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No donation given to Kejriwal for political activities: Narayana Murthy

The Infosys founder had given Rs99 lakh so far, to Kejriwal's Public Cause Research Foundation and brought Tata Social Welfare Trust on board to donate an equal amount to raise awareness about RTI


New Delhi: After the Tatas, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy on Tuesday said he has not given donation to Arvind Kejriwal for political activities and had declined a request from him for financial assistance two months ago, reports PTI.

 

Murthy had in 2008 agreed to give Kejriwal's Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) Rs25 lakh per year for five years and brought Tata Social Welfare Trust on board to donate an equal amount for the same period to raise awareness about Right to Information (RTI).

 

"When Kejriwal approached me in September 2012 asking for financial assistance, I declined. Hence I have not financially supported Kejriwal's political activities," Murthy said in a statement.

 

After splitting with Anna Hazare's anti-corruption movement, Kejriwal has announced the setting up of a political party to fight corruption and bring in change.

 

In the statement, Murthy said Kejriwal approached him in 2008 seeking funds for instituting awards to recognise the efforts of officials, NGO and public in the field of RTI.

 

"I sent Rs25 lakh for 2008 and 2009 and Rs37 lakh for 2010 and Rs25 lakh for 2011," he said, adding the additional funds of Rs12 lakh in 2010 were required to give extra awards, for honouring families RTI activists who were murdered and travel costs of awardees.

 

"However, Kejriwal wrote to me in May 2011 that the Secretariat of the Foundation was busy in drafting Jan Lokpal Bill and that they would not be able to have the awards in 2011. He also asked me whether it was OK to use this amount of Rs25 lakh towards the secretarial expenses of the Jan Lokpal Bill effort," he said.

 

Murthy said he agreed to his request as he believed that the country needed a "moderate but effective" Lokpal Bill.

 

However, Tatas said yesterday it refused to accept the request and PCRF returned the grant of Rs25 lakh for the year 2011. There have been no further grants from TSWT to the foundation, the statement said.

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COMMENTS

M G WARRIER

4 years ago

What is the moral of the story? Is Murthy saying ‘politics is a bad word’? Or is it his case that industrialists like him in India have ‘arms length’ relationship with ‘politicians’? Let us be clear about one thing. Aam aadmi is not going to buy anymore, the argument that politics is the prerogative of certain families and people like Kejriwal should not come and ‘meddle’ with politics!

Sunil

4 years ago

Our Industrialist too have adapted to Crony Capitalism . They will work with the politician business men and create laws that will loot the public for the benefit of their enterprise.(Nira Radia tapes establish this clearly). How can we then expect the Tatas and Murthy's to fund a drive against corruption and get a mass movement going Nanadan Nilekani clearly can speak out against Kejriwal but will keep silent on all the scams of the govt of which he is a part. This is the reality today and we need to push really hard to get a change.

Competition Commission rejects Ajay Devgn's plea against YRF

Ajay Devgn Films had moved the CCI claiming that YRF was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to its upcoming release, 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', than for his film 'Son of Sardaar'

 
New Delhi: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has rejected the complaint from actor Ajay Devgn against Yash Raj Films for alleged abuse of dominant position in the Hindi film industry, saying that the plea does not have any merit, reports PTI.
 
Ajay Devgn Films (ADF) said it has appealed against the CCI ruling.

"We are shocked by the rejection of our legitimate case by the CCI. We have approached Appellate Tribunal against the order," an ADF spokesperson said in a statement.
 
Actor-producer Devgn's complaint came ahead of the release this month of films by both the parties involved.
 
"The Commission has rejected the complaint of Ajay Devgn against Yash Raj Films as there was no merit in it. The complaint does not fall under any area that violates Competition rules," said a senior official of the CCI.
 
The fair trade regulator has not found any violation of Section 3 of the Competition Act that relates to anti- competitive agreements.
 
According to the official, the order on the plea was passed last evening.
 
Ajay Devgn Films Pvt Ltd had moved the CCI claiming that YRF was using its dominant position to ask exhibitors to dedicate more screens to its upcoming release, 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan', than for his film 'Son of Sardaar' on 13th November.
 
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Yash Raj Films, last week, had denied monopolisation of exhibitors.
 
"For a company like ours, which has maintained the highest standards of work ethics and fair play, this has really come as a shock. We would like to clarify at the outset that we still haven't received any notice from the Commission and will suitably represent our stance if and when called upon to do so...
 
"A Yash Chopra/Shah Rukh Khan movie, coming after a gap of eight long years, did not need any coercion for contractual screening," YRF had said in a statement.
 

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Government mulling restrictions on cash-surplus investments of PSUs

Under the new guidelines, the government is expected to offer a number of options like mutual funds, term deposits, treasury bills and government securities to for cash-rich CPSEs for investing their surplus funds

 
New Delhi: The Indian government is contemplating tightening norms for use of surplus funds by cash-rich public sector units (PSUs) by restricting their investments to debt schemes of mutual funds with a minimum corpus of Rs1,000 crore, reports PTI.
 
"Besides, Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) would have another option to park their funds in term deposits with any scheduled commercial bank and with a net worth of Rs500 crore," an official told PTI.
 
Currently, this limit for commercial banks is Rs100 crore.
 
The present guidelines do not specify any corpus size of mutual fund company for investments by PSUs.
 
A committee of the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) headed by Shaktikanta Das, additional secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs, has held many meetings to discuss various options available with regard to investments by Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
 
The panel is in the process of rationalising and consolidating the existing investment norms for CPSEs, the official said.
 
"Under the new guidelines, the government is expected to offer a number of options like mutual funds, term deposits, treasury bills and government securities to CPSEs for investing their surplus funds," the official added.
 
Cash-rich PSUs like GAIL, Coal India and ONGC would be allowed to invest in mutual funds debt scheme with a corpus amounting to at least Rs1,000 crore for the scheme, he added.
 
At present, there are various norms issued by the DPE on investment of excess funds available with such PSUs.
 
In a meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on 23rd October, he had asked 25 cash-rich central PSUs to invest their surplus fund of Rs2.5 lakh crore to accelerate economic growth.
 
The meeting was attended by Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia besides heads of 25 PSUs, including ONGC, Coal India, BHEL, NTPC, SAIL, NMDC.
 
Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Praful Patel had said : "If the PSUs do not deploy the investible surpluses in their own growth and expansion, that money should not lie idle and it must be paid back to the government by way of special dividend".
 
Besides, he had said the government would form a committee of secretaries, to be headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth, to look into the issues of PSUs regarding like autonomy, regulatory clearances and investment of surplus funds, among other things.
 

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