KOZHIKODE z SATURDAY z MARCH 17, 2018 z `6.00 z PAGES 16 z CITY EDITION FINMIN TOPS IN RECEIVING, REJECTING RTI QUERIES HOME MINISTRY, PMO NOT FAR BEHIND Finance ministry received 1,51,186 RTI applications in 2016-17, but it rejected 27,833 of those, according to Central Information Commission 18.41% PENALTIES FAIL TO DETER REJECTION Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Employment and Prime Minister’s Office were the other three government offices with a rate of rejection over 10 per cent. Most of the rejections were by government companies, says the Central Information Commission (CIC)’s annual report for FY17. ■ Out of the total RTI applications dealt with in FY17, as many as 60,428 applications (6.59%) were rejected ■ In FY17, the CIC imposed penalties amounting to `18.97 lakh for wrongful denial and delay in giving information. Also, `8.59 lakh was received in the year against penalties imposed over the years. THE PERCENTAGE OF RTI QUERIES FINANCE MINISTRY REJECTED IN FY17 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR Patel’s comments bring FinMin-RBI tussle into open NDA COMES UNDER PRESSURE ● TDP gives notice for no-confidence motion ● NDA allies Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal take potshots at BJP ● Congress, Left and TMC offer support to TDP’s and YSR Cong’s no-trust move A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi THE public outburst of Urjit Patel, the low-profile governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has raised several eyebrows in the North Block, which has once again turned the gun towards the central bank, this time over the issue of wilful defaulters. The finance ministry, which has already expressed their displeasure over Patel’s public defence of Reserve Bank of India in the Nirav Modi case, on Friday hit back at Reserve Bank of India accusing that the central bank failed to come up with a legal definition of wilful defaulters. “The outburst was unexpected. They enjoy enough autonomy and cannot shrug away from responsibility Till date, they have . not been able to define who is a wilful defaulter. The definition they proposed was already challenged and quashed by the Gujarat High Court. In that case, it becomes difficult for the government to prepare a list and to take legal rec o u r s e, ” a s e n i o r f i n a n c e ministry official told The New Indian Express. The official claims the lack of legal definition for wilful defaulter, it may be difficult for the government to initiate any action. According to experts, the relation between the Mint Street and the North Block always remained uncomfortable due to the classical dilemma over who controls the money the mint or its owner. , There were multiple instances where the differences came to public. The finance ministry came into the open with their disagreement with the then RBI governor D Subbarao over his strict stand on monetary policy . We are fighting a dharma yuddham against the Centre to secure state’s legitimate rights. I will go ahead by bringing various parties at the national level - Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh CM A solution has been put on the table. It is for Andhra Pradesh to decide whether they want the resources or they want to make an issue out of it I welcome the TDP’s decision to leave the NDA. The current situation warrants such action to save the country from disaster When a no-confidence motion is moved, you have to talk about the government’s failures, we are contacting a lot of people. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister Mamata Banerjee, WB CM Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress Urjit Patel THE GENESIS Urjit Patel’s public outburst that the central bank alone cannot be held responsible for spate of bank frauds was widely noticed Patel’s contention was the finance ministry has more influence over public-sector banks than RBI 13k cr scam at Punjab National Bank, according to Patel, was not because laxity on the part of RBI M A N I S H A N A N D @ New Delhi THE dramatic exit of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has set the proverbial cat among the pigeons with the Shiv Sena and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) taking potshots at the oneupmanship of the ruling BJP . Although the two no-trust motions moved by the TDP and the YSR Congress could not be taken up in the Lok Sabha on Friday the BJP has , come under pressure to keep NDA together. Following a teleconference by Naidu with the party MPs, the TDP officially exited the NDA on Friday Subsequent. ly the Parliamentary party in , a meeting on Friday morning decided to move a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi-led government on grounds that the special category status as promised to Andhra Pradesh was denied by the Centre. The YSR Congress had already submitted a notice for no-confidence motion on Thursday . The NDA’s most rebel ally Shiv Sena also joined issue with party MP Chandrakant Khaire saying, “Party supremo Uddhav Thakerey will take a decision on the issue of no-confidence motion.” SAD’s MP Naresh Gujral also dropped hints of fissures in the NDA ranks saying, “The allies should be treated better. The TDP still could be brought back onboard if the BJP addressed the concerns of Andhra.” The BJP’s two allies from Bihar – Rashtriya Lok Samata Party and Hindustani Awami Morcha– were apparently inching closer to the RJD. In UP Apna Dal MP and , minister Anupriya Patel is, sources said, sulking and her staying away from campaigning in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypolls has also been noted. The two no-confidence motions couldn’t be taken up for consideration in the Lok Sabha with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the AIADMK MPs creating ruckus in the well of the House with Speaker Sumitra Mahajan stating the House must be in order for these to be considered. While the Opposition parties -- the Left, Trinamool Congress, and the Congress – are also supporting the nontrust motions, there is no immediate threat to the ruling NDA. Even if rebel ally Shiv Sena breaks away, the NDA will still have 296 MPs on its side to easily defeat the notrust motions. TACKING UP SUPPORT Party Seats BJP 275 Shiv Sena* 18 Akali Dal 4 Janata Dal (U) 2 Lok Janshakti Party 6 Apna Dal 2 RLSP 3 PDP 1 National People’s Party 1 All-India NR Congress 1 PMK 1 TOTAL 314 *Undecided AIADMK spokesman expelled Hours after AIADMK spokesperson K C Palanisamy said party MPs would support the no-confidence motion against the NDA government if it failed to form the Cauvery Management Board as stipulated by the Supreme Court, party coordinator O Panneerselvam and joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami expelled him from the primary membership of the party. Sahitya Akademi Award winning writer M Sukumaran passes away Twitter campaign helps cancer patient get scribe to write CBSE Class X exams T’Puram: Award-winning author M Sukumaran, whose works centred on the plight of the deprived, died here on Friday. Aged 74, he was undergoing treatment for heart ailments at the Sree Chitra Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology since March 14, when the end came, hospital sources said. Sukumaran won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1976 for his work ‘Marichittillaathavarude Smarakangal.’ Born in Chittur, Palakkad district, in 1943, Sukumaran became involved in Left trade unionism while working at the P6 Accountant General’s Office in Thiruvananthapuram. New Delhi: A push by the social media for a 15-year-old CBSE Class X examinee who has just been diagnosed with blood cancer but was denied scribe facility by the board, forced the government to intervene and grant the special permission. The matter came to light after an activist Pawan Durani, put out a post saying that a request by his nephew Vahyak Ganjoo - diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - to the CBSE for a scribe had been turned down. It went viral within hours on Wednesday. Ganjoo is a student of Oakridge International School in Bengaluru. It was only after Durani appealed to the Prime Minister’s Office and Javadekar and it was largely shared on social media platforms that the ministry responded. PhD IN SANSKRIT A headload worker who makes heads turn N V R A V I N D R A N AT H A N N A I R @T’Puram A headload worker pursuing a PhD in Sanskrit is unthinkable to many . Meet K K Ajayakumar of Kadamannil House, Mylapra, Pathanamthitta, a headload worker who was recently awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Sanskrit Nyaya. He was an ace student activist with the Students Federation of India during his stint in the capital campus of Sree Sankaracharya Sanskrit University in 1999-2000. After completing his master’s, he started his research on the same campus, only to leave studies halfway His political affinity towards . the CPM found him active in the trade union sector as a full-time worker. A CPM local committee member and Pathanamthitta area joint secretary of the Headload and General Workers Union (CITU), he had very little time to pursue research work. As the tribulations and financial difficulties unsettled him, he could not continue his studies. His second son’s illness and struggles to K K Ajayakumar A decision taken to save face of TDP eke out a living forced him to work as headload worker at a timber depot in Mylapra. Though more than 15 years had passed since he left studies, he had a passion for learning and completing the research. His activities as the district convener of the Sanskrit Sangham also helped him revive studies when his living conditions improved. Asked about the prospect of securing a suitable job after getting PhD at the age of 48, he said there won’t be much prospects for a per● More on P5 manent job. K A LYA N T H O L E T I @ Vijayawada AFTER four years in the NDA camp, the TDP on Friday finally ‘rushed’ out the door. The immediate reason for its morning run is apparently a desire to beat the main Opposition party the YSR , Congress, in the ongoing gam e of oneupmanship in Andhra politics. It was YSRC chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy taking the cue fr, om actor and Jana Sena chie f Pawn Kalyan, who had first thrown the gauntlet of moving/supporting a no-confidence motion against the Modi government at TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu. Naidu had tied himself up in knots — first ridiculing the very idea, then terming it a last resort, and subsequently vowing to support the , motion moved by anyone including the YSRC and ultimately, galloping to move it himself. It must have been a liberating experience, even though some of his MLAs were left fuming at the end of the day for delaying the decision and giving the YSRC a tactical victory . Liberating because Naidu was never happy in the NDA led by the Modi-Shah combine. The career politician, who celebrated the completion of 40 years in the field just the other day, believes he never really received the respect that he deserves from the BJP’s present leadership. He confessed so himself in an informal chit chat Friday. It’s this ego clash between Naidu, who had played a key national role earlier in the 1990s and under the Vajpayee dispensation, and PM Narendra Modi that is at the root cause of the BJP -TDP rift. Naidu could not get even a single appointment with the PM for about one-and-a-half years while Jagan and even his MP Vijayasai Reddy were given an audience whenever they sought. ANALYSIS Man vacates shop, faces the music @Kozhikode EARNING enough to sustain his family, P Pradeep Kumar was leading a contented life running a shop here at Malaparamba. That was until three years back when his shop was demolished for the proposed widening of Mananchira-Vellimadukunnu road. Yet to get the compensation package announced by the government, he is now running from one office to the other seeking help as the Cooperative Bank has sent him a revenue recovery notice. “I have been running a shop at Malaparamba for the past 35 years,” he said. “In 2015, I received a notice from the District Collector saying that the building where I was running my shop was to be demolished as part of the road expansion pro- HC stays order to register case against Cardinal EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Kochi IN a huge relief to Cardinal Mar George Alencherry in the Church land deal row, a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Friday stayed the Single Judge order that had directed the police to register a criminal case against him and three others. The Bench also said any action taken on the Single Judge order would neither affect Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro Malabar Church, nor the others. The case has been posted to April 3. With the order, the in- Cardinal Mar vestigation George Alencherry based on the FIR registered by the police cannot continue until final court orders. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Antony Dominic and Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu issued the interim order on the appeal filed by Alencherry seeking to quash the Single Judge order. Fr Joshy Puthuva, Pro-Vicar, St John’s Church, Cusat-Kochi parish, Fr Sebastian Vadakk u m a p a d a m , P r o - Vi c a r General, Archbishop’s house, Ernakulam, and Saju Varghese, a Kochi-based real estate agent, had also filed appeals on which the court issued notices to the state gov● More on P5 ernment. EXPRESS READ ROAD WIDENING EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE LAND DEAL ROW ject. It wasn’t my own shop. I had rented it from another person.” T h e g ove r n m e n t a n nounced a compensation package for Rs 2 lakh for all those who had lost their means of livelihood. But Pradeep has not received it yet. Knocking on the doors of the authorities for help, he is now in a miserable state as he is about to lose his house and property . “I had taken a loan of Rs 2 lakh from the Cooperative Bank in 2012. I have repaid Rs 56,000 till date. But I failed to pay the monthly installment when I lost my shop. Now, the bank has sent me a revenue recovery notice. I am supposed to pay Rs 3 lakh. I met the District Collector a few days back. He had asked the officers to look into my issue. But I don’t know how much it will help,” Pradeep said. From the REGION Govt order to reopen bars in panchayats T’Puram: The state government on Friday issued orders allowing closed liquor outlets, including bars and beer/wine parlours, to reopen in grama panchayats with a population of 10,000. The decision comes close on the heels of the Supreme Court order exempting grama panchayat areas that have an urban nature from its earlier order banning liquor shops within 500 m of NH/state highways across country. P4 Protests erupt as Kejriwal apologises New Delhi: A day after Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia for accusing him of being involved in drug trade, Lok Insaf Party, AAP’s ally in the state, broke away from its alliance. Besides, AAP’s Punjab president Bhagwant Mann and co-president Aman Arora quit party posts. 16 PAGES + 4 PAGES OF KOZHIKODE EXPRESS IN KOZHIKODE
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