The sale of marijuana on the Amazon e-commerce portal is not a new and first offence of Amazon, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) said in a statement.
Earlier in 2019, the chemicals for making the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) used in the Pulwama terror attack resulting in the death of 40 CRPF soldiers were also purchased via the e-commerce portal added.
The NIA, during the investigation of the Pulwama case, revealed this fact in its report in March 2020, the news also widely appeared in the media in March 2020. Besides other materials, ammonium nitrate, a contraband item in India, was also purchased through the portal.
CAIT National President B.C. Bhartia and Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said that as per reports available in the public domain during initial interrogation by the NIA, the person arrested disclosed that he used his Amazon online shopping account to procure chemicals for making IEDs, batteries and other accessories. The explosives used in the attack were determined through a forensic probe to be ammonium nitrate, nitro-glycerin etc.
CAIT said since the facilitation of the sale of contraband item Ammonium Nitrate was used against our soldiers, a case of treason should be registered against Amazon and its officials. However, the result of the lukewarm attitude of the policymakers and officials is allowing e-commerce portals to do whatever they like, the CAIT statement said.
It is also most surprising how this sensational matter was made dead, and no further actions were taken to sell contraband items.
Bhartia and Khandelwal said that ammonium nitrate was declared a banned item in 2011, for which a notification was issued listing the dangerous grades of ammonium nitrate under the Explosives Act, 1884 and denying its open sale, purchase and manufacture in India. Ammonium nitrate was the primary explosive in the bombs used to trigger the explosions in busy and crowded areas. Before Mumbai, ammonium nitrate was used in the blasts at Varanasi and Malegaon in 2006 and the serial blasts in Delhi in 2008.
The CAIT from 2016 is demanding a codified law and rules for e-commerce, but unfortunately, no step has been taken so far, which speaks to the sorry state of affairs, what worse can be than the procurement of chemicals used for making bombs? Targeting our great soldiers. Therefore, this case must be re-opened, and responsible persons managing the Amazon portal should be prosecuted as per the law, CAIT said.
Ammonium nitrate is a crystal-like white solid which is made in large industrial quantities. Its most extensive use is nitrogen for fertiliser, but it is also used to create explosives for mining. If the fire reaches it, the chemical reaction will be much more intense. When ammonium nitrate explodes, it can release toxic gases, including nitrogen oxides and ammonia gas, which could be dangerous to the people living around.
Bhartia and Khandelwal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for their immediate direct intervention. It has also encouraged Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal to immediately release e-commerce rules, e-commerce policy and new press notes replacing Press Note no 2 of the FDI policy.
The CAIT has urged the Union Government to conduct an intensive and thorough probe into the business model of big e-commerce players to ensure that no sale of prohibited items or anti- nation activities is undertaken on e-commerce portals and liability should be fixed on the marketplace to do strict KYC of the seller and using artificial intelligence, and machine learning technology allow the sale of goods or providing services only which are lawful.
Govt to make Online Grievance Redressal accessible to all: Dr Jitendra
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh informed the Lok Sabha today that the government has initiated the process to make Online Grievance Redressal accessible to all and for this purpose, Common Service Center (CSC) has been engaged to make CPGRAMS more inclusive and accessible to all including the differently-abled citizens.
Pertinent to mention that CPGRAMS (Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System) is an online platform available to the citizens 24×7 to lodge their grievances to the public authorities on any subject related to service delivery.
In reply to a question, the Minister stated that the Centralized Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System (CPGRAMS) is a continuously evolving platform which strives to add new features as per latest available technology to make it more efficient and user-friendly for all.
Dr Jitendra Singh informed that a total of 1, 28, 74,337 grievances have been filed under CPGRAMS platforms in last 10 years of which 1, 19, 90,434 have been disposed of. Similarly, a total of 67677 appeals were filed in CPGRAMS since the introduction of the appeal facility in CPGRAMS in January 2021.
The Minister informed that CPGRAMS has been integrated with several other Grievance portals. PMO PG portal, President Secretariat PG portal, Cabinet Secretariat PG portal and Grievance portals of Department of Pension and pensioners Welfare, Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises and Securities and Exchange Board of India are integrated with CPGRAMS at the backend.
CPGRAMS has also linked through the web API with Grievance Portals of the UT of Jammu & Kashmir and the States of Assam, Bihar, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
In reply to another question, Dr Jitendra Singh, who is also Incharge India Meteorological Department (IMD), stated that India Meteorological Department (IMD) is continuously working on improving operational forecasting models for various weather and climate extreme events to help farmers and others.
The Minister informed the House that the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) had launched an ambitious and well-resourced research programme on mission mode, called the Monsoon Mission. The first phase of the mission was implemented during 2012-2017 and the second phase (2017-22) is underway.
Dr Jitendra Singh further stated that India has augmented its capability of High-Performance Computing (HPC) system, which is close to 10 petaflops capacity now and it is the backbone of the monsoon research and operational services in the country. He said, India has the fourth best computing facilities in the world for weather and climate services and the Monsoon Mission has helped in the significant improvement of monsoon forecasts in all time scales, right from short-range to seasonal.
The Minister informed that India is now proud of having one of the best prediction system for generating real time forecasts and warnings in all spatial scales from a location to Block, district, meteorological subdivisions and homogeneous regions and temporal scales of a few hours (nowcast), 3 days (short range forecast), 4-7 days ((short range forecast), 4-7 days (medium range forecast) 1-4 weeks (extended range forecast) and one month to a season (long range forecast).
The reply by Dr Jitendra Singh also gave detail that IMD is issuing Impact Based Forecast (IBF) which gives details of what the weather will do rather than what the weather will be. It contains the details of impacts expected from the severe weather elements and guidelines to the general public about do’s and don’ts while getting exposed to severe weather conditions like cyclone, heat wave, thunderstorm and heavy rainfall. IMD also runs an operational Agrometeorological Advisory Services (AAS) viz Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa (GKMS) scheme for the benefit of farming communities in the country.
366 terrorists eliminated in Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370: MoS Home Nityanand Rai
Union Minister for State for Home affairs Nityanand Rai on Wednesday informed Rajya Sabha that 366 terrorists were eliminated in Kashmir after the abrogation of article 370.
Rai in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on the question of Congress MP Digvijay Singh said, “366 terrorists killed, 96 Civilians also lost their life while 81 Security Forces (SFs) martyred in Kashmir after the repeal of Article 370 on 5th August 2019 till 30th November 2021.”
Rai further informed the Upper House that after the repeal of Article 370, no Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu has been displaced from the valley.
“However, recently some Kashmiri Pandit families, mostly women, and children, living in Kashmir have moved to the Jammu region. These families are of Govt. employees, many of whom, move to Jammu in winter as part of the movement of officials and the winter vacation in educational institutions,” he further added.
JMC Mayor appeals General public to come forward and take benefits of Medical camps
The Mayor of Jammu Chander Mohan Gupta has appeal to the general public, especially the women folk, to come forward and take full benefits of medical camps being organized by Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS).
Interacting with the locals after inaugurated ICDS medical camp at Anaganwadi centre in Shiv Nagar area Jammu, the Mayor said that all the councillors of Jammu Municipal Corporation in collaboration with other allied department are committed to provide best possible amenities to the inhabitants irrespective of any caste, creed or religion. He said that the municipal Councillor have been carrying this campaign for the last over three years since the establishment of JMC.
Mr. Gupta said that he had talked to Commissioner JMC, who is also CEO of Jammu Smarty City Ltd., to take necessary measures under Jammu Smart City Project so that Anaganwadi centers functioning within the limits of the JMC be upgraded and modernized.
Today, especial medical checkup camp was organized at Shiv Nagar Jammu with an object to provide best possible medical facilities to the needy & downtrodden families. The Mayor was accompanied by Mr. Surinder Chowdhary Councillor of ward no. 29 and Mr. Devinder Katoch, Joint Director, ICDS, Madam Akansha Kalsotra Child Development Project Officer Jammu alongwith other field staff of the department.
Doctors and Para Medical staff from Health Department thoroughly conducted medical checkup and provided free medicines to the persons. Madam Kamla Gupta, Mr. Ved Sharma, Mr. Naseev Raj, Mr. Balvinder Kumar, Mr. Kushan Verma, Mr. Shamsher Singh & other prominent inhabitants of Shiv Nagar, Rajpura & its adjoining localities were also present on the occasion.
Officers of department apprised the Mayor that under “Poshan Abhiyan”, the ICDS has continuously been organizing medical camps especially for the ladies from 15 to 49 age group & their thorough medical checkup is being conducted by the team of Doctors for their Anemia deduction & free medical treatment. Necessary medicines & other allied amenities are being provided free of cost to them, they added.
In today camp, children from age group 0-6 years have also been thoroughly checked up for their height & weight deduction & free medical treatment, necessary medicines were also provided to them. Besides, on the request of the general public a special camp for preparation of Aadhar Cards of persons belonging to any age group has also been started at this site.
The Mayor also supervised a plantation drive conducted within the premises of Anaganwadi centre at Shiv Nagar where a large numbers of ornamental & seasonal saplings were planted at the vacant area in order to maintain eco friendly atmosphere in and around the locality.
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