All political parties rely on vote bank politics and are one on the reservation issue: Raghunandan Sharma

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Bhopal: Majority of the speakers, who addressed a well-attended seminar organised here this evening to mark the Jabalpur High Court Judgement of April 30, 2016 declared the Madhya Pradesh Reservation in promotion  Rule 2002 as unconstitutional expressed their concern over the continuous suppression of the hopes and aspirations of a vast multitude of youth in India belonging to the unreserved category, who were suffering the consequences of job quota on the basis of castes, promotion in reservation and other associated issues linked with the quota regime.
 
Today’s seminar, held in the jam-packed Narmada Bhawan, was organised jointly by Samanya Pichda Alpsankhyak Adhikari Karmachari Sanstha (SAPAKS) and Samanya Pichda Alpsankhyak Kalyan Samaj Sanstha (SAPAKS Samaj), both organisations are devoted to the cause of ending reservation in promotion and want that reservation should be on economic basis and not caste lines.
 
 
Speaking on the occasion, former BJP Rajya Sabha Member, Raghunandan Sharma was forthright in saying that all political parties are one when it comes to perpetuating the reservation regime. they are all playing vote politics and would do everything to maintain the status quo. He said that the reservation of seats in Parliament and State Assemblies was originally meant for 10 years and could be extended latest for 60 years. The spirit of the Constitution notwithstanding, they will stretch it for all times and they do not want to give up their vote politics, Sharma said adding those in politics are not bothered about employees’ organisations or small groups. While stating that the quota system for education and filling jobs is required but what is the need for reservation in promotion. Without naming the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Sharma also said that no leader should say: “koi ma ka sapoot reservation samapt nahi kar sakta” (there is no true son of a mother who can bring an end to reservation).
 
Speaking as a panelist, Vice Chanceller Jagran Lakecity University and former bureaucrat Anoop Swarup  laid emphasis on education, merit and training and said the nation needs to harness all its resources to focus maximum efforts on universalised primary education to build discipline and a society capable of meeting global challenges. He cited the example of the USA where they have a system of “affirmative action” for ensuring equitable representation to different races and people from diverse backgrounds. The thrust is on representation and there is no quota system in the US, he pointed out.  
 
 
Retired DG Police Arun Gurtoo was also of the view that even though reservation will have to continue to set right the historical wrong perpetuated for more than a 1000 years,  reservation in promotion cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.
 
 
Retired IAS officer and former State Information Commissioner Hiralal Trivedi, threw light on the constitutional position especially the 77th, 81st, 62nd and 85th Amendments in the year 1995, 2000 and 2002 to institutionalise reservation in promotion for SCs and STs, lower the selection criteria for promoting officers and the provision for consequential seniority in the case of those promoted under the reservation for promotion rule.
 
Mandideep Industry Association President D.K. Jain was firm in his stand that reservation on caste basis is a big drag when it comes to the overall development and progress of the country. The government efficiency is already affected and if the quota system is also introduced for the industry, it will have long term adverse impact.
 
 
S.L. Suryavanshi, who was representing AJJAKS (anusuchit Jati Janjati employees and officers) asserted that the reservation system will continue since the caste system is deeply entrenched in the Indian society.
 
Senior journalist Shiv Anurag Pateria was emphatic in pointing out that reservation is a curse on Indian society and unless steps are not taken on war footing it would destroy the social fabric. Social tension is mounting, he said and praised SAPAKs for taking steps to maintain order and drive home the point.
 
Rajesh Sirothia, also a senior journalist urged those from the creamy layer among the SCs and STs to give up the benefit of the quota system for their children.
 
At the outset, founder of SAPAKS Ajay Jain intrroduced the subject and gave a brief backgrounder of the work being done by SAPAKs to bring and end to the reservation regime in its present form
 
Senior journalist and founder member of SAPAKS Samaj, Lalit Shastri, conducted the discussion
 

Education should make students self-reliant: Ram Nath Kovind

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Sagar (Madhya Pradesh): President of India Ram Nath Kovind said here today that formal education is not the only the source to acquire knowledge and job but it should play a definite role in making the students self-reliant and enterprising.

The President said that the university acts as a source of social and economic empowerment. Hence education should be inclusive, easy and quality-based. The President was addressing the 27th convocation ceremony of Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University at Sagar.

Kovind said that today there is need for an education system that builds character and instills values in life. He said that the Centre and the state governments are working together for the expansion of education. Youth should become educated through the modern education system and the aim should not be restricted to searching for jobs, Instead education shuld also build the potential to provide jobs. The contribution of Sagar University in society building and Dr. Harisingh Gour’s commitment towards education is exemplary. Dr. Gour has presented a remarkable example of making use of personal property in public welfare. This University is a source of social and economic empowerment. The President expressed the hope that the University will continue to develop as per Dr. Gour’s dreams.

President Kovind expressed joy over the establishment of entrepreneurship cell to guide youths and the setting up of Dr. Ambedkar Peeth for research on social vision in the University. He said that Ambedkar strongly advocated for the upliftment and education of the weaker sections. He said that education of weaker sections was mandatory. Shri Kovind said that he saw the increasing importance of girls in education and other areas as a great social transformation and lauded the steps taken by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for expansion of education in Madhya Pradesh.

Governor Anandiben Patel has encouraged girls to move forward, the Prersident said. He especially congratulated University Professor Sanjay K. Jain for receiving the special award for research on treatment of cancer of the intestines.

Governor Patel said that students must not consider education as a medium to acquire a job.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that acquiring knowledge is the basic right of every children. For this we have made concrete schemes so that no child remains deprived of education due to lack of funds.

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr. Satyapal Singh said that convocation ceremonies will be organized every year in every University of the country. He said that education never ends. We should achieve the highest goal with utmost dedication.

As many as 356 students were conferred titles at the convocation ceremony. The toppers of the university were awarded gold medals. Ten of the 11 gold medal winners were girls.

Kamal Nath to lead faction ridden Congress in Madhya Pradesh

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New Delhi: Kamal Nath, former Uniom Minister and MP from Chhindwara, will now lead the faction-ridden main Opposition Congress for the general election to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly later this year.

Kamal Nath replaces, Arun Yadav, also a former Union Minister. He represents the legacy of his late father Subhash Yadav, who was a deputy Chief Minister and was the unquestioned leader of the cooperative movement in Madhya Pradesh. Arun has substantial following in the Khandwa-Khargone belt.

Nath’s appointment as the new Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee President was announced by Congress General Secretary Ashok Gehlot on Thursday (26 April 2018). Another Senior Congres leader Jyotiradtya Scindia has been appointed as Chairman of the Campaign Committee for the upcoming State Assembly election.

The Congress leadership has done a tight rope walk in formulating the top order of the Madhya Pradesh State party unit and In order to accomodate different warring factions within the State party unit, as many as four Working Presidents have also been appointed.

The new Working President are:

Bala Bachhan

Ramnivas Rawat

Jitu Patwari, MLA

Surender Choudhary

Process is on to offer Ka-band services without auction: Is it a backdoor deal?

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A few weeks ago an innocuous notice appeared on the ISRO/Department of Space Website. The notice referred to an application dated 1 July 2016 filed by one Jupiter Satellite India Limited for securing an Indian orbital slot at 104 degrees East longitude to provide Ka-band services for broadband beams covering the Indian mainland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The notice was put out by CAISS, the Committee for Administration of the Indian Satellite System. To the uninitiated, the notice makes no sense but if one delves deeper it is the making of another Antrix-Devas¹.

Newsroom24x7 did some research. Some years back when the SATCOM Policy (Satellite Communication Policy) was formulated by the Government, it incidentally was not put on ISRO’s website till recently. Under the policy, an operator can set up an Indian satellite system on fulfilling certain conditions. Once a satellite is procured or launched whether from India or abroad, the control station has to be brought inside India within a year and they are subject to Department of Telecom and Ministry Information and Broadcasting norms and control. The orbital slot if procured from another sovereign country has to be transferred to the Indian administration. The operator would thereafter pay royalty and other fees to the Government of India.

It is to be noted that orbital slots are allotted by International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to countries and not companies. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. This body allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits. Now here lies the catch. The orbital slot has been applied by India which has priority. In many countries, the orbital slots are auctioned off to satellite operators for a finite period to operate their services. In the case of Jupiter, a company registered with the Registrar of Companies in India, the matter has been hanging before 2016 and its application had been rejected by the Government.

Ka-band is a new band opening for high speed Internet services and ISRO plans to put in orbit the GSAT 11 which has developed a glitch before launch from Kourou, French Guiana. The already launched GSAT 19 is still to get its gateways and ground stations in place. This part of the business is highly lucrative and in Jupiter’s favour as they have their systems ready though the launch and operationalisation is perhaps a few years away.

According to available information, a procession of bureaucrats, technocrats and ex-chairmen of ISRO did not touch  application in question even with a barge pole. Jupiter, which has links with Hughes of the USA, then began lobbying and there was tremendous pressure from officials in Department of Telecom and at other places to grant the approval. After initiating the process for according in-principle approval, the application has been put on the website for objections. The Prime Minister perhaps was never apprised of this issue. In the Antrix-Devas deal an orbital slot in S-band was given in the most opaque manner. The latest oblique move smacks of the same reasoning. An expression of interest should have been first put out enumerating the available slots followed by an auction as decreed by the Supreme Court. Otherwise, it smacks of a back-door deal. Will the PMO please take note and have this  matter examined independently threadbare?


¹ Antrix Corporation Limited is a Public Sector Undertaking and is an arm of the Department of Space, Government of India. It had entered into a commercial contract on January 28, 2005 with Devas Multi Media Private Limited for lifetime lease of 90 per cent capacity of S Band Transponder of 2 satellites, built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) [GSAT – 6 and 6A]. However, after the signing of the agreement, it was realised by the Government of India that the Antrix–Devas lease agreement on GSAT-6 and 6A would take away most of the total S band spectrum available and subsequently the CBI after conducting an investigation registered an FIR in the Antrix-Devas scam.

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