Complaint against the TDP MLA,TV Rama Rao regarding alleged rape and murder of students of TVR College
A group of five girl students had met the state Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy last week, along with their parents, and lodged a complaint against the MLA, TV Rama Rao over the rape case & sexual harassment.
While one student said she was raped by the MLA, another alleged that she had twice attempted to rape.
They alleged that the rape and the attempts to rape took place in March and April but they were feared to speak out.
After recording the statements of five girl students, who are from Karalla, the West Godavari district police has informed the AP State Human Rights Commission (APSHRC) about the evidence against the MLA.
The commission chairman B.Subhashan Reddy had sought a report from the district police, who were investigating the case before it was transferred to the CID. The commission has also directed the CID to submit a report about the case by August 3.
"We have registered a case under sections 376 (rape) and 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code," Deputy Superintendent of Police Venkatrami Reddy said.
Rao went on an indefinite fast here, along with his family members, seeking justice, claiming that he is innocent.
National Budget 2009-10 & the allocation for Social Sector
The main social challenges outlined by the Finance Minister, Mr. PranabMukherjee, while presenting his Budget speech for the year 2009-10 are as follows:
Allocation for Rural poor
1. System of direct transfer of subsidy to the farmers in due course.
2. Allocation under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) increased by 144 per cent to Rs.39,100 crore in B.E. 2009-10 over B.E. 2008-09.
3. 25 kilo of rice and wheat per month at Rs.3 per kilo should be given to every family living below the poverty line in rural or urban areas under the National Food Security Act
Priority to Education
The overall Plan budget for higher education is to be increased by Rs.2,000 crore over Interim B.E. 2009-10
National Mission for Female Literacy to be launched with focus on minorities, SC, ST and other marginalized groups with the aim to reduce level of female illiteracy by half in three years.
Finance Minister has announced an increase of Rs. 2000 crore for the students from weaker section of the society.
Most developed countries in the world like the USA, UK and France spend around 6-7% of their national budgets for public education and health, while India allocates only 3% for education and around 1% for health.
the number of school children in India is more than 3 crores and most of these children were unable to afford the cost of education due to poverty and economic backwardness of their families. The Government did emphasize on the universalisation of education and made the following announcements in its National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP).
Objectives of NCMP:
(a) To ensure that no one is denied of education due to economic backwardness and poverty
(b) To make right to education a fundamental right for all children in the age group 6-14 years
(c) To universalize education through its flagship programmes such as SarvaSikshaAbhiyan and Mid Day Meal
(d) To support this increase in expenditure on education, and to increase the quality of education, there would be an imposition of an education over all central government taxes
(e) To progressively increase expenditure on education to around 6% GDP
Allocation under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) increased by Rs.2,057 crore over Interim B.E. 2009-10 of Rs.12,070 crore.
All BPL families to be covered under RashtriyaSwasthyaBimaYojana (RSBY). Allocation under RSBY increased by 40 per cent over previous allocation to Rs.350 crore in B.E. 2009-10.
The promise to universaliseICDS has been long-standing and while the increased allocation to Rs. 6,705 crores for the ICDS is the impact on the ground can take years to materialise.
Allocation for the Minorities
The latest Indian budget for 2009-10 financial year gives 1756.50 crores for minority development. Previous year it was 1013.83 crores. The proposal of giving Rs. 5000 crores to UGC for increasing the research fellowships with considerable share to minority.
Other Sustainable Development Programmes
Sustain a growth rate of at least 9 per cent per annum over an extended period of time
Ensure that Indian agriculture continues to grow at an annual rate of 4 per cent
Strengthen and improve the economic regulatory framework in the country
Expand the range and reach of social safety nets by providing direct assistance to vulnerable sections
Only 12 million jobs are to be created this fiscal year. India’s unemployment rate is around 7.2% of the labour force. Total labour is around 520 million with an increment of around 1.3% annually.
Reduce the proportion of people living below poverty line to less than half from current levels by 2014
Strengthen the delivery mechanism for primary health care facilities with a view to improve the preventive and curative health care in the country
Create a competitive, progressive and well regulated education system of global standards that meets the aspiration of all segments of the society
Increase the investment in infrastructure to more than 9 per cent of GDP by 2014
Support Indian industry to meet the challenge of global competition and sustain the growth momentum in exports
Move towards providing energy security by pursuing an Integrated Energy Policy
HIV positive students were expelled from school in Maharashtra
There have eight HIV positive students of Hasegaon village in Latur district of Maharashtra were expelled from school because of the strong opposition of the other students from that school & their parents.
Though the Education Officer D. Joshi has tried his level best to aware students & their family that HIV can’t be spread by talking or playing with kids, till now they are unable to reach into any conclusion.
The fear ofdisease has that much spread so strongly that, maximum 1140 studentshas boycotted from the school out of total 230 students.
Now the affected children are staying in an ashram in Hasegaon, run by an non-governmental organisation “Ahmi Sevak” for orphans and HIV-positive children.
India have approximately 10,00,000 villages. The Census of India regards most settlements of fewer than 15,000. Each village is connected through a variety of crucial horizontal linkages with other villages and with urban areas both near and far.
Most villages are characterized by a multiplicity of economic, caste, kinship, occupational, and even religious groups linked vertically within each settlement.
Factionalism is a typical feature of village politics. The number of castes resident in a single village can vary widely, from one to more than forty. Typically, a village is dominated by one or a very few castes that essentially control the village land and on whose patronage members of weaker groups must rely.
The houses of Dalits are generally located in separate neighborhoods or on the outskirts of the nucleated settlement.The number of castes resident in a single village can vary widely, from one to more than forty.
Typically, a village is dominated by one or a very few castes that essentially control the village land. Villagers share use of common village facilities-the village pond (known in India as a tank), grazing grounds, temples and shrines, cremation grounds, schools, sitting spaces under large shade trees, wells, and wastelands.
A great many observances emphasize village unity. Typically, each village recognizes a deity deemed the village protector. Villagers unite in regular worship of this deity, considered essential to village prosperity.
'Social Audit' for the development of Local People
Social Audit acts as a source of continuous public vigilance and is an innovative feature of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
The basic objective of social audit is to ensure public accountability in the implementation of projects, laws and policies. Social audit is a process through which the potential beneficiaries and other stakeholders of the project are involved in every stage, from planning to implementation of the process.
Complete transparency in the process. It is the responsibility of the elected representatives to answer questions and provide explanations about relevant action and inaction to concerned and affected people after which the findings of the social audit and other public investigations receive official sanction.
Appropriate actions are taken and reported back to the people along with information on action taken in response to complaints. In each Gram Panchayat, a particular day of the week is earmarked for processing work applications and related activities.
The process of social audit includes public vigilance and verification of registration of families, distribution of job cards, receipt of work applications and issue of dated receipts, preparation ofproject, payment of wages, evaluation of work,Till today social audit have been held in 1.77 lakh Gram Panchayats.