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Govt developing software to help regulate sale of acid: Rajnath Singh

The number of seats in the legislative assemblies of the successor states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is likely to be increased from 175 and 119 to 225 and 153 respectively.

By: Express News Service |
April 22, 2015 3:08:32 am
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With 310 acid attack cases reported in 2014, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government is developing software to help regulate the sale of acid. “Model rules to regulate sale of acid have been framed by all states. This is regularly monitored through our ministry. If any state has not done so, we will again send an advisory… We are developing a software in connection with regulation of acid sales; it is under process,” Rajnath Singh said during question hour.

Of the 310 acid attacks reported nationwide last year, 186 were in Uttar Pradesh alone. This was followed by Madhya Pradesh with 53 cases and Delhi with 27 cases. A total 208 persons were arrested across the country in acid attack cases.

MoS (Home) Haribhai Chaudhary said states have been instructed to ensure that acid is sold only to persons above 18 years of age, and that a register is maintained. Also, refusal of treatment for an acid attack victim has been made punishable by imprisonment up to one year. First aid must be free, minimum compensation Rs 3 lakh.

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Meanwhile, MoS (Home) Haribhai Chaudhary said in response to a question that 2026 is the earliest when the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh assemblies can have their seats increased. “The number of seats in the legislative assemblies of the successor states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is likely to be increased from 175 and 119 to 225 and 153 respectively,” he said. “As per Article 170 of the Constitution, delimitation of constituencies can be possible only when population figures of the first census after 2026 have been published.”

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