On November 3, 2017 we had published a story named “Error Free Online Assessment System”. Through this story we had covered about the glitches faced by the Mumbai University while adopting online assessment system for winter semester exams. Even though officials had claimed that they were better prepared to identify the glitches students were worried about whether their results will be declared as per schedule. Earlier students had to undergo severe hardships due to the delay in declaration of results. The erstwhile vice-chancellor of Mumbai University, Sanjay Deshmukh had received flak for implementing the digital assessment system without doing any groundwork. The state government too had asked Deshmukh to implement online assessment system in a phased manner but he nonetheless went ahead with the implementation process which resulted into chaos. Later Deshmukh was asked to quit. The university officials intervened in this matter and also assured us that necessary steps will be taken to rectify the glitches in the online assessment system to avoid inconvenience caused to students.
On November 20, 2017, we had published a story “Railways should provide compensation to contractual workers.” In this report, we had highlighted about how the risks contractual workers have to undergo while discharging their duties. Since last seven years, 44 railway workers, that included contractual labours, have lost their lives on railway tracks in the Mumbai division. More than 12 gangmen have died while performing track maintenance work since past three years. Often railways fail to provide compensations to the kin of these deceased workers as they have to undergo huge hardships. Gangmen risk their lives while carrying out track maintenance work as they have to concentrate on their work and also keep an eye on running trains. After this story was published Gajanan Kirtikar, Shiv Sena MP and member of Railway Board had forwarded a letter to the railways asking them to improve working condition of gangmen and also provide compensation to them.
On March 29, 2018 we had published the story ‘Sambhaji Nilengekar – Political patronage frees fraudsters.’ Even though the state government had announced loan waiver to farmers it is yet to reach more than 38 lakh farmers of the state. Latur’s guardian Minister and state’s Labour Minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar’s BJP patronage has enabled to get him loan settlement of Rs 51 crore.
Nilangekar, who in 2016 secured himself a seat in Fadnavis’s cabinet, is listed as one of the guarantors of M/S Victoria Agro Food Processing Pvt. Ltd, a company that floated in 2008.With a plan to set up a grain based distillery, the company had grabbed a loan of Rs20.99 crore from Bank of Maharashtra and Rs 20.51 crore from Union Bank of India in 2009. Though, they, paid the interest amount for the initial two years, but from 2011, the company failed to pay the interest and the principal amount. While, the interest amount were Rs 21.75 crore and Rs 16.40 crore for individual banks, the unpaid interest and the primary loan amount had accumulated to nearly Rs 76 crore and the loan got declared as a Non-Performing Asset (NPA). While banks harass farmers to repay the loan taken by them affiliated politicians like Nilangekar are enjoying the perks of power.