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By Adarsh Matham EXCLUSIVE VOICES T J S George Prabhu Chawla Shampa Dhar-Kamath I Ravi Shankar I I I CHENNAI I MADURAI I VIJAYAWADA I BENGALURU I KOCHI I HYDERABAD I VISAKHAPATNAM I COIMBATORE I KOZHIKODE I THIRUVANANTHAPURAM I BELAGAVI I BHUBANESWAR I SHIVAMOGGA I TIRUCHY I TIRUPATI EXPRESS EXCLUSIVE Cricket officials mull new body to stump SC order Straight from PMO files, how Sonia ruled as proxy PM V E N K ATA K R I S H N A B @ Chennai As NAC chairperson, she summoned bureaucrats and sought compliance reports from Manmohan’s govt, which had no option but to implement her recommendations YAT I S H YA D A V @ New Delhi THE Centre has decided to make 710 files of the National Advisory Council (NAC) public. They provide a glimpse of the ecosystem that exercised absolute power with no accountability over the government between 2004-2014 and reveal the influence the NAC, formed under the chairmanship of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, exercised on policy-making in coal, power, disinvestment, real estate, governance, social and industrial sectors. Express has exclusively accessed files, revealing that the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government followed up on the “suggestions”. The NAC summoned bureaucrats to its office at 2 Motilal Nehru Place, wrote to ministers and sought compliance reports, though its charter defines its function as a body to provide inputs for policy formulation and provide support to the government in legislative business. The content of the files shows that the UPA government had no choice but to implement the NAC’s recommendations. Here is an excerpt from the minutes of an October 29, 2005 NAC meeting: “It was agreed that while implementation of the various recommendations of the commission would be the direct responsibility of the government agencies and other institutions, it would be still be imperative to monitor and evaluate this process, closely, independently and credibly .” Did Sonia Gandhi lack trust in Manmohan’s capabilities? File N.11012/2/2014-NAC (dated February 25) shows that the NAC was taking up various agendas and sending the government recommendations. “The recommendations on ‘Development of sports in the NE’ have already been communicated to the government by the chairperson vide letters dated 21st February 2014. The recommendations on ‘Development of cooperatives in India’ are also being sent to the government with the approval of chairperson,” a note in the file said. Documents tell the tale Following are excerpts from papers exclusively accessed by Express: Super Cabinet File (N.9) relating to the Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises contains a letter from NAC chairperson Sonia Gandhi to the then PM Manmohan Singh, dated September 16, 2004. She had been informed about the government’s plan to reconstitute the Disinvestment Commission and set up a new board in its place. Sonia wrote, “I would like to suggest that the first item in the terms of reference of the new board should be such as to enable it to look into ways and means for strengthening public sector enterprises in general and making them more autonomous and professional. The functioning of the board should not be limited only to restructuring or advising on the closure or sale of public sector enterprises that are referred to it by the government. I hope this matter will be considered on priority and a clear decision taken before the constitution of the board for reconstruction of public sector enterprises.” Files show the PM carried out her recommendations. On Feb 27, 2006, Sonia asked Manmohan to institute an apex mechanism for the manufacturing sector. “I thought that the issues outlined above needed to be taken up without delay for further consideration in the government,” read Sonia’s letter (1728/CP/NAC/06). A note in a file dated Oct 27, 2006 and addressed to Sonia revealed that “A special mechanism in the form of a high-level committee on manufacturing for implementation has been created as suggested in your letter to the PM.” National Advisory Council Letter to Coal Ministry (30th August, 2007) DO 9556/OSD/NA/2007 Subject: Review of the Coal Sector A review of the coal sector is being scheduled in the office of the National Advisory Council on 17th October , 2007. You are requested to kindly ensure that the background notes and hard copies of the presentation (twenty copies each) are sent to the undersigned latest by Wednesday 10th October. A special mechanism in the form of a high-level committee on manufacturing for implementation has been created as suggested in your letter Minutes of the meeting to review coal sector by National Advisory Council held on 17.10.2007 Submission by HC Gupta, Secretary, Coal Ministry A note addressed to Sonia Gandhi EXCERPTS: Respected NAC... Letter From Coal Ministry to National Advisory Council (October 10, 2007) NO. A-60011/38/2007-Admn 2. Hard copies of the background notes and presentation (twenty copies each) are enclosed, as desired. 3. Shri HC Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Coal along with Sh PR Mandal, Adviser (P), Ministry of Coal and Sh PS Bhattacharya, CMD, Coal India Limited will attend the aforesaid meeting on 17.10.2007. Pravasi Divas begins on a ‘youth’ful note The three-day 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas began in Bengaluru on Saturday, with VicePresident of Suriname Michael Ashwin Adhin inaugurating the youth session. PM Narendra Modi will deliver keynote address today FOCUS OF THE DAY Day 1 of Divas was focused on youth, with sessions on problems faced by Indian students abroad and NRI students in India, and startups and innovation 14th edition of PBD is touted to be the biggest, with 3,200 visitors on Day 1 Database of Indian students studying abroad planned. Policy soon for setting up 20 worldclass varsities P5 HEARD AT THE EVENT A cultural performance during the inauguration of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre on Saturday What transpired at the meet India will be Vishwa Guru not only because it has all potential to be a super power, but also because of its spiritual and cultural inheritance Michael Ashwin Adhin, VicePresident of Suriname In over two years, debit, credit cards and ATMs will be redundant. Almost all Indians will be doing transactions with thumb impressions Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Ayog We are working towards international curriculum to enable students get admissions in abroad easily -Vani Rao, Jt Secy, Overseas Indian Affairs “Secretary, Coal (HC Gupta) clarified that the reason for lower production from the captive coal block is that most of the blocks have been allotted in the last three years.” “In the last three years, 126 coal blocks having 34 billion tones of reserves have been allocated out of a total 165 blocks with 37.65 billion tonnes allocated till date since 1993. Of total 165 blocks, 95 have been allocated to PSUs and state government enterprises and 70 blocks to private sectors. Production from cap- THE tussle between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel seems to be getting murkier by the day Going by Satur. day’s development, SC’s suspension of its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke is just the beginning of a longdrawn battle. At least 20-25 members met during an informal meeting hosted by former president N Srinivasan in Bengaluru. It was learnt that 20-25 members, including some top current and former officials, are planning to float a new body They are even planning to register . with the Indian Society’s Registration Act instead of Tamil Nadu Society’s Act, for the same. The meeting apparently was attended by former presidents Srinivasan, joint secretary Amitabh Choudhury and even treasurer Anirudh Choudhury . All state units are likely to register under a new name, and hence, all players contracted to units will be given fresh contracts. If that happens, they will be ineligible to represent BCCI, and eventually a new body will , come up. A board official explained: “If all players sign up with a new entity then they , (SC panel) need to find a new team. We’ll write to ICC for recognition.” But until BCCI stops functioning, the ICC cannot approve a new body If it happens, it . could lead to suspension of cricketing activities in India. Members even discussed if the England ODI series should be stalled. Cricket Club of India, however, said they will not be able to stop England’s warm-up matches against India A at the Brabourne Stadium. The ODIs also are safe as of now. “There’s no choice for us. We’ve been thrown out, and no one can stop us from floating a parallel structure. (Kerry) Packer did it, and in India, ICL tried it too. A lot of centres will say “No” to hosting matches, as most grounds are directly under state units. But all of them have to be united in this,” said another member. iPHONE maker Apple has cut its CEO Tim Cook’s pay for 2016 by a whopping 15 per cent as annual sales in the year declined, missing targets that led to the tech giant’s first annual revenue decline in 15 years. The company gave the 56-year-old $8.75 million in total compensation last year, down from the $10.28 million he received in 2015, according to a recent Securities and Exchange (SEC) filing. While Cook’s salary rose to $3 million from $2 million last year — a 50 per cent increase, his cash bonus took a hit. Apple awarded Cook and other executives 89.5 per cent of their target, instead of the maximum amount like in recent years. Hence, Cook’s cash bonus fell to $5.4 million in 2016, down from $8 million the previous y e a r Will it hurt? Official close to Lodha panel says it depends on players’ contract. Contracted players can’t join new body Legally speaking New body is fine. But problem will arise while seeking ICC recognition. BCCI needs to be deaffiliated. Also Shashank Manohar will be against this Attended by.. Around 20-25 (current-former) members attended meet hosted by Srinivasan in Bengaluru IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla tive blocks is expected to reach 104 million tones in 11-12 from a registered level of 13 million tones in 2006-07).” “As regards the discontinuation of the e-auction, Secretary (Coal) observed that this was done in pursuance of a judicial order in December, 2006 and that, subsequently, a committee was constituted to develop a new coal distribution policy. The Committee has since submitted its report and government has taken a decision on the report. A new distribution policy is likely to be notified within a few days.” P11 BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj booked for provocative speech at ‘Sant Sammelan’ Meerut: BJP Lok Sabha MP from Unnao constituency in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Sakshi Maharaj, has been booked for violation of the model code of conduct. Speaking at Sant Sammelan, he claimed: “Those with four wives and 40 children are responsible for the population increase in the country.” Molestation: Two more cases surface in B’luru Unfruitful labour plucks 15% off Apple CEO’s pay A G E N C I E S @ Los Angeles Meeting points... and declined for the first time since he assumed leadership of the company in 2011. Apple specifically cited the company’s failure to meet its performance goals for both sales and profits. Sales volume of the iPhone fell in fiscal 2016 for the first time since the device was introduced in 2007, causing the tech icon to suffer its first annual revenue decline in 15 years. The company said its annual sales were down nearly 4 per cent, or $215.6 billion, from its target of $223.6 billion, and its operating income was down 0.5 per cent from its target at $60 billion, according to the filing. Apple’s sales slump is directly linked to the loss of momentum for the iPhone, which generates a majority of the company’s s a l e s. i P h o n e sales declined in each of the past three quarters, slipping to 45.5 mn in the September quarter. Bengaluru FC team wore a pink kit during their winning match against Shillong Lajong during I-League in Bengaluru to show solidarity for women Report: P19 | PUSHKAR V AgustaWestland case: NBW issued against Michel New Delhi: A non-bailable warrant was aissued by a Delhi court against Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the AgustaWestand case. The court also reissued a summons against a company created by Michel and two of its directors who are also accused in the case. Bengaluru: Two more molestation cases have been reported from HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar in Bengaluru. In the first case, a 21-yearold girl was dragged by two bike-borne men when she was returning from a gym on Wednesday. In the second incident, two men tried to pull off a woman’s clothes when she was waiting for a cab on Friday night. P3
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