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  • A shock post GST, before LS by-election

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    The first post big reform, GST, and final before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections has given hearts to many for survival and left many in doom.

    Matching many uplifted hopes and a mixed review from the budget, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised for the best healthcare insurance that has a new health related scheme which will provide health care insurance of up to Rs 5 lakh per year to every poor family.

    The scheme aims at covering 10 crore families and 50 crore beneficiaries. The scheme would be applicable to all private hospitals as well. The budget also plan to set up 24 new government medical colleges and hospitals by upgrading existing district hospitals in the country.

    Budget gave a relaxation to the salaried people since it dint touch the income tax slabs along with an announcement on reduction in women employees' contribution to EPF to 8 per cent for the 1st three years and extended the fixed-term employment facility to all sectors to give more jobs.

    Government in it post GST and final before the parliament elections has stepped for ‘RISE’ (Revitalising of Infrastructure and Systems in Education) with a total investment of Rs 1 lakh crore in the next 4 years was mentioned. “We propose to increase the digital education and make a steady move from blackboard to digital board,” FM Arun Jaitley during his budget speech.

    FM has also given a major relief to farmers, the government raised the minimum support price (MSP) to 1.5 times the cost of production for all upcoming Kharif crops. It also announced 100% tax deduction for farm producer firms with Rs 100 crore turnovers. Kisan credit card will be extended to fisheries and animal husbandry farmers. The government will spend Rs 14.34 lakh crore in rural areas in terms of providing jobs and infra.

    The budget 2018 has also talked about providing housing facility by 2022, the budget has proposed to set up an affordable housing fund under the National Housing Bank (NHB). The government has set a target to construct a minimum of 2 crore toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission and 51 lakh affordable housing units in rural and 50 lakh in urban areas.

    Finance Minister announced WI-Fi access in trains and in the railway stations also all the railways stations with more than 25,000 footfall will have escalators. This is the second union budget since the Centre merged the Railway budget with the general budget last year. The government announced a capital expenditure of Rs 1.48 lakh crore for the Indian Railways

    The government in the budget has allocated Rs 3 lakh crore for lending under Micro-Units Development & Refinance Agency Ltd (MUDRA), around 20 per cent hike from the last year.

    With turnover of up to Rs 250 crore to 25% from current 30%, budget lowered the corporate tax for small, micro and medium enterprises.

    Government dint want to miss on fiscal consolidation roadmap, which could have been the trouble from the oppositions to stand against the government after the budget presentation. The fiscal deficit for current fiscal will widen to 3.5% of the GDP as against 3.2% previously targeted, and to 3.3% in FY'19 as opposed to 3 per cent previously targeted.

  • Budget 2018: Highlights of Economic Survey 2018-19


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    The budget day started with President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of lower and upper house at Parliament. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tabled the Economic Survey-2018 in the Lok Sabha.

    According to the Economic Survey, it is expected for India to regain the world’s fastest growing major economy tag as it is likely to clock7 to 7.5 per cent growth rate in 2018-19, elevated from 6.75 per cent in the current fiscal.

    The economy also said, the survey for 2018-19, will grow on the back of major reforms which would be strengthened further.


    Following are the highlights of the Economic Survey 2018-19. (PTI reports)

    * GDP to grow 7-7.5 percent in FY19; India to regain fastest growing major economy tag

    * GDP growth to be 6.75 percent in FY2018-19

    * Policy vigilance required next fiscal if high oil prices persist or stock prices correct sharply

    * Policy agenda for next year -- support agriculture, privatise Air India, finish bank recapitalisation

    * GST data shows 50 percent rise in number of indirect taxpayers

    * Tax collection by states, local governments significantly lower than those in other federal countries

    * Demonetisation has encouraged financial savings

    * Insolvency Code being actively used to resolve NPA woes

    * Retail inflation averaged 3.3 percent in 2018-19, lowest in last 6 fiscals

    * India needs to address pendency, delays and backlogs in the appellate and judicial arenas

    * Urban migration leading to feminisation of farm sector

    * Rs 20,339 cr approved for interest subvention for farmers in current fiscal

    * FDI in services sector rises 15 percent in 2018-19 on reforms

    * Fiscal federalism, accountability to help avoid low equilibrium trap

    * India's external sector to remain strong on likely improvement in global trade

    * Technology should be used for better enforcement of labour laws

    * Swachh Bharat initiative improved sanitation coverage in rural areas from 39 percent in 2014 to 76 percent in January 2018

    * Priority to social infrastructure like education, health to promote inclusive growth

    * Centre, states should enhance cooperation to deal with severe air pollution

    * Suvey 2018-19 in pink colour to highlight gender issues

    * Indian parents often continue to have children till they have desired number of sons


  • Centre proposes to set up 14 new AIIMS hospitals in the country

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    Government proposes to establish an additional 14 new AIIMS under various phases of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana in different parts of the country, Lok Sabha was informed today. 

    Replying to supplementaries on AIIMS and related healthcare system in India, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said government is working on enhancing the capacity of national capital's medical institutes, which receive a large number of patients from across the country.

  • Don’t teach us ‘democracy’: PM slammed Cong

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    The Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday slammed the oppositions in Lok Sabha by accusing them for dividing the country.

    The PM was reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

    Amid chants from the opposition, ‘stop giving false hopes, stop giving false speech’, PM also said, addressing Congress and the glorification of the Gandhi parivar “Despite you have divided Bharat Mata, we stood by you. You have ruled when you had almost no one as opposition to fight with.

    Adding further to it, he also said that “You spent your entire time to glorify one family. You spent your entire energy to make the country remember just Gandhi family. If your intentions were pure and right, this country would have been much ahead of where it is now." 

    “Democracy was never Congress or Nehru's charity. Rather it's in our blood, our culture," PM stated.

    He also said “Look who is talking about democracy? Your PM Rajiv Gandhi had humiliated a Dali CM of your own party. Please don't teach us lessons on democracy."

    In a direct attack to Congress party, PM also raised his voice and said that had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been our first Prime Minister, ‘entire Kashmir would have been ours.’

    The BJP has issued a whip asking its members to be present in the House today and tomorrow, as the government may introduce some important bill on Thursday in the Lok Sabha where the ruling NDA has a big majority. 

    The debate on the motion of thanks to President Ram Nath Kovind's address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session began Tuesday. It was initiated by the BJP's chief whip Rakesh Singh.

    (With agency inputs)

  • Government forms panel to make drugs more affordable


    The Centre has constituted a committee of Joint Secretaries for ensuring enhanced affordability, availability and accessibility of drugs for the citizens. Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya said this in written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha yesterday. Elaborating on the terms of reference of the committee, the Minister said that it will suggest ways to make pricing policy in favour of poor patients. The committee would also review the scope of Drugs (Price Control) Order 2013 and suggest ways for strengthening the regulatory provisions of the order.

  • LS adjourned; tribute paid to BJP MP


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    After the house paid the tribute to the deceased Bhartiya Janata Party MP Hukum Singh, who passed away in JP Hospital at Noida on Saturday, Lok Sabha adjourned for the first day.

    A prominent BJP leader and a member of parliament from Kairana, Hukum Singh was hospitalised for a month and was undergoing treatment due to facing breathing difficulties.

    He was the part of a major controversy last year, that claimed around 350 families had to flee Kairana in Uttar Pradesh due to threats from a 'particular community' and also released a list of Hindus who had to leave the town. However, he later claimed them not communal in nature.

  • Monsoon session of Parliament begins today

    Mansoon Session In Parliament

    The monsoon session of Parliament is going on from Monday and it will end on August 11. In today's parliament, the proceedings of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will be adjourned for the day after paying tributes in view of the passing of the present members of both Houses. Two Rajya Sabha members, BJP MP Anil Madhav Dave and Congress MP Palwai Govardhan Reddy and Lok Sabha MP Vinod Khanna passed away.

  • NDA Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind gets support of AIADMK & JD(U)


    New Delhi: NDA proposed Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind got a boost with the AIADMK (Amma) faction, led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced its support to him. 

  • Union Budget Session '18 commences

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    The first budget session after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST), and the last before 2019 Lok Sabha election, commenced on 29-01-18, Monday at 11am with President’s speech.

  • Uproar by Congress in Lok Sabha on issue of cow vigilantism

    Cow Vigilantism

    The Lok Sabha witnessed uproar during the zero hour on Monday when the Opposition members surged into the well and demanded the Prime Minister’s presence to discuss the incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection. 

    Congress members tore and flung papers on the Chair and raised slogans against the government. The Speaker’s repeated appeals for calm went unheeded and she adjourned the House for lunch. The ruling party members demanded the re-opening of the Bofors case.

  • Why India could never pull out a Leo Varadkar

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    The youngest Prime Minister of Ireland, who is also the first gay Prime Minister, also the first Indian origin Prime Minister, these seem to be few of the firsts which Leo Varadkar, the 38 year old Taoiseach of Ireland has achieved, sadly had he been in India he would never have been accepted into the mainstream society let alone the politics.

    In January of 2015, when Varadkar was the country’s health minister, he openly came out as gay in a national radio broadcast saying that being gay is a part of who I am and my character. In the same month of January 2015, Ramesh Tawadkar, the minister of Goa Youth Affairs said that there need to be “gay centres” set up in the state, so that he could train and cure them.

    India seems to be ecstatic about the idea of Indian origin gay person becoming the PM of Ireland, but we seem to have forgotten had Varadkar been in India the story would have been quite different for him.

    The admiration and blessings being showered on Varadkar is tremendous, but it is shameful how we actually treat our LGBT population. LGBT community living in India has a tough life. They are often shunned by the society, rejected by schools, university and unable to find a job, forcing them to hide their sexuality for survival in our society, where normalcy is status quo and to just have a different perception can land you in trouble with various right wing organizations and vigilantes. In such a place having a different sexuality would just invite bias, hatred and possibly violence.

    We often elect and re-elect people who are murderers, have served time in jail, have cases of corruption piled up against them, and the sad thing is that had Varadkar stood in election against them, he wouldn’t have won a state legislative seat let alone become the Prime Minister.

    The far more troubling form of affairs is that, the politicians in our Lok Sabha out of which 34% face criminal charges, won’t even discuss the rights of LGBT. That’s why a gay doctor would not be able to survive in the Indian political scenario, where generally caste and the last name of a candidate play a greater role in him scoring votes than his education or work.

    Section 377 of the IPC still criminalizes homosexuality, and when well read politicians like Shashi Tharoor try to discuss this issue in parliament, our not so law abiding lawmakers block the discussion.

    Varadkar's merit, policies, plans for development were of pertinence in Ireland, with his sexuality playing a little or minor role but had he been in India, no matter how great his policies and idea’s were, he could have never entered into mainstream politics. This shows that there is a paramount need of introspection about ourselves as a country, where a person who has the capability of becoming a Prime Minister of a European country, would have been declared as a criminal.