New Delhi,25/12/18:: On 30th of December ‘2018 PM Shri. Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Port Blair to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose lead Indian National Army’s takeover of the Andaman Nicobar Islands on 30th of Dec 1943. Netaji’s INA along with the Japanese had defeated the British in a war to take over the islands on that date. Back then Netaji had renamed Andaman Nicobar islands as Swaraj Azad islands. The Narendra Modi government has acceded to rename Andaman & Nicobar ‘s Ross island as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose island, it’s Neil island shall be known as Shahid Dweep and it’s Havelock island shall be known as Swaraj Dweep. The same was announced by noted socio-political leader, Chairman of SNSMT who is also a lead member of the Netaji Movement Shri. Suparno Satpathy on his twitter handle. It is said the name changes shall take place after the PM’s said visit and his announcement of the said on 30 Dec `2018
On the said day the PM shall be hoisting the Indian national flag from the newly installed 150 meter tall post and shall also be commemorating the day with unveiling a coin as well as a postage stamp.
New Delhi,23/12/18:It refers to Delhi state-assembly passing resolution to take back honour of Bharat Ratna from late Rajiv Gandhi who took charge as Prime Minister after her mother former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed by her bodyguards on 31.10.1984 leading to riots killing many Sikhs.
Congress led central governments over-glorified members of Nehru-Gandhi family including by honouring them Bharat Ratna. Undoubtedly inexperienced Rajiv Gandhi proved to be a big failure as Prime Minister taking many such decisions which proved to be disastrous for the country including his own murder, and as such did not deserve Bharat Ratna.
But taking back Bharat Ratna only from Rajiv Gandhi may be termed as a political vendetta. There are more such names of Bharat Ratna awardees which need snatching where even some of which like MG Ramchandran were given only for political reasons. Wrong policies of first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who gifted himself Bharat Ratna as head of the then central government, also make him undeserving for greatest civilian honour of Bharat Ratna.
There are numerous cases of Padma awards having been given to totally undeserving persons involved in big controversies only on lobbying. Present central government can review all cases awarded Bharat Ratna and Padma honours, and decide taking back from undeserving ones after making such list public inviting comments from members of public before taking final decision.
New Delhi,20/12/18:It refers to media-reports that central government is planning a heavy subsidy of rupees 50000 on purchase of e-cars while levying levy of rupees 12000 on purchase of new cars to discourage their sale.
Both the steps are grossly inadequate to practically discourage sale of traditional cars driven by petrol and diesel. With procurement price of both petrol and diesel being almost same, diesel is priced cheaper because it is used in commercial vehicles. Production of diesel-driven cars is gross misuse of having price of diesel less than that of petrol. There must be a complete ban on production of diesel-cars. All cars must have engines capable of being driven by petrol and CNG both.
To discourage production of bigger cars occupying more space in road and parking, GST, road-tax, insurance and other levies on cars with ex-showroom price say above rupees ten lakhs should be doubled. Moreover there should be a complete ban on loans on such costlier cars. Only economical cars should be purchased by central and state governments and their public-sector-undertakings including even for judges of higher courts, ministers and top bureaucrats except required for use by foreign dignitaries visiting India that too on permission from Union Ministry of External Affairs.
New Delhi,18/12/18:Presently Income Tax Department provides two types of numbers namely Permanent Account Number -PAN, and Tax Deduction and Collection Account Number -TAN. While PAN is to be obtained for every tax-payer, TAN is a special number required only by those responsible for Tax Deducted at Source -TDS. Those required to obtain TAN number have to go through cumbersome procedure of filing TDS returns every quarter even though tax is deducted at source only say once in a complete year. Moreover there can be cases where TDS provision may required to be used only once in several years. It troubles very much to such TAN holders who are unnecessarily compelled to file TDS returns as nil every quarter. Even Income Tax Department has to spend much on staff and other overheads for managing those registered under TAN, and to process TDS returns filed as nil.
Income Tax Department should abolish requirement for having TAN number by assesses requiring to deduct tax at source. PAN-holders may file TDS returns on basis of their PAN-numbers only in the quarter where tax is deducted at source. Rather filing of TDS returns on monthly basis can be implemented but only when tax is deducted at source in a particular month. Since TDS accounts for big proportion of total revenue collected through Income Tax, Income Tax Department will be beneficial to get TDS on monthly basis rather than leaving it with assesses for a complete quarter.
COALITION GOVERNMENTS OF CONGRESS-GROUPS IN THREE STATES: DIFFERENT YARD-STICKS TO CHOOSE PRIME MINISTER AND CHIEF MINISTERS IN CONGRESSMonday, 17 December 2018 04:33 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,It refers to extra-ordinary time taken by Congress high-command in selecting three Chief Ministers for the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where the party won in recently-held elections, with reports of Rajasthan having 15 ministers each from rival groups of Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot. Even for Chhattisgarh, media-reports indicate that formula is evolved to have two different Chief Ministers for half-term each. It looks like that Congress-won states have a sort of compromised coalition governments, rather than governments with a single-party rule.
It is significant that party-leaders look their young party-President with little experience as future Prime Minister of the nation while arguments in selecting Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath as Chief Ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh against rival Sachin Pilot and Jyoti Raje Scindia was that the selection was done on basis of experience. This is a contradictory theory of Congress party in selecting Prime Minister and Chief Ministers.
Congress is not the only party to face such evils of strong party-groupism. Best is to select Chief Minister by secret and Compulsory votes of all MLAs through EVMs on nominations signed by at least 34-percent MLAs. Members not participating in such election may lose their voting-right in assembly though retaining membership. Then the largest party or alliance will be compelled to field a candidate which may have acceptance even in opposition-camp. Such an elected Chief Minister may only be removed by same process but with compulsion to name alternate leader in the same motion, thus ruling out every possibility of hung assembly and unstable government.
Input;Ms Madhu Agarwal
New Delhi,12/12/18:Poll results of state-assemblies giving Congress a comeback should not be taken as trend-setter for forthcoming 2019-elections to Lok Sabha because people of India are habitual of having big expectations for instant fulfilling of promises made during poll-campaigns. A short period of just five months before Lok Sabha elections may not be practically sufficient for delivery of poll-promises made by Congress during campaign for assembly-elections.
Poll-results clearly indicate that mood of people is presently not in favour of ruling party at the centre. Results would have been even more disastrous for ruling BJP if Congress would have projected its Prime Ministerial candidate, because people and UPA allies by and large cannot digest present Congress President as next leader of the nation. Congress-gain was not because of pro-Congress mood of people but it was because of anti-BJP mood of people.
CORPORATION BANK NOT GEARED UP TO HANDLE GOVERNMENT-BUSINESS LIKE PPF ACCOUNTS: FORMS AND PROCEDURES SHOULD BE UNIFORM FOR ALL BANKSWednesday, 05 December 2018 06:38 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,05/12/18:Applications-form for opening new Public Provident Fund PPF account is Corporation Bank is wrongly designed with a provision of Joint Accounts. But PPF accounts are not opened in joint-names, thus confusing both the applicants and the bank-officials wasting man-hours in hit and trial to open PPF accounts. Ultimately the accounts were opened in individual names. Moreover while all other banks like State Bank of India have provision to provide pass-books for PPF accounts, issuing of pass-book could not be possible for a 20-digit PPF account-number while passbook-printer and software at the bank is designed to handle only 15-digit account-number. Corporation Bank headquarters should look into the problem by modifying the form and the software to print PPF passbook. Moreover there are useless formalities for unverified witnesses required to sign the form even though the applicant is already customer of the bank. Such useless formality of getting account-opening form to be signed by two witnesses should be abolished.
It may not the problem with only Corporation Bank. Department of Financial Services DFS and Reserve Bank of India RBI should devise common application-forms for all types of accounts to be opened in the banks including also for government savings-schemes and 7.75-percent RBI bonds. Provision may be there that all such forms to be available on websites of all the banks, may be on-line filled on computers and e-mailed to banks like is done in case of application-form for passports. Applicants go to banks personally to sign such e-mailed forms and verification of documents. Provision may also be there to download the filled forms and present those to banks physically in case applicant does not favour e-mailing the filled-up form on computer.
New Delhi,01/12/18:Famous branded companies marketing in packaged water-bottles have devised new technic to mint money. They have introduced premium-quality water-bottles in addition to normally packed water-bottles, with premium-branded water priced at three times more than the normally packed water-bottles by the same company.
Various ministries, departments and public-sector-undertakings of both central and state governments should be directed that premium-branded costlier packaged water must not be purchased at public-cost.
Best is to set up water-bottling plants of Rail-Neer marketed by Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited IRCTC may be set up in different parts of the country in large numbers so that packaged water purchased at cost of public-exchequer may be supplied by IRCTC only. Rather Rail-Neer should also be then marketed through public-outlets to force private marketers to reduce their retail-price. One time investment by IRCTC on setting up plants in large numbers may be recovered in very short time due to heavy demand of packaged water throughout the country. IRCTC can generate funds by issuing public-bonds specially for the purpose.