Naidu Promises Action Against Sand Mafia

Chandrababu Naidu said that the Yerpedu incident would be investigated by a senior ISS officer and sand would be brought under Essential Commodities Act.

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has said he would invoke PD Act to prevent sand theft. He said the MRO was suspended. He promised to get the incident investigated by a senior IAS officer. There is a proposal to bring sand under essential Commodities Act.

Speaking to media persons here after Niti Ayog Governing Council meeting here on Sunday, Naidu said the deaths in truck accident happened because the driver was drunk and he had no licence to drive heavy vehicles. He said Dhanunjaya Naidu and Ramesh Naidu who were involved in sand business have been suspended from the TDP.

Naidu said social media postings should not hurt people and they should not defame anyone. Fair criticism is always taken in right spirit. There should be no obscene postings.  There is no problem with freedom of expression. But one should not indulge in criminal instigation, said Naidu. He reiterated that he was the pioneer in IT industry in AP.

A Core Data Authority is being established with all the details of families on the lines of Aadhar Cards, Naidu said. He also informed that all the Government services would be brought under one App.

Telangana has Hyderabad and Karnataka has Bengaluru. Since there is no such mega city in AP the economic activity is low, he explained. There is deficit of ₹16,000 crore. The Centre had to help. We have requested the PM for the sanction of railway zone.

In per capita income, Andhra Pradesh  is down in the fifth place. The per capita income in AP is ₹ 1,22,376 where it is higher in other Southern States. This is because if the Bifurcation of the State.

We did not ask for special status but wanted special package given, Naidu said. He remarked that there is nothing wrong in learning Hindi. People of other States also should learn South Indian languages.

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NITI Ayog Suggestion On Agri Income Tax Flayed

Farmers’ leaders take strong exception to the NITI Ayog move to tax agriculture income. They see the move as an attempt to tax law abiding people while the tax avoiders continue to escape.

Amaravati: The NITI Ayog’s move to tax the agriculture income had come under sharp criticism from the farmers’ leaders. The leaders and experts termed the move as an attempt to punish the law abiding people, while allowing the violators escape.

Former Member of Indian Council for Agricultural Research M V N Nagi Reddy took strong exception to the move to tax the farmers on their income. He wondered how the government would tax the farmers when they are not assured of the minimum support prices. Stating that the Indian average land holding is less than 2 hectors, he pointed out that most of the farmers have no minimum guaranteed income. He said that Swaminathan Commission had recommended that the farmers income should be equal to that of the income of an IAS officer. “We are not asking for income equal to the IAS officer. We want the government to give revenue equal to at least a clerk in the government office. But, we don’t even have the income equal to that of the attender,” he said.

Former minister and farmers’ leader Vadde Sobhanadreeswara Rao termed the NITI Ayog move as an attempt to discourage agriculture in the country. While accepting the fact that some business persons and others who have excess income were purchasing lands and showing their income as agriculture revenue, he wanted the government to tap such sources. He wanted the government to nab the tax evaders and not punish the farmers. He felt that the government could find people, investigate into their claims on agriculture and fix the taxes rather than taxing the farmers in general. He said that the earnings of the farmers are mostly a result of their hard work against the odds, including nature and market fluctuations. He sought to advise the government to drop the proposal and help the farming sector.

Another veteran farmers’ leader Yerneni Nagendranath, wanted the government to identify people who were projecting their income from agriculture. He said no farmer in the country was able to get taxable income while several others who have no connection with agriculture were escaping tax payments. He alleged that the corrupt people were exploiting the tax exemption provisions for the agriculture and wanted the government to punish such people rather than taxing the entire agriculture.

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KCR Suggests NREGA Linked To Agriculture

KCR has suggested at the meeting of the Governing Council of Niti Ayog that NREGA could be linked with farm labour.

New Delhi: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) told the Governing Council of Niti Ayog here on Sunday that his Government has decided to give ₹4,000 per acre to go to the rescue of the farmers. The farmers can use this amount to buy fertilisers, seeds and pesticides. It would help as input investment.

KCR has appealed that crop colonies should be established across the country. There has to be extensive research for improving the yield. He has also suggested that the sheep, fish and dairy businesses should be exempted from Income Tax.

The NREGA should be applied to agriculture, suggested KCR. The Government and the farmers should bear the expenditure fifty-fifty, he said.

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PM Reiterates Need For Simultaneous Elections

Governing Council of Niti Ayog has met in Delhi to take stock of the implementation of its Vision and action plans. PM and most of the CMS attended.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said building New India will be possible only with the cooperation of the Chief Ministers.

Addressing the Governing Council of Niti Ayog at  Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Sunday, Modi said the Centre is now giving 40 percent of tax revenues as against 25 percent earlier. He reiterated that elections for Parliament and Assemblies should be held simultaneously. The PM exhorted the Chief Ministers to invest more on creating infrastructure. The way Goods and Services Tax (GST) is going to be implemented would show the unity of purpose and federal spirit exhibited by all the States.

Niti Ayog is going ahead with 15 years vision, seven years strategy and three years of action plan. Modi has appealed to all the CMs to cooperate in implementing the vision of Niti Ayog. When India celebrates its 75 anniversary of independence in 2022, all the plans of Niti Ayog should be implemented, Modi said.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benarjee and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal were absent. All other Chief Ministers and State Chief Secretaries have attended the meeting.

Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of Niti Ayog, has earlier explained that about 300 action plans have been prepared.

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Send districts’ proposals to Centre

  • Chief Secretary tells officials

Hyderabad: In the wake of formation of new districts, Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma has directed the officials concerned to send proposals on centrally-sponsored/promoted/funded schemes to Niti Ayog and Planning Department. 

His directive came during a high level review meeting held at the Secretariat in Hyderabad on Wednesday. Rajiv Sharma received the proposals on various institutions likely to come to the new districts. He directed the planning wing secretary to forward the details to the Centre. The proposals made by the officials include 105 Kasturba Girl Centres, 18 Kendriya Vidyalayas, 21 Navodaya institutions, 21 Diet centres, hostels and facilities based on population and Rs 100 crores for Gurukul Schools.

The chief secretary also discussed about new buildings for Collector, RDO and Tahasildar offices and facilities, IT-related issues, allotment of staff and  duties to them,  funds allocation, need of vehicles, duties of employees under 9th and 10th schedules, department- wise funds use and financial issues. The officials were asked to give a copy of the same to the State Finance Department and send the detailed proposals to the departments at the Centre. District-related statistics, population will also be forwarded to the Niti Ayog, he said. 

Stating that funds are being sanctioned to Minorities Welfare Department based on population, the official said that proposals were made for Rs 100 crores for residential schools, Sadbhavana Mandaps and skill development.


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KCR and Chandrababu skip Modi’s NITI Ayog Meet

  • Some other chief ministers also absent at the meet

HYDERABAD: Two Telugu Chief Ministers Chandrasekhar Rao and Chandrababu Naidu today joined the bandwagon of other Congress-ruled chief ministers, who skipped NITI Ayog meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at national capital.

Owing to Godavari Pushkaralu that fall rarely after 144 years, the two Telugu States’ CMs are busy making arrangements and could not make to New Delhi for NITI Ayog.

While Rao is busy reviewing arrangements at Pushkar Ghats to avoid any untoward incidents and on the ongoing GHMC sanitation workers’ strike, Naidu, who is sore with the 27 stampede deaths at Rajahmundry pushkarghat, did not feel it to attend the meet and instead stayed put in here.

Apparently, perturbed at the stampede deaths and cornered by the opposition criticism on the failure by the state government and a persistent demand for his resignation, Naidu had to stay at Rajahmundry to review the situation for smooth conduct of the pushkar festivities.

Though they are busy with Pushkaram festivities, other reason that prevented them from attending the meeting is that they were unhappy, as the Centre was not ready to release funds for various programs at one go.

It is learnt that the states are trying to own up Central schemes through publicity while implementing, which is considered a bone of contention in this regard.

Later, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stated that the members suggested several changes to the Land Bill. NITI Ayog is to make need-based allocations to states to spend funds for various developmental activities. Also, chief ministers of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh also gave a slip to the meeting.

Aimed to arrive at a consensus on the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, Modi convened the meeting, being the chairman of the Governing Council, while other chief ministers are its members.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejrival, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Mufthi Mohammed Sayeed and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, besides other chief ministers of NDA-ruled States turned up to the event.

Modi exhorted the states for synergy to develop simultaneously. Jayalalitha, who opposed the Land Bill, sent her deputy and Finance Minister Panneer Selvam to the meeting. Political deadlock on Land Acquisition Bill is hampering development in education, health, roads and irrigation, Modi said.

The Governing Council held consultations on the right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement act. (NSS)

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