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New Delhi, Oct 22 : The Delhi Police might be the best in the country in terms of staffing, infrastructure and use of budget, but when it comes to controlling crime, all that fade into disappointment.

According to the Crime in India-2017 report, released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), here on Monday, Delhi tops the crime chart.

According to the NCRB data, number of crimes increased 11 per cent in Delhi in 2017 compared with 2016, earning it the dubious distinction of the crime capital of the country.

According to reports, Delhi accounts for 4.9 per cent of crimes recorded in India. In 2017, Delhi recorded more than 2,32,000 incidents of crime, which was 4.9 per cent of the total offences recorded in the country.

As per the NCRB data, over 50,00,000 cases of cognisable crimes were registered across the country in 2017, an increase of 200,000 over 2016. However, number of murders declined 5.9 per cent in 2017 compared with 2016.

The cases of kidnapping for ransom increased by over 7,000 in 2017. The number of cyber crime increased significantly to 21,796 in 2017 from 12,137 in 2016.

On the spurt in crime in Delhi, Mandeep Singh Randhawa, Delhi Commissioner of Police and spokesman, refused to agree and told IANS, “It’s not true. There is a decline in the incidents of murder in 2017. As we have developed a system of online registration of crime, it’s natural that more cases will be registered in Delhi.”

“The rise in crime in Delhi may be because of free registration of FIRs. But the rise in cases of snatching is alarming,” former Director of Intelligence Bureau Arun Bhagat told IANS.

Did the increase in crime reflect slackness of the Delhi Police?. Bhagat said, “These days criminals have become smart. They know how system works. We send them to jails, and they manage to get bails.”

Former Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told IANS, “Look at Haryana. Snatchers can’t get bail there. In Delhi, it’ easy to get bail. The rising population is also, to some extent, responsible for the spurt in crime.”

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Ajit Jogi — brilliant bureaucrat, outstanding politician

But he was largely living in political isolation after Congress stormed to power in the state in 2018 assembly polls and his bete noire Bhupesh Baghel became chief minister.

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Raipur, May 29 : Chhattisgarh slipped into shock on Friday following passing away of Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi.

Jogi, 74, breathed his last at a private hospital around 3.30 p.m. He was a household name in the tribal state as he rose from the rank of a poor tribal to first Chief Minister of the mineral-rich state.

Jogi was confined to wheelchair since April 2004 following a near-fatal road accident during Lok Sabha electioneering. He was a brilliant IAS officer first and then an outstanding politician and his friends and foes describe him as “a person of rare will power”.

Jogi was born in a poor family at village Jogisar (now under Marwahi assembly segment in Chhattisgarh) on April 29, 1946. He defied all odds to excel in IAS exam in 1970 and served as as Collector in undivided Madhya Pradesh before taking a plunge into politics in 1986 on instruction of Gandhi family.

“He was a statesman, his daily schedule stretched to at least 16 hours. I have never seen a hard working man like Jogi, an extraordinary will power was his added advantage,” remarked senior politician and MLA Dharamjeet Singh who was known as the closest person to Jogi.

Chhattisgarh’s cabinet minister and senior tribal leader Kawasi Lakhma summed up his life: “Jogi was a champion for impoverished tribal community which make up roughly 30 per cent of state’s population. He was a true defender of tribal rights and had always strongly highlighted tribals’ plight as a parliamentarian in Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha besides out in the streets of central India”.

He completed his Mechanical Engineering degree from Maulana Azad College of Technology, Bhopal with a Gold Medal. Jogi was selected for the Indian Police Service and Indian Administrative Service and set a record of the longest serving Collector/District Magistrate for over 12 years at Sidhi, Shahdol, Raipur and Indore districts of undivided Madhya Pradesh from 1974 to 1986.

He had a deep family connect with Congress’ Gandhi family which helped him to outsmart veteran politician V.C. Shukla in his backyard in race for Chhattisgarh’s first Chief Minister when the state was formed in November 2000 with the division of Madhya Pradesh.

He led the Congress government till November 2003 when the BJP came to power in the state’s maiden assembly polls. Jogi’s political downfall started from late 2013 as he failed to live up to Gandhi family’s expectations to checkmate Raman Singh-led BJP government in two successive assembly elections in 2008 and 2013.

After having a strained relationship with the Gandhi family, he finally quit Congress in June 2016 and floated a regional party. But he was largely living in political isolation after Congress stormed to power in the state in 2018 assembly polls and his bete noire Bhupesh Baghel became chief minister.

Baghel in his reaction termed Jogi’s demise as “a massive political loss” to the state, while BJP leader Raman Singh who ruled the state for 15 consecutive years, said: “Jogi’s death has brought an end to a political era in the state.”

Jogi is survived by his wife Renu Jogi and son Amit Jogi.

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Ajit Jogi: Clever, confident and ever controversial – Obituary

However, the Congress could not retain the state in the state’s first Assembly polls in 2003 and the BJP, under Raman Singh, began a three-term stint.

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Raipur, May 29 : Ajit Pramod Kumar Jogi (1946-2020) will always be remembered as one who could have put his immense political and administrative acumen to better use to give Chhattisgarh a head-start as its first Chief Minister.

For his intellect and his communication skills in English, Hindi and Chhattisgarhi, he had few peers among the natives — the tribals and the Satnamis — who form the core population of the state. Chhattisgarh was essentially carved out as a new state in 2000 to catalyse the growth of the backward classes. His name did not figure among the contenders for the Chief Minister till ten days before the state was formed. He sprang a surprise by outsmarting the fancied players.

Jogi’s chequered political career was preceded by brief spells as an engineering college lecturer in Raipur and an IPS officer and a long spell as IAS officer.

His 1968 graduation batchmates from Bhopal’s Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (then known as Maulana Azad College of Technology) remember him as a brilliant student who took his Mechanical Engineering degree, winning the University Gold Medal and never needing the reservation quota except while entering the engineering course.

His stints as IAS officer were marked both by innovative ideas and controversies. Almost after each posting, he faced charges of irregularities. He served as District Collector at Sidhi, Shahdol, Raipur and Indore. During his stint at Sidhi, he cultivated veteran Congressman Arjun Singh who mentored him for many years and guarded him against adversities.

The first case of financial impropriety was filed against him in 1980-81 when the Kodar dam was under construction during Jogi’s stint as District Collector in Raipur. He wriggled out without any damage. Arjun Singh happened to be the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh then. But the case dragged on till the next decade before he was exonerated.

As District Collector in Indore in 1981-85, he was accused of amassing wealth and there was a raid by the Lokayukta. Arjun Singh was alleged to have played an important role in getting Jogi a Rajya Sabha nomination and a reprieve from the probe. Then Chief Minister Motilal Vora was too much in awe of Arjun Singh to resist him.

He subsequently left the IAS for politics, and had a long stint in the Congress organisation and a Member of Parliament before he rose to the helm in newly-carved out Chhattisgarh.

His confidence was exemplary. He would keep consulting media persons about the reforms to improve the lot of the socially oppressed classes.

As Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, a significant contribution was to secure the interests of migrant labour force. He brought legislation to help the labour force headed to states like Punjab and Haryana during paddy transplant season. He wanted the landlords to insure the workers and see that they lived some dignity.

However, the Congress could not retain the state in the state’s first Assembly polls in 2003 and the BJP, under Raman Singh, began a three-term stint.

In June 2007, Jogi and his son were arrested in connection with the murder of NCP treasurer Ram Avtar Jaggi, who was shot dead in June 2003. But, five years later, the CBI said Jogi could not be prosecuted under any law. The BJP then alleged the UPA government misused the CBI to protect Jogi.

Jogi’s Scheduled Tribe status certificate issued by a Pendra tehsildar in 1967 kept haunting him till recent times. The issue has remained unresolved. Jogi challenged the adversaries both in the Congress and the BJP who would not let him wriggle out.

Jogi’s penchant for intrigues sometimes left a hilarious trail. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was contesting against Chandulal Sahu of the BJP in Mahasamund. In a close contest, Jogi lost by just over 100 votes. Surprisingly the second, third and even the fourth runners up were all named Chandulal Sahu. They were all independents.

The second and third runners up, between them, polled 28,000 votes. It was easy to guess who set them up to baffle the supporters of original Chandulal Sahu. Such smart moves did not always yield the desired result, though.

In 2015, some audio tapes were found featuring a year-old conversation showing Jogi prompting his own party candidate to pull out of the contest to help the BJP win the Antagarh reserved seat. Then Chief Minister Raman Sngh’s son-in-law Puneet Gupta allegedly brokered the pay-off. Congress office-bearers expressed shock over Jogi and his son’s involvement in the act. Congress had smelt a rat when party candidate Manturam Pawar had withdrawn from the contest.

On June 6, 2016, Jogi announced ending his association with Congress in the presence of his wife and son in Chhattisgarh. The party eventually had to jettison Jogi, who set up his Janta Congress Chhattisgarh. However, his party’s performance in the 2018 elections – in which the Congress swept back to power with a thumping majority – was sub par and it has little to brag about its status now.

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Covid-19 corollaries on the dairy sector: CRISIL

Overall, demand for milk and dairy products would be lukewarm in the near term, so prices are unlikely to boil over, according to the report.

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New Delhi, May 26 : Supply chain disruptions in the early weeks of the nationwide lockdown, and bread-and-butter issues for hotels, restaurants and cafes, have materially reduced demand for dairy products.

This is despite supply of most dairy products continuing during the lockdown, since they are categorised as essentials.

The shuttering of hotels and dine-ins has also dried up off-take of skimmed milk powder and khoya.

According to report by CRISIL Research on the state of dairy industry and supply chains, products that can’t be made at home easily – such as cheese, flavoured milk and also khoya – haven’t found their way back to the dining table in the same quantities as before the lockdown.

Demand for ice creams, which usually peaks in summer (accounting for 40 per cent of annual sales) has just melted away. Rural areas, which are feeling the income pinch more, seem to be staying off butter and ghee, the report by global analytics firm has said.

To be sure, since the third week of April, supply chains have turned smoother, so demand for staples such as milk, curd, paneer and yogurt are expected to see a quick rebound, leading to on-year expansion in sales, CRISIL said.

The pandemic, however, may sour the business for unorganised dairies because of pervasive contamination fears.

Conversely, as consumers shift, revenues of organised dairies and packaged products should fatten.

Overall, demand for milk and dairy products would be lukewarm in the near term, so prices are unlikely to boil over, according to the report.

Large brands such as Amul and Mother Dairy had already hiked retail milk prices by 4-5 per cent last fiscal. They may not serve an encore.

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