The Pioneer : 2019-02-11

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5 ! ' ( #) ' "% #%) **+ ,-*. ! ) , 6 # &' &) 6 & 6,;<1 /8& Opposition which questioned first the existence of the surgical strike and then played it down as a routine action which has also taken place in the past. “The Army Chief was described as a ‘Sadak ka Gunda’. Serious doubts have been raised on the Air Force led choice of the combat aircraft Rafale and its negotiation process. In the face of all this, they allege that institutions are under attack by the Government would be a mockery” he said. On RBI, Jaitley said Congress governments in the past have been liberal in asking governors of the central bank to quit. “Pt. Nehru, Mrs. Indira Gandhi and subsequently Mr Yashwant Sinha had asked Governors to quit. During the UPA Government, two Governors were barely on speaking terms with the Finance Minister. Nothing of this kind has happened in the recent past,” he said. houses of Parliament. On Rafale, Jaitley said the deal not only strengthens the combat ability of the Indian Air Force but saved thousands of crores for the exchequer. “When its falsehood collapsed, its creators by producing half a document lost their full credibility. They forgot that truth always prevails,” he said. Accusing the Congress of organising loot on the banks between 2008-2014, Jaitley said the party is now alleging that industrial loans had been waived. “Not a single rupee was waived. On the contrary, the defaulters have been thrown out of management & Congress’s falsehood was exposed,” he said. Stating that the government has consistently maintained an arm’s length distance with the Election Commission, he said the attack on the EVMs is not merely to allay defeat, it is an attack on the commission. He also said ians’ continued to jump from one falsehood to another, he said. Jaitley said in West Bengal, democracy is seriously under peril. “BJP leaders can’t land, public meetings are being prevented and the Rath Yatra was disallowed. The Congress Party’s stand on multiple issues is self-contradictory. It slaughters a cow before the cameras in Kerala, and invokes the National Security Act against the cow killers in Madhya Pradesh,” he said. There are two critical features of these new emerging breed of ‘institution protectors’. They criticise the government the maximum and simultaneously argue that the free speech is in danger, Jaitley said. “They shed crocodile tears for democracy and make every effort to convert the world’s largest democracy into a dynastic one,” he said. “The Congress aligned with the Maoist in the recent 7 8 $ 9:+ 76 3 + ! 8 9 + ! ( ! ! 3 % ! 3 : Attacking Congress for allegedly interfering with the institutions of the country, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday accused it of launching ‘fake campaigns’ against the defence forces, judiciary and Reserve Bank . “It is about time that India and its institutions are protected from these ‘institution wreckers’,” said Jaitley, who Saturday returned from the US after medical treatment. In his Facebook post, the senior Minister said Congressled Governments used to interfere with institutions like the RBI, judiciary and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). In the post titled ‘Institutions Under Attack - The Latest Fabrication’, Jaitley said the past two months have witnessed several “fake campaigns” which failed to cut much ice as falsehood does not have longevity. The ‘compulsive contrar- 7 8 $ 9:+ The Government has sought over Rs 1,637 crore in the current fiscal to allow the Law Ministry make payments to two suppliers of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and paper trail machines ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The Government, in the third batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 201819, has sought Parliament’s approval for 1,637.14 crore to allow the Law Ministry pay Electronics Corporation of India Ltd and Bharat Electronics Ltd for electronic voting machines and paper trail machines, according to the document. The third batch of supplementary demands for grants will be passed by February 13 when the Budget session concludes. The two public sector undertakings tasked with manufacturing the latest M3 type EVMs to be used in Lok Sabha elections due this summer have delivered the lot comprising nearly 22.3 lakh ballot units and 16.3 lakh control units to the Election Commission. Around 22.3 lakh ballot units, 16.3 lakh control units and nearly 17.3 lakh VVPATs or paper trail machines will be used for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The number of machines includes the buffer stock for training as well as replacements. These machines would be deployed at the nearly 10.6 lakh polling stations across India in the next parliamentary elections. The Bharat Electronics Ltd and the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd were mandated to deliver these machines to the poll panel by September 30, 2018. During simultaneous elections, two separate sets of EVMs are required, one for the try, he said. Accusing Congress President Rahul Gandhi of stalling functioning of Parliament, Jaitley said his two speeches on Rafale are based on a personal hatred for the Prime Minister emanating from envy. “History will record that Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru’s great grandson has singularly damaged India’s Parliament as an institution more than anyone else,” he said. The minister said the Congress attempts at 11.00 am every morning to disrupt both Chhattisgarh elections. Rahul Gandhi stood shoulder to shoulder with the ‘ Tukde Tukde’ gang at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The Congress was in the forefront of defending the urban naxals in court. And yet it claims to be friend of both, the idea of India and its institutions,” Jaitley said. He said these ‘institution protectors’ support the legitimising of illegal infiltrators into India. They readily jump to the support of those who want to dismember the coun- parliamentary constituency and the other for legislative assembly constituency. In case of an error with the VVPAT, the machine is replaced with a reserve. But in case a ballot unit or control unit malfunctions, the entire set of ballot unit, control unit and VVPAT is replaced. Till date, EVMs have been used in 113 Assembly elections and three Lok Sabha elections since 2000. Amid demands by some opposition parties to go back to ballot papers, the Commission has maintained that use of EVMs has ended the days of booth capturing and the delays and errors in counting of ballot papers. Several parties have questioned the reliability of voting machines, alleging that they could be tampered with. The Opposition’s demand for a count of 50 percent of the VVPAT slips, as opposed to the current system of counting VVPAT slips in one randomly selected booth of each constituency, is aimed at ensuring that EVMs have not been tampered with. EC safeguards are robust enough to prevent this, but VVPAT recounts could eliminate any remaining doubt about possible “insider fraud” by errant officials or manufacturers. it is the ! "#$"% & % '# () % ! #& ! L : 1<")( :<(9$ 7< ( $ @<" 1<7 "(1 +<7 <@ (+9$+7* 2 istry that the decreased allocation made for ‘ Schemes of Safety of Women’ was primarily because most of the expenditure out of the approved outlay for Emergency Response Support System had already been incurred up to 2017-18. The committee, however, felt that the home ministry should have been “more proactive in finding new technologydriven projects” that could have been implemented during the current fiscal year. “The committee feels that ministry should identify such innovative projects for funding and implementation. “The committee, therefore, recommends that the ministry should undertake sincere efforts to identify innovative technologydriven projects that can enhance the safety of women, and seek additional funds for their implementation,” it said. 2012 which triggered a nationwide outrage and protests. The committee said that sanctioning money from Nirbhaya Fund for schemes pertaining to compensation would render it as a fund for merely disbursal and would not have a desired impact at the ground-level in enhancing the security scenario for the women. The panel observed that Rs 200 crore has been sanctioned as one-time grant for Central Victim Compensation Fund (CVCF) Scheme for compensating women victims of acid attacks, rape, trafficking, etc. It appreciated the necessity and significance of the CVCF Scheme, however, suggesting that this scheme could have been funded from other sources. The committee took note of the reply of the home min- come from other sources and not from the Nirbhaya Fund. “Nirbhaya Fund should not be used for construction of buildings. Such allocations virtually defeat the purpose of it,” the panel said in its report submitted to the Rajya Sabha last week. The committee said it strongly recommends that the Home Ministry should desist from sanctioning funds for schemes like construction of buildings from the Nirbhaya Fund and adhere to its original purpose. The Nirbhaya Fund was started in 2013 by the Congress- led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to implement initiatives aimed at enhancing safety and security of women across the country. The non-lapsable corpus fund was instituted following gan-grape of a girl in Delhi in leaders, some of whom were linked to her party, and also on the BSP symbol of the elephant when she was at the helm in UP. “Her main purpose was to erect her own statues. Installing statues of the likes of Baba Sahab was an excuse,” Paswan said. Following the court’s observation that she may have to return the money spent on the exercise, Mayawati had lashed out at rival leaders and the media for distorting the judicial observations and expressed faith that she would get justice in the matter. 7 8 $ 9:+ Taking a dig at BSP supremo Mayawati, Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan said on Sunday that her main purpose in erecting statues of several Dalit icons, including B R Ambedkar, when she was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was to build her own statues. Paswan’s comments came in the wake of some adverse observations made by the Supreme Court in a plea filed against her decision to spend public money on statues of 7 8 $ 9:+ Expressing displeasure over utilisation of Nirbhaya Fund in construction of buildings, a Parliamentary Standing Committee said such allocations virtually defeat the very purpose of the project — the women safety. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by Congress leader P Chidambaram, said, “The committee is also of the firm view that funds for construction of buildings should PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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