TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE The new Ground Zero for quota stir SC APPOINTMENTS Judges to meet CJI today over Justice Joseph ‘downgrade’ SHUBHANGI KHAPRE ‘Shocked’ at govt placing his name last on three judges to be sworn in Tuesday SUSHANT SINGH & ANANTHAKRISHANAN G NEW DELHI, AUGUST 5 11 WORLD 32 DEAD IN INDONESIA EARTHQUAKE AS THE three High Court chief justices elevated to the Supreme Courtawaittheirswearing-inon Tuesday, some judges of the apex court are said to be “anguished” and “shocked” that the government placed the name of Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court Justice K M Joseph last in seniority of appointment list, despite his name being rec- Justice Joseph (left); judges have sought meeting with CJI ommended and reiterated before the other two names. Sources told The Indian Express that some Supreme Court judges have sought a meeting with Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday morningtoconveytheiranguish and disappointment at the action of the Central government in placing Justice Joseph last in seniority, after Justices Indira BanerjeeandVineetSaran.Itwas not clear how many judges would meet the CJI. Theswearing-inceremonyof the three newly appointed judges is scheduled to be held in the CJI’s court at 10.30 am on Tuesday. While,sourcessaid,irrespective of his being number one or number three on the list, Justice Joseph would not have any chance of becoming the CJI — if the principle of seniority is followed in appointment of CJIs by the government — it is the principle of appointment of Supreme Court judges which is being violated and needs to be defended in this case. Also, being number one on the list would put Justice Joseph in a position to head an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Art 35-A hearing today, Valley shuts, Let SP, BSP, even Cong come together, Kargil religious body joins strike our UP numbers won’t fall: Shah BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, AUGUST 5 A DAY ahead of a Supreme Court hearing on petitions against Article35-A,KashmironSunday observed an unprecedented shutdown against any tampering with the legislation that guaranteesspecialconstitutional rights to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The shutdown call was given by separatists to protest against petitions seeking scrapping of Article35-A.Theyhavealsocalled for a complete shutdown on BJPchief AmitShah,RailMinisterPiyushGoyal,CMAdityanath atthe MughalsaraistationrenamingonSunday. Anand Singh EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUGHALSARAI, AUGUST 5 SPEAKING AT the renaming of Mughalsarai Junction as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction here on Sunday, BJP president Amit Shah challenged political opponents to try win Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 general elections. Flanked by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, Shah said, “Aaj poore vipaksh (dwara)deshbharmeinekbhram phaila hua hai ki SP-BSP ikathha honge,bua-bhatijaikathhahonge, toh Uttar Pradesh mein kya hoga. Kya hoga, bataiye toh zara (Today the whole Opposition is spreading this falsehood that if the SPBSP, Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav come together, a lot can happen in Uttar Pradesh. You tell me whatwillhappen?)...Evenif bua, bhatija and Rahulji join hands, ourtallyof seats(intheLokSabha from UP) will be 74 instead of 73 now and not 72. I am throwing themthechallengethateventodaytheBJP’ssaffronflagwillflutter here.” With an eye on the votes of the Poorvanchal region, under which Mughalsarai falls, Shah said, “I used to say that till UP does not develop, India won’t. Now I say till my Poorvanchal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Vehicles off roads, business establishments shut in Srinagar. Shuaib Masoodi Monday, the day of the hearing. A top religious body of Kargil, Jamiat Ulami Asna 1 killed in Army firing in Jammu, police file FIR, say no militancy links ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, AUGUST 5 A CIVILIAN was killed and another injured in firing by Army personnel at Jammu and Kashmir’s Sumbad village in Ramban district during the wee hours of Sunday. Identifying the deceased as Mohammad Rafi, 26, of Duksar and the injured as Shakeel Ahmed, 22, of adjoining Dhalwa area in Gool tehsil, nearly 40 km from Ramban, police said they haveregisteredanFIRoncharges of murder and attempt to murder in the matter. However, the accused are yet to be named as the matter is under investigation, police added. DefenceMinistryspokesperson Lt Colonel Devender Anand said they had launched an operation “based on specific intelligenceinputsinKohliareaof Gool tehsil”.“At3.45am,theArmypatrol saw some suspicious activity. The suspected individuals were challenged by the Army as per Standing Operating Procedure,” Anand said, but the former “opened fire” and they had to “retaliate”. Further details were being ascertained, the spokesperson said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Karwar chef abducted, killed in Afghanistan was home two months ago, his son turns six soon JOHNSON T A & SHUBHAJIT ROY BENGALURU, NEW DELHI, AUGUST 5 THE SOCIAL media profile of Patson Rodriguez, the 39-yearoldIndianwhowaskilledbysuspected terrorists in Kabul last week, provides glimpses of a quiet, reserved family man who doted on his five-year-old son Presley. Rodriguez was abductedand killed on the outskirts of Kabul on August 2. Presley turns six on August 13. Hailing from Karwar in coastal Karnataka, Rodriguez worked as a chef for Sodexo, a French company that runs kitchens at US military camps in Afghanistan and UN facilities. “They were picked as targets, it seems, to send out a message to the US and the international community against their presence in the country,” an Afghan government official told The Indian Express. At the Christian-Konkani colony in Karwar’s Kadawada, Rodriguez’sfamilyisstrugglingto come to terms with the death — he used to visit every six months and last left home in June. “Both his parents are old and ailing. His three siblings have small-time jobs in Karwar and Goa.Everymonth,Patsonwould sendRs10,000tobuymedicines for his parents and Rs 10,000 for daily expenses at his home in CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Patson Rodriguez, 39, at work in Afghanistan Asharia, also backed the shutdown call, asking people in the Ladakh district to observe it in support of Article 35-A. The total strike extended beyond Srinagar to North Kashmir’s Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara, Kupwara, Pattan and Bandipore towns, and places in South and Central Kashmir. Almost all business establishments remained closed and public and private transport CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SHAH FAESAL WARNS AGAINST REPEAL, P 6 Muzaffarpur abuse case: 6 senior officers among 23 suspended SANTOSH SINGH PATNA, AUGUST 5 THEBIHARgovernmenthassuspended 23 officials and staffers, including six assistant directors of child protection units, on chargesof “negligenceandderelictionof duty”fornotsubmitting reports of irregularities and allegedsexualexploitationatshelter homes under their watch. Among the top officials against whom action has been taken is Divesh Kumar Sharma, the assistant director of the child protection unit in Muzaffarpur, from where abuse of girls at a shelterhomewasbroughttolight inanauditconductedbytheTata Instituteof SocialSciences(TISS). The state’s Social Welfare Department has also dissolved child welfare committees in six districts based on adverse comments in audits conducted by TISS.Thedepartmentisplanning to install CCTV cameras and Android-basedfeedbackdevices at all homes to help facilitate the registration of complaints. Thesedecisionscomeaweek after the Muzaffarpur case was handed over to the CBI, and three days after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PARLI (BEED), AUGUST 5 At Maratha Kranti Morcha venue in Parli. Amit Chakravarty Fadnavis seeks time for Maratha quota till November, but protesters unmoved EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, AUGUST 5 AS REPORT came in of another suicide allegedly over Maratha reservation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday addressed the community via state television and radio indicating there were no quick fixes, and said his government would be “in a position to complete all statutory requirements for reservation by November-end”. In a 15-minute address on Sunday evening, Fadnavis ruled out suggestions by some Maratha leaders to issue an ordinance to provide quota to the community. “It won’t stand the legal test,” he said. Noting that the report of the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC) on the issue was pending, he said the panel would inform the Bombay High Court on August 7 about when it would submit its report. Once the MSBCC report was submitted, Fadnavis said, a special session of the state Legislature would be convened 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE within a month to pass a “law or resolution” regarding granting reservation for the community. The CM said he was saddened by the violent Maratha protests and the reported suicides, and urged community leaders to come forward for a “dialogue”. Soon after, the Maratha Kranti Morcha (MKM), which is spearheading the agitation, rejected the CM’s outreach and said the protests will continue, including a march in Mumbai on August 9. However, it asked its volunteers across the state to refrain from any violence or damage to public property. “This is not the first time the state governmenthasdeclared a deadline for giving reservation. They have never stuck to those deadlines,”MKMstatecoordinator Nanasaheb Kute Patil said, adding that they would decide onFadnavis’sofferforadialogue inadayortwo.“Ourproblemhas beenthatthey(thegovernment) CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FOR THE last 18 days, Abasaheb Patil,aresidentof Pune,hasbeen protesting at Parli in Maharashtra’s Beed district, demanding quota in jobs and education for the Maratha community. Patil,abusinessmanandcontractor, joins hundreds of Maratha Kranti Morcha protesters everyday on the sprawling ground opposite the tehsil office in Parli. They are calling the protest, ‘Thiya Andolan’. The venue has become the new rallying point of the Maratha quota stir. Efforts are under way, through social media, to mobilise school and college students from across the state to come and participate in the protests. The protesters are from various districts. Rambhau Gaikwad has come all the way from Pandharpurandhasbeenparticipating in the protests at Parli for afortnight.JyotiSapatehascome from Osmanabad. Sachin Zate, who is in the Army and is posted in West Bengal, has taken leave to participate in the protests. Atregularintervals,groupsof youths climb a makeshift stage to deliverbrief speeches to highlight what they term injustice meted to the Marathas and pledge to continue the agitation CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ANOTHER SUICIDE, P 5 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY BJP MP HEENA GAVIT’S CAR ATTACKED, P 5 India, Iran, US: An unlovely triangle BY VIKRAM S MEHTA Lateral entry of officers: Search panel decides UPSC will choose AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, AUGUST 5 LATERAL ENTRY into bureaucracy is not going to be easy — or soon. In order to limit scope for political intervention, the Searchcum-SelectionCommitteeonJuly 23decidedthattheappointment processshouldbehandledbythe UnionPublicServiceCommission (UPSC), that follows a rigorous system of recruiting bureaucrats through written examinations and personal interviews. The panel, headed by the CabinetSecretary,reposedmore faithinthe UPSC to makethe appointments than take it upon itself, also because it has no recruitment rules as guidance. “No prior consultancy was done with any of the 10 ministriesonhowtogoabouttheselection process. Therefore, the committee had no clue on how to select the bureaucrats,” said an official who attended the July 23 meeting. Also missing is the assessment criteria for screening individual applications, as these are likelytobevaried.Thepanelwas thereforeintwo minds:eitherto handovertheshortlistingof candidates to the UPSC too or to let eachministryprunetheapplications for the UPSC’s selection procedure. In case the Prime Minister decides to hand over the shortlistingtotheconcernedministry, said sources, one option would be to hand over the applications to a team of sectoral experts for screening. Those shortlisted would then be scrutinised by a panel of government representatives. “Contraryto the UPSC’s present process of simply assessing acandidate’spersonalityandaptitude for public service through a rigorous interview, direct recruitment demands assessing a candidate’s domain knowledge and experience before assessing his motivation,” said sources. “This can only be done by sectoral experts.” Opening the doors of the bureaucracy to private sector professionals, the NDA government had, on June 10, invited applications for 10 Joint Secretary-level poststhroughdirectentryasopposed to UPSC examinations. The aim was to bring in “fresh ideas and new approaches” to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR A ONE-ROOM ISLAND OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN OF MIGRANT WORKERS From Rs 100 to Rs 5,000, factory workers & daily wage labourers chip in to build a library DIVYA GOYAL LUDHIANA, AUGUST 5 THEY CALL it “shiksha ka inquilab”, or the education revolution. On the faded walls, with bits of plaster peeling off, are posters of Bhagat Singh and Maxim Gorky. There’s a board outside that reads: “Behtar zindagi ka raasta behtar kitaabon se hokar jaata hai (The road to a good life passes through good books).” Thisis ShaheedBhagat Singh Pustakalaya, a one-room library established nine months ago by workers and daily-wage labour- TRACKING CHANGE» EVERY MONDAY For all Change stories, log on to www.indianexpress.com/change Witness Change? Write to us at email@example.com ers employed at factories in the industrial heart of Ludhiana, the hub of cycle-makers, auto-parts manufacturers and textile units. With over 500 books, in Hindi and Punjabi, it’s a 25-sqyd island of change for children from the Lower Income Group (LIG) flats and slums of Jeewan At Shaheed Bhagat Singh Pustakalaya, Jamalpur. Gurmeet Singh Nagar, Rajiv Gandhi Colony, DhandhariandJamalpur,mostly populated by migrant workers and their families, and where clean drinking water and toilets are part of a daily struggle. Set up by the Karkhana Mazdoor Union, which took the leadincollectingnearlyRs3lakh last year to purchase LIG flat No 498 in December 2017, withtwo fans and a worn rug on the floor, the library was built on individual contributions ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 5,000. “A majority of the factory workers and daily-wage labourers who contributed have not studied beyond Class 8. But they want to inculcate the reading habit in their children. Most of them earn less than Rs 10,000 a month,”says Lakhwinder Singh, who heads the union and manages the library. “The idea remained a dream for years because there was no space.Thissmallflat wasbought from contributions... sometimes it gets difficult to accommodate everyone but that’s all we could afford. Once the flat was purchased,westartedbuyingbooks, we got some through donations,” he says. There are no reading charges at the library — just Rs 50 for an annual card that will let readers take books home, two at a time. “Thechargeistoensurethatthey are responsible and return the books on time. We also issue cards. For these children, a librarycardis aprizedpossession, they preserve it like a trophy,” says Singh. Onarecentrainyafternoon,a groupof childrenwerescampering towards the library, jumping over puddles of water. “We really like coming here. We don’t have any story books at home. They are costly and our parents cannot afford them... my father is a barber,” says Akash Ram, a Class 8 student at the B R Ambedkar Public School in Jeewan Nagar. “We want our children to read and have access to books, which we can’t afford. That’s what Shaheed Bhagat Singh wanted,too.Hewantedthelight of knowledge to reach the poor so that they can fight for their rights. This is what we call shiksha ka inquilab,” says Gurcharan Singh, 44, a security guard who was among those who contributed to the library. “Most of the parents here are so poor that they make their children drop out of school after Class V or Class VI. They start working as child labourers. We are encouraging them to come here and at least read some books.Weorganiseafreetuition class, too, which is attended by 25-30 children every evening,” says Krishan Kumar, 24, who helps Lakhwinder run the library. Among the several contributors are Deepak Kumar, an electrician who has studied till Class 10; Teju Prasad, a helper at a factory who has studied till Class 8; and, Ramesh Chand, who works in a cycle factory and has studied till Class 10. “With our meagre salaries, it is difficult to run our homes but thishadtobedone.Wewantour children to know about the dignity of labour, instead of feeling ashamed. While writing an essay in school, they should not merely copy what is written in their books, that ‘my father is a doctor or an engineer’. They shouldhavethecouragetowrite the truth and say ‘my father is a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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