<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The slew of measures announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will enhance economic activities and pave way for “cleaner and bigger GDP”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today. In a series of tweets, Jaitley said: “PM’s announcements will enable a cleaner & bigger GDP…PM’s announcements will enhance economic activities”.Referring to the sops announced for different sectors, he said agriculture, MSME and housing segments will get a fillip.The Finance Minister, who will be presenting the budget for 2017-18 in February, also said the government is committed to cleansing political funding.On the announcement of fixed 8 per cent interest rate on 10-year deposits up to Rs 7.5 lakh for senior citizens, Jaitley said it is “great news”.In his address to the nation, Modi said home loans in urban areas up to Rs 9 lakh and Rs 12 lakh will receive interest subvention of 4 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively. Also, in rural areas home loans up to Rs 2 lakh will get interest rebate of 3 per cent.Modi also said government will bear 60-days interest burden on farm loans taken for rabi crops and also doubled Nabard funding corpus to Rs 41,000 crore.All 3 crore Kisan Credit Cards holders will be given RuPay debit cards, he added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel said on Sunday the poor and farmers have been hit the most by the note ban and it cannot be termed as a surgical strike against black money. “As far as curbing black money is concerned, it is a right decision but it is not a surgical strike against the wealth amassed illegally. I could not see the son of Jaitley, Adani or Ambani in the queues. I saw only farmers and poor people there,” Patel said.Asked whether he supported demonetization, he said, “It is a welcome step against corruption. But if it is merely a gimmick then it is not good.”It is okay if the government continues with the note ban but it should also address the problems of farmers and the poor, the Patidar leader said. Asked if he will join protests against demonetization, he said, “No. I will not protest demonetization. I will protest corruption.”At a “Kisan Panchayat” organised by suspended AAP MLA from Bijwasan Col Devendra Sehrawat, Patel claimed that there is no development in Gujarat and the state is reeling under “a debt of Rs 3 lakh crore”.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In all the liquidity crunch unleashed by demonetization, if you are feeling a bit technologically challenged, the government has now given you reasons to make that crucial switch in payment mode. After sucking out over 85 per cent of cash by making old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes illegal tenders since November 8, the government on Thursday announced a slew of incentives to boost the use of digital or electronic mode of payments. These sops are mostly in the form of discounts. For example, digital payment for petrol and diesel at government-owned gas stations can get you a 75 basis points (bps) off on the retail price.So, at the current price of Rs 66.10 per litre in Delhi, you can save around 50 paise per litre. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has worked out the math well. According to him, the percentage of digital transactions at state-owned petrol pumps has doubled from 20 per cent to 40 per cent in a month. He said around 4.5 crore customers bought fuel worth Rs 1,800 crore at these pumps every day in the last month. This means transaction worth Rs 360 crore has moved from cash to digital.Jaitley expects his discount offer to drive at least 30 per cent more customers to digital modes of payment, which will further slash cash usage at petrol pumps by Rs 2 lakh crore annually. The government has offered other concessions like a 50 bps off on monthly or seasonal tickets on suburban railway network beginning January 1 next year, and a 5 per cent discount on catering, accommodation, retiring rooms and other paid services of railways. In another major move, it has waived off service tax on the use of credit card, debit card, charge card or any other payment card for paying Rs 2,000 in a single transaction.Online train ticket booking will fetch a passenger free accidental insurance cover of up to Rs 10 lakh and use of RFID or fast-tags will lower toll fee paid at toll plazas on the National Highway by 10 per cent.Other measures include offering free point of sale (PoS) machines to 1 lakh villages with a population of up to 10,000, abolishing Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on digital transactions for central government and PSU services, rental cap of Rs 100 for PoS terminals, micro ATMs and Mobil PoS, Rupay Kisan cards for Kisan cardholders and discount and credit by PSU insurance companies of up to 10 per cent of the premium for general insurance policies and 8 per cent for new life cover from Life Insurance Corporation (LIC).Meanwhile, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) declared that it will extend support to banks for deployment of two PoS devices per village in 1 lakh villages. The estimated cost of support will be around Rs 120 crore.For those farmers who are already on RuPay Kisan Credit Card (KCC) platform, NABARD will now support procurement of Europay, Mastercard and Visa chips and PIN-based RuPay Kisan cards by regional rural and rural cooperative banks. NABARD will spend approximately Rs 108 crore to cover around 4.32 crore KCC holders.“We believe that these two initiatives will have a positive impact in easing the transition to digital transactions,” said NABARD chairman Harsh Kumar Bhanwala.Naveen Surya, chairman, Payment Council of India, said the cost reduction that would accrue from the shift to digital modes of payment should be passed on to the end-consumers. “Benefits passed on to consumers will give a booster growth to digital payment companies,” he said.He called for more such incentives for other services like electricity or mobile bills, long-distance railway tickets and others. Jaitley said that the government was eventually aiming at making political donations payments also digital, like in many developed countries.“This (incentives and demonetization) will certainly move India to less cash economy,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Rahul Gandhi had lauded PM Modi for the surgical strike earlier, calling it ‘the first time he had acted as the PM of India’, he changed track and hit out at him in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. He said on the last day of his rally in poll-bound UP, “Aapne 2 cheeze zarur ki hain,ek Hindustani ko dusre se ladane ka kaam kia,bantne ka kaam kia hai. Ye desh Modi ji se insaaf chata hai, aur ye unki zimmedari hai. Kaha hai 15 lakh, kaha hai unke saare vaade. Modi ji promised bank accounts to everyone, but there is no money in those accounts. All his promises were fake. Humare jawan hain jinho ne khoon diya hai,jinho ne #surgicalstrike kiya,unke khoon ke peeche aap(PM) chhupe huye ho. Unki aap dalali kar rahe ho.”(You have done two things – One, Made Indians fight with others and two, made Indians fight with each other. This nation wants justice from Modi, that is his responsibility. Where is the Rs 15 lakh? What happened to your promises? You promised bank accounts for everyone but there is no money in those accounts. All his promises were fake. Our jawans, who gave their blood, who carried out the surgical strike, you are hiding behind their blood. You are trading their blood)Earlier, the Congress Vice President, who was speaking during his road show on the last day of his month-long Kisan Yatra from Deoria, pressed upon the Modi government to announce a debt waiver for farmers.Gandhi also took a swipe at ruling Samjwadi Party, saying he will give UP a government of farmers, labourers and people of every religion and caste and not that of a selected few.Lashing out at Modi government, he said only the Prime Minister and his friends were “happy” as money has come into the pockets of 15 top businessmen and not the farmers, labour and small shopkeepers.”Modiji had said he has a 56-inch chest and will fight out corruption, but he instead brought out a ‘Fair and Lovely scheme’ for turning the blackmoney of the country’s thieves into white. The money has not come into the pockets of farmers, labour and small shopkeepers, but went into those of 15 top businessmen. Only Modiji and his friends are happy,” he said.Modi government had announced Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) — a one-time opportunity to those with hidden income to come clean by making the disclosure and paying 45 per cent tax and penalty. After the end of the four-month window on September 30, the government had pegged the disclosed amount at Rs 65,250 crore.Training his guns on the family-led Samajwadi Party government in the state, Gandhi said, “Uttar Pradesh will not have a government of just 15 persons. The government here will be of farmers, labour, small shopkeepers, and of people from every religion and caste.”The Congress vice President said he will force the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for a loan waiver for the distressed farmers. “We want higher MSP for farmers, we want to waive the farm loans so join me and come to Delhi along with me. We all will pressurise Modiji to waive farm loans. “In the last two and half years Narendra Modi waived Rs 1.10 lakh crore loan to 15 big corporates. Then why can’t he waive the farmers’ loan,” he said.Gandhi’s yatra passed through various constituencies in this district and entered Modinagar where he was accorded a rousing welcome by party workers before he headed for Delhi. He is accompanied by party’s chief ministerial face Sheila Dikshit, UPPCC president Raj Babbar and actor-turned politician Nagma. The Kisan Yatra will end at Parliament Street in the national capitalWith inputs from agencies
Thu, 6 Oct 2016-12:15am , Sahranpur , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing with his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said taking selfies with US President Barack Obama will not help solve India’s problems.Speaking at a rally during his ongoing ‘Kisan Yatra’ in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, he alleged Modi “wants to instigate fight among his own countryman”, while the Congress party works for uniting people.The Congress vice-president claimed instead of giving money to poor, the Prime Minister “wrote off debt of more than Rs 1 Lakh of 15 businessmen”. He assured the audience if voted to power, Congress will reduce farmers’ electricity bills to half and write off their debts.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State Council of All India Kisan Sabha will launch a statewide indefinite demonstration to protest against the neglect towards the tribal population in Maharashtra. The protest also accounts for malnutrition deaths that have taken place in these tribal districts. The agitation will be launched in Palghar district with a Gherao around Minister for Tribal Development, Vishnu Savara’s house.The state unit president Kisan Gujar and All India General secretary Ashok Dhavle informed that lakhs of farmers would stage demonstrations outside Wada residence of Minister Savara in Palghar district today. Dhavle said that the statewide indefinite agitation would start with a Gherao around Savara’s house on Monday.In addition to demand of immediate action on malnutrition deaths, the demands by Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha include giving the tribal and forest lands to tribal people if they are cultivating the land, payment of work under Padkai scheme which was aimed at making tribal lands flat, priority to giving water from dams in tribal areas to tribal population. The Kisan Sabha is also pressing for providing food ration to the tribal people, employment opportunities and educational facilities.Dhavle informed that many people in these tribal areas are still waiting for Aadhar cards and ration cards. He stated that most of the tribal schemes and people who are dependent on forests for their livelihood suffer due to massive corruption and there is a need to investigate all such corruption cases. Dhavle and Gujar demanded that by implementing Panchayat Raj and decentralised model there is a need to accord highest authority to Gram Sabha or village Panchayat meeting so that the beneficiaries of every Government scheme can be selected by the Gram Sabha or villagers themselves. He said that since the beneficiaries are nothing but bogus names there is corruption in almost every scheme.They also pointed out that the land which is in possession of tribal farmers for generations are being taken away by the Government. Dhavle said that the demonstrators would insist the Minister to bring capable officers from the department at the demonstration and arrive at decisions on the spot or else face the indefinite Gherao.
Bulandshahr: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday lauded Narendra Modi for the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian Army across LoC, saying it was his “first action” befitting of a Prime Minister in two-and-a-half years.
Rahul, who is in Uttar Pradesh for his Kisan Yatra, said at a road show that he and his party stand by the Prime Minister’s decision. “When the Prime Minister acts as the prime minister of
the country then I too support him…I want to thank him that in the past two-and-a-half years, this is the first action which can be termed as befitting of the prime minister,” the Congress Vice President said.
Rahul, who has been criticising Modi during his ongoing Deoria to Delhi ‘kisan yatra’, was all praise for the prime minister a day after India carried out surgical strikes on seven terror launch pads across the LoC with the Army inflicting “significant casualties” on terrorists preparing to infiltrate from PoK.
Rahul said, “He (Modi) has my full support and that of the Congress party…the entire nation is standing with him today.” He paid tributes to the jawans who were prepared to make the supreme sacrifice to safeguard the country.
In course of his ongoing kisan yatra, Rahul had alleged that Modi’s “short-sighted” political alliance with the PDP “opened the space” for terrorism in Kashmir. “I stand by our soldiers and I condemn what has been done to them by the Pakistanis. However, the space for that has been created by the politics that the NDA has carried out in Jammu and Kashmir,” he had said in Mati (Kanpur Dehat) on 20 September days after the Uri attack.
He had noted that the erstwhile UPA government had spent nine years fighting terrorism and curbing it. Rahul had accused Pakistan of being responsible for the attack while apportioning blame on the NDA government’s “politics” for it.
“The first responsibility is on Pakistan and the government’s politics,” he had told reporters. Alleging that the NDA had “no strategy” as regards Kashmir, Rahul had targeted the Prime Minister, saying he “goes from one event to another and this is no way of handling national security. National security cannot be handled like public meetings. This is a serious matter.”
He had also tweeted: “FYI Modiji: a Kashmir strategy cannot be developed using selfies and sound bites.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rahul Gandhi, whose security cover was tightened in the wake of Monday’s shoe attack, continued his tirade against Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he works only for “15-20″ people and ignores the rest. Addressing the people during a roadshow in Lakhimpur, the Congress vice president said, though the common man elected Modi as the Prime Minister, after the elections he has forgotten the farmers, the dalits, the unemployed youths.”Modiji, if you want to oblige 15 people, you can. But you cannot forget the interests of other people of the country,” Rahul said during the roadshow, which is part of his 2,500-km Kisan Yatra in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. He said Congress will force Modi government to shed its “discriminatory approach” and work for each Indian.After the shoe-hurling incident in Sitapur on Monday, Rahul’s security cover was strengthened with deployment of additional personnel. “The motive behind the Kisan Yatra is to press the Modi government to waive loans of every farmer, slash electricity bills of every Indian and give adequate prices to farmers for their crop,” he said.Accompanied by former Union minister Jitin Prasada, former Kheri MP Zafar Ali Naqvi and district Congress president Raghvendra Bahadur Singh in his ‘Deoria to Delhi Kisan Yatra’, Rahul reached Sankata Devi temple where he offered prayers before starting the roadshow. He garlanded the statue of BR Ambedkar near Nasiruddin Mauji Bhawan during his roadshow. He addressed people at Sankata Devi and near Dr Ambedkar Park. He also addressed meetings in Mitauli and Mohammadi.”Why the Uttar Pradesh farmers who picked up a couple of cots during my ‘khat sabha’ were called thieves and Vijay Mallya who fled away with Rs 10,000 crore was called just a defaulter,” he asked. He accused the Prime Minister of making false promises and asked people if they had received Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts as “promised” by the BJP leader during the Lok Sabha poll campaigns.”During Congress regime, the petroleum prices were at USD 140 per barrel but in Modi regime they dropped to just USD 40 but benefits were not passed on to common man,” he said. Last evening, Rahul held a khat sabha in Oel town and interacted with the farmers. Seeking their support during UP polls, he assured them of adequate power supply and loan waiver.
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy on Friday said that one of his missions for the year is to ensure that work to build a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya begins by December. Swamy also said he will actively pursue the National Herald case that involved Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi among others. The case is currently pending before the courts. He was speaking at an event organised by Bhartiya Kisan Abhiyan here. The BJP leader further said that he will take up issues related to the farm sector next year.
The Congress on Wednesday questioned the Narendra Modi government’s decision to rope in actor Amitabh Bachchan for hosting a mega show in Delhi on Saturday to celebrate the NDA government’s two years in power, against the backdrop of the Panama Papers controversy.The Congress’s charges came a day before the Modi government’s second anniversary, for which the NDA government has planned elaborate programmes spread over 15 days.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bachchan, however, responded quickly over twitter, saying he is not hosting the entire show, but just a segment on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao –a flagship programme of the Modi government on girl children. Bachchan’s statement was confirmed by sources in the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry.”We want to question Modiji…he promised to bring back black money, promised to punish each person who was involved. Would it not send a wrong message to all investigative agencies when a person accused of money laundering is seen hosting a program to celebrate two years of the Modi government?” asked Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.”He has denied charges and he may be proved innocent, but what message is the PM sending?” he asked.The BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain attacked the Congress calling its allegationas are a result of the frustration over losing the recent assembly elections.”Big B is a superstar and that people love him. The people of India love Big B more than Rahul Gandhi. The Congress does not need show its jealousy,”he said.Bachchan – who shares a good rapport with the BJP government and has featured in many government advertisements — had figured last month on a list of rich and powerful Indians in a worldwide leak of tax documents on offshore companies which came to be known as the Panama Papers. Another Income Tax investigation is pending on him.Bachchan was also in the thick of controversy last year, after there were reports on him charging Rs6.31 crore for endorsing Doordarshan’s new TV channel for farmers –DD Kisan –launched last year.Bachchan had denied all charges. About the Panama Papers, he knew about the companies linked to him and said his name was “misused”.About the DD Kisan controversy, he said he would endorse the channel for free.The I&B ministry had ordered an inquiry into the transactions, but sources said, nothing substantial was found against the actor.Bachchan was supposed to part of the live show scheduled on Saturday evening from Delhi’s India Gate, that will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as other Bollywood stars.As part of the show, the top Union ministers will hold panel discussions on their departments.
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his government has decided to give compensation to farmers in the national capital who have lost their crops due to hailstorm and unseasonal rain.
Addressing a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in north-west Delhi’s Kanjhawala area, the Delhi Chief Minister said the compensation will be provided later this year after an assessment report is received from the Divisional Commissioner about the loss suffered by the farmers.
“We will give compensation to those farmers who have lost their crops due to hailstorm and unseasonal rain earlier this year,” he said.
A senior government official said the quantum of compensation would be decided on the basis of the assessment report from the Divisional Commissioner.
Last year, the Kejriwal government had paid Rs 50,000 per hectare/ Rs 20,000 per acre to farmers who suffered losses due to unseasonal rains and hailstorm.
With the Narendra Modi government set to complete two years in office on May 26, the Information and Broadcasting ministry has begun consultations with other ministries to chalk out a strategy for highlighting its achievements.The ministry has already written to the other departments seeking details of initiatives undertaken by them in the past 18 months so that a plan for their publicity across various platforms may be prepared.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The government’s first year in office was marked by the tagline ‘Saal Ek Shuruat Anek’. Now, consultations are on so that a detailed communication plan can be formulated involving the Press Information Bureau, Doordarshan, AIR and other publicity units and ministries,” an official said.Earlier this month, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore held a meeting in which it was emphasised that the flow of information from the ministries and departments to the publicity officers should be made smoother.I&B Secretary Sunil Arora has also written to his counterparts in other departments asking them to share information about their key programmes and initiatives.All media units under the I&B ministry like PIB, the field publicity department. have been asked to share their action plans while department publicity officers have been asked to outline five major policy decisions or initiatives taken by their ministries in last two years.Public broadcaster Doordarshan has also been asked to outline a comprehensive strategy for its regional and national network, including Kisan TV channel, officials said.The ministry may also consider taking the assistance of industry professionals to ensure that a crisp and clear communication strategy is put in place, they said.
New Delhi: A consortium of six farmer bodies on Wednesday demanded for commercialisation of genetically modified Mustard crop saying this will help in increasing yield and farmers income in the country by more than Rs 1,000 crore.
The representatives of consortium also submitted a petition in this regard to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Agriculture Mohanbhai Kundariya.
The commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) mustard crop is presently under the consideration of biotech regulator Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC).
“Through this petition we demand the government to give us the right to choose the technology we wish to put in our farms. As farmers, we are of the opinion that GM technology can successfully co-exist with conventional hybrid as well as organic farming,” Consortium of Indian farmers Association Secretary General P Chengal Reddy told reporters.
Reddy further said India imports huge quantities of edible oil which can also be extracted from GM crops.
“The commercialisation of GM mustard would help in a big way reducing the import of edible oil,” he added.
Kisan Coordination Committee Chairman US Mann said that hat GM mustard can easily repeat the success story of GM cotton.
“As per the initial studies, GM Mustard has the potential to increase yield between 20-30 per cent which is significant enough for the commercial cultivation of any crop. The hybrid if adopted could bring a total additional benefit to farmers between Rs 162 crore to Rs 1,118 crore during the peak cultivation season,” Mann said.
The other farmer bodies which are part of the consortium are Sir Choudhary Choturam Bhartiya Kisan Samiti (BKS), Consortium of Indian Farmers Association, Kisan Coordination Committee, Shetkari Sanghatana Trust, United Farmers Empowerment Initiative (UFEI) & Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday will address the Kisan rally in Belgaum to talk about the new crop insurance scheme launched by his government. He will be arriving in Belgaum, as part of his tour to address the needs of farmers and tell them about Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana.Elaborate security arrangements are made to coincide with this visit of Prime Minister to the city.The venue near Shigoan in Angadi Technical Institute College grounds will be secured by around 6000 police personnel and watch will be kept with the help of CCTV cameras.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, various organizations working in the field of agriculture and drinking water have organized protests in Belgaum on Saturday seeking various relief from the Centre.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who would release operational guidelines of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna at Sherpur village in the neighbouring Sehore district tomorrow.Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan along with top officials yesterday visited Sherpur and personally monitored preparations to make the visit “historic”. The visit assumes more importance as BJP on Tuesday won the Maihar by-poll for the second time in the history with more than 28,000 votes. Chouhan, on behalf of farmers will felicitate Modi as “Kisan Mitra” for launching Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojna, Soil Health Card Scheme, National Agriculture Market scheme, relaxing rules for awarding compensation and for launching Kisan Channel, Agriculture department’s principal secretary, Dr Rajesh Rajora told PTI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the occasion, Modi will also distribute soil health cards and compensation to three farmers each as a token. He will also handover the trophy of ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for 2013-14 to Chouhan as he was unable to receive it at a ceremony in Rajasthan. “Madhya Pradesh has processed claims worth Rs 4,300 crore of nearly 20 lakh farmers – largest by any state in the country so far under the existing crop insurance scheme — whose crops were damaged due to various reasons,” he said.According to an official release, the Prime Minister is likely to arrive at Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport 12.55 PM and will leave for Sherpur in a helicopter and reach there at 1.30 PM. Modi will visit Kisan Kalyan Mela at Sherpur and after taking part in the felicitation programme by farmers, he will leave from helipad at 2.45 PM for Bhopal from where he will leave for Delhi at 3.10 PM, it said.State government has designated Minister for Higher and Technical Education, Uma Shankar Gupta and Revenue Minister, Rampal Singh as Minister-in-Waiting for the visit. Gupta will be present at the airport to receive the PM while Singh will welcome Modi at Sherpur helipad, it said.Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the high-profile visit with Sehore by-pass remaining out of bound for Indore-Bhopal commuters, a senior police official said.