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UPA government says ready to face even no-confidence motion

The UPA government asserted that it was ready to face any situation, including a No-Confidence Motion, even as it was reaching out to political parties to ensure passage of key bills including amendment of the Insurance Bill to raise FDI cap from 26 to 49%, Banking Regulation Amendment Bill and Direct Taxes Code

 
New Delhi: Gearing up for opposition attack on foreign direct investment (FDI) during the upcoming Parliament session, Indian government on Friday asserted that it was ready to face any situation, including a No-Confidence Motion, even as it was reaching out to political parties to ensure passage of key bills, reports PTI.
 
It ruled out any possibility of mid-term polls, saying the government will last its full term of five years till 2014.
 
Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and I&B Minister Manish Tewari, who were fielded before the media ahead of the Winter Session beginning 22nd November, said the government is ready to discuss any issue under any rule with the permission of the Chair.
 
"The Parliament session has a very heavy legislative agenda. We are reaching out to the various political parties to carry through these agenda in the four weeks that we have for the session," said the Finance Minister.
 
He noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has met leaders of supporting parties and would be meeting United Progressive Alliance (UPA) allies.
 
"We sincerely hope that the forthcoming session will be a productive one and many bills will be passed," he said.
 
The important economic agenda includes amendment of the Insurance Bill to raise FDI cap from 26 to 49%, Banking Regulation Amendment Bill and Direct Taxes Code.
 
When pointed out that the opposition was gearing up to target the government over FDI in multi-brand retail, Tewari said, "if they want to corner us, we no objection. We are ready to discuss anything if the rules permit. But if Parliament is not allowed to function, it would not be good for Parliamentary democracy." 
 
To a question about Trinamool Congress, a former ally of the UPA, threatening to move No-Confidence Motion, Sibal said, "it is the right of every political party to put any motion before the House. When the motion is brought before the House, we will face it." .
 
The Left parties have tabled a motion that will seek a vote on FDI. The main opposition BJP, its ally JD(U) as also Trinamool Congress, which parted ways with the UPA few months back on the issue, have also given notices.
 
To add to government's discomfiture, sulking ally DMK is also not disclosing its stand on how it would vote either on such motions or the No-Confidence Motion, likely to be moved by Trinamool Congress.
 
DMK chief M Karunanidhi said in Chennai on Wednesday that his party's stand on the FDI issue is a "suspense".
 
Seeking to downplay the FDI matter, Chidambaram said, "my suggestion is that not one issue should be blown out of proportion. There are many very important issues that concern the welfare of people and future of country." 
 
Sibal said the government had clearly said that states which do not want to implement the decision were free not to do it. However, if some states want to implement FDI, other states should not object, he said.
 
When referred to speculation about early polls, Tewari said that ever since the UPA-II had come to power, there had never been three months when there was no such talk.
 
"The government has been elected for five years. People have given mandate for five years. The government will last for five years," he said.
 
His assertion came against the backdrop of Samajwadi Party releasing its first list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls.
 
At present, the government enjoys the support of about 265 MPs, including 18 of DMK, in the House of 545. With the support of Samajwadi Party (22) and BSP (21), the backing for the ruling coalition goes a little over 300, which is comfortable over the required 273 majority mark in Lok Sabha.
 
BSP and SP together or individually have not shown signs of withdrawing support so far.
 

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Oil companies resume issuing new subsidised LPG connections

In September, issue of new LPG connections had been put on hold pending a massive nationwide exercise to eliminate users having multiple connections at the same address

New Delhi: After a few weeks of hiatus, state-owned oil companies have resumed issuing new subsidised cooking gas (LPG) connections, beginning with North Eastern states, reports PTI.

 

In September, issue of new LPG connections had been put on hold pending a massive nationwide exercise to eliminate users having multiple connections at the same address.

 

The three oil PSUs have now started releasing new LPG connections in Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, said Indian Oil Corp, the nation's largest fuel retailer.

 

Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura will follow suit shortly. New connections would be released in other states once the exercise to eliminate duplicate connections is completed.

 

"Prospective customers, who have registered for new LPG connections till 15th October with gas distributors of oil marketing companies -- IOC, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum in Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland and Andaman & Nicobar Islands and who do no posses LPG connection, can now avail of a subsidised new LPG connection," IOC said in a statement.

 

The same for customers in J&K, HP, Manipur and Tripura will be announced soon, it said.

 

IOC said though oil firms had stopped releasing new connections pending completion of de-duplication process, they had continued to accept registration of new allotments.

 

"For convenience of customers, oil marketing companies have also extended the deadline for completion of Know-Your Customer (KYC) forms till 30th November," it said. "Only multiple connection holders should submit the KYC details before the new deadline."

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Deadline for filling KYC form by LPG consumers extended till 30th November

In a nationwide exercise to weed out multiple or ghost connections, the government extended the deadline for customers to fill KYC forms by 15 days

 
New Delhi: The government on Friday extended by 15 days the deadline for filling the know your customer (KYC) form by LPG consumers to month-end, reports PTI.
 
In a nationwide exercise to weed out multiple or ghost connections, the government had previously extended the deadline for customers to fill KYC forms by 15 days till 15th November.
 
"Considering the mammoth exercise, the deadline on the request of oil companies has now been extended till 30th November," an oil industry executive said.
 
The drive to weed out multiple connections at same address follows the government decision in September to cap supply of subsidised LPG to six cylinders per household in a year.
 
The official said oil firms are implementing the policy of 'one household, one connection' and have asked consumers to voluntarily give up additional connections.
 
Multiple LPG connections in the 'same name and at the same address' as well as 'husband and wife' owning connections at the same address would be summarily disconnected.
 
In case of multiple connections at same address under different names, distributors have been asked to collect KYC forms to verify genuine users.
 
Consumers in the KYC form have to gives all the necessary details like name, date of birth, father's name, mother's name, spouse name, complete address with pin-code and also an optional information about bank details. They have to submit self-attested photocopies of address and ID proof along with the filled in form.
 
New subsidised LPG connections will be issued after completion of the KYC formalities and multiple connection check.
 
"All LPG consumers are eligible for three subsidised domestic cylinders during the remaining part of the current year ending 31 March 2013," the official said.
 
New subsidised LPG connections will be issued after completion of the KYC formalities and multiple connection check.
 
There is no restriction on the number of domestic non-subsidised cylinders that consumers can avail beyond the three subsidised LPG refills to meet their genuine demand.
 
From 1st April next year, LPG consumers can avail six domestic subsidised LPG refill cylinders in a financial year.
 

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