Karnataka ban on women working in night shifts

      Karnataka ban on women working in night shifts

      The Government of Karnataka has been trying to shirk any responsibility for the safety and security of half its population ie women and is also depriving them of their right to work.

    Any one who has had the misfortune to interact with the Labour department in any state knows how and why cases are foisted on companies and CEOs.

extracts from a report in TOI

     New Delhi. After exempting IT and ITES companies in 2002 from the general ban on women working in night shifts, the Karnataka government initially proposed that such employees should not only be provided free two-way transport but also that the vehicles carrying them should each have a security guard. 

   This was mentioned in the draft rules issued by the labour department inviting objections and suggestions from all concerned. The rules notified in the official gazette however replaced the security guard clause with a stipulation that transport facilities shall be provided with “adequate security.”
        This change apparently followed a feedback from women employees, who constitute about 70% of the ITES workforce, that having a security guard in the vehicle might actually increase threat to them. Since the expression “adequate security” was left undefined, the call centres in Karnataka worked out their own measures to comply with that condition and intimated them from time to time to the labour department.
        According to the documents accessed from the SC, it was against such a legal backdrop that a woman employee of Bangalore-based HP GlobalSoft, Pratibha Srikantmurthy, was raped and murdered allegedly by an unauthorized driver, Shivakumar, after she had been picked up from her home around 2 am on December 13, 2005. The complaint lodged with a magistrate by the labour department accused the then CEO of the company, Som Mittal, of not providing “adequate security” — but without any substantiation.
        The complaint made a bald assertion that the charge was being made after “verifying” the company’s report of the safety measures it had claimed to have adopted to comply with the condition of “adequate security.” In the event, the safety measures listed out by the company included a 24×7 “help desk” which the woman employee was supposed to contact if a new driver turned up in place of the one who had been regularly ferrying her.
        Mittal has a strong case as the labour department, taking undue advantage of the outrage over Pratibha’s tragedy, had gone beyond the law in implicating him personally.

Sino-India war 1962: Govt refuses to release report

Press Trust of India

Wednesday, February 27, 2008 (New Delhi)

In 1962  India was was caught napping. How did this happen? Who is the government trying to protect? Having lost over 12,000 sq km of territory in Ladakh alone and frequent incursions in the NE What security interest is the government talking about?

        Government has refused to make public the Henderson Brook report, which probed the causes of India’s defeat in the 1962 war with China.   

    In reply to a question asked by MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Rajya Sabha on the release of the report, Defence Minister A K Antony said, ”the report has been recommended to be declassified in the National Security interest”.         He said the freeze on the release of report, compiled by late Lt Gen Henderson Brook, would continue ”considering the sensitivity

Andher Nagari :Gurgaon

Andher Nagari :Gurgaon 

      People shifted from Delhi to Gurgaon in droves. MNCs, firms, professionals flocked to Gurgaon  hoping that soon it will be an Eldorado as promised by builders. Alas they did not realise that no one can fight the bureaucracy, its  sloth or corruption in the administration.

extracts from a report

       “It was the worst time of my life. Electricity and water were a rare luxury. Invariably there would be a power cut every single day for six to seven hours, sometimes during the night. I just couldn’t live like that,” said Gehlot, who sold off her bungalow and now lives in Ansal Sushant Estate apartments, where she enjoys 100 per cent power back up and 24 hours water supply.
        Gehlot sold off her 300 square yard bungalow for Rs 1.5 crore. A similar bungalow would cost Rs 5 crore in neighbouring Delhi.
        DLF Phase I, II and III, Sector 20 and Palam Vihar are some of the areas where people are regretting having bought plotted villas.
       “There is a power cut of at least six hours every day in our area,” said R.S. Rathi, president of the DLF Phase I residents’ welfare association (RWA).
        Rathi said the problem of power cuts and water shortage was not new. “We have been facing this nightmarish way of living for the past three years,” he said.
       “There is a glaring difference between the demand and supply of power and water. And we thought DLF was a posh locality.”
        Rathi said he knew of several Phase 1 residents who had sold off their mansions and shifted into high-rise apartments apartment. “Water and electricity are too much of a problem here. It’s beyond what I can handle. And it is only getting worse by the day.

       The only reason I don’t want to sell my bungalow is because I am hoping that someday property prices will rise and I might get a good price,” Sahni said.

       As for what HUDA officials believe, the problems have just begun. An official who did not want to be named said: “Gurgaon is a bubble. It’s growing faster than it should. It will burst.”
Available power and water resources for a projected population of 10 lakh
Officially, Gurgaon’s population has grown to 16 lakh, but unofficially it is estimated to have touched 20 lakh
Daily demand 450 MW
Peak demand 525 MW in summers
l But the actual supply is only 350 MW (shortfall of about 30 per cent during peak demand period)
l In terms of per unit consumption, there are almost 3.5 lakh electric connections which require about 105 lakh units of power daily in Gurgaon l But Gurgaon manages to generate about 70 lakh units only, almost a shortfall of 30 per cent in per unit consumption l Gurgaon’s power load is rising by 15-20 per cent annually. By 2010 Up to 640 MW
l The 300 MW power plant at Yamunanagar and three others in Yamunanagar, Hissar and Jhajjar generate about 1,600 MW of power daily. l Good monsoon will stop power supply being diverted to farms, which consumes 20 per cent of power resources.

Current Water supply

40 MGD (million gallons a day)
l This was meant for a population of I0 lakh. l Part of it gets lost in theft, leakages and unauthorised connections. l This means the actual accounted water supply is even less than 50 per cent of the actual demand — seeing the spurt in population By 2021 126 MGD l Per person consumption of water in Gurgaon:33 litres daily.

l Four new water-treatment plants at Chandu Bhadera and Basai village l New channel providing 500 cusecs of water daily but no sign of it coming up in the near future as work has not started yet.


ABVP: What is wrong with it ?

        Why do ABVP members misbehave so badly so often? The recent incident in Delhi University is a poor reflection on BJP.

      But will hooligans be replaced by sensible youth in ABVP?

      At last we have a magistrate who has taken a tough stand. 

extracts from mail today

Deal with thugs
          At last, here’s one magistrate who has administered justice without prejudice, fear or favour. Metropolitan Magistrate Siddarth Sharma’s tough action of sending three Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad activists to 11-day judicial remand for vandalism in Delhi University, must be commended.

          The activists of the ABVP, the student wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party, who were former DU students, had stormed into the History Department and assaulted its head for some allegedly objectionable portions in a scholar’s essay. The magistrate was not just firm when he said that vandalism was simply unacceptable in a democracy and that no one was allowed to take the law into their hands; he was telling it as it is.

          If magistrates across the land send the message to hooligans that they will be restrained by law if they cannot behave, the country will be much more peaceful. Incidents, like the one in Ujjain where activists of ABVP allegedly assaulted a university professor leading to his untimely death, would not occur.

         Neither would we have the unseemly trashing of art exhibitions or attacks such as the ones engineered by Raj Thackeray this month.