Tuesday, March 03, 2015

India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children



INDIA
India's 2015-2016 budget calls for growth, but on the back of children
Nirmala Carvalho
Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR), slams the Finance minister's financial bill. Large infrastructure and energy investments come with heavy cuts in educational and development programmes for the country's children.



Mumbai (AsiaNews) - India's 2015-2016 Union (federal) budget "lacks direction," and "supports a neoliberal economic policy at the expense of the weaker segments of society, like children," said Lenin Raghuvanshi, director of the People's Vigilance Committee for Human Rights (PVCHR). Mr Raghuvanshi spoke to AsiaNews about the Annual Financial Statement tabled two days ago by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The financial bill is premised on 8-8.5 per cent growth (up from 7.4 per cent in the current fiscal year) through investments in infrastructure (US$ 11.3 billion) and "mega energy projects", whilst limiting the budget deficit.

"The budget presented by the government is tailored to the Make in India campaign," Raghuvanshi toldAsiaNews. "The latter focuses heavily on infrastructure, renewable energy, agriculture and defence. However, in doing so it takes away funds from one sector in which they are indispensable: children and their development."

The PVCHR director noted some of the major budget cuts made by the government: a 29 per cent cut to children programmes over 2014/2015; a 55 per cent cut in the Ministry of Development's budget for women and children; a 22 per cent in children's health care; and a 25 per cent cut in children's education.

Other crucial programmes being axed are the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (-21 per cent), which is aimed at broadening access to universal primary education, and the Midday Meal (-30 per cent), which provides free lunch to improve children's nutrition.

Mr Raghuvanshi also noted that the plan to create 6,000 model schools at the local level to provide quality education for talented children in rural areas was cut by 99.92 per cent.
Last but not least, in a country where "At least 20.3 million children suffer from malnutrition, it is disheartening to see funds for the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), which deals with the problem of malnutrition, cut by 54.19 per cent".

Some programmes however saw larger budget allocations, a 42.86 per cent increase for child labour, and a 36.55 per cent increase for madrassas (Islamic schools) and minority schools.

Despite this, for the human rights activist a major "question remains: how can we define 'developed' a country in which children are not taken into consideration?"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Rescue operation in Brick kiln

13 फ़रवरी 2015 को वाराणसी जिले के जंसा थानान्तर्गत के पतेरवां हरिहरपुर में जिला प्रशासन व अपर जिलाधिकारी के निर्देश पर नायब तहसीलदार के नेतृत्त्व में पी०एन० ईट मार्का भट्टा पर छापा मार कर 65 मज़दूरों को बंधुआ मज़दूरी से छुड़ाया गया | इस सम्बन्ध में उक्त ईट भट्टा पर मज़दूरों से जबरजस्ती मज़दूरी कराने की सूचना जब राजा तालाब के एस०डी०एम० महोदय को लगी, तो उन्होंने नायब तहसीलदार राजा तालाब, थानाध्यक्ष जंसा, एवं श्रम विभाग की टीम के साथ ही स्थानीय स्वयंसेवी संस्था मानवाधिकार जननिगरानी समिति के कार्यकर्ताओं के साथ मुक्ति अभियान चलाया | इस मुक्ति अभियान के पश्चात छुडाये गए सभी मज़दूर अतिवंचित मुसहर जाति के पाये गए| जिन्हें जिला प्रशासन के साथ मिलकर मुक्त कराने में मानवाधिकार जननिगरानी समिति ने बढ़-चढ़ कर सहयोग प्रदान किया है| जिसमे संस्था के महासचिव व जिला बंधुआ मज़दूर निगरानी समिति के सदस्य डा० लेनिन रघुवंशी के शिकायत पर यह मुक्ति अभियान जिला प्रशासन के साथ मिलकर शुरू किया गया है और जो आगे भी जारी रहेगा| ईट भट्टा पर मुक्ति अभियान चलाने में छुडाये गए मज़दूरों द्वारा पूछताछ में यह बताया गया कि उक्त ईट भट्टा पर भट्टा मालिक द्वारा मारा-पीटा व बंधक बनाकर जबरजस्ती कार्य कराया जाता था | जिसके यातना से आजिज़ आकर वहां से तीन मज़दूर परिवार वहां से भागकर मानवाधिकार जननिगरानी समिति पहुँचे और अपनी आप बीती सुनाई और जिलाधिकारी को शपथ पत्र देकर हस्तक्षेप करने की गुहार लगायी | जिसके बाद जिला प्रशासन व श्रम विभाग के संयुक्त तत्वाधान में मुक्ति टीम का गठन कर छापा मारा गया | इस सम्बन्ध में जिला बंधुआ मज़दूर निगरानी समिति के सदस्य एवं मानवाधिकार जननिगरानी समिति के महासचिव डा० लेनिन ने कहा कि सभी मज़दूरों के पुनर्वास के लिए आरोपी भट्टा मालिक के ख़िलाफ़ एस०सी०/एस०टी० अधिनियम के अंतर्गत अविलम्ब कार्यवाही किया जाना चाहिये| ताकि पीड़ित मज़दूरों का पुनर्वास किया जा सके|इसके साथ ही मुक्त कराये गए सभी बंधुआ मजदूरों की क़ानूनी लड़ाई व पुनर्वास कार्य भी संस्था द्वारा जारी रहेगा |



List of Bonded Labour
S. No
Name
Father/husband name
Age
Address
1
Dinesh
Gulshan
28
Village – Shivrampur, Post Kochanwa, Police station – Mirzamurad, Varanasi
2
Nagina
Dinesh
26
3
Mahendra
Late- Kallu
35
4
Ratan
Mahendra
32
5
Sujeet
Muse Lal
25
6
Sunita
Sujeet
22
7
Gulab
Ramu
26
8
Ramawati
Gulab
24
9
Keshav
Rammu
22
10
Ranju
Keshav
19
11
Bituna
Late Phool Chand
45
12
Rajendra
18
13
Kailash
Panan Lal
32
14
Shrimati Radhe
Kailash
30
15
Raj Kumar
Muselal
30
16
Meera
Raj Kumar
28
17
Smt. Nagina
Late. Kallu
50
18
Videshi
Lal Chand
45
19
Meela
Videshi
43
20
Boder
Kali Charan
40
21
Atwari
Boder
38
22
Ram Chander
Munshi
35
23
Smt. Nagina
Ram Chander
34
24
Lal Dhani
Ramu
35
25
Bimla
Lal Dhani
34
26
Panan Lal
Bhullan
50
27
Badama
Panna Lal
48
28
Asha
Pappu
36
29
Manoj Kumar
Pappu
20
30
Pappu
Ramu
38
31
Kailash
Boder
21
32
Rekha
Kailash
20
33
Sukhai
Late. Girdhari
35
34
Nirmala
Dabbal
38
Village & Post – Sakara Rampur, Tehsil Madhiyao, Jaunpur
35
Dabbal
Late. Rama
39
36
Dinesh
Shyam Lal
40
Village & Post – Bandipur, Tehsil – Madhiyao, Police station – Jalalpur, Jaunpur
37
Subhawati
Dinesh
39
38
Dharmendra
Dinesh
18
39
Pappu
Mehilal
30
Village - Dhanethu, Post – Banipur, Tehsil - Madhiyao
40
Raj Mani
Pappu
29
41
Suresh
Murahu
25
Village – Inariya, Nuwao, Tehsil – Chunar, Mirzapur
42
Chamela
Suresh
24
43
Tribhuvan
Fouzdar
32
44
Sanju
Tribhuvan
30
45
Murahu
Bajrangi
50
46
Chinta
Murahu
50
47
Raju
Chowthi
25
48
Pooja
Raju
22
49
Sita
Late - Sachu
30
Child Labour – below 14
50
Nisha
Boader
9
 
51
Gaurav
Pappu
8
 
52
Brijesh
Tribhuvan
12
 
53
Saroja
Late - Sachu
8
 
54
Sanideval
Tribhuvan
6
 
55
Poonam
Pappu
10
 
56
Angara
Pappu
12
 
Child Labour between 14 – 18 years
57
Manoj
Pappu
15
 
58
Dharmendra
Dinesh
16
 
59
Rajendra
Late – Phool Chand
15
 
60
Moti Lal
Kailash
15