BANK OF BARODA SHOULD INTRODUCE SEVEN-DAY PER WEEK WORKING AFTER MERGER OF DENA BANK AND VIJAYA BANK WITH REDUCED NUMBER OF BRANCHESMonday, 15 April 2019 03:08 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,14/04/19:Bank of Baroda should initiate process of merging nearby small branches of erstwhile Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank into the nearing bigger branch after merger on 01.04.2019 for a drastic cut in useless overheads, rent, salaries and other expenses. Surplus staff available after reduction of number of branches should be better utilised for unique seven-day per week working without any weekly or public holiday by providing two weekly-offs by rotation or by mutual consent amongst employees with bank-services taken as essential services like air, road or rail travel. Already some small private banks have started giving such seven-day per week banking.
Thereafter even two-shift banking from 8 am to 8 pm can be started initially in select branches. Such a unique initiative will make public rush towards Bank of Baroda for their banking-needs, making Bank of Baroda the biggest bank in India replacing State Bank of India. Success of merger will make central government to ahead to complete plan of merger of other small public-sector banks in select anchor banks.
New Delhi,14/04/19:There are reports that certain persons entitled for free rail-pass with a companion like even aged freedom-fighters misuse facility of taking one companion along with them free in railway-trains. They reserve berths for two including themselves, and then sell free rail-pass of the companion to other at some discounted price.
Railway Board should devise mechanism to prevent such misuse. It can be made compulsory to submit ID proofs of the entitled one and the accompanying companion with signatures while getting free rail-passes. Original ID proofs by both the entitled one and the accompanying companion should be made compulsory to be carried while travelling along with another set of photo-copies which should be got signed before the Train-Ticket-Examiner TTE while checking the rail-pass during the journey. Facility of free-rail-pass should be withdrawn immediately if being found being misused.
Parliamentarians should be reimbursed for rail-travel only on submitting proof of actual rail-travel verified by the TTEs to avoid multiple reservations in different trains for a single journey. Cost of un-availed reserved rail-berths or seats should be deducted from their salaries or pensions of Parliamentarians. Free entitlement of rail-travel including for Parliamentarians and those travelling at government-expense including for those in public-sector-undertakings should only be for two-tier air-conditioned rail-travel rather than for first-class air-conditioned class or above.
Rights Groups submitted report to UN
Bhubaneswar,09/04/19:Rights Groups alleged that despite the enactment of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 in India, which provides for a barrier-free environment, persons with disabilities belonging to religious and ethnic minorities in India continue to face disproportionate levels of poverty, lack of access to education, employment, harassment in public places, in travelling and barriers in political participation.
A report prepared by Centre for Sustainable Use of Natural and Social Resources (CSNR), Bhubaneswar and Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is being reflected by the unequal access to Government schemes and programs for PWD in this section. Basing on the findings of the report, rights groups and human rights defenders have urged UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for consideration of these and other issues related to this category at its 11th pre-session on 11th April 2019 .
The reports says, “Women with disabilities from marginalised religious and ethnic minorities who are victims of sexual violence face significant challenges at each stage of the process of accessing justice, including barriers to registering complaints, delayed investigations and failure to arrest the accused.”
The Report observed that religious minorities especially the Muslims in India have been increasingly socially and economically marginalised on the whole. For instance India’s revised Haj policy 2018-2022 announced in December 2017 retained the clause barring persons with disabilities from undertaking Haj pilgrimage using language offensive and derogatory in nature by calling persons with disabilities as “crippled” and “lunatic.”
The report contains recommendations which show that despite the progress made in reforming disability legislations in India in recent years, immediate priority needs to be given to the recommendations such as a centralised and detailed database for all Indian States pertaining to persons with disabilities belonging to dalits, adivasis and minority communities and establishment of an autonomous body for implementing and monitoring the CRPD and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 to achieve better outcomes in the areas of education, employment and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities.
The activists groups also demands to formulate explicit provisions for access to health services for people with disabilities from weaker and minority sections in all flagship programmes like National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) etc.
“The government should spread awareness amongst people with disabilities, their families, medical professionals, and so on regarding the right to integrity of people with disabilities as a human rights issue and how their status as a person with disability belonging to a minority or indigenous communities compound their experience of discrimination”, the report said.
Press Release by;Akhand
New Delhi,05/04/19:It is a matter of concern that public-sector BSNL is running under heavy losses now planning for VSNL of its employees after public-sector company failed to pay regular salaries to its staff. It is surprising that while private players like JIO are earning profits even after offering economical tariffs, BSNL is not able to retain or increase its client-base thus turning BSNL as a loss-generating company for public-exchequer.
BSNL should be better wound up like some very popular public-sector companies of earlier times HMT and IDPL. Central government should also study how public-sector companies run at heavy losses to the tune of their winding-up while shares of private companies in the same field witness regular jumps indicating heavy profits. Rather public-sector companies with all government-support and not required to pay under-table payments like an evil usually necessary for private operators.
CORPORATES SHOULD ADOPT COLONIES OF HINDU REFUGEES FROM PAKISTAN IN COLLABORATION WITH CENTRAL AND DELHI GOVERNMENTS
New Delhi,29/03/19:It refers to media-reports about miserable living conditions of Hindu refugees from Pakistan now settled in Delhi like in colonies near Majnu-ka-Teela and Adarsh Nagar.
Union Minister of External Affairs has recently taken up matter of forcible conversion and marriage of Hindu girls in Pakistan. It is but natural that Hindu refugees from Pakistan did not leave their homes in Pakistan willingly, rather they had to do so under compulsion.
Corporates including from public-sector have to compulsorily spend two-percent of their income on social-welfare. Central government should issue a press-release whereby it may be made clear that spending on welfare and living of Hindu refugees from Pakistan will be allowed under CSR. If private corporates do not come forward to spend CSR funds on these refugees, then central ministries can direct Public-Sector-Undertakings under them to do so from their CSR funds including construction of flats. Corporates can even arrange jobs for these refugees where Hindus in Pakistan face sufferings because of wrong policies of Indian political rulers crowned at time of independence. Religious bodies and Non-Government-Organizations NGOs should also take steps that these Hindu refugees may enjoy a human life full of joy and satisfaction.
New Delhi,19/03/19:Mukesh Ambani proved his worth as a worthy big brother when he bailed out his younger brother Anil Ambani from a possible arrest as ordered by Supreme Court by paying rupees 462 crores to Swedish telecom-equipment-maker Ericson on behalf of Reliance Communication Limited just a day before deadline set by the Apex Court.
Exceptions apart, it is quite usual in Indian families having just two brothers that the elder one usually plays fatherly role with love and affection to younger brother like his own child. While the younger one having a unique type of complex, breaks away from elder brother in a bid to exhibit himself more talented and capable than the elder brother. Ancient India style of joint families always remained a welcome feature with all members of extended family-tree always standing together both in sorrow and joy.
# Input;Madhu Agarwal
New Delhi,18/03/19:In the death of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, not only Goa but complete nation has lost a leading politician who had a reared quality of austerity and simplicity rarely seen in politicians of present era seen travelling in public-bus or scooter while being a Chief Minister even seen purchasing milk, newspaper for his family from street-booths, this being the reason of his running state-government despite his party BJP being in minority. He could even been seen in queues at airports setting aside usual protocol available for Union Minister or state Chief Minister.
His lust for duty and responsibility is evident by his working whole heartedly with medical-tubes fitted on his nose while performing his task as state Chief Minister both indoor and outdoor. Even opposition could not raise voice for fall of his government because of his unique personality.
Unlike distributing Bharat Ratna for political gains, such rare type of persons in politics deserve highest nation of the honour also for motivating politicians in general to adopt his life-style of simplicity, austerity and hard work in odd-most medical condition.
AUTHORITIES SHOULD PREPARE PERMANENT AUDIO-VIDEO STATEMENTS ON FREQUENT TRAGEDIES LIKE COLLAPSE OF FOOT-OVER BRIDGE IN MUMBAISaturday, 16 March 2019 03:52 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,16/03/19:There are routine statements by dignitaries posted on high posts on tragedies like happened when a foot-overbridge collapsed in Mumbai on 14.03.2019. Such usual statements expressing shock and deep regret include, a high-power committee will be set up to probe the tragedy, guilty ones will not escape punishment, compensation will be paid to kin of victims, free medical-treatment will be available for those injured etc. etc.
But since public-memory is very short, no one comes to know about report of high-level committee set up to probe and punishment provided to guilty ones thus resulting in future such incidents. Even Mumbai witnessed such incidents earlier also.
Since practically no remedial measures are seen to have been taken, it is better that persons seated on high posts may not have to waste their precious time in going to the accident-site and giving routine statements. Permanent audio and video recording can be prepared and played on the accident-site and press-conferences etc whenever such accidents occur. Otherwise highly posted persons giving such statements should be punished in case report of probe-committee published and guilty ones exposed and punished in a time-bound manner.