TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `4.00 ● MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Govt audits find holes in accreditation of ITIs: Cycle stand is workshop, no building at site TRADING CHARGES House panel slams agency, which blames building norm; Skills Ministry says action being taken ANIL SASI NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 Bihar BJP chief says RJD win will make Araria ‘ISI den’, booked EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PATNA, MARCH 11 POLICE IN Araria have registered acaseagainstBiharBJPchief and Ujiyarpur MP Nityanand Rai for making a provocative speech during the byelection campaign for the Araria Lok Sabha seat. Rai had said at Narpatganj in Araria on March 9 that if RJD candidate SarfarazAlamwon,Arariawould become a “den of the ISI”. Narpatganj police station incharge Sunil Singh told The IndianExpress:“Wehavelodged acaseagainstBJPstatepresident Nityanand Rai for making a provocative speech during a public meeting in Narpatganj on the concluding day of the election campaign on March 9. Besides booking him for violation of the election Code of Conduct, we booked him under IPCSection153A,whichpertains to promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion”. The case was lodged on a complaint by Narpatganj Circle Officer Nishant Kumar, who also submitted a video recording of theobjectionableportionof Rai’s speech, Sunil Singh said. Voting for the Araria Lok SabhaseattookplaceonSunday, along with the voting for the Lok Sabha seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh, and the Jehanabad and Bhabhua Assembly seats in Bihar. The Araria byelection was necessitated by the death of RJD MP Mohd Taslimuddin, father of the RJDcandidateSarfarazAlam.BJP candidate Pradip Singh had won the seat in 2009, and finished secondin2014.Votesforallseats CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 DECISION 2018 UP | BIHAR TURNOUT LOW IN BIG UP BATTLES PHULPUR 38% GORAKHPUR 43% ARARIA 57% FULL COVERAGE, P4 9 THEIDEASPAGE Murder in Attappadi Lessons to be learnt from lynching of tribal youth in Kerala FROM AN old cycle stand being labelledasaworkshoptoseveral institutes functioning without basic safety provisions such as earthing of installed electrical equipment. These are just some of the key findings in a series of audits 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE conducted by the Directorate General of Training (DGE&T) on accreditation granted to Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), which are at the heart of the Centre’s skilling initiative. Over four years till 2016, the audits found, accreditation was granted to several privately run ITIs while their buildings were under construction; institutes that were operating under tin sheds and out of basements; and, multiple ITIs that applied under the same address. There were also instances of institutes not existing at the address provided on record, and several lacking requisite equipment. Theseinstitutesweregranted accreditation at a time when there was a spike in the government’s skilling efforts that was matched by a surge in the number of private ITIs. Of the 13,353 operationalITIstoday—fromjust 6,906in2009—about11,000are privately run, with this segment growingannuallyattherateof 15 per cent. Accreditation qualifies ITI operators to access funds under the government’s skilling programme. The DGE&T report has been shared with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour, which has passed strictures against Quality Council of India (QCI), which was engaged as a third party agency to accredit ITIs between 2012 and 2016. Records show the inspections were part of just a 5 per cent sampling of institutes accredited by the QCI. De-affiliation notices were subsequently CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New faculty quota norms are faulty NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 BY BHALCHANDRA MUNGEKAR EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MARCH 11 Protesting farmers on their way from Nashik to Mumbai late on Saturday night. Janak Rathod Day before Assembly protest, farmers enter Mumbai With French President Emmanuel Macron in Delhi training slots will be created for member countries and a solar technology mission launched to lead R&D in the sector. The ISA is the first international treaty-based organisation headquartered in India. It was established following the Paris Declaration as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energyamongitsmembercountries.Of the121countriesassociatedwithISA,61havejoinedthe alliance and 32 have ratified the framework agreement. In his speech, French President Emmanuel Macron took a swipe at US President CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, MARCH 11 THOUSANDS OF farmers on Sunday reached Sion in central Mumbai,around12kmfromthe Maharashtra legislature where around 30,000 of them are expected to register their protest Monday against the government’s response to the continuing farm distress and to press for anumberof demands,including a complete waiver of loans. The “long march” started moving towards Mumbai around 1 pm from the eastern suburbs to reach the Somaiya ground in Sion. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will meet a delegation of the farmers Monday, with BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY ministers Girish Mahajan and Vishnu Sawra holding discussions with leaders of the march on Sunday afternoon, trying to persuade them not to move to- RSS against bringing down statues, attacking churches: gen secy Joshi VIVEK DESHPANDE NAGPUR, MARCH 11 A DAY after taking over as RSS Sarkaryawah(generalsecretary) for a fourth consecutive term, Suresh Joshi told reporters that the RSS did not approve of damagingorpullingdownstatues,or attacking churches. Acts such as these were carried out by “antisocial elements”, Joshi told a press conference on Sunday. “The RSS has always spoken outagainstsuchincidents,”Joshi said in response to a question on the pulling down of a statue of Lenin in Tripura soon after the BJP’s victory in the Assembly elections. “We had condemned whentherewereincidentsof attack on churches too. On some occasions of confusion and conflict, anti-social elements be- Suresh ‘Bhaiyyaji’ Joshi, in Nagpur, Sunday. PTI come active, and do such acts,” he said. “The truth behind it (the toppling of Lenin’s statue) will soon come out,” Joshi added. The 70-year-old RSS leader said it was “certain” that only a Ram Temple would be built in Accused of stalling Indian plans in Islamabad, Pak raises charges in Delhi SUSHANT SINGH India co-hosts 1st solar alliance meet, Modi says 100 GW by 2022 INDIA STEPPED up efforts at positioningitself asaglobalclimate leader at the first conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Sunday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledging to generate 175 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2022, including 100 GW from solar and 60 GW from wind. Modi said that India has launchedthe“world’sbiggestrenewable energy programme” with this target in mind. Speaking at the conference, which India co-hosted with France, the Prime Minister also referred to the Vedas and said that they considered the sun as the soul of the universe and a nourisher of life. “We have to look at this ancient, balanced and all-encompassing philosophy when we today look for ways to deal with the challenge of climate change,” he said. Elaborating on India’s target, Modisaid,“Of thetargetforsolar energy generation, we have already achieved 20 GW installed solar power.” He also announced that 500 India-Pak low: Diplomats, families facing ‘intimidation’ Ayodhya; however, a “process” would have to be followed. “It’s a foregone conclusion (tay hai) that there can’t be anything else there except Ram Temple. But for anything to happen, a process has to be gone through.Currently,theSupreme Court is hearing the case about title ownership. It will be resolved soon,” he said. Asked about the role of the RSS in the seemingly unstoppablemarchof theBJPacrossthe country and, likewise, the role of the BJP in the growth of the RSS, Joshi said, “It is not that anyone comes or goes because of anyone else. If anyone comes, it is due to their own strength, and if there is defeat, it’s due to their owndeficiencies.Iwon’tsaythat the BJP has gained due to the RSS.AndtheRSShadbeengrowing even before 2014. “It’s not important whether the Sangh parivar stands by the BJP to ensure its victory in (the Lok Sabha elections of) 2019,” Joshi said. “People at large shouldstandbythegovernment. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 wards the Assembly premises. With Std X Board exams underway, the government also issued an alert for students to reach exam centres early, keeping in mind the possibility of traffic diversions owing to the march. The Shiv Sena, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and the Aam Aadmi Party have announced their support to the march. The six-day march, called by the CPM-affiliated Akhil BharatiyaKisanSabha(ABKS),began on March 6 in Nashik, the locationoftheMarch2016struggle whenaround1lakhhadgathered for two days. The march is being led by Dr Ashok Dhawale, president of ABKS and seven-term CPM legislator J P Gavit. UNDERLINING THE chill in India-Pakistan relations, Islamabad has accused New Delhi of allegedly “harassing” its diplomats and their families in India, and threatened to pull them out of the capital if the “intimidation” did not stop. The charges, detailed in diplomatic correspondence known as note verbale, come after the Indian High Commissioner’s membership of Islamabad Club was stalled, clearances for the High Commission to use its residential complex were withheld and complaints arose of alleged harassment of Indian diplomats in the Pakistani capital. Diplomatic sources told The Indian Express that the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi had written four note verbale to the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, alleging specific incidents of harassment of diplomats, their family members and Indian workers in the High Commission. Sources said that a similar demand was also made to the Indian High Commission in Islamabad,withPakistanthreateningtopulloutitsfamiliesfrom New Delhi. Thenoteverbaleallegeatotal 7 WORLD of 18 incidents “of harassment and intimidation against the officersof theHighCommissionas wellasthesupportingstaff”over the last week, which have been “brought to the attention of Foreign Secretary H.E. Mr Vijay Keshav Gokhale by the High Commissioner for Pakistan, H.E. Mr Sohail Mahmood and by acting foreign secretary to High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria”. One of the alleged incidents on March 8 refers to “the morning between 0735-0800 hours, the vehicle (No. 89-CD-138) carrying the school going children of Deputy High Commissioner forPakistanwasfollowedbytwo cars from his residence to the British School, Chanakyapuri”. “Onthewaybothcarscontinuously obstructed, harassed and stopped the driver and this continued for almost 20 minutes. The driver was forced to get off thevehicleandwasintimidated,” the communication claims. The note verbale alleges that “after the kids were dropped off at the school, the driver was also harassed and told that it was a ‘response’ to what had been done to them”. A note verbale is prepared in the third person and unsigned, which makes it less formal in nature. Speaking to The Indian Express, T C A Raghavan, former Indian High Commissioner to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONSTITUTION AMENDED, CHINA CLEARS WAY FOR XI TO RULE FOR LIFE CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHARIF ATTACKED WITHSHOE ATLAHORE Kashmir ‘social’ issue, not political, says Drabu; PDP asks him to retract EXPRESS NETWORK BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, MARCH 11 ● ASKED CENTRE TO JAMMU AND Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu has said thatKashmiris“notapoliticalissue”, rather, it is a society with “social issues” — a statement that has set off a political firestorm in the state, and brought into sharp relief the deepfissureswithinthePeople’s Democratic Party (PDP). Drabu’s statement, which many in the Valley see as having gone beyond even the RSS’s view of the Kashmir problem, has come at a time when the PDP and its coalition partner, the BJP, are at loggerheads on a range of issues, and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has openly pressed for talks with Pakistan. Drabu is considered to be INTERVENE IN JOURNALIST CASE: J&K CM, PAGE 4 close to the BJP leadership at the Centre. The PDP initially asked the finance minister to “retract hisstatement immediately”, but later said that he had been “quoted out of context”. At an event, ‘Kashmir: The Way Forward’, organised by the PHDChamberof Commerceand Industry at New Delhi on March 9, Drabu said: “Don’t see J&K as a conflict state and a political issue. It is a society which has social issues right now. We are tryingtofindourownspaceandwe are going through a process which many other countries are also going through. “It (J&K) is not a political issue as far as I can see. They have been barking up the wrong tree for the last 50 or 70 years by talking about the politics of it, that the political situation has never improved. We seriously need to look at in terms of how it is a society that is in search for itself.” Two other PDP ministers who, too, spoke at the event, havedistancedthemselvesfrom Drabu’s statements. “It is his (Drabu’s) view. I did not endorse his view,” J&K Education Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said. Sports Minister Imran Raza Ansari declined to comment on Drabu’scomments,andsaidthat the focus of his own speech had been an appeal for J&K to be treated in the same way as other CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR GIANT ANTS, RED BALLOONS & A ‘BANDHU’ KEEP TRIBAL KIDS BACK IN SCHOOL TRACKING THE CONTEXT CHANGE» 91.93% SHAJU PHILIP KALPETTA (WAYANAD), MARCH 11 THERE ARE giant ants in pink and green, there’s a boy holding red balloons, there’s a bright greenparrotperchedonafading brown branch. And then, there’s M M Rajan. All of them, together, are making a gaggle of noisy children at a remote school in Wayanad want to come back to the classroom, every day. Over 150 km from Attappadi in Palakkad, where a tribal was lynched last month by a mob EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org who accused him of stealing food, Rajan is a vital cog in a new governmentschemethat’sfighting dismal school dropout rates and unemployment among scheduled tribes. Launched nine months ago, it has placed at least one “gothra bandhu”, or a tribal mentor, in each of the 241 government and aided schools in Wayanad district, where scheduled tribes form18.5percentof thepopulation of 8,17,420, the highest in Kerala. These mentors, chosen from within the district, help bridge the language barrier between students and teachers in Class-I, and make sure children reach school using free transportation provided by the government. “Ourpeoplespeakthegothra language ‘nanku math’ (our language), which outsiders can’t understand. A tribal student who joins Class I strugglesto understand what a teacher from Literacy rate in Kerala 73.64% ST literacy rate 0.22% School dropout rate in Kerala 2.27% ST school dropout rate M M Rajan, a tribal mentor in Kalpetta, Wayanad. Shaju Philip Source: Census 2011, Kerala Economic Review 2017 another community is saying. Also, a teacher from another district finds it difficult to understand what a tribal student is saying.Asamentor,that’swhere I help,” says Rajan, a member of the Kattunaikka tribe and mentor for the 20 ST children out of 27 students in Class I at the VadakkanaduschoolinKalpetta. “Atribalyouthasamentorin the classroom also helps in removing the feeling of alienation among the students. When they feel that a senior from their colony is with them, makes a lot of difference,’’ says the 29-yearold who obtained a teachers training certificate in 2011 after Jaipur clearing Class 12. For those like Rajan, the schemeischanginglivesinmore ways than one. The mentors are paid Rs 750 a day, which works out to Rs 15,000-Rs 17,000 a month, depending on the number of working days. “With Rs 15,000 a month, I can ensure the education of my younger brother, who is pursuing a diploma course in manufacturing. I could also repair our dilapidated house and help my parents, both farm workers,’’ says Divya B, 21, who belongs to the Paniya tribe and is a mentor at the government primary CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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