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Central govt. mislead HC
Dear Editor, It refers to media-reports that Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) informing Delhi High Court that ownership of 7 Jantar-Mantar Road (New Delhi) as on 30.04. 1977 was in name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Smarak Trust. But file-notings dated 15.05.2001 provided subsequent to CIC-verdict dated 30.04.2015 in appeal-number CIC/KY/A/2015/000810-YA in response to an earlier RTI application had clearly mentioned that “the fact that no lease has been executed with AICC it would appropriate not to accede to the request to transfer or execute a deed in favour of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Trust and the properly as on date vests with the Central Government be put to an alternate use.” Queries in CIC-verdict suggest that central government has not informed Delhi High Court correct...
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GST lowering rates no benefit in long term
Dear Editor, Most Businessmen / companies never pass on benefits on reduction of taxes on the plea of their increased cost and other lacunas in the laws like now Restaurant owners have increase their prices as they are now being deprived off input tax credit. Even if some branded companies / retail outfits etc. pass the benefit of tax cuts -it is to please the government for a short-term only. In the long term after some time they too increases their prices on the same plea of increased cost etc. The best course is not to tax or have moderate rates at first instance. The government should not indulge in levying of high rates and then lower on political grounds which never results in desired tax cut benefits to consumers. It is utmost important for the government to exempt all food it...
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Cleaning of Narmada an example to clean other rivers
Dear Editor, It refers to healthy news about Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) giving -A- certificate to river Narmada in terms of cleanliness to the extent that its water can now be sipped for religious rituals even though it will have to further purified for drinking-purposes by making it bacteria-free. Report is submitted after talking random samples of river-water from 31 different places every month. Ambitious Narmada-clean project could be made successful only after tackling the big problem practically rather than just theoretically. Idol-immersion was prevented by making artificial tanks on various points of river-bank where devotees could immerse idols of gods and goddesses. Simple banning without providing some admissible option could not prevent idol-immersing. Li...
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Why special silver 100-rupee commemorative coins for selected VVIPs only?
Dear Editor, It is significant that ordinary members of public under present faulty system never get 100-rupees silver-alloy commemorative coins in normal sale, while some selected ones got attractive coins of metal-value much-much higher than face-value of 100-rupees free-of-cost in attractive packing. Silver-alloy coins should have face-value more than double the metal-value at time of issue of coins, and should be available for general public at face-value right from date of release of coins through all coin-issuing bank-branches. According to an RTI response, metal-cost of coins on Rabindranath Tagore with face-value of rupees 150 was rupees 971 at time of issue of coins. Cumbersome practice of selling higher-priced coin-sets through advance-booking much after issue of coins should...
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Costly wedding-cards, platters, cash-envelopes in marriages
Dear Editor, It has become a fashion and trend of people from upper-middle and higher income groups to spend heavily on fancy wedding-invitation cards made of wood and cardboard worth several thousands of rupees each which are practically of no use. Rather those getting such invitation-cards pull out necessary portion of programme-details, and start pressurising their minds about utility of such apparently costly but useless remnants. Also costly platters with imported items where Indian substitutes are better and cheaper and cash-envelopes from brides’ parents have become ‘necessity’ in marriage-celebrations for show of status. Interestingly ‘misusers’ of such trends in their elite gatherings themselves criticise such trend, but want some others to take initiative to stop such a practic...
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Onion prices again bring tears
Dear Editor, The price of onion has started rising sky high once again and as of now it has touched Rs. 50 per kg. Potato and other vegetables are not lagging behind, some vegetables are being sold at the rate of Rs. 100 per kg and even more. Especially after the advent of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July 2017 the prices of almost all goods of daily consumption have shot up exorbitantly. Common man has thus become restive, uncomfortable because of which resentment is growing everywhere. Those who have launched GST call it good and simply tax but those who are feeling the pinch may call it gravely scary tax. The politicians in power appear to have shut their eyes and are looking unconcerned about the miserable plight of the poor people and even the middle classes. The GST and Note-Ba...
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Mobile Chargers
Dear Editor, There are too many companies marketing and manufacturing mobile-phones now-a-days. But all the companies have different specifications, shapes and sizes of sockets and plugs of mobile-chargers. There should standard shapes, sizes and specifications for mobile-chargers universally like exists system for electric sockets and plugs so that any mobile-charger may fit to any mobile-phone. Indian government can take initiative for having some global specification for mobile-chargers. All manufacturers of mobile-phones should be co-ordinated to have a common and uniform system of mobile-chargers in a manner that users may be able to use same charger for any handset of any make and model. It will be convenient for car-manufacturers to fix mobile-charger as original equipment in car...
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MHA not aware of annexures to NN Vohra committee report despite matter reached SC
Dear Editor, It refers to matter of annexures of NN Vohra Committee report having again reached to Central Information Commission after being earlier also decided by Central Information Commission in the year 2012 in petition-numbers CIC/SS/A/2012/000055 and CIC/SS/C/2012/000754 where in response to CIC-verdict dated 10.05.2012, Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) categorically stated that no annexures were submitted to the ministry by committee-chairperson NN Vohra who is presently governor of Jammu and Kashmir. NN Vohra committee submitted its report in 1993 in the wake of the Bombay blasts taking off all the available information about the activities of crime syndicates and mafia organizations which had developed links with and were being protected by governmentfunctionaries and pol...
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Dropping films from festivals
Dear Editor, Two films “Nude’ and ‘Sexy Durga vis a vis S Durga’ have been dropped from the screening list of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, though jury had recommended for their inclusion. The film S. Durga was certified with a U/A These films are dropped by Information & broadcasting Ministry merely because of their names. The producers claim that the content has nothing controversial; and S Durga has nothing to do with the goddess and ‘Nude’ is about a model girl’s story. The names are objectionable but allegedly not the contents. Why producers choose such objectionable titles? It is another matter that with changed times the words Sexy’ and ‘hot’ are freely used by both sexes and only sanskari (older generation or….) object to such a western language! It is...
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Single-rate GST suggested by Arvind Kejriwal ideal
Dear Editor, Delhi Chief Minister Arevind Kejriwal has rightly suggested single-slab GST-structure (12-percent) like exists in almost all the countries having rational Goods and Service Tax (GST). But poor planning before implementation of GST on 01.07.2017 will make political opponents provoking public-sentiments on abolishing 5-percent minimum slab. This slab must not have been retained in the very beginning to avoid public-resistance in abolishing it in later days. Instead of frequent revisions, GST-structure should be overhauled for once on basis of inputs and experience till now not caring about a possible public-resistance in abolishing lower 5-percent slab and some higher tax-slabs in larger public good. A blend of suggestions of Arvind Kejriwal and Sushil Modi (Bihar Deputy Chie...
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Reservation hindrance in economy to grow
Dear Editor, Bihar’s Chief Minister has said that he believes in reservation in the private sector ‘in principle’ Reservation in private sector would be a disaster for the country. There’s no second opinion that the demand of reservation is absurd as reservation of all kinds is a hindrance in the country’s economic development –economically weaker section must be given more opportunities to come up and compete in life but in no case, should there be reservation for anyone. Reservation must be abolished in the national interest; politicians should not make reservation for their vote bank politics. It should be seen from national perspective. On reservation the present government is no better than previous government in ruining the country’s future economic development. Like Demonitisatio...
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Harassment of employers
Dear Editor Referring to closing of Oil mill in Kathua, the ESI Scheme was implemented in Jammu Muncipal Corporation and other areas as per different government notification issued by Central government. It has been observed that many factories and establishment which were not falling in the JMC jurisdiction were covered erroneously by the ESI Corporation Regional Office Jammu in the previous years . The officers of ESI Corporation has acted in illegal manner in enforcing the different provisions of Act and forcing and harassing the employer by attaching their Bank Account . Despite the written application the officers of ESI Corporation who didn’t pay any attention to the matter and the employers are ultimately forced to seek remedies in courts. The employers have been threatened wit...
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GST ka naam badnaam no karo
Dear Editor, The government has made a mockery of GST known as best across the world by having an Indian version of GST -almost all good character sticks of GST are nowhere seen in India. GST must have one single rate not more than 12% for all the items including petroleum products etc. The real purpose of GST will be achieved only when all the taxes like Vat, Excise etc.-Central or State are abolished which are merged into one GST Act. The latest modifications in lowering some rates and for simplification are not enough. The newly modification is -the GST rate on 178 daily items reduced to 18% from 28%. A uniform 5 per cent tax was prescribed for all restaurants, both AC and non-Act the same time input tax credit, a facility to set off tax paid on inputs with final tax is withdrawn. N...
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Accountability in higher judiciary
Dear Editor, Happenings leading to proceedings and even the proceedings before a five-member bench of Supreme Court on 10.11.2017 putting a question-mark on integrity of even Chief Justice of India by a prominent bar-member recalls about reply from Union Ministry of Home affairs (MHA) revealing that a former Chief Justice of India was not considered fit to chair National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) despite his having headed Indian judiciary for fourteen log months. The former CJI could never provide a satisfactory response to serious allegations on him. His reply in response to an RTI query – Neither Supreme Court nor Chief Justice of India is the appointing or disciplinary authority in respect of judges of superior Courts, including of High Courts – became a matter of debate in sem...
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