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Does Nitin Gadkari statement indicate that Modi government failed on its Job promise?

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Five months ago Nitin Gadkari had given the challenge to prove him wrong on facts about the employment data.

 

The Union Minister of Road Transport Nitin Gadkari stoked a controversy on Sunday stating that the reservation will not guarantee employment as jobs are shrinking. “Let’s us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?” Gadkari said.

However, five months ago it was Nitin Gadkari who had given the challenge to prove him wrong on facts about the employment data. “I have records that in the last four years, my ministry has provided 50 lakh direct and indirect jobs,’’ he had said during India Today conclave 2018.

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At a time when opposition parties have made the poor deliverance of the Central government on job creation a core election issue; the government has not till date countered the allegation with accurate facts and figures. However, there are a number of examples of lawmakers handing out unsolicited and almost comical explanations over the issue.

The International Labour Organization report estimated the number of unemployed in India will increase to 18.6 million people in 2018 and 18.9 million in 2019. Does Nitin Gadkari’s statement indicate that Modi government failed on its Job promise? HW News brings you reactions from experts and across the party lines.

Akhilesh Bhargava, Business Editor, HW Business and Finance:

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“The government had promised a huge job potential and they said they would deliver. However, it did not get delivered. There is a controversy going on in terms of numbers. The government claims if you go by the EPFO statistics there are enough jobs in the market, but if you go by the ground reality the jobs are missing. India has not been able to generate the number of jobs needed to provide employment to all the college students who are graduating out of college.”

Madhav Bhandari, BJP Spokesperson:

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“I certainly am not aware of such statement being made by MR. Nitin Gadkariji and even if he spoke on this he might be talking in some limited references.”

Nawab MalikNCP Spokesperson:

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“Outsourcing has been adopted by the government themselves, even IAS officers are outsourced, that directly points out to one thing that the sitting government wants to abolish all the available government jobs, the government wants to run the country by outsourced contract bounded individuals that is why they are claiming to have no vacancy for the aspirants seeking government jobs.”

“By recruiting people on contract basis they have reduced the number of permanent jobs in India and if the government reduces the contractual agreements and rather focus on permanent jobs while recruiting, the crisis of unemployment will gradually reduce in the government organizations.”

“While Nitin Gadkari admitting that there aren’t enough jobs in the country it seems that the BJP party men are still holding on to their claim to have enough jobs in the country, they are just fooling the people of the country. The government has failed to govern, failed to create jobs, policies formulated by them has also not taken off the way they were promised to the people of India which is a dangerous instance to have happened in the country.”

Vinod Patil, Maratha Kranti Morcha Member:

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“On one hand, the present government is declaring that we are going to do a very huge recruitment drive of 70,000 jobs being made available, on the other hand, a senior BJP party man/ leader like Mr. Nitin Gadkari making it obvious that he and his party men don’t want to solve the employment issues, they might even be happy to see Maharashtra burning.”

“Nitin ji through his statement is challenging his party, we don’t really believe in his statement because things are only on papers and the government itself has declared to be planning on a mega employment programme. He is not really interested to give any kind of reservations to Maratha’s so he is trying to divert us but we will stick to our demands till our they are fulfilled. As far as the contradictory statements made by two influential people are concerned they themselves lack coordination within the party and it seems that there is a huge communication gap between the party men of BJP.”

“For the very fact, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis declared that reservation will be provided to Maratha’s and the very next day Nitin Ji made this statement. Did the Chief of Maharashtra lie or Mr. Nitin Gadkari is lying? the recruitment number that was disclosed to us was around 72,000 posts and we are waiting for that.”

Ashok Chavan, MPCC President:

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“There is absolutely a huge contradiction in both the statements made by the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis and Nitin Gadkari. Nitin ji said, even after reservation what is the guarantee of getting jobs? He also included that there are hardly any jobs available in the government domain for aspirants seeking government jobs, the media, on the other hand, has reported that there are more than 25lakh jobs in the state as well as in the central government. The contradiction is between highly important people and Congress on behalf of the people expect either of the two to apologize or the Chief Minister to come clean on the factual position.”

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Kerala Floods: Is Centre doing enough for the state?

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With Centre Vs State debate out in open over Kerala Floods relief work, we ask whether Centre is doing enough for Kerala. HW News brings you views from leaders and volunteers.

The southern state which is also popularly known as God’s own country is suffering from the worst ever flooding since 1924. The catastrophic monsoon rain has wrecked a havoc in the state with several districts of the state submerging in water. The human casualty has reached 164, while many stranded people are turning to social media to ask for help.

Over the past week, Kerala lost 8,316 crores worth of economic assets. The unremitting showers led to a horrific landslide that damaged many houses, roads and other infrastructure. As many as 60,000 people have been shifted to makeshift relief camps. However, as the downpour continues the water has started entering into some of the relief camps. Though the intensity of the rainfall has receded, according to the India Meteorological Department it may increase again till August 17. Following the prediction, the state has issued a red alert in all thirteen districts except Kasaragod.

In the cases such as this where the public life at large is affected by the cataclysmic crisis, the government is the insurer of the last resort for the citizens. Over the past few weeks, several legislators from the state have demanded that the crisis should be declared as the National Calamity. A fresh request was made for the same by VS Achuthanandan, Administrative Reforms Commission chairman. Last month, CPM leader P Karunakaran had raised this issue in the Lok Sabha.

The centre did, however, release interim relief of 100 crores for the state but the state government retorted back saying that for the damage and destruction that scales up to almost 8000 crores of loss, the relief amount is meagre. Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac in a tweet lashed out saying that the Immediate mitigation and rectification expenditure to the state is around Rs. 3,000 crores. “The central grant precious Rs. 100. And that too if it is from regular disaster management fund due to Kerala, I don’t know!” he tweeted.

With the Centre Vs State debate is out in open over relief work, we ask whether Centre is doing enough for Kerala. HW News Brings you views from leaders and volunteers.

 

Ramesh Chennithala, LoP Kerala Assembly:

 

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“We had asked centre for more military, navy & air force support and they have provided us with that to excavate & rescue people in Kerala but more financial aid is required in coming days to recover from the damages done by flood, for now, we require more helicopters to assist the rescue operations. After the rescue operations, the state will propose for more funds to the centre.”

D Raja, CPI MP:

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“The situation in Kerala is very grim. A large number of people died and thousands were left homeless and the infrastructure has been damaged terribly. In fact, the Centre should have announced it as a national Disaster but the centre certainly did not do so. The state government has made an estimation which runs into thousands of crores but on the contrary, the centre only provided a few crores as relief fund which is not enough. The centre must come out in support of Kerala not just to provide relief funds, for rescue operations but also to provide adequate funds for rehabilitation. Since the downpour hasn’t stopped and the flood continues to lash Kerala once this stops then we can take up issues of bigger dimension. The state government is trying to do its best but it is not possible for state government to meet the challenges alone, with the help of centre and if necessary with the help of other states if necessary. It is good that Union Minister Mr Rajnath Singh visited the state and Mr Modi will also be visiting soon, I only hope they would be generous in helping the state because it is an important state and people there are suffering from unprecedented & unimaginable losses in Kerala.

 

Shobha Weavers, In-charge of relief collection centres, Trivandrum:

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“Right now we getting funds from corporates, individual contributors throughout the nation. We are trying our level best to call everyone and invite them down here at the time where we all need stand together and work together for this cause. As of now, we do not require any funds because most of the ports are blocked so whatever we have collected we are hoarding it so, for now, we are not taking in any donations right now because whatever we have now we urgently need to send it across to the worst affected areas.”

 

Bharat Nair, In-charge of relief collection point B-hub, Trivandrum:

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“I am not aware of what the government is doing nut as far as I know they have offered 100 crores but the main issues here that I feel is lack of coverage from national Media of this serious issue they have trying to hide this issue the whole of India does not know the magnitude of this situation, it seems media is taking it as any other local news not understanding the seriousness of the matter thousands of people have been displaced and around 164 people died. For us here right now more than the funds what we require now is support.”

 

Dinta N. P, Kerala Flood survivor:

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“The condition is better now, it has not rained since morning, the rescue operations are now in full swing, we have more troops right now otherwise for past few days the situations were in bad shape. The situation today is lot better now but we have been stranded in many parts of Kochi. It is becoming very difficult because we are unable to communicate because a lot of people are stranded in low lying areas also in rescue centres. The state government is doing their best but nobody saw this kind of situation coming. The reservoirs are overflowing even when the government is trying their best it is beyond their control. We have been receiving a lot of calls from various locations for rescue so we are trying our level best to reach them as there is no food, electricity or any means of commutation available for them.”

 

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee critical; prayers pour in from across parties

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Prime minister Narendra Modi along with various other BJP leader visited AIIMS and enquired about the health of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) on Thursday released the latest health bulletin on the medical situation of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

According to the released statement, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s condition continues to remain the same.

The 93-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party leader was admitted at the premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on June 11 with a kidney tract infection, urinary tract infection, low urine output and chest congestion. “Unfortunately, his condition has worsened. His condition is critical and he is on a life-support system,” the AIIMS had said in the statement last night.

Prime minister Narendra Modi along with various other BJP leader visited AIIMS and enquired about the health of the veteran BJP leader. Senior BJP leader LK Advani and daughter Pratibha Advani on Thursday morning arrived at AIIMS to inquire about his health.

Speaking to media, Kanti Mishra, niece of Vajpayee said, I have been praying to god that just once I can see him give a speech again. Our family can never ever erase that image of his from our minds. I hope he gets well soon.

The prayers have started pouring in for the former PM.

Sachin Sawant, MPCC GS:

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“He has been a charismatic leader, respected among all the section of the society and also by the opposition. He always maintained a decorum, maintained a status of his post. Although as opposition parties we have had ideological differences regarding governmental policies as a person and as a leader of integrity everyone respects him and will continue to do so. He will always remain as an ICON for generations & political aspirants. I still admire his speeches, even when he criticized us, we as a party had always welcomed his views and saw it as a healthy criticism.”

Gajanand Kirtikar, Shivsena MP:

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“When he was actively involved in politics, we were actually together as a party (referring to the BJP-Shiv Sena coalition). There were few occasion in my political life that I could share the same stage as Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji while he was addressing us in a party meeting in Mumbai, the feeling was similar to that when I shared a stage with Mr. Bala Saheb Thakre.”

Nawab Malik, NCP Spokesperson:

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“We pray that God gives him a long life, we pray that he gets better soon. We as a party send him regards for his early recovery. As a Former Prime Minister of this country, He has been a phenomenal orator, good poet & he has always followed the right Dharma also guiding & encouraging his party me to follow right Dharma.”

Naseer Al Zakaria, Congress Spokesperson:

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“I met him in person thrice in his house and he has always been hospitable. In fact few years back, when I was representing the government of India in Washington DC, at that time Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji was visiting New York as a leader to the Indian Delegation in the United States., he has always shown keen interest in the International affairs so I happen to call him but he was not available to take the call so I left a voicemail & I was amazed after coming in afternoon I received a call from him in my office we discussed issues of importance to India and the United States. During this time, he was the leader of the opposition but it shows one’s good character how warm and respectful he is towards to even a very ordinary person and that to someone from an opposition party that memory hinders in my mind.”

“At two occasions we met in his residence, he was very warm & hospitable and we had again met during a Parliamentary committee meeting on external affairs, he spoke on the importance of Indo-US relations, he guided, this was before he had become the Prime Minister of India. Congress party is really concerned about his health; we are praying for his well-being but in those days one party remark that BJP under the leadership of Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was a BJP that was accepted by the entire nation but today’s BJP under the leadership of Mr. Modi is highly unacceptable to the people of India. Mr. Modi should learn something from him.”

 

D Raja, Rajya Sabha MP, CPI:

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“He is one of the senior most politicians that we have in our country. He was actively involved in politics for over 6 decades, for past few years he has not been keeping well and today he is struggling for his life, his condition is reported to be very critical so we wish & hope that he survives this crisis & recover very soon. Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is one of the most respected politicians by all sight, though we as two different parties had ideological differences, but at the same time, he respected views of the left. As a political activist he has always valued & respected the views of other parties, there have been instances when the media speculated that he is the right person in the wrong party.”

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Is attack on Umar Khalid a security lapse or an attempt to silence dissent?

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The life-threatening attack on Umar Khalid raises the question whether it was a security lapse or an attempt to silence the dissent.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student leader Umar Khalid was shot by an unidentified man near the Constitutional Club in Delhi on Monday.

Khalid was present at the venue to attend an event named ‘Khauff Se Azaadi’, put together by an organization named ‘United Against Hate’.  Khalid who escaped unharmed speaking to the media after the attack said, “There is an atmosphere of fear in the country, and anybody who speaks against the government is threatened,” he said after the attack.”

According to an eyewitness, “There was an event, Umar Khalid accompanied us. We were at a tea stall when a man in a white shirt came, pushed & opened fire at him. Khalid lost his balance, fell down & bullet missed him. We tried to catch the man. He fired aerial shots, pistol slipped off his hands, he fled.”

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Umar Khalid had come on the BJP’s radar since the infamous incident at JNU where allegedly anti-national slogans were shouted. Umar Khalid was among the few charged with sedition. He is popularly known for his anti-BJP stance.

The life-threatening attack on Umar Khalid raises the question whether it was a security lapse or an attempt to silence the dissent. HW News brings you reactions from across party lines:

Nawab Malik, NCP spokesperson:

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“It is a matter of investigation. The police must Investigate about the motive an attack on Umar Khalid is a serious issue and a matter of concern to the government should go about it very shrewdly to solve this case and nab the culprits. The threats to his life can only be known through an investigation.”

Naseer Al Zakaria, Congress Spokesperson:

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“An attack on any law-abiding citizen of the country, those who are young, educated and who has an opinion, their voices are being silenced by the ruling government and the way it is being done is in a very subtle manner wherein the government of the day is willing to take even an ounce of responsibility and the attack on Umar Khalid is absolutely a responsibility of the government of the day and such elements are being silently being promoted by BJP which is very sad and concerning. As far as Congress party is concerned we will fight this tooth and nail because the people of this country are scared but with Congress party, they can be sure of such voices are going to be raised throughout the nation and BJP will be silenced.”

Vishwajit Kumar, AISF General Secretary:

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“This incident to me it is very saddening as well as scary. It is indeed unfortunate that such an event took place in the capital of the nation and that too in the premises of Constitutional Club which is beside the parliament itself. It is very astonishing where a student, like Umar Khalid, was attacked. A youth is being victimized and dragged to be a part of this hate politics in India. This polarization politics is deceiving and far away from facts. This attack is a product of this hate politics. The attack which happened in the very heart of the country and near parliament reflects the kind of danger our society is in. Entire India, its people, its constitution is in danger.”

 

Madhav Bhandari, BJP Spokesperson:

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“This episode is very suspicious. Interestingly when the bullet was actually shot Umar Khalid was not present at the place and to me, it seems nothing more than a publicity gimmick on behalf of Umar Khalid and his gang.  the whole situation was staged by the group and one can definitely say that they are capable of pulling such a gimmick.”

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