tirupati l thursday l may 19, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l anantapur EDITION U.S., global banks unveil plan to tackle food crisis Anthony Blinken Billions of dollars to be spent on helping farmers, boosting fertiliser supply and developing land for food production World bank to contribute $30 billion Blinken chairs meet on food security The US Treasury Department said several global development banks will work together to address the food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine. The World Bank announced it will contribute $30 billion for projects to address food crisis. The Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank, among others, will also chip in ■ ■ A two-day Global Food Security Call to Action meeting of foreign ministers from 30 countries, chaired by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken began past midnight on Wednesday, in New York Russia and Ukraine produce a third of the world’s wheat, and the disruption of supply due to the war has led to prices soaring 193 million people experienced acute food insecurity worldwide in 2021 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Rajiv assassination case SC orders release of Perarivalan review of the court, said the judges, rejecting the Centre’s “Let me breathe; I’m free after argument. The Centre had ar31 years,” said A G Perarivalan, gued that in some cases Presia life convict in the former dent and not the Governor is Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi the competent authority to assassination case, after the Su- grant pardon. preme Court on Wednesday orChief Minister MK Stalin dered his release by invoking hailed the verdict as a victory its extraordinary power under for State rights and federalism. Article 142 of the “The verdict has esConstitution. tablished that GoverA bench of Justices nors cannot interfere L Nageswara Rao, B R in political and policy Gavai, and A S Bopan- Tamils all over the decisions of State govworld gave me na, who held that the ernments. It is imporadvice of State Cabi- love and affection tant to note that the and treated me net is binding on Govjudges have said that ernor in exercise of like their own son. when Governor beI need to pay my powers under Article comes inactive, court gratitude to a lot 161 of the Constitu- of people and wish will intervene,” the tion, said the Goverchief minister told reto do that in nor’s referral to the porters at the person President the recomsecretariat. AG Perarivalan mendation of the Speaking to reportTamil Nadu Cabinet ers, Perarivalan cred(to grant pardon to all seven ited his mother, 74-year-old Arconvicts in the case) two-and-a- puthammal, for her sacrifices half years after such a recom- and non-stop efforts that evenmendation was made doesn’t tually led to his release. have constitutional backing. “She has faced insults, she Non-exercise of power under was ignored, and she suffered Article 161 or inexplicable de- agony Despite all that she was . lay in exercise of such power, persistent and fought for me which is not attributable to the without a break for 30 long P5 prisoner, is subject to judicial years,” he said. E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Chennai DCI probes re-appointment of ‘dismissed’ official E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Visakhapatnam The alleged violations in the appointment of a top official at the Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) have come to the fore after a complaint was lodged with the chairman of the Corporation, K Rama Mohana Rao. The complainant has reportedly informed Rao, who is also the chief of Visakhapatnam Port Trust, that a person allegedly dismissed from the Corporation earlier was reappointed in violation of DCI norms. A vigilance enquiry is on and, prima facie, it has been established that the appointment was made in violation of the rules. Ind VS SA Vizag to host T20 match on June 14 The third match of a fivematch T20 series to be played at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium will be the first international one after a gap of 29 months in the city. Tickets for the upcoming match would be made available online two weeks ahead of the game | P4 Speaking to TNIE, Rao said he received the complaint which stated that the MD of DCI did not disclose the fact that he was dismissed from service in 2000. “We wanted to ascertain whether the complaint was tion was also rejected at the time. The vigilance officials are conducting an inquiry into whether the information was disclosed during his reappointment. “It is learnt that some of the certificates submitted by him DCI norms violated, initial investigation reveals A dismissed person cannot be reappointed in the same organisation. However, the complainant said this norm was not followed in this case. Prima facie evidence has been established and the vigilance department, after completing its enquiry, will submit its report real or fake and accordingly, we ordered a vigilance inquiry he added. ,’’ The top official was earlier dismissed from service when he was a junior officer after he had gone on leave without prior intimation. His review peti- during the appointment are also under the scrutiny of the vigilance department. Several skeletons will stumble out of the cupboard during the probe,” officials remarked. They also pointed out that any appointment, and more so for the appointment of a key official, should have been done after a thorough scrutiny of the candidate’s credentials. Vigilance officials have visited the DCI office and seized certain documents as a part of the inquiry . To support his candidature, the top official who is under — the scanner—had allegedly disclosed that he had served as an advisor at a phar ma company . The vigilance officials are also probing whether any other officials or employees are involved in this case. The DCI chief noted that as per the Corporation registry, dismissal orders were issued against the official and the same were acknowlP5 edged too. EAC-PM moots urban jobs guarantee plan E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi With income inequality in the country becoming starker, the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EACPM) on Wednesday proposed implementing an urban employment guarantee scheme on the lines of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS). The panel raised concerns over growing inequality as captured in The State of Inequality in India Report released by it. The report said the labour force participation rate in the country was 51.5% in 2019-20, which was better than the 49% in 2017-18. However, the participation rate of those educated till higher secondary over three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20 was significantly low at 40-43%. The clamour for an urban jobs scheme has been growing louder with increasing income inequality and job losses. Experts said an urban-focused employment guarantee scheme will go a long way in supporting consumption. The EAC-PM also recommended that raising minimum income and introducing a universal basic income are some of the measures that can reduce the income gap. e x p r e ss r e a d Govt lifts power curbs for industries Vijayawada: Following an improvement in the power supply situation in the State, the government has lifted curbs imposed on all categories of consumers. This will now allow industries to operate round-the-clock. The restriction & control measures have been lifted with effect from May 16, APERC said | P4 Senior IPS officer’s suspension revoked Vijayawada: The government on Wednesday issued an order revoking the suspension of senior IPS officer and former Intelligence chief AB Venkateswara Rao following the Supreme Court order. The 1989-batch IPS officer was directed to report to the General Administration Department for posting | P4
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