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Projects in Gandhi bastions in UP fall on bad times

Many projects in the Gandhi pocket borough now either face paucity of funds or have simply no takers in the bureaucracy

 

Having basked in envious glory for the past few decades, the Gandhi bastions of Rae Bareli and Amethi in Uttar Pradesh seem to have fallen on bad times after the ascendancy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the centre.
 
With the union government red-flagging an ambitious mega food park project of Congress vice president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, well informed official sources say, many other projects in the Gandhi pocket borough now either face paucity of funds or have simply no takers in the bureaucracy.
 
The Gandhi scion had laid the foundation stone of a major food processing unit in October 2013 in Jagdishpur that was to generate direct and indirect employment for more than 25,000 people, mostly locals and people from neighbouring areas. To be built for a whopping Rs200 crore, the project, a source told IANS, had "crash-landed before take-off".
 
To be built as the Shaktiman Food Park by the Aditya Birla group, it was to be given gas via the administered price mechanism route. While local legislator Radheshyam alleges "political vendetta", officials in the food processing ministry say the "decision to do away with the project was based on threadbare feasibility".
 
Officials point out that the requisite 50 acres land and the industrial use certificate were not given to the park and hence the inter-ministerial approval committee had decided to axe the project. The legislator, however, contested this, adding that the state government had given 72 acres of land for the project.
 
District Congress president Yogendra Mishra rued the development and said the park would have benefited the locals in a big way. An office-bearer of the State Industrial Development Association (SIDA), not wishing to be named, also viewed the development as a "setback for the region". As it is, more than 350 big and small factories have closed down over the past two decades.
 
The mega park is not a solitary case, it appears. Other large projects slated for Amethi and Rae Bareli during the previous UPA regime too seem headed for a similar fate.
 
A 200-bed central hospital in Tiloi hangs in the balance after the land allocated for it was disapproved by a central team, and there is also no word on a minority varsity and Sainik school in Kauhar, for which the district administration had assured 50 acres of land.
 
The district administration, at the bidding of the UPA government, had allotted 120.74 acres for a National Automative Training and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP) in Trisundi but this project too has seen very little or no progress. The Rail Neer (bottled water plant) project had got under way in Tikariya more than a year back but there are now very few takers in the IRCTC, which will market the product, for this.
 
The delays and non-release of funds for various projects have prompted Congress president and Rae Bareli MP Sonia Gandhi to write to the union government for expediting the projects. Gandhi had recently written to union Health Minister J.P. Nadda for releasing funds for a proposed AIIMS-styled institute in her constituency.
 
State BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak denied any "deliberate move" by the union government and said that this question should rather be put to Rahul Gandhi.
 
"He should explain why he hastily proceeded with these projects when they were not viable. As far as the BJP is concerned, we believe in 'sabka saath, sabka vikaas' (we are with every one for development," Pathak told IANS.
 
Sources point out that while there were no direct orders from the union government to scrap or shelve projects in the region, "bureaucrats know which side of the bread is buttered" and hence it was no wonder that in the next few years, the sun would set on most projects in what once was the epicenter of power!

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Jaitley wants US to alter 'unjust' totalisation regime
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has pushed for the US administration to begin a process by which the contributions by Indians to the country's exchequer by way of social security is returned and not retained in an "unjust" manner.
 
"This is like an aid program that Indian workers run for the US government," Jaitley said during his speech at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, entitled "India's demographic transition: opportunities for partnership".
 
"Indians contribute-according to research done by Jacob Kirkegaard at the Peterson Institute --about $3 billion annually to the US government by way of social security contributions which they will never receive back," the finance minister said.
 
He, accordingly, wanted the US to alter what is formally called the totalisation regime. "I am confident that the US will take up this matter soon," he said, calling the present arrangement a "very unjust situation".
 
Indian workers, who are posted to foreign countries by their employers in India over short periods of time, continue to make social security contribution in India as per Indian law. At the same time, some countries like the US make them pay contributions under their laws as well.
 
Such contributions do not accrue to the workers till they have been made for a certain period.
 
Successive Indian governments have raised the issue with the US including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he met US President Barack Obama in January this year.
 
"We will also start discussions on the social security agreement that's so important for the hundreds and thousands of Indians professionals working in the US," Modi had said during his remarks at the joint press interaction with Obama.

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SuchindranathAiyerS

2 years ago

Post Independence, the British Government handed over enormous sums of money as compensation for Loss of Soldiers' Lives and Health during the Second World War. The Pakistan Army took the Pakistan sum and invested it, mainly in Britain and the US from which it derives an income of more than 1.5 Billion US Dollars independent of the Pakistan,Saudi Arabian and US Exchequers and revenues from its mercenary activities for various fellow Islamic and NATO governments. The Indian Republic established its tradition of "steal from the haves and have nots for the have lots" in keeping with Nehru-Gandhi-Ambedkarism and swallowed the money. In neither case were the bereaved families and those who suffered compensated. Part of the Indian Neta-Babu-Cop-Milard-Crony Kleptocracy paradigm. Starve and oppress the Indian serf to go abroad and work in hellish conditions while holding the slave's family hostage in India. Then mulct the slave's earnings to feed the greed and lust of the kleptocracy through corruption and profligacy. This sum will, if returned, go like all sums given to India. If the Kohinoor had been returned to India, it would be in small piece in a Bank vault in Italy or Switzerland as the Diamond Crown of melkote and the 12,000 Crores of Tirupathi Jewellery that were stolen during the last decade probably are.

RIIL's net profit declines by 8.56 percent
Reliance Group-owned Reliance Industrial Infrastructure Ltd (RIIL) on Thursday said its stand-alone net profit during 2014-15 declined by 8.56 percent at Rs.2,207.19 lakh against a net profit of Rs.2,413.98 lakh during the 2013-14 fiscal.
 
Total stand-alone revenue for the period under review rose by 8.69 percent at Rs.9,994.12 lakh against Rs.9,194.75 lakh during the previous year, the company said.
 
Stand-alone revenues from operations were higher by 6.2 percent during 2014-15 at Rs.9,009.33 lakh against Rs.8,483.2 lakh during 2013-14.
 
The company also reported a 7.41 percent rise in its stand-alone net profit at Rs.571.84 lakh during the fourth quarter of 2014-15 against net profit of Rs.532.37 lakh during the previous quarter.
 
In a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange, the company said its board has recommended a dividend of Rs.3.50 per fully paid-up equity share of Rs.10 each, aggregating to Rs.639 lakh payout including the dividend distribution tax.
 

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