15th National Integration Council Meeting in New Delhi
Draft Communal Violence Bill face in for sharp criticism from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)Trinamool Congress UP Chief Minister Mayawati at a meeting of the National Integration Council in New Delhi on Saturday.Chief Minister Mayawati criticised the Centre for seeking the views of the state government on the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence Bill without providing a draft of the bill to it."It is important to tell that the Centre has not sent the proposed Communal Violence Bill to the state government. Hence it is not the opportune moment to comment on the Bill," she said.Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley duo pointed fingers at the National Advisory Council's draft of the communal violence bill said the bill is against the majority community in the country.Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh also opposed proposed Communal Violence Bill said draft was against the federal structure of the country and directly interfere with the legitimate authority of states.NIC, meet after a gap of three years, on its agenda the controversial Communal Violence Bill-Prime Minister's Speech at the National Integration Council Meeting
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has addressed the 15th National Integration Council Meeting in New Delhi today. Following is the text of the Prime Minister’s address on the occasion.
“I am very happy to welcome all of you to this 15th meeting of the National Integration Council. The meetings of the Council provide us unique opportunities for exchange of views on issues of vital national importance. Common citizenship, unity in diversity, secularism, equality, justice – social, economic and political, and fraternity among all communities constitute the foundation of our national life. At the National Integration Council meetings we reiterate our faith in these abiding values.
I am sure that like the previous meetings, this meeting of the National Integration Council also will benefit all of us who are present here today.
As the Home Minister reminded us just now, the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had convened a National Integration Conference in 1961 to find ways and means to combat the evils of communalism, casteism, regionalism, linguism and narrow-mindedness, and to formulate definite conclusions in order to give proper lead to the country. At that Conference, it was decided to set up a National Integration Council (NIC) to review and make recommendations on all matters pertaining to national integration. The first meeting of the National Integration Council was held in Delhi in June 1962.
Our country has come a long way since 1962. We have made remarkable progress in many diverse areas. But the need to confront divisive forces remains as important, if not more, as it was about 40 years back.
Team Anna begin two-day deliberations at village of Ralegan Siddhi on Saturday to contemplate a strategy for safe passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament.Anna Hazare-issued ultimatum to the government from his village Ralegaon Siddhi. Anna said that if the government doesn't implement the Janlokpal Bill they will begin another movement.During a meeting with his team in Ralegaon Siddhi on Saturday morning, social activist Anna Hazare said that MPs who are against the Jan Lokpal Bill should not win in the next elections: Kiran Bedi addressing said electoral reforms were necessary as corruption and elections were "two sides of the same coin".Alleging that country's investigating agencies lack independence, key member of Team Anna and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi called for a single investigating entity, which can "work independently and effectively towards fighting corruption".Further said, "The investigating agencies are politically controlled and the present government would keep the CBI with it, so that it can investigate Kalmadi-kind of cases as it wants," she alleged.BJP- leader LK Advani's plan to embark on a country-wide rath yarta against corruption, Kiran Bedi said they will back any political party who supports the anti-corruption movement. "We are with anyone who supports the anti-corruption movement and there is no competition with anyone. The cause is the most important factor for us," Bedi said. "Anybody who is supporting the cause will get our support. If any political party is for the anti-corruption movement, we are for the cause. We are not for or against any party. In fact, we have been meeting parties to support the cause," she added. But RTI activist and senior member of Anna's core group, Arvind Kejriwal on to that statement, distancing himself-from any political party. "I will have to speak to her, there seems to be a misunderstanding. We do not extend support to any political party," Kejriwal said.Media-agencies Posted by Nksagar at 12:51 AM 0 comments