madurai l monday l september 27, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 28 l late city EDITION CJI calls for 50% quota for women in judiciary CJI N V Ramana urged women to ‘shout with anger and seek 50% reservation’ in all courts not as charity but as their right Major gender skew in representation Ramana was addressing an event organised by the lady advocates of SC to honour nine newly-appointed judges. The CJI said women constituted less than 30% of the lower judiciary, while at the HC level, they were a meagre 11%. “Amongst the 1.7 million lawyers, only 15% are women. They form 2% of the elected representatives at state bar councils,” he said ■ Four Urges executive to take action ■ Tweaking a famous Karl Marx quote, he said: “Women of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains.” Ramana listed out many institutional problems faced by women, including the lack of separate toilets in 78% of the 6,000 courts in India He urged the executive to correct this gender skew in judiciary Women judges in the supreme court’s benches at present CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI We’ll see you online at www.edexlive.com For eleven years now, we at The New Indian Express have brought you a dedicated, informative and vibrant education supplement every single Monday. We haven’t waxed or waned, depending on the season and continued to publish Edex week on week even through a debilitating pandemic that has dented the industry. Through its tabloid pages, we have chronicled the constantly changing paradigms of campus life and have attempted to stay ‘with it’. In keeping with that tradition of moving and evolving with India’s upwardly mobile young, Edex will be transitioning to an all-digital platform. The edition dated September 27, 2021, will be the last time you see us in print. Following allegations of scam, jewel loans taken this FY to be scrutinised E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Chennai Jewel loans availed since March 31 are set to come under the scanner, as the registrar for cooperative societies has issued a circular saying a committee must be formed to scrutinise such loans. The development follows the Chief Minister’s announcement that loans for less than 40 grams of jewels, taken from cooperative agencies, will be waived. During the recent Assembly session, Minister for Cooperation I Periyasamy said a large scam has taken place in availing and waiving jewel loans under the erstwhile AIADMK government. Besides, CPM State secretary K Balakrishnan re- The scrutiny drive is to be completed by Nov 15, and a report submitted to the zonal subregistrar. All reports are to be sent to the registrar of cooperative societies by Nov 20 Rajesh Kumar Thakur @ Patna/New Delhi NATIONWIDE sep 25 sep 26 Fresh cases 29,616 28,326 Over time, we hope to offer you all this in regional Indian languages so that a larger proportion of readers can access and benefit from our content. Recoveries Deaths 28,046 26,032 290 260 We’ll see you online. Fresh cases 1,724 1,694 Recoveries Deaths 1,635 22 1,658 14 tamil nadu sep 25 -Editor sep 26 PTR inducted into GoM on GST system reforms THE Union Ministry of Finance has inducted Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan as a member of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on GST system reforms. The move comes amid a controversy over his absence at the recent GST Council meeting in Lucknow. At the meeting on September 17, the C o u n c i l a ck n ow l edged that IT systems have stabilised and there is a need to introduce IT base checks and balances in the GST IT system. The Council also spoke about the uses of data analyses like the Business Intelligence and Fraud Analytics (BIFA) system of GSTN, and stressed on expanding the use of data analytics in improving the efficiency of GST administration. Subsuming the previous two GoMs on IT challenges and revenue mobilisation, the Union Finance Ministry formed an eight-member committee, with ‘Send report by Nov 20’ fied as BPL beneficiaries, and loans were offered based on fake jewellery he alleged. , The registrar for cooperative societies has now issued a circular to the managing directors of the Tamil Nadu State Apex Cooperative Bank, Tamil Nadu Cooperative State Agriculture and Rural Development Bank, all Central cooperative banks, registrar of the Chennai zone, and joint registrars of all zones, to constitute a panel to scrutinise jewel loans given since March 31 this year. The circular states that each panel must comprise the cooperative registrar, zonal supervisor or field manager of a central cooperative bank and jewel appraiser. Continued on: P5 Caste census chorus by Nitish, Naveen & Soren But it certainly isn’t the end. Far from it. Expanding on our growing digital footprint, Edex Live (www. edexlive.com) promises to bring you more information, more stories from campuses all over, videos of the most inspiring start-ups out there and get you the best career advice — faster and better and without too much gyaan. Just the way the sensible young Indian student likes it! E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Madurai cently urged the State government to initiate a CB-CID inquiry into the alleged scam. He said one person allegedly availed `1 crore by taking more than 50 jewel loans, and many others too committed such malpractices in violation of a rule that only jewel loans up to a value of `20 lakh can be given. Besides, loans worth several lakh rupees were availed by many people who were identi- Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar as convenor of the GoM. The GoM on GST system reforms will review the IT tools and interface available with tax officers and suggest measures to make the system more effective. It would identify potential sources of evasion and suggest changes in business processes and IT systems to plug revenue leakages. It would identify mechanisms for better coordination between the Union and State tax administration. The GoM would also work on identifying the possible use of data analysis towards better compliance and revenue augmentation, and suggest the use of such data analysis to the GST Council. Sources close to Thiaga Rajan claimed Right-wing leaders unleashed a series of lies and fake news about the minister for not participating in the GST Council meeting at Lucknow, so his appointment in the GoM is a fitting response. Despite the Centre recently ruling out caste census in 2021 in its affidavit before the Supreme Court, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday pressed ahead saying it was the need of the hour and served national interest. Similar demands came from chief ministers of Jharkhand and Odisha during Sunday’s meeting in Delhi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Left-wing extremism. While Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren submitted a memorandum in support of caste-based census, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said his government would do whatever is sensible to reduce discrimination in his state. Addressing media after the Delhi meeting, Nitish said enumeration of castes was key to effective implementation of welfare schemes and “it would not be proper if it is not conducted”. Nitish said he would convene an all-party meeting in Bihar to discuss the situation and chart the future course. While Nitish said he does not see any point in leaving the NDA over this issue, his statement put the Bihar BJP in a tight spot as it has been advised by its leadership to expose the parties demanding caste census. Three of the four NDA constituents — JD(U), HAM and VIP — have broken ranks and are supporting the Opposition on the issue. Predictably, former deputy chief minister of Bihar Sushil Nitish Kumar Hemant Soren Kumar Modi defended the Centre’s line, saying caste-based census was difficult as it was not ‘just a matter of adding a column’. “But if any state wants to conduct it, it can go ahead and do it like Karnataka had done earlier or like Odisha is doing now,” Modi said. “If the Bihar NDA wants to conduct the survey it can do it. , But it is not practically possible for the Centre to conduct it now,” he added. UP, Punjab add ministers for pre-poll caste balance Prasada given berth Sidhu stamp seen in to placate Brahmins ministry expansion N a m i ta B a j pa i @ Lucknow H a r p r eet B a j w a @ Chandigarh Barely five months before the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday expanded his ministry, inducting one cabinet and six ministers of state. The new entrants are Jitin Prasada, Chhatrapal Singh Gangwar, Paltu Ram, Sangeeta Balwant Bind, Sanjeev Kumar Gond, Dinesh Khatik, and Dharmaveer Singh Prajapati. Prasada got the lone cabinet berth, ostensibly to placate the Brahmin voters who are said to be sulking. He had crossed over from the Congress in June this year. Despite speculation, A K Sharma, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trusted bureaucrat who had taken voluntary retirement as Yogi Adityanath MSME secretary in Delhi and joined the BJP in Lucknow in Raises sugarcane January, failed to make advisory price it to the Yogi cabinet. As part of his outreach to He was appointed vicecane farmers, especially president of the state in western UP ahead of BJP unit in June. Sunday’s expansion the polls, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is been seen as an exerannounced an increase in cise to balance various the state advisory price caste equations ahead of sugarcane by `25 per of the elections. Signif, quintal. He also icantly no sitting minannounced waiver of ister was dropped. Of interest on the the seven, there were outstanding electricity three OBCs and two bills of the farmers SC, indicating its continued outreach to those segments of society The sixth person is a . member of the Scheduled Tribe, Sandeep Kumar Gond from Sonebhadra. The seventh is a Brahmin. Of the two SC MLAs, Paltu Ram is a Jatav and Dinesh Khatik a Sonker. Most of the new inductees belong to the castes that were either not or less represented in the government. Chhatrapal Gangwar, a Kurmi by caste, is an MLA from Baheri constituency in Bareilly parliamentary segment. His elevation is being seen as a replacement to Santosh Gangwar, an eighttime MP from Bareilly, who was dropped from Modi cabinet recently Ghazipur MLA Sangeeta . Balwant Bind’s induction is being seen as the BJP’s bid to create its own Nishad leadership , though it has forged an alliance with the NISHAD party led by Dr Sanjay Nishad. , This was the second expansion of Yogi’s government. The first one happened in 2019. Amid last minute pulls and pressures, 15 Congress lawmakers, including seven freshers, took their oaths of office and secrecy as ministers in Punjab. The Charanjit Singh Channi ministry is loaded with Sikhs, but also has three members of the Scheduled Castes, four Hindus, one OBC and one Muslim. As usual, the Malwa region of the state got the biggest share of berths. Eight of them were part of the outgoing Amarinder ministry. Among the new entrants are Amrinder Singh Raja Warring and Pargat Singh, both of whom are close to Punjab Congress unit president Navjot Singh Sidhu. Gurkirat Singh Kotli, grandson of former chief minister Beant Singh, too got a berth Navjot Singh Sidhu for the first time. The Sidhu stamp was evident in the ex- Dropped state pansion of the minis- ministers upset try as only two minis- One of the dropped ters considered close to ministers, Balbir Singh Amarinder were re- Sidhu, broke down, tained. However, they asking “What is my are also close to the fault?” while addressing Congress high com- the media. So did mand. One controver- Gurpreet Singh Kangar. sial induction was that AICC general secretary of Rana Gurjit Singh, a in-charge of Punjab former irrigation min- Harish Rawat said they ister. He was sworn in would be as adjusted in despite pressure from the party and/or the seven prominent party government leaders from the Doaba region of the state, who wrote to Sidhu and Channi alleging Gurjit’s involvement in a sand mining scam. He had to resign from the Amarinder cabinet in 2018 because of the scam. However, Sidhu unsuccessfully tried to accommodate Kuljit Nagra from Fatehgarh Sahib, working president of the Punjab Congress, in the ministry Nagra’s name was dropped at the . last minute to include Randeep Nabha from Amloh to improve regional balance following intervention by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Nabha was also seen as more experienced. Channi opposed the induction of both Pargat and Nagra, saying they were holding important positions in party but failed to block Pargat. , In all, six ministers are from the Majha region of Punjab, while the rest are from Malwa. At 43, Warring is the youngest minister, while Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, 78, is the oldest. express read Supriya Sahu gets full additional charge as chairperson of TNPCB Reviving Naganathi Continuing our series on TN’s rivers, we take a look at the Naganathi, which is a shining example of how a concerted human effort can resurrect a dead waterbody | P4 WIT H T H I S I S S U E THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 28 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID) Chennai: The State government has given Environment Secretary Supriya Sahu full additional charge as chairperson of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB). Incumbent chairman AV Venkatachalam was recently booked by the DVAC on charges of criminal misconduct and criminal misappropriation. Cyclone Gulab makes landfall Bhubaneswar: The landfall process of cyclone Gulab started on Sunday evening, with the system hitting the landmass between Kalingapatanam in Andhra and Gopalpur in Odisha. During the landfall, the wind speed of the cyclone is forecast to reach 90 kmph. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik and assured all help. IAF lieutenant arrested for sexually assaulting officer E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Coimbatore A Flight Lieutenant cadre officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF) was arrested on Saturday night, allegedly for sexually assaulting a woman officer on the Air Force Administrative College (AFAC) campus in Coimbatore. Based on a complaint from the victim, the police booked him under Section 376 (punishment for rape) of the IPC. According to the police, the accused, Amitesh Harmukh (28), from Chhattisgarh, along with 29 male and female IAF officers, went to the Air Force Administrative College at Red Fields on August 15 for an induction programme, and were given accommodation on the college campus. The alleged incident happened on the night of September 10 when the woman officer was asleep after taking painkillers for a sprain. She brought the issue to the knowledge of their higher officials, but no stringent action was taken. Following this, she lodged a ‘Departmental action will be initiated after probe’ Defence sources said a panel has been formed to conduct a probe, after which, departmental action will be taken. The victim complained to the cops after no stringent action was taken by her higher officials complaint with the Coimbatore city police in person a week ago. The AWPS Central police registered a case on Saturday and arrested the suspect, said city police commissioner Deepak M Damor. Defence sources said a panel has been formed to conduct a probe, and based on the findings, departmental action will be taken. About the alleged delay in taking action based on the victim’s complaint, they said a panel is usually set up to inquire into such complaints.
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