Section 377 verdict: Bigoted attitudes dehumanise transgenders, says CJI Misra (Page-11) The very existence of Section 377 IPC, criminalising transgenders, stigmatised an already oppressed and discriminated class of people, Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who headed the Constitution Bench decriminalising homosexuality, wrote. Bigoted and homophobic attitudes dehumanise transgenders by denying them their dignity, personhood and above all, their basic human rights. "To change the societal bias and root out the weed, it is the foremost duty of each one of us to stand up and speak up against the slightest form of discrimination against transgenders that we come across Let us move from darkness to light, from bigotry to tolerance and from the winter of mere survival to the spring of life-as the herald of a New India to a more inclusive society," the Chief Justice wrote in an opinion shared by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar on the Bench.
Stigma, oppression and prejudice against the transgender community have to be eradicated. Transgenders have to Progress from their narrow claustrophobic spaces of mere survival, hiding in there with their isolation and fears, to enjoying the richness of living," Chief Justice Misra observed. The community should be allowed to walk out of the shadows in order to fully realise their potential * The community should get equal opportunity in all walks of life, Chief Justice Misra said
EVs, CNG vehicles don't need permits (GS-3) (Page-13) Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said that no permits would be required for vehicles running on alternative fuel, including CNG, ethanol and EVs, a move that is expected to boost the demand for such vehicles in the country. "We have decided to exempt electric vehicles as well as vehicles, including auto-rickshaws, buses, taxis, that run on alternative fuel like ethanol, bio-diesel, CNG, methanol and bio-fuel, from permit requirements," the Minister said at the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers' (SIAM) 58th convention, here on Thursday. Mr. Gadkari, however, added that this would not extend to mild hybrids or hybrid vehicles. The Minister added that with the GST on EVs at 12%, there wasnt any further need for subsidy,"In our country, we can't subsidise individual vehicles. We need to think innovatively to induct environment friendly vehicles. My ministry has prepared a detailed report to promote EVs through non-fiscal initiatives to have at least 15% EVs in the next five years." He, however, clarified that this was not mandatory
The government, he said, was also mulling converting two-wheelers into taxis in non-metros, while encouraging the auto industry to se waterways for logistics to trim costs and lower pollution. Speed governors Mr. Gadkari also said the government would soon "abolish" the requirement of speed governors Meanwhile, in an earlier session, the industry put forth its demand for speedy infrastructure development and better roads, while reiterating the need for a long-term regulatory and policy roadmap for the sector to plan investments better. SIAM President Abhay Firoda pointed out that policies changed in an ad hoc manner created uncertainty in the industry, and called for a 10-year policy roadmap for the sector Pointing out that all decisions were taken in consultation with the industry,Abhay Dhamle, Secretary, Road Transport and Highways Ministry, at a later session, said a joint working group had already been formed to create such a roadmap. "This week, we will be having the first meeting to discuss the draft of that roadmap" Minister for Heavy Industries and Enterprises Anant Geete said that the government was with the industry and "will do whatever we can do to help the industry grow. Assuring that government would address the auto industry's concerns, he said the industry must adapt to new technologies.
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