KOCHI 24 june 2014 tuesday `6 pages 20 late city edition CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BANGALORE ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELGAUM ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIMOGA ■ TIRUCHY ■ www.newindianexpress.com r a da r General Budget on July 10 New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament will be held from July 7 to August 14 and the first General Budget of the Narendra Modi government will be presented on July 10. The Rail Budget will be presented on July 8, while the Economic Survey will be released on July 9. P13 2 Held in `2-cr Drug Haul Alappuzha: Two youths, hailing from Kozhikode, were arrested with 1.5 kg codine, worth approximately `2 crore in the international market, from the KSRTC bus stand at Harippad on Monday. The arrest was made after a tip-off about the smuggling of the narcotic from Karnataka to Alappuzha. P6 Special Educators Fall from the Salaried to Daily Wagers by Sovi Vidyadharan Annual Work Plan and Budget 2014-15 for SSA in Kerala, 1,017 Resource Teachers in the state are entitled to a salary of `15,000 per month. The 318 Resource Persons are to be paid a salary of `18,000. Since resource teachers and der to divert it for other purposes. “Last fiscal, we were paid a monthly salary of `12,000 on contract basis. The contract is usually renewed in April every year. However, this year, the SSA State Project Office refused to renew the contract saying that they do not have details of the revised remuneration from the Union HRD Ministry,” said a SSA resource teacher on condition of anonymity. As per the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s T’Puram: Over 1,300 resource teachers under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), who impart training to children with special needs in schools, have been forced to work as daily wage workers on a reduced pay by the state government despite adequate Central funds to pay their monthly salary. The move comes amid widespread allegations that a cashstrapped state government is eyeing Centre’s SSA pie in or- dearth of special educators in the state Resource teachers play a pivotal role in the implementation of Inclusive Education for the Disabled (IED). The state government’s move to turn them into daily wage workers comes at a time when it is experiencing a dearth of special educators in the state, to implement the programme in schools. Kozhikode: The Special Additional Sessions Court (Marad Cases) on Monday ordered registering cases against six witnesses who turned hostile during the trial of the sensational T P Chandrasekharan murder case. P6 A meeting convened by Food Minister decides to raise import duty of sugar to 40 per cent DU Admissions Deferred New Delhi: Row over the controversial four-year undergraduate programme took a new turn as colleges affiliated to Delhi University on Monday deferred the admission to the academic session 2014-15, until clear-cut guidelines are issued by the competent authority on the issue. P7 Letter to Switzerland New Delhi: Seeking to expedite information sharing from the European nation, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said that the government will write to Switzerland seeking details of Indians having unaccounted money in Swiss banks. P13 Scribes Get Jail Term Kerry Visits War-torn Iraq bang on target vs Italy Netherlands' midfielder Leroy Fer (L) scores during a Group B football match against Chile in Sao Paulo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Monday. Netherlands won 2-0 | aFP tonight’s matches vs Uruguay Costa Rica England Japan 9.30 pm 9.30 pm vs vs Colombia Greece Ivory Coast 1.30 am 1.30 am Full coverage P14, P15, P16 Baghdad: US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Baghdad on Monday to push for stability, as Sunni militants overran a strategic Shiite town and an airport, tightening their grip on north Iraq. Kerry was to meet with beleaguered Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders. P11 Govt Agency Moots Reform & Solutions Commission to Replace Plan Panel India Test, ODI Series in Oz New Delhi: The debate over redefining the role of Planning Commission got a fresh impetus with a government agency suggesting that the plan panel be scrapped and replaced with a new think tank - the Reform and Solutions Commission. The think tank would be tasked with giving recommendations and with providing a road map of priorities to central and state governments and even to the private sector. This far-reaching recom- Melbourne: Defending champions India will get an early feel of the Australian conditions ahead of next year's ODI World Cup after agreeing to play a Test series against the hosts and a triangular one-day series, also featuring England, between December 4 and February 1 here. Indices Sensex: Nifty: Markets 25,031.32 7,493.35 Bullion Gold Std (1 gm): 2,650 Silver (1 gm): 47.90 Currency Rate 60.20 Euro: 81.81 UAE Dirham: 16.41 Saudi Riyal: 16.06 US$: Source: BSE, NSE, RBI websites express poll of the day Are underdogs surpassing expectations in this football World Cup? Yes 95% no 5% Today’s question: Do you think L K Advani would be a good choice for President? SMS TO 54646 www.newindianexpress.com 20 pages, including 4 pages of City Express protests, we were given remuneration for the month of May on daily wage basis,” a resource teacher said. But against a monthly salary of `15,000, to which they are entitled, they are being paid `8,500, the teacher said. According to sources, though the SSA’s Kerala State Project Director issued an order bringing the 1,300 teachers back on contract basis with effect from June 2, the order has been frozen, reportedly after intervention from the Department of NDA Makes Tea for Aam Aadmi with Bitter Pill Hostile Witnesses in Dock Cairo: An Egyptian court convicted three Al-Jazeera journalists and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a verdict on Monday. P11 resource persons have more or less the same qualification and nature of work in Kerala, both these categories are treated as ‘resource teachers’ and are paid the same salary. “We were not paid any salary for the month of April. After by Pratul Sharma mendation has been made by the Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), a body set up under the Planning Commission in February this year to evaluate government schemes. The IEO conducted a study on the utility of its parent body and submitted its report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP government has not appointed a head for the Planning Commission after deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia left, thus diluting its role in the budget preparation. The government is keen on re- defining the role of Planning Commission, as it considers the body a hindrance to federal structure of the country. The IEO, set up by UPA regime, suggested that the Planning Commission be abolished as it has not been able to reform itself. Former PM Manmohan Singh too had asked for redefining the role of Planning Commission. Suggesting a new role for the panel, the report said: “It should categorically be denied the power to impose its views by controlling the allocation of financial resources.” New Delhi: In a move that could lead to rise in the price of sugar, the NDA Government on Monday decided to hike the import duty on it and to provide an additional interest- free loan of up to `4,400 crore to pay dues to cane growers. At a high-level meeting convened by Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, it was decided that the import duty will be raised to 40 per cent from 15 per cent. It was also decided that the export subsidy will be extended till September this year to give relief to the sugar industry, which owes `11,000 crore to cane growers largely in Uttar Pradesh. Efforts will be made to implement mandatory 5 per cent ethanol blending with petrol and subsequently achieve 10 per cent blending. The meeting held at the instance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direction was attended among others by Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Principal Secretary to the PM Nripendra Misra and Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth. “We have taken four key decisions. We have decided to extend the interest-free loan given against excise duty paid by sugar mills for five years instead of three years,” Paswan told reporters after the meeting. Industry Body Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) hailed the decision saying this will improve cash-flow of millers and help clear cane arrears. “There is a need to improve the sugar prices to allow mills to at least cover their cost of producing sugar,” ISMA Direc- Stocks go up ■ Export subsidy will be extended till September this year to give relief to the sugar industry. ■ Sugar stocks registered a sharp increase following the government’s decision. ■ Efforts will be made to implement mandatory 5 per cent ethanol blending with petrol and subsequently achieve 10 per cent blending. tor General Avinash Verma said in a statement. Sugar stocks registered a sharp increase following the government’s decision. Verma said that a 40 per cent duty on imports would ensure that sugar from abroad does not flood the market, which is already surplus with 20-25 lakh tonnes. “This would definitely improve the market sentiments, domestic sugar prices and better buying by the traders and wholesalers,” he said. He said Monday’s decision could result in a rise in sugar prices by `1-2 per kg in the wholesale market from the current range between `28 and `31 per kg. Paswan said mills can avail additional interest-free loans of up to `4,400 crore from banks. PTI Education. “The government is looking into the matter,” Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb told ‘Express’. He, however, evaded a response on why the SSA Project Director’s order was put on hold. “If we consider the nonpayment of salary in April alone, the government has saved close to `2 crore of Central funds. If we are converted to daily wage workers, then the government will save close to `14 crore a year,” a resource teacher said. Power Cut to Go from Friday Express News Service T’Puram: Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed announced in the Assembly on Monday that the State Government will roll back loadshedding from Friday. The 45-minute power cut will be withdrawn in the backdrop of the state government’s decision to buy more power from Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Project, Kayamkulam. “The increase in rain in the state also came as an encouragement for taking the decision. KSEB will be purchasing power from the RGCCPP, Kayamkulam by shelling out more money. We are hoping for an increase in rainfall in the catchment area,” said Aryadan. The water storage in the hydel reservoirs have marginally increased over the past few days. Now the reservoirs are 18 per cent full with water enough to generate 732.32 million units (MU). But the reservoirs held enough water to generate 1060.3 MU during the corresponding period last year. The state was facing a shortage of 340 MW owing to repairs at Sabarigiri hydel project. In May, the KSEB had imposed 30-minute loadshedding on alternate days in north and south Kerala to tide over the crisis. Although it was lifted a few days later, the KSEB reintroduced daily halfhour restrictions in early June. With the crisis deepening, the duration was extended to 45 minutes between 6.45 pm and 11.15 pm. Modi’s Clean-up Drive Throws up Mountbatten’s `64K Travel Bill by Yatish Yadav New Delhi: The clean-up drive undertaken at North Block, as per the directive of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has thrown light on some historical documents consigned to oblivion for over half a century. The ministry has destroyed close to 1.5 lakh files since the PM’s directive last month, but the cleaning process helped them discover a 1948 historical gem related to a payment of `64,000 made to the first governor general Louis Mountbatten, as Travel & Daily Allowance (TA/DA), when he bid adieu to India. An official said the money, a huge amount in those days, was to meet the cargo charge for moving his personal stuff from Delhi to London and the travel expenses of his personal staff members. The file was Lord Mountbatten sent to the Home Ministry to get a clearance from M & G section, which looks after the expenses incurred on Governors and Central Ministers. The division comes under the Centre-State department of the Home Ministry. The document was discovered when workers sorting the Category C files came across a bunch of policy related files, generally preserved for up to 25 years. There are three categories of files - Category A (general files preserved only for a year), Category B (files kept for 5-10 years and contains important decisions taken by the home ministry) and Category C (important documents which contains policy related decisions of the government and Home Ministry.) They are reviewed every 25 years and those with historical importance are shared with the National archive. “Another file we found relates to the salary of Rajendra Prasad, at a time when he decided not to take it. A meeting was called in which it was decided that the money would go to calamity funds,” officials said. A similar file with details of the salary paid to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri has also been discovered.
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