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Samajwadi Party’s Inhuman Behaviour Against Municipal School Students

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Due to upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Political leaders are leaving no stone unturned to lure the common masses. Lately, a political event has been organised in Mumbai’s Nagpada junction area by Samajwadi Party’s local corporator Rais Shaikh, which was about to witness the installation of tallest Indian flag in Mumbai. The chief guest of this event was none other than Abu Asim Azmi, who is Maharashtra president of Samajwadi Party. The inauguration of the programme was done by Mumbai’s Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar. Well, the shocking thing about the event is, hundreds of Municipal students were being called without statutory permission to be present at the Nagpada junction venue by Rais Shaikh.
In the particular event, Rais Shaikh has changed the Nagpada junction’s Ziauddin Bukhari Chowk name to Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Chowk. As per the reports, it is not the first time, the Nagpada Junction’s chowk name has been changed. In 1997, Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi has changed the chowk name to Ziauddin Bukhari Chowk.
According to reports, the installation of the tallest Indian flag in Nagpada junction in Mumbai, which is 25 meters high, had cost rupees 5 crores. To woo the local area people, corporator Rais Shaikh has reportedly claimed that the whole project has been funded by him. Through the help of local URDU newspapers, he even tried to portray that Shiv Sena party was against the installation of the Indian National Flag at Nagpada Junction.
Well, when Mumbai Press has approached to Mumbai’s mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, he said, “Shiv Sena was never against to this project. It was due to Shiv Sena only such huge fund has been passed for this project. Even, Bharat Ratna awardee Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Chowk name has been put up in the house by Shiv Sena himself, on which final decision will be taken soon.”
The locals aren’t that happy with the overall cost of Rs. 5 crores for this project. As per them, there are many other local problems for the residents that could have been solved with this money.
In this particular event at Nagpada’s junction, the one who has suffered the most are the innocent municipal students. As per the reports, these local BMC school students have been called at around 8 am at the Nagpada junction venue, without any official permission from the BMC education department. These students were standing at one place for hours, until the event ended in the afternoon. It is being reported that few kids faced health related problems due to long-standing at one place.
When parents got to know about the troublesome situation of their kids at the event, they immediately reached to local area’s MLA Waris Pathan. Soon, meals and breakfast have been provided by the Waris Pathan and all the students were being sent to their home.
When Mumbai Press approached to MLA Waris Pathan, he said, “I thought that these students have necessary mandatory permissions from the education department to be at the particular event but he later got to know that this cheap thing has been done by the local corporator without any permission.”
Waris Pathan even went on to say that these kinds of political leaders can go at any extent for their political gain and that’s why they called the students at the event without permission. He wants a police inquiry should be done in this matter. Even, Mumbai’s Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar says that it was Rais Shaikh’s personal decision to call municipal school students to the event. If he did this to gather a huge crowd in the event then it is totally wrong.
Mumbai Press also approached to BMC education officer Mahesh Palkar, who denies giving any permission to the students to visit at the Nagpada junction event. Mahesh Palkar says necessary inquiry will be done in this case. On the other hand, when Mumbai Press has approached to Rais Shaikh, he wasn’t available for the comments.
There are also reports floating which claims that local area education officer has given permission to the students for this particular event but there is no official confirmation to it.

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Supreme Court pulls up Maharashtra government on migrant workers issue

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The Supreme Court Thursday cited the responsibility of the Maharashtra government to find out which group of migrants is getting food, etc. and also pointed out gaps in the affidavit detailing the information on the migrant workers.

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M. R.Shah, while hearing the suo motu case on the migrant crisis during Covid-19 pandemic, said the Maharashtra government has the responsibility to find out which group of migrants are getting food, etc. “Your affidavit says food is being provided to all migrants, but we think it is far from the truth”, the bench told the Maharashtra government counsel.

Justice Shah told the counsel to file a proper affidavit. “You have treated this as an adversarial litigation”, added Justice Shah. Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, representing Bihar, contended before the bench that in Bihar reverse migration is happening, as migrants want to go back to the cities.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Maharashtra government, submitted before the bench that the trend is that migrants’ wish to return to the cities, which is their place of employment. “In Maharashtra migrants who wanted to leave earlier have now decided to stay back, as the state has opened up employment opportunities. From May 1, around 3,50,000 workers came back to work again”, said Mehta.

The bench also asked Mehta to advise the Maharashtra government to file a proper affidavit. The apex court also took up the plea by Centre for Public Interest Litigation seeking setting up of a national Covid plan. Mehta contended before the bench that Covid containment plan was already on record and its copies will be provided to parties by tomorrow evening. The top court posted the matter for further hearing on July 17.

On June 9, the apex court passed a slew of directions to state governments and Union Territories to provide benefits for migrant workers, who returned to their native states and directed the governments to submit schemes to generate employment for the migrants, and also to withdraw cases against them for violating lockdown orders.

The bench had noted that employment generation should be explored by the home state of the migrant workers’, besides facilitating their journey to their native places, if they are interested. The top court also ordered withdrawal of complaints against migrant workers’ who set off on foot. The bench said that all cases registered against migrants’ who allegedly violated lockdown orders, under the Disaster Management Act 2005, should be dropped.

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MVA government will complete five-year term: Sanjay Raut

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Dismissing speculations, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut categorically said on Tuesday that the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra will complete its full five-year term.

“There are no disagreements among the three allies – Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress — and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is doing a great job, paying attention to the smallest details. It’s not a ‘khichdi’ (mess), but formed by three parties with experience and senior leaders,” Raut asserted.

His statements came at a media conference a day after the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narayan Rane slammed the coalition government on various counts and demanded President’s rule in the state.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis had also attacked the government on several points, including its handling of the Covid-19 crisis, and other leaders have hinted at alleged differences among the ruling allies.

“There may be differences of opinion but there are no disagreements. I have personally discussed this with NCP President Sharad Pawar, NCP state chief Jayant Patil, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, Congress state President Balasaheb Thorat, and all decisions in the state are taken consultation with the CM,” Raut added.

He said even Pawar is satisfied with the performance of the state government and expressed confidence that it will last its full tenure, adding that Pawar visited the CM’s residence on Monday as a “father figure”.

On the recent friction pertaining to abrupt cancellation of transfers of 10 Deputy Commissioners of Police in Mumbai and 5 Sena councillors of Parner in Ahmednagar defecting to the NCP, Raut said these were small, localized issues and “must not be politicized”.

Admitting that there may have been some communication gap owing to the corona crisis, Raut made it clear that all decisions are taken after discussions among the three partners and in consultation with the CM.

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From July 8, Maharashtra hotels, lodges can welcome limited guests

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Nearly four months after the lockdown, the Maharashtra government on Monday permitted all hotels, lodges, guest-houses, resorts, and others providing accommodation services to welcome guests again from Wednesday, but operating at only 33 per cent capacity.

While malls have not been allowed to restart since some are being used partially (33 per cent) as quarantine centres, the government has permitted the local authorities to utilise even the balance (67 per cent) for isolation purposes if required.

The development came a day after top representatives of the hotel industry called on Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and discussed ways and means to restart the crucial sector which contributed 10 per cent to the national GDP and accounts for 12.50 per cent of the employment in the country.

#MissionBeginAgain Phase V will start from July 8 (Wednesday) outside specified Covid-19 containment zones all over the state, including all municipal jurisdictions of Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune Metropolitan Region, and Solapur, Aurangabad, Nashik, Malegaon, Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati and Nagpur.

Incidentally, a majority of these like Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Jalgaon, Akola have reported the highest number of Covid deaths and cases.

Hotels will now be required to maintain physical distancing among staff/guests with markings for queues and suitably configure seating arrangements, restrict the number of people in elevators with compulsory thermal screening at entrances to restrict the entry of any symptomatic persons.

Reception spaces must have a glass shield, sanitisers to be made freely available all over the hotel, the management must implement ‘contact-less’ procedures like QR codes, online forms, digital payments, etc for check-in/check-out, placing orders, etc.

Air conditioning will have to be maintained at 24-30 degrees with 40-70 per cent humidity range with adequate cross-ventilation and maximum fresh air intake.

For all those asymptomatic guests permitted, wearing of face mask is compulsory always within the hotel premises, along with installation of Aarogya Setu app, full details of their travel history, medical condition, and minimise use of housekeeping services.

For eating on the premises, the government has stipulated e-menus, disposable paper napkins, encourage room-service or takeaways instead of dine-in, with seating arrangements configured to ensure physical distancing.

While swimming pools, gyms, gaming arcades, children’s areas will remain closed, meeting halls with 33 per cent capacity or maximum 15 persons shall be allowed.

The government has also mandated other strict measures for cleaning, sanitisation and disinfecting the hotel premises and rooms, and the protocols to be followed in case a guest falls ill or any suspect/confirmed Covid-19 case is located on the premises.

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