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National Academy of Customs in Anantapur will function from Sept. 2023, says Sitharaman

Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman, laying the foundation stone for the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes & Narcotics (NACIN) at Palasamudram in the district on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was like a fatherly figure for Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and has been ensuring that everything essential for Andhra Pradesh is given.

After the Mussoorie Institute for IAS officers and the Hyderabad Institute for IPS officers, NACIN will be the national-level world-class training institute for IRS officers from September 2023. “We have released ₹729 crore for the first phase of the construction of the new campus in Anantapur district as per the promises made in the 2014 July Union budgetary allocations and I will ensure it gets all resources to be fully functional from all aspects by September 2024,” Ms. Sitharaman said speaking in Telugu and replying to Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath Reddys to develop the backward Anantapur district.

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Indian envoy Mukul Arya passes away, Palestinian Authority "closely monitoring" cause of death

Mukul Arya, India's representative at the Palestinian city of Ramallah, has passed away, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Sunday, condoled the death of the young diplomat who had taken charge as India's envoy to Ramallah last year.

"Deeply shocked to learn about the passing away of India's Representative at Ramallah, Shri Mukul Arya. He was a bright and talented officer with so much before him. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones," said Mr. Jaishankar.

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Russia snubs Ukraine war hearing at UN top court

Russia declined to attend a hearing at the UN's top court on Monday at which Ukraine is asking for an immediate order to halt the conflict, the head judge said.

"The court regrets the non-appearance of the Russian Federation in these oral proceedings," International Court of Justice President Joan Donoghue said

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Ukraine rejects Russian humanitarian corridors offer as routes allegedly lead to Russia, Belarus

Ukraine dismissed Moscow's offer to create humanitarian corridors from several bombarded cities on Monday after it emerged that exit routes would lead refugees into Russia or Belarus.

The Russian proposal of safe passage for people from Kharkiv, Kyiv, Mariupol and Sumy came after terrified Ukrainian civilians came under fire in previous failed ceasefire attempts.

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NIA RAIDS RESIDENCES OF OVER 25 RIGHTS ACTIVISTS IN TELANGANA, ANDHRA PRADESH

NIA Raids Residences of Over 25 Rights Activists in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh
While NIA has claimed that the activists have ties with Maoists, members of civil society have alleged that this is a targeted witch-hunt.
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HIGHLY CONDEMNATION, THE ATTACK ON OUR DELHI POLICE PERSONAL AND PARA POLICE.

We, the governing council and the board of patrons, strongly condemn the Delhi Violence on 26th January’2021, in which hundreds of our police personnel sustained serious injuries in the violence and several of them are still admitted to hospitals in critical condition.

 

Strict action need to be taken against all those involved in Delhi Violence on 26th January’2021.

 

 

 

Sincerely yours

 

 

 

Dr. Anthony Raju

Advocate, Supreme Court

President, All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice

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Can Police file FIR under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code

It is responsibility of every public servant to maintain peace and order in the society. In order to do that public servants can promulgate orders. If someone disobey such order, than he would be liable for prosecution in accordance with provision of Section 188 of Indian Penal Code. In the recent scenario, due to COVID-19 pandemic, government had promulgated order of LOCKDOWN and whoever disobeyed order, consequently faced legal action. Now question arises, whether police has authority to file FIR under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and arrest such person when provision of Section 195(1)(a) of Criminal Procedure Code makes it clear that a Court is incompetent to take cognizance of any offence punishable under Sections 172 to 188 of Indian Penal Code without a written complaint of the concerned public servant.

Interpretation of Section 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 195(1)(a) of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC)

Section 188 of Indian Penal Code provides for punishment for disobeying order promulgated by Public Servant. According to Schedule 1st of CrPC, offence under section 188 of Indian Penal Code is cognizable. Definition for Cognizable offence is given under Section 2(c) of Criminal Procedure Code Cognizable offence means offences in which police officer may arrest a person without warrant, following procedure given, for arrest.

In landmark cases of Lalita Kumari V. State of Uttar Pradesh and Sandeep Shukla V. State, Hon’ble Courts held that, police is duty bound to register FIR and investigate matter if the information received by them discloses commission of cognizable offence. As the classification of offence under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code is Cognizable and bailable, it is mandatory on Police to file FIR and investigate the case accordingly.

Section 195(1)(a) of Criminal Procedure Code provides procedure for prosecution of contempt of lawful authority of public servant. According to this section, court shall not take cognizance of any offence punishable under Sections 172 to 188 of Indian Penal Code without a written complaint of the concerned public servant. The term Complaint is defined under Section 2(d) of Criminal Procedure Code as any allegation made orally or in writing to magistrate to take action against person who has committed offence and it does not include police report.

The regular procedure for criminal cases is to register an FIR under Section 154 of Criminal Procedure Code, arrest the accused without a warrant and investigation by the police. Eventually, Police need to submit the Final Report (Charge-sheet) on completion of investigation under Section 173 of Criminal Procedure Code On the basis of such report, the Court takes cognizance and trial begins.

Dispute

Now, the conflict is that if the offence has been committed punishable under section 188 of Indian Penal Code, then police shall register FIR accordingly, as it is cognizable offence and follow regular procedure afterwards. However, in accordance with Section 195(1)(a), court is incompetent to take cognizance of offence committed under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code unless a written complaint of the concerned public servant has been given to the court. It means usual procedure of filing FIR, investigation and final report becomes useless.

Also, conflict arose in between Section 154 of Criminal Procedure Code and Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code As per Section 154, it is mandatory for police to reduce any information as to commission of cognizable offence in writing i.e. to register FIR. Also it is clearly guided by Hon’ble Supreme Court in Lalita Kumari case. However, Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code states that no court shall take cognizance of case under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code even though it is classified as cognizable offence. Section 154 and 195 of Criminal Procedure Code are apposite to each other and rather contrary.

Whether Section 195 Criminal Procedure Code Bar Registration of FIR and Investigation of offences under Section 188 of Indian Penal code?

Criminal Procedure Code is procedural law whereas Indian Penal Code is substantive law which provides for offence and punishment. Primarily, if we read Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code, then we will find nothing which will deter police from filing an FIR for offence punishable under Section 188 of IPC. It just making courts incompetent to take cognizance of the case. Filing of FIR and cognizance of the case are two different things. When Criminal Procedure Code itself provides that offence is cognizable, then it would become mandate to register FIR and do further investigation in the matter. Now, question of cognizance come in picture, when police will submit final report or upon receiving a complaint of facts which constitutes offence, in the court in accordance with Section 190 of Criminal Procedure Code. So in my opinion, if court cannot take cognizance of offence under Section 188 of Indian penal code in accordance with Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code, then it does not mean police cannot file FIR and investigate matter.

There are several judgments giving different views on this issue:

In State of Punjab V. Raj Singh, the Hon’ble Supreme Court held that, Statutory power of the police to investigate case punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code cannot be controlled by Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code Court further stated that after completion of investigation police can file charge-sheet in the court. Even though Court is incompetent to take cognizance of the case according to Section 195 of CrPC, it can file complaint on the basis of FIR filed by the aggrieved private party.

In M. Narayandas V. State of Karnataka, Hon’ble Supreme Court observed that Sections 195 and 340 of Criminal Procedure Code do not control the power of the police to investigate under Code.

From abovementioned judgments it is clear that, it is mandatory for police to register FIR for offence under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and nothing in the Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code prevents or takes away power of police to investigate in offences as contemplated under Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code.

Perhaps, recently Madras and Bombay High court put different views regarding this issue.

 

Recently, the Madras High Court had quashed an FIR registered against an Anti CAA protestor for offence punishable under Section 188 Indian Penal Code and relied upon judgment in Jeevandham case.

In Jeevandham v. State, Hon’ble High Court has given following guidelines.

A police officer cannot register an FIR for any of the offences punishable under Section 172 to 188 of Indian Penal Code.

A police officer can arrest a person when a cognizable offence under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code is committed in his presence or where arrest is required, to prevent such person from committing an offence under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code.

The role of the police officer will be limited only to the preventive action and immediately thereafter, he has to inform about the same to the concerned public servant, to enable him to give a complaint in writing to court for taking further action.

No judicial court would take cognizance of Final report in respect of such offence.

Further, court directed Director General of Police of Chennai and Inspector General of various zones to immediately formulate process which would empower concerned public servants to deal with offence under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code to ensure no delay in filling written complaint by such public servant in according to Section 195(1)(a) of Criminal Procedure Code.

Bombay High Court in Shrinath Giram v. State of Maharashtra, had taken similar view. The Court held that no Police officer can file FIR for offence punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and it is barred under Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code

Also in the case Apurva Ghiya v. State of Chattisgarh, the Hon’ble High Court has held that the police cannot register an FIR for the offence under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and entire prosecution would be rendered Void-ab-initio if the procedure given under Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code is not complied with. The Court further observed that, merely because the offence under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code is cognizable, does not authorise the police officer to register FIR because the registration of FIR would necessarily result in submission of police report under Section 173(8) of the Code which is specifically barred by Section 195(1)(a) read with Section 2(d) of the Code. The definition of “complaint” contained in Section 2(d) of the Code makes it clear that complaint does not include a police report.

These are the different views of courts on this issue. Perhaps judgement given by Hon’ble Madras High court in Jeevandham case, is clearly per-incuriam to the decisions in Raj Singh and M. Narayandas case. Doctrine of per incuriam means judgement given in ignorance of earlier binding precedents. It is bad in eye of law. 

Dispute Resolution

The conflict will arise if we follow default or usual procedure of cognizable offence, while dealing with an offence punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code, due to bar created by Section 195(1)(a) of Criminal Procedure Code To deal with this conflict we could stray a little bit in usual procedure.

When offence punishable under Section 188 is committed and police received information regarding such offence, then police will register FIR, investigate into the matter and prepare final report (Charge-sheet) in usual manner. But, along with final report, public servant shall give a complaint in writing to the court. So, court can take cognizance of the offence and requisite of Section 195 of CrPC would get complied. Perhaps Madras High court was not accepting this contention in Jeevandham Case.

In the recent situation, when the courts are not fully functional, it is not possible for the concerned Public Servant to approach the court. At this situation, Public servant may give informal complaint to police who shall register FIR, investigate matter and prepare informal report of the matter. And, when courts will be fully functional and it will be possible to approach the court, the Public Servant can give formal complaint in writing in accordance to Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code along with informal investigation report. If there is any irregularity in report, than court is empowered to reject findings and may order fresh investigation.

Conclusion

In 1949, while advocating a new approach towards Interpretation of Statues, Lord Denning MR in Seaford Court Estates Ltd. V. Asher said, “A judge should ask himself the question: if the makers of the Act had themselves come across this ruck in the texture of it, how would they have straightened it out? He must then do as they would have done. A judge must alter the material of which it is woven, but he can and should iron out the creases”.

Under Section 154 of Criminal Procedure Code, it is mandatory for Police to file FIR if they received information which discloses commission of cognizable offence and on other side, Section 195 of Code, deters police from filing FIR for offence punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code even though offence is classified as cognizable. Therefore, there should always be harmonious interpretation of statue if provisions of law are in conflict with each other. If we follow above mentioned solution then both conflicting provisions under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and Section 195 of Criminal Procedure Code can operate together. Whenever such conflict arises in between two different provisions of law then it becomes fundamentally important to ding the intention of the legislature, especially while interpreting the procedural laws.

In the end, it is open to Courts in the words of Lord Denning to decide which approach is better towards interpretation, whether The Old Grammatical Approach or The Modern Purposive Approach. 

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CAUGHT THROUGH FINGER PRINT - SUCCESS STORIES OF C.F.P.B. EXPERTS IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Caught through Finger Print

SUCCESS STORIES OF C.F.P.B. EXPERTS IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Readers can have a glimpse of success stories w.r.t. fingerprint cases solved by C.F.P.B. experts in the past five years from 2010 to 2014

I. INTERPOL CASES

  1. Identification of an International Fugitive wanted for Homicide in Colombia (South America): CFPB Case Ref. No. 203/2010
    A high priority request for identification of an international fugitive, was received from the O/o the AD (Interpol), CBI, NCB-India, on 04th August 2010. The documents forwarded to CFPB/NCRB consisted of two copies of messages received from Interpol Colombia (South America), with an identification sheet containing demographical details as well as a fingerprint of one BARRIOS GUARIN Jose Mauricio (Colombian Citizen, ID No. 79705615, D.O.B. 14.02.1976) and a 10-digit fingerprint slip of one MAITA RODRIGUEZ Perd Alejandro. The Interpol had requested CFPB to compare single finger print with those on 10-digit fingerprint slip. After meticulous manual comparison of fingerprints on the two documents by Shri S. P. Singh, Inspector, now Dy. Supdt. (F.P.), ascertained that the single fingerprint of BARRIOS GUARIN Jose Mauricio was IDENTICAL with the Right Index (RI) finger impression present on the specimen 10-digit F.P. slip of MAITA RODRIGUEZ Perd Alejandro, hence the two finger prints were found to be of one and the same person. The result of comparison was forwarded to AD (Interpol), CBI- NCB India, New Delhi, in record time. Sh. S.P. Singh, Dy. Supdt. (FP), CFPB has also published a number of Scientific Research Papers on Fingerprints, Criminology, Forensic & Police Science etc, which are available on CFPB webpage.

  2. Detection of Criminal Antecedents: CFPB Case Ref. No. 224/2011
    A fingerprint slip pertaining to one Singh Iqbal was forwarded by Interpol, London to CBI, New Delhi and was received at CFPB, NCRB, New Delhi for search in the available database. The search slip was processed in FACTS (CFPB-AFIS) and was found to be a ‘trace’ against a record slip archived with CFPB PIN 604744. The successful search brought to light the criminal antecedents of the subjected person, who was convicted in pursuance of criminal case registered vide FIR No. 34 dated 24.09.1996 in the court of SDJM, Nabha on 20.09.2000 U/s 324/34 IPC. The CFPB team which successfully tracing of the Interpol search slip consisted of Inspectors (F.P) Shri P.K.Mishra, Shri Anil Gaynar, and Smt. S. Indira Sudha.

II. CASES / REQUESTS FROM OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  1. Identification request from NIA, Guwahati, Assam: CFPB F.P. D. Case No. 11/2013
    The NIA supected that N.Shanti Metei chief of PREPAK (UPPK), a banned terrorist organization active in anti-national activities was using forged documents, and false identities, for the purchase immovable properties in India and abroad. Thorough comparison of the fingerprints of T. Hemanta Sharma on land agreements, sale deeds etc, and specimen fingerprints of N.Shanti Metei, led to conclusion that the prints were IDENTICAL, thus proving that N.Shanti Metei used psydonym for illegal purchases. The efforts of  Shri P.S. Gulati, Inspector, now Dy. Supdt. (F.P.) assisited NIA in its persuit for identification of a dreaded terrorism.

  2. CFPB Experts assisted Regional Provident Fund Organization (RPFO) in Detecting Dishonest Employer: CFPB F.P. Document Case No. 21/2012
    The case was regarding non-extension of PF benefits to 1200 workers by a construction company, covered under Employees Provident Fund & MP Act 52. The RPFE authorities observed that the record containing the muster roll having names, payment details, thumb impressions of workers, submitted by the company are at variance with the norms, thus requested CFPB/NCRB to examine the case in detail, and furnish opinion on fingerprints thereof. The expert in the bureau examined the documents containing large number of thumb impressions, of which many were of extremely poor quality, and found major discrepancies in the finger impressions of the workers employed by them. The sincere efforts of Shri Ram Ranjan Sharma, Inspector (FP) in cracking the case assisted the RPFO authorities to implicate deceitful employer who manipulated the documents with ulterior motives.

  3. Impersonation in the Pre-medical Examination detected with Fingerprints: CFPB F.P. Document Case No. 17/2013
    A finger print document case was received from the Hon’ble CJM, Pouri Garhwal, for experts’ opinion, along with the following original documents - Attendance sheet of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, Pre-medical Test sheets of 2011 bearing roll nos. 313813 to 313817, and two specimen finger print slips of one Yusuf Alam S/o Farookh Ahmed. This case was registered vide Cr. No. 10/12 u/s 8,419,420,467,468 & 471 IPC, at PS Srinagar, Janpad Pouri Garhwal. The CFPB experts’ task was to detect whether Yusuf Alam impersonated for one Haripal, in Pre-medical Test - 2011. The case was examined with the help of scientific aids, and it was opined that LTI (left thumb impression) taken against the Roll no. 313815 of Haripal at the examination centre is identical with that of Yusuf Alam. It was because of the efforts of Shri Udham Singh, Inspector (FP), CFPBthat an impersonator was identified.

  4. Impersonation/cheating in the recruitment process of the Ordnance Factory: Document Case Nos. 22/2013 & 03/2014
    The authorities at the Ordnance Factory, Ministry of Defense, Raipur, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, doubted the authenticity of the final list of 54-candidates selected through written and trade tests conducted by them. The CFPB was sent finger prints of all the 54-provisionally selected candidates, for comparison to know whether there were any cases of impersonation. After thorough examination, the expert in the Bureau was able to discern, that in three cases the finger impressions were different, from one another, indicating impersonation on the part of the candidates. Sh. Mukesh Kumar, Inspector (FP), CFPB examined the case.

  5. Identification of Unknown Dead Body (UDB): CFPB FACTS Case Srl. No. 17/2014
    A total of 55 fingerprint slips for establishing identity were received in FACTS (CFPB-AFIS) from Haridwar, Uttarakhand State police Department. The slips carried fingerprints of Unidentified Dead Bodies (UDBs). Majority of fingerprints were faint, smudged, or partial. All the slips required additional computer based enhancement efforts to make them decipherable for comparison by the system. Out of the 55 slips, one unidentified dead body fingerprint slip matched with the slip of one Jamil S/o. Mustaq of P.S. Kithore, Meerut, U.P. The successful input of UDB Fingerprint slip (CFPB PIN No. 90440105) followed by trace with slip bearing PIN 90423149, revealed the following antecedents of the subjected person - Jamil was convicted in pursuance of criminal case registered vide FIR No. 60 dated 19-03-2013 U/S 363 IPC of ODRS police station. Smt. S. Indira Sudha, Inspector (FP), CFPB was actively involved in the process of identification of the UDB.

  6. Five thousand finger impressions for examination from Income Tax Department
    A mammoth case for finger print examination was received at CFPB from Shri P.K. Sharma, Dy. Commission of Income Tax, Circle-12 (i), New Delhi with original registers of `Wages & Labour' comprising 62 pages of A-5 size, and 128 pages of A-4 size (total 190) bearing more than 5000 finger prints for examination. The case was examined by Shri S.K. Tiwari, Inspector (F.P.) and the opinion was given in record time, to fulfill the needs of Income Tax Department.

  7. Fraudulent withdrawal of money: CFPB F.P. Document Case No. 13/2014
    A document case received from Sr. Supdt. of Post Offices, Koraput Division, Jeypore (K), Odisha, dated 04.09.2014 regarding one Shri Sushanta Majhi (illiterate person) holding an SB Account No. 7101564 at Ambadola Sub-Post office. A sum of Rs. 9000/- was withdrawn on 26.04.2008, and Rs.19000/-on 22.02.2011 from his SB Account fraudulently. After comparing questioned fingerprints on the withdrawal slips with the ten digit specimen finger print slip, provided by the post office, it was found that the finger impressions did not belong to that of Shri Sushanta Majhi (actual account holder). Thus it became apparent that the money was withdrawn twice by two different individuals, and not by the genuine account holder. The case was examined by Shri Pawan Kumar Mishra, Inspector (FP), CFPB.

  8. Debt Recovery Tribunal Case: CFPB F.P. Document Case No. 4/2010
    A person secured the loan of Rs.9.00 lakh from SBI, Jagatpur, Cuttack, Odisha by mortgaging a piece of property as collateral. When he failed to return the loan, the bank initiated the process to impound the mortgaged property. Only then, the bank realized that the property actually belonged to a 70-year old widow, which was mortgaged without her consent or knowledge by the applicant for loan. The elderly lady was the mother of a friend of the accused, and on realizing the fraud she made a plea before the honorable Debt Recovery Tribunal to verify the finger impressions taken on the mortgaged deeds, which were submitted before the lending agency to secure the loan. Interestingly the finger impressions, 63 in total, taken on each page of the deed as testimony, were of extremely poor quality, perhaps, recorded in such manner, deliberately. After a close scrutiny only two finger prints were found to be of some utility, though they too were partial. Nevertheless, the impressions were photographed carefully in CFPB photo-lab; the finger impressions of elderly widow recorded before the tribunal, were compared and found to be different with the finger impressions taken on the mortgaged deeds. Sh. Shibajee Tripathy, Inspector (F.P.), CFPB examined the case and detected impersonation.

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DAILY WAGE-EARNERS IN DELHI FIND LITTLE CAUSE TO CHEER FOR AAP

The AAP manifesto may have talked at length about “a flexible and fair labour policy” and regularisation of contract workers, but for a vast section of daily wage-earners, such promises hold no meaning. Devanik Saha talks to one to find out why.

Post the Lok Sabha election results in May 2014, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which surprised everyone by winning 28 seats in its debut election in Delhi in December 2013, had lost its relevance.

At this juncture, it was expected that Delhi would go to polls soon and AAP’s existence would be reduced to rubble. However, elections were delayed, and while BJP was busy basking in its Lok Sabha glory and the subsequent successes in Haryana and Maharashtra, AAP went back to the streets and initiated the Delhi Dialogue program, which focused on numerous one-on-one interactions as well as debates with general masses on the various issues concerning citizens.

This formed the base for AAP’s 70 point manifesto for the Delhi elections which was on the face of it, extremely comprehensive. At first glance, the problems of every section of society seem to have been covered and deliberated upon. And yet for the many migrant casual labourers in the city and its neighbourhood, the new government’s promises do not hold much hope.

The invisible makers of the city

Take the case of 44-year-old Anil Kumar, who hangs around near Ashram Chowk in South-East Delhi for 4-5 hours every day in the hope that someone will provide him some work, enabling him to make ends meet for himself and his family. Kumar is just one of the many labourers belonging to varying age groups who loiter at the Chowk in their quest for daily work.

Where dreams turn sour

Originally from Rajapur Village, Bhadohi district, Uttar Pradesh, Kumar has had a rough past. To support his family, he dropped out from school when he was in the fifth standard and started weaving carpets from an early age, which required him to work 12-13 hours a day. Bhadohi is known as the carpet city as it is home to the largest hand-knotted carpet weaving industry hubs in South Asia. Cases of child labour and forced slavery are rampant, though Kumar does not recall being forced into it.

Asked about his childhood, he says, “You must be knowing about the widespread poverty in UP. I liked going to school but since we didn’t have money, I started working from an early age. But there were many days when we didn’t have money to buy food and hence we all slept hungry”.

After spending 13 long years weaving carpets, however, he realised that the job demanded too much but paid little. Being from UP, he always believed that Delhi was the place to be if one wanted to become financially stable. But even after reaching the capital, after a seven-year intermediate stint in Goa, things did not look rosy for Kumar.

Cheated by a big contractor named Bablu, Kumar tried his hand at running flower shops at various locations in Delhi, where he was regularly heckled by policemen for bribes. Disillusioned and dejected, he decided to return to the life of daily wage labour again. With a heavy voice he said “No one wants to live like this but I do not have any option. What else will I do?"

Anil Kumar's Delhi dreams have been shattered and he plans to return to his village soon. Pic: Devanik Saha

Tales such as this are not rare to come by. As Kumar himself points out, most daily labourers do not get more then 14-15 days of work (Rs 300/day) in a month, which means that they do not earn more than Rs 4500-4700/month. “The issue is that there are so many labourers but very little work. At Ashram, there are at least 35-40 labourers who come searching for work every day.

With employment difficult to secure, shelter is precarious too. The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board manages 272 night shelters called “Rain Basera” at various locations in Delhi in collaboration with NGOs. The Baseras collectively house around 6000 people every day. Kumar pays Rs 5 a night to sleep at the Basera in Sarai Kale Khan, a place notable for its inter-state bus terminal, three kilometers away from Ashram Chowk.

Kumar says “The Basera is a shelter for homeless people and daily labourers like me, who come from far-away places and do not have any house. Facilities at the Basera are pathetic, but I have no other option.” He adds that this is the plight of almost every labourer with whom he works or stays with at the Basera.

Kumar has now given up on his dream to live and stay in Delhi happily. “I plan to go back to my village in the next two months. I imagined that I would have a good life in Delhi and earn enough for me and my family, but it is not working for me anymore. My village is much better than this. At least, my family will be there to support me in times of need and distress.”

Who will address their woes?

Kumar’s tale and of others like him takes one back to the promises made by the AAP government over regularisation of workers in the unorganised sector.

Point 48 of the AAP manifesto placed emphasis on social security for labour, promising that the party would “implement a flexible and fair labour policy. Our policy will ensure social security for workers in the unorganized sector; regulate wages, services and working hours of domestic workers and improve work conditions of rag pickers. Local Mohalla Sabhas will provide licences to street vendors and hawkers in designated spaces.”

Later in the document, Point 66 assured that “AAP will end contractualisation in “safai karamchari” posts and will regularize existing employees. Workers who enter sewers will be provided with protective gear, masks and appropriate equipment. Like fire fighters, they will receive medical insurance. To help in their career advancement, safai karamcharis will be provided assistance in education and training. On the death of a “safai karamchari” on duty, Rs. 50 lakh will be given to the bereaved family.”

While these manifesto points initially raised hope, a deeper exploration shows that they are in fact quite open ended, with no specific focus on labourers like Kumar. The primary difference between such workers and contractual workers mentioned in the manifesto points is that of continuity. Contractual workers aren’t entitled to any job benefits, but since they are employed by corporations and government bodies, they have a regular flow of work and money.

Daily wage-earners loiter around Ashram Chowk in Delhi in search of work. Pic: Devanik Saha

This leaves a large population of daily wage earners outside the social security net, with unassured employment and income. Rwitwika Bhattacharya, Founder, Swaniti Initiative, and a former World Bank professional, who has worked extensively on labour economics and policies, explains, "Employment/job creation is the result of a confluence of factors and one of the major assumptions we make is that our work force has the labour skills to be absorbed. One of the most significant issues is that we have a lot of people in rural or peri-urban areas who have marginal or no skills, and hence it is difficult for them to get jobs. The result is that we have tremendous migration happening from these areas to the cities in search of work."

This naturally brings us to the question, what can be done to improve the lot of these workers? The need for creation of rural employment to stem the tide of migration is important, but any prescient individual or authority will acknowledge the equal, if not greater, importance of devising employment policies for the urban poor and migrant population. A UN-backed report estimates the population in Indian towns and cities to reach 600 million by 2031, driving home yet again the importance of addressing the concerns over absorption of and social security for migrant workers in the cities.

Coming back to Delhi, the AAP government’s commitment to development and openness to new ideas has been partially borne out by initiatives such as India’s first e-ration card service, recently launched by the chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal.

But if it really wishes to live up to its promises towards the ‘aam aadmi’ in general and workers in the unorganised sector in particular, it must come up with a better plan to provide regular employment and better working and living conditions for the many daily wage earners in the city.

Bhattacharya adds, “The larger issue is that daily wage labourers aren’t unionised; neither do they bring votes for election candidates. Since these labourers are mainly migrants and do not get to vote in the cities they work in, their voices are barely heard. A good solution would be to unionise these labourers, which will enable them to fight for their rights and compel politicians to take them seriously.”

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today announced Rs. 5 lakh award for each of the three soldiers, hailing from Bihar, who were killed in the terror attack at an army base in Uri sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Chief Minister also announced that his government would accord full state honour to the three soldiers - SK Vidyarthi, Rakesh Singh and Ashok Kumar Singh - who belonged to the Bihar regiment.

While expressing his sadness over the attack on the army base, Mr Singh said: "The country will always remember their martyrdom."

He also offered his condolences to the families of the three soldiers, adding that the entire state shared their sorrow.

In Boknari village of Gaya, an angry Kiran Devi, the wife of SK Vidyarthi, demanded action against the men who killed her husband. Her daughter Aarti Kumari said that her father died a martyr, and that India must give a befitting reply to Pakistan.

Family members of Rakesh Singh of Nuwan village in Kaimur district and Ashok Kumar Singh of Ara in Bhojpur district remembered the two soldiers with teary eyes and pride in their sense of duty.

The bodies of the three soldiers are expected to reach Patna on Monday evening, from where they would be taken to their respective homes.

The minister in-charge of Kaimur and Gaya district would be present at the cremation of Rakesh Singh and SK Vidyarthi, while the funeral of Ashok Kumar Singh in Ara would be attended by industries minister Jai Kumar Singh.

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