The war of words over the publication of the Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, where over 40 lakhs names were left out due to some discrepancy, has turned ugly as the delegation of six Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders headed by Sukhendu Sekhar Roy who is the Rajya Sabha MP from West Bengal, was prevented to go out from Kumbhirgram Airport in Silchar in Assam, as they landed, on the grounds that Section 144 Cr. PC was in force in the entire Cachar district. Later the leaders were taken into custody prompting TMC’s Derek O’Brien to condemn the action of the BJP Ruled state. Arguing that a ‘super emergency’ is on, he added that his party leaders did not go there to break the law. They are lawmakers, not law-breakers.
After the publication of the Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, there was a ruckus in the Parliament, where the Opposition members did not allow the session to function, as they prevented Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Amit Shah from continuing with his speech which he was not able to complete on July 31, 2018. On the following day, the House was adjourned for three times. Meanwhile in the case of Assam and the rest of the North Eastern States, the District Administrations were on high alert fearing a breakdown of Law and Order.
It may be mentioned that just a day after publication of the draft NRC in Assam, political parties and organisations in Assam slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for trying to politicize the issue, terming her criticism unjustified as the NRC is neither against Bengalis nor Muslims.
Union Minister of Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi on July 30, 2018 ordered the constitution of teams at the state and district level for regular monitoring of the Specialized Adoption Agencies (SAA) and Child-Care Institutions (CCIs), while reacting to the recent rape incident at the government - run shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, Gandhi further added that Child Welfare Committees (CWC) need to be constituted in each district with immediate effect. She also insisted on registration of the CCIs under the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act and linking it to the Specialised Adoption Agency (SAA).
Expressing her anguish over the incident of sexual assault on minor girls at a Muzaffarpur Shelter Home, Maneka has directed the WCD ministry officers to put in place a mechanism so that the women and children at such institutions are able to reach out for help. Also to facilitate an expeditious and smooth adoption process, Child-Care Institutions must feed in the details of children on the Child Adoption Resource Information & Guidance System (CARINGS), the web-based platform.
Meghalaya - the state blessed with abundance of natural resources with a comparatively pleasant climate and a picturesque environment, is sadly being randomly abused which is not only resulting in adverse climate change but is also seeing a drastic change of concrete jungles replacing the lush greenery all around. The rural sector on the other hand is being ignored, hence the agricultural produces fail to reach the market which has turned the state into none contributing entity to national agricultural produce.
In this backdrop, Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh during his visit to Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam on July 28, 2018 interacted with selected farmers from Ri-Bhoi District and Scientists of the Institute.
Along with the rest of the states, the Meghalaya government has banned the import and sale of fresh fish brought from outside the state with immediate effect from July 23, 2018 for 15 days after fish samples tested positive for the cancer causing toxic substance formalin. The state heavily depends on fish imported from Andhra Pradesh and partly from Assam. This time, more than the concern for health related issues, the masses, along with the fish merchants of Meghalaya are opposing the government move as it not only hampers the business but it is the second source of stable protein after red meat for the people of the state.
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