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Rajasthan plans land acquisition bill
With Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit drawing closer, the state government is now planning to come out with a land acquisition bill in the next assembly session likely to be held in next two months, an official said.
 
"The demand to table the bill in the state assembly has been felt as the state government is of the view that projects signed during Resurgent Rajasthan summit are not held up due to land acquisition... so they plan to come out with the bill before that," a senior state government official told IANS.
 
The summit, slated to be held here November 19-20, will have strategic conferences, panel discussions, roundtable deliberations, presentations and one-on-one business meetings.
 
With the event bringing together investors from all over the world for interacting with policy makers, including the political leadership, government officials and local business leaders on the investment environment and opportunities in Rajasthan, the state government expects a significant surge in investor interest and definite commitment to invest as a result.
 
According to sources in the state government, the bill will aim to provide for, and expedite the process of, land acquisition for public purposes with the least disturbance to owners of the land and other interested parties and to provide for fair and better compensation to the original owners.
 
The bill was earlier introduced in the state assembly in September last year but was referred to select committed due to certain issues and objections. Now again with certain modifications - mainly to simplify procedures and provide farmers better compensation, it is likely to be tabled soon in the assembly.
 
Sources said the bill also seeks to protect, in this desert state, double cropped, or irrigated land, from acquisition except if the acquisition is for infrastructure projects.

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Why has Reliance asked for a fare revision for Mumbai Metro?
Reliance had projected loss till 2018 in its business plan for Mumbai Metro at the stage of bidding itself, points out Anil Galgali
 
In the business plan submitted along with its bid, Reliance Infrastructure, which was the successful bidder for the Mumbai Metro project, had projected and provisioned for losses for running the Metro for 8 years of operations. It had bagged the project by projecting reduced expenses of about Rs1,048 crore to get this important PPP project from MMRDA. That the company is now working against its own planned projection and causing harassment to Mumbaikars for earning high profits can be understood from the following facts. This Information has been provided to RTI activist Anil Galgali by the MMRDA administration.
 
The dispute between Reliance and the MMRDA has resulted in inconveniencing the Mumbaikars due to a fare hike as well as a projected fare hike. With an objective to understand the dispute RTI activist Anil Galgali had filed an RTI query seeking information pertaining to the project from the MMRDA. In a reply, MMRDA Informed Galgali that, Reliance and IICU-IL&FS had bid for the Mumbai Metro project under PPP method. 
 
The financial bid of Reliance was at a projected cost of Rs2,356 crore and sought a viability gap funding of Rs1,251 crore, whereas the IICU-IL&FS had submitted its bid by projecting a cost of Rs3,404 crore and seeking VGF of Rs1,296 crore.  Hence, Reliance promoted Mumbai Metro one private limited had secured the project, points out Galgali.
 
As per the agreement executed between Reliance and the MMRDA, the project was to be completed by 2010. In the business plan submitted by the Reliance it was estimated that the company will require 8 years to break even in this project and hence had planned to sustain loss upto 2018, reminds Galgali.
 
Instead of sticking to its business plan the Reliance, right from day one had started cribbing about the losses, which is still going on, feels Galgali. The state government along with the Reliance Co had finalised the fare pattern on 3 September 2013 and had approved the fares for the Mumbai Metro uptil year 2044-45 and had allowed for stage wise fare increases of 11% every 4 years, which was agreed upon by the Reliance as well.
 
To secure the Mumbai Metro bid, Reliance agreed to all the terms and conditions of the project. It is also understood that such projects need a long gestation period, which was reflected in its business plan of operating in loss for 8 years. It has now reversed its stand and is taking the MMRDA, the state government and the Mumbaikars for a ride, criticises Galgali.
 
Looking at the scenario, Galgali wondered as to why MMRDA is not filing a case of cheating and breach of trust and violation of agreement case against the Reliance. Galgali in his demand has asked CM Devendra Fadnavis to ban Reliance from taking part in any of the PPP projects in future. Also, Reliance is seeking an additional assistance from the government which is similar to the difference between the bid of Reliance and IICU-IL&FS, that of Rs1,048 crore. This exposes the chinks in the armour of Reliance that it had purposely under-bid to just secure the project and is now resorting to arm-twisting by holding the Mumbaikars to ransom, observes Galgali.

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TIHARwale

1 year ago

just recall how CDMA technology was viewed by public as Chor Dhiru Mukesh Anil. Nothing has changed Reliance walked out from Airport Express in Delhieven as DMRC successfully runs Delhi Metro where ridership number goes on increasing. Reliance tried the game in electric distribution in Delhi but Akela Arvind being street march openly asked Reliance if not happy to quit like it did with Delhi Metro but Reliance cannot run away as it knows it will lose prime assets numbering more than 1000 housing sub stations and staff residential colonies all over Delhi which it got when DESU was privatised.

Gupta

1 year ago

Flashback: Reliance Power IPO, the fights between Reliance Energy and Tata Power, Delhi Metro fiasco, BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna, Orissa power distribution utilities, Dadri Power Project, Sasan UMPP coal diversion. Does something sound familiar ????
This can only happen in India where everything is so crystal clear, but we still need to PROVE things! And till anything is proven, these corporate czars are free to accompany the PM of the country on his foreign tours to showcase the corporate talent of India. Because that helps them in getting submarine contracts with the help of Russians (known for their corruption globally, especially in Indian defence deals). For someone like Russians, its obviously a great choice as a JV partner. Who else knows better how to bend rules after winning a contract. Let's see how big the gap is between the contracted cost of the submarine and the final cost, if and when they are delivered... and let's not even discuss the quality.

nginx

1 year ago

Reliance was always a chor company and is still a chor company. Some things just don't change I guess.

Why Pankaja Munde cannot get away by saying sorry
While the Supreme Court, in its multiple orders, has stated that private contractors cannot be used for the supply to the Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP), the report of the Principal Adviser to its Commissioner is so damning that Munde cannot feign ignorance
 
After initially denying vehemently that she has done no wrong in awarding purchase contracts to the tune of Rs206 crore in a single day, Pankaja Munde, Minister of Women and Child Welfare, Maharashtra, has confessed her mistake for the same, in the Assembly, last week. However, she cannot be given a clean chit on the basis of this verbal admission of having committed a mistake as she cannot be given the benefit of the doubt of her ignorance of the stinging report of the Principal Adviser to the Commission of the Supreme Court which has slammed Maharashtra government for large scale corruption and financial irregularities that has put at stake, the health of infants, children upto six and pregnant and lactating mothers.
 
On 31st October, 2012, Dr N C Saxena, commissioner and Harsh Mander, Special Commissioner of the Supreme Court (who were asked to monitor large scale irregularities of the Supplementary Nutrition Programme scheme in Maharashtra and other states) submitted the report of Biraj Patnaik, Principal Adviser of the Office of the Commissioners of the Supreme Court, requesting the Supreme Court an independent enquiry under Special Investigation Team (SIT) since ``this is a matter that involves the health, and indeed the lives of millions of children in India.’’ Biraj Patnaik’s report stands valid in the Pankaja Munde case, as she awarded contracts to the similar tainted contractors mentioned in this report. Allegedly, it is a case of the proverbial old wine in new bottle, as the same names float in a different garb.
 
Briaj Patnaik, in his report, makes a serious observation that` `My investigations point to a close nexus between politicians, contractors and bureaucrats that has allowed for the active subversion of the letter and spirit of the Supreme Court orders…this would not have been possible without the active complicity at the highest levels of governance in Maharashtra.’’
 
It is important to understand why Pankaja Munde’s scam is heinous and unpardonable. The Principal Adviser to the Supreme Court Commissioner, in its report explains the point: `` It is unconscionable (unacceptable) that a country with one of the highest rates of malnutrition, globally, allows corruption to undermine the ICDS and thereby future of its children. According to National Family Health Survey 3, everyday close to 5000 children die in India due to preventable causes including malnutrition. The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) is the only institutional mechanism of the government to deal with issues of children under the age of six. Government of India/States and UTs spend close to Rs8,000 crore every year on the provision of Supplementary Nutrition.’’
 
In order to make this issue clear to the lay person it needs to be understood that the  Supreme Court has in its multiple orders in the Peoples’ Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) case unambiguously stated that private contractors cannot be used for the supply of Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS). The following orders were clearly aimed at keeping out private contractors who have a commercial interest in the supply of nutrition of young children but also to encourage local production and distribution through the use of mahila mandals, village societies, panchayats etc. Following are the various Supreme Court orders:
 
7th October 2004: The contractors shall not be used for supply of nutrition in Anganwadis and preferably ICDS funds shall be spent by making use of village communities, self-help groups and Mahila Mandals for buying grains and preparation of meals
 
13th December, 2006: Chief Secretaries of all State Governments/UTs are directed to submit affidavits giving details of the steps that have been taken with regard to the order of 7th October, 2004. Chief Secretaries of all state governments/UTs must indicate a time-frame within which the decentralization of the supply of SNP through local community shall be done
 
22nd April, 2009: It is further stated by the Additional Solicitor General that Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) in the form of Take Home Rations (THR) shall be provided to all children in the age group of 6 months to 3 years, pregnant mothers and lactating mothers…Accordingly, all Union Territories and State Governments are directed to ensure compliance with the stipulations without fail
 
Further, all the states and UTs are directed to provide supplementary nutrition in the form of a morning snack and a hot cooked meal to the children in the age group of 3 to 6 years as per guidelines
 
Following the orders of the Supreme Court, the ICDS is now a universal scheme with an anganwadi centre being present in almost every village across the country. Supplementary nutrition, mostly in the form of Take Home Rations (THR) are provided for children in the age group of 6 months to 3 years, pregnant and lactating mothers and adolescent girls thorough the anganwadi centres
 
The Supreme Court Commissioner’s report observes: ``We have been receiving information from different states over the last few years that this order is being violated. As we have repeatedly pointed out to the state governments/Government of India and the Hon’ble Supreme Court, that even in states where the contract for supply of Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) has been given to public sector undertakings or mahila mandals, these have been further sub-contracted the production to private contractors thereby going against the spirit of the order of the Supreme Court.
 
Supreme Court Commissioner’s observation on Maharashtra scam…
 
``The contracts to supply Take Home Rations (THR) in Maharashtra have been given to three Mahila Mandals namely, Venkateshwara Mahila Audhyogic Utpadan Sahakari Sanstha Ltd, Mahalaxmi Mahila Gruhaudyog and Balvikas Buddheshiya Audhyogic Sahakari Sanstha and Maharashtra Mahila Sahakari Grahaudyog Sanstha Ltd. These mahila mandals in turn, have leased in the facilities for production of THR from private agro companies. My report establishes the de-facto and dejure ownership of the Mahila Mandals and private agro companies are of the same family.
 
Following the Expression of Interest in 2009, the contract for supply of THR in Maharashtra was awarded to three Mahila Sansthas/ Mahila Co-operatives
  1. Venkateshwara Mahila Audhyogik Utpadan Sahakari Sanstha Ltd, Latur
  2. Mahalaxmi Mahila Gruhaudyog & Balvika Buddheshiya Audhyogic Sahakari Sanstha
  3. Maharashtra Mahila Sahakari Gruhaudyog Sanstha Ltd, Dhule
None of the above three Mahila Mandals have their own production units and for the purpose of production of THR, they have leased units belonging to private companies. In almost all of these cases it is seen that the owners of the private companies are family members of the women in the mahila mandal holding the financial and administrative control and responsibility for the same unit
 
The report also observed following irregularities, in contract given to these santhas 
The contracts for supply of THR (Take home ration) under supplementary nutrition project (SNP)  has been given to Mahila Mandals which are further sub-contracting the responsibility of production of THR to private units. This is in violation of the spirit of the Supreme Court order that production and distribution should be decentralized and private contractors kept out
 
The private units that have been leased by the Mahila Mandals for production of THR are owned by family members of the members of the Mahila Mandal who have the controlling authority over all organisational and financial matters in relation to the lease agreement
 
In spite of many complaints regarding the quality of THR, there has not been any serious investigation or suspension of contracts. Lab reports on quality submitted by the Mahila Mandals are suspicious as all three mahila mandals approach the same lab and when the quality is tested in a government lab through picking a random sample,
 
The THR failed to meet the nutritional norms. Further, even an independent checking by investigation bureau of the newspaper, Daily News and Analysis, Mumbai through a private lab showed that the THR being supplied does not meet nutritional norms. 
 
Two of the units (Paras Foods and Indo Allied Protein Foods) that have been leased by the Mahila Mandals for supply of THR are already under scrutiny following an FIR and Chargesheet by the CBI on charges of corruption in supply of food for the Tribal Department
 
Many of the transactions by the Mahila Mandals through the sub-committees have been done without informing and taking consent of the Co-operative Societies Department, as required by law
 
Although the (Expression of interest) EOI was invited for each district separately, the entire responsibility has been given to only three mahila mandals who are producing the THR in a total of less than ten units for the entire State, out of which one unit is based out of the State in Rajasthan
 
Contract awarded to three mahila sansthas were front organisations of private contractors. The report also throws light on names of private contractors. Interestingly, most of these contractors were near and dear ones of Munde family.
 
It seems that this business of siphoning public money was going on in WCD for many years. They wait for money to be allotted under integrated child Development Scheme   (ICDS) and then distribute money amongst themselves. To do that, they broke all procurement rules and guidelines. As all the ministries and senior officials were equally party to it no complaint helped break this racket.
 
The Supreme Court Commissioner’s report also observes: Following the Supreme Court orders of 2004, the Government of Maharashtra attempted a system of decentralised supply through women’s Self Help Groups (SHGs). To ensure that big contractors did not come in, they passed a Government Resolution that no single SHG should supply more than five anganwadis. While this system was beginning to work, the Government of Maharashtra in 2009; once again introduced a new system through which it allowed backdoor entry of big private contractors with only commercial interests. Meanwhile they cleverly used the word ‘Mahila sansthas’/ ‘woman’s institutions ‘in the tender process. Mahila sansthas’/ ‘woman’s institutions’ includes not just SHGs/ Mahila Mandals but any entity that has women in it, irrespective of size and turnover. By including Mahila Sansthas the government of Maharashtra opened the door for private companies and contractors. And that’s how the contract was awarded to three mahila sansthas.
 
Since Pankaja Munde defied the Supreme Court orders and allowed back door entry of private contractors, her saying sorry is as good as a bad joke at the expense of thousands of malnourished women and children in her state, of which she is their Minister. 
 
 

The Expression of Interest of the Government of Maharashtra for supply of SNP states:

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  • • ``Applications are being invited from Mahila Mandal, Woman Institutions, Self-Assistance Saving Group While filing the applications, applications should confirm that they are having experience for the supply of supplementary nutritious food and they are complying with technical eligibility of the applications
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  • • Contractors, Professionals, Middlemen, Distributors, Dealers, Non-Trading Company, agents are not eligible to submit the application
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  • • Following should be clearly mentioned in the application: districts selected by the applicant, unit which will be producing for that district, production capacity of unity, names and detailed information of the responsible person looking after day-to-day business of the unit and detailed information

     

 
 

 

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Ravindra Joshi

1 year ago

True, saying 'sorry'is not good enough.

If Pankaja Munde erred, being fully aware of the Supreme Court directions, that would amount to flagrant corruption. Legal proceedings should then be instituted against her.

If she erred in ignorance of the Supreme Court directions and the "Mahila Mandals" racket, she would be guilty of criminal negligence. In that case too she should face the law.

The least she can do is to resign. The least the CM can do is to persuade her or force her to resign.

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

1 year ago

To comment on Jaideep Shirali's comments, it is a half truth.
Those who framed our constitution has taken sufficient care of all the future impending scandals, and we have to make use of our constitutional provisions to fight against these corrupt politicians.
You can download our constitution from the net or buy its copy from a book stall selling law books.
There are some books on our constitution with the commentary, on how to use articles stated in our constitution.

TIHARwale

1 year ago

Nothing better could have been expected from Pankaja after all she is related to Pramod Mahajan and Nitin does back seat driving

jaideep shirali

1 year ago

NaMo it seems believes in "Beti" (this one) ko bachao. As far as the recipients of this 'nutritious' food are concerned, the slogan is "ho sake to beti ko bachao". The colour of the uniform has changed from white to saffron, but the inner venality and rottenness of the Indian politician remains the same. Those who framed our constitution had too much faith in our netas and babus, both are the worst enemies of the nation.

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

1 year ago

This is an eye opening report of Supreme Court, to the Government of Maharashtra.
Let us see how our learned Chief Minister, who himself is a lawyer, how he takes this to his ministry's cases.

Narendra Doshi

1 year ago

Excellent mind blowing research of what has been going on silently, even now, in amcha maharashtra. Do the doers have a conscience to answer themselves? Great pity - state is going backwards since several years instead of a leading progressive past history. Shameful!!

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