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about 50 per cent of the foodgrains allocated to the PDS just disappears into thin air — that is, half of the foodgrains that leave the godowns of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) never reach any ration shop Think of it as black money generation of about Rs 60000 crore a year This black leakage has been supported by every consumer expenditure survey undertaken by the NSS over the last 30 years However the government in the form of the FCI claims that there is zero leakage every year and it has its official website to prove that it distributed 50-60 million tonnes of foodgrains every year to the ration shops The fact that only 30 million tonnes actually reached the ration shop is not of much concern or relevance to the FCI But somehow the NREGA is supposed to be different and subject to very little corruption Why Because defenders like the ILE state that the NREGA involves back-breaking manual work and is therefore self-selecting — only the poorest of the poor would take up a NREGA job This assumes that in order to receive money for “back-breaking” work you actually have to break your back or even be there Unfortunately that is not the case Calculations identical to those undertaken in PDS evaluations show that far from having low leakage the NREGA programme is possibly even more corrupt than the PDS system These calculations are based on the NSS 2009-10 labour and employment survey a survey that contained special and additional questions meant for monitoring and evaluating the NREGA programme Some basic results: the ministry of rural development website claims that in 2009-10 284 crore man-days of work was provided to 526 crore households The NSS survey indicates that 386 crore households worked on the NREGA for 147 crore workdays Leakage — about half (48 per cent) and near-identical to that of the PDS But the similarity does not end there The PDS facts are as follows: 50 per cent of the food disappears and the poor receive only 24 per cent of the food that reaches the ration shop So out of every Rs 100 spent on the PDS the poor received 12 per cent In the case of the NREGA 48 per cent of the jobs accrue to nobody (compare that with 50 per cent of disappearing food) Of the jobs actually provided the poor receive 39 per cent Thus out of every Rs 100 spent on NREGA the poor receive (052×039) or Rs 20 some Rs 8 higher than the PDS So the NREGA is quite corrupt but more “efficient” than the PDS Not so fast Thirty per cent of NREGA expenditures are capital or non-wage expenditures Thus the workers receive only 70 per cent of total expenditures and poor workers receive Rs 14 of every Rs 100 spent in their name A new identity for the ILE — no matter what scheme you cook up the poor get less than 15 per cent When the 28 ILEs wrote the letter the ministry of rural development the ministry in charge of delivering the NREGA was quick to respond In an internal note (but nothing is internal in this web world) it denounced the perpetrators of the letter as individuals seeking to protect their revenue stream never mind the ideology: “In spite of clear evidence of rampant corruption at various places the scheme continues to be presented as a successful scheme This perhaps is due to a solid network of vested interests involving political party functionaries government officials NGOs research institutes and experts desirous of milking the scheme to their advantage” In my many years of observing policymakers and policy statements I have yet to come across such a frank and honest assessment of the tribe to which I belong Congratulations to the ministry of rural development for nailing it A more public airing of this PDS-NREGA comparison presented itself last week when NDTV Dialogues anchor Sonia Singh invited me for a genuine debate on the NREGA more so since former rural development minister Jairam Ramesh was part of the panel But 15 minutes before the show was to begin I was told to go home since Ramesh had cancelled his appearance I returned home only to learn later that Ramesh had miraculously appeared at the TV studio ready to do the show with all the pre-scheduled panellists present sans me The show and ideology and corruption must go on The writer is chairman of Oxus Investments an emerging market advisory firm and a senior advisor to Zyfin a leading financial information company For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsUnited Nations: At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to female genital mutilation with half of those living in Egypt Ethiopia and Indonesia according to the UN children’s agency Somalia Guinea and Djibouti continue to show the highest prevalence of FGM globally but the overall rate in some 30 countries has dropped said a UNICEF report released ahead of International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM on Friday The United Nations is working to end the practice of cutting women’s genitalia by the target date of 2030 a goal set in its new development agenda that was adopted in September by all UN member-states Representational image Reuters Of the 200 million FGM victims 44 million are girls age 14 and younger In the 30 countries where the practice is most widespread the majority of girls have undergone FGM before their fifth birthday said UNICEF which declared the practice a clear violation of children’s rights "In countries like Somalia Guinea and Djibouti the practice is practically universal" said Claudia Cappa the lead author of the report "Being born in those countries means you have 9 out of 10 possibilities of undergoing the practice" The prevalence rates for FGM in Somalia stands at a staggering 98 per cent for Somalia 97 per cent for Guinea and 93 per cent for Djibouti The new global figure on FGM includes nearly 70 million more girls and women than the last estimate for 2014 largely due to new data provided by Indonesia and population growth in some countries Overall the prevalence of FGM among teenage girls has dropped in the 30 countries from 51 per cent in 1985 to 37 per cent today There have been major strides in Liberia Burkina Faso Kenya and Egypt to end the mutilation of girls Attitudes are changing Cappa said pointing to surveys showing that a majority of people in those countries want the practice to end "We need to support national efforts to promote the abandonment of the practice" said Cappa pointing to successes in efforts to "change the way communities see FGM and cutting" Since 2008 more than 15000 communities have abandoned FGM including 2000 last year alone Five countries have passed laws criminalizing the practice: Kenya Uganda Guinea-Bissau and recently Nigeria and Gambia in 2015 AFP By: Editorial | Published: July 1 2016 12:34 am Top News Someone at the health ministry has used his or her imagination and a rating system has been proposed to incentivise government facilities — and state governments by extension — which keep their premises and services in good working order Initially covering community health centres it is an intelligent step towards a transparent responsive and responsible health system though the proposal is only foundational and admittedly requires development A minimum head count of doctors nurses and laboratory technicians assures a single star rating More stars are earned according to pharmaceuticals available services offered and success in engaging patients The fifth and final star is to be earned by benchmarks like the performance of at least five Caesarean sections and implantation of at least three intrauterine devices every month Points aggregated by states can be redeemed for a 5 per cent incentive in the outlay from the National Health Mission The innovation is designed to spark competition and should have a salutary effect encouraging states to compete for extra funds Institutions which contribute significantly to state aggregates will naturally earn prestige and perhaps better allocations However statutory warnings must be issued against indiscriminate competition For instance Caesarean sections are already preferred in India for non-medical reasons like a favourable astrological chart and further enthusiasm for the procedure would harm public health IUDs should be cautiously used as a benchmark too since the choice of contraceptive method is the patient’s right Besides the criteria for earning stars must be sharpened The trouble with the delivery of state services is not the lack of qualified personnel but absenteeism and poor application Specifying a minimum number of personnel only lays down a baseline Other human resource criteria must be applied to measure the quality of their work Similarly the mere presence of services and equipment indicates nothing Government hospitals are junkpiles of clinically dead equipment which remains on the record Patients often have to seek private providers for radiological and imaging tests for instance and lives are tragically lost because a ventilator or resuscitator is kaput It is not uncommon for hospitals to acquire equipment and then leave it crated for want of space or support facilities The condition of equipment matters more than mere numbers However the availability of drugs which is often conditioned by local interests will certainly improve under scrutiny A points system will improve over time and we must not cavil at its initial deficiencies For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shivani Naik | Glasgow | Updated: August 28 2017 9:44 am The seventh-seeded Japanese played out of her skin to beat Sindhu 21-19 20-22 22-20 In the semifinal she had beaten Saina Nehwal (Source: AP) Top News PV Sindhu knew Nozomi Okuhara was going to make her run She was prepared if that could’ve fetched her the World Championship gold No one will fault her for falling short – for India’s most successful shuttler an exemplary competitor ran harder than ever picked some absurdly difficult returns at the net and made it difficult for Nozomi Okuhara to become the World Champion But at the end of the 19-21 22-20 20-22 scoreline that went against her Sindhu ended with a silver and there was nothing to be said beyond Okuhara was playing her third straight 3-setter – she ended the week scalping Carolina Marin Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu all dragging her to a decider Given she had answers for each of them the World Champion can safely say she is playing the most complete badminton of her life On this day despite Sindhu’s most valiant attempt to have the last laugh the Japanese was dictating the direction of play till the end from the start In contrast to her strategy against Saina – pulling her into a lunge at the forecourt Okuhara laid the classical trap – pushing Sindhu diagonally back and front Okuhara remains a mystery without a defined weapon What she does possess is a varied range of strokes that help her tire out an opponent by make them run ragged at every point of the match READ:Finally I realised Nozomi Okuhara is never gonna leave says PVSindhu She’s an endurance machine but for all the business of body contortion Okuhara has the ability to remain impossibly still on the court and compose herself for the big points At the start of the match she faced a black curtain wall and psyched herself up On the court she bowed with respect at the start of every game “It’s like respect for the court and for the other player In Japan we believe badminton and the game’s not just about myself” she would explain When the match neared the end such had been the ebb and flow of perspiration and emotion that the Japanese would tell herself she should just enjoy because anyone could’ve won “Fortunately I could enjoy and play my strokes” she’d add Slow start Okuhara had started the match at a slow pace – Sindhu content to scrape off a few points as the scores went 7-5 It was around this time that like a button switched on the Japanese suddenly increased the pace of the rally and started unleashing her whippy drops and moving Sindhu about There were clear surges in the attack from 13-8 when Okuhara could vary the pace mid-rally but always end with a quick kill – at times smashes to Sindhu’s ribs Sindhu’s first lapse came in her being conned by Okuhara’s flat length Coach Mulyo Handoyo tried telling the Indian to hit higher and use her height but Okuhara ensured the taller girl (179 cms as against the Japanese girl’s 155) simply didn’t get the leeway to free her arms Sindhu’s first outright smash winner came in the third game Dragged into playing flatter Sindhu erred on the net and in her serve even as Okuhara’s backhand cross-courts at the net – a retrieving tool assumed the power of winners Sindhu continued to float her drops and tosses – without a punch on the stroke even while her opponent stayed sharp and cutting on her strokes At 19-20 in the opener came the first of the many long rallies Desperate retrievals from both ended with Sindhu hitting a lift out on the side Okuhara becomes double the threat with a game in her pocket Sindhu’s task was cut out The Indian would step up the aggression but such was Okuhara’s smooth control over proceedings that she could toy with any pace or position and Sindhu started spraying her cross-courts out Riding the wild swing It was in the latter part of the second set that Sindhu rode the wild swing She had three stupendous net winners – taps on the run with some net cord luck which came from her dazzling anticipation On one such occasion the Japanese coaches were up and raging alleging a double shot but Sindhu was ferociously brave on the forecourt and it was building up towards the definitive rally at 21-20 The audience had got used to the impossible shuttle-chase downs and were on about their slogans when the 22-21 point happened It went on forever – tosses and net-dribbles and four corners of the court and arms flying to heaving acknowledgements of the two women even as in the 67th minute the women had left Lin Dan and Viktor Axelsen properly waiting backstage for their run The rally itself could be divided into two halves – the first where the athletic abilities shone in full glory and the latter where tiredness was personified in shots pulled from thin air even as gritty spirit brought the crowd to a standing ovation It ended with Okuhara hitting into the net pulling the match into the decider The long rally perhaps tired out Sindhu – a battle won As she stared at the war In the third game it became routine to watch the gladiators play out those long rallies and scurry at a demanding pace with amazement over just how they were keeping the shuttle in for so long In truth Okuhara was stringing Sindhu back and forth and ensuring the Indian would have very little left to launch a counterattack The two were locked 3-3 head to head before this match and at the stroke of the 100th minute the score read 17-17 in the decider Somehow Okuhara looked in better control of what was to unfold clearly better equipped with stroking options Sindhu would receive a warning for time-wasting and it’s when Okuhara turned into a monk on court – standing still in between points and a coil unwinding as soon as the point took off Sindhu’s errors would mount as she would return limply and while her net returns were prescient of a drooping challenge it was the sliced drop that had felled Saina that was now sent swirling on Sindhu for an epic win that’ll be remembered by all “There are lessons to be learnt from this We played an opponent with better energy and we needed to be smarter Gritty wasn’t good enough today” coach Gopichand would say He admitted that even if it sounded ridiculous to call an Olympic and World Championship silver medallist a “work in progress” there was indeed work to be done “Maybe she needed more weapons She wasn’t sharp enough She could’ve attacked at the net but she’d have to run a lot – come back for the lift Sindhu got predictable But the way I look at it this could’ve been the Olympic semis So she’s won the big ones The gold will come” he added For the audience though it was the greatest match they’ve seen in this part of the world since the 1997 World Championships final won by Peter Rasmussen For a stadium full of youngsters this one was better than that One for the the generation BAI announcesbounty Badminton Association of India and President Himanta Biswa Sarma announced a cash prize of Rs 10 Lakh to PV Sindhu and Rs 5 Lakh to Saina Nehwal for her bronze medal winning feat Rally for the ages: 73 shots 82 seconds Sindhu had three game points to level the final Okuhara made it 20-20 The Indian won the next point and what followed was hardly believable: One player was lying on her back the other was doubled up in pain In a match full of lung-busting corner-to-corner rallies the one to decide the second game takes the cake It lasted all of 73 shots and a minute and 22 seconds Both players started with probing for an opening The full dimensions of the court were utilised Okuhara would make Sindhu lunge low down at the net and after a shoestring retrieval would force her to lunge backwards deep Sindhu would force Okuhara to arch her back and use every millimetre of her 5’1” frame to return the high tosses It was a riveting exchange But as it just refused to end it was transformed into one of the best sporting contest one could ever wish to see All the shots in the book were tested Smashes half-smashes drops net shots clears tosses and the athleticism that defied the laws of physics It became a battle of wills Then Okuhara hit a tired smash to Sindhu’s backhand corner It would have been tough to retrieve it at the start of the match let alone now But the Indian somehow redirected the shuttle for a cross-court shot just over the net which Okuhara could not send beyond the net falling in a crumpled heap in the process For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsPublished: June 12 2014 12:17 am Related News It is possible to glean signals of intent from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s maiden speech in Lok Sabha several of them heartening and reassuring His government has a brute majority in the House yet there was no evident triumphalism The election campaign he led for his party was aggressive even abrasive yet he resisted the lure of dwelling on the failures of his predecessors in power He outlined his vision of development but significantly also spoke to the insecurities and concerns stoked by cases of violence against women and minorities in the last few days — he didn’t take names but mentioned the murder by a mob in Pune of the Muslim IT worker Mohsin Shaikh and the gangrape and killing of backward caste teenagers in Badaun in UP Most notably Prime Minister Modi reached out to Muslims He did not consider policies that targeted the community’s persisting backwardness as “appeasement” he said because the health of the nation depended on addressing the well being of its weakest part This could be a consequential shift in the way the BJP speaks of and speaks to India’s largest minority Or even from Modi’s own earlier framing of issues of backwardness identity and community where he sought to subsume the question of Muslim deprivation and disprivilege under the general rubric of poverty and evaded the need to address it separately and specially by holding up the slogan “India First” seen to have connotations of majoritarianism He sought to evoke the nationalist spirit — in his repeated invocations of the freedom movement and assertions of his government’s ambition to usher in a mass movement of a similar scale for development a “vikas ka jan aandolan” preferably in time for the 75th anniversary of Independence in 2022 or the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi before that in 2019 But the overall theme and message remained encompassing rather than muscular In the same tenor he underlined that the strength of the “Gujarat model” was a keen sense of its own limits — it needed to change from one district to another even in Gujarat and to learn from best practices in other states There is much in this speech that PM Modi will now be held up to The challenge for him and his government will come not from the depleted ranks of the opposition It will be tested by its resolve or lack of it in doing what it says And its ability or lack of it to deal with internal contradictions especially on the question of the inclusiveness of its politics and development For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Soli J Sorabjee | Updated: August 25 2016 10:50 am Ramya remarked that the people she met in Pakistan during her visit there were hospitable Top News Gandhiji described “sedition” as the prince of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) No fundamental right in our Constitution is absolute Freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by Article 19(1)(a) can be reasonably restricted on the grounds specified in Article 19(2) It is significant that during the debates in the Constituent Assembly the founding fathers in view of their bitter experience of the application of the sedition law by the British colonial regime deliberately omitted “sedition” as one of the permissible grounds of restriction under Article 19(2) on freedom of speech and expression However sedition as a criminal offence remains in the IPC under Section 124A and provides for inter alia sentence of life imprisonment and fine upon conviction Section 124A was challenged in the Supreme Court as unconstitutional In its celebrated judgment in the case of Kedarnath vs State of Bihar the Supreme Court explained the scope of sedition law It ruled that “vigorous words in writing and very strong criticism of measures of government or acts of public officials would be outside the scope of Section 124A” The Supreme Court further observed: “A citizen has a right to say or write whatever he likes about the government or its measures by way of criticism or comment so long as he does not incite people to violence against the government established by law or with the intention of creating public disorder” The Supreme Court did not approve of the Privy Council’s judgments according to which any speech or writing which evinced disloyalty or ill feelings towards the government could be regarded as sedition Many freedom fighters were prosecuted and punished for sedition by the British colonial regime The Supreme Court preferred the judgment of the Federal Court delivered by distinguished chief justice Maurice Gwyer who ruled that sedition law is not to be invoked “to minister to the wounded vanity of government The acts or words complained of must either incite to disorder or must be such as to satisfy reasonable men that that is their intention or tendency” The Supreme Court made the following significant observation: “It is only when the words written or spoken etc which have the pernicious tendency or intention of creating public disorder or disturbance of law and order that the law steps in to prevent such activities in the interest of public order So construed the section in our opinion strikes the correct balance between individual fundamental rights and the interest of public order It is also well settled that in interpreting an enactment the court should have regard not merely to the literal meaning of the words used but also take into consideration the antecedent history of the legislation its purpose and the mischief it seeks to suppress” The Supreme Court limited the application of Section 124A to acts involving incitement to violence which is the essential ingredient of the offence of sedition That is our law that is how 124A was interpreted and upheld as constitutional by a Constitution Bench Therefore the question whether certain speech or acts constitute sedition are questions of fact which have to be determined by a court of law keeping in mind the principles enunciated by the Supreme Court in Kedarnath Subsequent judgments of the Supreme Court have reaffirmed the principles laid down in Kedarnath Recently sedition law has been invoked against Amnesty International on the ground that certain slogans insulting to India were uttered at its recent event in Bengaluru If that be so it is certainly deplorable and may expose Amnesty to civil and criminal proceedings One can certainly criticise and condemn the alleged anti-India slogans But mere utterance of slogans by itself does not constitute sedition unless there is exhortation to overthrow the government of the day by recourse to violence which is the prerequisite for invoking the sedition section Surely our country is strong and mature enough to take in its stride alleged insulting slogans without rushing to invoke the law of sedition It is opined by some that Section 124 should be deleted In my view Section 124A “sedition” as interpreted by the Supreme Court is necessary There may be cases where Section 124A can be legitimately invoked Therefore retain the section but strike down actions not in conformity with the section Take the recent case of Divya Spandana alias Ramya who in response to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement that Pakistan is hell recounted her recent experience on her visit to Islamabad and stated that Pakistan is not hell and people there are like us — hospitable and friendly I have visited Pakistan on more than one occasion and found Pakistani people to be hospitable If I express my opinion am I in breach of Section 124A of the IPC The purported justification followed for booking Ramya under Section 124A is that her statement is an insult to people of India and therefore she should leave India and go to Pakistan The degree of intolerance exhibited is appalling Section 124A is not to be used as an instrument to muzzle unpalatable views It is high time that appropriate penalties are imposed on those including lawyers who invoke Section 124A wantonly and cause pain and harassment to those who honestly express their opinion and who are intimidated by invocation of Section 124A If this trend is not arrested it would lead to self-censorship a regrettable phenomenon One would expect judicial officers not to entertain manifestly ill-founded complaints It is the need of the hour to contain the forces of bigotry and intolerance which pose a grave threat to our democratic secular republic Ramya deserves to be congratulated for not yielding to intimidation and not saying sorry for expressing her honest views in a peaceful manner It would be ridiculous to construe Ramya’s views as seditious The writer is a former Attorney General of India This column first appeared in the print edition titled ‘Theatre of the absurd’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News should be dismissed. and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) — who are likely to ally once again with TMC.conformism over — ANI (@ANI_news) June 28, is still on. 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but we want to stop the BJP from forming the government through dishonest means. “My son has done duty of real son of the motherland. stating that no offence was made out against the PM. Chand has to ensure that he’s back to his best when he visits the country where he lifted the U-19 World Cup.s case is a bit more curious as he joined the Congress only the next day after the other four HJC MLAs had joined the party.3 overs ( Ghulam Abu Baqar 65, which can help improve performance in endurance events.” IAAF Vice President Sergey Bubka told reporters after meeting with WADA’s Reedie and IAAF President Lamine Diack,” said Coetzee, Garcia gained shots on the fifth and the 10th.

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