Prisoners to be employed in petrol pumps in Kerala

Agencies
July 31, 2020

Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 31: In Kerala, the prisoners will now work as employees in petrol pumps and take home a salary, as the Kerala government has rolled out Petrol Pumps from jail premises in association with Indian Oil Corporation.

Speaking to news agency, Rishiraj Singh, Jail DGP said that initiative to employ jail inmates in petrol pumps was taken as in Kerala there are many projects of which prisoners are a part of and are being employed.

"In petrol pumps, 15 jail inmates will be employed at each pump. The outlets of Thiruvananthapuram, Viyyur and Cheemeni jails have been started to function from today. 

Many express doubt whether the prisoners will try to escape. But my experience working with them prove otherwise. They are managing five cafeterias in the state and selling food prepared by them. We pay them Rs 220 per day for their work and the jail inmates are running it successfully particularly at COVID-19 times," he said.

The Indian Oil Corporation is investing around Rs 9.5 crore to set up four petrol pumps at the jail premises. The share of the jail department is Rs 30 lakh for setting up petroleum outlet. Other than the three presently, it will also be started in Kannur jail.

"The land has been leased to the Indian Oil Corporation for 30 years. The prisoners are employed here and for that, they underwent a training in petrol pump of IOC and the uniform will also be supplied by them, " said Rishiraj Singh About 25 cents in Thiruvananthapuram, 39 cents in Kannur, 25 cents in Viyur and 25 cents in Cheemeni open jail have been allotted.

Through this, the government will get Rs 5.9 lakh per month in rent. 

It also plans to expand the project in the future by setting up a CNG and electrical charging station. 

The petrol pumps will be also accompanied by public comfort stations.

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September 15,2020

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Pilibhit, Sept 15: The Superintendent of Police (SP) Pilibhit, Jai Prakash Yadav, has recommended suspension of the arms licence of BJP district vice-president, Amit Balmiki, following a report filed by Pilibhit police stattion SHO Shrikant Dwivedi.

The SP has written to the District Magistrate Pulkit Khare to suspend the arms licence issued to Balmiki.

The controversy began when Balmiki reportedly attempted to take unauthorised possession of a residential plot.

The SHO said that in the 12-year-old dispute with one Dimple Gaur, over a 200 square metre plot in Dalchand locality, a Pilibhit civil court had ruled in favour of Gaur on February 19 this year.

On August 31, when she began construction on the plot, located next to her residence, Balmiki arrived with 26 henchmen and obstructed work.

After police booked both sides under sections 107/116(3) of CrPC, the Gaurs obtained bail against personal bonds, but Balmiki and his henchmen neither appeared before court nor sought bail, said the SHO.

SP Yadav said based on Dwivedi's report, he recommended the suspension of Balmiki's pistol licence.

Balmiki could not be contacted for his comment.

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September 22,2020

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New Delhi, Sept 22: The Rajya Sabha passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020 on Tuesday.

Union Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moved the Bill for passing in the Upper House today stating that the amendments divided in two compartments are focused on decriminalisation and increasing the ease of living.

"The Companies Act was passed in 2013, and since then it has undergone so many amendments because the stakeholders kept giving inputs on its various aspects.. It essentially consists of two different compartments, the first one consists of 48 amendments all of which aim at decriminalization and related matters," Sitharaman said

"Decriminalisation and also greater ease of living both for companies and citizens. So compliance-related issues are being made simpler, in the second compartment there are 13 amendments, one chapter is getting added and there are three new sections inserted," she added.

The Lok Sabha had earlier passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The Upper House had earlier also passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Earlier, today the Opposition MPs, including those from Congress, Samajwadi Party, among others had staged a walkout from the Upper House over the issue of suspension of eight parliamentarians and the farm-related bills.

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September 13,2020

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New Delhi, Sept 13: The Director General of Civil Aviation on Sunday clarified that bona fide passenger travelling in an aircraft can take pictures and video while in flight; take off and landing.

However, the passengers cannot use any recording device which compromises air safety or violates prevalent norms.

"It is clarified that a bona fide passenger travelling in an aircraft engaged in scheduled air transport services may do still and video photography from inside such an aircraft while in flight; take off and landing," DGCA said.

However, this permission does not include use of any recording equipment which imperils or compromises air safety; violates prevalent norms; creates chaos or disruption during operation of flight or expressly prohibited by crew, DGCA said in a statement.

"Action may be initiated against those persons found in violation of above guideline," it stated.

Recently, Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued an order saying airline's flight schedule on any given route would be suspended for two weeks if any individual is found taking photographs at a government aerodrome or from a flying aircraft.

It further said flight services on the route will be restored only after the airline has taken punitive action against those who are found guilty of the violation.

Two days ago, DGCA sought a report from IndiGo airlines on photography and videography during actress Kangana Ranaut's flight from Chandigarh to Mumbai on September 9.

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