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Farmers need long-term relief: Mayawati
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s massive loan waiver plan has failed to impress Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, who said the move would not provide any long-term relief to the poverty-ridden farmers.
Talking to reporters here Saturday, Mayawati said: ‘The waiver of Rs.600 billion ($15 billion) farm loans will not provide any long term benefit to the farmers.
‘It would have made much more sense if the government had done something more meaningful for the poor farmers who are actually being oppressed by local money-lenders, who continue to fleece them with impunity.’
Mayawati was also disappointed with the denial of a special economic package that she had been repeatedly demanding for the poverty-ridden Bundelkhand region where many farmers were forced to commit suicide.
‘I am going to send yet another letter to the prime minister to review my demand for a special package of Rs.860 billion ($21.5 billion) for Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions of Uttar Pradesh,’ she said.
Mayawati’s tax relief based on merit: Satish Misra
From correspondents in Uttar Pradesh, India, 03:01 PM IST
Terming the centre’s appeal against the Income Tax appellate tribunal’s order favouring Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati as ‘politically motivated’, Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Satish Misra Thursday said the clean chit by the tribunal was given ‘purely on merit’.
In a two-page statement, Misra said: ‘The two immovable properties and Rs.200,000 cash received by Mayawati as gift from her well-wishers and followers is exempt from income tax and has wrongly been included by the assessing officer in the taxable income of the chief minister. It is a politically motivated case.’
In the statement, Misra said: ‘The appellate commissioner of income tax had quashed the assessing officer’s order and later, after the income tax department went in for higher appeal, even the IT tribunal upheld the appellate commissioner’s order.’
He added: ‘It is a pity that even after losing twice, the income tax department was out to pursue the case through a writ petition before the Delhi High Court.’
Referring to the notice issued Wednesday by the Delhi High Court in this regard, he said: ‘It is just a routine notice and does not in any way affect the orders of the tribunal, which continues to hold good.’
Accusing the centre of having double standards, Mayawati said: ‘The central government has not cared to take up similar cases against union ministers Laloo Prasad Yadav and Pranab Mukherjee.’ She termed the IT department’s latest move an attempt to target her.
Allegation of posting minority community officers on insignificant posts baseless
Lucknow: April 01, 2008 During the present regime of B.S.P. Government no administrative or Police officer has been posted on the basis of caste or religion. The Government is working on the principle of Sarvjan Hitai, Sarvjan Sukhai for the welfare of Sarva-Samaj. Allegation of muslim officers not being posted as district magistrates in some circles is being unnecessarily highlighted depicting mean mentality and narrow mindedness. In fact the district magistrate of Pratapgarh Mr. Mohd. Mustafa, Vice-Chairman of the Kanpur Development Authority belonging to the U.P. cadre of the Indian Administrative Service is the only D.M. level officer. The post he is holding at present is very important from the administrative point of view. Mr. Mustafa who has served as the district magistrate of Pratapgarh, has been nominated by the Government of India for training for which he will proceed shortly. On the formation of the present Government he was asked by the Government to take over as a district magistrate of some important district, but he had appealed that he did not wanted to be posted as district level officer now. He was posted as Vice-Chairman on his request. Against this backdrop, the allegation that no administrative officer of muslim community has been posted as district magistrate in B.S.P. Government, is totally false and a tool for bad publicity. Another officer of Indian Administrative Service, Mr. Kamran Rizvi is also posted on the significant post of Cane Commissioner. Thus, the allegation that the officers belonging to minority community have been posted on insignificant posts by the B.S.P. Government, is baseless and made to malign the Government. The fact of the matter is that State Government does not discriminate against anybody on the basis of caste or religion and it is working for the socio-economic uplift of all sections of society by providing equal opportunities. *********
Lucknow : April 01, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Government, while reacting to certain statements of some individuals against it appearing in the media on the issuance of notice by a Barabanki court against Mr. Amitabh Bachchan s/o Late Harivansh Rai Bachchan under Indian Stamp Act, said that the action in this case was being undertaken as a normal judicial procedure at the district level. The State Government has not interfered into the process. In a press release, issued on behalf of the State Government, it has been said that certain persons were distorting the facts to malign the image of the Government and also intend to gain some cheap publicity in the process. The truth is that it is a normal practice at the district level, in which no action at the level of Chief Minister is required. The Government and the administration did not even take notice of such a petty and routine matter. There was no connection between this matter and the decision of the Supreme Court given in the favour of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. It is customary that the Revenue Officer and the Sub-Registrar verify the sale deed (bainama) and if any discrepancy in revenue paid is detected then notice is issued to the concerning party. According to the report received from the D.M. Barabanki, the sale deed (bainama) of the land situated in village Daulatpur, Pargana Mohmmadpur, Tehsil Fatehpur, district Barabanki was executed on 13 July 2007 last. The Tehsildar of Fatehpur (Barabanki) presented a report regarding the aforesaid bainama on 10 January 2008. The report mentions that the land had one old pepal tree and 155 khajoor trees on it, but there was no mention of these trees in the bainama. On the basis of this report, on March 7, 2008 the A.D.M. (Finance and Revenue)/Collector Stamp Court ordered to file a case in this connection under sections-47 A/33 of the Indian Stamp Act and on the same day the above court issued a notice to Mr. Bachchan and fixed March 31, 2008 as the date for appearance. On the fixed date Mr. Vinay Kumar Shukla appeared in the court on behalf of Mr. Bachchan. The Court has fixed May 5, 2008 for filing the reply of the notice. ******
No irksome campaign: EC
The Act bans putting up of banners, buntings, cut-outs and other publicity materials in public places. As for private properties, one has to take prior permission from the respective local body by paying a stipulated fee. On violation, one can be punished with imprisonment up to six months or with fine up to Rs 1,000 or both. Despite the presence of stringent law, political parties have been violating it. This time round, the EC has decided not to tolerate any public nuisance, sources said.
The parties, however, wanted some relaxation. “During elections, a candidate has to publicise himself to voters. Hence, an opportunity should be given to do it. A blanket ban on using publicity materials will curb this opportunity… We also agree that there should not be any extravagant use of publicity materials,” R V Deshpande of the Congress told reporters after meeting the EC.
BJP’s Ganesh Karnic said candidates should be allowed to make judicious use of publicity materials. Representatives of JD(S), NCP, CPI, CPM and BSP, who met the EC, too felt that they should be allowed to use publicity materials.
* EC may clamp down on ostentation & extravagance
EC to launch special campaign for inclusion in electoral list
Helpline for voters
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike has launched an exclusive helpline to help the people to register complaints on the delimited voters’ list and complaints related to election.
The helpline can be contacted on 22132914
during office hours. People can either contact the helpline or the offices of jurisdictional assistant revenue officers tr register their complaints, said the press release.
|The Election Commission has instructed all the district electoral officers in Karnataka to launch a special campaign for inclusion of eligible names, omitted from the final list of electoral rolls published recently.|
The Election Commission (EC) has instructed all the district electoral officers in Karnataka, going to the polls in three phases from May ten, to launch a special campaign for inclusion of eligible names, omitted from the final list of electoral rolls published recently.
Speaking to newspersons here today, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy said the EC had asked the district electoral officers concerned to hold such a special campaign. Eventhough the final list of electoral rolls had been published, there was provision for the inclusion of names until the last late for filing of nominations. The EC had also instructed booth level officers to assess the list of Photo ID Cards issued by it, he said.
Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Saturday, Apr 05, 2008
Enforce code strictly, EC urged
BANGALORE: Political parties in the State have told the Election Commission to strictly enforce the model code of conduct during the run up to the three-phase Legislative Assembly elections to be held on May 10, 16 and 22.
The Congress has appealed to the commission to allow the Government to execute ongoing development projects in the State till an elected government was in place.
Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami, Election Commissioners S.Y. Quraishi and Navin Chawla held a two-hour meeting with leaders of the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Janata Dal (S) (JD-S), Communist Party of India (CPI) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and heard their views .
Later, the commission held a meeting with Deputy Commissioners and top officials of various departments. Chief Electoral Officer M. N. Vidyashankar was present.
Congress leader and former Minister R.V. Deshpande told presspersons after the meeting that the party had appealed to the commission to allow the Government to execute ongoing development projects in villages, towns and cities till the completion of election process. On erection of banners and buntings in public places, he said the party had requested the commission to provide guidelines to be followed during the campaign and appealed to it to take all steps to ensure free and fair elections. The BJP delegation, led by MLC Ganesh Karnik and JD (S) delegation led by party’s State Working President C. Narayaswamy, met the commission too. Mr. Karnik said the BJP urged the commission to supply error-free electronic voting machines.
Election Commission may give details of the Chip and source code of the same used in the electronic voting machines to all representatives of the policical parties and to the media for total transparency.
The commission may issue directives to BBMP and the assistant Revenue officers to verify the applications for the request for inclussion of names in the voters list at the time of submission and clear them on the spot without keeping it pending and avoid rejection of the same at a later date without informing the voters.
Mr. Narayanaswamy said the Janata Dal (S) since a large number of voters had not been provided identity cards, the Janata Dal (S) leader requested Mr. Gopalaswami to publish a list of documents one of which the voters had to carry on the polling day.
CPI(M) State Secretary V.J.K. Nair said he briefed the commission on errors in the revised electoral rolls and issue of identity cards. The CPI State Council Executive member M.C. Venkataramu urged the Election Commissioners to declare the polling day as paid holiday to enable public and private undertaking employees to cast their votes.
The commission members would discuss with Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao and Director-General and Inspector-General of Police K.R. Srinivasan about arrangements to be made for the Assembly elections, on Saturday, according to the official sources.