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Two Statistic Commission members quit as Modi govt doesn’t clear report on job losses

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Two Statistic Commission members quit as Modi govt doesn’t clear report on job losses

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The two remaining non-government members of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) resigned on Monday protesting against the withholding of a report that was expected to reflect job losses in the wake of demonetisation.

The report, the NSSO’s (National Sample Survey Organisation) first Annual Survey on Employment and Unemployment for the year 2017-18, was the first by NSSO in this government, media reports said.

The withholding of this report is not a one-off instance. This is not a one-off Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and his party have been extremely sensitive about reports that expose the situation on employment front and consequences of demonetisation. BJP MPs who are members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have stalled its report on demonetisation and on employment data.

Employment data was also the trigger that forced its acting chairman PC Mohanan and member JV Meenakshi to quit the organisation. Mohanan, a career statistician, and Meenakshi, Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, were appointed by the government as members in the NSC in June 2017.

NSC is an autonomous body constituted in 2006 and tasked to monitor and review the functioning of the country’s statistical systems. As such, the survey reports of the NSSO need the Commission’s approval and not that of the government, a former NSC member told The Business Standard. This mechanism was put in place in 1960s, when a governing council was there, which was replaced by the Commission in 2006.

Both had a three-year term that was to end in June 2020. They cited the treatment being meted out by the government to NSC – withholding of the publication of the National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO’s) employment survey for 2017-18 and a lack of consultation with the Commission before releasing the backdated gross domestic product (GDP) series last year – as the key reason for their resignations.

In November, the NITI Aayog had announced back series data or “revised” GDP data under the previous Congress-led UPA rule, but did not involve the NSC in the consultation process, which did not go down well with NSC members. The data released by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Chief Statistician Pravin Srivastava trimmed the average growth during the UPA years and showed higher growth in the four years of the BJP-led government. The NSC had released its report on the GDP back-series, which was disowned by the government as just another exercise.

Further, the latest Economic Census was announced by the government but was not brought to the Commission. Also, the NSC was kept out of the release of the National Policy on Official Statistics.

Three years ago, NSC was snubbed by the Niti Aayog over finalisation of GDP back series data.

With these resignations, there are no external members in the Commission. The move has left the commission with only chief statistician Pravin Srivastava and ex-officio member, the Chief Executive Officer of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant.

The commission is mandated to have seven members. Three posts had been vacant before the resignations.

The immediate trigger for the resignations was the delay in releasing the NSSO’s first series of household survey, known as the periodic labour force survey, for 2017-18, reported Business Standard (BS).

The NSC had approved the survey report in its meeting held on December 5 in Kolkata and it was supposed to be released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, said the BS report, citing sources.

Mohanan told The Indian Express (IE): “The normal convention is that NSSO presents the findings to the Commission, and once approved, the report is released within the next few days. We approved the NSSO survey on employment/unemployment in December beginning,” said Mohanan. “But the report has not been made public for almost two months.”

Srivastava, reported BS, said the NSSO was supposed to come up with annual estimates on labour force, along with quarterly ones in urban areas, and the NSSO would release them after the quarterly survey results for July 2017-December 2018 are processed.

A former member pointed out that the government was uncomfortable with the findings of the NSSO’s household survey. It has been uncomfortable with job situation – the Labour and Employment Ministry has withheld the release of the annual household survey for 2016-17 conducted by the Labour Bureau, despite necessary approvals in place.

The issue of employment has taken centre stage as the campaign to the upcoming general elections gathers momentum. The Modi government has repeatedly cited lack of numbers on jobs as a bigger problem than job creation itself.

“The 2017-18 job survey did not present a good picture on the employment front. This is most likely the reason for holding it back,” said a source in the NSSO.

Earlier, the NSSO undertook employment/unemployment surveys once in five years. The last survey was released in 2011-12.

The next survey should have been in 2016-17. But after considerable thought, the NSC decided to have annual as well as quarterly surveys. The first annual survey undertaken by the NSSO for the year-ending June 2018 (July 2017-June 2018) would have covered both the pre-demonetisation and post-demonetisation period.

Almost three years ago, the Central Statistics Office (CSO), in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, had finalised back series data for GDP following a change in the base year from 2004-05 to 2011-12. That exercise had led to an upward revision in growth rates for the UPA years but the NITI Aayog, then under Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya, did not allow its release.

The latest update by the CMIE revealed that the unemployment rate shot up by 7.4 per cent in December 2018, the highest in 15 months, and that 11 million jobs were lost in 2018 due to demonetisation. But the government has denied job losses, and often said many entrepreneurial jobs have been created.

At a jobs event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry on January 19, Piyush Goyal, now finance minister, had said that data on jobs available now was not very inclusive and did not cover the many new-age industries, such as taxi aggregators which engage a million people. Entrepreneurship did not get recognised and household help was not accounted for, he said.

“The absence of these will exaggerate the demand and supply situation for employment,” Goyal said – a flawed argument to justify the worsening job situation as entrepreneurship and domestic help were not accounted for earlier as well.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Hyderabad police arrested 2 Muslim women for vandalizing holy idols after probe accused understood to suffer from mental illnesses

The brother of the sisters, Asimduddin, told the police that his sister take treatment and have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The brother, while talking to the media also extended his apology on behalf of the sisters for the damage they had caused.

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According to reports, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Tuesday held a protest outside the police station in Hyderabad after being infuriated by the actions of 2 women who vandalized Hindu idols. Hyderabad Police on Tuesday arrested two Muslim women for allegedly vandalizing and causing destruction to Mother Mary and Goddess Durga’s idols.

The two women, who turned out to be sisters, on CCTV can be seen entering goddess Durga’s pandal right before vandalizing the idol. A similar incident transpired when they were wearing burqas and caused destruction to Mother Mary’s statue in the City’s Khairatbad area. The two sisters then were taken to the police station on Tuesday morning where the police tried to interrogate them.

The police, in their interrogation, learned that the women were unable to answer properly and it took them a while to understand the situation. The police further went to the homes of the sisters to probe further, however, after reaching the residence of the two sisters, the police found out that the parents also suffer from issues regarding mental illness.

The police asked the neighbors in and around the area about the mental state of the sisters and the ones who knew them checked out the mental illness angle and added that the family has been suffering from mental illness for the last 3 to 4 years.

The Deputy Chief Commissioner of Hyderabad Police, MR Chandra told the media that one of the women threatened whoever stopped them from using a tool kit spanner. Chandra also added in his statement that the women were found to be mentally ill and told the media that both the women take treatment.

The brother of the sisters, Asimduddin, told the police that his sister take treatment and have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. The brother, while talking to the media also extended his apology on behalf of the sisters for the damage they had caused.

The police have, however, registered a case under 153-A, 295, 295-A, 451, 504 r/w 34 IPC. Furthermore, The two women have been sent to a mental hospital for their assessment. The women will be produced with their assessment copies as well as the FIRs to the court.

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Madhya Pradesh man rapes daughter, then sells her and his son, who wants his father hanged to death

The girl told the media that her family sold her for Rs 60,000 to a 50-year-old clerk and his brother to another family for Rs 6,000.

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Madhya Pradesh: Man rapes daughter and then sells her and his son, former wants his father to be hanged to death | WATCH

A monstrous incident of a drunk man allegedly raping his daughter and then selling her to a clerk has come to light in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhatarpur area. According to the reports, the victim was forced to stay with the clerk as his wife. The police have arrested the father and have initiated a probe into this matter.

The girl, identified as Kishori, told the media that her family, including her father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, and paternal aunt, sold her for Rs 60,000 to a 50-year-old clerk and his brother to another family for Rs 6,000. Reportedly, the 16-year-old used to work at brick kilns as a clerk’s wife in Hamirpur.

When asked how she escaped the trap, Kishori revealed to the media that she had discreetly obtained his maternal uncle’s phone number from his father and told him about the whole scenario.

Her maternal uncle then filed a complaint at the Maudaha Police Station on September 24 and brought the victim back home. As per the reports, the girl, in a statement, alleged that her father used to drink and then rape her. She even informed her mother about this, but she asked her to ignore it.

Kishori added that her father had threatened to kill her if she went ahead and filed a complaint against him. She then claimed that her father had sold her to a clerk. Kishori also said that she wants her father to be hanged to death.

Furthermore, her brother also told the media that he was sold to a family for Rs 6,000, where he used to go every day for donkey grazing.

The case has been registered at the Kotwali Nagar Police Station and has nabbed the man. Speaking about this matter, in-charge Shyam Babu Shukla told the media that the case is from two different villages. She said they would lodge the complaint as soon as they received the application from both villages.

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Viral: UP doctor tells family of deceased to birth another child, family accuses doctor of being late for treatment, internet enraged | Watch

The mother, who also spoke to the media, informed that when her daughter was taken to the hospital, no doctor was there to look at her or treat her. According to the family of the deceased, when they arrived with their sick daughter at the government hospital, no doctor was present to treat or monitor the patient.

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UP doctor tells family of deceased to birth another child

A viral video has emerged from UP’s Barbanki district where a doctor can be seen asking the family who had just lost their daughter to birth to another daughter. The family of the deceased has accused the doctor of not arriving on time due otherwise their daughter would have been alive.

In the video, the doctor can be seen stating that if a child dies, one has to birth another one to complete everything. After the doctor’s statement, the man making the video can be asking if this is a manufacturing machine and further remarked about his repartee being uncouth and distasteful.

The video has been making rounds on the internet as many users were enraged by the remarks of the doctor in the video. One Twitter user wittily tried to show the gravity of the situation to the doctor by asking him if someone amputates both of his arms, will he be able to fix it, implying how losing a child is like losing a hand.

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Another Twitter user also added to the conversation by asking if these types of doctors are the embodiment of gods, directing at the phrase of doctors being the embodiment of gods.

The mother, who also spoke to the media, informed that when her daughter was taken to the hospital, no doctor was there to look at her or treat her. According to the family of the deceased, when they arrived with their sick daughter at the government hospital, no doctor was present to treat or monitor the patient.

The family further added that the doctor arrived much later, even though the family had requested to call the doctor, subsequently the condition of their daughter deteriorated and reached a critical level, after which the doctor arrived and treated her. However, the doctor was not able to save the daughter as she succumbed to her critical condition.

A video of a similar nature went viral from UP’s Kanpur where a sick woman was forced to travel by rikshaw due to the lack of ambulance services. In the video, an elderly woman can be seen sitting in a rickshaw where a drip tube is inserted in her hand. The drip bottle is tied and attached to the upper part of the rickshaw which allows the medicine to pour into the tube and get into the veins of the patient.

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