KOTTAYAM l MONDAY l SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 30 l CITY EDITION FUEL PRICES KEEP CREEPING UP FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT DAY Petrol rose by D1.59 a litre in last six days, the most since daily price revision began in 2017, due to attack on Saudi oil facilities GLOBAL OIL RATES UP AFTER SAUDI ATTACK PETROL COSTS COULD RISE FURTHER Petrol is now at I73.62 a litre in Delhi, the national benchmark. Diesel, which rose I1.31, is at I66.74/litre there. The Sept 14 attacks lead to a 15% spike in global crude prices. Though oil has since cooled, it is still over $64/barrel, a $4 rise in a week. Tensions are high after Saudi and US held Iran responsible, and analysts said it would add a risk premium to oil prices ■ ■ Saudi Arabia supplies around 17% of India’s crude oil and 32% of LPG, and is key to our energy security after US sanctions on Iran. Riyadh has now sought deferment of some LPG supplies India’s retailers consider a 15-day average of global prices before fixing rates. Prices could rise further if rates stay at current levels 2,00,000 TONNES OF LPG SUPPLIED BY SAUDI ARABIA TO INDIA EVERY MONTH 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 ■ KALABURAGI Welcoming President Trump at the ‘Howdy Modi’ rally in Houston, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “When I met him for the first time, Trump told me that India has a true friend in the White House.” The promise has been kept. Trump reciprocated by saying under Modi, the world is seeing a strong, thriving, sovereign India Modi is America’s greatest friend: Trump SHAH TRIES TO TURN ASSEMBLY POLLS INTO ART 370 REFERENDUM E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Mumbai THE removal of special status to Jammu & Kashmir was the main talking point ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday with ana, lysts saying that the election would be a referendum on the Centre’s dilution of Article 370. Addressing a rally here to explain his government’s decision on Kashmir, the BJP national president said, “I am happy that the campaign for the state polls is beginning with the discussion on our decision to remove special status to Kashmir. This is the first election after the dilution of Article 370 and people of Maharashtra should decide whether they want to side with parties that espouse the cause of nationalism or promote their own dynasties.” Criticising Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling the Kashmir move a political issue, CONTINUED ON: P7 People of Maharashtra should show the Congress, NCP their place for opposing removal of special status that ensured full and final integration of J&K with India Amit Shah, Union home minister Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks at a rally in Mumbai on Sunday | PTI Shah said the BJP views it from the perspective of patriotism and added, “Three generations of the BJP have given their lives for Kashmir.” Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) would not have come into existence had former PM Jawaharlal Nehru not declared an untimely ceasefire with the neighbour, the Union home minister claimed. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country’s first home minister, should have handled the issue, not Nehru, he added. Shah also laid all speculations to rest about the pre-poll alliance with the Shiv Sena and asserted the BJP-led NDA is set to return to power under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. VIGILANCE PROBE Audit had unearthed rigging of Palarivattom flyover tender A J AY K A N T H @Kochi EVEN as Vigilance and AntiCorruption Bureau (VACB) is digging out evidence to prove former PWD minister V K Ebrahim Kunju’s role in the Palarivattom flyover scam, new documents reveal that massive irregularities in awarding the project to RDS Project Ltd were first unearthed by Accountants General (AG) of Kerala. Documents accessed by Ex- press from the state secretariat show letters were sent between Roads and Bridges Development Corporation of Kerala (RBDCK) and Kerala Road Fund Board (KRFB) on the AG’s 2014-15 audit findings that revealed violations in the tender process. In a letter sent to RBDCK managing director, KRFB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) had sought details after the audit report mentioned in detail the violations by the agencies concerned to favour RDS Project, which constructed the flyover, in the tender process. The contract for the `42-crore project was awarded in 2014 and the flyover was opened in 2016. Within three years it had to be closed down after the structure started developing cracks, exposing irregularities in its construction. PWD officers said the vigilance team had seized the letters as part of the investigation. “The audit report had clearly outlined the irregularities. The accused involved in the case are all part of the conspiracy,” said a senior PWD officer. The vigilance probe had already found that the request by RDS Project Ltd for a mobilization advance was not discussed in the board meeting of RBDCK and the same was forwarded to the state government for approval without the approval of the board. Even in the agreement signed between RBDCK and RDS Projects Ltd on March 4, 2014, there was no clause for releasing the mobilization ad● More on P6 vance. TEMPLE DESTINATIONS 1,33,658 7,594 48,60,455 35,56,204 5,389 7,392 5,393 6,211 4,897 2018 Kerala ranks eighth in the country with 10.91 lakh foreign tourists 2017 Uttar Pradesh 1,20,823 1,45,297 KERALA 10,91,870 1,03,602 Kuttanad 74,621 57,244 TOURIST ARRIVAL FROM OTHER STATES TO KERALA Gujarat 2,39,228 2,40,009 4.1% Varkala Kozhikode Alappuzha Delhi 2,40,672 2,58,082 West Bengal 1,14,654 1,35,363 Maharashtra 5,46,788 5,70,419 19,537 18,158 2018 COUNTRY-WISE FOREIGN TOURIST ARRIVAL 35,975 25,934 11.21% Kovalam 1,42,914 1,77,940 18.36% UK TOPS THE CHART There has been a substantial dip in the arrival of tourists from Saudi Arabia, Oman, Malaysia, UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain. People from these countries usually come for medical tourism purposes. UK accounts for the highest number of foreign tourists visiting the state followed by the US, pushing down France to the third slot in 2016. UK, US, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia account for 40-45 per cent of the total foreign tourist footfall in Kerala. Asia is yet to emerge as a big player in Kerala tourism despite Asian travellers powering the economies of many west and south Asian countries. In the domestic segment, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi account for the highest number of tourists. Forex earnings show there has been a steady increase despite the floods. There was a significant fall in the forex growth rate in 2018. 3.84% Drawn by the 8.8% hills& 15.28% 7.95% sands 5.67% Year 2 1 REASONS WHY TOURISTS COME Kumarakom Kovalam and Varkala Kumarakom, the famed backwater tourism hotspot, is recently listed among the 12 iconic destinations in the country. It is the first destination in the country to implement Responsible Tourism practices linking the local community with the hospitality sector in promoting eco-friendly tourism. It has been showing a steady growth. 3 % of increase Total revenue * % of Increase 26,689.63 7.25 2016 7,749.51 11.51 29,658.56 11.12 2017 8,392.11 8.29 33,383.68 12.56 2018 8,764.46 4.44 Bekal, known for its fort, is an ideal holiday destination with an illustrious past and golden beaches. Though it is registering a steady growth in the domestic tourism sector, it is yet to emerge as a favourite spot for foreigners chiefly due to the poor connectivity. 4.2% 96,522 87,200 66,194 92,951 75,639 62,642 46,089 61,052 Variation 6 Share 8 7 Kuttanad Though the 2018 deluge brought the backwater tourism, a mainstay of Kuttanad region in Alappuzha, to its knees, the region was not affected in the long run with tourist footfall registering a marginal growth. Alappuzha, as a whole, registered a growth of around 30 per cent in the first two quarters of 2019. 1,80,975 36,258.01 8.61 Wayanad Munnar Though the state has been promoting the houseboat sector as one of its flagship products, Munnar continues to catch the imagination of visitors with its charming locations and weather. The growth of tourist footfall in the famed hill station is higher than in the houseboat sector. Test your number crunching skill with our unique puzzle THE PHANTOM -24.51% 2,01,258 Text: Dhinesh Kallungal Graphics: Devan 5 4 Bekal Bekal Kochi Known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea,’ and considered the main gateway to the state, Kochi accounts for the largest share of tourist footfall - both domestic and international - in the state. Forex 2014 6,398.93 15.07 24,885.44 12.11 2015 6,949.88 8.61 he devastating deluge of 2018 had virtually bled the tourism sector dry, a major revenue earner for the Kerala exchequer. The cascading effect extended way beyond the travel industry and even the allied sectors. But in a show of resilience, Kerala proved the doomsday prophets wrong by nearly making up for the drain on finances by 2018-end itself. Though the nightmare returned in 2019, albeit with a reduced intensity, the state managed to bolster its image of being a top tourist destination by finding new ways to attract visitors. The scenic Kovalam beach, which had been the prime destination of foreign tourists till 2015, is losing its charm. But, nearby beaches like Varkala and Poovar are witnessing significant growth in tourist footfall. 6.04% TOTAL EARNINGS FROM TOURISM (In crores) T (*Direct &Indirect) TRIANGLE TRIP Majority of the foreign tourists arriving in the state go on a triangle trip connecting Kochi-Idukki-AlappuzhaKochi. Only a marginal number of tourists head to North Kerala 2,48,874 2,81,538 12,72,405 13,78,992 2017 PADMANABHA SWAMI TEMPLE Sree Padmanabha Swami temple in Thiruvananthapuram, the richest temple in the country, has shown a slight dip in tourist arrivals. 1,24,078 1,21,156 Andhra Pradesh Tamil Nadu KERALA 92,34,767 Thekkady Kumarakom The Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, a major attraction for domestic tourists, is showing a slight decline in terms of numbers. The number of visitors is estimated at 23 lakh a year. Lakshadweep Telangana 80,739 1,02,644 Karnataka 9,33,911 10,02,062 97,39,934 Kochi City 2,36,870 2,19,496 GURUVAYUR TEMPLE 1,02,365 Kollam Munnar 24,293 24,003 Though backwater destinations like Alappuzha and Kumarakom have been registering a marginal growth over the years, hill destinations like Munnar and Thekkady are the most preferred spots for tourists. 1,15,482 Share All figures of 2017 Fort Kochi 27,40,502 50,78,514 9,938 8,496 TAMIL NADU 10,96,407 10,91,870 Number of foreign tourists Wayanad W BENGAL 15,74,915 1,243 343 Foreign Tourist arrivals in various states PUNJAB 11,08,635 Various tourist spots in Kerala 2017 2018 RAJASTHAN 16,09,963 l l TOP KERALA DESTINATIONS MAHARASHTRA l l Bekal DELHI 02 09 2019 23 09 2019 MONDAY MONDAY KOLLAM KOCHI BACKWATER VS HILL DESTINATIONS UTTAR PRADESH 04 02 2018 2017 Saudi Arabia to 21% two years ago. Sitharaman had also announced that new units would be taxed at an even lower 15%. And new units of even those established by ex- Ranchi: The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Jharkhand Police has arrested an al-Qaeda terrorist from Jamshedpur, police said on Sunday. Mohammad Kallimuddin Muzahiri was preparing youth for jihad and terror acts, police said. 2018 2017 Germany The government would decide on additional market borrowings for the second half of 2019-20 at a later date. “Growth can see some impact (as a result of the tax cut),” the FM said Kottayam: The byelection to the Pala assembly seat, which became vacant following the demise of Kerala Congress leader K M Mani, will be held on Monday. Voting will be from 7am to 6pm. A total of 13 candidates are in the fray. P5 2018 2017 France Decision on further borrowings later: FM Vietnam and Asean countries. “For competing with them (Asean nations) you have to bring down your tax rate … the logic is all US companies relocating out of China will not go back to the US, some will relocate to other countries in the region as their market is here,” the minister said. She added that logistics and factors such as stability rule of , law, comfort levels about language etc., besides taxes would weigh in on investment relocation decisions. Speaking of the impact of the tax cuts, which involve a giveaway of `1.45 lakh crore, Sitharaman described it as a calculated risk and said the government was not planning to cut spending but would review the fiscal deficit target closer to the 2020-21 budget. 2018 2017 US INDIA expects the huge slash in the tax structure for new companies to 15% to act as a lodestone for biggies such as Apple to relocate to India from China with which the US is locked in a trade war. “The top consideration of (low corporate) tax is now being fulfilled by us. No country (in the region) is offering 15% tax without surcharge for a new unit being set up … so the logic (of relocation) is in our favour,” said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a select briefing here on Sunday . The gover nment had announced slashing of corporate taxes to 22% last Friday. The new rates are in line with many global trade partners, including the US, which had cut rates isting players would qualify for lower taxes. “For example, Apple and its eco-system can now move … if they find it more attractive to relocate to India,” said Sitharaman. Apple’s biggest mobile assembler Foxconn has already moved to India and is believed to be planning to expand its facilities here. And many of its suppliers and sub-suppliers are thinking likewise. Besides Apple, a large number of other American companies are considering relocating out of China due to high tariffs imposed by US President Donald Trump on imports from that country. Other factors such as rising labour cost and arbitrary changes in law have also disturbed European and Japanese firms, many of whom are in the process of shifting base, mostly to neighbouring 5.9% @ New Delhi Wanted al-Qaeda man nabbed in Jharkhand 4.1% J AYA N TA R O Y C H O W D H U R Y Byelection: Pala goes to polling booths today 2018 2017 UK THE BJP is likely to field senior leader Kummanam Rajasekharan in Vattiyoorkavu in the assembly byelection to be held on October 21. K Surendran and Sobha Surendran are being seriously considered for Manjeshwar and Konni. Sobha is the frontrunner for Konni. P K Krishnadas and Ravisha Tantri Kuntar are the two other names being discussed for Manjeshwar. In Ernakulam, it could be A N Radhakrishnan, C G Rajagopal or B Gopalakrishnan. The BJP core committee meeting, held in Ernakulam on Sunday, decided to forward the list to New Delhi for final clearance after getting the state NDA leadership’s approval. After quitting as Mizoram governor, Kummanam challenged Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram in the Lok Sabha elections. Though he lost, he could reduce the Congress candidate’s lead to 2,836 in the Vattiyoorkavu assembly constituency In the 2016 as. sembly election, Kummanam had lost to K Muraleedharan of the Congress by ● More on P5 7,622 votes. Tax cuts to draw Apple from China the strong partnership between the US and India. A cultural programme preceded Modi’s address, showcasing the diversity in the Indian-American community. Around 400 desi artists performed in the 90-minute music and dance show. “A challenge that many second and third generation Indian-Americans go through is navigating the complexity of having a hyphenated identity as an Indian and an American. The programme showcases the multiplicity of Indian-American experience. Our hope is that each person sees themselves in at least one form of expression and recognises that whatever mix of Indian and American they are, it is just right,” Heena Patel, CEO of MELA Arts Connect and coproducer of the program, told PTI. The show also put the spotlight on unsung desi heroes whose selfless acts have helped America. EXPRESS READ 6.0 % A R U N L A K S H M A N @ T’Puram PM Modi and I have come to Houston to celebrate everything that unites India and US - Donald Trump 18.1 % BJP may field Kummanam in Vattiyoorkavu Admire President Trump’s sense of leadership, he has made US economy strong again - Narendra Modi 18.9% BYPOLL India,” Parikh told AFP . Earlier in the day, Trump said he and his “friend” Modi will have a “good time” at the mega event. “Will be in Houston to be with my friend. Will be a great day in Texas!” Trump tweeted. Modi reciprocated with a tweet: “It surely will be a great day! Looking forward to meeti n g yo u ve r y s o o n @ realDonaldTrump.” “He (Modi) asked if I would go with him and I’ve accepted and we’re going to have a good time,” Trump said minutes before he boarded Marine One from the White House lawns. “I hear it’s a tremendous crowd,” he added. Trump said he accepted the PM’s invitation to join him in Houston several weeks ago. “I love India,” Trump said. Taglined ‘Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’, the event focused on the contribution of Indo-Americans in the US and 10.2 % PRIME Minister Narendra Modi described US President Donald Trump as a person he admires for the concern he has shown to make America great. Recalling his first interaction with Trump, he said, “The US president told me India has a true friend in the White House,” adding his presence at Hous t o n ’s ‘ H o w d y Modi’ event was a big testimony to that relationship. Describing the event as showcasing the heartbeats of the two largest democracies in the world, Modi said the bilateral relationship has reached new heights. Re c i p ro c at i n g M o d i ’s warmth, the US president described Modi as America’s greatest, most loyal friend, and said he is doing an exceptional job for India. Modi arrived at the crowded stadium in Houston to a rousing reception. Welcoming him, Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner said that Indians have been a key figure in the development of his city and handed over the keys of the city to him. “In Houston, we say howdy in more than 140 languages,” Tur ner said, “and this morning we are saying howdy to Modi!” Houston has one of the largest concentration of desis in America and Indian-Americans from other regions of the US too had come to see Modi in person. Sporting caps sporting the Indian tricolour, Bhavin Parikh of Sacramento said he and his wife Shipti were there to show their support for the Indian prime minister. “We are big fans of Modi and what he is doing for 13.2 % EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Thekkady Thekkady is an iconic tourist location for its jawdropping landscape, splattered with rolling hills, dense forests and spice plantations. But the tourist arrivals in the hill station have not been in tune with its legacy. The misty mountains of Wayanad are one of the untapped tourism sectors, especially for foreign tourists. Despite the hill district being blessed with peaks, forests, lakes and rivers, it yet to get the attention of foreign tourists. But on the domestic leg, it is one of the most frequented spots by nature enthusiasts. After devastating flood, the state manages to bolster its image of being a major destination by finding new ways to attract tourists. Express takes a look | P2 CROSS WORD SU DO KU P E T E R V I DA L 23 rd September : The Sun's current alignment with Jupiter is big-hearted, warm-hearted and open-hearted. In fact, everything about it has heart! However, it is also impractical, inconsiderate and prone to exaggerate. That's why today may be a perfect time to make grand promises, but it's not one to accept them! Serious on doubling farm income? No Niti meet on it since 2015 ARIES (Mar 21 - Apr. 20) LIBRA (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) That time of the year is now upon us when communications begin to flow, decisions are easier to take and even vague agreements can be firmed up. You must realise that patience is indeed a virtue and that sometimes fantasies count for more than facts. That has to be a good thing! Unless you are careful you may find yourself suddenly left high and dry when friends move on, possibly abandoning agreements that you thought were binding. You must reconsider your own motives over the next week or so - and don't get flustered if other people pressurise you. TAURUS (Apr. 21 - May 21) News from abroad is on its way but, while it seems inevitable that some sort of information will arrive, the details and consequences may be unclear for some time to come. You may be in the dark for a week or two - but then that will give you plenty of time to get your act together. GEMINI (May 22 - June 21) Whatever mistakes you have made in recent times may soon be repeated, but with a difference: this time you'll have a chance to put things right and repair any rifts that have opened up. You see, although some emotional patterns come round again and again, each time your circumstances are different. CANCER (June 22 - July 23) You may be finding out that there is no such simple thing as 'good luck'. Every opportunity involves a price; every new responsibility brings you into contact with new challenges and conflicts. It is in dealing with these situations that you mature and grow. LEO (July 24 - Aug. 23) As from today you are going to find it that much harder to make yourself understood - the world will be full of brick walls, all inviting you to come and bang your head. On the other hand, a little flexibility and tolerance will work wonders and gather goodwill for the future. VIRGO (Aug. 24 - Sept. 23) You are still in a fiery phase and, with the correct approach, there is little that you can't achieve. You may, if you wish, sweep all opposition to one side with a single broad gesture. But make sure that you don't get rid of people you need in the process! HI AND LOIS SCORPIO (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) Recent emotional queries and frustrations are shortly to emerge into the open. However, you will still be personally unwilling to come clean about a number of your hopes, wishes and inner motives. But, then, there is no reason why you should reveal all your deepest desires. BEETLE BAILEY EVIL CAPRICORN (Dec. 23 - Jan. 20) ■ Each sudoku has a unique solution that can BLONDIE be reached logically without guessing. You're being affected by three different levels of planetary patterns. We'll start today with the shortterm alignments that are bringing out your compassionate, maternal instincts but making you rather too sensitive. How about growing a thicker skin? AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) Anything that happens today will be obscured by shadows, perhaps the ghosts of the past. Your response will be an expanding need for privacy. However, it also seems that there'll be a great deal of routine business to attend to, the sort that keeps you good and busy. LOCKHORNS DENNIS THE MENACE PISCES (Feb. 20 - Mar 20) The next major lunar alignment will bring a healthy dose of excitement. Bear in mind that time is on your side, and that you should therefore spend this week actively defusing the causes of explosive discontent. And, as an added extra, why don't you give partners the benefit of the doubt. Solutions to Saturday’s puzzles ■ Fill in the grid with digits in such a manner that every row, every column and every 3X3 box accommodates the digits 1 to 9, without repeating any. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 - Dec. 22) It's difficult to work out whether you feel worse or better as a result of recent expenditure and purchases. One thing is certain, though, which is that your reactions have been overwhelmingly emotional. Perhaps an older relation has the advice you need - but you'll never know unless you ask. ACROSS 1 Apt to steal (11) 9 Finish off the job? (7) 10 A place where waiters are forgotten? (5) 11 Spent American notes (4) 12 Arch-supporter of comic policemen (8) 14 Some variations in game line-up (6) 16 Unnatural cunning (6) 18 Crimes put one’s life in jeopardy (8) 19 A lifetime of bridge (4) 22 Side where the brightest is best off (5) 23 The end is not in reach (7) 24 He has no power to go over people’s heads, but does (6,5) DOWN 2 Part that is played? (5) 3 Put to flight right away (4) 4 Like better quietly to allude to something (6) 5 Your ills may turn out to be imaginary (8) 6 Leisure period gets cancelled (4,3) 7 An attraction to excursionists on a diet? (7,4) 8 He takes interest in his work (11) 13 Call-up date wrongly issued (8) 15 Heard improper golf score isn’t sanctioned by official rules (7) 17 One can’t go straight ahead and make it (6) 20 In short, a final result of a snap decision (5) 21 A case for sewers (4) SATURDAY’S SOLUTIONS Saturday’s Across: 1 Oyster, 4 Haircuts, 9 Acacia, 10 Tropical, 12 Dodo, 13 Giant, 14 Firm, 17 First edition, 20 Indelible ink, 23 Beef, 24 Stage, 25 Well, 28 Arms race, 29 Daring, 30 Nonsense, 31 Divert. Down: 1 On and off, 2 Standard, 3 Evil, 5 Apron strings, 6 Rope, 7 Uncoil, 8 Salami, 11 Fiddlesticks, 15 Stand, 16 Folly, 18 Sideline, 19 Skylight, 21 Obtain, 22 Yeoman, 26 Free, 27 Taxi. to an RTI application by this newspaper. It has also “not DOUBLING of farmers’ in- held any meetings with state come by 2022 is an ambitious governments or CMs on the target of the Modi govern- matter,” it admitted. ment. But the Niti Aayog, the In reply to a question if any government’s premier think- state had doubled the income tank that is meant to provide of farmers, it said the “Niti “critical knowledge, innova- Aayog has not made any astion and entrepreneurial sup- sessment so far in this line.” port,” has not held a To yet another quessingle meeting on tion, the Niti Aayog It’s a huge how to go about it said it had not connumber since 2015. ducted any study to The average All that the Niti assess the impact of annual income of Aayog has done is to the government’s infarmers was bring out a policy paitiative to double I96,703 at the per called “Doubling farmers’ income. base year 2015farmers’ income: RaBut the think16, the Dalwai tional, strategy pros, tank, the RTI reply panel said. The pects and action said, did hold three targeted annual plan.” It was premeetings of the task income should be pared in March 2017 force it constituted I1,72,694 (at b y i t s m e m b e r, for doubling of farm2015-16 prices) or Ramesh Chand, and ers’ income under I2,42,998 at unveiled at the third the chairmanship of prices in 2022-23, meeting of the Niti Ashok Dalwai, chief it said Aayog’s governing executive officer of council on April 23, the National Rain2017 in the presence of Prime fed Area Authority. These Minister Narendra Modi, meetings took place in Januc h i e f m i n i s t e r s a n d ary, March and April 2018. Governors. However, the task force does “(The) Niti Aayog did not not have any representative conduct any meetings on dou- of Niti Aayog, so the meetings bling of farmers’ income it conducted cannot be termed since 2015,” it said in a reply as its own. 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