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New Delhi: Coming down heavily on the demolition of  Shakur Basti jhuggies, Delhi Chief Minister lambasted the callousness of the officials and said salaries of the officials must be deducted for compensating the victims of the incident.

“These officials are not humans. They are animals,” remarked Kejriwal. The demolition drive by the Railways allegedly resulted in the death of a six-month-old baby. This complete lack of empathy compelled Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi chief minister, to question the insensitivity of the Railway officials.

However, the Railways denied the allegations saying the death took place before this demolition drive began.

The Railways stood firm on their decision to raze the slum claiming that these were ‘fresh’ encroachers who had illegally occupied the land.

However, the slum dwellers, countering the Railways claims, posed for a picture with their voter ID cards, which had Shakurbasti Basti registered as their address.

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Their claim was validated by Satyender Jain, the Home Minister of Delhi, saying “even during Commonwealth Games, these jhuggis were not demolished. So what was the urgency now?”

He further alleged that the Railways did not pay heed to the Special Provision Act of the parliament which strictly limits reclamation of land to times of urgency.

“There is no national emergency like situation. I am sure even after six months, Railways will not start work,” Satyendra Jain said.

Kejriwal further said that, as a way of punishment, the cost incurred by the slum dwellers due to the demolition should be deducted from the salaries of the erring Railway officials.

“It will be deducted from the salaries of the officers who have conducted these raids,” he said.

He also highlighted, in a tweet, the prejudice of the railways against the poor.

“There are court orders to raze properties of some rich and politicians in Delhi. Those orders are never implemented” he tweeted.

Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) shunned their responsibility saying that they had no information of the planned demolition. Citing a previous occasion, the DUSIB highlighted how the Railways paid insufficiently to rehabilitate those whose homes had been razed.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)