BANGALORE 26 AUGUST 2013 MONDAY `3.50 PAGES 42 LATE CITY EDITION CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them ‘Anna Bhagya’ Stumbles on Poor PDS Delivery Random check of real-time data in Bangalore reveals poor reach of scheme R A DA R by Prabhu Mallikarjunan New JD(S) State Chief? Birur (Hassan): The JD(S) has decided to formally accept the resignation of H D Kumaraswamy as the party state chief at its next week Legislature Party meeting. This comes in the backdrop of its loss in the recent byelections to two Lok Sabha seats in the state. “The resignation of Kumaraswamy will be formally accepted in the JD(S) Legislature Party meeting convened on August 29. The meeting will also decide on the new party chief,” party supremo and Kumaraswamy’s father H D Deve Gowda said here. The meeting will also discuss Kumaraswamy’s continuance as Opposition Leader in the Assembly, Gowda said. P5 LC Bypoll Results Today Bangalore: The results of the bypolls to the Legislative Council from three constituencies — undivided Dharwad, Mysore-Chamarajnagar and DavangereChitradurga — will be announced on Monday. All three constituencies were held by the BJP earlier. P5 Rohan Murty to be Infy V-P New Delhi: Rohan Murty, son of Infosys chairman N R Narayana Murthy, who joined the company as an executive assistant to his father, will soon be designated as vice-president. P13 Bangalore: The Congress’ flagship Anna Bhagya scheme to give rice at `1 a kg, listed as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s biggest achievement in the last 100 days, has not reached many beneficiaries in the state, if the Bangalore figures are any indication. Ineffective procurement, distribution and storage of foodgrains at fair price shops (FPS) and wholesale distribution centres has ensured the poor have not got what was promised to them. State-wide figures on how much rice was lifted in July-August are not available even with the Department of Food and Civil Supplies, but a random check by Express at FPS in Bangalore Urban indicates that a whopping 60 to 70 per cent of the beneficiaries have not got their ` 1 a kg rice quota. Kumaraswamy (name changed), 61, an apartment guard and BPL card-holder, went to Fair Price Shop No 81 at Ramamurthy Nagar here thrice last month to collect the 30 kg of rice due to him under the scheme. He told Express: “My efforts were in vain as the shop remained closed on all my visits. The notice board had no contact information. When I finally met the shop owner, I was asked to present my Aadhaar card to be eligible for the scheme. I do not have one, so I returned empty-handed.” Officially, the only eligibility The PDS had problems even before the scheme was implemented. This cannot be tackled in isolation, and it takes time. By Octoberend, we will try to set things right [ — HARSH GUPTA, Food and Civil Supplies commissioner needed to get rice under this scheme is the BPL card. In another incident, the store clerk at FPS No 75 at Siddapura on Whitefield Road here informed a customer that the shop will remain open only from Friday to Sunday as stock was not available throughout the week. According to norms, the FPS should remain open on all days between 8 am and 12 pm and 4 pm and 8 pm, except Tuesdays. A random check of the real-time data of two centres in Bangalore also revealed the poor reach of the scheme. Though the scheme was launched on July 10, according to the Food and Civil Supplies Department’s data for July, only 599 people received 30 kg rice at Bangalore Central Okalipuram depot (FPS No 39), while the remaining 1,787 BPL card-holders had no access to the grains. This works out to about 30 per cent supply. CONTINUED: P2 VHP Brass Held in UP, Hyped-up Yatra Fails to Get Off the Blocks IOA Dilutes Election Clause New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association has diluted the contentious clause that would bar chargesheeted officials from contesting elections, and proposed to apply it to only persons convicted for two or more years. P14 Girl Falls into Curry, Dies Sambalpur (Odisha): An eight-yearold girl student of a tribal residential school died on Sunday after she fell into a hot curry cauldron. The incident occurred when students were jostling to get egg curry while the mid-day meal was being served in Sevashram School. Jawans of the Rapid Action Force stand guard outside a temple in Ayodhya on Sunday | PTI by Subhash Mishra 42 PAGES, INCLUDING 20 PAGES OF EDEX & 6 OF CITY EXPRESS EXPRESS POLL OF THE DAY Does Sonia Gandhi’s claim ruling out early polls seem convincing? YES 22% NO 78% TODAY’S QUESTION: In the wake of arrest of its top leaders, will the VHP be able to capture the Ayodhya spirit? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com Lucknow: Top Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders Pravin Togadia and Ashok Singhal were on Sunday arrested in a crackdown by the UP administration to enforce its ban on its controversial yatra, which was symbolically inaugurated by the saffron outfit in Ayodhya. While Togadia was arrested from Ayodhya, Singhal was taken into custody at the Lucknow airport. Barring the token arrests at the start of the VHP’s much-publicised Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama yatra for the construction of a Lord Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the saffron outfit’s bid proved to be a flop show. Having imposed undeclared curfew since Saturday night and taken over the entire temple town, the heavy police presence prevented stray bids by saints to break barricades to reach the holy Sarayu river where they had to bathe, collect water and take a vow for the construction of the Lord Ram temple. At the break of dawn, the police arrested VHP leader Ramvilas Dedanti, ex-MP of the BJP. They also did not allow Mahant Nritya Gopal Das to leave his residence in Mani Ram Ki Chawni temple, while VHP international president Pravin Togadia was trying to reach the holy river with a group of his supporters when the police nabbed him and took him to a guesthouse. Others, who also courted arrest, included BJP leader Lalloo Singh and party MLA Ram Chandra Yadav. Some of the VHP workers, who tried to reach Makhoda village from where the yatra was to formally start, were also arrested. All the arrests were made before 10 am and the show was over. The outfit’s leaders claimed that their arrests had sent the message that the government was denying the Hindus their right to practice their religious beliefs and the gov- ernment had taken draconian steps to check them. For the VHP, it must have been a painful experience that despite much publicity and repeated appeals, not only the masses remained neutral and silent spectators, even the sadhus and saints of the temples and mutts in Ayodhya showed disinterest in associating themselves with the campaign. Rather, the way the state imposed strict restrictions on reaching the river showed in the manner the priests and pilgrims shunned the rally. Shops remained closed and streets wore a deserted look in the town, while locals were critical of the VHP programme, which they described as, “untimely, politically motivated and fixed with the SP government”. On the directions of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the administration deployed a large number of policemen and most key areas were under the control of the para military forces. MORE: P9 9,443 kg Ivory Stock a Weighty Problem for State by Shyam Sundar Vattam Bangalore: Ivory smuggler Veerappan will be twitching in his grave: the Karnataka Forest Department is sitting on a rich haul of 2,353 elephant tusks collected over 40 years from dead elephants and poachers. And it has been directed to destroy all of it! Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) G S Prabhu told Express: “The Union Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) issued a circular to destroy all ivory stocks two years ago. But, so far, no state has acted on it, including Karnataka. We are ready to set fire to the whole stock if other states do it, and if the government fears that the ivory will reach the wrong hands.” Recently, the Chief Wildlife Warden of Kerala Forest Department, V Gopinathan, issued a statement that his department “is mulling a proposal to set afire a huge pile of ivory to prevent it from reaching File photo of ivory seized by cops the hands of smugglers or carvers. If the proposal is finalised, Kerala might become the first state in the country to destroy ivory.” India is a signatory to the Convention on Internation- al Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)-1989. Under this covention, ivory trade has been banned all over the world, except in a few African countries. Sources said the Karnataka Forest Department has a stock weighing 9,443.37 kg as on February, 2013, which is in safe custody at the Sandalwood Koti in Aranya Bhavan, Mysore. Prabhu said there is a great demand for the ivory from Army units, which want to keep them as tro- phies at their offices and the mess. But any such request is routed through the Ministry of Defence and the MoEF. “We have no problems handing over ivory to the Indian Army, where security for them is assured. The only condition is that the units have to renew licence periodically,” Prabhu added. Another senior officer said, “So far, we have given around 15-20 tusks to various Army units across the country. They are preserved as trophies.” All 5 Accused in Gang-rape Case Arrested by Ganesh N Mumbai: The Mumbai police on Sunday arrested from Delhi the last absconding accused in the case of the gangrape of a 22-year-old photojournalist. A four-member police team arrested Mohammad Salim Ansari from Ashok Vihar area and later produced him before the magistrate court in Rohini to seek his transit remand. Armed with sketches of the suspects of the crime, committed on August 22, the Mumbai police managed to arrest all five accused in less than three days. Their first breakthrough came on August 23 with the arrest of Chand Shaikh from a locality near the Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai where the incident happened. In fact, the arrest of the first accused came about after police teams practically visited each and every youth in the neighbourhood of the desolate mill. The exercise took the entire night and bore fruit when the police team came upon Shaikh who looked similar to one of the sketches. Not wanting to arrest an innocent person, the police first brought Shaikh for questioning. Initially Shaikh denied any knowledge of the incident, however, he was not able to give a convincing reply of where he was at the time the rape took place. Unable to withstand incessant police questioning, he cracked and admitted he was among the group, which had raped the woman at Shakti Mill compound the previous evening. This was the breakthrough in investigation, as Shaikh was able to fill in the gaps by revealing the names of his other accomplices. EDIT: P8, MORE: P11 KEDARNATH CALLS (Fund closes August 31) The catastrophe that devastated Kedarnath is behind us, but the grimness of the devastation continues. Funds are badly needed for the rehabilitation of the displaced and the rebuilding of the township. Readers of The New Indian Express Group have contributed `1.57 crore as of 15 August 2013. Our fund collection drive will go on until Saturday, August 31, 2013. We request those who have not made their contributions to do so now. The tasks ahead are daunting and every rupee will count. 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Heed the call of Kedarnath with a generous heart. 5 Airlines Owe `357 cr to Airports Authority Express News Service New Delhi: Kingfisher Airlines, Paramount Airways, Jet Airways, JetLite and SpiceJet owe about `357 crore to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), according to information provided by the AAI in response to an RTI query. Among the five airlines, Paramount and Kingfisher, have ceased operations. As on March 31, Kingfisher’s dues to AAI amounted to `175.30 crore, followed by Jet Airways with `80.38 crore, SpiceJet with `80.17 crore, JetLite with `19.76 crore and Paramount with `1.75 crore. The AAI said it is taking action against Kingfisher and Paramount to collect the dues. A Kingfisher spokesperson said, “We do not comment on supplier and partner relationships.” For Jet Airways, JetLite and SpiceJet, the authority said it is pursuing the cases with the airlines through “continuous correspondence being pursued at airport/region/CHQ level for realisation of dues.” MORE: P11
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