DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES SINCE 1932 HATHRAS DALIT TEEN’S DEATH: HEARING OCTOBER 12 Day after police rushed her cremation, HC steps in, asks officials to explain HATHRAS, GREATER NOIDA, NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 1 Congress leader Rahul Gandhi fell down during a scuffle with police when he was stopped on the Yamuna Expressway, in Greater Noida on Thursday. PTI ASAD REHMAN THE ALLAHABAD High Court on Thursday took suo motu cognizance of the fatal assault and alleged gangrape of a Dalit womaninHathras,especiallyher hurried cremation, and directed senior officials of the state governmentandpolice,includingof the district, to be present at the next hearing on October 12. Atwo-judgeBenchsaidfamily members of the deceased would alsobepresentthatdaysothatthe court could hear their version of the cremation organised by the BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 11-YEAR-OLD DALIT GIRL KILLED IN BHADOHI, TWO HELD BALRAMPUR DEATH: AUTOPSY SHOWS AT LEAST 10 INJURIES PAGE 8 In Covid time, freeze on new food security beneficiaries in Rajasthan DEEP MUKHERJEE JAIPUR, OCTOBER 1 FOR THE past several months, Durga Ram, a labourer in Jaipur, has been trying to enroll for free foodgrains under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013. “Each time, people at the e-mitrakioskssaynewnamesarenot being added, and the portal is shut,” he said. Ram, who is in his mid-40s and belongs to the nomadic Banjara community, said work has been scarce since the lockdown was imposed, and he makes only Rs 300-400 on the days that he gets any. “Getting some wheat would have helped my family,” he said. The father of two children is among many poor people who have been seeking grain under the NFSA and Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY),butthestategovernment has stopped adding new beneficiaries. The government had announced 5 kg of wheat per person and 1 kg of gram per family under NFSA as pandemic relief every month until November. Since NFSA beneficiaries are entitled to the same amount of free grains under PMGKAY, they would effectively get 10 kg of wheat (or 5 kg each of wheat and rice) per person and 2 kg of gram per family every month. Officials at the Rajasthan Food and Civil Supplies Department, and e-mitra operators who are supposed to facilitateonlineapplications,saidthe addition of new names to the NFSA list has been on hold for the past several months. "Online applications for inclusion in NFSA are closed. People keep coming to us, and we turn them away," Deepak Verma, the owner of an e-mitra kiosk in Hanumangarh district told The Indian Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Forensic report shows teen was not raped: Police AMIL BHATNAGAR HATHRAS, OCTOBER 1 THE UTTAR Pradesh Police Thursday said that a forensic reporthadshownthatthe19-yearold Dalit woman killed in Hathras, allegedly by four upper caste men, had not been raped. On September 22, a week before she died, the woman had given a statement saying she had been CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 EXPRESS NETWORK From PM economic council to Niti Aayog, growing disquiet over Govt tight fist THE EDITORIAL PAGE INTHEMIRROR OFHATHRAS BY NANDITA RAO & ITI PANDEY PAGE 10 sexually assaulted. Addressing a press conference,PrashantKumar,ADG(Law CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In Hyderabad, caste turns love story into a story of hate and murder Parents of techie, hired killers among 14 held so far: police SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, OCTOBER 1 THEIR LOVE bloomed with every “Hi”and“Hello”onthequietlane outside their homes. They soon moved to Facebook, spending hoursgettingtoknoweachother, growing closer. Then there were The couple met Cyberabad Police Commissioner three months ago thephonecalls,withbillsrunning uptoRs1,500amonth.Andfinally, on June 10, they got married. “HemanthandIweresomuch inlove.Everyevening,weusedto sittogetherandmakeplansabout thefuture,”saysAvantiReddy,23. Until September 24, when this taleoftwopeoplefromtwocastes in one big city came to an abrupt, and brutal, end. The Hyderabad home of computer engineer Avanti may be a world away from Hathras in UP—roiledbyaDalitgirl'sassault and murder allegedly by uppercastemen—butthatevening,the distance seemed to disappear. Two of Avanti's uncles reached their house, called the couple out and forced them into CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 HITTING THE streets for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown was imposed in March, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi andPriyankaGandhiVadrawere prevented Thursday from going tothevillageof theHathrasDalit teenager,whodiedaftershewas brutally assaulted and allegedly gangraped by upper caste men. Their cavalcade was stopped en route, after which they began to walk, only to be arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police. Dramatic visuals of Rahul walking with over a hundred party workers, falling during a scuffle with police personnel, andbothhimandPriyanka—the Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh — being taken away in a police vehicle were a strong signal, meant for both the ranks of the grand old CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE IDEAS PAGE THEWARWITHIN AMERICA BY BHASKAR CHAKRAVORTI PAGE 11 SPEAKING TO The Indian Express on September 26, Union Finance MinisterNirmalaSitharamansaid that she is open to “the need for further stimulus” and its timing. That may not be much of an assurance given the growing senseof disquietinexpertbodies including the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council, the Niti Aayog and the Chief Economic Advisor’s office. Several policy-influencers in thesebodiesarebefuddledatthe Centralgovernment’saversionto spend more now despite their unanimousviewthatafiscalstimulus — sooner than later — will place India better to take advantage of the major reforms being pushedinagricultureandlabour. In at least four meetings that E E X P L A I NE D SOMYA LAKHANI, JIGNASA SINHA & MANOJ CG LUCKNOW, OCTOBER 1 COVID ECONOMIC DISTRESS Stopped on way, Rahul, Priyanka Advisors urged fiscal push in form of wage subsidy, rural infrastructure make a point — Whygovt helped by police P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 1 Bench wants victim’s family to appear so it can hear their version ThebenchreferredtoThe Indian Express reportonOct1 `6.00 (`8 PATNA & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM is hesitant ● tospend THE FINANCE ministry is not convinced about the need for a large fiscal stimulus. Policy advisors, however, are of the view that the unprecedented shock needs a countercyclical response, and only large government spending will sustain a recovery till private sector demand picks up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired over 10 days between theendof JuneandearlyJuly,The Indian Express has learnt, members of his EAC, Niti Aayog and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GST collections up: Rs 95,480 cr for September ENS ECONOMIC BUREAU NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 1 MARKING THE first instance of a year-on-year increase in the financialyear2020-21,grossGoods andServicesTax(GST)collections rose 3.9 per cent to Rs 95,480 crore in September, for sales in August, reflecting a pick-up in economic activity with the easing of Covid restrictions, according to data released Thursday by the Finance Ministry. The rise, however, also partly reflectedtheimpactof alowbase effectfromSeptember2019,when GST revenues had contracted 2.7 per cent to fall to a 19-month low ofRs91,916crore—thesecondinstance since the July 2017 rollout of theindirecttaxregime. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Affront to right to life: SC junks Gujarat orders on wages, longer hours of work EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 1 THE SUPREME Court on Thursday quashed the Gujarat government's notifications granting temporary “relaxations” to employers on certain conditions related to working hoursandpaymentof wagesunder the Factories Act, 1948. The court called the notifications “an affront to the workers’ right to life and right against forced labour”. “The ‘right to life’ guaranteed to every person under Article 21, which includes a worker, would bedevoidofanequalopportunity at social and economic freedom, intheabsenceofjustandhumane conditions of work. A worker’s right to life cannot be deemed contingent on the mercy of their employer or the State. The notifications,indenyinghumaneworking conditions and overtime wages provided by law, are an affront to the workers’ right to life and right against forced labour thataresecuredbyArticles21and 23oftheConstitution,”aBenchof Justices D Y Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and K M Joseph ruled. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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