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JAMMU: Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party & Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee has urged Shri Ramnath Kovind, the President of India to persuade the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to follow the established norms and traditions which were invoked by his predecessors since sixties. It was Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru who constituted National Integration Council and it continued till Sardar Manmohan Singh. The difficult social and political issues like Ram Janamabhumi Babri Masjid issue, J&K, North-East, NIC meetings were convened where representatives of various political parties as well as social and eminent personalities from different walks of life participated and brought national consensus to settle the difficult and boiling issues.

 

NPP Supremo urged the President of India that the present Prime Minister has been avoiding to constitute National Integration Council for the reasons best known to him. It is the time that Prime Minister is persuaded to constitute or reconstitute as he desires fit and appropriate in the interest of national integration. The issues that are being raised in the North-East, J&K and even in the South need to be addressed unanimously without politicizing the existing issues so that a consensus without bias could be generated and the issues resolved in the national interest. This role can only be played by a national institution like NIC so that the social, political or economic and other issues which are likely to erupt and effect the life of a common man in the country.

Prof.Bhim Singh made strong appeal to the President to ensure that NIC is reconstituted and convened without any delay so that the conflicting or inflammable issues could be resolved and settled without delay. This is essential to strengthen National Integration. All the issues being faced by the nation from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Manipur to Dwarka could be addressed and resolved jointly from a platform of NIC as it has been doing in the past.

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  • Impounding of documents to be reflected electronically through 'eChallan' system

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has issued an advisory to states to accept Driving Licence, Registration Certificate or other documents in 'electronic form' presented through DigiLocker or mParivahan platform as valid under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 and treat them at par with the certificates issued by the transport authorities. This is in response to a number of Grievances/RTI applications received in the Ministry where citizens have raised the issue that the documents available in DigiLocker or them Parivahan app are not considered valid by the traffic police or the motorvehicles department, when asked to produce.

 

 

The Advisory clarifies that the DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India and the mParivahan mobile app of the Road Transport & Highways Ministry has the facility topull a citizen's Driving Licence or the Registration Certificate or any other certificate inan electronic form. These electronic records available on Digi Locker or mParivahan are deemed to be legally recognised at par with the original documents as per the provisionsof the Information Technology Act, 2000.As per the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act 1988, and the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989, the owner / driver has to produce the documents viz. licence orcertificate of registration etc. to the authority on demand.

 

The Advisory further says that the data related to the insurance of new vehicles and renewal of insurance ofvehicles is also being uploaded by the Insurance Information Board (liB) on the VAHAN database on a daily basis now and the same is reflected on the mParivahan / eChallan app of the Ministry. If the vehicle registration details on the mParivahan / eChallan appcontain the details of the policy which is in-force, then the requirement of a physicalcopy of the insurance certificate is also not to be enforced.

 

Regarding cases of offence when there is a requirement ofthe documents to be impounded, the enforcement agencies can have such impoundingreflected in the VAHAN/ SARATHI database electronically through the 'eChallan' system.There would be no requirement of physical seizure of the such documents.This IT based online verification of certificates is expected to help the enforcement authority in ensuring the genuineness of the details which further would result in better compliance and effective monitoring. State using any such online enforcement solution through alternative database have been asked to transfer the relevant information electronically through web service of VAHAN/ SARATHI database.

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NEW DELHI: Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron National Panthers Party & Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee expressed surprise on the silence of Parliament of India on the status of Fundamental Rights to the citizens of India in J&K.

Addressing a committee of State Legal Aid Committee in Delhi, Prof. Bhim Singh expressed surprise on the dead silence of the Parliament of India on the provision of Fundamental Rights to the Indian citizens in Jammu & Kashmir. Prof. Bhim Singh told a lawyers gathering that citizens of India in Jammu & Kashmir were deprived of their Fundamental Rights in 1954 by inserting A with 35 thus adding Art. 35 A in Chapter – III of the Constitution of India which deprived citizens of Jammu & Kashmir (Ladakh, Kashmir & Jammu province) of their Fundamental Rights by adding  A with 35 in 1954. Prof. Bhim Singh while addressing lawyers expressed shock that President of India by his Ordinance in 1954 deprived the citizens of India in J&K of their Fundamental Rights as the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir was empowered by the President of India by this Act in 1954. This was done only to vest dictatorial power in the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir which was headed by Bakshi Gulam Mohd. This amendment by inserting Art. 35 A empowered Govt. of J&K to divest the people of Jammu & Kashmir from all Fundamental Rights. Even today it is Public Safety Act in J&K which deprives citizens of all their Fundamental Rights in J&K. No other State in India has such authority in law.

Prof. Bhim Singh told lawyers to tell the Parliament to grant Fundamental Fights to the Indian citizens in J&K also. This is possible only when dictatorial amendment is withdrawn by the President of India.