TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 18 PAGES, KOLKATA, `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) ● FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE IN POLL-BOUND MADHYA PRADESH, CM GOES AGAINST WHAT CENTRE DID Toplacateprotestingupper-castes,CMChouhan announcesmovetodiluteSC/STatrocitieslaw Says won’t allow misuse of Act, no one will be arrested before probe MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, SEPTEMBER 20 MOVING TO placate protesting upper caste groups in his pollbound state, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Thursday announced he will ensure that the ScheduledCastesandScheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act is “not misused” and no one will be arrested before an investigation. The announcement flies in the face of a concerted move by the Centre to nullify a Supreme Court ruling in March this year which angered the SCs and STs because they saw it as a dilution of the law meant for their safety. That ruling allowed provisions CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Upward mobility: Muslims down; SCs, STs up; upper-caste & OBCs unchanged SEEMA CHISHTI NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 At an upper-caste protest in Bhopal on Thursday. Express AS RISING aspirations of India’s demographic dividend shape social and political discourse, comes a sobering new study: Looking at education and income, there is little inter-generationalmobility(upwardmobil- ity from parent to child) in India. Muslims are the biggest losers in the intergenerational mobility index. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have done better on the index while upper castes and OBCs have remained where they were. Authors of the study, based on 5,600 rural sub-districts and 2,300 cities and towns, are Sam Asher, of the World Bank; Paul Novosad of Dartmouth College and Charlie Rafkin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Their study, which looks at social groups and intergenerational mobility concludes that, overall, there is little inter-generational mobility and it has not CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN EXPRESS SERIES Meet Beneficiary Number One in India’s Most Backward District Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana rolls out Sunday. The Indian Express goes to Mewat in Haryana for a ground check: how beneficiaries are identified, how health system will change, public and private Exhibition in Delhi, varsity events to mark two years of surgical strikes THE SCHEME Beneficiaries 10.74 crore `5 LAKH (17 crore with state schemes) HEALTH INSURANCE THE ROLLOUT Rollout PART 1 444 districts, 26 states BENEFICIARIES EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE TO MARK two years of surgical strikesonPakistaniterrorlaunch pads across the Line of Control, the government will host a three-day exhibition depicting the valour and bravery of the soldiers of the armed forces. The exhibition, which will be held at IndiaGatefromSeptember28to 30, is likely to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on one of the days. The University Grants Commission (UGC) too has directed universities and higher educationinstitutionsacrossthe country to observe September 29 as Surgical Strike Day. It has suggested, among other activities, talk-sessions by ex-servicemen, special parades, visit to exhibitions and mailing greeting cards to pledge support to the armed forces. The India Gate event is being organised jointly by the ministries of Defence and Information and Broadcasting — NURSINGherbandagedleginthe femalewardoftheAlAfiagovernment district hospital in Mewat (Nuh), Haryana, Jaibunnisa does notknowthatsheisontheverge of making history. She is the first beneficiary in this district of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY),thelargesthealthinsurance initiative in the world that will be rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23. Mewat is the most backward district in a list of 101 prepared in March by the Niti Aayog. A patient of cellulitis, a bacterial skin infection, the details of Jaibunnisa’s treatment have been sent to the state health agencyforreimbursementof expenses. Traditionally, because this is a government hospital, surgery, bed and medicine would have been free. Now the estimated cost of Rs 1,800 per day for medicine andbedchargesisexpectedtobe reimbursedintwo-threeweeks. Beneficiaries at rollout ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 9.4 crore MEWAT, SEPTEMBER 20 (12.24 crore with state schemes) First beneficiary Jaibunnisa (40), her husband Najir at the Al Afia govt district hospital in Mewat. Praveen Khanna Labelled in the Union Budget this year as the National Health Protection Mission but known better on the ground by the umbrellaschemeAyushmanBharat, PMJAY will ensure an annual health cover of Rs 5 lakh to 10.74 crore families in the country. In Mewat, records show, roughly 4.58 lakh or 57,370 families out of a total population of 11 lakh are eligible for PMJAY. Here, work on the scheme has moved from villages to nodal centres and is now panning out to private hospitals. OnWednesday,districtnodal officer Dr Renu Sharma visited After 30 months, rates up on small savings ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 IN THE wake of a 50 basis point hike in repo rate by the Reserve Bank of India over the last three months and a subsequent increase in deposit rate offerings by banks, the Centre Thursday announced up to 40-basis point hike in interest rate of small savings schemes for the third quarter i.e October-December 2018. With the first hike in 30 months, in the interest offering GOVT & POLITICS ● CENTRE HAS SUGGESTED ALL-INDIA CESS TO HELP KERALA: ISAAC PAGE 7 July-Sep Oct-Dec 2018 2018 4 4 1-yrtime deposit 6.6 6.9 5-yrtime deposit 7.4 7.8 5-yearSenior CitizenSS 8.3 8.7 5-yearNSC 7.6 8 PPF 7.6 8 KVP 7.3 7.7 Sukanya Samriddhi 8.1 8.5 All figures in per cent CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 detailsof beneficiaries,istheculmination of a massive decentralised verification exercise, wheresarpancheswentdoor-todoor with the SECC-based list compiled by the Department of Rural Development verifying mobile numbers and IDs. But given the magnitude of the exercise, officials admit, there have been “teething issues”, mainly linked to the “stringent” eligibility norms. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 TOMORROW HOWAYUSHMANBHARAT TOUCHESBHARATSARKAR WHY MEWAT ■ Last on Niti Ayog's 101 most backward districts ■ Population density 723, avg family size 8 ■ 51.2% child births in hospital (national avg 78.9%) ■ 27.3% fully vaccinated children (national avg 72%) ■ Literacy rate 54.08% (national avg 74.04%) EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 THE MODI government on Thursday said that Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan’s newly elected government will meet in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week. The last formal engagement between the Foreign Ministers took place in December 2015 in Islamabad, which was followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sudden visit to Lahore. This meeting between ExternalAffairsMinisterSushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in New York has been scheduledafterPakistan’snewly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan proposed a meeting between the two ministers in a letter to Prime Minister Modi. “I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM and Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of UNGA at a mutually convenient date and time,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Thursday. This will be the first ministerial-level engagement with Pakistan under the new Imran Khan-led government. An informal meeting of 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY SAARC foreign ministers will take place in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA session. It is expected to take place around September 26-27. Swaraj and Qureshi will head the delegations of their respective countries to the UNGA. However, Kumar said the meeting doesn’t signal a resumption of the bilateral dialogue. “This is just a meeting, not talksorresumptionof dialogue... I want you to distinguish between a meeting and a dialogue,” he said. “Is mulaqat ko sirf mulaqat ke tarah hi dekhiye (See this meeting as just a meeting)”, he told reporters. Sources in New Delhi played down the meeting as the government is going to face general elections next year. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 It’s broke, fix it BY ILA PATNAIK 30 passengers need medical aid after Jet crew ‘forget’ to adjust cabin pressure NEHA KULKARNI & TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 20 Director Vishal Versatile Bhardwaj is guest at Express Adda today EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 20 HE WAS among the first directors in Hindi cinema to bring the rough and tumble of the hinterland into our living rooms, and gave us powerful and complex women characters in his films. Vishal Bhardwaj is a filmmaker who wears many hats, and one who has created a special brand of cinema in his career spanning over two decades. He entered the film industry as a music MEA plays it down: Only a meeting, not talks or resumption of talks Vishal Bhardwaj composer in 1995 with the children’s movie Abhay and wentontowriteanddirectfilms such as Maqbool (2003), Omkara (2006), Kaminey (2009), Haider (2014) and Rangoon (2017). On Friday, Bhardwaj will be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AT LEAST 30 passengers, including an infant, suffered nose bleeding, chest pain and other medical complications following an alleged manual error in maintaining the cabin air pressure on a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur on Thursday morning. As the flight returned toMumbai,fivepassengerswere taken to Nanavati Hospital after theycomplainedof seriouspain. Accordingtoseniorofficialsof the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the crew on Jet Airways flight (9W 697) forgot to turn on the ‘bleed switch’, which keeps the air pressure level inside the cabin at a comfortable levelaftertheaircraftgainsheight. Passengers on board the Mumbai-Jaipur flight. PTI 11 EXPLAINED Why cabin air pressure matters CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR AFTER A MURDER, FEARFUL INTER-CASTE COUPLES DIAL POLICE FOR HELP HYDERABAD, SEPTEMBER 20 CONGRESS IN CHHATTISGARH AND MADHYA PRADESH PAGE 5 Savings deposit on small savings schemes, the public provident fund (PPF) will now earn 8 per cent w.e.f from October 1 as against 7.6 per cent in the July-September quarter. The interest offering on the 5-year senior citizen savings scheme will be 8.7 per cent as against 8.3 per cent for the quarter ending September. The flagship Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana will earn an interestrateof 8.5percentinthe next quarter. The 5-year national savings SREENIVAS JANYALA ● MAYA JOLT TO THE HIKE three private hospitals to tell them about the scheme and its benefits. She is also on the lookout for a “VIP” to hand out a few of the 200 “gold cards” issued to beneficiaries. According to officials, the beneficiaries are those who meet the eligibility criteria (see box, page 10) that includes the seven “deprivations”, including literacy, housing, disability and SC/STclassification,basedonthe Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC) 2011. In rural areas such as Mewat, the gold card, which is essentially a slip of paper with basic Mousami, wife of farm labourer Amit Kumar, was reimbursed Rs 9,000 for the birth of daughter on August 17 in pilot project at Karnal, Haryana. After Imran letter to PM, Foreign Ministers to meet in New York next EVERSINCEPPranayKumarwas murdered in Miryalaguda in Telangana on September 14 in a suspectedcaseof honourkilling, apprehensiveinter-castecouples have started calling up nearest police stations in the state and neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. The calls increased on Wednesday evening after there was an attack on another intercaste couple, this time in Hyderabad, by the father of the woman. Telangana Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy Thursday issued an advisory to Police Commissionerates and District Superintendents of Police to inform all police stations to respond to the calls seriouslyandtakeactionaccordingly. The advisory stated that if the local police officers deemed it necessary, they should immediately provide protection to the couples concerned. Police officers have also been asked to review complaints or petitions given by inter-caste couples earlier, assess the situation and take necessary precautions. “Callers are seeking information about the laws that can ensureprotectionforthem.They arealsoaskingwhethertheycan apply for police protection and how much will it cost. Some have been giving details of parents or in-laws opposed to their marriage and asking police if they can be warned not to harm them. Some are seeking information on what to do or what precautions to take if they are threatened or feel threatened,” a top Telangana Police officer said. Telangana Scheduled Caste Commission Chairman Erolla Srinivas said he too had received 40-50 calls since Kumar’s murder, which has seen the arrest of seven persons, including the fa- Pranay Kumar with wife Amrutha Varshini RELATED REPORTS, PAGE 10 therof hisupper-castewife,who was angry that his daughter had married a Dalit Christian. “At least four-five calls have been from inter-caste couples in Miryalaguda itself. I have receivedabouteightwrittenrepresentations from Nalgonda district. In cases where the upper-caste woman’s parents arerichorinfluential,couplesare in panic. I have sent requests to several district SPs to help couples in the last couple of days based on the calls or representations. After Thursday’s attack in Hyderabad, I received calls from panicked women in the city,” Srinivas said. In Andhra Pradesh, intercaste couples who recently got marriedhaveapproachedpolice for protection. West Godavari district SP M Ravi Prakash said he was approached by a couple on September 16 and another couple on Thursday. “They are scared and sought protection from their parents. I referred the first case to the Jangareddygudem Deputy SP, asking the official to counsel the parents and provide protection to the couple; the second case has been referred to the Women’s Police Station, Eluru. We will provide protection to both the couples,” Ravi said. Officers at Gudur Police Station in Nellore said they had been approached Thursday morning by a couple following the incident in Hyderabad. The woman stated she feared a similar fate as Madhavi Chary, who is in a serious condition after her father Manohar Chary attacked her with a sickle. Madhavi, an OBC, had married a Dalit, B Sandeep, on September 12. An official of the Telangana Scheduled Caste Commission said they had got a call from a Dalit man in Medak town who had married a backward class CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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