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Postby Lilo » 07 Nov 2015 04:14

For the first time in 18 years, India ranks less corrupt than China

NEW DELHI: For the first time in 18 years, India ranks as less corrupt than China in the annual corruption survey by global watchdog Transparency International.

In its annual survey of 175 countries, India ranks an otherwise depressing 85th, but has improved in the index, jumping 10 places.

China, on the other hand has fallen 20 places to rank 100th, despite Chinese president Xi Jinping unleashing a massive campaign against corruption, arresting a number of high profile political and military leaders. While India and China were at more or less similar levels in 2006-07, this is the first time since the rankings started in 1996 that India is perceived to be less corrupt than China.

The Corruption Perception Index is compiled by experts like banking institutions, big companies and other organizations about their views of corruption in the public sector. Transparency International's annual report measure perceptions of corruption using a scale where 100 is cleanest and 0 most corrupt. India's score moved up to 38 from 36. Despite a slightly better showing by India, its contemporaries on the index are countries like Burkina Faso and Benin, nothing to write home about.

The Berlin-based organisation published its 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index of 175 countries on Wednesday. Turkey and China showed the greatest drops in the index.
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Postby Kakkaji » 07 Nov 2015 08:20

‘I am the boss’, PM Narendra Modi tells income tax department

Dreaded till recently by everyone, the Income Tax Department officials now appear to be heading towards a strict discipline in their operation under a constant watch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Though it has been apparent in the last few months that the Income-Tax Department has been taking steps which indicated that the days of high-handedness in picking up cases and assessment orders which were unlikely to stand the legal scrutiny may soon be a thing of the past, the whole exercise nevertheless appeared to be a part of the reform exercise of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.

But, it is clear now, who is the driving force here.

Inaugurating the Delhi Economics Conclave, organized by the finance ministry, PM Modi said: “I have asked the Income-Tax Department to move to a system where not only returns but also scrutiny is done without having to go to the office. Queries could be raised and answered online or by email. There should be a visible electronic trail of what is pending with whom, where, and for how long. This is being piloted in five big cities”.

This move may appear a simple one, but it will reduce harassment of the taxpayers to a large extent. In fact, it is also a cost-effective way of handling an exercise that is more of a deterrent than a revenue-yielding one.

But, the real change that can take the sting out of the tax terror is this. The prime minister said, “I have also instructed that the performance appraisal system, for Income-Tax Officers be changed. The appraisal should reflect, whether or not the officer’s orders and assessments have been upheld on appeal. This will deter corruption and also motivate officers to pass correct orders”.

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Postby SaiK » 10 Nov 2015 23:20

http://www.newindianexpress.com/busines ... 117100.ece
Modi Harps on JAM Feat

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the economy was doing better in all parameters than it was 17 months ago when it came to power, while describing the task of transforming the economy as ‘a marathon, not a sprint.’

Inaugurating the sixth Delhi Economics Conclave here, Modi said that the gross domestic product growth rate was up and inflation was under control and his government had undertaken various reforms to put the economy on the path of growth. “The fiscal deficit is down and the rupee is stable. Obviously this did not happen by accident. This success is a result of a series of well thought policies,” Modi said.

Addressing a gathering of economist, Modi said that efforts of the government to bring back black money stashed abroad have unearthed Rs 10,500 crore.

Currently, the accounts opened under Jan-Dhan Yojana have a total balance of almost Rs 26,000 crore. For me, JAM (Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, Mobile) vision is just about achieving the maximum, Modi said, adding that India's growth has also accelerated as inflation has come down.

He said much work was also being done to ensure that the youth of the country get employment. “We have great entrepreneurial energy. This needs to be harnessed so that to become a nation of job creators not job seekers.”

On measures being taken to check corruption, Modi said the I-T department would introduce a system of online scrutiny of returns and modify the performance appraisal proforma of officials to motivate them to pass correct orders. Observing that the government is taking several steps to serve the honest tax payers, he said that this year 91 per cent of electronic returns were processed within 90 days as compared to 46 per cent last year. Nearly 90 per cent of refunds were issued within 90 days.

“We embarked on a course of fiscal consolidation and signed for first time a monetary framework agreement with RBI to curb inflation,” he said at the event, attended by ministers, top bureaucrats and economists.

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Postby Picklu » 16 Nov 2015 22:40

Another common sense initiative finally done

http://www.business-standard.com/articl ... 350_1.html

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http://www.ndtv.com/delhi-news/first-am ... nt-1243708
First AMRIT Outlet Opens at AIIMS, to Offer Cancer Drugs on Discount


Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Sunday inaugurated India's first retail facility at AIIMS to provide drugs for cancer and cardiovascular diseases at highly discounted rates.

The pharmacy named AMRIT -- Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment -- will have 202 drugs of cancer and cardiovascular diseases where the price is going to be reduced on an average by 60 to 90 per cent.

"Under the AMRIT programme, we want to give medicines at an affordable cost. We have identified 202 drugs of cancer and cardio-vascular diseases where the price is going to reduced on an average by 60 to 90 per cent. In the same way, 148 cardiac implants will be given from the centre and sold here and their cost will be reduced by 50 to 60 per cent," Mr Nadda said on the occasion.

Calling it a pilot project, the minister said: "After 15 days we are going to review the programme, and in the coming times, we will try to replicate it in all central hospitals."

AMRIT will be managed by the government-owned HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL), which will sell both drugs and implants at significant discount on market rates, based on authentic prescriptions from doctors not only to AIIMS patients but even to patients availing treatment at other hospitals.


"Some of the prices of the AMRIT Pharmacy drugs are strikingly low such as Amrit will sell 'Docetaxel 120mg' used for chemotherapy cycle at Rs.888.75 (93 per cent rebate) for one cycle, when the MRP of the injection is Rs.13,440. Similarly, Caboplatin 450 mg would be sold at Rs.1,316.25 while its MRP is Rs. 2,561.57," said AIIMS Director MC Misra.

In India, a total of 70,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. An official report says 2.8 million people have cancer at any point of time and half a million die of the disease each year.

Talking about the costly treatment cost of cancer, Mr Misra said: "A significant number of patients (nearly over 50 per cent) stop visiting hospitals after two or three cycles of chemotherapy due to unaffordable costs."

"Some breast-cancer patients need targeted treatment drugs, which cost around Rs. 75,000 for a course; a patient could need up to 17 courses. Similarly, a drug used to treat colon, kidney, lung and gall bladder cancer can add around Rs. 8 lakh to a patient's bill which is around Rs. 1 lakh a cycle," said Misra.

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Postby Mukesh.Kumar » 17 Nov 2015 17:11

Petrol-pump-wala update. Last evening had dinner with a senior Marketing guy from one of the Oil PSU's in India. The numbers he was talking of for the effect of Modi's "Give It Up" campaign was astounding. India has about 15 crore families using LPG connections. As of the beginning of this month close to 45 lac families had voluntarily given it up. When I was expressed doubt he did show me internal communication dated last night (Oil PSU's monitor "Give It Up" daily) and the number stood at approx 47 lacs. Yesterday only 38,000 families had given up their gas connection.

If this is not astounding, and a measure of the kind of trust and faith that NaMo has generated in India, what is? That's close to 3% of the population using subsidized gas have given it up on a call from the PM, (Or in other words, about 2 crore individuals believed in the PM to give It Up). This in a country that still decides elections based on reservation.

Even if you knock the numbers down as a % of total population, that's close 1.6% of Indian population (Assuming populationin range of 1.25 bn). That is people's voluntary giving up at call of Namo will save exchequer INR 1200 crore p.a.

Contrast this with PaGa's speech and MQ's smirking below (00:12 onwards)



P.S. Worth mentioning is also the details of the kind of people who have given back their subsidy. It has been retirees, LIG, MIG, across spectrum. People have believed in NaMo

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Postby Hari Seldon » 17 Nov 2015 17:28

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http://www.business-standard.com/articl ... 235_1.html
Anjuli Bhargava: Why Fadnavis' war room may actually deliver

Mumbai is facing an infrastructure crisis and it requires nothing less than a full-blown battle to get various agencies in the state working to grapple with its magnitude. It is with this realisation that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has set up the war room in Mumbai's Mantralaya. Twenty-seven infrastructure projects are being monitored on a war footing by a team of around 10 people, some of them critical for the city of Mumbai.

Last month I happened to spend half a day at the ministry, meeting some officials, including the war room team, and I have a feeling that this time we may just see some results.

Why do I think so? One, there is nothing government-like about the way things are being approached. To get the war room functioning, the CM and his principal secretary have brought in a bunch of youngsters from diverse fields and ethnicities from outside the system. Kaustubh Dhavse, the officer on special duty to the CM and all of 37 years, has never worked in government before. His team of interns are all in their early 20s, eager and hard-working. The tired feel and often patronising air I associate with Delhi bureaucrats is missing. There is an openness usually absent in government. Also missing are the ubiquitous government files - the hallmark of busy and important bureaucrats' offices.

The approach is just one aspect of it. There seems to be a hawk-like urgency with which things are being tackled. The war room team has been functioning since mid-April but it has, as I understood it, made a few breakthroughs already.

One of the biggest hurdles that infrastructure projects in the city - and in India - face is acquiring land for them. Project after project are held up because the land needed is owned by a host of agencies - usually the government -and getting each one to give it up is a Herculean task. To cite just one example, the Santa Cruz-Chembur link road announced in 2004 was ready only in 2014, primarily because the land transfer took ages.

This has been tackled by passing a government order - during a war room review - that vests the responsibility of all land transfer for government infrastructure projects with a single authority, in this case, the district magistrate. No matter which agency the land belongs to - the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or the revenue department - the competent authority to take all decisions relating to land needed to be acquired has been given to the collector. For Metro 3 (one of the city's new metro projects), close to 75 parcels of land were needed and most of these have been transferred as a result of this centralisation of responsibility. One, or to be precise, everyone, knows where the buck stops

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Postby vivek.rao » 18 Nov 2015 06:52

Someone predicted this here ...

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/ind ... 824091.cms
Why RuPay has potential to end the dominance of Visa and MasterCard in India

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Government efforts to promote financial inclusion have made RuPay stand out among its international peers. The payment gateway has surely helped the government achieve its social objective, and it may even end up being a profitable one, competing with global giants, say Saloni Shukla & Joel Rebello


No other segment in the financial services industry, which impacts the masses in such large numbers, is as secretive as the cards business. Given the nature of the business —which is a near duopoly dominated by Visa and MasterCard — there is hardly anyone who has been able to get data from these two, nor have the regulators bothered to disclose. But when PM Narendra Modi spoke about the emergence of RuPay cards as an alternative to the otherwise duopolistic industry on November 6 at the Delhi ..

Thanks to Jan-Dhan Yojana and RuPay cards, we also introduced healthy competition in the debit and credit card space," said Modi. "This has traditionally been dominated by a few international players. Even one year ago there were hardly any indigenous card brands in the market. Today, about 36 per cent of debit cards in India is RuPay."

But thanks to the government initiative on financial inclusion, the NPCI, jointly owned by banks, is making strong headway in the business. It is even making private banks join the network. "The financial inclusion initiative of the government has given a big boost to RuPay," says AP Hota, MD and chief at NPCI. "We have one-thirds market share and it is growing gradually. We have 20 per cent market share in transactions and that percentage is growing month-on-month. Every day there are 10 millio ..




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Postby Hari Seldon » 19 Nov 2015 20:43

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Every government school in India now has separate toilets for girls & boys. Know how this was achieved in one year.

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Postby vivek.rao » 20 Nov 2015 15:40

http://www.livemint.com/Money/5hdJzS9d6 ... #pq=Rqj5tG
Damage of six years has been reversed in a matter of a year: Ridham Desai
Morgan Stanley’s head of India research says competitive federalism has emerged as the NDA‘s biggest contribution to the nation as states put in place critical reforms to attract investments


Morgan Stanley, in a recent interview on the sidelines of a conference organized by the investment bank in Singapore. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has enlarged the revenue share of states and given them greater independence in decision making, which Desai traces to Modi’s experience as chief minister of Gujarat. Edited excerpts.

The Modi government will soon finish 18 months in office. How has the NDA government done?

Step back to the summer of 2013, when India was categorized by Morgan Stanley as one of the “fragile five”—when the Fed threatened to taper (quantitative easing), India went through a pretty rough time—currency went down 20%, equities went down in high double digits. We had two things that changed then—we had a new RBI (Reserve Bank of India) governor and Narendra Modi became the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party). From there to now, two years have passed. India is now sitting at a position where its macro-stability has been the best it has seen in history. Current account deficit has gone from minus five to zero (as a percentage of gross domestic product, or GDP), inflation has gone from 11% to sub-5%, fiscal deficit has gone from 6.4% to 3.8% and growth has gone from 4% to 6%.

Policymakers in India have delivered—the government and central bank have both played a role in this. The government did its bit by reining in the fiscal deficit—on the fiscal side, the most important thing they did was to shift mix of spending. What they had inherited was a consumption-oriented spending budget, and they made it an investment-oriented budget, and this is why inflation has come down.
A lot of people say inflation is down in India due to oil prices—arguably if this adjustment had not been done on the fiscal side, and oil prices had gone down, India’s inflation may not have come down so much—it would have been down by 2% or 3%, and not by 7%.

RBI helped the cause by keeping real rates positive... The biggest surprise from the Modi-led government has been labour law reforms—we had not anticipated that. Labour laws have always been a tricky issue in India, and for them to dismantle 65 years of archaic laws in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra is obviously a very big step. They’ve done well in infrastructure, especially roads, and work in progress in terms of railways.

The ease of doing business, which is a very big focus area, is a work in progress, and that will take longer, as we can’t expect results in 18 months. But India did see a rise in the recent rankings—the best performance in the last six years—and the damage of the last six years has been reversed in a matter of a year—that is quite a lot.

It has been a good performance, and India enjoys much better external stability, which is why the rupee has been one of the best performing currencies in the world, and the stock markets have also been one of the best performing ones in the world. I hate to assess performance of governments using market matrices, but it is further evidence they’ve delivered, and markets have rewarded performance. If you speak to investors at the (Morgan Stanley) summit here, they will tell you that India is their favourite in emerging markets.

When you talk to investors here, what are they asking you about India? Are they worried about social tensions? Are they worried about setbacks this government faces from the loss in Bihar?

A lot is happening in India—you have 1.3 billion people—and statistically speaking, a lot can happen. I’ve seen a lot of media coverage that tends to suggest India is in internal strife—I don’t think anyone who lives in India agrees with that view.
It is more of a communication issue, rather than a problem on the ground. Investors are not concerned with that—they are concerned about (corporate) earnings. The media is concerned about social tensions. The priorities of investors and the media are different.



Are investors asking you about the setback in Bihar?

The fear over Bihar, prior to the elections, was that if the NDA lost Bihar, it would slip into a populist mode. My counter argument is, whatever I’ve seen of the NDA, it is not one that slips into populist mode, and so an election defeat will only push it to do more reforms. The minute that evidence came to the table, Bihar become irrelevant. The other reason why people thought Bihar is important is because it would change the constitution of the upper House. T

his is also mythical. We had done the simulation and had come up with a report in January called, India’s law making challenge’, in which we stimulated state election results up to 2019, assuming BJP wins each one of them—even if that happened, BJP does not go to even three digits on Rajya Sabha seats by the end of its first term. What people don’t understand is the Rajya Sabha is a permanent House, where a third of its members retire by rotation every two years—the change in composition is very slow. The loss of Bihar will hurt the BJP if it wins the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and then it may still not have a majority in the upper House.

The deal with the upper House is the Congress is losing seats—that is already baked in the cake because of previous election results, and their influence on the upper House will wane.

If you look at the Modi government’s relationships with non-Congress opposition, it has actually been better than it has been in the last three years. I will say it with great caution, but I think the business of Parliament will show a marked improvement in the winter session. In a democracy, I think parties have to work together, and that is how it is set up.

India is a very vibrant democracy—the splintered upper House is actually a good thing. I know investors will say “policymaking has stalled”. Think about it—the upper House sent the GST (goods and services tax) bill to the standing committee, and what came of it was a superior bill—it is a major reform, and there is no need to rush into it. The problem here lies with expectations. Now we have a more robust GST bill that will come to the House.

The land bill was another important reform, but people overestimate its importance. Eventually, the states will decide on it—this is exactly what happened with labour reforms. Wherever there is concurrent law-making power, the reforms will happen at the state level.

I would safely say the biggest contribution of the Modi-led government in the last 18 months is competitive federalism. He has changed the revenue share for the states, he is giving them greater independence in decision making, and this comes from his experience as chief minister of Gujarat. Labour law and land law reforms—I think the idea is that a few states will do it and they will attract more investments, and other states will follow.

This is so much a better way of doing reforms, which is bottom-up, rather than top-down. Top-down reforms work only in certain areas. It does not work in contentious areas like land and labour, where there are opinions both left of centre and right of centre.

How do you see 2016?

The relative story remains strong. India is our biggest overweight position in EMs (emerging markets), and it is partly to do with what the emerging world is up to; if the emerging world for some reason turns around, India may lose some of its performance.

Obviously, the rest of the emerging world looks extremely attractive on headline valuations, compared with India. On the medium-term basis, I feel India can retain its valuations premium both on currency and on stocks because it has a better growth story. In the next 12 months, on a relative basis, India should continue to do well, and on an absolute basis, may be the returns will be better than what they have been in the last 12 months.

There could be a few shifts at the sector level—sectors which have been out of the limelight over the last couple of years like utilities may come back, and we are more bullish on cyclical sectors. Economic growth will steadily improve.

The government will continue to push forward with reforms and the next big thing will be bankruptcy code, and that will be a significant contributor towards the ease of doing business. Hopefully in 2016, GST will also be done and implemented, and that will bring about change. We are in a modest return world, and India cannot deliver exceptionally high returns in a modest return world.


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Postby Sridhar K » 20 Nov 2015 22:15

India Reforms Are Gathering Pace

A few achievements listed among many promising initiatives that have been kick started.

A comprehensive note from Jupiter Investment Management's Avinash Vazirani (Manager of the Jupiter India Fund) highlights how Prime Minister Modi's recent high profile visit to the UK shines a light on Anglo/India relations, and the potential for closer ties between the two countries on issues such as climate change and defence. While this is very interesting for politicians and general observers, Modi's comments on the attractiveness of India as an investment destination should be a focal point for investors, he says. As a long term investor in the Indian market, the background changes discussed below, and which are receiving little or no publicity, are setting the scene for a transformation of the Indian economy the likes of which we have not seen in recent history.

Indian stocks have been an isolated area of relative calm amid the storm that has raged across global emerging markets in recent months. Vazirani believes the game-changing reforms that have helped drive growth in India are continuing to gain momentum, and together with strongly positive business conditions, will help power the next leg of Indian economic growth. Meetings with government have also left him confident that the government will do whatever it takes to ensure fiscal and monetary policy are aligned to protect India's low-inflation, rate-cutting cycle.

One of the flagship reforms of the Modi government has been its introduction of a programme of universal social security designed to help lift hundreds of millions out of poverty, for the first time establishing minimum living standards and bringing vast swathes of the population out of the shadow economy and into the formal banking system. A system of biometric identity records, linked to bank accounts and mobile phone accounts will provide basic health and life insurance and social security benefits. This should dramatically reduce the waste and inefficiency of the state's payment of subsidies.

The speed and success of this scheme has been breath-taking. Since its launch in September 2014, 190m bank accounts have been opened and 165 million debit cards issued. Shared ownership of bank accounts means that this figure already covers a large portion of the estimated 600,000 Indians who did not have access to bank accounts before the programme was rolled out. With around 2 million new accounts opening per week, the remaining pool of 200-300 million people without access to a bank account is decreasing fast.

It's easy to overlook the amount of job creation that's happening in India as a result of other government initiatives, he says. The ‘Make in India' scheme aimed at persuading foreign companies to manufacture in India has already seen Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn sign up to spend US$5 billion building its factories in Maharashtra State, while the ‘Skill India' programme aims to give 4 million Indians the skills that should help fuel India's burgeoning economy. Meanwhile the MUDRA programme of microenterprise funding that seemed to be in its planning stages just months ago has already disbursed $3.5 billion dollars in loans to small businesses. Under the scheme, banks make loans to small businesses, laying off this risk to this to a government agency. According to government sources, at least half a million jobs have been created, while the boost to GDP (gross domestic product) of the extra economic activity from these newly-funded businesses is clear.


The government's focus on agricultural productivity is another area of major change. It's being pursued in a number of ways, he says. The first is a plan to ensure every field is irrigated (hitherto farmers have relied on unpredictable rainfall), funded through the agricultural credit bank (NABARD). Next, crop insurance has been trialled in pilot schemes across India and will be rolled out across the country next year. Under the scheme, farmers can insure crops so that in the event of drought or infestation, they are reimbursed. Then there is the farmers' Soil ID card system, which will help farmers understand which fertiliser to use, and has seen a 60 percent uptake already. All of these initiatives are bringing another (rural) section of the population into the formal banking and social security network and into the formal economy. As well as delivering a boost to the safety of their livelihoods, from an investors' point of view, it constitutes a huge secular increase in business for banks and insurance companies and we continue to watch this space.

After years of stagnation, India's infrastructure build-out got back into gear under Narendra Modi's government. Today in India, new highways are being built at a rate of 18 kilometres per day. A previously-stalled project to redevelop India's ports has re-started, with new contracts being given out to developers. And the largest piece of India's transport infrastructure project is its railways. Here, the government has earmarked a massive 8.5 trillion rupees (around $150 billion) and for the first time that figure constitutes a guaranteed allocation from budget resources – a first in India. Contracts for the build-out have been awarded, and the process of upgrading India's transport system is underway.


On the fiscal side, the new government has vowed to devolve spending budgets to the states that make up the Indian federation. As a result of new laws, some 42 percent of central taxes now go directly to state governments (up from 32 percent). The new Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation, which promises to harmonize what is currently a patchwork of sales tax regimes across the Indian states, in favour of a single national sales tax, and should produce a major boost to revenues by reducing the cost of business, is currently stalled in parliament amid dogged resistance from parliamentary opposition. Here, again, Vazirani says he gets the sense that this is a reform whose benefits are so clear compelling that both sides of the argument – even those currently delaying its progress through parliament – know it has to happen. While there has been some confusion around the amount that individual states can add to the tax for themselves (in fact they may apply an extra 1 percent for a limited period of two years), there is no question that this is another move that will be hugely beneficial to state finances, which in turn will help reduce inflation.

And while the government has no real scope to affect monetary policy change or set the independent central bank's inflation targets, recent conversations with government have reassured him that the government will do whatever needs to be done to align fiscal with monetary policy and ensure that any threats to India's new low-inflation, rate-cutting environment are dealt with adequately and promptly.

However, one reform the government has been able to implement within the monetary sphere has been a shake-up of India's banking sector. The 21 new licenses issued since the beginning of this initiative – 11 to payment banks and 10 to small finance banks – are part of the transformation of a sector that has been open to accusations of risk-averse lending, inaction on non-performing loans and insufficiently autonomous board and executive appointments. "The new entrants to the banking sector are a good sign, a new bankruptcy code will give its existing members the means to recover bad loans in a way they couldn't previously and there is even talk of a special situations fund which could take on some of these assets," he says.

The final piece, on board appointments, is part of the government's wider plan to beat corruption at board level and improve the corporate governance not just of banks, but of state-owned companies too. Here, the new administration is making huge strides, sending a message to government-controlled companies by refusing to appoint non-executive board members who will not comply with its new corporate governance standards. "These are measures will take some time to show through, but the message is clear: in my view, the outlook for Indian businesses has never been brighter."

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Postby SwamyG » 21 Nov 2015 00:01

PM Narendra Modi is not making short-term decisions for instant gratification: Tom Nides, Morgan Stanley

But some kind of narrative has taken hold...that Prime Minister Modi has not enacted radical reforms? What is your take?

I think what the prime minister is doing is setting the stage for long-term growth in India. And you do that by taking some tough decisions. He obviously reduced capital spending to lower the debt which I think is the right thing to do. He has made enormous amount of statements vis-a-vis opening markets to outside investors. He has sent a clear message on the importance of the rule of law and strengthening of contracts. He understands that he can't be just talking to the world. I think what he is sending is the right message, between the mixture of fiscal discipline which is important, and opportunity, which people need. The combination of the two is well received in the West. He hasn't been a PM for very long. As time goes on, and economy improves, people hold them accountable for results. All indications from the perspective of the West are that he is setting the table for the long term. He is not making shortterm decisions to get instant gratification.

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Would be nice if verification of this claim could be crowd-sourced using ubiquitous mobiles...

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Postby uddu » 22 Nov 2015 09:33

Broad gauge passenger train from Silchar to Guwahati flagged off
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/railways/broad-gauge-passenger-train-from-silchar-to-guwahati-flagged-off/articleshow/49871000.cms

NEW DELHI: The first broad gauge passenger train from Silchar to Guwahati was today flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu through remote control here.

The passenger train from Silchar will cover a distance of 210 km in eight hours to reach Guwahati through Lumding, reducing the travelling time by four hours.

Earlier, it took 12 hours to cover the distance on the metre gauge line.

Describing the event as "historic", Prabhu said, "People of south Assam are getting an important railway connectivity with rest of the nation. Today, we are introducing a new train between Guwahati and Silchar after conversion of Lumding-Silchar metre gauge line into broad gauge."

Broad gauge connectivity to Silchar is expected to benefit the people of Barak Valley and also to the other Northeastern states like Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur.

Promising to introduce more trains in the NE region in the near future, Prabhu said, "Goods trains are already running in this section since March 2015. The BG conversion will fulfill the long cherished demand of the people of Barak Valley to have a seamless connectivity."

Highlighting the importance of NE, he said railways are committed to improve its infrastructure in the region and pointed out that all the eight states are dear to the people in the country.

"Rail connectivity to North Eastern States has been made a mission by the new government, as we provided an all-time high budget allotment of Rs 5200 crores to the projects in this region in 2014-15 which is over 50 per cent more than 2013-14. This tempo has been maintained in 2015-16 also by providing Rs 5300 crores," he said.

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Postby vivek.rao » 22 Nov 2015 20:38

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... s?from=mdr
Rising oil, auto, power demand point to strong revival: Report

Demand growth in oil, which hit an 11-year high in September and October, coupled with rising consumption of power and auto sales point to a strong economic revival that was missing for many years, Swiss brokerage Credit Suisse has said.

"Given the government focus on bottom-up growth rather than top-down, we believe the first signs of recovery are likely to come from broad-based indicators. Good growth in oil, power and auto demand for the past two months points to a reviving economic momentum," the brokerage's research analyst, Neelkanth Mishra, said in a report.

In October, oil demand grew at a healthy 17 per cent YoY, and in September it was 15 per cent, or an average of 14 per cent, which is the highest since 2004.

These pickups in demand show that
the broad-based economic weakness triggered by the forced fiscal consolidation in Q1 of 2015 seems to be behind us, said the report.

"Front-loaded stimulus this year by the government seems to be showing up in economic momentum. While the states' spending data are not available on a monthly basis, it is likely that most are not prepared for a sharp increase in net inflows. Six months into the year they are likely to have picked up spending as well," Mishra said.

Oil demand has been growing, mainly from transport and industrial sectors. According to Mishra, lower prices are only an enabler as along with higher oil demand there has been a strong pick-up in requirement for plastics which supports naphtha consumption.

Demand for plastics has hit a 10-year high at 54 per cent against a 4 per cent fall in the past two years.

A 54 per cent rise in bitumen consumption points to road construction doing well. Demand growth supports restart and ramp-up of Haldia Petrochemicals and explains some of the naphtha growth and strong plastics demand, the report said.

On the power sector front, the last two months saw consumption jumping 11 and 9 per cent, respectively, as against under-5 per cent expansion in the year-ago period.

Mishra said upward trend in four-wheeler sales are supported by the rising popularity of tax aggregators like Ola and Uber which are offering subsidies to buyers.

On the back of festival demands and new launches, car sales grew 21 per cent in October, while two-wheeler sales expanded 13 per cent, after nearly two years of contraction. October sales were the highest in the past two years.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/ ... si-in-dec/
PM Narendra Modi to take Shinzo Abe to Varanasi in December

Varanasi Additional District Magistrate Om Prakash Chaubey confirmed to The Indian Express that the administration had received a tentative protocol of the one-day visit by the two PMs.

This is a big boost to both Tourism and @SwacchBharat

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Postby Singha » 23 Nov 2015 18:47

http://articles.economictimes.indiatime ... rya-roshni

production of LED lamps ramps to 300 lakh pieces from 10 lakh pieces/month due to big Govt push.

Production of LED (light-emitting diode) lamps that consume about 80 per cent less energy than incandescent bulbs has increased to 3 crore per month against 10 lakh a year ago, thanks to the government's LED lamps distribution programme. Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), the coordinator for energy efficient programmes, is launching a similar programme for star-rated agricultural pumps and ceiling fans.

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What has Modi done for Rural development https://www.quora.com/Narendra-Modi/Wha ... evelopment

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Renewable sources of energy, environment protection, energy production https://www.quora.com/Narendra-Modi/Wha ... evelopment

The deals included £2 billion of investment in India by Solar Trade Association member Lightsource Renewable Energy. The deal will mean Lightsource will design, install and manage around 3GW of solar power infrastructure in India over the next five years.

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Postby SwamyG » 24 Nov 2015 09:10

Efforts by Modi government to fund clean energy in India. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/ ... eeks-funds

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http://m.thehindu.com/news/national/300 ... 904417.ece

In the past four months, the country witnessed 300 incidents of communal violence .... The data do not show any spike in incidents under the NDA government. In 2013, when the UPA was in power, 823 such incidents were reported and in 2014 the figure stood at 644, the NDA came to power on May 26, 2014.

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Postby vivek.rao » 25 Nov 2015 01:27

http://www.financialexpress.com/article ... ne/167909/
Column: Modi shows a new energy in reforms, but hold the champagne


The government got it horribly wrong when it junked the Rangarajan formula to move towards market-pricing and when it failed to announce a suitable premium formula for deep-water gas exploration, but the plan it announced a few days ago to move to market pricing for future discoveries is a step in the right direction. It will come to naught unless the principle is applied to discovered-but-not-commercialized fields with 13-15tcf of gas, but it signals the government is also ready to relook its subsidy model for fertilizers and electricity.

The UDAY plan to fix chronic losses in state electricity boards (SEBs), announced the day the Bihar elections were over, can be criticized for giving too long a rope to the states, but telling states they have to fund their SEBs is the right way to go. Many of the assumptions made look heroic and power minister Piyush Goyal will have to monitor this 24×7 and, more important, the government must show the resolve not to coerce PSU banks into lending to SEBs again.

A lot of work has been done on crop insurance, prodded no doubt by the articles of FE columnist Ashok Gulati, and once this is cleared, there can be a sea change in the picture of farm distress. The government, of course, has been very lethargic on farm reform where, ironically, the dividend would have been the highest. Not only has no move been made to disband FCI operations and move towards cash subsidies, little has been done to reform agriculture markets in states run by the BJP – Maharashtra’s Vashi mandi continues unreformed and Haryana and Punjab levy the highest taxes on farm produce. If subsidies were to be shifted from per crop right now to per acre – a beginning could be made in BJP states – Indian agriculture would truly get on to the fast track.

Progress on Aadhaar-linking of subsidies has been hamstrung by the courts, but there is some movement here – while states like Andhra Pradesh have made good progress in linking PDS shops to Aadhar, a period of 12-18 months is being talked of for doing this across the country. If so, that would be impressive, though there is little point creating all those JanDhan accounts if cash transfers are not made – that will not only free up cash being blocked in FCI holding so much grain, it will remove the artificial boost given to just cultivating wheat and rice since that is all FCI ever procures.


Right now, our best bet in terms of the reforms being talked about in electricity and railways, or in getting more roads built and rolling out Aadhaar or crop insurance, is the Modi reputation for detail and project implementation.

But growth won’t pick up beyond a point unless private investment comes back in a big way – it fell from 28.1% of GDP in FY08 to 26.2% in FY12 and 22% in FY14, and the public sector doesn’t have the money to fill this gap. That means more attention will have to be paid to genuinely fixing tax cases, figuring out how to equally distribute risk between the public and private sector in PPP projects – despite Wednesday’s roads package, PPP is deader than a dodo – to moving towards market prices in areas like fertilizers and petroleum products, bringing telecom levies to realistic levels, getting away from policies that dictate where airlines must fly, doing away with old-style sourcing norms or the kind of ambiguity being practiced in the case of both ecommerce and multi-brand retail or the organized attack seen in the case of Nestle’s Maggi.

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Postby Singha » 28 Nov 2015 07:19

Piyush Goyal our power minister has asked people to hold him accountable and unveiled a real time dashboard for people to track progress of electrification across the country

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/opi ... s?from=mdr

It’s time to shift narrative from what is not happening to impact of reforms: Pramit Jhaveri, Citi

Do you think the Parliament session could see some reforms, which some say are stalled?

I do not subscribe to the theory that no reforms have taken place. I believe that an extraordinary amount has already taken place over the last 18 months. Hence, I think the time has come for us to shift the narrative away from what is not working and what has not happened, to the impact of these reforms over the short, medium and long term. The impact of some of these changes will be felt over one or two generations. Finally, we also have to be acutely aware of what is going on in the rest of the world, where the economic environment is very uncertain and volatile. I do not believe India can be completely immune to those events.

What are the things that happened in the last 18 months that give you this hope?

A number of things come to mind. These include fiscal consolidation, removal of energy subsidies, opening of FDI in a number of sectors, restructuring of power distribution companies, etc. On the other hand, you have massive initiatives like the Jan-Dhan Yojana and Mudra Bank which will have a much longer term — even a generational impact. Please take cognizance of 190 million new bank accounts for households which were not part of the organised banking industry. In the long run, the multiplier effect can be quite extraordinary. Please also think about the 50-60 million small and midsized enterprises and entrepreneurs which currently do not have access to bank credit. If we are successful in bringing this segment into the formal credit system over a 10 to 15-year period, the multiplier effect again could be extraordinary including the creation of economic growth and employment opportunities.

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http://www.dailyo.in/politics/modi1-nar ... /4186.html

transfer posting industry in Delhi dismantled.

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Postby jamwal » 30 Nov 2015 16:34

Eviction of the elite in Modi's Delhi.

Last week, the cabinet committee on accommodation took the decision to issue notices to these artistes - who have been A listers in their disciplines - saying they should vacate the government accommodation provided in Lutyens' Delhi by successive governments. The artistes who have been asked to vacate include painter Jatin Das, dancers Shovana Narayan, Pandit Birju Maharaj and santoor player Bhajan Sopori.Also among them are families of famous dhrupad singer R.F.K. Duggar, rudra veena player Asad Ali Khan and sitar player Vilayat Ali Khan
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However, CAG had put forth certain conditions for the allotments. It said the monthly income of the persons who are allotted apartments should be less than Rs 20,000 and that they should not own a house or flat in the national capital.Successive governments had winked at the violations of these conditions as the artistes, journalists and others put tremendous pressure.Nevertheless, Modi, who had directed that all former members of parliament and UPA ministers should be asked to vacate last year, asked the cabinet committee of accommodation to be firm in dealing with other such allotments. Recently, a Delhi court vacated the stay order of some former ministers such as Kumari Selja and Ambika Soni, who were hesitant to shift from the type eight bungalows, which are allotted only for ministers, supreme court judges, chiefs of armed forces as well as former presidents, vice presidents and prime ministers.Only time will tell whether Naidu will be able to handle the transition of artistes and other privileged sections from government bungalows.Tailpiece: Interestingly, BJP, which was under intense attack from opposition parties, is studying how many Congressmen are overstaying at their government-sponsored accommodation in BJP-ruled states.

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Postby chetak » 30 Nov 2015 17:10

Modi’s Cabinet Is Doing A Lot Of Good Work, Here’s Proof That Can Silence Its Critics


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Narendra Modi stormed into power in 2014 by winning Lok Sabha election with a massive mandate, he delivered a strong message: “We are not here for any positions but for a responsibility”.

Though some may say that the Modi Sarkar has failed to deliver on what it has promised, there are few things that are hard to ignore even by his strongest critics and opponents: like his style of governing has resulted in more foreign direct investment, improved global relations, removal of bottle-necks for doing business, corruption free governance, direct subsidy payments, coal and telecom auctions, and much more.

In the wake of recent spate of events, including the rising intolerance debate and the Opposition calling the Centre an all talks and no action government, take a look at below examples that show how Modi’s ministers are fairing:

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Postby disha » 01 Dec 2015 06:24

This whole article should go into achievement thread. Highlighted the relevant parts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/world/asia/narendra-modi-could-make-or-break-obamas-climate-legacy.html

Narendra Modi Could Make or Break Obama’s Climate Legacy
By CORAL DAVENPORT and ELLEN BARRYNOV. 30, 2015

LE BOURGET, France — Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, President Obama has not missed many opportunities to convey what a warm rapport he has forged with the Indian leader.

There was the admiring essay about Mr. Modi that Mr. Obama wrote in Time magazine, and the image of them tête-à-tête at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, their entourages left behind. Mr. Obama’s national security adviser said the two men had “chemistry,” and expressed confidence that American interests made it “worth the investment in the relationship.”

Exactly how much that investment has paid off will become clear this week during the climate negotiations on the outskirts of Paris, where India, the world’s third-largest greenhouse gas polluter, has emerged as a pivotal player in shaping the outcome of a deal on which Mr. Obama hopes to build his legacy — or whether a deal emerges at all. So far, Indian negotiators have publicly staked out an uncompromising position.

India embodies a critical tension that will play out in Paris between developed nations like the United States, which are calling for universal emissions cuts, and developing nations like India, which say they deserve to increase fossil fuel use as their economies grow or else receive billions of dollars to transition to cleaner energy.

After Mr. Modi met Mr. Obama on Monday — their sixth meeting in 14 months — he told reporters that the two leaders had “such a deep relationship that we are able to openly discuss all issues,” and said that he was happy to work “shoulder to shoulder with the United States.”

But in an earlier speech Monday, Mr. Modi said climate change was not India’s fault, and blamed it firmly on “the prosperity and progress of an industrial age powered by fossil fuel.”

“But we in India face its consequences today,” he said.


That India has positioned itself as the champion of developing nations is no great surprise, based on past climate talks. But Mr. Modi, who wrote an e-book presenting the moral case for action on climate change, had been seen by American policy makers as a leader who might break that pattern.

“I think Obama got carried away with Modi, frankly,” said Jairam Ramesh, a leader of the opposition Indian National Congress party, who served as minister of the environment under the previous government. Mr. Modi has made one major breakthrough in talks with Mr. Obama, Mr. Ramesh said, committing “against the advice of everyone in the system” to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, a component in refrigerators and air-conditioners. Since then, he said, India’s negotiators have returned to their familiar, confrontational manner.

“India is not an easy country to negotiate with. We are moralistic, we are argumentative, we are regressive,” Mr. Ramesh said. “It has gone back to the old rhetoric, there is no doubt about it.”

India was the last major economy to submit its plans for a domestic climate change policy ahead of the Paris talks. And the proposal, while it included a significant expansion of renewable energy, would also see India’s carbon pollution triple in the coming decades. Indian officials have painted that projection as a concession, saying that in a business-as-usual scenario, their emissions would soar at an even higher rate.

Leaders in New Delhi argue that limiting coal use would cripple the economy and harm a population struggling to escape poverty, including 300 million Indians who live without electricity. They also say India has done little to contribute to the problem of global warming: India’s annual per capita carbon dioxide emissions are 1.7 tons, compared to 16.6 tons per person in the United States and 7.4 tons per person in China.

During the climate change talks, India is expected to challenge the United States on three counts: To speed up emissions reductions by wealthy countries to compensate for emissions growth in poor countries; to pay more to poor countries to assist in mitigation plans; and to provide clean-energy technology to poor countries.

Ashley Tellis, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said Mr. Obama had “tried hard” to persuade Mr. Modi to shift India off those more hard-line negotiating positions ahead of the climate talks, “but failed.”

“I still think that if the U.S. position comes to enjoy a strong consensus in Paris, India will not come in the way, but this acquiescence will materialize only at the last moment,” Mr. Tellis said. He said that Mr. Obama, in his talks with Mr. Modi, should have focused on the more modest goal of ensuring that India would not block a consensus.

Knowing Mr. Modi’s position, the Obama administration has been working to reduce the tensions with India and the developing world without significantly increasing taxpayer spending.

In a move that appeared explicitly intended to win India’s cooperation in Paris, Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist, joined the Obama administration to create what is being called the largest-ever public-private coalition for funding renewable energy. The coalition has the cooperation of 20 countries, including the United States and India, which have pledged to double their funding of renewable energy research, and will feature a renewable energy research fund paid for by 28 billionaire philanthropists, including two prominent Indian businessmen.

The plans for the fund came together after the French president, François Hollande, who is deeply invested in the success of the Paris talks, invited Mr. Gates and Mr. Modi to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September. As Mr. Obama has tried to find ways to bring Mr. Modi into a deal, his officials have worked closely with Mr. Gates.

Mr. Hollande in the meantime worked with Mr. Modi on another initiative: a 121-nation solar energy alliance, which Mr. Modi unveiled Monday in the conference’s Indian pavilion.

Some analysts caution against overreacting to India’s negotiating postures — or, for that matter, its projections for expansion in its coal sector, which is dogged by corruption and inefficiency.

“We’re seeing them put forth their national interest, but you’re also seeing a willingness to negotiate,” said Jennifer Morgan, an expert on international climate change negotiations with the World Resources Institute, a research organization. “They’re staking out the priorities for their country. They know they’re not going to get everything they need, but they’re going to fight hard. This is classic positioning.”

Ms. Morgan predicted that India would engage in hard-line brinkmanship into overtime sessions of the climate talks, but that ultimately Mr. Modi does not want a deal to collapse.

Some Indian leaders expressed concern that India’s contributions to climate efforts could be eclipsed by negotiators’ adversarial tone. “I really believe that Modi wants to be remembered as the person who turned India green,” said Anand Mahindra, the chairman of the Mahindra Group, who has joined an international group of corporate leaders calling for carbon pricing at the talks.

“He is trying to take the lead as a green warrior,” he said of Mr. Modi. “He is being held back by this old reflexive rhetoric.”

Mr. Mahindra may be an outlier, though. Domestic audiences, on both the right and the left, are eager to see Mr. Modi and his environment minister, Prakash Javadekar, demonstrate influence in the international arena by standing up to pressure from Europe and the United States and demanding financing for green energy.

Monday’s editions of India’s major newspapers carried editorials from prominent figures urging negotiators to stand their ground, even at the cost of being labeled obstructionists or spoilers.

“The more criticism India comes under in Paris, the more applause Javadekar will get in Parliament and elsewhere,” said Mr. Ramesh, the former environment minister. “This is the dichotomy of the situation.”


Obama admitted that climate change is as much US fault and responsibility. This is a big win for India.

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Postby Hari Seldon » 01 Dec 2015 07:15

Modi government plans toll-free phone number for MyGov by January


NEW DELHI: Inspired by the recent success of a toll-free number which is inundated with calls for Prime Minister's Mann Ki Baat programme, the Narendra Modi government is planning to incorporate a phone number on its popular MyGov online platform by January to get suggestions from people for its various schemes such as Smart Cities project.

Right now, a user needs to log on to the MyGov website, register with an email address and submit a suggestion online or comment on various scheme ..

Officials said the PM recently pointed out that a substantial part of the country's population, which lives in rural areas with no internet connectivity or is not computer-savvy, remains outside ambit of MyGov platform.

"A villager could well be talented, know the ground situation better and have a brilliant idea on a project but he or she is not able to reach the government with the same," an official told ET.

A toll-free helpline, 1800-3000-7800, launched for PM's Mann Ki Baat programme has been attracting over 50,000 calls for each episode since its launch two months ago. This is much more than the number of online suggestions sent for the programme on the MyGov platform.


The PM, during his recent Mann ki Baat sessions, has been quoting examples of success stories of people living in remote areas who have been calling up the helpline to record their messages, hence attracting even more calls. In his address on Sunday, the PM spoke of the calls he got from a farmer in Jalandhar and an entrepreneur in Gorakhpur.

In a post on the MyGov website, Dwivedi also unveiled plans to initiate a monthly in-person MyGov interaction with a Union minister of regular MyGov contributors to present their ideas and suggestions. "This is an effort to give recognition to outstanding ideas," Dwivedi told ET.

Besides, a MyGov merchandise store will be launched soon where merchandise promoting national integration will be available, with sale proceeds of the not-for-profit activity going to the PM Relief Fund. MyGov Swachh Bharat page is also being relaunched with a clearly outlined programme on how the Swachh Bharat activities can be made more citizen focused and led by citizens, he said.

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Comer wrote:http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/transfer-posting-raj-ends/1/531599.html

A little over a year ago, the marbled lobbies of five-star hotels and colonial clubs in the heart of Lutyens' Delhi buzzed with businessmen eyeing government contracts, liaison men dangling favours, and government servants seeking lucrative postings. A cozy nexus of cash, influence and favours that greased the wheels which ran India's capital. Today, these antechambers to the erstwhile Delhi Durbar have fallen silent, the result of a clean-up by the Narendra Modi government and the setting up of a new mechanism in the top bureaucracy to eliminate nepotism and bring in honest bureaucrats. This new system, insiders say, has posted nearly 450 joint secretaries, additional secretaries, secretaries to ministries and government departments, and around 300 officers in banks and public sector undertakings (PSUs) in the past 18 months. The only two criteria for selecting officials, according to PMO officials, are honesty and efficiency.


Comer wrote:http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/infrastructure/govt-targets-to-complete-10950-km-national-highways-in-fy16/articleshow/49986443.cms

Government has set a target of completing 10,950 km of National Highways for the current fiscal while 2,892 km highways have been constructed till October end, Parliament was informed today.

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Postby vivek.rao » 02 Dec 2015 04:48

S Koren report on Indian economy. Must watch

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Postby hanumadu » 02 Dec 2015 05:17

India to become a urea surplus state soon: Govt

India will soon become an urea surplus state from a deficit state and start exporting it, Union Fertilizer Minister Ananth Kumar said today.

Kumar told Lok Sabha during question hour that the country will produce 20 lakh tonnes additional urea this year after a number of pro-active steps, including revival of defunct fertilizer plants, taken by the government.

"We will soon become a urea surplus country from a urea deficit country as we are going to produce 20 lakh tonnes additional urea this year. We will start exporting urea soon," he said.

The Minister said there was no crisis of fertilizer anywhere in the country and all states and union territories were satisfied with its availability.

"There is no shortage of fertilizers during the current sowing season," he said.

Further, to ensure adequate availability of fertilizers, Fertilizers Ministry has taken a number of steps that include assessment of month-wise demand, regular monitoring of movement of all major subsidised fertilizers throughout the country by a web-based monitoring system besides others, he said. PTI ACB

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Kudos to the government to bring the deal to completion and get things sorted.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/energy/power/canada-sends-first-consignment-of-uranium-to-india/articleshow/50063541.cms

TORONTO: Canada has sent the first uranium consignment of 250 tonnes to India for its nuclear power reactors, over two years after the civil nuclear deal signed between the two countries came into force.

"The first lot of 250 tonnes of Canadian uranium has been received in India," a senior government official said.


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