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Services Chiefs oppose composition of committee on pay issues

The three chiefs are stressing on the need for having a Services' representative in the committee set up by the government to address pay-related issues

 
New Delhi: Taking a joint stand, the three Services Chiefs have raised the banner of opposition against the composition of a committee set up to address pay-related issues and demanded the inclusion of their representative in it, saying it only comprises Indian Administrative Service officers, reports PTI.
 
They have written letters to Defence Minister AK Antony in this regard and Navy Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma also met him personally on Wednesday to stress on the need for having a Services' representative in the panel, Navy officials said.
 
The high-level committee headed by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth is looking into the main demands of the Services such as elevation of all Lt Gen-rank officers to a higher pay grade.
 
The Navy Chief, who is the senior most of the three Service Chiefs, has been at the forefront of raising the demands of the Services and has made several representations to the government in this regard.
 
Along with Verma, Indian Air Force Chief NAK Browne and Army Chief Bikram Singh, have also written letters to the Defence Minister pressing for inclusion of a Services' representative in the committee, they said, adding that there was no Services' representation in it.
 
The committee was formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 13th July after Antony wrote a letter to him on 25th June stating that there was discontent among serving and retired soldiers over anomalies in pay and pension issues.
 
The Defence Minister had also expressed the apprehension to the Prime Minister that if "corrective action" was not taken, the issue might take a "bad" turn. 
 
The six-member committee is expected to finalise its recommendations and submit its report to the Prime Minister by 8th August.
 
For serving defence personnel, the committee is looking into the issues of placing all Lt General rank officers in the higher pay grade of Higher Administrative Group Plus (HAG+) and a common pay scale for serving Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs).
 
For the large community of ex-servicemen, the government has tasked the committee to consider the issue of 'one-rank- one-pension' which has been the main demand of the personnel, and has seen a lot of them returning their service and gallantry medals to the President in the last few years as a mark of protest.
 

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Essential services may get separate power transmission grids

Indian government is mulling setting up separate electricity transmission islands for essential services like Railways and Airports, besides major cities to insulate them power crisis

 
New Delhi: Jolted by the worst-ever blackout, the Indian government is mulling setting up separate electricity transmission islands for essential services like Railways and Airports, besides major cities to insulate them from any similar crisis in the future, reports PTI.
 
Power Secretary P Uma Shankar said, "Some of the areas would be insulated from these kind of incidents, we are looking at that...they may be based on geography or services, we are looking into it." 
 
"We are working on whether we can have separate kind of (transmission) islands which would be insulated from these kind of incidents," Shankar told reporters.
 
In the worst ever power crisis, over half of the country's 1.2 billion population in 21 states went without electricity for several hours yesterday as three major transmission grids failed, bringing northern, eastern and north-eastern regions to a grinding halt.
 
The failure came less than 24 hours after the Northern Grid on Monday collapsed and was later revived.
 
The Power Ministry has constituted a three-member committee comprising Central Electricity Authority Chairperson AS Bakshi, CMD Power Grid RN Nayak, CEO POSOCO (Power System Operation Corp) SK Soonee to look into the power grid failures.
 
"We have to take the best possible step subsequently in few days more measure will come. Power Grid has taken a lot of global best practices its an evolving system we are continuously doing that (adopting best grid practices).
 
"We need to look at the different aspects of this problem and then come up with a reason as to why it happened.
 
Overdrawal, overloading, all these things are being talked about, the committee will find out the reasons," Shankar said.
 
The proposal for setting up a dedicated transmission network for essential services or cities may be inculcated in the report. However, nothing is finalised as yet.
 

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Naga woman held from AP for conning investors of Rs11 crore

Rosemary Jamir, secretary of Tropogan Farmers' Society from Dimapur in Nagaland, collected Rs24.7 crore through seven agents in AP, disbursed Rs13.7 crore to gain investor's confidence and then disappeared with Rs11 crore

 
Hyderabad: A woman from Nagaland has been arrested from Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh on charge of duping investors to the tune of Rs11 crore through a money circulation scheme, reports PTI quoting police.
 
Rosemary Jamir, secretary of Tropogan Farmers' Society from Dimapur in Nagaland, who is one of the accused in the case, was picked up from Vijayawada by a CID team, they said.
 
Rosemary had appointed seven executive members for Andhra Pradesh for the purpose of collecting funds from unsuspecting investors, who in turn through the network of 52 agents amassed Rs24.70 crore and disbursed Rs13.70 crore to gain confidence of investors before winding up their firm and disappearing with Rs11 crore.
 
An office was established at Dilshuknagar here which was maintained for about eight months before it was shut down, police said.
 
According to police, Rosemary had entered into a partnership deed with the executive members in 2011 to share the proceeds to be collected from investors.
 
Lands and buildings were purchased by the executive members in and around Nellore and Krishna districts of the state.
 
CID has identified several properties in this regard, which will be attached, while further investigations are on, according to a CID release.
 

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