Congress, others seek amendments in Aadhaar Bill
New Delhi : The Congress and other opposition parties on Wednesday made strong pitch against the overall nature of the Aadhar Bill, which has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.
As the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 was transmitted for discussion in the upper house, members across party lines expressed their reservation on presenting it as a money bill.
"We are not against the Aadhaar Bill, but it should only be used for identity purpose and not for anything else, said Congress' Jairam Ramesh.
"Aadhaar is a proof for identity. It does not entitles me for any subsidy. It only determines that you are you," he said, adding that it must not be made mandatory.
The former union minister said that the "whole idea of Aadhaar was to remove duplicity" and cautioned the house that it was passed in its present form it would become mandatory and would create unnecessary problems.
Giving example, he said that as he himself does not have Aadhaar card since he does not require subsidy, but if he was to buy a mobile phone number or an airline ticket and the Aadhaar was mandatory, he would have to get it made.
"We want it to be limited to subsidies," he said.
Ramesh also said that bill was not a money bill.
"I am happy that the government has brought the bill and I am here to support it but not without amendments.
Praful Patel of the Nationalist Congress Party also expressed similar apprehension about the bill saying India being a huge country, any identity card cannot be made mandatory as issuing them in a proper manner has always been a challenge.
He cited example of the election identity card, saying that the Election Commission of India and the Supreme Court had to announce that people who did not have it could also vote in elections by proving their identity by using any other mean they could have at that point of time.


Sanjay Bhatia is the new chief of Mumbai Port Trust
CIDCO's VC & MD Sanjay Bhatia is appointed as Chairman of MPT, which will play a decisive role in the development of the 1,000 acres of land owned by the Port Trust
Sanjay Bhatia, the 1985-batch officer from the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) is appointed as Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust by the Ministry of Shipping. He was working as vice chairman and managing director of City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) since past three years.
Bhatia's transfer to MPT assumes significance give the plan of Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, to develop over 1000 acres owned by MPT on its own. While speaking to a private gathering at Edelweiss India Conference, the Minister had said, "We are not going to give any of Mumbai Port Trust's land parcel to private builders for development, we will do it ourselves. We are currently discussing the plan with international consultants."
Under the proposed plan, the government is looking to develop three-four towers exclusively for financial institutions, a convention centre, marina, entertainment zone and cruise terminal in the MPT owned areas.
As VC and MD of CIDCO, Bhatia was responsible for planning and development of Navi Mumbai and other new towns in Maharashtra including special projects like Metro and Navi Mumbai International Airport. 
In his previous posting, Bhatia has reformed the Sales Tax Department by introducing electronic returns and computerisation, while working as Commissioner there. 
He also played an important role in restructuring of state-run Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) in to three companies. He served as chairman of MSEB as well as MD of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd.



Sunder Dhingra

7 months ago

Congratulations to dear Sanjay Bhatia for another challenging responsibility as the Chairman of MPT.
I am sure With his dynamic and systematic style of working and delivering he will achieve the set milestonesof of Honrable Mr Nitin Gadkari's vision. I suggest Mumbai's Development as a tourist hub as well ,they should develp a Circutous waterway around Mumbai operating hoverctaft/catamarin services like in Manhutten as conceived earlier by MMB.
Prof SL Dhingra IIT Bombay



In Reply to Sunder Dhingra 4 months ago

Mr Dhingra, Sir, where can Mr Bhatia be contacted. Does he sit at the Ballard Estate office or some other place. This is a little urgent. Would appreciate if you could help me. Thanks. Canta

'Mallya linked company applied to operate casino in Goa'
Panaji : UB Infrastructure Projects Limited, a company linked to beleaguered billionaire Vijay Mallya's business empire, applied for a casino licence in Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told the legislative assembly on Wednesday.
In a written reply to former chief minister Digambar Kamat's query about the companies which had applied to the state government for setting up casinos since 2013, Parsekar replied "only plain application" was received from M/s UB Infrastructure Projects Limited.
The reply also lists five other companies namely Delta Corp, MKM Grand Gaming and Entertainment, Goan Recreation Clubs, Eden Estates and Leisure and Goa Golf Club, who have also applied for starting casinos in the state.
The reply, however, does not mention the status of the application by the company linked to Mallya. The directors of UB Infrastructure Projects Limited are Ramakrishna Shivcharan, Ajay Kumar Vijay, and Manmohan Singh Kapur. 
Goa is one of the most popular tourism destinations, known for its beaches, nightlife and casinos.
The state has four operational offshore casinos and nearly a dozen onshore casinos housed in the many five star resorts which dot Goa's coastline.
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