Plea In Supreme Court Against The Conduct Of UP Gram Panchayat Raj Elections Amid ‘Exponential’ Surge In COVID-19 Cases

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In Supreme Court Against The Conduct Of UP Gram Panchayat Raj Elections Amid ‘Exponential’ Surge In COVID-19 Cases LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 April 2021 12:53 AMShare This – xA petition has been moved in the Supreme Court against the order of the Allahabad High Court allowing the Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Raj Election to continue amid the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. “It is relevant to state that till 16.04.2021 State of Uttar Pradesh is everyday observing highest record breaking single day surge in cases of the COVID cases.The surge has…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA petition has been moved in the Supreme Court against the order of the Allahabad High Court allowing the Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Raj Election to continue amid the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. “It is relevant to state that till 16.04.2021 State of Uttar Pradesh is everyday observing highest record breaking single day surge in cases of the COVID cases.The surge has absolutely paralysed public life and all the medical aid systems have reached to a stage of complete saturation”, the petition reads. The petition by Sachin Yadav through Advocate Talha Abdul Rahman avers that the State Election Commission has been directing employees of the State Government to report for training, which as per the petitioner is not being held with adequate social distancing.Citing the rise in cases and the consequent toll on the healthcare sector, the petitioner prays for leave to appeal, and in the interim, a stay on the Allahabad High Court order allowing the election to continue and a deferral of the polls till the situation in the State returns to normal.Additionally, the petitioner also seeks that the further phases of elections in the state are stayed until the State Election Commission is advised by the State Medical Department and independent doctors and that the situation ‘is conducive’ to complete the remaining phases of the elections. The plea takes the stance that the training and transit of the government employees would be likely to spread the virus to areas that are relatively less affected, and therefore calls upon the State Election Commission to take a decision immediately deferring the remaining phases of elections. Additionally, it is argued that the Allahabad High Court’s order was passed “without taking into account any data or statistics or examining for itself what the election process entails.” Quoting statistics, the plea asserts that the cases of COVID-19 are on the ascent, and observes that the actual picture on the ground may be much worse. The plea, with photographs, alleges that the first phase of the election on April 15 saw “a huge turn out of the people has been seen where no COVID Protocols were been followed which risked the lives of “voters, officer on duty and other people with whom such a huge number of people will come in contact.” Against this backdrop the petitioner states, “It is most respectfully submitted that the amid such a critical ,grave and grim situation the UP State Election Commission bluntly has proceeded further with Gram Panchayat Raj Election in accordance with notification dated 26.03.2021 issued by the State Election Commission ignoring the risk of super spread of the virus and exposing the life of the general public.” The petition extracts a copy of the Allahabad High Court’s Order in suo motu proceedings last year wherein it stated, “We must give priority to public health over elections and Government is expected to streamline every department of public health and public care in the light of the observations made” Averring that the High Court has not exercised the jurisdiction vested with it, the petitioner states that no Constitutional provision that comes in the way of deferring the elections since does not challenge the election process per se. Additionally stating that the petitioner had submitted a representation to the UP State Election, which was not acted upon, the plea prays that the election is deferred till the situation stabilises. Contending that its hands are tied by the Allahabad High Court’s orders, the petitioner states that only the Supreme Court would be able to provide the reliefs prayed for.CASE: Sachin Yadav v. State of Uttar Pradesh and Ors.COUNSEL: Advocate Mohd Shaz Khan, Advocate Talha Abdul RahmanNext Storylast_img read more

Ginsters uses technology to bring bakery to classroom

first_imgStudents studying the Diploma in Manufacturing and Product Design (MPD) can now gain access to Ginsters’ Callington Bakery without leaving their classroom, thanks to online video conferencing technology.Using free Skype communication software, pupils are able to talk directly to staff at Ginsters and look around the bakery as part of course projects and assignments. The new Diploma in MPD targets students aged between 14 and 19 and mixes practical and theoretical work on food manufacturing and product development, including at least 10 days’ work experience.”At Ginsters, we have worked with schools and colleges in Plymouth and Cornwall for many years. But we noticed that visits were decreasing year-on-year. It seems that new challenges associated with taking a class of young people on a visit were responsible for this reduction. These included transport, health and safety, financial and time-tabling issues,” said Chris Schaffer, bakery training and education co-ordinator at Ginsters. “We didn’t want this to affect our ability to help schools, especially with the new work-relevant requirements of the Diploma in MPD, so we decided to use Skype. Now, thanks to this technology, we can give students access to our facilities and the expertise of our staff.”Schaffer, who has signed up to become an employer champion for the Diploma in MPD, has also developed an educational website to support Ginsters’ activity.last_img read more

Dada Woof Papa Hot & Kill Floor Will Play Off-Broadway

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AAP to launch stir over Punjab power tariff hike

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party has decided to launch a Statewide stir against the ruling Congress government in Punjab over the recent increase in power tariffs.The Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission had last week announced an average tariff hike of 2.14% across categories for 2019-20.Senior AAP leader Aman Arora said the Congress government’s decision to increase electricity tariffs immediately after the Lok Sabha election reflected its “anti-people” attitude.‘Many tariff hikes’Mr. Arora said the Congress government during its nearly two-and-a-half-year tenure had hiked power tariffs as many as five times, whereas the AAP-led Delhi government had, instead of increasing tariffs, reduced it substantially.“AAP would first try to bring the Congress government on board over the recent increase in power tariffs through written submissions and by holding meetings with them. However, if the government fails to review its decision, the party would be left with no choice but to hold State-level protests,” he said.CM’s assuranceMeanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday assured farmers of eight hours of power supply every day for the ensuing paddy season, beginning June 13, while promising 24-hour supply of power to all other categories of consumers.At a meeting to review preparations by power companies — the Punjab State Power Corporation and the Punjab State Transmission Corporation — for supply of power during summer and paddy season, the Chief Minister said his government was committed to giving 100% cost subsidy to agriculture and free power to various categories of consumers.“The power companies briefed the Chief Minister about the arrangements made for meeting the demand of 14,000 MW, even though the demand anticipated by the Punjab State Power Corporation was likely to be 13,500 MW,” said an official statement.last_img read more