TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, NEW DELHI, `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) ● WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE EC ORDERED 16.15 LAKH VVPATS FROM BEL & ECIL LAST YEAR VVPAT delivery way behind schedule, advancing Lok Sabha polls not so easy EC promised SC September deadline, only 22% units received until mid-June BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW RITIKA CHOPRA NEW DELHI, JULY 24 THEELECTIONCommission(EC) is struggling to meet the deadline it committed to Supreme Court for procuring 16 lakh voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines for the Lok Sabha elections due next year, according to official records accessed by The Indian Express under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. On April 24, 2017, the EC filed E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION an affidavit in the Supreme Court, promising to introduce VVPATs in all polling stations for the2019generalelections.Italso committed that the two manufacturing PSUs — Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Bengaluru and Electronics THE EC INVENTORY THE MACHINES ORDERED (QUANTITIES, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017) Ballot Unit* Control Unit* BEL ECIL TOTAL VVPATs 10,46,480 3,48,826 13,95,306 6,98,037 2,32,679 9,30,716 10,63,500 5,51,500 16,15,000 4,80,000 1,00,000 5,80,000 3,50,000 50,000 4,00,000 2,45,500 1,02,500 3,48,000 DELIVERED (AS ON JUNE 19, 2018) BEL ECIL TOTAL *One ballot unit and one control unit make one EVM Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) in Hyderabad — will delivertherequisitepapertrailmachines by September 2018. As on June 19 this year, almost 14 months after the EC placed orders for 16.15 lakh VVPATs with BEL and ECIL, the pollpanelhadreceived3.48lakh units (see box) — in other words, meeting only 22 per cent of the target three months before the deadline. This has a direct bearing on the debate and speculation over earlygeneralelections.Giventhe current shortfall in the VVPAT numbers, any move to advance Lok Sabha polls will have to deal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 2016 vs 2015: 20% drop in farmer suicides but 10% spike in suicides of farm labour Maratha stir picks up, Fadnavis checks with quota panel Andhra Pradesh, Telangana show most improvement; farmer suicides surge in Punjab and Haryana THE SUICIDE COUNT, ALL INDIA DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, JULY 24 FARMER SUICIDES in the country have declined but suicides among agricultural labourers have gone up. According to figures released bythegovernmentfor2016—the latestyearforwhichdataisavailable — farmer suicides in 2016 have come down to 6,351 from 8,007 in 2015 — a drop of 21%. Agricultural labour suicides, however, have gone up by about 10% — from 4,595 farm labour suicides in 2015 up to 5,019 in 2016. The government has begun collecting separate figures for suicides of farmers and farm labour since 2014. Earlier, it collected figures for suicides in the “farming sector” which included farmers and farm labour. 2014 2015 FARMER 5,650 8,007 6,351 FARM LABOUR 6,710 4,595 5,019 Source: National Crime Records Bureau Latest government figures, released in Parliament, show that states with high number of farmer suicides have also witnessed high number of farm labour suicides. However, with the exception of Telangana, all states which have witnessed a drop in farmer suicides have witnessed an increase in farm labour suicides. CertainstatessuchasGujarat stand out for the wide gap between farmer suicides and farm labour suicides. Recording double-digit farmer suicide figures, which have reduced by India’s missile system deal with Russia set to escape US sanction SHUBHAJIT ROY NEW DELHI, JULY 24 INDIA, ALONG with Indonesia and Vietnam, is likely to get a waiver from US sanctions against Russia, South Block sources told The Indian Express Tuesday. The US, sources said, has communicated this to the Indian government, thereby removingoneof thefrictionpoints in bilateral ties. A crucial S-400 air defence missilesystemsdeal withRussia wouldhaveinvitedUSsanctions. NewDelhihadmadeitclearthat it would go ahead with the deal which is in an “advanced stage”. On the waiver, a South Block source said: “This makes the at- A fire tender was torched near Aurangabad Tuesday. Express 2016 mosphere conducive for a productivediscussionwhenthe2+2 dialogue takes place between Defence and Foreign Ministers in September.” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will host US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis in New Delhi on September 6. Sources said that a US Congressional committee has proposed waivers for India from stringent sanctions under Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). This is directed against those doing business with Russia’s defence industry. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 about 50% in 2016, the state records 378 labour suicides in 2016 as against just 244 in 2015. Similarly,inKarnataka,while farmer suicides have increased marginally, farm labour suicides have more than doubled between 2015 and 2016. Only Maharashtra has witnessed a marginal reduction in farm labour suicides but it pales in comparison to the reduction the state has witnessed in farmer suicides. Experts believe that this trend could be due to the fact SANDEEP ASHAR TO RWANDA, FROM INDIA Prime Minister Narendra Modi donated 200 cows for Rwanda’s Girinka programme (a cow to every poor family) at Rweru Tuesday. Rwanda President Paul Kagame looks on. PIB PAGE 8 PAKISTAN VOTES TODAY THEEDITORIALPAGE EXPLAINED WORLD ARMY VS NAWAZ SHARIF BY MOHAMMAD TAQI THE POLLITICS OF PAKISTAN ARMY VOTERS HEAD TO BOOTHS AMID CHARGES OF RIGGING PAGE 12 PAGE 11 PAGE 14 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Choksi flees to Antigua, gets local passport EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 24 FUGITIVE JEWELLER and PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi has fled to Antigua and taken the Caribbean country’s citizenship, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been informed. The authorities in Antigua have communicated to the ED that Choksi arChoksi, rived in the Nirav on country this the run month and was given an Antiguan passport. The information has been sent in response to a ‘diffusion notice’ issued against CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Seized diary shows two hitlists, Lankesh was Number 2 on one JOHNSON T A Gauri Lankesh was gunned down on Sept 5, 2017 BENGALURU, JULY 24 THENAMEof GauriLankeshwas No. 2 on one of two lists with a total of 34 names, who were marked in 2016 for murder in a diary recovered from a key suspect linked to a radical Hindutva group, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Karnataka Police has found. Lankesh was shot dead outside her house a year later, on September 5, 2017. All the other persons based in Karnataka named in the diary, including theatre legend Girish Karnad whose name was No. 1 on the Lankesh list, have been providedstate security. A majority of names from the two lists are from Karnataka and Maharashtra, sources told The Indian Express, adding that security agencies in other states have been alerted. The diary was among documentsfoundinthepossessionof Amol Kale, 37, a resident of Pune and a former convenor of the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 RELATED REPORT PAGE 10 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR MARRIAGE TO JOBS, NEW STUDY SAYS MORE WOMEN ON THE MOVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, JULY 24 THE NUMBER and rate of women migrating within India areincreasing;ithasbeenonthe rise over the past three decades in rural and urban areas; at the same time, the ratio of adult male migrants to adult population has decreased. Theseareamongthefindings in a new paper, which indicates thatIndianwomenaretravelling more within the country — primarilyforeconomicreasonsand betteremployment—oftenalone and at a higher rate than men. The findings“undermine the thesis of massive migration to the existing urban centres leadingtotheirdemographicgrowth andof labourmarketintegration in the country” says a paper by Distinguished Fellow at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, Prof Amitabh Kundu, titled Mobility in India, Recent Trends and Issues Concerning Database. The paper reflects many significant social and economic realitiesandtakesintoaccountthe 64th round of the National Sample Survey (NSS), the most recent for which migration data THE UPTICK: PERCENTAGE OF MIGRANTS NSSRound(year) 64(July2007June2008) 55(July1999June2000) 49(JanuaryJune1993) 43(July1987June1988) 38(JanuaryDecember1983) MUMBAI, JULY 24 RURAL Male Female 5.4 47.7 (6.5) (68.6) 6.9 42.6 (9.0) (64.5) 6.5 40.1 URBAN Male Female 25.9 45.6 (31.4) (57.9) 25.7 41.8 (32.0) (55.4) 23.9 38.2 7.4 39.8 26.8 39.6 7.2 35.1 27 36.6 Note: The figures in brackets are population in the 15-59 age group. Source: Mobility in India, Recent Trends and Issues Concerning Database is available, as well as figures from the 2011 Census and the National Health and Family Survey IV. In 1993 (49th NSS round), female migration was 38.2% in urban areas — that is 38.2% of urban women were migrants. In 2008(64thNSSround),thiswent upto45.6%.Formen,itincreased from 23.9% to 25.9% over the same period. For men in the age group of 15-59 years, however, this percentage has come down, from 32% to 31%. (see table) The paper cites “evidence in the NSS to suggest that migration of women has gone up over CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH THE Maratha community’s agitation for reservation in jobs and education picking up in Maharashtra and, in some parts, taking a violent turn, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called an emergency high-level meeting Tuesday to review the “progress” made by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission on the quota issue. In May 2017, the Fadnavis government had informed the Bombay High Court that it was referring the matter to the Commission headed bya retired judge. Sources privy to the discussions Tuesday said Fadnavis sought to know the progress made by the Commission on the reservation issue. The panel was saidtohaveconveyedtothegovernment that at least four more months would be needed to submit a report. Once the Commission submitsthereport,thestategovernment will have to go back to the Bombay High Court which had rejectedthereservationdemand twice in the past. In 2014, when the CongressNCPgovernmenthadfirstissued CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 9
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