All-party resolution; In solidarity with forces in defending India’s unity

All-party meeting resolution: In solidarity with forces in defending India’s unity

An All-party meeting on Saturday on the car bomb attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, Kashmir, that killed 40 jawans adopted a unanimous resolution to condemn terrorism and the support it receives from across the border. The meeting was presided by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Opposition leaders told Mr. Singh that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should convene another meeting with the leaders of the national and regional parties to discuss the future course of action. “We condemn terrorism in all forms and the support being given to it from across the border. India has, during the past three decades, faced the menace of cross-border terrorism. Of late, terrorism in India is being actively encouraged by the forces from across the border. India has showed both firmness and resilience in dealing with these challenges,” read the resolution. “The entire nation speaks in one voice to express its determination to fight these challenges. Today, we stand united, in solidarity with our security forces in fighting terrorism, and in defending the unity and integrity of India,” it added.

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other dignitaries during an all-party meeting on the Pulwama terror attack at Parliament House, in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the entire nation stood united, and pointed out that the attack was the biggest casualty that armed forces had suffered since 1947, barring wars.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said the Prime Minister should personally handle the sensitive situation and immediately take strong action.

Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena said the government should learn from former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s tenure to take immediate action against Pakistan.

D. Raja of the Communist Party of India said concerns were also expressed about the safety of Kashmiri students and citizens settled in other parts of the country after Mr. Abdullah raised the issue of Kashmiris facing the ire of people in Jammu on Friday.

The Home Minister assured the meeting that the government will not allow social harmony to be affected and will take action, even if someone from the BJP, was involved in any such act.

Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Congress, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien of the Trinamool Congress, Jithendra Reddy of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Jan Shakti Party, among others, also attended the meeting.


Central Govt has no plan to change reservation policy

Central Government has no plan to change reservation policy

The Central government has no plan to do away with quota policy for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.
His assurance came a day after violent protests against a Supreme Court order by Dalits claimed nine lives. The court order dilutes a law on preventing atrocities against the marginalised communities in the country.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh said “rumours” were spread that the Union government wanted to end reservation.
“Rumours are being spread about the reservation policy. It is wrong and baseless. I appeal to all political parties to help in maintaining peace and amity in the country,” he said amid noisy protests in the house.
CentralThe Minister said that “the government is fully committed to protect the interests of the SCs/STs and that an advisory has been issued to all the states to ensure law and order”.
He said the government has provided all assistance to the states immediately on their request and is in constant touch with them.
Opposition members shouted slogans and were on their feet in protest against the Supreme Court’s March 20 order pertaining to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Conveying condolences to the families of people who lost their lives during Monday’s protests, Rajnath Singh said “he fully appreciates that there is widespread anger among the people on the Supreme Court order”.
“I wish to inform the house that the government of India was not party in that case. People have taken to the streets. I want to assure them there has been no dilution in law whatsoever by our government. Rather, after coming to power and examining the SC/ST Act, we have taken a decision to strengthen it,” he said.
Rajnath Singh said the then government passed the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act in 1995.
“As per the amendments, new offences were added. It was observed that due to the delay in filing of charge sheets (in cases of atrocities), the victims and witness who were vulnerable were influenced and silenced. In order to protect them, the provision of witness protection was introduced. The compensation payable to the victims was also enhanced,” the Home Minister said.
He said there has been a new provision wherein action against government servants found negligent in implementing the Act will be taken.
Rajnath Singh said the government acted swiftly and had already filed a petition in the top court to seek review of its order.
Trinamool Congress’ Kalyan Banerjee countered this, saying the Additional Solicitor General had given his consent to the Supreme Court’s decision.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the “dilution in the Act has already been done” and the opposition parties “want to discuss it” in the lower house of Parliament.
AIADMK members, meanwhile, created a ruckus and gathered near Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s podium to demand early constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board to oversee water-sharing arrangement between Tamil Nadu, Karantaka, Kerala, and Puducherry.
Scindia also raised the issue of no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against the Narendra Modi government.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready for a debate on the motion and blamed the Congress for creating disruptions.
“They are trying to halt the democratic process in the house,” Ananth Kumar said. The Speaker said she was unable to proceed with the no-confidence motion notice and adjourned the house for the day.
This is the last week of the budget session that began on January 29 and went into a recess on February 9. The session resumed on March 5 and will conclude on April 6.
The post-break session has been completely washed out amid a logjam in both houses of Parliament. Important Budget bills were passed without debate amid protests.
– 03 April 2018 | IANS | NEW DELHI

NIT Srinagar row: Ensure students feel safe, Rajnath Singh tells Mehbooba Mufti

NIT Srinagar row: Ensure students feel safe, Rajnath Singh tells Mehbooba Mufti

NIT Srinagar row: Ensure students feel safe, Rajnath Singh tells Mehbooba Mufti


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday met Jammu and Kashmir Chief MinisterMehbooba Mufti regarding (National Institute of Technology) NIT Srinagar issue and asked her to make the students feel safe.

News agency ANI quoted sources as saying, “Rajnath Singh conveyed to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti that environment should be made such that students feel safe and comfortable.”

Also, @HMOIndia tweeted saying, “J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti called on the Union Home Minister in New Delhi today.”

Earlier on April 05, Rajnath had spoken to Mufti.

“Spoke to J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti ji regarding the situation in NIT Srinagar. She has assured me to look into the issue and take immediate action,” he had tweeted.

On the other hand, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said today, “Law and order is not an issue of MHRD, its a state issue.”

“As far as postponement of exams is concerned, we’ve registered each and every student who have sought postponement. But students who want to give exams on time should be able to do and therefore we have held the exams as per schedule for those students,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Board of Governors of NIT met yesterday and took stock of the situation following the recent unrest on the campus following clashes between local and outstation students last week.

During the meeting which was presided over by MJ Zarabi, Chairman of the Board of Governors of NIT Srinagar, it was decided that attempts be made to restore normalcy at the earliest and academic activity be brought back on track, official sources had said, as per PTI.

The sources had added that the eight members of Governing Board, also comprising officials from the HRD ministry and the state government, were apprised of the current situation and incidents that had taken place last week after India lost the T-20 world cup semi-final cricket match to West Indies.

It was suggested that the faculty members should regularly interact with outstation students and also ensure a bonhomie between local and non-local students.

NIT Srinagar has been at the centre of a controversy since April 1 when clashes broke out between outstation and local students following India’s defeat to West Indies in the World T20 Cup.

The situation worsened on April 5 when outstation students tried to take out a march outside the campus but were stopped by the police, leading to incidents of violence including vandalism by students and lathicharge by police.

(With PTI inputs)

-April 12, 2016,New Delhi

Youths joining terrorist organisations matter of concern: Rajnath

Youths joining terrorist organisations matter of concern: Rajnath

Youths joining terrorist organisations matter of concern: Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that it was matter of concern that educated youths are joining terrorist organisations.

“Youths are contributing for development of better techniques world wide. However, it was matter of concern that the educated youths are joining terrorist organisations,” he said while delivering convocation address at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University here.

Emphasising on “character building”, Rajnath said that only through a good character social stability can be attained.

“As compared to Lord Ram, Ravana was rich and powerful but it was due to his character that people pay obeisance to Ram. We should take a pledge to make India ‘vishwa guru’ once again by progressing in our respective fields,” he said.

On the occasion, Chancellor of state universities Governor Ram Naik was also present.

During the convocation, 118 students including 79 girls were given gold medals.

22 February 2016 | PTI | Gorakhpur (UP)

Haryana BJP govt to bring in bill for OBC quota to Jats

Haryana BJP govt to bring in bill for OBC quota to Jats

Buckling under pressure from agitating Jats, BJP today announced that a Bill for giving OBC status to Jats will be brought in the coming Haryana Assembly session and a high-powered committee will be set up to examine the quota demand for the community in central jobs.

BJP general secretary in-charge of Haryana Anil Jain also appealed to the Jats who have been protesting in Haryana to call off their agitation, which has badly hit life in the region, and return to their homes as their demands have been met.

“A bill will be brought in the coming session of the Haryana Assembly for granting OBC status to the Jats in the state,” Jain said after a Jat delegation had an hour-long meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Haryana is ruled by a BJP government headed by M L Khattar. Jain said a high-powered committee headed by a senior Union Minister will be set up today to look into the demand of reservation of jobs in central government for the Jats.

“The composition of the Committee will be announced by the BJP President (Amit Shah),” he said.

Those who attended the meeting with the Home Minister include Jat leaders from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi besides Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Haryana Minister Abhimanyu, BJP MP and former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh, former Deputy Chief of Army Lt Gen (Retd) Raj Kandyan etc.

After the meeting with the Home Minister, Jat Sangharsh Samiti leader Jaipal Sing Sangwan said the discussion was very positive and he was confident that the community would accept the decisions.

“We appeal to everyone to call off the agitation,” he said. However, another leader of the Jat Sangharsh Samiti Rajesh Dahiya said a decision on calling off the agitation would be taken by the community later.

Haryana was on the edge today as fresh incidents of arson and violence shook the state with a ninth town being brought under curfew as the Jat agitation for quota under OBC entered the eighth day so far claiming 10 lives.

The Jat stir also hit Delhi with the Arvind Kejriwal government announcing closure of schools tomorrow as part of water rationing after supply from Haryana was disrupted. The national capital also witnessed massive traffic jams in some parts.

-21 February 2016 | PTI | New Delhi

Alok Verma named Delhi Police chief

Alok Verma named Delhi Police chief

Ending all speculation, the Union Government on Wednesday announced the name of Alok Kumar Verma as the new Delhi Police Commissioner. Verma — a 1979 batch IPS officer of the Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre — is currently posted as Director-General of Delhi Prisons.

Verma’s name was cleared by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister  on Wednesday. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is the only other member of the ACC.

Official orders will be issued by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung as he is the administrator of Delhi. Department of Personnel and Training is believed to have sent the ACC approval to the L-G’s office.

Sources said that Verma may be asked to take over the reins of the Delhi Police before the superannuation of current Police Commissioner BS Bassi, who is likely to be appointed as Information Commissioner with Central Information Commission (CIC). Bassi will demit office on the last day of this month.

Verma has held several important posts with the Delhi Police. He had served as DCP of North East and South district, Foreigners Regional Registration Officer (FRRO), Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch). He has also served as Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence), Special Commissioner of Police (Vigilance) and Special Police Commissioner of Police (Administration) the number two post in the Delhi Police hierarchy. Verma had also held posts of Puducherry Director General of Police for two terms, and as DGP of Mizoram.

-18 February 2016 | Pramod Kumar Singh | New Delhi

JNU students’ union president arrested for sedition, cops search hostels

JNU students’ union president arrested for sedition, cops search hostels  

On a day Union home minister Rajnath Singh instructed Delhi Police not to spare anyone indulging in anti-India activities, cops arrested JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges over a pro-Afzal Guru event held on campus earlier this week, prompting fierce protests from students and teachers in the university.

There was heavy police presence at JNU as students clashed with cops, who went on to search hostels looking for “anti-nationals”. BJP’s student wing, ABVP, too stepped up protests against Tuesday’s JNU event, where anti-India slogans were raised, and another organised at the Press Club of India a day later.

Another FIR was registered over the Press Club event, under which former DU teacher S A R Geelani and his alleged associates were booked for sedition, unlawful assembly and criminal conspiracy. Kumar is from CPI’s student wing AISF. Cops are looking for 10-12 students who participated in the event, eight of whom were on Friday debarred from academic activities. Geelani, who was acquitted for lack of G evidence in the Parliament attack case, has been booked for the Press Club event in which a group shouted slogans hailing Afzal Guru. Police are looking for five persons who participated in the programme.

The FIR against Geelani was based on a suo motu action by the police. The request to book the hall at the Press Club went through Geelani’s email ID and thus he was being treated as a co-organizer even though the actual booking was made by one Ali Javed, who is also named in the FIR. Javed is a teacher and a freelance journalist, police said. The police questioned Javed and other witnesses on Friday.

A team of south Delhi police is conducting raids in Okhla, Jamia Nagar, Munirka, Vasant Kunj andl areas in old Delhi to nab people who shouted slogans at JNU. Some of the names in the search list were Anand, Ashutosh, Fahad, Umar, Rashid, Anirban, Banjotsna and Shailja, sources said.

Sources said police are also scanning the Facebook page of Umar to ascertain who else participated in the programmes.

Meanwhile, JNUSU president Kumar has been placed in police custody for three days. He is being interrogated to reveal the names of all those present at the venue, near Sabarmati Dhaba on Tuesday night. Kumar has, however, distanced himself from the programme and said he was being framed by ABVP. The cops are anaysing some videos which shows “students” indulging in sloganeering, expressing solidarity with the “struggle” of Kashmiri migrants and expressing support for Azad Kashmir’.

The cops also suspect some outsiders to be involved in both incidents and have invoked the criminal conspiracy section in the FIRs, police said. Names of a few people from Kashmir have also surfaced and they are being tracked, cops said, adding that they were trying to ascertain if S A R Geelani was involved in the JNU event as well.

Meanwhile, the Press Club has expelled the organizer, Ali Javed, after serving him a show-cause notice. Rahul Jalali, president of the club, said they had also registered a police complaint.

-Rajshekhar Jha | TNN | Feb 13, 2016,