Telecom minister Kapil Sibal added that the government is studying the implications of the Supreme Court judgement and would take a view on the way how it should proceed. He added that judgement would have impact on the future of investments in the country
New Delhi: The Supreme Court judgement cancelling 122 telecom licences allocated on first-come-first serve basis has ramifications for other sectors like mining where the same principle is adopted, reports PTI quoting telecom minister Kapil Sibal.
"I have been saying this repeatedly that the impact of the judgement is far-reaching. It has implications not only on the (telecom) sector but on other sectors as well," Mr Sibal told PTI.
The apex court, cancelling licences allocated by the then telecom minister A Raja, had stated that auction was the best way for allocation of scarce natural resources. The court had also defined natural resources as both renewable and non-renewable.
Mr Sibal added that the government is studying the implications of the judgement and would take a view on the way how it should proceed.
"We will do that. As and when we do that, we take that decision, it will be placed in public domain," he said.
Mr Sibal cited example of the Mines and Minerals Regulation and Development Act that governs mineral resources in the country and auction of these resources can pose challenges.
"Suppose we want to mine a particular mineral and we find that for the prospecting of that mineral because you don't know what are the quantities of that mineral embedded in earth and you don't know where it is embedded so naturally you will request entrepreneurs to come and prospect," Mr Sibal said.
After entrepreneurs spend $600 million on prospecting, and find the mineral, should it be the policy to auction it. These are the questions which need to be looked into, he said.
The telecom minister said that the Supreme Court judgement would have impact on the future of investments in the country.
"We have to study all those things and then come to a considered view as to what extent it will impact and how we have to deal with it. So, we have not taken a position on it but these are all issues that need to be addressed," Mr Sibal said.
This is not the first time, Dharmana Prasada Rao, minister for roads and buildings in Andhra Pradesh, has intimidated people from Srikakulam district, and yet there is no action
In a shocking incident, Dharmana Prasada Rao, minister for roads and buildings in Andhra Pradesh has allegedly shifted an exam centre in Srikakulam from a school to accommodate his son Ravi Manohar Naidu's wedding reception. The sudden change of venue for exam put several students in the dock and in the rush for reaching the new centre, one of the students met with a serious accident that also killed her father.
EAS Sarma, former secretary of the Government of India, in a letter written to Kiran Kumar Reddy, chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, has said that the minister should be brought to the books. "In any civilized society, such persons would have been brought to the book straightaway. A public representative would have been sacked without any hesitation from the sacred office he is in occupation of. It is only in a banana state that encourages feudal tyranny that such persons are allowed to continue and flaunt their authority to threaten the common people," he said in the letter.
Surprisingly, the incident found mention only in one place, that too when the Student's Federation of India (SFI) took out a massive rally in Srikakulam in protest of shifting of the exam centre. According to the news published by HansIndia.info, students who took part in the rally vented their ire on the officials for shifting the government degree college centre to facilitate wedding reception of Ravi Manohar Naidu, the minister's son.
On Sunday, the state government held an examination at 384 centres for recruiting 1,172 village revenue officers (VROs) and 6,063 village revenue assistants (VRAs), in the revenues department. The results would be announced on 12 March 2012 and the appointment letters would be handed over on 24th March.
But this is not the first time, Mr Rao, has been named. Last week, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu, in an open letter to the chief minister, has said that remand report from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), mentioned that Rs40 lakh was paid in bribes to the personal assistant of roads and buildings minister DP Rao as well as his close relatives in Srikakulam district.
The ACB raids on liquor syndicates in different parts of Andhra Pradesh have exposed the nexus between traders, excise officials, police, ministers, legislators and leaders of the ruling Congress. "It has been established that 12 members of parliament (MPs) and 70 members of legislative assembly (MLAs) and members of legislative council (MLCs) have links with the liquor mafia. The sixth page in the ACB remand report has been mysteriously removed as it would fully expose everyone," Mr Naidu alleged.
Mr Rao, the roads and buildings minister has also been accused of felling a compound wall of a school, threatening everyone who is against him. "Some days ago, the same minister, for a similar event, did not hesitate to break down the compound wall of a school and damage the precincts, without either the district authorities or the state education department resisting it. In the recent past, this very same person had thrown a veiled threat against all those that disagree with him on matters of public policy, committing an act of indiscretion that is condemnable," wrote Mr Sarma in his letter.
He added, "Of late, we have witnessed the same minister's involvement in the allotment of a valuable granite mine to his son in the same district. In another district, his son has got a valuable apartment for a song in return for the favours shown to the building developer who has misappropriated the land on the basis of fabricated documents."
The former secretary asked Andhra Pradesh chief minister to ascertain the facts and if the facts as reported are true, then ask Mr Rao to quit.
“It can be run on a windows operated mobile phone to identify exact location of the trouble prone areas in dense forests,” GIPL CEO Vijay Sharma said
A software-based system for smart phone enabled surveillance and tracking has been developed by the state-run Gujarat Info Petro which will find diverse applications in sectors like forest and agriculture.
This system will be of great help in conservation of endangered species of Asiatic lions in Gir and other flora and fauna found in forests of Gujarat.
"We have developed a unique MIS system on GIS base for surveillance and tracking. It can be run on a windows-operated mobile phone to identify exact location of the trouble prone areas in dense forests," GIPL CEO Vijay Sharma said. "The system which updates the server over the air (OTR), eradicates the need for physical filing of data on a computer, and can also conduct digital surveys of the agricultural fields," he said.
Management Information System (MIS), till now has been confined to laptop and desktop usage. It is widely used by the industry as an ERP solution, for effectively managing the organisations. Superimposing, MIS data on Geographic Information System (GIS), for quick referencing had been a challenge so far for the ICT sector.
"A forest beat guard armed with such a software-driven mobile phone can help check acts of poaching, fire, tree cutting, encroachments on forest land, by clicking a picture of the site and sending it through SMS to the server," he said. "The moment a picture (with the location, longitude and latitude) lands on the server an alert is generated to the concerned person and rescue teams can be rushed to the exact spot in very short time," Mr Sharma said, explaining how the system operates. "Using the GPS feature the location of forest beat guard can also be tracked, through PDA (smart phone) based mobile surveillance system, so that the forest department can keep an eye on whether they are performing their duties or not," Mr Sharma said.
GIPL, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the state run Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC). The company has developed the technology for Gujarat Forest Department. The company is in the process of developing a system based on similar technology for the Gujarat Seed Certificate Corporation that would help in conducting surveys of the agricultural fields.
"We are developing a system for the state Seed Certificate Corporation that would help in surveying the field area and also help estimate its potential yield," Mr Sharma said.
The project has been supported by the Gujarat's Forest Department.