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Cabinet approves constituting 15th Finance Commission

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Arun Jaitley

New Delhi, Nov 22:  The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the constitution of the 15th Finance Commission, whose recommendations have to be in place by April 1, 2020, and also decided to finalise the next Commission’s terms of reference, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here.

The appointment of a new Finance Commission (FC), to recommend on the sharing of revenue between the Centre and the states for the five-year period after the 14th FC’s recommendations expire on March 31, 2020, comes in the backdrop of a radical overhaul of the indirect tax regime by way of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implemented from July.

“It normally takes around two years for a Finance Commission to complete its work, and for the 15th one, its recommendations need to be in place by the 1st of April, 2020,” Jaitley told reporters following the cabinet meeting.

“Today (Wednesday) an in-principle decision has been taken and the members (15th FC) will be appointed very soon,” he said in response to a query.

The Finance Minister said the while there is a continuity in the expenditure pattern of the Centre and the states, the GST was a new element in the revenue situation.

“The impact of GST on revenue will have to be studied by the the new Finance Commission. After GST, the indirect tax regime is no longer the same pattern for both the Centre and states,” he added.

The 14th Finance Commission recommended transfer of a much bigger share of central taxes to states, increasing it by 10 percentage points to a handsome 42 per cent, which was accepted by the Centre.

In the other major economic decisions taken by the cabinet on Wednesday was to bring in certain changes to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, which are to be introduced through an Ordinance.

Jaitley said the cabinet has forwarded the modification proposals for the President’s assent and, as such, could not be revealed at this time.

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Haunting Past: Frontrunner for Air India Ops director comes under criticism

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New Delhi, July 7 : A frontrunner candidate for Air Indias Director Operations post has come under criticism from certain section of the airline for his past record of siding with unions against the national carrier.

According to sources, the current Executive Director for Operations Captain R.S. Sandhu has in the past been allegedly hand-in-glove with a particular pilots” union.

“He was terminated once due to his close association with one of the pilots” unions. He had sided with this union during a strike. Now as a member of senior management, how can we trust him not to repeat the past incident,” sources said adding that he is one of the frontrunner candidate for the post.

“After the strike, he was reinstated back but only after a deal was struck between the management and the union. These past incidents are serious and must not be ignored.”

The event in reference is from 2011, when a pilots” union of erstwhile Indian Airlines” went to strike.

Subsequently, Sandhu was terminated as a deputy general manager operations in April 2011, when he openly sided with the erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots” demand to get parity with those from IPG.

However, in May after a settlement was reached between the union and the airline, Sandhu was re-instated.

Interestingly, this past incident among some others have been in public knowledge but it is only now that some quarters of the airline have started to speak about these.

Nevertheless, another source in the airline said the post of Director Operations is vacant since March-end and the selection process has been stalled due to the pandemic and airline”s divestment process.

“Therefore, no recruitment to this position is taking place as of now,” the second source said.

Last year in December, Ministry of Civil Aviation had invited application for three director level posts including that of Director (Operations).

At present, executive director-level officials are officiating these positions.

Till March, Captain Amitabh Singh was officiating as operations director.

In 2018, Captain A. K. Kathpalia was removed from this post, after his alcohol direction test results came positive after operating a flight.

As a result, his flying licence was suspended for three years.

The post in question is both coveted and controversial as the incumbent is always under scanner of all the employees, the second source added.

–IANS

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No manual cleaning of sewage chambers in Rajasthan, says CM Gehlot

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Jaipur, July 7 : No sanitation worker should be forced to enter into sewage chambers to clean the sewer lines, said Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot while addressing a video conference with public representatives and urban bodies.

The entire cleaning work should be done by machines and there should be no deaths during cleaning of sewerage lines, he instructed all district collectors and civic authorities on Monday.

Gehlot said that the sanitation workers, who have been risking their lives to keep us safe, played a strong role in keeping the city, streets and neighbourhood free from the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The government was able to check the spread of the pandemic due to the dedication with which the sanitation workers and the public representatives of the urban bodies worked, he added.

The CM said that Rajasthan”s pride “increased” in the nation owing to hard work by doctors, nurses, anganwadi workers, police, sanitation workers and urban bodies. In fact, Rajasthan was the first state to provide insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh to government and non-government personnel engaged in Covid-19 battle, he said.

The CM also took suggestions from the civic body mayors, chairpersons, councillors and others and released two posters to create awareness among the people against the virus.

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Kanpur encounter: Slain DSP Mishra’s letter alleges links between cops and gangster, Probe on

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Kanpur, July 7: DSP Devendra Mishra, who lost his life in Kanpur encounter had written a letter to Kanpur SSP on March 14, alleging links between the now suspended Chaubeypur SHO and gangster Vikas Dubey, but nobody acted upon this information, said AAP leader Sanjay Singh.

SSP Kanpur Dinesh Prabhu has said that a thorough inquiry is underway.

The officer had complained in it about cops helping the gangster, especially Vinay Tiwari, the police officer in charge of the Chaubeypur police station, now suspended.

Vikas Dubey, allegedly tipped off about the raid by an insider in the police, is missing since the massacre of cops.

Mishra had reportedly accused Vinay Tiwari of helping the criminal and shielding him against any possible police action. The letter called for strict action against the police officer.

“I am aware that such a letter is viral on social media. The preliminary search was conducted at the DSP’s office and the offices of the Kanpur SSP (Senior Superintendent of Police) dispatch and receiving section. So far there are no records of this letter and we have found no file. But we are looking at it with more details and we will not hesitate to share more details,” said Dinesh Kumar P, Kanpur’s police chief.

A team of 50 policemen from three police stations led by Mishra in a raid aimed at arresting Vikas Dubey in an attempt to murder case. The criminal is charged in 60 cases including murder, kidnapping, extortion and rioting.

Vikas Dubey was allegedly alerted to the raid by policemen and was ready with an armed gang to attack the police. Four policemen have been suspended on suspicion of links with the criminal.

The bounty on him was raised to Rs 2.5 lakh. So far, there seems to be no information on where he could be hiding.

A Kanpur police press release sent late last evening confirmed three more arrests. One of them is a neighbor of Dubey who allegedly refused to let in cops trying to escape the indiscriminate firing by the gangster and his men. The other is Dubey’s help and the third person to be arrest is a woman who allegedly pointed out hiding cops to the shooters that morning.

The suspended policemen are from the same police station, Chaubeypur, and are accused of being in regular touch with Dubey. Call records of more than 100 policemen have been scanned in the last four days.

In his letter, Mishra had written that he wanted to act against Dubey and his men. He was helpless as Vinay Tiwari (SHO) was helping Dubey. Devendra Mishra was an honest officer and UP Police should be proud of such officers,” he added.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh further said that there are 60 cases registered against Vikas Dubey.
“Still, he was roaming out for two and a half years, why was he not arrested? Who are the people patronizing him,” he asked.
Devendra Mishra’s daughter has claimed that a conspiracy has been hatched against his father, said AAP leader.
Vaishnavi Mishra, daughter of Devendra Mishra, said, “I will not let the sacrifice of my father go in vain. I was preparing for medical exams but now I will also become a police officer and serve the nation like my father.”
“So far, why Yogi Ji could not catch Vikas Dubey? There are only two reasons – either the Yogi government has met Dubey and or is grossly inefficient. The public is suffering,” Singh said later in a tweet.
Sub-inspectors Kunwarpal and Krishna Kumar Sharma and constable Rajiv have been suspended after police came to know that they were involved in tipping off Vikas Dubey.

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