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Robert Vadra will definitely be caught: BJP Lok Sabha chief whip Meghwal

Meghwal has been leading the party's fight against Robert Vadra's land deals and is confident that Vadra will be nailed in what has come to be known as the Bikaner land deal case

 

The Robert Vadra land deal “cases” will be brought to their "logical conclusion and justice done in each case without any fear or pressure from any quarter", promises BJP’s Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Arjun Ram Meghwal, who has been persistently pursuing the allegedly illegal land deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law for the past three years.
 
Meghwal, the only Lok Sabha MP to cycle to parliament, also said that the BJP would do everything to "bring out the truth" behind former IPL chief Lalit Modi’s "links with Congress leaders". 
 
Meghwal has been leading the party's fight against Robert Vadra's land deals and is confident that Vadra will be nailed in what has come to be known as the Bikaner land deal case.
 
"Enquiries are already going on against Vadra's land deals in Bikaner, Haryana and Delhi. There is a Land Ceiling Act in Rajasthan and, when an ordinary person violates it, he faces action from law authorities. Vadra and his companies have openly violated the Act. We will take this issue to its logical end. I am confident that in the Bikaner land deal, Vadra will definitely be caught," Meghwal told IANS in an interview.
 
Initially a weaver, Meghwal, 62, went on to become an IAS officer and then a Member of Parliament from Bikaner.
 
On the Lalit Modi case, Meghwal said: "BJP will take the Lalit Modi issue further. We will bring the facts into the public domain about how many Congress leaders have relations with Modi," Meghwal said.
 
He also said that the previous UPA government's decision to launch Enforcement Directorate action against Lalit Modi was done with "bad intention" and the Modi government would "prove this point at a proper time".
 
"P. Chidambaram’s (former finance minister) letters to the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer on Lalit Modi was written with bad intentions," he said.
 
"We will take this issue to its logical end," he added.
 
Modi is embroiled in a row over alleged financial irregularities when he was the Indian Premier League commissioner. The Enforcement Directorate has built up a case against him. The government had also cancelled his passport. He is living in UK since 2010.
 
On the ongoing logjam in parliament, Meghwal accused the Congress party of playing petty politics, saying "they are trying to regain their lost ground by raising an issue which is a non-issue."
 
"Congress' behaviour in this session was totally different. To regain their lost ground they are using the platform of parliament and shying away from debate," he said.
 
Defending External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over her links with Lalit Modi, Meghwal said, "Sushmaji helped an Indian woman who has been suffering from cancer. What she did was with good intentions."
 
He also defended Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Chief Ministers Vaundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
 
He said Raje has done nothing illegal or immoral whereas Chouhan himself is a whistle blower in Vyapam scam.
 
The Congress, supported by some other opposition parties, has been demanding the resignations of Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje over their association with Lalit Modi, while Shivraj Singh Chouhan is embroiled in the Vyapam recruitment scam controversy.
 

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rihanahmad

2 years ago

This gentleman is too biased to comment on subjects / topics that his own party is embroiled in . I find it funny that people who are being blamed of doing alleged acts of omission and commission + criminality, are giving themselves a clean chit . It is like auditing yr own accounts .

Police nexus in trafficking an open secret: DCW chief

Maliwal, who at 30 is the youngest to take charge of this job, had recently equated prostitution with 'rape', drawing the ire of some activists

 

Swati Maliwal, recently appointed chief of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), says “police nexus” in trafficking of women to Delhi is an “open secret” and says rehabilitating sex workers was on top of her agenda.
 
Maliwal, who at 30 is the youngest to take charge of this job, had recently equated prostitution with "rape", drawing the ire of some activists.
 
Maliwal said that those involved in sex work were mostly doing so because of compulsion, not choice. Providing good career alternatives would enable women to leave sex trade if they so desired, she said in a detailed interview to IANS.
 
Maliwal, who was a personal aide of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal handling public grievances, said rehabilitating and improving the living conditions of sex workers was on top of her agenda. Free treatment for acid attack victims at Delhi's top hospitals and government jobs for them was her other focus area. 
 
Maliwal spoke to IANS at her central Delhi office and said she would work to keep DCW "fiercely apolitical". 
 
Excerpts:
 
Q: Amnesty International is planning to declare sex work as a human right. How does this apply to Delhi's red light area, GB Road?
A: GB Road is three kilometres from Parliament. But there is no cognizance of the plight of these women. After my visit, a group of sex workers came and said we want to get out of this (sex work). Nirmal Chaya (government-run home for women) is not the alternative. If we rehabilitate 50 women, that would send a message that we are serious about it. There are other issues like how to stop trafficking of minor girls. The moment you enter the area, some pimp approaches you saying baraah saal ki mast, teraah saal ki mast (12-year-old girl, 13-year-old girl).
 
Q: Those in authority and even police often say off the record that prostitution "prevents rape" of "decent women". Can a GB Road with its trafficked minors be running without a police nexus?
A: I strongly condemn this mindset. Most of these girls are being trafficked and in sex work because of poverty. For all those who are saying these things, please realise that this is not social work. Why should we put that moral obligation only on these women? The day I accept this, I will also be in GB Road doing what these women are doing. There is police nexus. It is an open secret. But if you close these brothels down where will these women go? They may get back to sex work in worse conditions.
 
Q: How do you intercept traffickers with a police force that may not be completely on board?
A: Trafficking is also taking place in Delhi through placement agencies. DCW is the nodal authority for registering these agencies. We are going to be working on this very soon. We are also trying to increase our presence in GB Road, too. Once that happens, the police will be a little wary about whatever is happening.
 
Q: DCW is often seen as a toothless tiger. How will you change this?
A: Teeth are very important. The reason I am not harping on that is because no work has been done in DCW till now. Present DCW's mandate is clear - making visits, recommendations to the government, taking suo motu cognizance of issues related to women, issuing studies, commissioning committees - none of that has happened so far. In eight years only two visits have taken place. The Delhi Dialogue Commission has recommended more powers for us in its Bill of Rights for Women like penal powers, powers of a civil court. But for the next three-four months, I want to focus on the existing mandate and set up systems.
 
Q: What are your plans for helping acid attack victims?
A: Their health is a very serious concern. The SC had ordered all government and private hospitals to give them free treatment and medicines. But it's not implemented. So we met Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain and he has appointed a nodal officer who will work with DCW to get these women treated at top private hospitals free of cost. The acid attack victims will be part of the task force on this. Second issue is low rate of conviction and long drawn legal battles. The government will now appoint a senior prosecutor to fight these cases. I got a proposal approved for government jobs for these victims from the CM when I was his advisor (public grievances). Now ministers will get them placed in the government according to their profiles. This is my first victory in a way.
 
Q: You had tweeted against the sexist comments made by three elected representatives, Aam Aadmi Party MLA Somnath Bharti, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Ramesh Bidhuri and Congress MP Gurudas Kamat. What about respect for women in politics?
A: No matter which party they are from, whether Somnath Bharti or Kamat, they are elected members and 50 per cent of the electorate is women. It's unfortunate that these statements were made in the House. The Speaker should take action. They (politicians) need to learn to respect women and speak in a proper manner about women. That's the least they can do.
 

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Rajeev Juneja

2 years ago

I think Maliwal seems to be haeding in the right direction. She carries, grit and the will to go ahead inspite of ample obstacles. I think shes doing a great job... God Bless her...

Imports to be last resort, new defence policy to push Make in India

The defence ministry has recently cleared several big ticket proposals under the Make in India initiative and the new procedure will push it further

 

With Make in India the new mantra for defence manufacturing, the government has decided against importing equipment unless it is impossible to make it at home and this thrust on indigenisation will reflect in the new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), sources said.
 
According to thes highly placed sources, the modified DPP, a draft of which is ready and under discussion in the defence ministry, is expected to be finalised by the end of this month.
 
The document, along with provisions for encouraging domestic industry, will have its spirit summed up in a preamble that will stress on Make in India.
 
"The DPP will have a preamble, which will clearly state that every product should be designed, developed and made in India," a highly placed source told IANS, not wishing to be identified by name.
 
"Imports will be allowed only in case we cannot make it in India and as a last resort," the source said, quoting from the preamble.
 
The defence ministry has recently cleared several big ticket proposals under the Make in India initiative and the new procedure will push it further.
 
Among other provisions, the DPP is likely to initiate the process for a Technology Development Fund (TDF), with initial capital of Rs 100 crore, a defence ministry official said.
 
This fund will provide financial support to the public and private sector, including small and medium enterprises, and over 69 academic and scientific research and development institutions other than the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The fund will provide support for development of defence equipment and systems that enhance cutting-edge technology in the country.
 
There is a provision for promoting domestic manufacturing in the existing DPP under the 'Make Procedure' but officials said it was "not yielding results".
 
The government is now likely to provide 80 percent of the research funding for promoting domestic manufacturing in the defence sector.
 
Other changes being made in the procedure include formulating a way to address complaints, as even anonymous and unsigned complaints often delay the procurement procedure. There is also a proposal to redefine the procedure for blacklisting a company.
 
"Nuanced changes in the offset policy are also on cards, as the ministry felt the current offset policy is not effective," the official said.
 
"In most cases we are being forced to deviate or give concessions to the foreign companies because our policy is not right," the official added.
 
He said under the modified DPP, the offset policy will be linked to Make in India.
 
The modified procedure has a provision for asking foreign suppliers to forge links with Indian companies and manufacture spare parts in India.
 
"We have had discussions with the Russians, Americans, Britons and French on this (offsets) and we have got a positive response," the official said.
 
The Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) was first drafted in 1992 and reviewed in 2002. It was then revised in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2013.
 
A 10-member panel was constituted by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to modify the DPP document which gave its draft report last month.
 

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