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“Jungle Raj”: Court Tells Delhi Civic Bodies To Ensure Organised Hawking – dot newz



The court on October 11 directed removal of encroachers and vendors from Connaught Place

New Delhi:

Delhi can’t be allowed to be opened for anyone who wishes to come and start hawking activity as it may lead to a ‘jungle raj’ in the city, the Delhi High Court observed Monday while stressing on the need for proper implementation of the Street Vendors Act to have an organised activity of vending.

The high court directed the local authorities, including the municipal corporations, to initiate the process of preparing the statutory street vending plan under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act.

“The steps taken in this regard be placed before the court on the next date of hearing,” a bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Amit Bansal said while listing the matter for further hearing on November 18.

The court was hearing a plea by New Delhi Traders Association, which represents shop owners and operators in the Connaught Place area, that is, Rajiv Chowk and Indira Chowk, seeking directions to the authorities to ensure that illegal hawking and squatting or vending activities in ”No Hawking” and ”No Vending” areas of Connaught Place and Connaught Circus stop permanently.

The petitioner, represented through senior advocate Sanjeev Ralli, sought that the authorities be directed to ensure the areas are kept free from encroachment by illegal hawkers and vendors.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi district), SHO of Connaught Place Police Station, and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Chairperson were present in court as per the court’s directions. The court had asked for their presence as it felt “anguished” that despite the Connaught Place area declared a no-hawking and no-vending zone, hawking activities were continuing and no action was being taken.

“We can’t allow the city to be open to all, that anyone can come and sit and start hawking. This way it will lead to a jungle raj in the whole city, which cannot be allowed so kindly implement our orders,” the bench said.

The court, on October 11, had directed the removal of illegal encroachers and vendors from the Connaught Place area and directed the authorities to ensure that they don’t return.

The court was informed by senior advocate Rahul Mehra, representing the Delhi Police, that drives have been carried out by the NDMC and police for removal of illegal encroachers and five FIRs have been registered, and that goods have also been confiscated.

He said the court’s order was fully complied with by the authorities.

The NDMC’s counsel said illegal hawkers and vendors were removed but this drive needs to be carried out daily.

Advocate Kamlesh Kumar Mishra, representing a woman who claimed to be vending in the area since the 1980s, said the court was hearing everyone except the vendors.

The bench, however, said it was wrong to say such things.

The counsel claimed that when traders approach the court, everyone asks for the removal of vendors but when hawkers move court, they are asked to approach the town vending committee (TVC).

Regarding the Regal Cinema building, Ralli informed the court that earlier no action was taken against illegal hawkers sitting there, however, when he informed the authorities that action has to be taken there also, a removal drive was carried on November 6 and today morning and as of now, the area is shown to be clean.

The court observed that it was conscious of the fact that vendors also have fundamental rights but no fundamental right is absolute and its intention was not to deprive anyone of their rights.

The bench said its concern was that it has to see and balance it with the rights of other citizens.

“You need to implement the Act properly. There is no street vending plan. The way the constitution of the Town Vending Committee (TVC) has been done is actually shocking. We are dealing with the NDMC area and without CP area, it does not have its character and meaning,” the bench said.

The court said the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Scheme, 2019 and the Act are good but the problem is implementation.

“We want to ensure all wings of administration, be it MCD or Delhi government, shall implement the Act in its letter and spirit. Then we will have a city of organized activity of vending,” it said.

The bench said, “We don’t want it to become a menace” and that pick-pocketing activities shall not increase because of too much of the crowd in markets.

The court said hawking activity is happening all over the world and even foreigners come here and buy goods from fleece markets.

“We also go and buy handicrafts and books and other items from these vendors,” the bench said, adding, “we don’t want to take away anyone”s fundamental right but no fundamental right is absolute”.

It asked the authorities to consult and take suggestions from planners and come out with the vending plan and added that with proper planning, the CP area could be enriched and the experience of city-goers could also be enhanced.

The high court had earlier said the authorities’ failure to discharge their duty to remove hawkers and vendors from no vending zone “very severely and adversely” impacts citizens’ rights to life, a healthy and clean environment.

The New Delhi Traders Association, also represented through advocate Mohit Mudgal, had drawn the court’s attention to the scheme framed by the NDMC as per which CP area has been declared as no hawking and no vending zone and the Supreme Court’s order approving the scheme.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Questions On China Met With Wall Of Silence: Congress’s Manish Tewari – dot newz




Manish Tewari said the government has scuttled all discussion on Chinese transgressions.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has been shy about answering questions in parliament on Chinese incursions, Congress leader Manish Tewari said on Thursday, accusing the government of trying to dodge accountability in an effort to protect its muscular image.

“For the last 18 months, there has been not one substantive discussion in the parliament on the situation in eastern Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh,” Mr Tewari said at the launch of his new book ’10 Flash Points; 20 Years – National Security Situations that Impacted India’.

“Every question that I have asked of the government on the Chinese transgressions has been refused in the name of national security… there has been kind of a blanket attempt that no discussion will be permitted in parliament,” he said.

“The government had given an assurance that they would brief the opposition leaders – this was in the September of 2020 – and they reneged on that commitment. Every time an attempt is made to raise the Chinese transgressions in parliament, they are met with a wall of silence,” he added.

The Congress has been training its guns at the BJP-led government at the Centre over its response to Chinese incursions in Ladakh as well as reports of the country setting up settlements in what India officially considers to be its territory in Arunachal Pradesh.

Last month, after NDTV reported new satellite images that showed how China had constructed a second enclave or cluster of at least 60 buildings in Arunachal Pradesh, the Congress questioned PM Modi’s silence on the issue and accused the BJP government of “deception and deliberate distortion”.

While the Prime Minister has not spoken about Chinese transgressions since his statement last year over the deadly clash in Ladakh’s Galwan Valley when he said, “No one has intruded and nor is anyone intruding, nor has any post been captured by someone,” and there have been few statements in parliament on the subject, his government last month acknowledged China’s efforts of strengthening its hold on illegally occupied Indian territory with a tactic commonly referred to as “salami-slicing”.

Responding to a question on a US government report, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had told journalists that China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along border areas, including in areas it has “illegally occupied over the decades.”

“India has neither accepted such illegal occupation of our territory nor has it accepted the unjustified Chinese claims,” he said.

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High Altitude Areas In Uttarakhand Receive Season’s First Snowfall – dot newz




The sky remained overcast in the plains with isolated light showers at several places (File)


The Himalayan temple of Kedarnath and the high altitude areas of Chamoli district received the season’s first snowfall on Thursday while it drizzled in the lower areas intensifying the chill across the state.

Besides the Kedarnath shrine in Rudraprayag district, the Musk Deer Park, Valley of Flowers and the Nanda Devi National Park in Chamoli district also received snowfall, officials in Dehradun said.

The sky remained overcast in the plains with isolated light showers at several places, including state capital Dehradun.

The temperature recorded in Dehradun on Thursday was 15.4 degrees Celsius, Tehri 10 degrees Celsius, Pantnagar 18.4 degrees Celsius, Mukteshwar 8.4 degrees Celsius and Almora 13.4 degrees Celsius, the MeT Department in Dehradun said.

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37 Years On, Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims Still Await Adequate Compensation – dot newz




“In 1984, Congress was in power in Madhya Pradesh and at Centre”: Bhopal Gas Tragedy Minister


Thirty-seven years after the Bhopal gas tragedy, termed as the world’s worst industrial disaster, the survivors and the family of the dead are still waiting to be compensated fairly with an organisation working for them claiming that each victim has so far received less than one-fifth of the allotted sum.

The leak of methyl isocyanate, a toxic gas, from the pesticide plant of Union Carbide on the intervening night of December 2 and 3, 1984, had killed over 3,000 people and left 1.02 lakh others affected at that time. However, the number of affected later rose to over 5.70 lakh.

Talking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vishvas Sarang said, “In 1984, the Congress was in power in Madhya Pradesh and at the Centre. The two governments did not put forth the case of the victims in a right manner to enable them to get more compensation.”

Bhopal Gas Peedith Sangharsh Sahayog Samiti (BGPSSS) co-convener ND Jayaprakash said the Supreme Court assisted settlement on February 14-15, 1989 worth Rs 705 crore was based on the assumption that only around 3,000 persons died and 1,02,000 were affected.

“This compensation was a complete sham as each gas victim ended up being given less than one-fifth of the sum allotted even as per the terms of that unjust settlement,” he added.

When asked to explain, he said that the financial aid was USD 470 million in 1989. The dollars turned into more than Rs 3,000 crore in 2004, when the disbursements started.

“But the number of the victims swelled to 5.73 lakh and this amount was distributed among them. So, each victim got one-fifth of the compensation,” he added.

“The failure on the part of the Supreme Court to hear the long-pending curative petition against the unjust settlement of 1989, has had an adverse impact on the interests of the gas victims,” he said in a media statement.

The curative petition (civil), which was filed by the Union of India on December 3, 2010 to challenge the unjust settlement of 1989 and to seek additional sum of at least another Rs 7,724 crore as compensation was last listed before the Constitution Bench of the Court on January 29 last year, he said.

“However, the hearing was postponed to February 11 last year. Sadly, the matter was never listed on that date or ever since then,” he said.

Failure to dispose of the curative petition has also meant the indefinite postponement of the hearing of the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed on March 17, 2010 by eight members of Bhopal Gas Peedith Mahila Udyog Sangathan (BGPMUS) and BGPSSS, he said.

In the SLP, the two NGOs have sought enhancement of settlement sum by a factor of five in terms of the magnitude of the disaster as assessed by the claim courts and in terms of the gravity of injuries suffered by the gas victims on the basis of their medical records, Jayaprakash said.

Failure to dispose of the pending curative petition and the SLP for over a decade has effectively denied the gas-victims several thousands of crores of additional compensation that they are legitimately entitled to, he added.

In the curative petition, the Centre has sought Rs 7,724 crore as additional funds from successor firms of US-based Union Carbide Corporation, now owned by Dow Chemicals, for giving compensation to victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy.

The Centre, in its plea, is seeking a direction to Union Carbide and other firms for Rs 7,722 crore additional amount over and above the earlier settlement amount of USD 470 million in 1989 for paying compensation to the gas tragedy victims.

On June 7, 2010, a local court had convicted seven executives of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) to two years of imprisonment in connection with the incident. The then UCC chairman, Warren Anderson, was the prime accused in the case but did not appear for the trial. On February 1, 1992, the Bhopal CJM court had declared him an absconder. He died in the US in 2014. 

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