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Police to help harassed women reporters of UP news network

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Lucknow: After months of stalking and harassment by a serial caller, police finally came to the aid of reporters of women-run news network Khabar Lahariya in Uttar Pradesh.

photo credit: khabarlahariya.org
photo credit: khabarlahariya.org

In a press conference here, Khabar Lahariya editor Kavita said after orders from senior officials, police in Banda in the state’s Bundelkhand region took action to trace and capture the accused.

Kavita said the action was delayed yet they appreciated police’s prompt and sensitive action.

Meera, the chief of operations, said there was a need for systems of security like the 1090 helpline to be more efficient and accountable as well the as environment to report cases of harassment.

Since January this year, five members of the publication were repeatedly harassed by an unknown caller, who identified himself as Nishu.

Despite a complaint, the matter, according to Kavita, was not taken seriously and brushed off as an ‘ordinary’ case until orders from higher officials.

The accused, Saddam alias Nishu, was arrested on Tuesday, shortly after orders from the state government.

Uttar Pradesh Police chief Jagan Mohan Yadav said changing mindsets in local police stations was the ‘challenge’.

“Many efforts are being done for women’s safety, such as the 1090 helpline. The challenge is in changing mindsets in police stations in the districts,” the director general of police said in a statement.

(with inputs from IANS)

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Rural India Setting Example for Others Amid Lockdown

Rural peopleare being very careful during the pandemic

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Rural people of India are practicing social distancing and avoididng gatherings due to the ongoing Coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

By Navneet Mishra

Even as police are busy trying to strictly enforce the nationwide lockdown across urban areas in urban India, rural people are setting an example by not visiting each other nor organising social functions on the sly.

There is an undeclared curfew in villages. The Rural Development Ministry has already praised many villages in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka etc for setting an example in social distancing norm.

Dr Manoj Mishra, who is a mass communications expert who keeps an eye on the rural India, said that traditional craft and trades in villages are closed. People were not complaining, rather cooperating in the government endeavour to stem the coronavirus spread.

Dr Mishra, who is the head of Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Jaunpur-based Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, said that villages didn’t feel the shortage of food since seasonal vegetables are in abundance and the rabi crop of wheat too has been harvested and stored.

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Rural people are setting an example for Urbanites amid pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

He said that earlier the labourers used to charge money for their labour, but now get wheat from farmers. Also, the central and state governments have made arrangements for the poor in villages. That’s why the migrant labour wants to return to their native villages and towns since they feel there is no shortage of food there.

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Dr Mishra said that villagers consumed traditional meals instead of junk food preferred by urbanites. He said that even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised people to drink herbal decoctions to boost their immunity, rural people had already implemented it in their lives.

He said that people were so much cautious that they had voluntarily postponed marriages in different districts of Uttar Pradesh to after June 15 despite the fact that authorities have allowed solemnisation of weddings with 20 people in attendance. (IANS)

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Pravasi Rahat Mitra : Yogi Launches App to Aid UP Migrants

Yogi launches 'Pravasi Rahat Mitra' App

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Yogi Adityanath's government to provide extra concessions during lockdown 4.0. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Friday, launched the ‘Pravasi Rahat Mitra’ App that is aimed at aiding migrant citizens coming to Uttar Pradesh from other states so that they can take advantage of government schemes. the app will also help to monitor their health besides providing jobs and livelihood, related to their skills.

The data collection of these migrant citizens will be done through the app that has been developed by the state revenue department in collaboration with United Nation Development Program.

According to the government spokesman, the exchange of information by various departments of the government will help in planning and formulating programs for employment and livelihood of these migrant citizens.

The app will have full details of the persons staying in the shelter center and the migrants who have reached their homes directly from other states.

The basic information of the person such as name, educational qualification, temporary and permanent address, bank account details, Corona-related screening status and experience will be taken in the app. In this, details of more than 65 types of skills will be collected.

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The app will help to monitor the health of the migrants. Wikimedia Commons

The status of distribution of ration kits to migrant citizens will also be recorded in the app.

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To ensure that there is no data duplication, the unique mobile number will be made the basis. Another feature of this app is that it can work online as well as offline.

Apart from this, data of people from rural and urban areas can also be separated in the app for effective decision making. Data collection will be done at decentralized level, such as shelter site, transit point, residence of the person.

The data collected through the app will be installed on the state-based Integrated Information Management System. (IANS)

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Yogi Government Launches Online Portal to Bring UP Residents Back

Yogi govt launches portal for stranded migrants

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The app will help to monitor the health of the migrants. Wikimedia Commons

The Yogi Adityanath government has launched a public hearing portal — jansunwai.up.nic.in. — where people form Uttar Pradesh who are stranded in other states can register themselves if they wish to return.

The government will then prepare a plan for their return.

Those stuck outside UP or in the state can register on this link Tuesday afternoon onwards.

However, registration on the website should not be considered as permission to travel, said an official spokesman.

The applicants will have to agree to be quarantined on their return.

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UP Residents who are stuck outside UP can register themselves if they wish to return. Wikimedia Commons

The government spokesperson said that the applicant will have to provide an undertaking because if the information is found to be incorrect, action can be taken against the applicant under the Epidemics Act and Disaster Management Act. This also applies to those travelling out of UP.

Applicants will have to provide information like their name, age, mobile number, email, identification card details, who they will be travelling with, date of travel, medical details of family members and those they will be travelling with, whether they were quarantined for 14 days before date of travel, current address, address in UP, among other details.

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Applicants will also have to declare whether they have stayed in any containment zone in the past two months.

“Not all migrant workers from other states may be in quarantine shelters or living with relatives or in factories. If they would like to return home, we are giving them this facility,” the official said. (IANS)