New Delhi: The union cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval for extending the term of the Seventh Central Pay Commission by four months up to December 31 this year. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the resolution of February 28, 2014, by which the commission was constituted by then Manmohan Singh-led UPA government, the commission was to make its recommendations within eighteen months of the date of its constitution that is by Aug 27, 2015. An official release said that the commission had made a request to the government for a four month extension up to December 31 in view of its volume of work and intensive stake-holders’ consultations.
The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stood by the CBI and ordered them to go by the law
When powerful MPs asked him to drop cases against Ram Rahim, then CBI chief Vijay Shanker refused to do so
The head Sadhvi would get an order from Gurmeet Ram Rahim- to send a Sadhvi to his bedroom
Bengaluru, August 30, 2017: M Narayanan, Chief Investigating Officer in the rape case of Dera chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has revealed how Manmohan Singh, the former Prime Minister resisted political pressure from Punjab and Haryana and supported Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in their investigation.
Narayanan hails from Kasaragod, Kerala and was in Mysore, the day Ram Rahim was finally jail sentenced for 20 years. He expressed satisfaction over the Dera Chief’s punishment and said that Ram Rahim should also be convicted for other pending cases- murdering two people in the past (Dera follower Ranjit Singh and journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati).
He revealed that Ram Rahim was very careful of his abominable deeds, he behaved like a seasoned criminal and who never used to leave any traces behind. The investigating officer said “He had a collection of condoms and contraceptives in his room. He was a maniac, a real beast.”
Manmohan Singh backed CBI
M Narayanan, who is now a retired Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of CBI. He was the Chief Investigating Officer in Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s rape case. According to News 18 report, Narayanan said, “The then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stood by the CBI and ordered us to go by the law. He went through the statement made by 2 Sadhvis before a judge and did not succumb to the pressures from Punjab and Haryana MPs.”
Narayanan also spoke about what the former Prime Minister did, “After a lot of pressure from these MPs, Manmohan Singh had summoned the then CBI chief Vijay Shanker to his office to discuss the case against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. After seeing the victim’s statements before a judge, Singh backed us.”
He lauded his boss Vijay Shanker for taking a stand for the right cause in spite of pressure from politicians of Punjab and Haryana. “When powerful MPs asked him to drop cases against Ram Rahim, Vijay Shanker refused to do so. He backed us fully,” said Narayanan.
Narayanan also talked about how he along with his team carried out the investigation and said, “The complaint was sent in 2002. But nothing had happened till 2007. Expressing serious concerns over the progress of the investigation, the Punjab & Haryana High Court enquired CBI. It had also summoned the Chief Vijay Shanker to court seeking an explanation. After that, he gave us Sadhvis letters, files of the murder of journalist Ramachandra Chatrapati and Dera volunteer Ranjit Singh. He ordered us to go ahead and complete the investigation in just 57 days as ordered by the High Court,” mentions News 18 report.
According to Narayanan, it was a tough task to accomplish as Sadhvis letters were anonymous. He said that they came to know that over 200 Sadhvis had left the Dera between 1999 and 2002, due to sexual harassment.But they could trace only 10 victims. Many of them were married and thus didn’t come forward to file a complaint. But, they were successful in persuading 2 victims to take an action against him and filed the charge sheet before a court in Ambala on the 56th day“.
He said that it was a tough job for them to even enter Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, Sirsa as the CBI team was constantly threatened by Ram Rahim’s goons. They had to suffer a lot of hostility in the quest for justice.
Decoding King sized life of a Godmen
Narayanan said that Dera Chief Ram Rahim was living the life of a king in what he called an ashram, he would be in a cave like room, with Sadhvis around (who were made to be at his beck and call). It was a daily occurrence as on every night around 10 PM, the head Sadhvi would get an order from him- to send a Sadhvi to his bedroom and so, she used to force one of the Sadhvis chosen by him to sleep with the “pitaji“.
“Ranjit Singh was a prominent volunteer at the Dera. After his sister was raped by Ram Rahim, both of them had left Sirsa. A few days later an anonymous letter reached Punjab and Haryana High Court. Suspecting that Ranjit Singh was behind it, Dera chief ordered his men to murder him. It has been proved that the pistol used by his murderers belonged to Dera manager. They had also left a walkie-talkie at the scene of the crime. I am sure Ram Rahim will be convicted in these heinous cases too,” said Narayanan (he retired in 2009).
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New Delhi, Dec 16, 2016: Parliament on Friday passed the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014, with the Lok Sabha giving its nod to the legislation. It was the first bill in the winter session to be passed amid comparative bonhomie between the government and the opposition in both houses.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the Lok Sabha as the bill was passed on the last day of the session.
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The bill, which replaces the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, has been brought in to comply with the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which India signed in 2007.
The legislation was pending in the Rajya Sabha since February 2014 as the term of the erstwhile UPA government ended soon after the bill was introduced. It was passed by the upper house earlier this week.
Piloting the bill in the lower house, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said the bill will increase reservations for the disabled persons to 4 per cent.
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“There will be 21 categories instead of seven earlier to cover all disabilities. Medical and education facilities are also given. No Divyangs (disabled) will be left out,” he said.
Most Congress members, including the party leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, were missing from the house as the bill was tabled as they went for a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee on the demonetisation issue.
Congress member K.C. Venugopal, who was present in the house and participated in the debate, also used it as an opportunity to speak on demonetisation.
“Since 16th (November) we are trying to discuss the issue of demonetisation, but government is not interested,” he said.
He then welcomed the bill but highlighted the the draft legislation did not compel private firms to give reservation to disabled persons, and it only said this should be done if it is economically viable.
As the bill was taken up for passage, amendments brought by opposition members were defeated one after the other.
However, in one of the amendments, Congress members insisted for a division.
When the electronic voting was done, 121 members voted against the amendment in comparison to 43 members who favoured it.
However, the giant screens in the Lok Sabha which were supposed to display the members’ votes according to the seating plan faced a malfunction, and could not display the result.
This was used by the opposition as an opportunity to take a dig at the ruling party.
As the Prime Minister was sitting in the house, members from the Congress said that “Digital India has failed”, and “it failed in front of Mr. Digital”.
Another member from the opposition benches said: “It’s condition has become like an ATM.”
The bill was finally passed by voice vote, soon after which the house was adjourned sine die. (IANS)
New Delhi, Dec 1, 2016: The Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday that a sum of Rs six crore has been allocated for the propagation of Right to Information (RTI) Act for the ongoing fiscal.
For 2016-17, the budget allocation is marginally high from the last fiscal’s Rs 5.27 crore but very low from Rs 21 crore earmarked for the year 2014-15, according to a written reply by the Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh in the lower House, mentioned PTI.
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Up to November 26, the government has spent an amount of Rs 3.94 crore out of the total allocation for this fiscal, it said.
The then UPA government brought the RTI Act that empowers the citizens to seek time-bound reply on governance-related information, failing to which actions are taken.