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Without referring to any incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that a selective view of human rights violation through a political lens is dangerous for democracy and will affect the country as a few have modified the definition of human rights as per their own convenience.
Prime Minister Modi was addressing the 28th National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) foundation day programme on Tuesday through video conferencing. He said India always upheld human rights, saying his government has provided new rights to Muslim women who were demanding laws against Triple Talaq and freed them from the compulsion of 'Mahram' and as a chaperone, a male family member accompanying them during haj.
Stressing on empowerment of women, he said India is providing paid maternity leave of 26 weeks to career women, aiming to protect the basic rights of newborn children.
Highlighting the strict law and order, Modi said his government has established 650 fast track courts and introduced the death penalty for the heinous offense of rape.
The fare gender can get all in one facility for temporary accommodation, counselling and medical help etc. "By amending the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, our government has paved way for safer and legal abortion options," he added. Modi said that his government has always thought of the last person in the queue and strived hard to ensure that no one, not even those who are unaware of their basic human rights is left out.
"This is why we came up with schemes like Jan-Dhan Yojna, Ujjwala Yojna and Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. These schemes and campaigns have dignified the lives of those who had never dreamt of having their own bank accounts and owning a debit card or thought of getting a gas cylinder at their doorsteps. Similarly, people are no longer forced to defecate in open and under the 'Saubhagya' scheme we have ensured that every household gets electricity," the prime minister said.
Modi also emphasized the steps taken by his government for the upliftment of specially-abled, saying, "Nationwide, thousands of institutes, public spaces, including buses and railways, 700 websites and even currencies have been made differently-abled friendly."
"For the transgender community, Transgender Persons' Protection of Rights Act has been introduced," he pointed out, adding that all these steps will help eradicate injustice from the country.
PM Modi further added that the NDA government has been seriously working towards the development of Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern states as well, reiterating the point that his government is considerate of human rights and is working in the best interest of every section of the Indian society. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, India, National Human Rights Commission, Society, Rights.
Former Human Resource Development Secretary Amit Khare was on Tuesday appointed as advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved Khare's appointment on contract basis on terms and conditions as applicable to re-employed officers of Secretary level.
An IAS officer of the 1985 batch from Bihar/Jharkhand cadre, Khare was instrumental in bringing to light the infamous fodder scam in Bihar in the 1990s. He was also Information & Broadcasting Secretary.
Khare's last achievement before retirement was to put un shape the National Education Policy 2020, an ambitious programme of the current regime. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: India, Prime Minister Office, HRD, Amit Khare, National Education Policy
The Centre has come out with draft regulations for extended producer responsibility (EPR) under Rule 9 (1) of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, wherein the EPR shall be applicable to both pre-consumer and post-consumer plastic packaging waste. The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 mandate the generators of plastic waste to take steps to minimise generation of plastic waste, not to litter the plastic waste, ensure segregated storage of waste at source and hand over segregated waste to local bodies or agencies authorised by the local bodies. The rules also mandate the responsibilities of local bodies, gram panchayats, waste generators, retailers and street vendors to manage plastic waste.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has invited comments from the stakeholders within 60 days of the publishing of the draft regulations, after which the final notification will be issued, said the Secretary in the ministry, R.P. Gupta. Extended producer responsibility (EPR) basically means the producer is responsible for the product till its very end of life and has to ensure reverse collection after the consumer has deemed it as waste.
The Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 mandate the generators of plastic waste to take steps to minimise generation of plastic waste. | Photo by Antoine GIRET on Unsplash
The draft regulations cast EPR on producers, importers and brand owners for collection and recycling of plastic packaging waste and the EPR shall be applicable to both pre-consumer and post-consumer plastic packaging waste, according to the notification.
As reported by IANS in September, providing a framework for the implementation of EPR, the regulation set out the roles and responsibilities of producers, importers, brand owners, CPCBs/SPCBs/PCCs, recyclers and waste processors for effective implementation of EPR. Three kinds of plastic packaging categories have been identified to be covered under EPR: Rigid plastic packaging; Flexible plastic packaging of single layer or multilayer (more than one layer with different types of plastic), plastic sheets or like and covers made of plastic sheet, carry bags (including carry bags made of compostable plastics), plastic sachet or pouches; and multilayered plastic packaging (at least one layer of plastic and at least one layer of material other than plastic).
The manufacturer will be deemed responsible for managing the reversal from the consumer end and for recycling or treating plastic packaging waste. The notification also mentioned category-wise and year-wise targets for the producers. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: regulations, consumer, packaging, India, plastic, pollution
Fumio Kishida, the newly elected Japanese Prime Minister, on Friday delivered his first policy speech, vowing to reach economic growth for the country with his "new form of capitalism" and redistribute the fruits of that success to build up a stronger middle class.
"Only when we properly distribute the fruits of growth will we be able to realize more growth," Kishida said, adding that neoliberal policies had caused a "deep rift between the haves and the have-nots".
On economic policies, Kishida said that his government would invest in cutting-edge fields such as Artificial Intelligence and seek legislation to prevent the leakage of technology. Kishida also promised to implement tax incentives for companies that raise wages.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister vowed to ward off deflation through drastic monetary easing and fiscal spending. The idea matched with "Abenomics", which was pursued by former premiers Shinzo Abe and Yoshihide Suga.
Regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, Kishida pledged to get fully prepared for booster shots and medical treatments, and he also mentioned legislation to make it easier for the government to impose restrictions on movement and secure medical resources when future waves of infections happen. "The key to crisis management is to be always prepared for the worst-case scenario," Kishida said, adding that cash hand-outs would become available for businesses and people suffering from the health crisis.
He emphasized the importance of communication and building trust with the public and other countries throughout the speech and made the case for building "a kind and warm society based on human connection," quoting an African proverb: "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."
As for constitutional revision, he said he would expect constructive debate in Parliament and more public discussion on a way forward.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has proposed a set of four amendments such as giving the Cabinet the ability to wield emergency powers during national crises.
In addition, Kishida said that Japan, as the only country to be hit by an atomic bomb in war, would serve as a bridge between nuclear weapons states and non-nuclear weapons states, aiming to realize "a world without nuclear arms". (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Tokyo, Japan, Prime Minister, World, Elections, Fumio Kishida.