MADURAI FRIDAY AUGUST 12, 2022 `9.00 PAGES 14 LATE 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 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 4 crore INELIGIBLE JOINEES’ ACCOUNTS TO BE CLOSED ■ ■ 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 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 WA N 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 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) — development is.” on Thursday went after the TriIn the wee hours of Thursnamool Congress, arresting its day CRPF personnel surround, Birbhum strongman in a cattle ed Mondal’s house. CBI officers smuggling case, and summon- then went in, searched rooms ing eight IPS officers and picked up Mondal. Two-day in connection with a “We summoned Monparty demo dal 11 times but he coal smuggling case. While the CBI arturned up only once,’’ Criticising the rested Anubrata Mon- action, Trinamool said a CBI official. dal in a dramatic raid Mondal’s security minister i nvo l v i n g 1 0 0 - o d d guard Saigal Hossain Chandrima CRPF personnel from was arrested in the Bhattacharya his Birbhum residence said the party’s same case recently after he skipped 10 with the CBI finding youth and summons citing ill students’ wings his assets disproporhealth, the ED asked tionate to his known will stage eight IPS officers to demonstrations sources of income. appear at their Delhi Earlier this month, for two days office on staggered CBI teams raided 13 lofrom Friday dates in this month. across the state cations, including the Mandal, who began residence of Mondal as a fish vendor and loyalist Karim Khan rose to become the party’s dis- and his aide Ziaul Haque. Apart trict chief, was remanded in from `17 lakh in cash and 10 CBI custody for 10 days by an mobile phones, it had recovered Asansol court. Outside the pen-drives hard discs and key court, the local CPM cadre of a locker from them. waved flags hailing the arrest, As for the ED, its summons to accusing Mondal of inciting eight IPS officers were in conviolence in the district by deliv- nection with the case in which ering provocative 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. P R O N A B M O N D A L @ Kolkata EXPRESS READ TN panchayat chiefs flay new amendment Four drown, 17 missing after boat capsizes in UP Chennai: Several village panchayat chiefs in TN have opposed an amendment that divests them of power to act against errant panchayat secretaries and vests it with ‘inspector of panchayats’ | P4 Banda: Four persons, including two women and a child, drowned and 17 went missing after a boat carrying over 30 people capsized in the Yamuna here on Thursday. Thirteen people have been saved, said Banda DM Anurag Patel 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 Students can pick up words from their language, write it on a paper in English or Tamil, and drop it in the box| EXPRESS their language. We hope it will help improve pronunciation and interest in their native tongue. We plan to take this initiative to all tribal schools in the region,” said Odiyen Lakshmanan, a writer and collector of Irula songs who has been 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- Y E S H I S E 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. spearheading a ‘Reading and Language Retrieval Movement’ for tribal children for the last few years. “The box is like a piggy bank, but it collects words of native language which is more valuable than money. Once in six months, the box will be opened and students who contributed to it will be honoured. We plan to bring a book by compiling these words,” Lakshmanan said. According to N Thirumurthy , a researcher of tribal languages, the Nilgiris is home to eight primitive tribal groups — Toda, Kota, Irula, Aalu Kurumba, Betta Kurumba, Mullu Kuruba, Paniya and KattunayCONTINUED ON: P5 akkars. 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. TN fishers at sea as CZMP maps omit community assets China blocks UN blacklist of Pak terrorist ‘Language Box’ to save tribal tongues IN an effort to preserve endangered tribal languages that do not have a written form, a ‘language box’ has been installed at a residential school at Semmanarai village near Kotagiri in the Nilgiris district. Tribal students can pick up words from their language, write it on a paper in English or Tamil, and drop it in the box. Thirtyfive Irula and Kurumba tribal students are studying in the school. “Though most tribal languages do not have a written form, they have a great oral tradition. This initiative is aimed at inculcating a sense of pride among students about (From L) Subedar Rajendra Prasad and 3 Riflemen Manoj Kumar, D Lakshmanan, Nishant Malik JAISH DY CHIEF SOUND INITIATIVE R K I R U B A K A R A N @ Coimbatore 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. SV K R I S H N A C H A I TA N YA @ Chennai CAR TRAP Jammu city recorded 189.6 mm rain in the past 24 hours, the highest downpour in a day in 26 years, causing landslides and flash floods. In the picture, a car buried in the debris after landslide due to heavy rainfall in Jammu on Thursday | PTI KEJRI, NIRMALA SPAR OVER DEBT WRITE-OFF, TAX CUT, FREEBIES E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 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 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 clas. sify 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.” SC: NEED TO STRIKE BALANCE BETWEEN WELFARE, FREEBIES 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 | P9 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 NATIONWIDE AUG 10 AUG 11 Fresh cases 16,047 16,299 Recoveries 19,539 19,431 Deaths 54 53 TAMIL NADU AUG 10 AUG 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 927 1,252 0 927 1,252 0 THE local-level Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) prepared for coastal districts of Tamil Nadu are ‘incomplete’, with several important community assets of fishermen being omitted from the plan in violation of law. For instance, as per Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification 2011, fishing zones and fish breeding areas should be clearly demarcated in CZMP maps. Also, States must prepare detailed plans considering longterm housing needs of fisher communities, future expansion, and provisions for basic amenities such as sanitation, safety, and disaster preparedness. However, none of these crucial components are part of the CZMP maps approved by the Tamil Nadu government. TNIE has reviewed the maps, which were accessed by Pooja Kumar of Coastal Resource Centre through RTI. Fisher organisations have called the maps prepared by Institute of Remote Sensing (IRS), Anna University, as flawed and have urged the government to withdraw its approval and redo the maps in compliance with law. State authorities, however, said the maps can be revised only if the complaints are valid. Pooja Kumar said features such as common resources of fishing communities, land use and land cover, important fishing areas at sea and rivers, fish breeding areas, pollution levels and housing plans for coastal communities are missing in the maps. “Such omissions will push the vulnerable coastal communities to face an uncertain future. These maps have not been placed in public domain yet by the Department of Environment,” she said. “In order to validate the traditional and customary rights held by our community it is of , utmost importance that these plans, which will be used for local level appraisal and decision making, are prepared in strict adherence to prescribed guidelines. Failure to demarcate these features is an attempt to erase the rights and heritage of small fishing communities,” said K Bharathi of the South Indian Fisher men Welfare Association. K Saravanan, an activist and fisherman from Urur Kuppam, said his own village is not properly demarcated in the local CZMP map. 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