NEW DELHI 04 JULY 2021 SUNDAY `12 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard https://epaper.morningstandard.in PLUS: 12 PAGES The Burnout Epidemic It’s an Intimate Matter Making the Right Signs Hill state’s new CM has poll mountain to climb Dhami is Uttarakhand’s youngest CM with strong youth connect tions in the new CM’s native village, with locals dancing to the beat of dholaks. A student leader to begin with, Dhami is believed to have a strong youth connect. He is regarded as one who fought for the youths of the state. In his younger days, he was a leader of ABVP, the student wing of RSS. Later, he became part of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, youth wing of BJP In . all, he served in RSS and its sister organizations for 33 years. “There are many challenges. Mine will be to win hearts through good work,” he said. Not known to be very close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Dhami is believed to be close to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Former Uttarakhand BJP president and MP from Nainital, Ajay Bhatt said it felt good to have a young leader. “We are SCHOOL WANTS FEE FROM EWS GIRL, STOPS ONLINE CLASS GAYAT H R I M A N I @ New Delhi EXCLUSIVE VOICES Prabhu Chawla T J S George Shankkar Aiyar Ravi Shankar Anand Neelakantan Sheila Kumar Gautam Chintamani Amar Bhushan EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I CE @ New Delhi New Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami (C) with TS Rawat (L) and state BJP head Madan Kaushik in Dehradun on Saturday| PTI PUTTING an end to political drama in Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami was named the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Saturday. The decision to make the 45-yearold the No 1 man in the state cabinet was taken at the BJP’s legislature group meeting. A two-time MLA from Khatima constituency, Dhami is the youngest CM of Uttarakhand. He will take oath at Raj Bhawan on Sunday. “I am grateful that the party has chosen a common worker, son of an ex-serviceman bor n in Pithoragarh to serve the state. We are committed to working for the people. We will do our best to serve,” Dhami said. His name was proposed by Tirath Singh Rawat, who resigned as CM on Friday After . that, it was an unanimous choice. There were celebra- The Voice of Influence Live Green, Wear Green His Proustian Prose SADHGURU SPEAKS Transform Your Anger Honey, the Kids Shrank Me! Prosecutor orders judicial probe into Rafale fighter deal, says French media I’m grateful that the party has chosen a common worker, son of an ex-serviceman, to serve the state. We’re committed to working for people. Will do our best to serve —Pushkar Singh Dhami V I N E E T U PA D H YAY @ Dehradun MAGAZINE “It is submitted that student Kritika Dang on 7th DESPITE guidelines from June tried to log in to her the Delhi government, Mod- Microsoft Team ID for onern School has stopped a line classes. She could not Class XI student belonging log in as her ID was locked. to the Economically Weaker Following which the stuSection (EWS) from attend- dent wrote a mail to the ing online classes and other school to unlock her ID to activities due to non pay- which the school responded ment of fees. Advocate and saying that the facility of president of All India Par- free education cannot be exents Association, Ashok tended anymore,” read the Agarwal has issued a legal legal notice. notice to the private school She also received an SMS located on Barakhamba from the school demanding Road in this regard. `38,910 for quarterly fees Following a high (April to June). court order, the DiAgarwal contendrectorate of Edued that the school cation had recentis situated on govly issued a notice As such, your ernment land and school’s action in to private schools the student is entinot allowing in Delhi to charge tled to study upto monthly fees with admission in Class Class XII as per a 15 per cent de- XI and not providing ter ms of Delhi free education up to duction. It had government notiClass XII is illegal, strictly said that fication dated unjust, schools should not discriminatory and 25/1/2007. prevent students Calls and mesarbitrary from attending sages to the princischool activities Lawyer Ashok Agarwal pal of Moder n and online classes School went unanif their parents could not af- swered. Headmistress Jaya ford to pay fees. Khurana answered the call, However, according to the but said she was “unable to notice issued by advocate speak right now”. Agarwal, Kritika Dang was As per rules framed by admitted to Modern School Delhi government under in 2019 under the EWS cat- Right to Education Act 2009, egory After clearing Class X the school shall provide free . in 2020-21, she was promot- education to all the EWS ed to XI in the academic students up to class XII. “As year 2021-22. But her par- such your school action in ents received a call from the not allowing admission in school administration on Class XI and not providing June 1 that their daughter free education up to Class was no longer in the EWS XII is illegal, unjust, discategory and had to pay for criminatory and arbitrary ,” further studies. wrote tadvocate Agarwal. going to win the 2022 Assembly elections with a bigger margin than 2017,” he said. Dhami’s mother Vishna Devi said: “I cannot describe my feelings. I miss his father. He would have been happier than me, the happiest person in the world to see his son become the CM.” Dhami’s wife Geeta thanked the Prime Minister, Shah, Rajnath, BJP’s national president JP Nadda and the people of Khatima who elected him to the Assembly . Opposition leaders lashed out at BJP. “The drama (CM change) staged by BJP is an insult to the people of the state. The Prime Minister promised that double engine governments, one in Delhi another in Dehradun, will work towards development but all they gave was two ex-chief ministers.” Earlier this year, Rawat had replaced Trivendra Singh Rawat as chief minister of the state. A judge has been appointed to lead a judicial investigation in France into alleged corruption and favouritism in the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal with India, the French media has reported. The judicial investigation has been ordered by France’s national financial prosecutors’ office following investigative website Mediapart’s fresh reports in April of alleged wrongdoings in the deal as well as a complaint filed by French NGO Sherpa that specialises in financial crime. French news agency AFP also reported that the PNF had S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi OVER AAMIR KHAN & KIRAN RAO SEPARATE AFTER 15 YEARS Bollywood superstar and producer-director announce divorce, say they will continue to co-parent son Azad and work as collaborators on movies, NGO activities and other professional projects Ahead of 2022 battle, BJP gets panchayat shot in arm AFTER a not-so-encouraging performance in the district panchayat members’ polls two months back, the ruling BJP swept the Zila Panchayat chairperson polls in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, winning in 67 of the 75 districts. Main opposition Samajwadi Party (SP) won in just five districts, including Azamgarh (SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s parliamentary constituency), Sant Kabir Nagar, Etawah, Ballia and Etah. Its ally Rashtriya Lok Dal won from Baghpat in West UP . BJP’s success had greater political significance in some key districts, including Rae Bareli (which houses Congress presi- in the field giving support to victims of financial crimes, filed a complaint in April with the PNF, requesting the opening of a judicial investigation for corruption, favoritism and various financial offences that are likely to have occurred in the sale of 36 Rafale aircraft manufactured by aviation major Dassault Aviation. Sherpa said its first complaint was filed with PNF in October 2018 to bring to attention to the facts which, “in our opinion, should have justified the opening of an investigation.” The NGO said it was based on a complaint filed by former Indian union ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie and lawyer Prashant Bhushan with the Central Bureau of Investigation. In 2019, the Supreme Court of India had dismissed a batch of review petitions seeking a probe into the government’s purchase of the 36 fighter jets, saying there was no ground to order an FIR in the case. Govt’s 51.5 cr vax supply projection in July may fall short by 10 per cent POLL SWEEP E X P R E SS N E WS S E R V I C E @ Lucknow tasked a judge to investigate corruption suspicions in the deal. “The highly sensitive probe into the inter-governmental deal signed off in 2016 was formally opened on June 14,” a media report said. In April, Mediapart, citing an investigation by the country’s anti-corruption agency report, ed that Dassault Aviation had paid about one million Euros to an Indian middleman. Dassault Aviation had rejected the allegations of corruption, saying no violations were reported in the frame of the contract. Based on the reports by Mediapart, Sherpa, which works dent Sonia Gandhi’s Parliamentary seat), SP’s citadels in Mainpuri, Sambhal districts and also Kannauj district, which houses former Parliamentary seats Yadav and wife Dimple Yadav. In Ayodhya, which has been the nucleus of RSS-BJP’s Hindutva politics, BJP candidate Roli Singh defeated SP candidate by a margin of 20 votes, reportedly aided by cross voting by the SPbacked Zila Panchayat members. The Zila Panchayat chairperson poll in Ayodhya district on Saturday saw skirmishes between ruling BJP and opposition SP supporters, forcing the district police chief to take charge of the security arrangements himself. A promise by the Centre to supply 51.5 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses to the states and Union Territories by July-end may fall short by over 10 per cent, an analysis of the vaccine supplies so far and the projections for this month shows. The figures shared by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that while about 34 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines were supplied to the states till June end, the projected availability of vaccines in July is 12 crore. Together, this adds up to 46 crore, 5.5 crore or 11 per cent lesser than the figure projected earlier by the government for supply till July . This shortfall in the projected supply of vaccines does not paint a happy picture, as only about 4.4 per cent of the 94 crore adult population in the country has been fully vaccinated so far. Of the projected supply of vaccines for July 10 crore doses , will be Covishield and 2 crore Covaxin — both in government and private hospitals. A further break-up proposed by the government for this month shows that 7.5 crore Covishield doses will be supplied to the government hospitals, while 2.5 crore doses will go to the private entities. Similarly, 1.5 crore Covaxin doses will be available for government facilities and the private hospitals will get a share of only 50 lakh doses. This is in line with the Centre’s revised Covid-19 vaccination strategy, under which it will directly procure and supply 75 per cent of the vaccine doses available in the country to government hospitals for free vaccination of all adults and the rest will be procured by DISTRIBUTION OF VACCINES 12 CR 7.5 cr for government hospitals, 2.5 cr for private hospitals Total vaccine doses projected for July 10 CR 1.5 cr for government hospitals, 50 lakh for private hospitals 2 CR Covishield Covaxin PTI STATES WITH THE MAXIMUM VACCINE SUPPLY THIS MONTH Uttar Pradesh Maharashtra Bihar West Bengal 1,15,25,270 1,91,16,830 Tamil Nadu 90,12,680 91,81,930 private hospitals for paid vaccination. This new policy has come into effect from June 21. A look at the daily Covid-19 vaccination graph, however, suggests that after reaching a peak of over 85 lakh daily vaccinations on this day, the figures have been dropping. In June, the average daily vaccination was less than 39 lakh doses and given that a maximum of 12 crore doses are available for July the , average daily vaccination for this month too will remain only about 40 lakh. Biostatisticians, however, have estimated that in order to fully inoculate all of the adult 71,01,320 population in the country by the year-end, 90 lakh doses should be administered daily — a target that looks nearly impossible given the vaccine shortage at the moment. Despite the Central government’s efforts to ramp up the production of vaccines in the country it itself conceded in an , affidavit in the Supreme Court recently that only about 135 crore vaccine doses may be available between August-December this year. This is a revision from its earlier and far more ambitious target of 216 crore vaccine doses projected for the last five months of the year. COURT ADVICE Beggars should also work for nation, says HC E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai DISMISSING a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the Bombay High Court made oral observations on Saturday that homeless persons and beggars should work. since everything cannot be provided by the state. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni disposed of a PIL filed by Brijesh Aarya, who sought a directive from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to provide nutritious meals thrice a day potable water, shel, ter and clean toilets for homeless persons, beggars and the poor people in the city . The BMC informed the court that food packets were distributed to such people all over Mumbai with the help of NGOs and sanitary napkins were also provided. The court accepted this submission and said no further direction is required to augment the distribution. “They (homeless persons) should also work for the country. Everyone is working. Eve- rything cannot be provided by the state. You (petitioner) are just increasing the population of this section of the society,” the court said. The court also said that granting all the prayers sought in the petition would be like an “invitation to people not to work”. In its order, the bench noted that public toilets in the city and across the state charg e a minimum amount for usage and directed the Maharashtra government to consider allowing homeless persons to use such facilities with the charge. “We direct the state government to look if the homeless persons can use these toilets for free.” The judges also noted that the petition lacks details of who a homeless is, the population of homeless persons in the city and so on. “We are of the considered opinion that the state and BMC are taking steps in the right direction for the homeless and no direction is required at this stage. PIL petition stands disposed of,” they said. FORCE BE WITH THE BRAVEHEARTS Preparatory institute set up by Punjab government is encouraging youths of the state to join premier places like the NDA and IMA by imparting the right lessons at the right time| P5
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