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B MEDIAS 4 IDEAS-For The Gain of the Many and For the Welfare of the Many VOTE FOR BSP-Stringent steps for smooth polling -Code binding on Governor -Videographers to monitor candidates -Cell to monitor poll code violation set up -U.P. bans liquor shops in Dalit areas -Senior IPS officer suspended -Delimitation eliminates two constituencies in Gulbarga - Stringent action to be taken against hoarders, traders charging more in the name of VAT -To counter price rise, Mayawati keeps a sharp eye on traders-UPPCL evaluating bids for two thermal power plants
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B MEDIAS 4 IDEAS-For The Gain of the Many and For the Welfare of the Many

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1727514,00.html

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.

Election Commission may ensure that such an appeal does not favour the Congress Party and the Code bind on Governor

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.

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 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.

Since the EC has agreed on the following:

EC to launch special campaign for inclusion in electoral list

On the menace of bogus voting, the commission has asked the deputy commissioners to take steps to monitor the movement of people from Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu into the State on the polling day. It has also instructed the deputy commissioners to take steps to prevent illegal inter-State and intra-State liquor transportation during election campaign and voting and appealed to political parties to desist from using campaign material made of plastic.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Mr. Gopalaswami said the commission had asked district electoral officers to organise a special campaign on April 8, 9, 11 and 12 to enrol voters left out during the preparation of the final list of voters. There was provision for inclusion of names in the electoral rolls till the last date for filing of nomination papers. Instructions had been given to booth-level officers to look into the list of photo identity cards issued by it.

 

Triple Gem Study Circle notes that it is dishearting to find that the EC could not issue photo identity cards to all the voters. EC claims that 65% of Karnataka voters in general and 17% of Bangalore in particular have been issued.And the voters list is faulty.Large number bogus voters have been included and many voters names have been removed from the voters list and hence the direction by the EC to enrol voters till the last date of filing of nomination papers.

EC must order for re-election, if even a single voter is left out during the preparation of the final list of voters, since it is the fundemental right of the voter to call himself as a citizen in a Democratic Nation.

A beautician knows how many facials/hair dressing or shaving could be done in a day. After spending crores of public money with the most latest ifrastructure and taking so many days, the EC could issue only 17% photo identy cards to the IT savy Bangalore voters.

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.

feedback@eci.gov.in

ceo_karnataka@eci.gov.in

 


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.

 


Online edition of India’s National Newspaper
Sunday, Apr 06, 2008

Stringent steps for smooth polling

Special Correspondent

EC tells deputy commissioners to act tough against poll malpractices

BANGALORE: The Election Commission has decided to take certain stringent measures to ensure free and fair polling in the State after taking stock of the situation here in the past two days.

To check electoral malpractices, including distribution of liquor and bogus voting, the commission has instructed the district electoral officers to keep a vigil on transportation of liquor and entry of people into Karnataka from neighbouring States in the run-up to the elections.

On the menace of bogus voting, the commission has asked the deputy commissioners to take steps to monitor the movement of people from Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu into the State on the polling day. It has also instructed the deputy commissioners to take steps to prevent illegal inter-State and intra-State liquor transportation during election campaign and voting and appealed to political parties to desist from using campaign material made of plastic.

Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and Election Commissioners S.Y. Quraishi and Navin B. Chawla, who arrived here on Friday, held meetings with leaders of various political parties and officials concerned on the arrangements being made for the elections to be held in three phases on May 10, 16 and 22.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, Mr. Gopalaswami said the commission had asked district electoral officers to organise a special campaign on April 8, 9, 11 and 12 to enrol voters left out during the preparation of the final list of voters. There was provision for inclusion of names in the electoral rolls till the last date for filing of nomination papers. Instructions had been given to booth-level officers to look into the list of photo identity cards issued by it.

On the use of money power during the elections, he said: “We cannot sniff out cash. But we will keep a watch on it.”

The commission had seized a large amount of cash during the elections in Goa and Tripura, he added.

Mr. Gopalaswami said that one of the major concerns of political parties was the model code of conduct with regard to use of banners and posters. The commission would study the Karnataka (Prevention of) Defacement of Public Properties Act and three of its amendments and issue a clarification to political parties on Monday. However, the commission had allowed the political parties to put up hoardings, buntings and posters during public meetings and remove them after the meetings.

As an environment-friendly measure, Mr. Gopalaswami appealed to political parties not to use campaign material made of plastic. A grievances cell would be established in all districts to report any violation of model of code of conduct, he said.

On the demand to declare polling day as paid holiday to enable employees in the public and private sectors to exercise their franchise, he said the State Chief Electoral Officer, M.N. Vidyashankar, had been asked to hold a meeting with the authorities concerned on the matter. Industries such as IT and BPO had been exempted from declaring holiday. But they should give time for employees to exercise their franchise, he added.

Code binding on Governor

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The actions of the Governor during the run-up to the Assembly elections are also under observation given the fact that the State is under President’s rule and the administration is carried on in the name of the Governor.

Under the model code of conduct, Governor Rameshwar Thakur cannot participate in public functions and make policy announcements. The model code of conduct is intended to ensure a level playing field to all political parties.

A similar situation prevailed in Bihar when Assembly elections were held in that State some time ago when Buta Singh was the Governor.

Sources told The Hindu that the Governor had to consequently refrain from policy announcements.

Videographers to monitor candidates

Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: The election officials will deploy videographers to monitor the activities of candidates contesting the coming Assembly elections in Mysore district.

Disclosing this to presspersons here on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan said the Election Commission had given its approval for the proposal to monitor the activities of candidates, particularly their financial transactions. If there was suspicion on a particular candidate, he or she would be monitored round the clock, he said.

Control room

The election authorities will establish a control room and the public can call 1913 to lodge complaints about electoral malpractices. “The election officials will reach the spot, if it’s in the city, in five minutes. If the spot is in rural areas, the officials will take no more than 20 to 30 minutes to reach there,” he said.

Mr. Manivannan said that 600 companies of paramilitary forces would be deployed in Mysore in addition to police personnel to ensure free and fair elections. Also, the district administration had requisitioned for 300 wireless sets to be given to election officials and the assisting security personnel, he said.

Cell to monitor poll code violation set up

Staff Correspondent

DHARWAD: The Dharwad district administration has set up an election code of conduct cell. Deputy Commissioner M.S. Srikar has said in a press release that any detail pertaining to the election code of conduct could be obtained from the cell. Deputy tahsildar V.H. Kalmath will be in charge of the cell. Mr. Srikar said that the public or political parties could approach the cell in case of violation of the code of conduct.

The cell would deal with such cases immediately.

Complaints can be registered on Ph: 0836-2233840 or the election helpline number 2443939. Mr. Srikar said that action would be taken against those violating the code of conduct.

U.P. bans liquor shops in Dalit areas

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government has put a ban on opening liquor shops in and around areas having Dalit population in a bid to prevent them from turning into alcoholics, a senior official said on Saturday.

“No new liquor shops will be opened in areas having Dalit population and the existing shops will be relocated,” the official said here, referring to an order passed by the State Excise Department.

Senior IPS officer suspended

Lucknow: A senior IPS officer was on Saturday placed under suspension by the Uttar Pradesh Government for allegedly not co-operating with the State Anti Corruption Organisation (AOC) in its inquiry against him.

DIG, Police Training College, Moradabad, Ramendra Vikram Singh was suspended for not cooperating with the AOC in its probe into the Police and PAC recruitment scam, Home Department sources said here.

Mr. Singh was among 25 IPS officers who were suspended by the Government in connection with the scam happened in 2005 and 2006. Over 22,000 police personnel were allegedly recruited without following norms during the previous Samajwadi Party regime.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

 

Delimitation eliminates two constituencies in Gulbarga
Gulbarga, UNI:
According to official sources, Kamalapur and Shahabad constituencies, which were earlier reserved for Scheduled Castes(SC) in the district were eliminated…

The Delimitation process had eliminated two Assembly constituencies in Gulbarga district of Karnataka, while two new constituencies were created in the district.

According to official sources, Kamalapur and Shahabad constituencies, which were earlier reserved for Scheduled Castes(SC) in the district were eliminated. The areas under the constituencies would be included in reserved constituencies of Gulbarga Rural and Chitapur and Gulbarga South. The Gulbarga City Constituency was divided into Gulbarga North and Gulbarga South.

Stringent action to be taken against hoarders, traders charging more in the name of VAT

Lucknow : April 06, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Government has directed all the Divisional Commissioners/D.M.s to keep an eye on the inflation, which was constantly going up. It has come to the notice of the Government that there was an irrational rise in the prices of commodities of daily use and in some places VAT was being misused to charge increased prices, though after the implementation of VAT the tax rate on 436 commodities had decreased, while the same remained unchanged on 1,376 articles. There was hardly any increase in the prices of commodities of daily use. It may be recalled that the Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati had expressed concern over the rise in the prices of various commodities and said that it was affecting the consumers directly and held the Union Government responsible for rising inflation. She said that the Union Government had failed to check the rising prices, while the State Government was making all possible efforts to control them. The Government of India has conceded the fact and owing to the C.M.’s concern, the custom duty on cement, steel and few other consumer goods has been brought down. The Government of India has also directed its ministries to take necessary action in this regard. Thus, it is clear that owing to the wrong policies pursued by the Government of India, inflation had risen to this level. It may be recalled that the Union Finance Ministry had requested the Cabinet Committee on Prices (C.C.P.) that it should issue a notification and authorise all the related ministries to invoke Section 18 (G) of the Industrial Development and Regulation Act, 1951, to control prices of cement, steel etc. This section was earlier used in the year 1970 because of the serious condition of price rise, and now, similar conditions existed for its use. Owing to rising prices the rate of inflation had gone up to 6.68 per cent in the current fiscal. The commodities of daily use like—atta, maida, suji, besan, gur, khandsari, bura, jowar, bajra, makka, jau, daliya, honey, lamps and lanterns using kerosene have been exempted from VAT by the State Government. The tax rate on edible oils, vanaspati, refined oil, pulses, tea, kitchen utensils, matches, hosiery, milk food, sweets, namkeen, spices, jam, jelly etc. had been decreased. On the remaining food grains, the tax rates have been kept same as earlier. After the introduction of VAT, the prices of the commodities should have come down instead of going up. Expressing serious concern over the rising prices of the commodities, the State Government has directed the officers to control the prices immediately and keep an eye on the causes of the price rise. The officers have been asked to monitor the prices of the commodities of daily use. Besides, it should also be ensured that the traders were charging correct rate of tax under the VAT and they were also issuing cash memo/bills. The Commissioners and the D.M.s have been asked to ensure that the traders did not charge tax on an increased rate. This should be regularly monitored and those found guilty should be booked under the proper legal provisions. The State Government has directed all the Divisional Commissioners and D.M.s to constantly monitor the rising prices and if artificial shortage, stockpiling or incorrect realisation of taxes was detected, then punitive action should be initiated against the defaulters under the law. In such cases, action through the enforcement units of the related departments should also be ensured. *******

 

Lucknow : April 04, 2008 The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Km. Mayawati held a high level meeting here today and took decisions in the larger interests of the potato growers. The State Government has decided to purchase potato at a cost rate of Rs. 250 per quintal by setting up purchase centres in 29 prominent potato producing districts of the State under the market intervention scheme. These centres would be set up through NAFED and State Government owned agencies like—P.C.F., U.P. Agro and Horticulture Production, Co-operative Marketing Federation. Giving this information, a State Government spokesman said that this scheme would be implemented in Saharnpur, Meerut, Bulandshahar, Aligarh, Mathura, Agra, Firozabad, Moradabad, Farrukhabad, Etawah, Bareilly, Faizabad, Basti, Gonda, Lucknow, Barabanki, Mainpuri, Etah, Budaon, Ghaziabad, Kanpur Dehat, Kannauj, Jaunpur, Varanasi, Ghazipur, Muzaffarnagar and Hardoi districts in the first phase. Under this scheme, the above mentioned agencies were being provided adequate working capital for purchasing potato. If, these agencies suffered any losses, then the State Government of India would share the burden on 50:50 basis. The spokesman said that the Chief Minister, with a view to encouraging the export of potato, has also decided to give a subsidy of 25 per cent or Rs. 25 per quintal whichever is less, on the transportation of potato being exported to a distance beyond 500 kms within the State or outside. It would be admissible for the potato growers and traders on the presentation of the Nine-R certificate issued by the State’s Mandi, along with the original copy of the truck or railway receipt for sending potato to its destination and marketing certificate of its destination. Claims for subsidy would be presented before the District Horticulture Officer. With an objective of encouraging the export of potato, it has also been decided that a transport fare subsidy of 40 per cent or Rs. 100 whichever is less would be paid to the potato grower on the transport fare of potato to the storage place situated near the docks. Likewise, a 20 per cent subsidy would be applicable on the storage of the potato produced in the State in foreign cold storages. It could be claimed from the office of the District Horticulture Officer by presenting necessary documents. The spokesman said that a control room has been set up in the Horticulture Directorate keeping the interests of the potato growers. Its telephone numbers is 0522-2202822. It will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Likewise, all the districts have also been directed to set up such control rooms. D.M.s have been directed to constitute a team of senior officers and verify the storage situation in the cold storages of their respective districts, so that full capacity could be utilised. Besides, the Commissioners and the D.M.s have also been directed to ensure that if the cold storages of their respective districts had fully utilised their capacity then the produce should be sent to the nearby districts were the storage capacity was available. The D.M.s have also been asked to review the storage charges fixed by their owners and if any fault was detected then action should be initiated under the section 29 (3) of the U.P. Cold Storage Act. ******

http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/To-counter-price-rise-Mayawati-keeps-a-sharp-eye-on-traders/293392/

 

To counter price rise, Mayawati keeps a sharp eye on traders

Express news service

Posted online: Monday , April 07, 2008 at 12:06:03
Lucknow, April 6 Waking to the serious political consequences of the galloping inflation, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has warned the traders against creating artificial shortage by hoarding essential commodities.

Expressing serious concern over the rise in prices of essential commodities, the chief minister on Sunday directed the divisional commissioners and district magistrates to keep a close watch on the price situation.

She directed the officials to ensure that traders were not overcharging under the cover of VAT and were issuing cash memo to the consumers.

She advised tough legal action if traders are caught hoarding and in other unlawful acts.

The chief minister, however, reiterated her charge that Congress-led UPA government has singularly failed to curb the inflation that was threatening to reach double digits.

In comparison, the Uttar Pradesh government was doing its best to bring down the prices of essential commodities.

The Centre, she claimed, has reduced the customs duty on cement, steel and other consumer goods following the concern voiced by the Uttar Pradesh government.

“Myopic economic policies of the UPA government are to be blamed for the present inflation is evident from the fact that the Centre has directed ministries concerned to take effective measures for reducing the inflationary pressure in the economy,” the chief minister added.

Refuting the Opposition Samajwadi Party’s allegation that the prices were rising due to the implementation of VAT, the chief minister said the charge was baseless as the tax on 436 items has been reduced.

No change has been effected in tax rates on 1,376 items.

In fact, with the implementation of VAT, prices of essential commodities must have come down instead of rising.

Wheat flour and other wheat products, coarse grains, kerosene oil, lantern, lamp, edible oils pulses, hosiery products, sweets, snacks, species and other food items have been exempted from VAT, she pointed out.

UPPCL evaluating bids for two thermal power plants

It is reported that public private partnership model in the power sector has started to take shape in the power starved Uttar Pradesh with technical bids to develop 2 power plants with a generating capacity of 3,300 MW under evaluation. As per report, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited is evaluating the technical bids submitted by nine companies to set up 2 ultra mega thermal power projects at Bara and Karchhana respectively in Allahabad district.

Mr Avnish Awasthi MD of UPPCL said that while the technical bids were being evaluated. To tide over the persistent power crisis in UP, the state government has proposed to ramp up its total power generation capacity by over 10,000 MW in the 11th Five Year plan.

UP government is setting up 1,980 MW and 1,320 MW thermal plants respectively at Bara and Karchhana based on super critical technology by adhering to a tough bidding process. The technical and financial bids would together form the criteria for the award of the critical projects.

Four companies Jindal Steel & Power Limited, NTPC, Lanco Infratech and Reliance Power submitted their bids for the Bara project. The Karchchna plant had Calcutta Electric Supply Co, Jindal Steel & Power, JSW Energy, Reliance Power and Lanco Infratech as bidders.

UP has to import power from the central sector and other states to fill the demand supply chasm, which widens during summers every year. Recently, the state signed up an agreement with the hill state of Himachal Pradesh for supply of power during the coming months.

UPPCL has also undertaken the renovation work for its existing plants on a massive scale to tide over the power crisis and taken several steps to check the rampant power pilferage and theft, besides line and distribution losses. The power sector in UP has long been a laggard with no capacity addition in the last several years, while the demand has grown by leaps and bounds.

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