bhubaneswar l tuesday l march 09, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l late CITY EDITION Centre plans personal income tax reforms New regime tax-inefficient, say experts The finance ministry wants to reduce the confusion among taxpayers due to the dual tax system introduced in the Budget 50% Simplified system likely by next year In the Budget for 2020-21, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had proposed a new tax regime with lower rates for those willing to forego all exemptions. Taxpayers who wanted to enjoy exemptions were given the option to continue with the old structure. However, according to tax experts, taxpayers would end up paying more tax under the new system ■ ■ The finance ministry will analyse this year’s tax filing data to figure out what structure taxpayers in different categories prefer. “Only after analysing, will we go for an overhaul,” said an official Sources said the Department of Revenue is likely to come up with a new, simplified tax structure in the next financial year | P10 70 NO. of deductions and exemptions not allowed in the new tax regime 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 The legal issues framed by the court for consideration Whether Indira Sawhney case verdict needs to be referred to larger bench for relook? Whether the Maharashtra reservation law is covered by exceptional circumstances as was contemplated in Indra Sawhney case? Whether the 102nd Amendment deprives state legislatures the power to enact a legislation determining the socially and economically backward classes? Whether states’ power to legislate in relation to any backward class under Articles 15(4) and 16(4) is abridged by Article 342(A) read with Article 366(26c)? Whether Article 342A abrogates states power to legislate in respect of “any backward class of citizens” and affects the federal policy structure? 28 DAyS TO GO ELECTIONS BIHAR 2020 quota cap could be up for review Odisha forms task force to tackle forest fire E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar AS the ravaging wildfire showed little signs of relenting in Similipal National Park and other forests in 26 districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday formed a ninemember State-level task force to effectively deal with the situation. He also ordered for engaging Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) teams to control the forest fires in the state. Constitution bench seeks views of all states on reservation and their position on Article 342A E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Almost 30 years after it applied a 50% cap on reservation, the Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from all states on whether the ruling needs to be revisited. The ceiling was imposed by a nine-judge Constitution Bench in the Indira Sahwney case in 1992, also called the Mandal verdict. States were also asked to respond to a 2018 Constitution (102nd Amendment) Act, which gave constitutional recognition to National Commission for Backward Classes. Article 342A was introduced via the amendment, through which the competence of states to make laws on reservation for backward classes was taken away . “In view of the question of seminal importance on Article 342A, states have to be given opportunity to make their submissions,” a five-judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said. States have been asked to make submissions on whether they considered Article 342A against the federal structure of the Constitution. Hearing a petition challenging a 2018 Maharashtra law to provide reservation to Marathas, the bench said it will now consider the law in light of larger questions of law. It has scheduled the hearing for March 15. The Maharashtra State Reservation for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, 2018, provided for a 16% reservation to Maratha community In 2019, the Bombay High . Court upheld the law, but reduced the reservation to 12% for admission to educational institutions and 13% for employment. The order was challenged in the Supreme Court, saying it violated the 50% reservation cap. A day after PM’s Kolkata visit, TMC faces fresh spate of defections | P7 This election, it’s me vs BJP, says CM Mamata | P7 express read Crude prices cross $70 after attack on S Arabia Oil prices rose on Monday after Saudi Arabian oil facilities were targeted by drone strikes just days after the largest crude exporting nations in the world said they would not increase output. Brent crude, the international standard, surpassed $70 per barrel for the P9 first time in over a year. 3 killed, 200 cordoned off by Myanmar forces On a day three more anti-coup protesters were shot dead in Myanmar as agitators across the country sought to paralyse the economy with strike action, the UN on Monday said security forces had cordoned off some 200 protesters in Yangon, voicing concern about their P9 safety. Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) and Head of Forest Force (HoFF) Sandeep Tripathi will head the task force which will review forest fire on a daily basis, find the causes and take immediate measures for containment. Acting PCCF and HoFF Jitendra Kumar has been designated member-convenor of the task force, while PCCF (Wildlife) Shashi Paul will be a member. The task force also draws three experts from Dehradun e-petition UK House assails rights violations in India’s farm protest P u s h k a r B ana k a r @ New Delhi India’s handling of the ongoing farmers protests, including the arrest of activist Disha Ravi and the temporary internet clampdown, was sharply attacked in the British Parliament on Monday as it took up an e-petition on freedom , of press and safety of the agitators for debate. The petition was introduced by Scottish National Party MP Martyn Day who in his opening , remarks, said that the merits of the three new farm laws were not up for debate as India as a sovereign state had the right to enforce legislations. “However, reports of usage of tear gas on protesters and suspension of internet has been seen and this is against international human rights,” he said. The e-petition, which was launched by Liberal Democratic Councillor Gurcharan Singh, saw over 1.15 lakh signatures. UK law mandates that petitions that draw over one lakh signatures must be debated in Parliament. The lone MP who spoke in support of the Indian government was Teresa Villiers from the Conservative Party She hailed the Indian gov. ernment’s decision to enforce the farm laws as a democratic success story . Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the actions of Indian government were giving the impression that globalisation was being forced upon on them. “The nature in which the protesters have been attacked has been unprecedented. Internet has been suspended and journalists have been prevented from reportContinued on: p7 ing,” he said. Sudhanshu Sarangi transferred, Saumendra Priyadarshi new CP E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar In a sudden move, the State government on Monday evening transferred Bhubaneswar-Cuttack police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi and appointed ADG Crime Branch Saumendra Kumar Priyadarshi as the new police chief of the Twin City . Sarangi has been posted as the CMD of Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPH&WC) Limited. He was appointed as Twin City police Commissioner on August 21, 2019. The 1990 batch IPS officer gave over his position immediately after the transfer was notified. “I have relinquished charge as Commissioner of Police of Twin City I thank the State Government . for the opportunity to serve as CP. I would remember this challenging tenure amidst Covid-19 & will derive satisfaction that I gave my best & received love & respect of the people,” he stated in a tweet. During his tenure, Sarangi led the police force of two cities with admirable efficiency. After lockdown was announced in March last year, he led from the front to ensure that Covid safety protocols are adhered to as instructed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Stringent enforcement against violators apart, Commissionerate Police went out of way to help people in distress during shutdowns and earned praise. Sarangi also brought to book Biban Biswal, main accused in the 1999 Barang gangrape, by reopening the case and tracking him down 22 years after the Continued on: p5 heinous crime. Poser to rape accused misreported, says CJI E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Expressing concern over misreporting of his remarks during a recent hearing in a rape case in which he had asked the accused if he would marry the victim, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said the court has always had the highest respect for womanhood. “As an institution and as a bench in this court, we have always had the highest respect for the womanhood. We never asked the accused to marry the girl. We asked him ‘ re you going to A marry her’. There was complete misreporting,” the CJI said while pointing out that his questions to the lawyer for the accused were on the facts of that particular case alone. CJI Bobde’s remark came during the hearing of a different case filed by a 14-yearold who had sought permission to abort her 26-week-old foetus. She had alle gedly been raped by her cousin. The case was adjourned to Friday . Solicitor General Tushar Mehta concurred with the CJI. According to Section 165 of the Evidence Act, “The judge may , in order to discover or to obtain proper proof of relevant facts, ask any question he pleases, in any form, at any time, of any witness, or of the parties, about any fact relevant or irrelevant... and neither the parties nor their agents shall be entitled to make any objection to any such question or order...” ‘Up to Bar to protect reputation’ When an advocate sought a mechanism to deal with such situations, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said, “Our reputation is always at the hands of the Bar.” and Hyderabad. Forest Survey of India (FSI) DG Pankaj Agrawal, a representative of DG Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun, and Head of Forest and Ecology in National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad will be among other members. The Forest and Environment department said the task force will suggest measures for augmentation of existing fire management protocols including a geomatics-based fire alert sys- tem and recommend suggestions for improved community participation in fire management and prevention. It will conduct a post-assessment of forest fire-affected areas, loss to wildlife, bio-diversity and suggest appropriate measures for augmentation. The task force has been assigned with the responsibility of improving the standard operating procedure issued by the department for fire prevention and management in the State to control such occurrences in the CONTINUED ON: P5 wild. BJP axe set to fall on U’khand CM Rawat? Why he’s a liability While the trend is to vote out the incumbent govt, the BJP is keen to reverse it. The CM’s over -centralisation and lack of access to MLAs may play the spoiler, party leaders feel. Rawat is also accused of not addressed the concerns of people hit by infra projects, including roads and highways M A N ISH A N A N D and VI N I T UPA D HYAY @ New Delhi/Dehradun Taking a grim view of the poll prospects in Uttarakhand next year, the BJP is exploring leadership change in the hill state, while incumbent Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is camped in Delhi trying to somehow avert his ouster. The BJP is likely to name Rawat’s successor after calling a meeting of all legislators in Dehradun. Union home minister Amit Shah is learnt to be acting on a report given by party vice president Raman Singh who was sent to Dehradun on Saturday as a Central observer along with party leader Dushyant Kumar Gautam. BJP chief J P Nadda has also reportedly briefed Shah about the Uttarakhand situation. Later, Rawat met Nadda. The embattled CM also called on the BJP media head and the Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni at his residence on Monday evening. Baluni, who is known to enjoy the trust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah, is also reckoned as a contender for the chief minister’s position. “Leadership change appears imminent, for the BJP doesn’t want to repeat the Jharkhand experience when it persisted with the chief minister despite adverse reports against Raghubar Das. A section of the BJP MLAs in Uttarakhand has been up in arms against Rawat due to his working style,” said a senior BJP functionary . Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” is seen as a frontrunner to replace Rawat. Nishank counts on the support of RSS leaders and the top BJP leadership. State BJP chief Ajay Bhatt and Uttarakhand minister Satpal Maharaj are also nursing CM ambitions, sources said. “The immediate trigger was the police caning in Gairsain against people who were protesting against the widening of a road,” sources said.
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