sambalpur l friday l august 12, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l City EDITION Tax payers to be barred from Atal pension Yojana from Oct 1 “From 1st October, any citizen who is or has been an income tax payer, shall not be eligible,” the finance ministry said Scheme meant for unorganised workers Ineligible joinees’ accounts to be closed The pension scheme was introduced on June 1, 2015 to provide social security to workers in the unorganised sector. Subscribers get a minimum guaranteed pension of `1,000-5,000 a month upon reaching 60 years of age, depending on their contributions. Currently, those aged 18-40 years can join the scheme through bank or post office branches ■ ■ The new notification, issued on Wednesday, will not apply to those who joined the scheme before October 1, 2022 If a subscriber joins after Oct 1 and is found to have been a tax payer, the account shall be closed and the accumulated pension wealth till date given to the subscriber, the notification warned 4 crore Number of Atal pension yojana subscribers as on March 31, 2022 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 Four soldiers killed as fidayeen attack back in J&K Faya z Wan i @ Srinagar Trinamool leader Anubrata Mandal after his arrest by the CBI in connection with a cattle smuggling case, at Bolpur in Birbhum district of Bengal on Thursday | PTI CBI arrests TMC strongman amid pre-dawn drama IN the first fidayeen attack in Jammu and Kashmir after the removal of Article 370, four soldiers were killed in a pre-dawn attack on an Army camp in Rajouri on Thursday. The troops gunned down two suicide attackers and search for other terrorists who may be lurking in the vicinity . The two slain terrorists, believed to be from Pakistanbased Jaish-e-Mohammed, attempted to storm the Army camp at 3.30 am at Pargal area of Rajouri by taking advantage of the inclement weather and dense foliage, said Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Mohammad Aslam. The militants lobbed grenades across the 7-feet high boundary and the troops returned fire. In the ensuing firefight, both the attackers were killed. However, six Army soldiers were seriously injured and four of them later succumbed to injuries. The deceased have been identified as Subedar Rajendra Prasad R/o Rajasthan, Rifleman Lakshmanan D R/o Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Rifleman Manoj Kumar R/o Faridabad, Haryana and Rifleman Nishant Malik, R/o Hisar, Haryana. (From L) Subedar Rajendra Prasad and 3 Riflemen Manoj Kumar, D Lakshmanan, Nishant Malik An army official said 2 AK 47 rifles, 9 magazines, 300 rounds, 5 grenades and other administrative stores were recovered from the slain militants. Security agencies are investigating whether the militants were carrying armour piercing bullets. The SSP said police had re- Awaas+ window only after action on PMAY lapses: Min Remanded in 10-day in CBI custody; ED summons 8 IPS officers in a different case velopment in Birbhum was, “Development is standing in Two Central law-enforcing every road corner. If you chalagencies — the CBI and the En- lenge it, you will see what real forcement Directorate (ED) — on development is.” Thursday went after the TrinaIn the wee hours of Thursmool Congress, arresting its day CRPF personnel surround, Birbhum strongman in a cattle ed Mondal’s house. CBI officers smuggling case, and summoning then went in, searched rooms eight IPS officers in connection and picked up Mondal. “We with a coal smuggling case. summoned Mondal 11 times While the CBI arbut he turned up only Two-day rested Anubrata Mononce,’’ said a CBI dal in a dramatic raid party demo official. i nvo l v i n g 1 0 0 - o d d Mondal’s security Criticising the CRPF personnel from action, Trinamool guard Saigal Hossain his Birbhum residence was arrested in the minister after he skipped 10 same case recently with Chandrima summons citing ill the CBI finding his asBhattacharya health, the ED asked said the party’s sets disproportionate to eight IPS officers to his known sources of youth and appear at their Delhi students’ wings income. Earlier this office on staggered month, CBI teams raidwill stage dates in this month. demonstrations ed 13 locations, includMandal, who began ing the residence of for two days as a fish vendor and Mondal loyalist Karim from Friday rose to became the across the state Khan and his aide Ziaul party’s district chief, Haque. Apart from `17 was remanded in CBI lakh in cash and 10 mocustody for 10 days by an Asan- bile phones, it had recovered sol court. Outside the court, the pen-drives hard discs and key of local CPM cadre waved flags a locker from them. hailing the arrest, accusing As for the ED, its summons to Mondal of inciting violence in eight IPS officers were in conthe district by delivering pro- nection with the case in which vocative speeches. Chief Minister Mamata BanerOne of his loaded one-liners jee’s nephew Abhishek Banerin 2019 against the Opposition jee and his wife Rujira were that questioned the lack of de- earlier interrogated. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e P r o na b M o n d a l @ Kolkata NATIONWIDE aug 10 aug 11 Fresh cases 16,047 16,299 Recoveries 19,539 19,431 Deaths 54 53 odisha Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths Aug 10 Aug 11 653 1055 1 530 862 1 Jab-o-meter Take your shot Aug 10 21,80,642 doses Aug 11 14,02,341 doses Total doses 2,07,45,11,199 ceived general inputs about a possible militant attack and security was tightened in the border districts of Poonch and Rajouri. The police official added that suicide attackers try to inflict maximum casualties on troops when they strike but in the latest incident, alert troops managed to avert heavy casualt i e s by n e u t r a l i s i n g t h e terrorists. On the identity of the slain militants, he said they appear to be foreigners and that further investigation is going to ascertain their identities. Thursday’s was the first fidayeen attack in Jammu and Kashmir in three years. The last attack had taken place on February 14, 2019 at Pulwama in south Kashmir, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed and about two dozens injured after a local suicide attack rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus. @ Bhubaneswar The perfectionist A parade commander corrects the stance of a participant during rehearsal for I-Day in Bhubaneswar | DEBADATTA MALLICK China blocks UN blacklist of Pak terrorist Y e s h i Se l i @ New Delhi China on Thursday again put a spanner in the works by blocking in the UN the blacklisting of a proscribed terrorist, Abdul Rauf Asghar, citing technicalities. Asghar is the deputy chief of terror outfit Jaish-i-Mohammad and the younger brother of Masood Azhar. He has be involved in the planning and execution of many terror attacks, including the hijacking of Indian Airlines aircraft IC814 (1999) and the attacks on Parliament (2001) and an IAF base in Pathankot (2016). “It is unfortunate that the sanctions committee has been prevented from playing its role due to political considerations. China’s action exposes its doublespeak and double standards when it comes to the international community’s shared battle against terror,’’ said sources. Such politically motivated actions by China, in nearly every listing of a Pakbased terrorist undermines the entire sanctity of the working of the UNSC Committees. The proposal was moved by India, co-sponsored by the US, on August 10 to add Asghar to the UN Security Council 1267 Sanctions Committee list. China placed it on technical hold, though 14 member states of the UN Security Council were supportive of the proposal. This is not the first time that China has obstructed the listing of terrorists in the 1267 committee. In June this year, China placed on hold a joint proposal by India and the US to place the deputy chief of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, Abdul Rehman Makki, on the sanctions list. Makki has been involved in raising funds as well as recruiting and radicalising youth to carry out attacks in India. express read Dhankhar takes oath as 14th V-P of India Newly-weds to get family planning kits Tiranga at 150 sites will fly permanently Delhi: Jagdeep Dhankhar on Thursday took oath as the 14th Vice President of India. He was administered the oath of office of Vice President by President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. He was elected as Vice President on August 6 after defeating the opposition candidate Margaret Alva. He is also the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. He won the election comfortably with 528 votes against Alva’s 182 | P7 Bhubaneswar: Odisha government is all set to introduce a new initiative under which newly married couples will be gifted a ‘wedding kit’ as part of population control measures. The kit with a basket of choices for family planning will contain a booklet on methods and benefits of family planning, marriage registration form, condoms, oral and emergency contraceptive pills | P2 New Delhi: The Indian national flag being installed at 150 heritage sites under the jurisdiction of the ASI across states as part of ongoing Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav will become permanent fixtures. After recommendations from circles (sub offices), the Survey selected historical structures, which are also being illuminated in tricolour on this I-Day. The officials said that illuminations will be removed but flags will remain | P7 Kejri, Nirmala spar over debt write-off and freebies E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi SC: Need to strike balance between welfare, freebies With the matter of freebies under intense Supreme Court scrutiny, the AAP and the BJP were on Thursday locked in a high decibel sparring match over debt write-off and welfare schemes like education and health care. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched a full scale attack on the Centre alleging taxpayers’ money was being used by politicians to write off loans for their rich friends. “Had these people not waived off loans worth `10 lakh crore for their friends, the Centre Holding that freebies and welfare schemes are two different things, the Supreme Court on Thursday said a balance has to be struck between the economy losing money and necessary welfare measures. It also ruled out the possibility of considering a plea for de-recognising parties that promise freebies | P7 wouldn’t have had to impose tax on milk-curd or stop pensions for soldiers. They also wrote off taxes worth `5 lakh crore for big corporations. These people spend all public money on their friends, we give it to the underprivileged,” he alleged. “Free education, medicines and ration was being given for the last 70-75 years in the country. Then why has the protest started suddenly now?” he wondered. Hours later, finance minister Nirmala Sithraman rapped Kejriwal for giving the issue a perverse twist. “Health and education have never been called freebies. No Indian government has ever denied them. So classifying education and health as freebies, Kerjiwal is trying to bring in a sense of worry and fear in the minds of the poor. There should be a genuine debate on this matter,” Sitharaman said. Government sources also alleged that Kejriwal was deliberately framing the argument in a wrong way. “It is wrong to classify loan write-offs as freebies, or to say the corporate tax rate cut was designed to benefit big firms. There is no justification for parties offering freebies that the exchequer cannot afford.” The Centre on Thursday flagged serious irregularities in implementation of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) in Odisha and made it clear that the State government’s request for inclusion of beneficiaries will only be considered after due compliance to objections raised by the Ministry of Rural Development last year. Odisha government has been pressing for opening of the Awaas+ window for migration of data for over six lakh ‘eligible’ households from the State-owned rural housing portal. This was conveyed to Panchayati Raj Minister Pradip Amat by Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh during a meeting with the former in the presence of Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi. Raising concern over the several irregularities flagged by the Central team that visited the State in March 2021 to review the status of PMAYG, Singh said the team had pointed out serious lapses in implementation of the flagship scheme. The Union Minister said there were gross irregularities in the selection of beneficiaries - a whopping 37 per cent were ineligible - in cyclone Fani, discrepancies in uploading data on Awas-soft website, fudging in beneficiaries’ bank account numbers, transfer of funds to ineligible persons and denying benefits to legitimate beneficiaries. Singh also raised serious objection to change of logo of the PMAY-G which is against the scheme guidelines. Calling for effective monitoring of the housing scheme in the State, he advised the government to strictly ensure social audit of beneficiaries and effective convergence of the scheme with Swachh Bharat Mission for construction of toilets, Saubhagya plan for power connection, tap water and LPG connection to the households. The convergence is still a paltry 20-25 per cent in Odisha, he stated. Continued on P5
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