BHUBANESWAR l friday l august 12, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 12 l 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 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 | P10 ■ ■ 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 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 is on 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 Trinamool leader Anubrata Mondal 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 NATIONWIDE aug 10 aug 11 Aug 10 Aug 11 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 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 arrested Anu- but he turned up only once,’’ brata Mondal in a dramatic said a CBI official. raid involving 100-odd Mondal’s security Two-day CRPF personnel from guard Saigal Hossain his Birbhum residence party demo was arrested in the after he skipped 10 same case recently with Criticising the summons citing ill action, Trinamool the CBI finding his ashealth, the ED asked sets disproportionate to minister eight IPS officers to his known sources of Chandrima appear at their Delhi income. Earlier this Bhattacharya office on staggered said the party’s month, CBI teams raiddates in this month. ed 13 locations, includyouth and Mondal, who began students’ wings ing the residence of as a fish vendor and Mondal loyalist Karim will stage rose to become the demonstrations Khan and his aide Ziaul party’s district chief, Haque. Apart from `17 for two days was remanded in CBI lakh in cash and 10 mofrom Friday custody for 10 days by across the state bile phones, it had rean Asansol court. Outcovered pen-drives side the court, the lohard discs and key of a cal CPM cadre waved flags hail- locker from them. As for the ED, ing the arrest, accusing Mondal its summons to eight IPS officof inciting violence in the dis- ers were in connection with the trict by delivering provocative case in which Chief Minister speeches. Mamata Banerjee’s nephew AbOne of his loaded one-liners hishek Banerjee and his wife in 2019 against the Opposition R u j i r a w e r e e a r l i e r that questioned the lack of de- interrogated. P r o na b M o n d a l @ Kolkata 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- 653 1055 1 530 862 1 Take your shot 21,80,642 doses Aug 11 14,02,341 doses Total doses 2,07,45,11,199 4 drown Express News Service @ Bhubaneswar after boat capsizes in UP 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 | P8 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 Express News Service @ 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. Supreme Court: 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 | P7 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 writeoffs 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.” jaish Deputy chief China blocks blacklist of Pak terrorist by UN 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-iMohammad and the younger brother of Masood Azhar. He has been 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 Pak-based 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. 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 on 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. Awaas+ window only after action on PMAY lapses: Min Aug 10 odisha Remanded in CBI custody for 10 days; ED summons 8 IPS officers in a different case (From L) Subedar Rajendra Prasad and 3 Riflemen Manoj Kumar, D Lakshmanan, Nishant Malik Jab-o-meter Fresh cases 16,047 16,299 Recoveries 19,539 19,431 Deaths 54 53 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. Class 7 to 12 CRACK IIT JEE NEET with Recorded Video Courses PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, MATHS & BIOLOGY Concept Video Lectures By Expert Teachers Solved Video Examples Practice Questions Register Now 96001 00090 96001 00020 Scan the QR Code 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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