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Postby raj-senthil » 10 Feb 2017 23:02

Good if this happens..


Government to make all ration shops Aadhaar-enabled by June:
The government is planning to make all ration shops under the public distribution system in the country Aadhaar-enabled by June 30 this year, IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

"We will make all 5.58 lakh ration shops Aadhar-enabled by June 30. We are in discussion with Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry for this. Our IT department will work with food and supply department to enable this. We will also request states to come on Aadhaar ecosystem," Prasad told reporters in New Delhi.

He said that the government is soon going to roll out 20 lakh Aadhaar-enabled point of sales machines for delivery of rations.

He said that already all ration cards in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan have been made Aadhar-enabled.

"In Gujarat, even payment in ration shops is being made using thumb impression which is linked to Aadhaar," Prasad said.

He said that Rajasthan has reported saving of 14.68 per cent wheat, 20.12 per cent sugar and 39.13 per cent kerosene after implementation of Aadhaar-based ration system.

"We give food subsidy to the tune of Rs 1.2 lakh which, if saved, can be used for welfare schemes," Prasad said.

He also said that the government is working on bringing everyone under the Aadhar system by June 30.

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Postby jamwal » 16 Feb 2017 14:01

http://www.financialexpress.com/industr ... as/553575/

Modi revives three-decade-old plan to build India’s first passenger jet, a 14-seat aircraft, called Saras
India is reviving a three-decade-old plan to build its first passenger aircraft as the South Asian country struggles to join an exclusive club of Asian nations that have advanced far ahead in creating their own home-made jets.

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Modi revives three-decade-old plan to build India’s first passenger jet, a 14-seat aircraft, called Saras
India is reviving a three-decade-old plan to build its first passenger aircraft as the South Asian country struggles to join an exclusive club of Asian nations that have advanced far ahead in creating their own home-made jets.
By: Bloomberg | Published: February 16, 2017 1:10 PM
The development of the twin-turboprop plane suffered a setback in 2009 when a test flight ended in a fiery crash, killing all three crew on board. (PTI) The development of the twin-turboprop plane suffered a setback in 2009 when a test flight ended in a fiery crash, killing all three crew on board. (PTI)
India is reviving a three-decade-old plan to build its first passenger aircraft as the South Asian country struggles to join an exclusive club of Asian nations that have advanced far ahead in creating their own home-made jets. A 14-seat aircraft, called Saras, is undergoing preliminary tests, Jitendra Jadhav, director of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research at state-controlled National Aerospace Laboratories, said in an interview in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The development of the twin-turboprop plane suffered a setback in 2009 when a test flight ended in a fiery crash, killing all three crew on board.
India may need a few hundred small planes that can carry less than 30 people over the next five to seven years for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to succeed in his plan to boost air links in remote areas of the country, according to Sydney-based CAPA Centre for Aviation. India’s air force, which has committed to purchasing 15 of the Saras planes, needs to test the aircraft before certifications and sale to commercial airlines, Jadhav said.
The process of getting full certification could take as long as three years, he said

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Postby IndraD » 20 Feb 2017 20:28

Modi govt has price regulated stents there by enabling many more patients with heart attacks get stent & angioplasty than before. Hospitals were charging up to 1000% inflated prices. Also many medical devices such as orthopedic implants to be price regulated next http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 252336.cms

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Heart attack caused by rupture of plaque in one of coronary arteries has traditionally been treated with clot busters with inherent complications & not so good outcome. Angioplasty with stent are far superior in improving quality of life, mortality and morbidity. In India angioplasty and stent was possible for very few due to price. Now with price regulation many more people will likely get stents.

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Postby Hari Seldon » 01 Mar 2017 11:29

The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016

Highlights of the Bill

The Bill amends the Enemy Property Act, 1968, to vest all rights, titles and interests over enemy property in the Custodian

The Bill declares transfer of enemy property by the enemy, conducted under the Act, to be void. This applies retrospectively to transfers that have occurred before or after 1968.

The Bill prohibits civil courts and other authorities from entertaining disputes related to enemy property.

Key Issues and Analysis
The Act allows transfer of enemy property from the enemy to other persons. The Bill declares all such transfers as void. This may be arbitrary and in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution.

The Bill prohibits civil courts from entertaining any disputes with regard to enemy property. It does not provide any alternative judicial remedy (eg. tribunals). Therefore, it limits judicial recourse or access to courts available to aggrieved persons.


Will be taken up when LS reconvenes on 9-March. Left planning to rake up "DU FoE issue" in Parl 9-March onwards. Some say this is a transparent attempt to crowd out this bill.

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What can an MP do for you?
Often, in our chaotic democracy, not many comprehend what the Lok Sabha is, what the Rajya Sabha is for, what State Assemblies are for, what the MP’s circle of responsibility is as opposed to the MLA’s role, what the MLA’s role is as opposed to the Corporator’s role and other such granularities.
But in whatever role and scope one represents a block of voters, one can impact the lives of people in it, assuming the intention to do so exists. In this context, we did a study of what Narendra Modi, in his capacity as the much-celebrated MP of Varanasi, did in his Lok Sabha constituency. Without much ado, let us see what we found.
The first striking feature we found was, in a simple google search of “Narendra Modi Varanasi” the top result is a sleek page dedicated to Varanasi on Mr Modi’s website. Contrast this with, say, another famous constituency with a celebrity MP, search “Rahul Gandhi Amethi”. The results throw up photo features by NDTV on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, at the top. While this cannot be a comprehensive yardstick of judgement, it does show a marked difference in a sense of ownership.
The facts of the matter:
Mr Modi’s oft-repeated focus on melding development with heritage seems to find its home in Varanasi.
There has been a glut of investment and multi-sectoral activity in the PM’s own constituency ranging from roads, rail and waterways to heritage spot beautification and electricity infrastructure.
Some data about it is as below:
• A total allocation of about Rs 30,000 crores has been allocated for this multi-sectoral impetus towards betterment of the ancient city.
• Health Sector is receiving a funding pump of about Rs 1200 crores for the below projects:
o A 334 bed multi-specialty trauma centre at the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University (IMS-BHU) in which, post April-2017, the first 24 hours of treatment or investigation is slated to be done free of cost.
o A world class 250 bed Madan Mohan Malviya Cancer Centre at the IMS-BHU
o A 250 bed Shatabdi Super Specialty Complex at IMS-BHU
o Upgradation of Sir Sundarlal Hospital, IMS-BHU from 1200 bed to 1500 bed capacity with allocation per bed doubling from 1 lakh per bed to 2 lakhs per bed
o Upgradation of ESI Hospital, Pandeypur from 60 bed capacity to 150.
• Culture and Heritage are intertwined with the very existence of Varanasi. About Rs 127 crores have been pumped into this domain:
o About 24 heritage routes – arterial roads connecting various heritage places within Varanasi including iconic places such as the Dashashwamedh Ghat, Sankat Mochan Mandir and others – have seen renovation, upgradation and beautification being done.
o Many companies such as Roopa Foundation, Piramal Foundation, Bank of Baroda, and ONGC, through their Corporate Social Responsibility wings have taken ownership of the upgradation and beautification of iconic heritage spots such as the Manikarnika Ghat, Mokshadwar, Dashashawedh Ghat, Assi Ghat and others.
• Tourism, something that Mr Modi has often referred to as a vastly under-tapped industry in India, has received funding of Rs 175 crores towards development of heritage theme parks like the Buddha Theme Park, Sound and Light shows at various locations, building of public facilities such as public toilet facilities.


• If there is something that we have had the need to be rather ashamed of, especially in our temple towns, it is the cleanliness, should we say, the lack of it. On just cleanliness and sanitation for the city, funding to the tune of Rs 108 crores has been allocated. Some details are:
o Facilitation of door to door garbage collection
o Managing cleanliness and upkeep of all the ghats along the Ganga under Namami Gange initiative.
o Expediting the work on several much-delayed garbage management plants
o Building of a 10 Metric Ton capacity decentralised, waste to electricity conversion plant at Bhavaniya Pokhri
o Swacch Bharat Mission has constructed about 150 public toilets and 50 urinal facilities
o Construction of about 2263 private toilets to rid the place of open-defecation
• Textiles, handlooms and handicrafts: Varanasi has been famous for its exquisite textiles, handlooms, handicrafts and its weavers. In this regard a total of Rs 347 crores has been pumped towards textile facilitation centres have been set up to help handloom and handicraft artisans make and export products, common facilitation centres for weavers, setup of a National Institute of Fashion Technology and Regional Silk Technological Station.
• At a cost of nearly Rs 8000 crores, highways leading to and from Varanasi have been upgraded and increased to 4/6 lanes, especially the ones to Sultanpur, Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Aurangabad. Many flyovers, bridges and bypass roads have also been constructed on these roads to ease traffic movement. This apart, upgradation of the road to Babatpur Airport and Varanasi Ring Road Phase-1 have also taken off.
• Waterways: Inland waterways project have received funding to the tune of Rs 381 crores towards a Haldia-Varanasi waterway, setup of multi-model terminals, river information systems, night navigation systems and the distinctive Ro-Ro crossings.
• Railways: With a funding of about Rs 1100 crores, all railway stations including Manduadih, Varanasi City, Saranath, Varanasi Cantonment, Kashi-Shivpur are being upgraded with track doubling, waiting rooms, line electrification, public toilet and sanitation facilities.
• Costing about 572 crores there’s work on electricity and power infrastructure happening including creation of 2 new substations, equipping existing 11 substations with new transformers, setting up of 1016 km long underground cables across areas adjacent to the Ganga, solar power projects and setting up of 500 solar street lights.
• Civil aviation in Varanasi has also seen some impetus being lent to it with expansion and upgradation of facilities in the Babatpur Airport, addition of direct flights to Bangalore, Hyderabad and Bhubaneshwar, new flights to 22 other destinations.
• Varanasi was also chosen to become a Smart City under the Smart City project. This has seen a funding of about Rs 2200 crores for the development of urban infrastructure over an area of 1389 acres including the Old Kashi area.
• The Ghats on the banks of the Ganga, under the Namami Gange project, have seen works to the tune of Rs 400 crores happening in terms of renovation, beautification, cleanliness upkeep, connectivity with other ghats, as well as construction of new ghats.
• The ambitious Varanasi Metro project has also taken off with a funding of Rs 15964 crores for over 29 km of connectivity.
All we can conclude is, having a celebrity MP represent you has its perks.


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IndraD wrote:Major cancer drug prices slashed and capped like stents . great job Modi sarkar! http://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumb ... 487124.cms

In a major relief for cancer patients, the drug pricing regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has slashed the prices of some cancer drugs by upto 86 per cent.

The price of a drug called Iressa, which is manufactured by Astrazeneca Pharma India Limited and is used for the treatment of lung cancer, was around Rs 29,259, which has now been slashed to Rs 3,977. The price of another expensive drug for targeted cancer therapy Biceltis, manufactured by Emcure Pharmaceuticals, which is an antibody used to target cancer cells, has been reduced by over Rs 10,000. Price of chemotherapy drugs like Doceaqualip, manufactured by Intas Pharacetucals ltd, has been reduced by 37 per cent – from Rs 16,890 to Rs 10,560. The price of Dr Reddy’s tablet Levin used to treat blood cancer has been cut by 25 per cent.

Bhupendra Singh, chairman of NPPA said that more cancer drugs will soon come under price control. “Apart from cancer, important medicines used in the treatment of diabetes, bacterial infections and blood pressure have been capped by the government, thereby reducing the cost by an average of around 25 to 50 per cent,” he said. Since March 2016, prices of around 800 drugs have been slashed by the government.

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Centre may pay your rent through vouchers soon in 100 cities (ET)

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government may now pay your rent. The Centre is all set to roll out a Rs 2,700-crore welfare scheme in 100 smart cities to give rent vouchers to the urban poor.

The government would launch the new rental housing policy with the rent vouchers for below poverty line (BPL) families. Though the policy has been in the works for three years, the first component is likely to be rolled out in 2017-18 financial year in the smart cities.


The tenant would give these vouchers to the landowner, who in turn would be able to redeem them at any citizen service bureau. If the rent is higher than the value of rent voucher, the tenant would pay the difference in cash to the landowner.

The value of rent voucher would be determined by the urban local body on the basis of class or size of the dwelling unit and the prevalent rent in the city. The government is also exploring the option of direct benefit transfer in this voucher ..


More interestingly...

The government would also monetise the confiscated benami properties for construction of affordable homes to address the housing shortage.

“The recent implementation of the Benami Properties Act and rules open up another option for rental housing. An enabling provision would be inserted in the rules that houses confiscated by Central government which cannot be auctioned, could be let out by the Central government or through state governments as rental housing for the middle income group (MIG), LIG and economically weaker section (EWS) depending on the suitability and location of such properties,” the official said.

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The Enemy Property Amendment Bill has been passed by the Rajya Sabha.

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Highlights of Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill 2016

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/k ... 441168.ece

Here are the important takeaways from the landmark Bill:

>> Women working in the organised sector will now be entitled to paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks. Once the Bill is law, it will benefit about 1.8 million women.

>> The Bill also provides for maternity leave of 12 weeks to mothers adopting a child below the age of three months as well as to commissioning mothers (defined as a biological mother) who uses her egg to have a surrogate child. In such cases, 12-week period of maternity leave will be calculated from the date the child is handed over to the adoptive or commissioning mother.

>> It also makes it mandatory for every establishment with more than 50 employees to provide creche facilities within a prescribed distance. The woman will be allowed four visits to the creche in a day. This will include her interval for rest.

>> The new law will apply to all establishments employing 10 or more people and the entitlement will be for only up to first two children. For third child, the entitlement will be for only 12 weeks.

>> The Bill has a a provision under which an employer can permit a woman to work from home, if the nature of work assigned permits her to do so. This option can be availed of, after the period of maternity leave, for a duration that is mutually decided by the employer and the woman.

>> The amendments would ensure that full maternal care is provided during the full bloom period and will encourage more women to join the workforce in organised sector.

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Postby Peregrine » 16 Mar 2017 01:18

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The Big Picture - The Modi brand is here to stay - Chander Mohan

The man is bigger than his party. This is the crux of the results of five assembly elections in India, especially the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) that sends 80 MPs to Parliament. After these polls, there is no denying that Narendra Modi’s popularity overshadows not only the opposition but also his own party, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

There was similar support for our first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, as was there for his daughter Indira Gandhi during her regime. Modi is no Nehru and is also quite different from Indira; the background of the ‘chaiwala’ has to be unlike the aristocratic Nehru-Gandhi’s. But the three do have this in common: they had the nation behind them and were able to take the party forward on their own shoulders. Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an extremely well-liked leader but he never got the mandate that Modi has won. This is the first time that the BJP has a majority both in Parliament as also in the politically sensitive UP assembly.

In spite of their popularity, both Nehru and Indira scored poor marks in economics. Nehru was initially preoccupied with the aftermath of Partition and if India has stayed on a liberal democratic path it’s because of the foundation laid by him. It is Pakistan’s misfortune that Muhammad Ali Jinnah died early. In later years though, Nehru got sucked into world politics and his priority was to be remembered as a statesman. As a result, India suffered.

Indira, on the other hand, was too preoccupied with establishing a dynasty. She became authoritative and lost the confidence of her people and while she did bounce back, things were never the same. Today, the dynasty lies in tatters. The country is moving rapidly towards what Modi promised: ‘Congress Mukt Bharat’ (an India without the Congress party).

Rahul Gandhi, the reluctant heir, needs to take a voluntary retirement scheme. Congress has done well in two of the other states that went to the polls – Punjab and Goa, where Rahul ironically addressed very few meetings but the party has been decimated in UP where he spent days campaigning. Congress didn’t get a single seat in Amethi, which is represented by him and considered a Gandhi bastion.

But today the story is about Modi and his political magic. Both Nehru and Indira were statuesque; they did not use power to change the country. Instead, they let the slow process of change take its course. It helps that Modi is seen as a man who is not only hard-working but also scrupulously honest. He has no family so he doesn’t need to feather his nest, and neither are there any Panama Papers that can haunt him.

But the prime minister is impatient. He wants change; his message of ‘badlav’ (replacement) has gone through. Liberals like Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen were aghast when he introduced demonetisation, some in the English media were even hoping that it would spell his doom. But Modi was able to turn around the whole dialogue to how the amir (rich) were having sleepless nights while the garib (poor) were happy.

Now the poor are backing him. BJP was always known to be a bania party, that is, a party of traders. But Modi now has a new support base; he has captured the underprivileged with his promise of ‘sab ka vikas’ (development for everyone) by changing the entire format of Indian politics. The biggest losers in our political landscape today are the Congress and the Leftist who distributed poverty in the name of socialism.

Much has been made of Modi’s disdain towards the Muslims. It didn’t help that the BJP did not give a ticket to a single Muslim candidate in UP. But the reality is that BJP’s huge victory could not have been without the substantial support from within this very community. In the Deoband constituency, which is home to the respected Darul Uloom, BJP’s Hindu candidate won against the Muslim candidates of other parties.

This has two implications. One, the Muslim community has seen through the fake secularism of so-called secular parties. Like their treatment of the poor, they have also only distributed backwardness to the Muslims who remain one of the least progressive communities in the country, as clearly highlighted in the Sachar Commission report which was ordered in 2005 to report on the social and economic conditions of the Muslims in India.

Secondly, the Muslims, especially the youth, have decided to go the same way as the rest of the country. The attempt to keep them in a secular prism is failing as their priorities have shifted: to get a job, have a good life and security just like everyone else. Today, it seems like the young ones are increasingly – although not completely – putting their faith in Modi’s promises. BJP has also realised it’s folly of not fielding any Muslim candidates and has now promised to include them in the UP cabinet. After all, a numerically-strong community cannot be left out of governance.The Authors "SOP" to the Clapistani Express Tribune

What then does Modi’s recent victory mean for Indo- Pak relations? The prime minister has definitely emerged stronger and can take bold steps to restore the relationship between the two countries. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has an election coming up next year; hopefully, both will make use of the short window available.

But one thing is clear: the Modi brand is here to stay. If there is any worry, it is that of too much concentration of power in one hand and we have seen it go wrong in the past. But that doesn’t worry Modi; he is already promising a ‘New India’ in 2022.

Remember, the next election in India is in 2019. Modi was never known to be coy!
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x-post from Tech useful for Indian problems dhaga.

Hari Seldon wrote:Indian Scientists Develop Credit-Card Sized ECG Machine, Costs Just Rs. 4,000 (rrNDTV)

Usually accustomed to spending most of their time making nuclear weapons, a group of scientists in India have developed a unique life-saving device. And a low-cost, affordable solution for the rural masses of India at that.

It is estimated that one person in India dies due to a heart attack every thirty seconds. While adequate facilities exist in urban areas, rural and remote areas do not even have basic electro-cardiogram (ECG) machines or specialists who can read them.

With them in mind, scientists at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center have developed a credit card-sized Tele-ECG machine that can transmit an ECG over mobile phones to save lives. While imported commercial models are much bigger, heavier and 10 times more expensive, this 12-channel ECG machine costs just Rs. 4,000 and is possibly the smallest of its kind.

The machine can be recharged via a mobile charger and then the data can be transmitted via mobile network anywhere in the world to a specialist.

To test the new machine this reporter was rigged using electrodes and had his ECG taken in one part of Mumbai. The reading was then instantaneously sent to a specialist far away on his smartphone.

"The quality of the ECG is excellent and it has come to me in two to three different formats for me to view and it appears to be normal," Dr Hemant Haldavnekar, a consulting physician, said.

"This is a small low-cost ECG machine that on a single charge takes 300 ECGs. It is rightly suited for rural areas," the developer of the tele-ECG machine, Vineet Sinha, Scientist, Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai, said.

The machine currently works on an Android-platform and can be used in conjunction with any smartphone.

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Postby Supratik » 16 Mar 2017 22:53

NFHS-4 (2015-2016) data released. TFR of India now at 2.2 (replacement level 2.1). Religion data not released. All laggards have shown progress and are now almost near 2.1. That includes RJ, MP, CH. UP has shown impressive improvement at 2.7, JH moderate but still high. Bihar has shown the worst result and has the highest TFR still at 3.4. Literacy rates up everywhere. should cross 80% in 2021 census. IMR and MMR down everywhere. Institutional delivery up everywhere and dramatic improvement in rural areas. Female literacy up by at least 10% everywhere.

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Postby Hari Seldon » 17 Mar 2017 04:11

Govt published General Financial Rules 2017. Some mighty big reforms in procurement and payment processes for all central government procurements. Quoting from twitter feed of one @arunmcops from here.

@arunmcops Big reform in Works execution. Monopoly of CPWD broken. Only limited and Open Tender allowed.

Big push to GeM. Biggest hit on corruption in public procurement. Procurement of Goods available on GeM mandatory.

Big push on online purchases where buyer can't see the seller. Purchase order and payment online. All the relaxations regarding eprocurement till date, withdrawn. Only e-publishing and E-procurement for tenders allowed.

Payment within 24 hours of receipt of goods mandatory or deducted from bank account of Organization along with penalty. Now officials can't keep the payment pending for their cut.

Electronic Reverse Bidding formally adopted for Nationwide rollout as part of GFR-2017 Rule 158 (V). Now one can't hold payment. Can't modify bids as per whims . Bidding and opening of bids online.

@arunmcops I once wrote an article on 10% cut on works awarded to CPWD. Wrote to PM about the method. Now that's gone out of the window.

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Postby Lilo » 17 Mar 2017 14:41

how can the sikular patronage networks be sustained if beneficiaries are uniquely identified ? a video by wire.in based on that angst https://youtu.be/vQz8uzDU6P8

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>>Kiren Rijiju‏Verified account @KirenRijiju 38m38 minutes ago
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As promised by @narendramodi ji, the long economic blockade in Manipur will be lifted from tonight. Today's tripartite talk was successful.

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Postby Rishi Verma » 19 Mar 2017 21:22

Met a lawyer from Gaya, Bihar. He told me that a local street was not getting repaired, he wrote to the PMO's office. Within 2-days the local DM passed an order to repair the street, a copy of the order was emailed to the complaintant, street got repaired.

PMO's office bypassed both the state and local governments to address the problem, connecting directly with the people!!

I saw the e-copy of the letter from the DM that referred to "case number xyz, from PMO office"

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Postby jamwal » 21 Mar 2017 16:08

http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.co ... hip-style/

General in the trenches: Modi’s last-mile charge in UP polls is a perfect cameo of his leadership style

What does the recent set of elections tell us about Narendra Modi’s leadership skills and risk-taking appetite? It is important to attempt an answer without resorting to polemic or hyperbole. To suggest Modi is already the “most popular leader since Independence” is premature. Equally, or perhaps more so, to be churlish and dismiss Modi as a “great campaigner” but not a “great leader” is hypocritical and dishonest.

Two episodes from the recent election period offer clues to Modi’s thinking, his instincts and ultimately his leadership. These may not convince everybody, but nevertheless merit reflection. The first concerns Modi’s ethic of governance and the second his political instinct.

On March 2, with two rounds of voting to go in Uttar Pradesh, the Union government raised the price of non-subsidised LPG by Rs 86 per cylinder. News reports described this hike as the “steepest in India’s history”. A month earlier, on February 1, three days before Goa and Punjab voted and 10 days prior to polling stations opening in UP, the price of an LPG cylinder had been raised by Rs 66.50.

The easier availability of LPG cylinders, especially to poorer sections, was a campaign theme of the BJP. This was built on a cross-subsidy created by better-off consumers who paid full price and who were affected by the February 1 and March 2 price increases. On the eve of elections these moves could well have backfired. Many would have advocated caution; Modi persisted.

An analogy would help here. In February-March 2012, UP saw an assembly election on which the Congress and Rahul Gandhi pinned many hopes. The then UPA government was supportive, as could be expected. What did it do?

For a year before the election, global oil prices were rising. A recalibration of prices in the domestic market was called for. Yet, the UPA government decided not to inconvenience the Congress’s UP campaign.

The issue of energy prices and the unsustainable subsidy on diesel worried economists, but the government was unmoved. Between June 2011 and September 2012 diesel prices were not raised. Rahul Gandhi’s canvassing in UP took precedence.

The impact on the economy was substantial. The fiscal deficit rose. Discrepancy between diesel and petrol prices led to a surge in the sale of diesel-fuelled cars. In turn, this dieselisation of the automobile industry hurt companies that had invested in petrol engine capacities.

Other than jeopardising calculations in the automobile industry – one of India’s few manufacturing success stories – the increase in the number of diesel cars had an environmental impact.

In Delhi, for instance, it contributed to the nullifying of hard-won gains in air quality following the mandating of CNG for public transport a decade earlier. That failure to raise diesel prices for a good 15 months had a cascading effect. It became emblematic of the economic mess the UPA left behind in 2014.

Rather than write long essays on how Modi compares to Indira Gandhi or Jawaharlal Nehru – irrelevant in a current context – it is more appropriate to study the prime minister’s administrative and policy actions in contrast to those of the immediate predecessor government.

That is what a contemporary voter will go by. In the case of LPG price hikes, it would also negate the lazy assumption that the electorate rewards only populism and punishes a government taking hard decisions. Despite the price rise, UP renewed its faith in Modi – not because it was happy to pay more (nobody ever is) but because it trusted Modi with doing the right thing.

The second episode has to do with Modi’s three-day campaign in Varanasi and the Poorvanchal region of eastern UP. Why did he do this? Was he worried about his own re-election from his Lok Sabha constituency, as some wide-eyed commentators suggested? Should prime ministers campaign so vigorously in state elections, even elections in states that “adopt” them? Was Manmohan Singh’s degree of involvement in the 2006 and 2011 assembly elections in Assam (a state he represents in Parliament) the appropriate role model for Modi?

Depending on how one sees it, these are very good questions or very silly questions. Fundamentally, they flow from an artificial distinction some make between governance as a technocratic, managerial exercise and politics as a muscular and passionate impulse, with philosophical or even ideological moorings.

To be honest, there is no single template for political leadership. The chief executive who “does not read a file” (Vajpayee and Reagan) but defines big goals offers one approach. The prime minister as super-bureaucrat (Manmohan Singh) offers another. Modi presents a third example: of a driven, 24/7 political animal who seeks to validate his electoral appeal and use the resultant political capital to drive his government’s priority initiatives.

This dual role is in the best traditions of democracy; it is also a model that governments in Delhi have been unused to for a considerable period. It explained the disquiet when Modi went to Varanasi for the final leg of the campaign – a general in the trenches.

This galvanised party workers who redoubled efforts simply because the prime minister himself was taking to the streets to mobilise voters. Modi’s last-mile charge was about the passion and drama of popular politics. Most of all, it was about the demonstration of leadership.

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Postby Hari Seldon » 21 Mar 2017 20:02

87 lakh job cards removed from MNREGA list (ET)

NEW DELHI: In its bid to check the "misuse" of funds under MNREGA, the Rural Development Ministry has removed as many as 87 lakh job cards from the beneficiaries list, Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav said today.

"The Rural Development Ministry had started a cleansing drive to check whether funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) were reaching the genuine beneficiaries, and in that drive it was found that about 87 lakh job cards were duplicate or fake or the beneficiaries had died," he said.

About 63 per cent of 12.49 crore job cards issued under the MNREGA Act have so far been verified, the minister said.

It was found that the cards were made in the name of the beneficiaries who did not exist, Yadav said, adding that the work was allocated and amount released to such dubious claimants.

The flagship programme of NREGA is a demand-driven employment scheme. Not less than 100 days of employment is provided to registered workers upon receipt of their demand.

These workers are given job cards which are linked with their Aadhaar numbers and bank accounts.

NREGA provides supplementary means of livelihood to people in rural areas, primarily during lean periods.

The Centre has also announced additional employment over and above 100 days per household to upto 150 days in notified drought-affected districts in various states of the country.

Assets created under NREGA include works related to natural resource management such as water conservation, land development and irrigation. Besides these, dams, irrigation channels, check dams, ponds, wells and Aanganwadis are also built under the scheme.

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Postby hanumadu » 24 Mar 2017 11:14

Nice program on power grid


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Postby Hari Seldon » 27 Mar 2017 10:11

National Waterway 1, linking Haldia, Sahibganj, Varanasi, likely to be ready by 2018 (Fin Exp)

With the development of national waterways being an integral part of the Centre’s plan to upgrade transport infrastructure in the country, work is afoot on National Waterway-1 (NW-1) linking Haldia to Allahabad. The projects on the river Ganga will boost the economies of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Under the National Waterways Act of 2016, the government has committed to developing 111 designated national waterways. Of these, NWs-1, 2, & 3 are partially operational. The national waterways would not only reduce logistics costs, but also lessen congestion on the road and rail networks, having a multiplier effect on the Indian economy.

Work on NW-1 had been pending since 1990 due to hurdles posed by siltation. The shipping ministry has finally pushed the development of the Haldia-Varanasi stretch (1620 km) with projects for construction of multi-modal terminals at Varanasi, Haldia and Sahibganj, strengthening of the river navigation system, conservancy works, and development of information systems and night navigation facilities, besides construction of a navigational lock at Farakka.


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Amitabh Verma, till recently the chairman of the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), says “the Prime Minister’s project monitoring group is looking at the work on a day-to-day basis and all projects have to be completed in a time-bound manner.”

Full operationalisation of the Haldia-Varanasi stretch would allow the navigation of vessels with a capacity of 1,500-2,000 tonnes, he says. The development of the waterway, expected to cost Rs 4,200 crore {onlee!}, has been taken up with assistance from the World Bank. Construction work for the multi-modal terminals at Haldia, Sahibganj and Varanasi has commenced. The terminal at Haldia would become a hub for transportation of cargo to the North East. The terminal, according to Verma, has already received a commitment of 5.92 million tonne per annum of cargo once it becomes operational in 2018. IWAI also plans to build a new navigational lock and modernise the existing one at Farakka.

The terminal at Sahibganj in Bihar would further the transportation of coal to power plants. The terminal is expected to be operational by 2018. This project, according to IWAI officials, would help in the de-siltation of the river.


In Bihar, the IWAI also envisages investment in terminals at Kalughat and Gaighat, ferry and RO-RO services and dredging. The Kalughat terminal would boost transportation of cargo from Kolkata to Nepal, reducing costs by 26% and 13% compared to the railways and road, respectively. An analysis by the World Bank has concluded that the project would lead to extensive economic and social development along the banks of the Ganga in Bihar.

Work on the multi-modal terminal at Varanasi (Ramnagar) commenced in August 2016. Estimated to cost Rs 170 crore, it is
expected to be operational by August 2018.

The NW-1 projects are expected to create 1,60,000 direct and indirect jobs, Nitin Gadkari, union minister of shipping, has said. Besides being cheaper to develop than railways and roadways, waterways cost 25-30 paise per km of transport, as against R1 for railways and R1.50 for roadways. From the abysmal 3.5% at present, IWAI is aiming to increase waterway transportation of cargo in India to 15% by 2019. Even this would be low compared to countries like China, South Korea, UK, Germany, France where it is in the range of 35%-40%.

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Postby A Nandy » 27 Mar 2017 23:36

Goodness there are some 111 proposed waterways in the National Waterways Act of April 2016: http://www.indiacode.nic.in/acts-in-pdf/2016/201617.pdf

If just one waterway can give a 10+ % share of goods transportation then the remaining 30 to 40% to catch up with the rest of the world should be possible within 2020 if we finish even 50 of the proposals! :D

Netherlands is massively into waterways to control flooding and I have seen massive barges floating through canals in even small towns. Crystal clear waters and amazing waterside stretches :)

The UP govt really needs to after those tannery units crooks around Kanpur who have a massive hand in dirtying the Ganges: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-ka ... gt-2054296

And not just them by the way.

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Postby anupmisra » 28 Mar 2017 06:04

A Nandy wrote:Goodness there are some 111 proposed waterways in the National Waterways Act of April 2016: http://www.indiacode.nic.in/acts-in-pdf/2016/201617.pdf


This is an excellent strategic move and its about time someone acted on this.

My ancestral village in Kannauj Dist in UP, where my forefathers first settled in +/- 300 BC, is located along the Yamuna river, far away from any highway or railroad station. There are several reasons why these river-villages and river towns went into decline and stayed there. Access and visibility come to my mind. Once the inland waterways are revived, travel and access will enable these inland villages to become self sufficient and they will start to thrive.

Good move.

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Postby hanumadu » 28 Mar 2017 06:40

anupmisra, A Nandy, This is a no discussion thread. Please relocate your posts to appropriate threads. I will delete/edit this post after you have done so. Thanks.

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Postby Supratik » 29 Mar 2017 22:04

X-post

SBI subsidiary bank merger to roll out from April 1.

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Postby Hari Seldon » 31 Mar 2017 09:16

How Yogi Adityanath becoming CM will bring affordable power for all in Uttar Pradesh (Financial Express)

With the newly-elected Yogi Adityanath government in saddle in Uttar Pradesh, the state is finally on the threshold of signing up on the Centre’s ambitious scheme 24×7 ‘Power for All’. Come April 14, Uttar Pradesh, which is the only state to have not signed up for the scheme yet, will formally become a signatory to the scheme that will ensure affordable and quality power to all.

The 24×7 Power for All is a joint initiative of the central and state governments with the objective of providing round-the-clock electricity to all households, industry, commercial businesses and any other electricity consuming entities within four years.

In a tweet on Thursday, energy minister Shrikant Sharma said he has directed officials of the UPPCL to provide power to every household and farm without any discrimination and to remove bottlenecks in the intra-state power transmission network so as to meet the power demand during summer months.

Under this scheme, the targets to be achieved by the state government include capacity addition, power purchase planning, strengthening the required transmission and distribution network, encouraging renewable energy, undertaking customer-centric initiatives, reduction of AT&C losses, and following good governance practices in the implementation of all central and state government schemes. It also aims at minimising the difference between average cost of supply per unit of power and per unit average revenue realised.

Interestingly, the previous Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government had refused to sign the pact.

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Postby manish singh » 01 Apr 2017 20:45

80,000 gram panchayats now have broadband: Govt

NEW DELHI: The government today said 80,000 gram panchayats in the country have been provided with broadband connectivity under BharatNet programme and the rest of the targeted 1 lakh villages will be given the facility by this month end.

Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said in the Rajya Sabha that under phase-I of the plan, a total of one lakh gram panchayats were to be provided with broadband connectivity under BharatNet by March end this year.

The government finally intends to provide such broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats across the country.

"For providing internet-based services to citizens in rural areas, WiFi hotspots are proposed to be set up in all Gram Panchayats in the country, leveraging the infrastructure of BharatNet, in the phase II of the BharatNet scheduled to be completed by December 2018," he said in his written reply.

Sinha said cable-laying work in many states like Kerala, Karnataka, Chhatisgarh, Haryana, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh is almost 100 per cent complete.

He said a total of 1,127 WiFi hotspots in various gram panchayats will be set up in the coming days and a total of 25,000 public WiFi hotspots at rural telephone exchanges are to be installed and 5,000 WiFi 'chaupals' are to be set up.

He added that preference is also being given to areas affected by left-wing extremism.

The Minister, however, admitted that West Bengal has lagged behind in broadband connectivity but efforts will be made to speed up the work soon.

He added that a total of Rs 71.71 crore has been earmarked for increasing connectivity in West Bengal during the year 2016-17.

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NEW DELHI: The government has asked Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) to allow manufacturers interested in producing indigenous lithium-ion batteries, including those from private sector, to obtain the technology for its mass production. Isro will now come up with a framework to make this process smooth.

The Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre under Isro has developed indigenous technology to manufacture such high-power batteries for automobiles and e-vehicles and their feasibility tests in vehicles have been successful.
Over half a dozen major automobile companies, battery manufacturers and public sector undertakings have already approached Isro. Mahindra Renault, Hyundai, Nissan, Tata Motors, High Energy Batteries, BHEL and Indian Oil have shown interest in producing the indigenous lithium-ion batteries.
Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari had sought Isro's help to develop indigenous technology for lithium-ion batteries so that their prices are within the reach of Indian customers.
Isro had earlier developed similar batteries for satellite and the launch vehicle applications.
The government has set an ambitious target for pushing more use of electric vehicles to reduce air pollution, which has become one of the biggest health concerns. Batteries are the key component of any electric vehicle. At present, all lithium-ion batteries are imported and it's very expensive.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 088413.cms

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Postby Gus » 09 Apr 2017 09:47

fixing kerosene subsidies

http://www.financialexpress.com/opinion ... es/618569/
A sharp 20% cut in supplies of subsidised kerosene by the government in the first eleven months of FY17—this is more than double the previous high of 9% in FY13—along with an increase in prices by a similar amount, though desirable from the point of view of subsidy reduction, is probably political suicide.

Yet, to the extent the results of the last set of assembly elections, including in the populous and poor Uttar Pradesh, can be seen as a verdict on the central government’s policies on subsidy control, the BJP’s moves seem to have passed the political test too. Possibly because, from day one, the Union government’s stated policy on subsidy reduction has been gradual as well as one based on the availability of alternative energy sources—any reduction in kerosene supplies, the government was clear, was to be linked to more availability of either LPG or electricity for the poor. In the first eleven months of FY17, thanks to an all-out push to acquire new cooking gas customers in rural India—those that used either kerosene or wood-chulhas were the target customers of the Ujjwala scheme that has already given free LPG to 2 crore families in rural areas—LPG consumption in the country rose by more than 11%. While kerosene supplies fell from 6.3 million tonnes in the first 11 months of FY16 to 5 million tonnes in the same period of FY17, those of LPG rose to 19.7 million tonnes from 17.8 million tonnes.

Apart from reducing vastly-subsidised supplies of kerosene, the central government combined this with a policy of increasing the prices. It is true the hike in kerosene prices was not as steep as the 25 paise per litre per fortnight planned between July 2016 to April 2017, but nonetheless prices rose 22% between this period, from `15.4 per litre (in Mumbai) to `18.8 per litre. The 22% hike is on a par with increases in the retail price of petrol and diesel during this period—in the case of LPG, though, the reduction in subsidies has been a lot more dramatic, from `537.5 per cylinder in July 2016 to `737.5 in April 2017.

Since kerosene is supplied through state-government-run ration shops on the basis of lists provided also by state governments, success here has depended on their cooperation with the central government. Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan managed to explain to the state governments that, with 40% of the vastly cheaper kerosene sold in the PDS being used to adulterate petrol and diesel, they too lose out on valuable VAT revenues as much lower quantities of both diesel and petrol were getting sold in each state—to that extent, the interests of both the central and state governments were identically aligned towards curbing the huge diversion of subsidised PDS kerosene. Taking an average VAT rate of 20% and applying that to the market prices of diesel and petrol, that works out to an annual revenue loss of around `3,500 crore for the states. As a result, Pradhan says, states began to cooperate with the Centre to provide lists of persons who deserve the kerosene subsidy and whittling it down wherever possible, keeping in mind the number of households that have got free LPG connections. As the central government reaches more houses through its Ujjwala scheme—the target is to reach 5 crore households by 2019, expect an even sharper fall in kerosene subsidies over the next few years.

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Postby Muppalla » 10 Apr 2017 23:03

Promise of 2014 as you asked for - In Numbers (3 Year Statistics) - #ShareWidely

1. Villagers asked for Good Roads - 1,20,653 KMS constructed

2. Cities asked for Highways - 22 KM per day averaged in 3 years

3. Indians asked for Sanitation (Bathrooms) - 4 crore + Toilets constructed leading to 62% coverage

4. Women demanded LPG - 6.87 crore LPG Connections given out of which 2 crore given to poor FREE leading to 71% coverage.

5. Indians demanded complete Financial Inclusion - 30 crore Jan Dhan Accounts Opened.

6. Traders asked Funds - MUDRA gave funds to more than 6 crore People worth 5 lakh crore till Now.

7. Youth asked for smooth financial Transactions - Government gave BHIM App, Aadhar Enabled Devices, 2.2 million POS Machines

8. Indians shouted - Tackle Corruption
Government linked all Government Services to Aadhar
4.2 crore Fake Ration Cards Stopped.
3.16 crore Fake MNREGA Job Cards removed, 3.3 crore Fake LPG Connections removed and 87 Such Government System combined to Aadhar and saves more than 50,000 crore Money to Government.

9. People asked for Electrification
13,000 Villages out of 18,452 Villages Unelectrified are Now getting Electrified.

10. You asked for Energy Conservation
23 crore LED approx Done, 15 lakh + Street Lights changed

11. Youth shouted Why Not Renewable Energy ? - Government responded Roaring with 10 GW Solar Energy leading Renewables to 50 GW Energy approx.

12. People wanted Transparency
Government made whole Government Online - All Auction Online, All Procurement Online - Every Program and Scheme Online

13. Farmers asked - What is for us ?
Government said - National Crop Insurance to safeguard You from Any kind of Damage - 3.3 crore Farmers Joined
Government said - National Agriculture Market - E NAM - Over 2 crore Farmers are getting Good Prices for their Produce 300 Mandi Gets connected
Government said - Get Soil Health Card 5 crore + Farmers get Soil Health Cards
Government increased MSP and Build Chain of Cold Storages and Food Processing Units all across Nation. Government target to double their income.

14. Soldiers asked What You did for us - Government said - OROP fulfilled, Amount of money given to Martyr increased by 1.5 times. New Missiles, New Warships, Bullet Proof Jackets, New High Quality Guns and Most Importantly Free Hand !!

There are many such things - Everyone must with facts analyse and compare it with previous Government Performance. This Government is far far ahead in Performance compare to any Government of Past History.
But As PM Narendra Modi says - This is New India, New Aspiration, New Ambition, New Heights, Miles To Go Miles To Go, Yes Miles To Go !!

This government will keep on setting the benchmark and raising the bar.

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Postby Gus » 11 Apr 2017 00:29

Mups saar - please add links to the claims or else it won't fit in this thread. This thread is collection of stuff with verified links that is very useful while debating elsewhere.

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Postby Lilo » 16 Apr 2017 00:06

Visa, MasterCard lobby government to ensure they don’t lose out to homegrown apps like UPI, BHIM

Visa and MasterCard are said to be lobbying the government to make sure that they don’t lose out amid India’s digital payments push, which is being forged through homegrown applications such as the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) and now Aadhaar Pay, also known as the BHIM-Aadhaar interface.

The card companies are highlighting avenues such as QR codes and contactless payments as part of a bouquet of options to stay relevant in a cashless economy apart from the traditional avenues such as debit and credit cards. The government wants to reduce the use of cash to help track all transactions, ensure taxes are paid and root out black money.

At stake for the card companies is a business worth Rs 6,000 crore with significant growth potential, given that only 5% of India is cashless. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Aadhaar Pay, supported by 27 banks and 715,000 merchants, on Friday. BHIM was launched in December last year, weeks after demonetisation was announced on November 8 and has already registered 19 million downloads.

Top government officials across central ministries told ET that the card companies are concerned about missing potential business, especially because of the Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS), given that the unique ID covers close to 99% of the adult population and over 40 crore bank accounts are already linked to Aadhaar. The biometric-based system will allow the authentication of payments through fingerprint readers, for instance, cutting out the card companies completely.

Senior executives of the card companies have in the last two months been making their case to departments, including the Niti Aayog and the finance ministry, meeting ministers and top bureaucrats.

It’s not clear whether they’ve been getting a sympathetic hearing.

“We are not in the process of protecting the revenue of private players,” said a senior Niti Aayog official. :mrgreen: “The government will continue to provide alternate and cheaper options to end users to enable them to board our digital payment drive.”

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has repeatedly said cards and ATMs could become obsolete over the next few years as state-backed systems become operational and gain ground. “Credit cards, debit cards and ATMs will disappear,” he said as recently as April 1.

Visa and MasterCard however said they fully support the government’s digitisation drive and don’t seem to be too perturbed.

MasterCard said it’s held discussions with the government on expanding the payments ecosystem. “We don’t see it as a loss of business. There is enough opportunity for multiple players. Otherwise you wouldn’t have had more banks in the ecosystem or wallet operators or payment solutions,” said Porush Singh, divisional president for MasterCard in South Asia. “We haven’t seen it yet (possible impact), but yes if the consumer finds it more relevant, then we will have to start evaluating.”

Visa too is focused on expanding the market, said TR Ramachandran, group country manager, India and South Asia.

“It’s important to remember the payments industry in India is not a market share game--it is about growing the market and displacing cash,” he said. “We will continue working with the government, our clients and merchants to expand access to electronic payments in support of India’s drive to a less-cash society.”

The two are technologically upgrading besides seeking alliances with the government on its nationwide digital programmes. Recent launches in which Visa was involved include Samsung Pay, QR code payment solutions such as BharatQR and mVisa, and Visa pay-Wave contactless payment technology. The Airtel payments bank runs on the MasterCard processing platform. It is also betting big on the BharatQR system and the company says more innovations are in the works.

Card payment gateways such as MasterCard, Visa or RuPay get a transaction fee each time a person transacts through them. They are excluded from payments made through BHIM and Aadhaar Pay. “Aadhaar Pay will be like India’s own solution to the cashless economy,” said an official closely involved with the system. “Lots of players such as Visa, MasterCard are shaken up and there is a big war going on. But the government is very clear and wants to just bulldoze ahead with it.”

The government estimates that digital transactions will rise to Rs 90 lakh crore from Rs 6 lakh crore and the card companies don’t want to miss out. “Card companies get 1% commission is which is around Rs 6,000 crore market for the likes of Visa, MasterCard and Rupay,” a government official said. “Since UPI, BHIM and Aadhaar Pay don’t give this commission to them, they think it’s a big loss to them of the potential business.”

Amrish Rau, CEO of PayU India, one of the largest payment firms in the country, is impressed by the opportunity UPI and Aadhaar Pay offer to new entrants. “Government-backed Aadhaar Pay, UPI and some of the faster transaction models will overtake VISA, MasterCard,” he predicted. Visa and MasterCard dominate the Indian card market. “These players are facing existential crisis. Hence, they want clarity on the stability of their business,” said an expert.

The multidecade old MNC players like VISA & MasterCard are rattled to their bones with GOI's BHIM Aadhar pay initiative.

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Postby Gus » 17 Apr 2017 20:15

This deserves to be posted here. Have personal experience seeing folks adulterate truck diesel with kerosene. Their logic was that an engine rehaul was more than compensated from fuel savings. And kerosene power generators at shop entrances :evil:

http://www.livemint.com/Industry/wCo7QI ... -clea.html
India’s fossil fuel consumption trend is suggesting a shift away from inefficient and highly polluting use of hydrocarbons, as a result of efforts to move towards a less-carbon-intensive economy.

Consumption of kerosene, used primarily for lighting and cooking purposes in rural areas, has dropped by a sharp 21% in 2016-17 from a year ago to 5.3 million tonnes, aided by greater use of cleaner liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking and coverage of more villages under the rural electrification programme, as per data from Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, an arm of the oil ministry.

In the same period, consumption of LPG jumped 9.8% to 21.5 million tonnes, supported by a nationwide drive to boost consumption of clean cooking fuel. In 2016-17, state-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp. (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp. and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. issued a total 3.25 crore new connections, the highest number of connections given in any year ever. The number included the 2 crore connections given under the “LPG-for poor women” scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana.

The Central government has been encouraging states to cut down their kerosene use in line with progress in village electrification and LPG penetration as it is widely believed that a large part of kerosene meant to be distributed through state public distribution system is diverted for adulteration of diesel.

The data showed that consumption of diesel, which, apart from as a transportation fuel, is used in power generation sets by businesses and commercial enterprises, grew at a modest pace of 1.8% in 2016-17 to 76 million tonnes compared to a 7.5% growth in the previous 12 months, as the country added more renewable power capacity.

India added 5,526 MW of new solar capacity in 2016-17, up 83% from a year ago. Addition in wind power capacity in the same period was 5,400 MW, 63% more than what was achieved a year ago.

A draft five-year electricity plan brought out by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), a federal statutory body, last December said that the share of non-fossil fuels in India’s sources of electricity will reach 46.8% by 2021-22. This projection suggests the country could improve upon its climate change goal of generating 40% of electricity from non-fossil fuels by 2030—the intended nationally determined contribution, a commitment made at the UN framework convention on climate change in Paris last December.

Indian Oil Corp. chairman B. Ashok said that the growth rate in diesel should be seen in the context of its high base—three times that of petrol. Ashok said that every class of fuel has scope for growth in line with the country’s economic growth rate and rising energy requirement.

Petrol consumption grew 8.7% during the year under review to 23.7 million tonnes and jet fuel by 12% to 7 million tonnes. Gas consumption during the period grew to 8.7% to 50.7 billion cubic metres.

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Postby Hari Seldon » 18 Apr 2017 05:51

PM Narendra Modi may step in to resolve wrangling on NITI Aayog's proposed National Energy Policy (ET)

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to intervene to resolve an inter-ministerial wrangling over NITI Aayog's proposed National Energy Policy to roll out the long-overdue power sector reforms.

Different stakeholder ministries, including those of power, coal, and new and renewable energy, have failed to come to a consensus on some points of the proposed policies, including freeing coal from price control, despite several rounds of consultations, said a senior government official who is aware of the deliberations on the matter.

“National Energy Policy is pending with PMO (prime minister’s office),” the official told ET. “The top office is now planning to convene a high-level meeting of all concerned ministers and secretaries to be chaired by the PM himself to suggest way forward to the policy,” the official said.

The first draft of the policy, framed by the Aayog after intense consultations over last one and a half year, was ready for seeking public comments by March. But that has been held back after concerned ministries raised objections with the PMO over certain proposals.

Coal ministry, for example, expressed reservations over the proposal to free up the commodity from any price control. Such a move would divest the ministry of its power to control coal prices and help maximise profit for Coal India.

However, NITI Aayog has largely stood by its reforms agenda. National Energy Policy has proposed comprehensive reforms to free sectors such as coal, electricity and fertilisers from subsidies and price controls, helping to produce more power by making electricity generation projects commercially viable for private companies.

The policy has outlined the need and measures to improve financial condition of power distribution companies (discoms), which are bogged down by debt, to make the sector profitable in the medium to long term.

Key suggestions being considered include overhauling the entire structural and functional capacity of discoms so that they operate more professionally.

In India, electricity and fertiliser sectors are heavily subsidised. The government feels there is a need to bring down subsides in such sectors and, hence, a clear roadmap for lowering subsidies and aligning their prices to that of the market has been laid out.

But this proposal hasn't gone down well with concerned ministries.

National Energy Policy is aimed at curbing imports by increasing production of renewable energy in the country fivefold to 300 billion units by 2019 and tripling coal production to 1.5 billion tonnes. Coal imports are envisaged to come down by 10% by 2022 and by 50% by 2030.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had earlier told ET that differences are obvious as the policy proposes far reaching reforms to transform the power sector. “Wherever there are differences, we’ll pose them before the Prime Minister and let him take a call,” he had said earlier. Prime Minister is the chairman of the Aayog.

National Energy Policy will replace Integrated Energy Policy of the UPA regime that envisioned a roadmap for sustainable growth with energy security over a reasonable period of time.


Benefits of having a strong, sensible and sensitive PM running the PMO.

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Re: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions

Postby Falijee » 18 Apr 2017 16:53

Example of "Clout Of India" Rising :D

Snapchat denies its CEO labeled India as 'poor'- CNN

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Postby Hari Seldon » 19 Apr 2017 13:48

PM Modi cracks down on 'lal batti' culture, govt bans use of red beacon by VIPs from May 1 (Indiatv news)

May-1, eh? Mayday, mayday!

In a major move towards ending the VIP culture in India, the Union Cabinet today banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the President, Prime Minister, and central and state ministers.


In a major move towards ending VIP culture in India, the Union Cabinet today banned the use of red beacon on vehicles attached to dignitaries, including the central and state ministers and other VVIPs.

The decision taken by the Cabinet will be implemented from May 1.

Five categories would be allowed to use it – the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India and the Speaker of Lok Sabha.

In effect, the ban applies to Union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the High Court and Supreme Court.

The Cabinet also announced that the use of red beacon will be allowed on vehicles attached to emergency services, like ambulance and police.

This move is directly in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of a transparent government, where no leaders enjoy additional benefits.

Last week, it was reported that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has called a meeting to discuss whether the red beacon should be discarded or restricted to certain dignitaries.

The Road Transport ministry had presented three options to the PMO after holding consultations with senior Cabinet ministers and one of them was to end the use of red beacons.

The proposal, however, had been pending for over one-and-a-half years. During this period, states were asked to submit the details of persons entitles to have red beacon on their vehicles.

The newly formed governments in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, led by Captain Amarinder Singh and Yogi Adityanath, respectively, have already taken steps to either end or restrict VIP culture.


Who'll recompense the loss to lal-batti manufacturers, esp when they invested in making LED lal-battis, hain ji?


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