Farmers hold protest march, mock Parliament session in Delhi
Thousands of farmers from across the country held a protest march here on Monday and organised a 'Kisan Mukti Sansad' or mock Parliament session to present two bills on crop loans waiver and remunerative prices for farm produce.
 
The protest march organised by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) -- an umbrella body of 184 farmers organisations -- started from the Ramlila Maidan and ended on Parliament Street near Jantar Mantar. 
 
"We want Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh to visit the Kisan Sansad and hold discussion with farmers," Kirankumar Vissa, a farmer activist from Telangana, said, The bills will be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
All members in the mock session were women, who spoke about their sufferings due to the "wrong and anti-farmer policies" of the government.
 
Lok Sabha member and farmer leader Raju Shetti tabled the bills, which were then discussed.
 
"We will pass these bills in the evening after discussions," Shetti said.
 
Social activist Medha Patkar was designated house Speaker during the mock session.
 
Criticising the NDA government for "failing" to fulfil its promise of 50 per cent profit over crop production cost, the farmers warned it of repercussions during the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
 
Pooja More, a farmer from Maharashtra, said thousands of farmers had committed suicide as the government had no concern for them.
 
"There are leaders who make tall claims, but do nothing. The current system is not beneficial to farmers."
 
Prabhavati from Karnataka's Bidar said her brother committed suicide as crop prices fell drastically.
 
"We grow pulses, grains, and sugar cane on our 10 acres. Despite good yield, we could not even recover the production cost. So, my brother committed suicide," she said.
 
Many farmers said they were under tremendous financial burden due to the fall in prices and lack of government help.
 
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KAVIRAJ B PATIL

1 year ago

This is happening in the nation's capital and yet none of the English news channels seem to think this is a significant news item. This is very unprofessional conduct. If neither the government or the tv channels are sympathetic to the farmers, who should they turn to?

Use alternative dispute resolution mechanism: Prabhu to legal community
Emphasising on the growing importance of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that the legal community should make use of this mechanism for enhancing ease of doing business.
 
Prabhu conveyed the message through video conferencing at the Bar Leadership Summit held here recently.
 
The agenda of the Summit, organised by Indian National Bar Association (INBA), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Centre for Trade and Investment Law (CTIL) and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, was 'Reforms in the Indian Legal Sector'. 
 
The Summit explored issues and concerns surrounding the liberalisation of the Indian legal services sector.
 
"The Summit on the whole agreed on the need to reform the legal sector to align itself with the new global realities in the profession," the Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
 
Minister of State for Human Resource Development (Higher Education) Satya Pal Singh, in his inaugural address, stressed on the importance of law as an enabler of justice and spoke on the importance of the impartiality and neutrality of the judicial system in India. 
 
He noted that the justice system should focus on the difficulties faced by victims in particular.
 
Secretary General of INBA Kaviraj Singh highlighted the dramatic changes that have taken place within the legal sector in India in the last two decades and identified the three major areas which need focus - conduct of arbitration in India, reforms in the Indian legal regulatory sector and liberalisation of legal services.
 
Law Secretary Suresh Chandra said India has huge potential to increase the size of the legal market, which is around $9 billion at present. He suggested that reforms in this sector could tie in with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda of 'reform, transform and perform'.
 
Additional Economic Adviser, Department of Commerce, Sangeeta Saxena, highlighted the need for diversification of services exports and the particular importance of the legal services sector in boosting India's overall performance in services.
 
President of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) R.S. Suri noted that the "gulf of understanding between the Bar Council of India, State Bar Councils and the government needs to be bridged" and that frequent consultations and deliberations are needed in reforming this important sector.
 
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Man arrested for creating fake website, conning thousands
A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fake website resembling a government one and cheating several thousand persons of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of providing them jobs, police said on Sunday.
 
Sumit Kumar along with two others had hosted a website named 'Women and Child Development Organisation', similar to that of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
 
The police made the arrest after a complaint from M.K. Prabhat, Under Secretary (Women Welfare Section) in the Ministry, at Parliament Street police station. 
 
The accused had allegedly advertised on his website for the recruitment of teachers and others against over 6,700 vacancies and directed the applicants to fill the forms online only and deposit the fee in his organisation's account at the Karol Bagh branch of a private bank. 
 
"The accused never deposited any amount in the account but around 4,000 applicants who submitted applications deposited around Rs 20 lakh in it," a police statement said. 
 
The accused, arrested on November 18, had withdrawn Rs 3 lakh from the bank account, police said.
 
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