरेशन

प्रेमी के परिजन व चिकित्सक की मिलीभगत
बांका : सदर थाना क्षेत्र के मतडीहा गांव के 9वीं कक्षा की 16 वर्षीय नाबालिग छात्रा का अपहरण कर शादी के बाद बंध्याकरण का मामला गरमाता जा रहा है. उक्त घटना की जानकारी अखबार की माध्यम से जिनको भी हुई वो आवाक रह गये और लोगों ने कहा कि जो भी लोग घटना को अंजाम देने में शामिल है उन्हें कड़ी से कड़ी सजा मिलनी चाहिए.
 वहीं पीड़िता ने कहा कि शनिवार को बांका न्यायालय में हुए 164 के ब्यान में उन्होंने कहा है कि बिना उसके अनुमति के जबर्दस्ती बौंसी अस्पताल के रेफरल प्रभारी डॉ आरके सिंह के नीजी क्लिनिक में उसका बंध्याकरण कराया गया.
बंध्याकरण कराने में प्रेमी सह पति बबलू यादव के अलावे प्रेमी की पहली पत्नी के मामा कुंदन यादव, ससुर श्याम सुंदर यादव व पीड़िता के सगे मामा अनिल यादव व अशोक यादव व मामी मीणा देवी व रूपा देवी शामिल है.
साथ ही पीड़िता ने यह भी बताया कि वो बांका के एक उच्च विद्यालय की छात्रा है. रिश्ते में ममेरा जीजा लगने के कारण वो बराबर मेरे घर आते जाते रहते थे. इसी दौरान नवरात्र के पहले दिन वो हमारे घर शाम में पहुंचे और रात में घर पर रुक गये.
रात में परिवार के सभी सदस्यों के सोने के बाद वो मुझे पिस्तौल के नोक पर घर से जबर्दस्ती उठाकर देवघर मंदिर में जाकर मांग में सिंदूर डाल दिया. शादी के करीब 18वें दिन उसने अपने परिवार वालों के सहयोग से बंध्याकरण करावा दिया और जीवन भर के लिए मुझे मातृत्व लाभ से वंचित कर दिया.
रुपये के लालच में जीवन कर िदया बरबाद
 धरती के दूसरे भगवान कहे जाने वाले डॉक्टर पर से अब लोगों का भरोसा उठने लगा है. भगवान ही पैसे के लालच में लोगों के जिंदगी से खेलने लगे है.
उन्हें यह तक एहसास नहीं कि उनकी एक लालच जीवन भर के लिए किसी की जिंदगी को बरबाद कर सकता है. मात्र 25 हजार रूपये की लालच में बौंसी रेफरल अस्पताल के प्रभारी चिकित्सक डॉ आरके सिंह ने एक 9 वीं कक्षा की 16 वर्षीय छात्रा का बंध्याकरण बिना किसी जांच पड़ताल के कर दिया और एक जिंदगी को जीवन भर के लिए मां बनने के सुख से वंचित कर दिया. हालांकि डॉक्टर के द्वारा किये गये इस कुकृत्य घटना को लेकर पुलिस प्रशासन  के द्वारा जांच की जायेगी.
कहते हैं पदाधिकारी
अपहरण के बाद शादी व 18 वें दिन पीड़िता के बंध्याकरण की घटना में शामिल जो भी लोग होंगे उनके ऊपर कार्रवाई तय है. चाहे घटना को अंजाम देने में  अपहरणकर्ता के परिजन हो या बंध्याकरण करने वाले चिकित्सक सभी के ऊपर अनुसंधान के बाद कानूनी कार्रवाई की जायेगी.
एसके दास, एसडीपीओ, बांका

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Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) makes #Aadhaar compuslory #WTFnews

PMPML’s Aadhaar compulsion
Transport authority makes it mandatory to provide the unique identification number to issue passes
Even though the Supreme Court’s privacy verdict in August ruled out the possi bility of Aadhaar being made mandatory, the authorities at the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) seem to think otherwise. PMPML has made it compulsory for commuters to submit their Aadhaar number in order to register for online services and also buy the monthly pass.The registration process does not complete if one does not provide the number, making it difficult for people to use the services. While the commuters have raised an objection to it, a few people are also being asked to submit a hard copy of their Aadhaar card when they visit the pass centres at bus stops.Since it was becoming difficult to physically visit the pass centers to take the monthly pass, commuter Sanjay Shitole logged onto the PMPML website, so that he could get it done online.But, when he tried to register himself on the portal, he was asked to submit his Aadhaar number. Thinking that it is not mandatory, he tried clicking on the register button, only to get a message that entering the Aadhaar number is mandatory.

“When I heard about the online registration option, I was more than happy, thinking that I will no longer have to spend time in the queue. But here, they asked me to submit the Aadhaar number. What if I don’t have one? Will I not be eligible to get the pass then?“ he questioned. He has even filed a complaint on the online portal of PMPML. But the only reply he has received till date is, “Sir, thanks for your suggestion. But the relevant documents are determined as a policy for the application for pass by PMPML.“

While he was asked to submit his Aadhaar number on online portal, people visiting the pass centres had to face similar woes. Another commuter said, “I was not carrying my Aadhaar card as no one had asked me to submit it earlier. But, the person distributing the passes at the centre asked me to submit a copy. As I failed to do so, he refused to give me the pass.“ Added Shitole, “They have never specified anywhere that the Aadhaar number is mandatory. But the staff has randomly started demanding it. Even they do not have clarity on whether it is mandatory or not.“

PMPML director Siddharth Shirole confirmed that the transport body has decided to make it mandatory for commuters to submit their Aadhaar numbers, saying, “We found that the passes were being misused, and there was duplication too. So, we decided to ask people to submit their Aadhaar numbers. That is the only identification on which the address is verified and there are no chances of duplication. We can help them get their Aadhaar cards done. But, if they do not have a card, then they will not get the pass.“

Objecting to the decision, Anupam Saraph, an international governance expert, said, “The Supreme Court has already clarified that the Aadhaar number can be demanded only in five categories that are specified. That too, it is voluntary. This is contempt of court and a violation of the rule of law.No one can make it compulsory. It is bad governance to require a number to make any service available. It should be provided irrespective of anyone’s identity. This is an indicator of dehumanising the government.“

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My Husband Killed Harshita: Haryanvi Singer’s Sister Comes Forward

Haryanvi singer Harshita Dahiya was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Chamrara village in Haryana‘s Panipat district on Tuesday, 17 October, police said. The Panipat police has launched a formal investigation into the matter.

Three bullets were recovered from Dahiya’s body during the post-mortem – two from the head and one from the chest, Dr Rajeev Maan said. The body was then handed over to the family.

On Wednesday, 18 October, Lata Dahiya, the sister of the deceased, alleged that her husband, Dinesh, had gotten Harshita killed. She told ANI:

She (Harshita) was killed by my husband (Dinesh) because she was a witness in my mother’s murder case

Lata Dahiya. <i>(Photo: ANI)</i>
Lata Dahiya. (Photo: ANI)

“Shot in the Head”

The 22-year-old singer was shot when she was on her way back home in a car at around 4 pm after a performance at a function in the village, police said. “When she was returning, a black car overtook her vehicle near Chamrara and forced it to stop,” Desh Raj, Panipat Deputy Superintendent of Police told reporters.

He said two unidentified men asked the singer’s assistants and driver to step out of the vehicle. The assailants then fired seven bullets, six of which hit Harshita on the forehead and neck, killing her on the spot, police said, adding that the accused fled the scene after the murder.

“They did not target anybody except Harshita. As of now, there is no clarity on the exact number of the assailants. We have got some clues and we are working on them,” the DSP was quoted as saying.

“A team has been formed and the investigation is underway… We will slowly get to the bottom of it,” the DSP said.

Haryana police denied any political or professional enmity behind Dahiya’s murder. The police is going through the deceased singer’s social media posts to examine other possible angles.

Three dance troop members, who left the venue with Dahiya, on Tuesday, are with the police and are cooperating in the investigation.

Haryana police said it has never received any threat complaints from the deceased, and it is now checking with the Delhi police.

When news of the murder came to light, The Indian Express quoted Panipat Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma as saying that the police suspect Harshita’s brother-in-law, Dinesh, of having played a role in the murder.

Dinesh is currently lodged in Haryana’s Jhajjar jail. “Earlier, she had accused him of raping her. Dinesh is also accused in the murder of her mother. Harshita was a witness in that case. But we are not ruling out other theories,” Sharma told the daily.

Harshita’s cousin, Ravinder Kadyan, said Dinesh killed Dahiya’s mother because she witnessed Dinesh raping Harshita.

Dinesh abducted and raped Harshita in 2014. When her mother was about to appear as the prime eyewitness, she was killed inside the family’s house in Delhi.

Harshita Dahiya’s cousin Ravinder Kadyan. <i>(Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)</i>
Harshita Dahiya’s cousin Ravinder Kadyan. (Photo: The Quint)

When The Quint reached house number 352, in Gali number 10 of Swatantra Nagar locality of Narela in north-west Delhi, a dog was barking inside the locked house. After her mother Prem Devi’s murder in November 2014, Dahiya was living in this 50-yard, two floor house with only her dog for company.

Harshita Dahiya’s house in Narela was locked up.
Harshita Dahiya’s house in Narela was locked up.
(Photo: The Quint)

The singer’s neighbours said no one in the area used to interact with her much. According to one neighbour, Manish Rana, “her actual name was Gita. Harshita was her professional name.”

Harshita’s family in Panipat told the media that the dead body will be taken to her Narela house, but that wasn’t the case. Her sister, Lata, gave a mobile number to media persons in the mortuary.

A person picked up the phone after The Quint dialled the number. Claiming to be a ‘friend of Harshita’ he said Harshita would be cremated at Sanoli ghat in Panipat and won’t be taken to her house in Narela.

Harshita Claimed Her Life Was in Danger

The singer, from Sonipat’s Muhammadpur village, was living with her aunt in Delhi’s Narela. In a recent video on her social media profile, Harshita alleged that her life was in danger.

The 22-year-old’s Facebook timeline is replete with videos of her talking to her audience, many of them upwards of 30 minutes.

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India – Read how this man’s ITR, #Aadhaar and PAN card were misused to secure loans


Do you file ITR every year? Do you have an Aadhaar card? Do you possess PAN card? If the answers to these questions are yes, then this is one story which you can’t afford to miss.

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Big fraud. (Photos from PTI and stock pics)

Do you file ITR every year? Do you have an Aadhaar card? Do you possess PAN card? If the answers to these questions are yes, then this is one story which you can’t afford to miss. It is the story of a big fraud activity showcasing deep proof of how our identity-related documents – Income Tax Return, Aadhaar Card and PAN card were misused. Reportedly, one 33-year-old Rajesh Panchal, an officer, became a victim of such a big fraud. Panchal filed an FIR at Navrangpura police station in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad against three persons under IT Act for misusing his documents, according to a report in Ahmedabad Mirror. The report says that by misusing copies of the ITR, Aadhaar and PAN documents, the fraudsters tried to secure loans from various banks in the city in the name of Rajesh Panchal. Panchal’s documents were taken by hacking his email ID and password.

What actually happened?

This big incident of fraudulent activity came to light after an alert banker called up Rajesh Panchal to verify the ITR, Aadhaar and PAN documents. Panchal received a call on Oct 7 from Cosmos bank. The bank wanted to verify his role as guarantor for someone seeking a car loan. Panchal was shocked to know this. Panchal reacted that he did not stand as guarantor for anyone. Later, the bank manager called Panchal for meeting and showed him copies of his Aadhaar card, PAN card and ITRs of two years. A person identified Kaushik Shukla had applied for a car loan and showed Panchal as guarantor.

Not only this, it was nothing less than a huge shock when Panchal got to know that his documents were misused to secure loans from seven other banks too.

Taking up the matter, police registered an FIR against the persons named Mahendra Chopra, Rajeshkumar and Kaushik Shukla, adds the report.

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Linking Of Aadhaar To Heartbeat: A Positive Step



I linked my Aadhaar to my PAN card.
Then I linked my PAN card to my bank account.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my bank account.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my tax return.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my LPG gas connection.
Then I linked my Aadhaar to my mobile phone.
Then the Government issued a decree ordering
that all persons must link their Aadhaar to their heartbeat
within three months or face discontinuation of the heartbeat.
Unfortunately, I was not able to link my Aadhaar to my heartbeat
on the Central Cardio-Monitoring System
due to technical glitches and the monumental pile-up
so my heartbeat was discontinued and I died
on DD/MM/YYYY termination time: 06:04:32.

Now, looking back from heaven or hell or wherever,
I contemplate the 23,482,154 persons who died like me
for failure to comply with the edict
and I scan the voices of well-paid apologists—
TV pundits, newspaper columnists, sociologists—
who claim the Aadhaar-Cardio linkage
was a bold, courageous, totally justified experiment
that will yield many long-term benefits, just like demonetisation,
even though the Aadhaar-Cardio Program did cause some
“inconvenience to the common man”
just like demonetisation which also killed countless people
through job loss, wrecked businesses, shattered lives, cash-starved farms,
lack of food and medicine.
Up here or down here
in heaven or hell or wherever,
there is no Aadhaar
there is no PAN
there is no heartbeat
there is no inconvenience to the common man (or woman)
except the dread of having to go back to join the sheeple.

NOTE: Neither the Indian Government nor UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) has issued a directive requiring each person to link his or her Aadhaar card number with specific bodily functions (circulatory, excretory, pulmonary, reproductive, etc.), to the best of my knowledge. This piece is purely a work of fiction. There is no undue cause for alarm as yet.

FACT: Mobile phone companies in India in recent weeks have been sending menacing, illegitimate text messages to their customers warning them to register their Aadhaar number with the mobile phone company or face deactivation of service. (“As per Government directive, it is mandatory to link Aadhaar with your mobile number. Visit your nearest mobile retail outlet/retailer now.”) A high court or the Supreme Court has yet to decide whether the mobile phone companies can force you to provide them with your fingerprints (“Your mobile service provider insisting on linking Aadhar? It’s illegitimate if not illegal”. India Today, October 5, 2017 ( If the Supreme Court approves the telecom companies’ demand, expect long lines outside the mobile phone companies’ retail outlets—lines that may dwarf the lethal crowds gathered outside banks due to Modi’s immoral demonetisation disaster which killed 150 people and probably thousands more.

Walt Gelles, an American writer currently living in India, is the author of Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book (Penguin Random House/Avery) and has published articles at, OpEdNews, and other websites.

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Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd -A call to left-liberals

Their silence on questions of caste could make them complicit in oppression of Dalit-Bahujan

kancha ilaiah, kancha ilaiah attacked, kancha ilaiah book, kancha ilaiah hyderbad, vysya community, samajika smugglurlu komatollu, india news, indian express, indian express newsThe bench dismissed the Public Interest Litigation filed by the Arya-Vysya community to ban my book, Samajika Smuggerlu — Komatollu (a Telugu translation of a chapter of my book, Post-Hindu India

The 33-day long attack by the monopoly Bania capitalist class, in the name of the Arya Vysyas (not Dravida Vysyas) on my person, soul, brain and body days is a new chapter in the history of caste barbarism in India. From September 10 to October 13, when the three-judge bench of the Supreme Court delivered its verdict on my book, I underwent daily torture, faced death threats and was confronted with abuses. The bench dismissed the Public Interest Litigation filed by the Arya-Vysya community to ban my book, Samajika Smuggerlu — Komatollu (a Telugu translation of a chapter of my book, Post-Hindu India).

This verdict has given a new life to the freedom of expression in India at a time when intellectuals, writers and journalists in the country were living in an atmosphere of fear. The verdict encourages scholars from oppressed communities to conduct research on castes and communities without fear. It would be self-defeating for the left and liberal intellectuals if they do not debate caste at a time when the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP led by Amit Shah have put the caste agenda on the national stage. Eschewing such a debate would also render any discourse on politics, culture and economics, impossible. And that would be inimical for democracy.

The dilemma of left-liberal economists in the context of the attack and fatwa against me by the Telugu Desam Member of Parliament, T.G. Venkatesh — who is also a leader of the Arya Vysya community — shows how deeply ingrained caste culture is in people’s lives. The Bania caste dominates business in the country — some of the country’s top industrialists are from the community and so are village-level grocers.

The community dominates the grain, gold and other commodity markets in most parts of India. The BJP and the RSS are known to have links with the community. Its dominance also extends to politics in Delhi. The agitation agitation against me was organised from above. The silence of those who argue that their politics and struggles are directed at achieving class transformation, or a socialist revolution, could make them complicit in “class collaboration”.

This is especially since my discourse is closely intertwined with class-cultural economics and I have highlighted the casteist moorings of Indian business. If this dominance of the Banias is not challenged, the BJP will continue to win elections for decades. The top business houses shifted their support from the Congress to the BJP after the UPA-I mooted the idea of reservations in the private sector in 2006-2007. The lower castes that actually form the core of class politics have been exploited in caste-based cultural markets in systematic ways for long. When the left-liberals waver, the lower caste masses doubt their intentions.

According to an article, “Corporate Boards in India -Blocked by Caste?” by D. Ajith, Han Doker and Ravi Saxena in the Economic and Political Weekly (August 11, 2012, Vol. XLVII, No. 31, p.41)) 46 per cent of corporate board members in the country are Banias and 44.6 per cent are Brahmins This shows the absolute control of the two castes on the industrial and financial power in the country. There is need for serious studies to find out the ways in which the demonetisation has benefited top capitalists.

The Bania businessmen of today are not the same as those of Mahatma Gandhi’s time. Gandhi never had ambitions of ruling the country in a political sense. He was a moral reformist politician, whose agenda has been turned upside down by Modi. The BJP’s appropriation of Gandhi — in contrast to the earlier RSS — is to consolidate the Bania political, economic and social power.

The BJP projects the monopoly capital, the bureaucracy, the non-agrarian social forces as nationalist and the soldiers as markers of that nationalism. War tanks are being installed in campuses of educational institutions. Dubbing Dalit Bahujan students as anti-national is part of the party’s agenda. The footsoldiers who fight on the borders are from the Shudra (OBC), Dalit and Adivasi communities. Wars, whether against mighty China or the not-so-strong Pakistan, have to be fought physically by footsoldiers.

The parents and the kith and kin of such soldiers suffer enormous economic problems and joblessness. There are no jobs in the government sector. And all the so-called nationalist intellectuals are against reservations in the private sector and the so-called nationalist industry is happy with that position. The left and liberal economists have not taken a firm stand on reservations in the private sector.

Is it nationalism to deny a job to the footsoldier’s brother or sister in the private sector? When the entire economy is privatised, where do the SC/ST/OBCs, whom the BJP claims to love so much, get jobs? That too in an education market where there is a huge difference between private English-medium schools and regional language government schools? The government has stopped many foreign foundations that help the Indian poor.

These questions can be debated only when they are linked with “caste cultural economics”. It is time that the nation wakes up before the anti-poor upper caste nationalists destroy the nation itself.

A call to left-liberals

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In Yogi’s Gorakhpur, Police remain callously inactive even 12 days after my sister’s murder

Swati Pandey

This is to bring to your notice that my sister Jaya Pandey (39) was killed at her father’s (Shesh Nath Pandey) residence in gorakhpur on 4th of October 2017. The police did a Postmortem which said asphyxia was the main reason of the death. Family submitted a complaint which stated that Rakesh tripathi and Shesh nath Pandey might be behind this murder.

Mother (Dr. Sandhya Pandey R/O Sahjanwa, Gorakhpur) told the police that Shesh Nath Pandey is involved in some kinds of illegal activities and he might be using Jaya for the same. Rakesh and Mr. Pandey made Jaya addicted to drugs.

Mr. Pandey gave in writing to the police two months back that he won’t call Jaya to his residence yet he called her on 3rd of October. Jaya had a son Sajal (13) and she and his son lived with Jayas’ mother, Dr Sandhya Pandey

Jaya was found dead in a tank in the morning of 4th october in a paid toilet complex which is owned by Mr. Pandey. The tank was not more than 4.5 ft deep and 1.5 fr broad.

Despite of a complaint given by the family on 6th October the FIR which was registered on 8th October was registered against unknown people 13 days have passed since Jaya’s death but police has not taken any strong step accept the statements of the family, Mr. Pandey and Rakesh Tripathi.


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Farmer Organizations oppose Central government’s attempt to replace PDS with Cash Transfers

 Demand protection of Right to Food and Procurement of Crops

On the occasion of World Food Day, a Roundtable meeting titled “Protect Right to Food – Strengthen PDS and MSP” was organized at Sundarayya Kendram by All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) and the farmer organizations who are part of it. This was organized in the light of the Central government notification to all states that they should begin replacing the Public Distribution System with DBT scheme to give cash instead of rations. All the participants strongly opposed the concerted actions by the Central government to dismantle PDS and phase away the Minimum Support System and procurement of crops.


The farmer organizations demanded that the government should immediately stop the moves to replace PDS with Cash Transfers. Instead they should give enhanced Minimum Support Price to farmers and expand the procurement to include millets, pulses and oilseeds. AIKSCC stated that the Govt. of India buys more than 65 million tonnes of food grain from peasants at a Minimum Support Price and distributes the same in rations. With DBT govt. will stop procuring, it will end MSP pricing, it will wind up FCI godowns as per Shanta Kumar Committee recommendations.


The farmer organizations demanded the protection of Right to Food for the poor and underprivileged, with continuation of PDS system with good quality rice as well as pulses, sugar, cooking oil and salt to each family every month to secure food and well-being. In the name of circumventing corruption, the govt proposes NO FOOD, ONLY CASH, i.e. DBT or Direct Benefit Transfer. All cash schemes too are riddled with corruption which has continued to rise with the NDA regime since 2014. Food is a basic and universal right. More than 19 crore people of India sleep hungry every day. More than 48% children below 5 years of age in India are malnourished and stunted. Among the 79 countries listed to have severe malnutrition, India ranks 65thbelow Nepal and Bangladesh.


Leaders of 11 organizations participated in the roundtable including Telangana Rythu Sangham, All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, Telangana Rythu JAC, Rythu Swarajya Vedika, Telangana Rythanga Samiti, Telangana Vyavasaya Karmika Sangham, A.P. Vyavasaya Vruttidarula Union, Human Rights Forum, National Alliance of People’s Movements, Telangana Raitanga Samakhya, and Telangana Rythu Sankshema Samiti. The main speakers included included Ravi Kanneganti, Justice Chandrakumar, Vemulapalli Venkatramayya, Dr.A.Prasad Rao, T.Sagar, Kirankumar Vissa, Bonthala Chandra Reddy, Sambayya and Dharmapal.


In light of the upcoming WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December 2017, the farmer organizations also alleged that the WTO is pressurizing the government to wind up food subsidy. It is already stopping cooking gas subsidy and kerosene oil subsidy. It has already reduced fertilizer subsidy. AIKSCC demands that Indian Government should take a strong stand and not sacrifice food security, sovereignty and farmers’ interests to protect corporate trade interests with developed countries.


All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) consists of about 200 farmers’ organizations from across the country including all the major national level organizations. AIKSCC is organizing nation-wide Kisan Mukti Yatra which has already completed 14 states in the first 3 phases (Western India, South India and North India). Three more phases of the Yatra are planned, and the culmination will be in a historic national farmers’ rally and Kisan Sansad at Delhi from November 20th.


Contact: Kirankumar Vissa  (Rythu Swarajya Vedika): 9701705743; T.Sagar (Telangana Rythu Sangham): 9490098055; V.Venkatramayya (All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha): 8639873720; Ravi Kanneganti (Telangana Rythu JAC):9912928422;

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Jharkhand girl starving to death shows ‘ #Aadhaar savings’ built on gross exclusions

The poor and vulnerable are dismissed as ‘ghosts’ and ‘frauds’ while authentication errors lead to many going hungry.

India has not only slipped three points on the global hunger index, falling behind North Korea and Iraq, it has also started witnessing children being starved to death because their ration cards were not “linked to Aadhaar”. A report by the portal claims that an 11-year-old girl in Jharkhand went without food and died eventually because her family didn’t have Aadhaar-linked ration cards and they were denied food items by the Aadhaar-driven PDS.

This, despite PM Modi and his retinue of ministers and supporters going on and on about “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”.

That this denying of food and ration because the cards weren’t connected to Aadhaar is a gross violation of the Right to Life, Food Security Act and Aadhaar’s own “voluntary” nature by law, and the Supreme Court guidelines on the PDS-UID link, goes without saying. However, what’s even more tragic is that this could be foreseen by civil rights activists and commentators, reporting on the “Aadhaar exclusions” months in advance.

Santoshi Kumari, the 11-year-old girl who died of starvation, had gone without food for nearly eight days when she succumbed to it. Her family’s ration card was cancelled because it wasn’t linked to their Aadhaar number, while mid-day meals at her school weren’t available because of Durga Puja holidays, says the report. As a result, Santoshi Kumari hadn’t had a morsel of food for over a week, even though her family was eligible to avail food rations as per the Food Security Act, but was denied rations for six months because their card wasn’t Aadhaar-linked.

As the Centre is hell bent in linking Aadhaar to almost every service, public and private, in India, the gross violations of fundamental rights, and the resultant exclusions have been documented meticulously. In states like Jharkhand and Rajasthan, the poor have been left out of the Aadhaar-driven PDS because of “authentication failures”. Civil rights activists Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey have repeatedly drawn our attention to the hard facts on the ground – how the poor and the vulnerable are denied rations, work, services, skills training, even pregnancy care because they lack Aadhaar.

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The policy framers riding Aadhaar mania treat the poor and marginalised as just 12-digit numbers of the UIDAI, and are least concerned when reports of unpardonable exclusions come forward. As the Jharkhand starvation death demonstrates, “deleting” those without Aadhaar from PDS lists is exactly how exclusions are presided over, with no concern towards the elderly, the infirm, those unwilling to get Aadhaar because of its several deficiencies. This, despite the individuals/families having ration cards/other identity proofs.

Welfare economist Jean Dreze has also been quoted in a number of reports on how “Point of sales” (PoS) machines installed at distribution outs are not able to authenticate the fingerprints of many, especially those daily wagers doing hard physical work and have calloused hands as a result. A large number of National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries are therefore left out of the welfare network, particularly in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district, because of Aadhaar. Dreze notes that the errors leading to exclusions occur at multiple points – the PoS machine, network connectivity, biometrics, remote servers, or mobile networks.

Not just in states like Jharkhand, even in Delhi Aadhaar-based PDS has seen a rise in exclusions. Though the claims are often of cracking down hard on corruption as well as efficiency, the ground reality is one of huge disruptions in lives of poor and the vulnerable who are cut off mercilessly from availing the benefits they are legally entitled to.

In fact, the government was criticised heavily when it decided to link essential welfare services/PDS/mid-day meals to Aadhaar, and letting children go hungry if they didn’t have UID. A DailyO columnist had written then: “In a country which has the highest number of malnourished children in the world, denying hungry kids the most important (and often the only) meal of the day because they do not have a particular identity card is not only shameful, it’s inhumane, and a recipe for humanitarian disaster.”

“Instead of prioritising children’s health, ensuring that they get nutrition benefits, improving the quality of the meals and implementing safeguards and rules for high quality food, the government is hell bent on taking away the meagre morsel that the children could get under the mid-day meal scheme as part of free schooling under Right to Education,” the article said.

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The lack of empathy pointed out is at the heart of the Jharkhand starvation death of the 11-year-old Santoshi Kumari. However, those at the helm of Aadhaar, particularly Nandan Nilekani, have been boasting about “Aadhaar savings”, claiming about 9 billion US dollars have been “saved” because Aadhaar eliminated “frauds” and “ghosts” in the system.

In fact, a number of think-pieces and analytical reports have dissected the claims made by UIDAI, as well as the World Bank, which has been praising Aadhaar as an “efficient” welfare delivery programme, overlooking the gross negligence, the privacy breaches, the unpardonable exclusions as well as the Aadhaar frauds and commercial exploitation of Aadhaar-related data that have been amply reported by various media outlets.

Despite SC’s orders to the contrary, the Aadhaar juggernaut is on a rampage, trampling India’s poor, marginalised, elderly, the infirm and now the children. How will the UIDAI, which doesn’t even allow individuals and victims of Aadhaar to lodge complaints against it, or the government of Narendra Modi that’s imposing the Aadhaar condition on citizens’ right to life, liberty, food, education, privacy and other fundamental rights, defend itself against this unpardonable crime – starving a girl child to death?

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