Central Govt has no plan to change reservation policy

Central Government has no plan to change reservation policy

The Central government has no plan to do away with quota policy for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday.
His assurance came a day after violent protests against a Supreme Court order by Dalits claimed nine lives. The court order dilutes a law on preventing atrocities against the marginalised communities in the country.
Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh said “rumours” were spread that the Union government wanted to end reservation.
“Rumours are being spread about the reservation policy. It is wrong and baseless. I appeal to all political parties to help in maintaining peace and amity in the country,” he said amid noisy protests in the house.
CentralThe Minister said that “the government is fully committed to protect the interests of the SCs/STs and that an advisory has been issued to all the states to ensure law and order”.
He said the government has provided all assistance to the states immediately on their request and is in constant touch with them.
Opposition members shouted slogans and were on their feet in protest against the Supreme Court’s March 20 order pertaining to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Conveying condolences to the families of people who lost their lives during Monday’s protests, Rajnath Singh said “he fully appreciates that there is widespread anger among the people on the Supreme Court order”.
“I wish to inform the house that the government of India was not party in that case. People have taken to the streets. I want to assure them there has been no dilution in law whatsoever by our government. Rather, after coming to power and examining the SC/ST Act, we have taken a decision to strengthen it,” he said.
Rajnath Singh said the then government passed the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act in 1995.
“As per the amendments, new offences were added. It was observed that due to the delay in filing of charge sheets (in cases of atrocities), the victims and witness who were vulnerable were influenced and silenced. In order to protect them, the provision of witness protection was introduced. The compensation payable to the victims was also enhanced,” the Home Minister said.
He said there has been a new provision wherein action against government servants found negligent in implementing the Act will be taken.
Rajnath Singh said the government acted swiftly and had already filed a petition in the top court to seek review of its order.
Trinamool Congress’ Kalyan Banerjee countered this, saying the Additional Solicitor General had given his consent to the Supreme Court’s decision.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said the “dilution in the Act has already been done” and the opposition parties “want to discuss it” in the lower house of Parliament.
AIADMK members, meanwhile, created a ruckus and gathered near Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s podium to demand early constitution of the Cauvery Water Management Board to oversee water-sharing arrangement between Tamil Nadu, Karantaka, Kerala, and Puducherry.
Scindia also raised the issue of no-confidence motion moved by the opposition against the Narendra Modi government.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government was ready for a debate on the motion and blamed the Congress for creating disruptions.
“They are trying to halt the democratic process in the house,” Ananth Kumar said. The Speaker said she was unable to proceed with the no-confidence motion notice and adjourned the house for the day.
This is the last week of the budget session that began on January 29 and went into a recess on February 9. The session resumed on March 5 and will conclude on April 6.
The post-break session has been completely washed out amid a logjam in both houses of Parliament. Important Budget bills were passed without debate amid protests.
– 03 April 2018 | IANS | NEW DELHI

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet likely to approve salary hike by June-end

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet likely to approve salary hike by June-end

7th Pay Commission: Cabinet likely to approve salary hike by June-end

 

Come July and the central government employees might see a hefty rise in their salary owing to implementation of the recommendations made by 7th Pay Commission.

As per news report Finance Ministry is all set to seek cabinet nod for implementation of the pay commission’s recommendation by June-end.

Furthermore, the secretaries group is ready with its review on 7th Pay Commission. But it will submit its report once the elections get over.

It may be recalled that the government had set up a high-powered panel headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha to process the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission which will have bearing on the remuneration of 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners.

Reports say that the secretaries group has recommended between Rs 2,70,000 and Rs 21,000 hike for the higher and the lower level. This is twenty thousand more in the upper limit prescribed by the 7th CPC and three thousand more in the lower level set by the commission.

-May 12, 2016, New Delhi

 

Committed to provide stability: New Arunachal CM

Committed to provide stability: New Arunachal CM

“We are committed to providing stability,” said new Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul after a combined Congress-BJP government was sworn in late on Friday following 24 days of president’s rule.
The step comes after the Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the decks for the revocation of president’s rule in the state as it vacated its order of maintaining status quo passed on Wednesday.
The central government had on Wednesday recommended that president’s rule be lifted from the state. The decision was, however, held back in the wake of the apex court’s status quo order.
“We are committed to providing stability and working for the overall development of Arunachal Pradesh with utmost sincerity,” Pul told IANS after being sworn in as the ninth chief minister.
Governor J.P. Rajkhowa administered the oath of office and secrecy to the 47-year-old Pul at a ceremony at the Raj Bhavan, marking the historic coalition government involving the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The BJP, which has 11 members in the 60-member House Arunachal assembly, is extending outside support to Pul. Two Independent legislators are also supporting the 19 rebel Congress legislators.
But sources close to the rebel Congress camp claimed that nine Tuki’s loyalists are also set to shift their allegiance to Pul.
While former chief minister Mukut Mithi, also a Rajya Sabha member from Arunachal, was present in the ceremony, Nabam Tuki and his loyalists skipped the event.
However, Congress general secretary in-charge V. Narayanasamy described the formation of the new government as “highly illegal” and “unconstitutional” since Pul had not been elected as leader of the Congress Legislature Party.
“This political development in Arunachal Pradesh has proven that the BJP government was involved in destabilising the Congress government which has the mandate of the people,” the veteran Congress leader told IANS.
“The Congress cannot take the support of the BJP in forming a government. We don’t subscribe to the BJP’s ideology and therefore, the new government cannot be a Congress government,” he said.
However, Pasang Dorjee Sona, one of the 19 rebel Congress legislators, held Narayanasamy responsible for the political mess in the state.
“It was Congress leader Narayanasamy, in-charge of party affairs in the state, who is responsible for the political mess in the state. He never allowed us to meet and share our grievances with Congress president and vice-president,” Pasang told IANS.
“We have to work with the BJP in the interest of the people of the state and governance has nothing to do with political ideology. Good governance and the development of the state come first,” Pasang said.
Arunachal Pradesh BJP President Tai Tagak told IANS: “We have been playing a constructive role in the opposition and our duty is to protect the interest of the people and development of the state.
“We are extending outside support to the rebel Congress since we wanted a popular government to be in place and to serve our people and to ensure development.”
The BJP leader also blamed the Congress leaders in New Delhi for the political mess that forced the central government to enforced the president’s rule in the state.
“It is their own legislators who have revolted against Tuki for his financial mismanagement and corruption. They (congress leaders) should have resolved their internal problem but when the situation goes out of their hand how can they blamed the BJP for it,” Tagak said.
-20 February 2016 | IANS | Itanagar

Central Government is Considering a Viable Insurance Scheme for the Farmers

Central Government is Considering a Viable Insurance Scheme for the Farmers

Recently launched Government programme of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, Soil Health Card Scheme, Prampragat Krishi VikasYojana, proposed National Agricultural market scheme will revolutionarise agriculture in years to come. The government is also seriously debating on bringing out a viable insurance scheme for the farmers. This was stated by Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare on the occasion of National Dialogue on “Innovative Extension System for Farmers Empowerment and Welfare” held here today. He said that the government is strengthening the extension infrastructure to new develop from lab to marginal farmer. Agriculture is a State subject and as per the state requirements respective Governments are initiating their programmes but Government of India has always been supporting the States with relevant schemes and other strategic information and advisory for success of agriculture sector, he said.

Full text of Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare speech:

I am extremely happy to be here on the occasion of this important National Dialogue which is being organized at a very important juncture when the Indian Agriculture is facing a lot of challenges at recurrent droughts, floods and other weather related vagaries. I am sure the areas on which farmers are concerned much, will be deliberated at length in coming three days and way out may be drawn which may indicate the path for the future for inclusive growth with the participation of all stakeholders, safeguarding the interests of the farmers.

India is having a pluralistic extension system which is dominated by the public extension system which has two approaches: field extension pursued by the development departments and frontline extension pursued by the ICAR and Agricultural Universities through Krishi Vigyan Kendras. Our focus is on strengthening of both these arms of extension. Of late, the Krishi Vigyan Kendras have demonstrated their visibility by fastening the process of Lab to Land process and their special contribution in creating awareness on soil health in the entire country. In pockets, private extension have also displayed their role in extending commodity specific knowledge and advisory to the farmers but we expect that the corporate houses will come in a bigger way to serve the society especially marginal, poor and landless farmers. Agriculture is a State subject and as per the state requirements respective Governments are initiating their programmes but Government of India has always been supporting the States with relevant schemes and other strategic information and advisory for success of agriculture sector. The Government policies of Pradhan Mantri Krishi SinchaiYojana, Soil Health Card Scheme, Prampragat Krishi VikasYojana, proposed National Agricultural market scheme will revolutionarise agriculture in years to come. The government is also seriously debating on bringing out a viable insurance scheme for the farmers.

The extension is lacking infrastructure to reach the individual farmers (14 crore farmer families) and thus, looking into it, long awaited demand of the farmers have been fulfilled by starting a 24 hours Kisan Channel by Hon’ble Prime Minister. The extension is expected to provide information for production, protection, post-harvest, value addition, marketing, insurance, credit and other information related to the farmers regarding availability of inputs, weather, etc.

Besides food security, nutritional security has been a concern and this has to be appropriately dealt. Currently, one third of global production is lost or wasted annually which is enough to feed two billion people for a year. Most food loss takes place in post-production, harvesting, transportation and storage. This is a huge loss on account of economy, environmental and societal significance. Around 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger, under nutrition remains wide spread with some two billion people lacking essential nutrients like iron, zinc and vitamin A.

FAO estimates that world food production must rise 60% to keep pace with demographic change. Whereas IPCC (International Panel on Climate Change) predicts that crop yields may decline by 10-20% by 2050.

Rising temperature are predicted to reduce catches of the world main fish species by 40%. Live-stock contributes nearly 2/3 of agriculture’s green house and 70% of its methane gas emissions.

The soils are getting endangered by different ways which include imbalanced fertilizer, growing of exhaustive crops, non-inclusion of leguminous crops in the cropping systems and reducing organic carbon in the soil.

As the holdings are getting smaller, the farmers need models which could ensure food security as well as regular flow of income from their land.

All these issues which I have highlighted are the main concerns of extension for future. I am sure, that the intellectuals who are sitting here including learned farmers who have established their own models of profitable farming, will bring certain suggestions which will be useful for developing future strategy.

-Ministry of Agriculture, 17-December, 2015