Exempting school buses, ambulances from convoy movement plan

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/15/2019 12:15:03 PM

SHRC seeks reply from CS, DGP

SRINAGAR, Mar 14: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairman Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki issued a notice to Chief Secretary and the DGP of police to submit a detailed compliance report before the commission regarding exempting the school buses and ambulances during the convoy movement. The report has to be submitted within the four weeks from now.
The SHRC direction came in response to the petition filed by chairman international forum of justice and human rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case number SHRC/58/2019.
The petition reads that after the Lethpora, Pulwama attack, civil movement has been restricted when the convoys move in Kashmir more particularly on national highway and the sole purpose of restriction is to avoid repeat of such incidents in future.
“Due to the restrictions, all the civilian movement of vehicles including school buses and ambulances are halted during the plying of convoys on the various roads in Kashmir more particularly on the highways due to which general public in facing tremendous hardships with school children getting affected badly,” the petition reads. “The Private School Association J&K has also expressed their concern and thus appealed to the government to exempt the school buses and ambulances from the ambit of restrictions during convoy movement.”
It also states that the right to education is one of the fundamental rights given by the constitution and same cannot be curtailed or snatched by any government order as the restriction on the movement of school buses amounts to same. “It is therefore requested that the SHRC may take cognizance of the petition and the authorities concerned may be directed to exempt the school buses and ambulances from the ambit of restrictions,” he said.
Petitioner while expressed serious concern over stopping of ambulances and school buses during convoy movement stated that majority of school children reach their respective schools late while patients ferried in the ambulances also reach late to the hospitals which poses a great risk to their chances of survival.
21 opposition parties move SC over paper trail verification in LS polls
NEW DELHI, Mar 14 (Agencies): The Supreme Court will on Friday hear a petition filed by opposition parties seeking mandatory verification of 50 per cent votes by paper trail before announcing results in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The petition has been listed for admission in the Supreme Court.
The lead petitioner in the case is Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Earlier, leaders from 21 political parties had met the Election Commission last month over the issue of alleged tampering of the EVMs.
The opposition party leaders had demanded that 50 per cent of counting of votes should be done through EVMs and the rest 50 per cent through VVPATs. They also said the results of the two should be cross-checked before declaration a candidate winner from a Lok Sabha seat.
Announcing the poll schedule on March 10, the Election Commission had said that mandatory checking of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) will be done for one polling station in each Lok Sabha constituency.
The selection of the VVPAT checking with the EVM records will done on the basis of randomly selected polling booth. The VVPAT will be used at all polling stations along with the EVMs in the Lok Sabha polls.
The poll body will use as many as 17.4 lakh VVPAT machines in the conduct of the Lok Sabha and simultaneous assembly elections. The Lok Sabha polls will be held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. The votes will be counted on May 23.



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