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Government to tweak Arms Act, owning a gun may become easier

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

As the government prepares to amend the archaic Arms Act by cutting down the lengthy procedure to obtain a licence within a specific time, arms enthusiasts can look forward to procuring their prized gun with minimum fuss.

The draft rules made public by the government limit the number of documents to be submitted for applying for an arms licence, to less than a dozen.

As per the new rules, the police verification will have to be concluded between one and three months depending upon the weapon.

While granting a license or renewal, the government plans to generate a Unique Identification Number and consolidate licences by entering the data of the record locally in an electronic format duly approved by the Centre.

The licensing and the renewal authority will have to enter data in an electronic automated system, as developed by the National Informatics Centre for this purpose. Then the system will generate a unique identification number (UIN) without which no arms license shall be considered as valid with effect from the October 1, 2015.

The UIN so generated will be unique for each licensee. Licensees holding multiple licences will have to get their existing licences consolidated into a single licence and get the endorsement of the firearms on the new licence under his UIN by making an application to the concerned licensing authority on or before October 1.

Those who find themselves in grave danger due to the nature of duties performed by them, those who have made themselves targets of militants or terrorists, MP’s, MLA’s among others, will find it simpler to obtain a gun license.

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Government drops ‘Aam Aadmi’ tagline from Aadhaar Card, makes it ‘Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchan’

Even though the tagline was changed six months before, the Ministry of Communications and IT confirmed it on Tuesday, June 28

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  • Aadhar Card has been a continuous acrimonious debate since it was issued two years ago
  • Earlier its tagline was “Aam Aadmi ka Adhikar” but now it has been changed to “Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchan”
  • Delhi Spokesperson of BJP Ashwini Upadhyay filed a petition in front of Prime Minister to change the tagline

Aadhar Card has been a continuous acrimonious debate since it was issued two years ago. To spread the message that it is for all, Government of India has dropped ‘Aam Aadmi’ from its tagline and changed it to ‘Mera Aadhaar, Meri Pehchan’.

The change in tagline was successful due to the efforts of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Delhi unit spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay and several others, who requested the government to drop the words. Even though the tagline was changed six months before, the Ministry of Communications and IT confirmed it on Tuesday, June 28.

Biometric identification. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Biometric identification. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Aadhaar was created before AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) came into being.  But, there was a debate to change the tagline since AAP was formed, which started when the previous government was in power.

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Delhi Spokesperson of BJP Ashwini Upadhyay. Image Source: ANI

Delhi Spokesperson of BJP Ashwini Upadhyay filed a petition in front of Prime Minister to change the tagline last year, on 19th September 2015. Earlier tagline means Aadhaar is a right of common man to which Upadhyay counteracted and said that Aadhaar is issued to everybody, whether he/she is a common man or not. Therefore, its tagline must be changed.

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In his petition, he mentioned, “AADHAR Card is right of every Indian whether he/she belongs to BPL, EWS, LIG, MIG, HIG category or elite class but contrary to it, it’s written on the AADHAAR card that – “AADHAAR is right of common man”, reported the Economic Times.

Although an internal source from UIDAI said that the discussion to change the tagline was started when Aam Aadmi Party was formed. The Aadhar Card was made before the AAP was formed.

-This report is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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Indian Railways launches ‘E-Samiksha’ portal to monitor implementation of rail budget announcements

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

To monitor the implementation of budget announcements and commitments, government today launched ‘E-Samiksha’ portal.

E-Samiksha is a real time, on-line system for monitoring of follow-up action on the decisions taken during the presentations made by different ministries and departments to the Prime Minister.

Lauding the new initiative, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said, “It is a very good beginning as the budget announcements and assurances given in the Parliament need to be given due importance and this portal would help to keep an eye on the implementation of those budget commitments.”

He said that this portal will mainly focus on budget review, board meetings, zonal railway review, infrastructure targets and project implementation review.

“Besides using E-Samiksha for implementation of budget proposals, the portal which has been developed by and National Informatics Centre (NIC),  can also be used for coordination by respective directorates, zonal and divisional level officials in Indian Railways,” the Railways Minister said.