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Sindhutai Sapkal: Online petition making waves, CM Fadnavis, Ministers Maneka Gandhi, Piyush Goyal promise swift action
An online petition seeking justice for noted social reformer Sindhutai Sapkal alias Mai, the mother of orphans, initiated by Founder-Trustee of Moneylife Foundation, Sucheta Dalal, has so been signed by 20,419 people (at 5.45pm, as on 5 July 2016), from across the country. The petition hosted in Change.org seeks to prevent over 1000 children from being forcibly returned to government orphanages. Here is the link to the online petition https://www.change.org/p/devendra-fadnavis-stop-harassing-sindhutai-sapkal-don-t-close-down-her-orphanages. The petition has got the government to act. 
 
While Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told Moneylife that state government "has started the process", Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said she had asked the state government to intervene in the issue. Earlier, immediately after hearing about the online petition, Union Minister for Power Piyush Goyal too had offered help.
 
In a message, CM Fadnavis said, "We have started the process." Later the CM's Office CMO tweeted about asking the concerned official to grant permission to Mai's organisation.
 
CM Devendra Fadnavis, Sindhutai Sapkal, Sanmati Bal Niketan
 
Union Minister Gandhi, in a tweet on Monday also said she is examining the issue of Sindhutai's orphanages. 
Ms Dalal had said in the petition that "the government orphanages are severely underfunded and overpopulated. There is no room for these children and their lives will be destroyed by this hasty decision. Sindhutai Sapkal has dedicated her whole life to bringing up orphaned children with singular dedication and devotion. The quality upbringing she provides these children - including food, stay and education - has led to many of these children growing up to become lawyers and doctors. Sindhutai has been trying to get her orphanages registered since 2011. The Government made her run around and refused to cooperate. Now they want to shut her down for not being registered." 
 
The online petition is addressed to CM Fadnavis and Union Minister Gandhi to help Sindhutai continue her great work.
 
As reported by Moneylife, Maharashtra’s Department of Women and Child Development (WCD), pressures Sapkal to oust orphans residing in her Sanmati Bal Niketan and hand them over to the department to rehabilitate them to government orphanages. Reason? Because Sanmati Bal Niketan is not registered with WCD and hence, is being considered as an illegal entity. This, despite Sapkal running from pillar to post, since 2011, in order to have the institution registered.
 
Maharashtra has no funds for its own orphanages, but was attempting to orphan the ‘Mother of Orphans’. Recently in the WCD committee meeting held at Aurangabad, its minister, Pankaja Munde did not take any decision on the financial grant of Rs200 crore, for meals for the 150-odd government orphanages in Maharashtra, due to alleged lack of funds. This has sent nervous signals across orphanages in the state.

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COMMENTS

S.S.A.Zaidi

10 months ago

I am so happy .But did it need a petition???

Dr. Rakesh Goyal

10 months ago

CONGRATS

subramanian dharmarajan

10 months ago

the title of the petition could have been more respectful.it seemed as if the MH CM was directly involved in this.Just like pm modi is held directly responsible if someone has constipation..And hopefuly a thank you note is also due from sucheta and company.

Suketu Shah

10 months ago

The power of unity in a positive direction.Congrats Ms Dalal and moneylife.Congrats respected CM Mr Fadnavis for jet speed quick action-Maharashtra's best CM ever.

List of new ministers who joined Modi government
New Delhi : Minister of State Prakash Javadekar was sworn in as a cabinet minister on Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought about major changes in his ministry.
 
In a solemn function at Rashtrapati Bhavan, others who joined his ministry as Ministers of State included Faggan Singh Khulaste, Vijay Goel, M.J. Akbar, S.S. Ahluwalia and Ramdas Athavale.
 
Here is the list of new ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government:

Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar elevated to cabinet.

The 19 new Ministers of State:

Faggan Singh Kulaste
SS Ahluwalia
Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi
Vijay Goel
Ramdas Athavale
Rajen Gohain
Anil Madhav Dave
Purushottam Rupala
MJ Akbar
Arjun Ram Meghwal
Jaswant Sinh Bhabhor
Mahendra Nath Pandey
Ajay Tamta
Krishna Raj
Mansukh Bhai Mandavia
Anupriya Patel
CR Chaudhary
PP Chaudhary
Subhas Ramrao Bhamre
 
A total of 19 MPs took oath on Tuesday. All of them are from the BJP barring Athavale.
 
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Make in India also requires Move in India push
Logistics forms the backbone of domestic and international trade in any economy and is a critical factor for competitiveness. Besides providing employment and movement of goods, an efficient logistical network enables increases in the speed of doing business.
 
A pertinent question is how does one measure the logistics performance of a country and compare it with that of other economies? A recent biannual report of the World Bank throws light on this. However, it must be noted that the performance on Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is a measure of performance on international supply chains and does not capture the reality within a domestic setting. For that, the domestic LPI scores are done in the same 'Connecting to Compete 2016' report.
 
The international LPI is based on an assessment of performance along six key indicators -- some on the input side and the others on the outcome side of the supply chain service delivery. These pertain to border control agencies, infrastructure and services quality on the input side. On the outcome side are competitively-priced international shipments, tracking and tracing and timeliness.
 
The data is based on feedback from logistics professionals on the ground.
 
In the present edition of the index, India's performance is by far the best since 2007, with the country improving to 35. In 2014, India was ranked 54 and so the jump this time around is a tremendous 19 ranks. With this, India is one of the best-performing economies relative to the average income level of its people.
 
So far the World Bank has put out five editions of the report since its inception in 2007 with the most recently being released in June 2016. There are three interesting insights from the report and associated data sets that merit attention.
 
First, it is interesting to note that the top 10 ranks on the index are occupied by the high-income economies and BRICS economies see huge dispersion in ranks and scores. Germany has emerged as the best country with an LPI score of 4.23 and Luxembourg is second with 4.22.
 
An interesting measure, which is the percentage of the highest performer, is also mentioned. India, which has a score of 3.42, is thus performing at a level of roughly three fourth's of Germany's. Within the BRICS economies, India is placed below South Africa (20) and China (27), while it is placed above Brazil (55) and Russia (99).
 
Second, India's performance has seen a rise along key dimensions like customs (up 27 ranks from 2014) and tracking and tracing (up 24 ranks from 2014). It has shown modest improvements in international shipping (up five ranks from 2014) and timeliness (up nine ranks from 2014). However, it is worth noting that India has moved up since 2014 in all key six indicators used to compute international LPI. This shows that despite the trade shrinkage due to prevailing international conditions, Indian logistics providers are seeing improvements in customs procedures, tracking of shipments and improvements in infrastructure within the sector. 
 
Third, the domestic LPI offers rich insights on how a country is perceived by its logistics providers. This has two key dimensions namely -- environment and institutions and performance. In the first aspect, an astounding 63% of respondents feel port charges are high in India. Similarly, on the quality of infrastructure, a massive 60% feel roads are low quality/very low quality in India. For sources of delays, maritime transshipment is seen by 36% of the respondents as a major cause of delays.
 
On the performance aspect, India needs to improve its performance on the percentage of shipments meeting quality criteria, which is at 68.7%. These responses clearly lay out areas where governments at the central and state levels have to improve over the long term.
 
In the years ahead, India should aim to improve performance along key dimensions on the international as well as domestic LPI, where it is relatively a laggard. These include focusing on the timeliness of shipments and on removing infrastructural bottlenecks and improving the quality of infrastructure. It has done well on this year's Index owing to the commitment to improve connectivity with the world. Hopefully in the years ahead, along with focusing on Make in India there is also a commitment to Move in India.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

 

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