The Indian Express | 1 day ago | 23-09-2022 | 02:50 pm
The number of tipplers behind wheels has seen a rise of 27 per cent in Gujarat, states a report of the Gujarat Road Safety Authority tabled in the state legislature Thursday.A total of 9,393 cases were registered in 2018 where people were caught driving under the influence of alcohol. The cases of drunk driving violation rose to 11,937 in 2019, states the annual administrative report for the year 2019-’20. The authority was established in 2018.As part of police modernisation measures, 2,765 breath analysers were procured in 2017-’18 and were distributed to the districts in 2018.The report points out that the there has been a 39 per cent reduction in the number of accidents between 2012 and 2019.“From 27,249 accidents in 2012, which was taken as a base, the number of accidents has reduced to 17,046 in 2019 with 39 per cent reduction. This is quite significant, as during the corresponding period, the number of vehicles increased by almost 73 per cent,” it states.However, during this period, the number of deaths happening each year in road accidents have reduced only by five per cent.In 2019, a total of 18,593 cases were registered for overloading of school vehicles and 13,681 cases for under-age driving.
Criticising Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat who recently visited a madrasa, head of All India Majis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Asaduddin Owaision Saturday asked if he would visit Bilkis Bano in Gujarat.Addressing a public gathering at Juhapura in Ahmedabad, Owaisi said, “The BJP and RSS are doing a new drama. The Sarsangchalak of RSS, Mohan Bhagwat went to a madrasa in Delhi, where he listened to Quran and met the students. Media reported this beautifully. I am appealing to Mohan Bhagwat sahab… if you can meet Bilkis Bano and assure her of justice.”“Can Mohan Bhagwat meet Bilkis Bano? But he will not meet her. He goes to a madrasa and in Assam madrasas are demolished. In Uttar Pradesh, madrasas and wakf properties are surveyed so that properties of Muslims can be snatched away from them,” he added.Owasi also declared AIMIM candidates on three seats in Ahmedabad and Surat for the Gujarat Assembly elections scheduled later this year. “From Jamalpur-Khadia assembly seat in Ahmedabad, Sabar Kabuliwala (Gujarat president of AIMIM) will represent our party,” he said.He also named Wasim Qureshi who will contest from Surat-East and Kaushika Parmar from Danilimda constituency in Ahmedabad.Alleging that Juhapura is treated as an enemy territory, Owaisi said, “In Juhapura, Muslims get step-brotherly treatment. Being a Muslim area, it is looked at with hate and is described as enemy territory.”He added that BJP, during its two-decade rule in Gujarat, has not been able to open a government school in Juhapura, provide drinking water or tackle traffic snarls.At the event, Owaisi also inducted few Dalit leaders from Vadgam Assembly constituency which is represented by Jignesh Mevani, who is aligned to the Congress party.
A day after the principal of a residential girl’s school in Gujarat’s Valsad district complained against two chefs who allegedly sexually harassed tribal girl students, the police arrested the accused Saturday. The police added that the authorities concerned transferred the principal and seven other male chefs to different places.The police had registered an offence under IPC Sections 354 (Assault of criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act section 12 (Sexual harassment), and atrocity acts. The accused were identified as Praveen Peermajrana and Dashrat Pati, both residents of Banaskantha district.The principal, who had been in the post since 2014, had in her complaint alleged that the two chefs were involved in sexually harassing and verbally abusing the girls. On Friday, Child Welfare committee members, a counsellor and women police officers spoke to over 100 girls studying in the school. The school has around 600 girl students of Classes VIII to XI who reside in the hostel. The students are tribals and hail from different villages of Valsad district.Sources said that the incident came to light a couple of days ago and the girls called up their parents and narrated their ordeal. The parents contacted the Independent elected councillor of the area and sought his help to get justice.The councillor took the students to the police station and to district Superintendent of Police Rajdeepsinh Zala’s office. The police started a probe and registered a case Friday evening.Talking to The Indian Express, the councillor said, “While talking to the girl students, we came to know that they had complained about such incidents to the school principal around two months ago but no steps were taken against the accused chefs. If the principal would have informed the police two months ago, such incidents would not have continued.”Zala said, “We have arrested the accused and have seized their mobile phones and have sent the devices to the forensics lab for further testing. Statements of the girls, teachers and the warden were taken. The incident had taken place at different time intervals. At present, it is difficult to say anything but our teams are probing the case.”
The Gujarat Assembly elections in December will decide whether the public wants BJP leader Amit Shah’s son, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son or their own children to become a prominent figure in the future, said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia in Patan district of North Gujarat on Friday.On the third day of his six-day Gujarat tour, Sisodia, who is campaigning for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), said “For BJP workers, I want to tell you that only (AAP convener and Delhi CM) Arvind Kejriwal ji can give you good schools for your children and good hospitals.”Addressing a public rally at Balisana in Patan, Sisodia said, “This time’s change is not a change of party but rather a change for your household. Till now, the only change that has been happening is either make Sonia Gandhi’s son a big man or make Amit Shah’s son a big man. First time, Kejriwalji is coming and saying that you vote, and your child will be a big man…”He added, “Making your child a big man is not something that the Congress, the BJP or the AAP can do… Only a school and college can… There is a Mehsana BJP leader, who I won’t name since you know it. This leader, before coming into politics owned a four bigha land, today he owns 1,000 bighas. Here leaders become rich.”In his second public address at Unjha, Sisodia continued, “If you vote for the BJP, then Amit Shah’s son becomes a big man. If you vote for Congress then Sonia Gandhi’s children become big.”Continuing with education as the primary plank of his campaign, Sisodia said at Balisana, “The Gujarat government has not created a post for computer teachers in government schools in the 21st century. If someone in the world hears that there is no computer teacher in a state in India, they will laugh at us. If you are not teaching children in the 21st century about computers, what are you teaching them? If you don’t have posts for computer teachers in the 21st century, then shame on such education and shame on such government. I am worried.”Sisodia also visited the Umiya Mata Temple at Unjha in Patan and addressed a second public rally at Unjha“I’m seeing politics change. I started working in 2013 and today we can’t believe that we are seeing a day when we are talking about schools from a political stage,” Sisodia said.Meanwhile, Isudan Gadhvi, AAP national joint general secretary, who has been accompanying Sisodia in his Gujarat tour so far, met protesting mid-day meal workers outside the Patan collector’s office.Speaking to media persons outside the collector’s office, Gadhvi said, “They are demanding higher wages, lower gas cylinder rates, and it is only natural that their demands are met. I promise that within two months of AAP coming into power in Gujarat, we will fulfil all their demands, will get them the right vegetables,…we will ensure to bring children out of malnutrition by providing quality food.”
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Friday criticized the state government for awarding food contracts of schools, anganwadis, and hostels in tribal areas to private contractors instead of women self-help groups. It also stayed new tenders issued by the government. While staying the tenders, the bench of Chief Justice Aravind Kumar and Justice Ashutosh Shastri directed the state government to ensure that "no child in any tribal or other school is deprived of routine food hitherto supplied in any manner". The dispute arose after two women's groups filed petitions in the HC through advocate S P Hasurkar. They complained that the state authorities, including the Gujarat State Tribal Education Society, have been preventing the women's collectives from getting contracts by floating tailor-made tenders. Contracts of 48 schools out of 102 adarsh vidhyalayas, government hostels, eklavya shala etc. in tribal areas have been given to private contractors. This is in violation of the Supreme Court's express directions that the work should be given to women's groups and not to private contractors. After hearing the self-help groups, who were denied work orders despite succeeding in the tendering process, the bench remarked that it was a clear case of the government flouting its resolution and the Supreme Court's orders. The bench also noted that the government had been fined Rs 10,000 in the past for cancelling work orders given to women's groups and favouring private contractors. The judges said that typical tenders are floated to oust women from the process. "You are doing this with a vengeance, and the very purpose of encouraging tribal women in Gujarat is being truncated," the chief justice remarked while ordering a stay.
On the last day of 11th session of the Gujarat Assembly on Thursday, member of the Opposition Congress from Mahudha constituency, Indrajit Parmar, moved a proposal to discuss ways to control rising inflation but was turned down by a majority vote.While the Congress members talked about rising prices of daily essentials making life difficult for common people, the ruling BJP members defended its policies and efforts to contain inflation.Moving the proposal, Parmar said that a number of unions of government employees have been protesting in Gandhinagar and that it was due to rising inflation that everybody is facing difficulty in running their households.Leader of Opposition Sukhram Rathva said that women from rural areas are hit the most due to price rise and tax on such essential items, including milk products. Rathva added that this price rise, however, does not percolate to the milk producers.Congress MLA Geniben Thakor said that it was due to rising inflation that crime rate has gone up in the state, while Dariapur MLA Gyasuddin Shaikh said that people have been forced to transfer their children from private schools to government schools.The BJP members defended the government while hailing its efforts to contain prices and for the welfare of the poor even during Covid-19 pandemic. Senior BJP member Babu Bokhiriya said that while prices have gone up, so did people’s income.Food & Civil Supply Minister Naresh Patel said that the price rise is not as steep as the opposition was making out it to be. He added that the government has been taking effective steps to control prices.The proposal was put on vote following which it was turned down by majority vote.