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July 27, 2001 - July 27, 2001

For quake compensation, one has to die under debris Friday, July 27, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: There are many families who lost their near and dear in the quake, but in the government language, they are not 'quake dead' if they were not buried under the collapsed buildings or under its rubble.
There is no compensation for the deaths of people who died of shock, cardiac arrest or other situations resulting directly from the January 26 earthquake or from its aftershocks.

Bhavna's case is queer, but no exception. There are many others in Surendranagr district alone, who share her fate. Take for example the cases of Babulal Pandya of Wadhwan, who lost his wife or that of Rahematben Amijibhai, also of Wadhwan, who lost her husband under similar circumstances.

In Bhavna's case, her entire family was indoors when the earth shook once again on January 27. They were arranging the house-hold, which had gone topsy-turvy on the previous day. Everyone ran out except her husband Mahipatbhai who was the last to leave the building and banged his head in the doorway.

While coming out, he watched the parapet wall and the ceiling crumbling before his eyes. Shocked by the sight, Mahipat, a carpenter by profession, collapsed. Her husband's grandfather Gangarambhai, who was 102 years old, also became unconscious due to fear and shock.

Both were rushed to the CU Shah Medical College and Hospital, where Mahipat was declared dead. His grandfather died on the following day. No one thought of getting a postmortem done.

The widow who has no other source of support for herself of for her children pleaded to the deputy district collector of Wadhwan for compensation.

However, her request was rejected by the authorities, saying that her husband did not die of "...collapsing of buildings due to earthquake or by getting buried under the rubble. But he has died because of shock resulting from fear. Besides, no postmortem report has been received by us. Hence your application for compensation cannot be accepted and is rejected."

The matter was then brought before the Special Earthquake Cell for Compensation, set up by the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority (GSLSA) for the purpose at its Surendranagar district office.

"We had asked the chairman of district authority in Surendranagar to review the matter in the consultative committee. But the collector did not consider it favourably and therefore it has come once again before the chairman. It is pending before us and we hope that this case will be considered on humanitarian grounds," says member secretary of the GSLSA P P Bhatt.

Bhavna's application was then forwarded to the district collector of Surendranagar for review. But the collector, in his letter dated April 4, 2001, refused to review the compensation application on the same grounds as before.

The case was then referred by the authorities in Surendranagar to the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority in Ahmedabad for directing action.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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For quake compensation, one has to die under debris Friday, July 27, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: There are many families who lost their near and dear in the quake, but in the government language, they are not 'quake dead' if they were not buried under the collapsed buildings or under its rubble.
There is no compensation for the deaths of people who died of shock, cardiac arrest or other situations resulting directly from the January 26 earthquake or from its aftershocks.

Bhavna's case is queer, but no exception. There are many others in Surendranagr district alone, who share her fate. Take for example the cases of Babulal Pandya of Wadhwan, who lost his wife or that of Rahematben Amijibhai, also of Wadhwan, who lost her husband under similar circumstances.

In Bhavna's case, her entire family was indoors when the earth shook once again on January 27. They were arranging the house-hold, which had gone topsy-turvy on the previous day. Everyone ran out except her husband Mahipatbhai who was the last to leave the building and banged his head in the doorway.

While coming out, he watched the parapet wall and the ceiling crumbling before his eyes. Shocked by the sight, Mahipat, a carpenter by profession, collapsed. Her husband's grandfather Gangarambhai, who was 102 years old, also became unconscious due to fear and shock.

Both were rushed to the CU Shah Medical College and Hospital, where Mahipat was declared dead. His grandfather died on the following day. No one thought of getting a postmortem done.

The widow who has no other source of support for herself of for her children pleaded to the deputy district collector of Wadhwan for compensation.

However, her request was rejected by the authorities, saying that her husband did not die of "...collapsing of buildings due to earthquake or by getting buried under the rubble. But he has died because of shock resulting from fear. Besides, no postmortem report has been received by us. Hence your application for compensation cannot be accepted and is rejected."

The matter was then brought before the Special Earthquake Cell for Compensation, set up by the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority (GSLSA) for the purpose at its Surendranagar district office.

"We had asked the chairman of district authority in Surendranagar to review the matter in the consultative committee. But the collector did not consider it favourably and therefore it has come once again before the chairman. It is pending before us and we hope that this case will be considered on humanitarian grounds," says member secretary of the GSLSA P P Bhatt.

Bhavna's application was then forwarded to the district collector of Surendranagar for review. But the collector, in his letter dated April 4, 2001, refused to review the compensation application on the same grounds as before.

The case was then referred by the authorities in Surendranagar to the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority in Ahmedabad for directing action.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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For quake compensation, one has to die under debris Friday, July 27, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: There are many families who lost their near and dear in the quake, but in the government language, they are not 'quake dead' if they were not buried under the collapsed buildings or under its rubble.
There is no compensation for the deaths of people who died of shock, cardiac arrest or other situations resulting directly from the January 26 earthquake or from its aftershocks.

Bhavna's case is queer, but no exception. There are many others in Surendranagr district alone, who share her fate. Take for example the cases of Babulal Pandya of Wadhwan, who lost his wife or that of Rahematben Amijibhai, also of Wadhwan, who lost her husband under similar circumstances.

In Bhavna's case, her entire family was indoors when the earth shook once again on January 27. They were arranging the house-hold, which had gone topsy-turvy on the previous day. Everyone ran out except her husband Mahipatbhai who was the last to leave the building and banged his head in the doorway.

While coming out, he watched the parapet wall and the ceiling crumbling before his eyes. Shocked by the sight, Mahipat, a carpenter by profession, collapsed. Her husband's grandfather Gangarambhai, who was 102 years old, also became unconscious due to fear and shock.

Both were rushed to the CU Shah Medical College and Hospital, where Mahipat was declared dead. His grandfather died on the following day. No one thought of getting a postmortem done.

The widow who has no other source of support for herself of for her children pleaded to the deputy district collector of Wadhwan for compensation.

However, her request was rejected by the authorities, saying that her husband did not die of "...collapsing of buildings due to earthquake or by getting buried under the rubble. But he has died because of shock resulting from fear. Besides, no postmortem report has been received by us. Hence your application for compensation cannot be accepted and is rejected."

The matter was then brought before the Special Earthquake Cell for Compensation, set up by the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority (GSLSA) for the purpose at its Surendranagar district office.

"We had asked the chairman of district authority in Surendranagar to review the matter in the consultative committee. But the collector did not consider it favourably and therefore it has come once again before the chairman. It is pending before us and we hope that this case will be considered on humanitarian grounds," says member secretary of the GSLSA P P Bhatt.

Bhavna's application was then forwarded to the district collector of Surendranagar for review. But the collector, in his letter dated April 4, 2001, refused to review the compensation application on the same grounds as before.

The case was then referred by the authorities in Surendranagar to the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority in Ahmedabad for directing action.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Promotion through CAS to begin from May Friday, July 27, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: The Baroda University Teachers' Association has been successful in persuading MS University to start the process of promoting teachers from lecturer to senior lecturer grade under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS). The process will start from May 15 and is likely to be completed by May-end, BUTA general secretary RC Patel said.
"We have also convinced the University that in the case the teachers who were appointed before September 7, 1998, the orientation programme conducted by our varsity would be adequate for giving senior scale. As for those who have joined after September 7, 1998 the mater is under active consideration", Patel said. He added that the BUTA has also been able to get the MSU pay 20 per cent arrears in almost all faculties.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Academic council does flip-flop Friday, July 27, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AHMEDABAD: The academic council of Gujarat University did a complete turnaround on Wednesday and referred the case of affiliation to the 21 institutions back to the needs committee. Only last month the same body had granted affiliation to 16 of the institutions, leading to an uproar in the university with the executive council member and for deputy chief minister, Narhari Amin, challenging the decision in the High Court.
Advocate and executive council member Sudhir Nanavati, who had also opposed the decision, said the university has surrendered the fight with the decision. "With this, the academic council members have accepted that their earlier decision was wrong," he said. "They had take a decision without receiving any report from the need committee on which the executive council had given affiliation.

The need committee will now give its opinion on whether colleges in particular streams are required or not. Earlier the executive had left the decision to the vice chancellor and Amin had challenged it in his petition.

Sources in the university said this clearly showed that the officials were expecting a judgment against them, and have tried to curtail the damage with the decision. They may ask the High Court to not pass a judgment as most of the demands in the petition had been met.

The university had granted affiliation to 16 self-financed institutions last month. The High Court, however, stayed the decision following Amin's petition. Of the 21 applications affiliation was granted to seven BCA, one BBA, three commerce, one arts, two arts and commerce, one physiotherapy and one BPE self-financed colleges.

What surprised many was that affiliation was granted overnight after discussing the issue for over two months. They felt that the authorities could have waited for another two days as Vice-Chancellor Naresh Ved was returning from his 15-day leave.

News Source : Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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