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Want To Discuss CAA? I Will Give You Time Within 3 Days: Home Minister

Anyone who wants to discuss issues related to CAA with me can seek time from my office: Amit Shah



NEW DELHI: Strongly reiterating his previous words about there being no provision in the Citizenship Amendment Act, CAA, that can take away the citizenship of Muslims, Home Minister Amit Shah today said that the Delhi election result is not a mandate on the Citizenship Amendment Act, CAA and National Register of Citizens, NRC.

Speaking at an event by a private news television channel, the HM said: “A debate must take place on the merits of CAA, but the opposition is not ready for it. Modi government has never discriminated anyone on grounds of religion”.

Answering a question on putting a personal stake in the Citizenship Amendment Act, Shah denied that the legislation had anything to do with him personally.

Whatever I feel is beneficial for the nation, I do that. There is no personal stake in CAA,” the Home Minister said, adding that he will continue to do that and remain with the BJP forever. “I had decided that I will be with the BJP till my last breath.”

HM Shah invited anyone who wanted to discuss the Citizenship (Amendment) Act to come and meet him personally. Amit Shah said that he will allot a special time for this within three days.

“Anyone who wants to discuss issues related to CAA with me can seek time from my office, will allot time within three days,” he said.

He also sought to allay fears on the National Register of Citizens, which PM Modi has denied that has been discussed by the Cabinet.

“I want to tell all journalists not to talk about just anti-CAA protests but also about why the people are protesting. I have not found a clause in CAA due to which they feel that it is anti-Muslim. I am ready to debate if someone finds it,” he said.

“There is nothing to protest against CAA. They should protest when there will be action. If they have a problem, they should talk to us about it. I have answered all the questions in Parliament. If they have more questions, I’m ready to answer,” the minister said. “If anyone who wants to discuss issues related to CAA with me can seek time from my office; my office will allot time within three days,” he added.

Shah once again stressed that Muslims had nothing to fear and they will comfortably continue to live in India.

“I want to tell the nation, the Supreme Court had said that the refugees should be allowed to stay in India comfortably – this was said even before my birth. It was said that they should be given long term visas and that nobody should be deported,” he said.

“It was said that citizenship should be given especially to Sikhs and Hindus – this was not said by my party. All this was said by the Congress, the so-called ‘secular’ party. So if the Congress does it, it’s secular; if the BJP makes a rule out of it, we are dubbed communal,” he said, highlighting that it was not the first time a government had made a move to protect minorities living in neighbouring countries.

He rejected the charge that the BJP is anti-Muslim and accused the Congress of dividing the country on the basis of religion. “We don’t want anybody’s certificate. We have never discriminated on the basis of religion. We have a pure heart. I want to tell the nation that the CAA does not have any anti- Muslim clause,” the minister once again clarified.

On violent protests in Delhi, the minister said everyone has a right to protest peacefully but the protestors cannot go on torching buses and personal vehicles. “We respect it and we have tolerance. In Jamia, police had gone after students who had torched buses. Nobody has a right to set fire to buses and cars,” he said, adding he was with the police on this. “They took the right step.”

Addressing a question on the NRC, Shah denied that the Modi government has announced launching a pan-India National Register of Citizens.

“I have just said in Parliament that no decision has been taken on NRC. Don’t twist my statement. When we take a decision (on NRC), you will come to know about it,” the Home Minister said.

Commenting on fear-mongering by some political parties on CAA, NRC and NPR (National Population Register) among Muslims, the Home Minister said: “You don’t have to show your papers (during NPR exercise). Congress has filled the fear in their minds. I tell the people that you don’t have to show your papers. You just have to give information verbally,”  he said.

Shah said there were 30 per cent Hindus in Pakistan who were persecuted and now only 3 per cent are left. “Either they were killed or were converted. Or were taken in by India,” he said, stating the condition of minorities in Pakistan.

On the Popular Front of India’s link to violent anti-CAA protests, the minister said: “When the investigation is going on, I have nothing to say about PFI. When it gets over, I’ll say what I want to say and if there is anything to say.”

“Such extreme statements should not be made. Sharjeel Imam said he will cut off Assam (from India). We have held him for that,” the minister stated further, referring to the JNU student’s seditious remarks.

The BJP won only eight seats, most of them in Delhi regions represented by two MPs, Gautam Gambhir and city unit president Manoj Tiwari. The AAP won the remaining 62, falling just five short of its 2015 tally.

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‘Achche Din’ For You As ‘Consumer Protection Act, 2019’ Comes Into Force

The Act provides for punishment for manufacture or sale of adulterant/spurious goods.



NEW DELHI: The Consumer Protection Act, 2019 came into force yesterday. Briefing the media about the new law through a video conference in New Delhi yesterday, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that this new Act will empower consumers and help them in protecting their rights through its various notified Rules and provisions.

He said the Act includes the establishment of the Central Consumer Protection Authority, CCPA to promote, protect and enforce the rights of consumers.

The CCPA will be empowered to conduct investigations into violations of consumer rights and institute complaints or prosecution, order a recall of unsafe goods and services, order discontinuance of unfair trade practices and misleading advertisements, impose penalties on manufacturers or endorsers or publishers of misleading advertisements.

Paswan said that the rules for the prevention of unfair trade practice by e-commerce platforms will also be covered under this Act. The gazette notification for establishment of the Central Consumer Protection Authority and rules for prevention of unfair trade practice in e-commerce are under publication.


The new Act provides for simplifying the consumer dispute adjudication process in the consumer commissions, which include, among others,  empowerment of the State and District Commissions to review their own orders, enabling a consumer to file complaints electronically and file complaints in consumer Commissions that have jurisdiction over the place of his residence, videoconferencing for hearing and deemed admissibility of complaints if the question of admissibility is not decided within the specified period of 21 days.

The Minister said an Alternate Dispute Resolution mechanism of Mediation has been provided in the new Act.  This will simplify the adjudication process.

A complaint will be referred by a Consumer Commission for mediation, wherever scope for early settlement exists and parties agree for it.

The mediation will be held in the Mediation Cells to be established under the aegis of the Consumer Commissions.  There will be no appeal against settlement through mediation.

The Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Rules, there will be no fee for filing cases up to Rs. 5 lakh.

There are provisions for filing complaints electronically, credit of amount due to unidentifiable consumers to the Consumer Welfare Fund (CWF).  The State Commissions will furnish information to Central Government on a quarterly basis on vacancies, disposal, the pendency of cases and other matters.

The New Act also introduces the concept of product liability and brings within its scope, the product manufacturer, product service provider and product seller, for any claim for compensation.

The Act provides for punishment by a competent court for manufacture or sale of adulterant/spurious goods.

The court may, in case of a first conviction, suspend any licence issued to the person for a period of up to two years, and in case of second or subsequent conviction, cancel the licence.

Under this new Act, besides general rules, there are Central Consumer Protection Council Rules, Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission Rules, Appointment of President & Members in State/District Commission Rules, Mediation Rules, Model Rules and E-Commerce Rules and Consumer Commission Procedure Regulations, Mediation Regulations and Administrative control over State Commission & District Commission Regulations.

Paswan said that the Central Consumer Protection Council Rules are provided for constitution of the Central Consumer Protection Council, an advisory body on consumer issues, headed by the Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution with the Minister of State as Vice Chairperson and 34 other members from different fields.

The Council, which has a three-year tenure, will have Minister-in-charge of consumer affairs from two States from each region- North, South, East, West, and NER. There is also provision for having working groups from amongst the members for specific tasks.

In his concluding remarks, Shri Paswan said that in earlier Consumer Protection Act, 1986a single-point access to justice was given, which is also time-consuming.

The new act has been introduced after many amendments to provide protection to buyers not only from traditional sellers but also from the new e-commerce retailers/platforms. He said that this Act will prove a significant tool in protecting consumer rights in the country.

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“Sachin Pilot Nikamma Hai, Nakaara Hai… Kuchh Kaam Nahin Kar Raha Hai”: Ashok Gehlot

CM Gehlot alleged that Pilot along with the BJP had been conspiring for the last six months to topple his government.



JAIPUR (Rajasthan): Days after Sachin Pilot and his rebel camp declared an open rebellion against Ashok Gehlot, the Rajasthan chief minister described his former deputy as a “worthless” person and alleged that he backstabbed Congress by conspiring with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to dislodge his party’s government in the state. He also said that never in the history of the Congress has a party chief indulged in toppling his own government.

“Rajasthan is the only state in the country where no demands were raised from any quarter to change the Pradesh Congress Committee president in the last seven years. We knew that no work is happening. We knew he is nikamma and nakaara (useless). We still didn’t question him keeping the party interest in mind,” said Gehlot to the media.

The chief minister alleged that Pilot along with the BJP had been conspiring for the last six months to topple his government.

“Nobody believed me when I used to say that a conspiracy is being hatched to topple the government. I am not here to sell vegetables, I am the chief minister,” Gehlot said.

Ashok Gehlot’s no holds bar personal attack at Sachin Pilot did not end here as he added, “Masoom Chehra, Hindi-English Mey Command. Media ko impress Kar Rakha tha Pure Country Ke Andar. Bahot Mehnat Kari Rajasthan ke Andar government, Girane Ki.”  [He managed to impress national media with an innocent face backed by his command over English and Hindi language.]

“People of Rajasthan know his contribution to the state. I never questioned him [Sachin Pilot] and his actions for the larger interest of the party,” Gehlot told reporters in Jaipur.

Earlier in the day, the Rajasthan High Court began hearing on the writ petition filed by rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident party MLAs from Rajasthan, challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state Assembly speaker. The petition was taken up by a bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Prakash Gupta on Friday and arguments were heard.

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COVID-19 Unblock 2.0: Metro Rail, Schools, Colleges, Cinemas, Gyms To Remain Shut

International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. 



NEW DELHI: The Centre has issued new guidelines for Unlock -2 to open up more activities in areas outside the Containment Zones. The new guidelines will come into effect from tomorrow and the process of phased re-opening of activities has been extended further. As per the new guidelines, the lockdown will continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till July 31.

The Home Ministry has said that the new guidelines are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments.

Under the new guidelines of Unlock -2, Metro Rail service, operation of Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places will not be allowed.

Salient features of the new guidelines for Unlock 2

  • Domestic flights and passenger trains have already been allowed in a limited manner. Their operations will be further expanded in a calibrated manner.
  • Night curfew timings are being further relaxed and curfew shall be in force from 10.00 pm to 5.00 am. Further, relaxations in night curfew have been given for the seamless operation of industrial units in multiple shifts, movement of persons and goods on National and State Highways, loading and unloading of cargo and movement of persons to their destinations after disembarking from buses, trains and aeroplanes.
  • Shops, depending upon their area, can have more than 5 persons at a time. However, they have to maintain adequate physical distance.
  • Training institutions of the Central and State Governments will be allowed to function with effect from July 15, 2020.  SOP in this regard will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India.
  • After extensive consultation with States and UTs, it has been decided that schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed till July 31, 2020.
  • International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission.  Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner.
  • All activities, except the following, shall be permitted outside containment zones:
  1. Metro Rail.
  2. Cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places.
  3. Social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.

Dates for the opening of these will be decided separately, based on the assessment of the situation.

  • Lockdown shall continue to be implemented strictly in the Containment Zones till July 31, 2020. Containment Zones are required to be carefully demarcated by the State/ UT Governments with a view to containing the spread of COVID-19, after taking into consideration the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MOHFW).  Within the containment zones, strict perimeter control shall be maintained and only essential activities allowed.
  • These Containment Zones will be notified on the websites of the respective District Collectors and by the States/UTs and information will also be shared with MOHFW.
  • Activities in the Containment Zones shall be monitored strictly by the State/UT authorities, and the guidelines relating to containment measure in these zones shall be strictly implemented.
  • MOHFW will monitor the proper delineation of Containment Zones and the implementation of the containment measures.

States to decide on activities outside Containment Zones

  • States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain activities outside the Containment zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary.
  • However, there shall be no restriction on inter-State and intra-State movement of persons and goods.  No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.

Night curfew

  • Night Curfew shall continue to remain in force, between 10.00 pm and 5 am, except for essential activities and other relaxation given in Unlock 2.

National Directives for COVID-19 management

  • National Directives for COVID-19 management shall continue to be followed throughout the country, with a view to ensuring social distancing.  Shops will need to maintain adequate physical distancing among customers. MHA will monitor the effective implementation of National Directives.

Protection for vulnerable persons

  • Vulnerable persons, i.e., persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, are advised to stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

Use of Aarogya Setu

  • The use of Aarogya Setu mobile application will continue to be encouraged.
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