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For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: Karnataka government on Wednesday raised questions in the Supreme Court about crores of rupees allegedly received as gifts by AIADMK Chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from party cadres on her birthdays saying these earnings cannot be said to be from "lawful source of income" Continuing his arguments senior advocate Dushyant Dave who is appearing for Karnataka in the disproportionate assets case questioned the methodology adopted by the High Court in computing assets of Jayalalithaa "Can the Rs 15 crore received from (party) cadres as gifts on birthdays be said to be lawful source of income It can’t be Then tomorrow every politician will go and do the same thing All the politicians are revered by their cadres" Dave told the bench of justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa AFP The Karnataka government is arguing its appeal in the case as the trial was shifted from Tamil Nadu and a Bangalore court had convicted the accused including Jayalalithaa who had succeeded in her challenge before the High Court there "These leaders are like demi gods They command enormous power They have the capacity to subvert the system to their advantage It is a reality" Dave said He said that the High Court had accepted the contention of the accused that the gifts received by Jayalalitha on her birthday and also for her son’s wedding have to be included in the income and has concluded that the income from gifts would be estimated as Rs 15 crore Dave also questioned the loan of Rs 15 crore taken by Jaya Publication in which the AIADMK chief and her close aide were partners and said no authority was intimated during the check period between 1991 and 1996 "Here loan was taken but no authority was intimated about it during the check period Each of these defence taken by the accused were clear cut after thought and a carefully crafted legal advice" Dave said He added that no one can tell the Income Tax department five years later that you had taken so much loan and acquired properties from that amount "The intimation has to be done at that time Being a public servant you need to intimate the authorities concerned about any loan taken or acquiring properties" Dave said To this the bench said is there any rule or law in Karnataka which mandates the public authority to disclose his or her assets while holding the office The senior advocate further said that under civil service conduct rules government servants have to disclose their assets and income but they are unaware of any law in Tamil Nadu as the state has not rendered any cooperation The bench said it is not the question of cooperation given or not and if there exists any rule or law the court can order for it The hearing remained inconclusive and will continue on Thursday The apex court had on Tuesday commenced final hearing on various appeals including the one filed by Karnataka against the acquittal of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa and others in the case Karnataka had said that the High Court’s order acquitting Jayalalithaa and others needs to be set aside as there were glaring mistakes On 27 July 2015 the apex court had issued notices on Karnataka government’s appeal seeking stay of the High Court judgement to Jayalalithaa Sasikala and her relatives VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi asking them to file their replies within eight weeks The apex court had earlier allowed an intervention application by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy in the matter and asked him to file the issues he wished to press before it The Karnataka HC had on 11 May 2015 ruled that the AIADMK supremo’s conviction by special court suffered from infirmity and was not sustainable in law clearing decks for her return as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister The Karnataka government in its plea against the 11 May 2015 order claimed that the HC had erred in computing disproportionate assets of the AIADMK leader The Karnataka government also asked whether the High Court had "erred in law" by according benefit of doubt to Jayalalithaa in pursuance of a Supreme Court judgement holding that accused can be acquitted if his or her disproportionate assets were to the extent of 10 percent The state government had also claimed that the High Court has erred in overruling preliminary objections raised by it and added that the accused had filed their appeals against conviction without impleading Karnataka as a party The special court had in 2014 held Jayalalithaa guilty of corruption and sentenced her to four years imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 100 crore PTI Written by Ajay Chhibber | Updated: January 9 2014 11:57 pm Related News India got its way at the WTO But modernising its food security system to reduce its subsidy bill is in its best interest In 1968US President Lyndon Johnson held off PL 480 food shipments off the Bombay harbour until India voted with it at the UN and triggered Indias desire to achieve food self-sufficiency India reacted to this by not only expanding the public distribution system (PDS) but also setting up an elaborate system of grain procurement and buffer stocks at the Food Corporation of India That desire to not allow any outside power to interfere with its food security played itself out in the recently concluded WTO discussions in Baliwhere India rightly opposed a push by the US and others to limit the size of its food subsidy But having won that battleIndia must now try and modernise its food security system for its own sakerather than under pressure from the WTO Indias food subsidy bill has risen considerably in the last few years because of open-ended grain purchases at high minimum support priceslarge and costly stock holdings and a food distribution system riddled with inefficiencies and leakages The government now buys a major share of the marketed grain 50 per cent in the case of wheat and 40 per cent in the case of rice It is now holding almost 80 million tonnes of grainmore than twice the strategic buffer stock needed The new food security act will expand the scope and coverage of the PDS In order to understand the likely impact of the new act on the food subsidy bill and to deliver on its promiseit is important to understand the shortcomings of the existing PDS and its impact on the grain market and on the users of the system In 2005a careful evaluation of the PDS concluded thattaking into account all the inefficiencies of the PDSthe Indian government spends Rs 365 to transfer Re 1 of real benefits to the poor About 57 per cent of subsidised grains do not reach the target groupof which a little over 36 per cent is siphoned off the supply chain Implementation of the PDS is plagued by large errors of exclusion and inclusion and ghost cards The PDS is a less efficient mode of income transfer The economic costs of grains are higher than the market prices in most states Only 23 per cent of sample fair price shops (FPSs) are viable The rest survive on leakages and diversions of subsidised grains In order to modernise the systemIndia must make some choices One option is to keep the current state-run systemin which the government buys grain at the MSPstores and transports it to FPSs and then sells it at a subsidised price to ration cardholdersbut find ways to mitigate leakages and corruption A second option is to shift entirely to direct benefit transfers (DBT) and get the government completely out of the grain tradebut keep a strategic buffer or pay private wholesalers to do so on behalf of government A third option is to do a partial reform shift urban areas to DBTpay private wholesalers to deliver grain to FPSs at a pre-specified pricebut provide cheap grain to beneficiaries A committee of secretaries chaired by Nandan Nilekanichairman of the Unique Identification Authority of Indiawas established to look into how best to increase transparency and efficiency in the PDS and reduce these errors But none of its recommendations have been implemented Neverthelessthere are reports that the system has improved in many places for a variety of reasonsas in Chhattisgarhfor examplebecause of the introduction of universal coverage instead of the targeted systemthereby increasing the stake of the wider grain consumers in the system Some studies have suggested that the system has improved because of greater monitoring and awareness Recent studies using the latest NSSO data have also shown that there is a positive nutrition and poverty impact through the PDS Some pilot studies have been conducted in Delhi to compare benefits under the existing PDS with a cash transfer programme of an amount equal to the implicit food subsidy In Madhya Pradeshan unconditional cash transfer was provided and the spending pattern of the households was tracked It showed that the poor make rational choices in spendingincluding on food More such pilots are needed in both urban and remote rural settings to understand better how best to provide food security to the poor In several countriesespecially in Latin Americathe food security system has shifted almost entirely to cash transfers In Mexicothe shift is almost complete Mexico has dismantled its equivalent of the FCI and successfully moved entirely to cash transfers to provide food security Brazil has the Bolsa Familia programme of cash transfers to reduce hunger and poverty The Philippines has also now expanded its cash transfer programme In Indias casethe issue of using DBTs for food is under discussion India has begun to use the DBT for other benefitssuch as gas cylinders and scholarship programmesbut its use for food has not yet been accepted One concern is that in many placesespecially in rural areasit is difficult to deliver cash to people and that even if people have cashfood will not be available Another is that the DBT will not be adequately indexed to rising food prices But we need to learn from countries like Mexico on how to deliver better food security at a lower cost The writer is director generalIndependent Evaluation Officegovernment of India and former UN assistant secretary general For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Harsh Mander | Updated: April 7 2016 8:10 am A major reason for mounting discontent among young people is because they have no jobs and future to look forward to Related News Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan raised many hackles with his demand for affirmative action or job reservations for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates in the private sector He suggested that “providing quota in private jobs will help cool down anger among SC and STs” thereby stemming the rise of Maoist militancy among them He observed that the lands of these vulnerable communities “are being snatched away This land has gold and coal beneath it You dig it out and shoo them away The youth then take up the wrong path” The merit of the minister’s line of reasoning is that at least it recognises that Maoist militancy is not just a security challenge but results from deeply embedded socio-economic causes He is also probably correct in his assumption that a major reason for mounting discontent among young people is because they have no jobs and future to look forward to But the reasons for young people taking up arms in these impoverished regions are wide-ranging Unaddressed is the profound agrarian crisis caused by abysmally low public investments in dry-land agriculture and farmer income protection failures of land reforms promotion of unsustainable high-cost risky agricultural technologies the ecological degradation of the countryside decline and dispossession from forests contraction of rural credit and many other causes In tribal areas the penetration of large corporations that tend to be predatory extractive and exploitative further fuels the crisis These together contribute to despair and discontent in India’s countryside This manifests itself in farmer suicides endemic hunger mass annual distress migration the violent Patidar and Jat job reservation agitations and in some regions in Maoist militancy the last of these aggravated by human rights violations by counter-militancy security operations However independent of whether or not it would help allay the attraction of dispossessed young Dalit and tribal people to militant ideologies the case for affirmative action in the private sector for SCs and STs must be considered on its own merit There is a colossal unprecedented and ever-mounting crisis of employment for the young in India today Every month a million new persons are joining India’s workforce and there are hardly any jobs for them in either the public or private sector As NC Saxena points out the total number of government staff including Central and state governments PSUs and local bodies is less than 14 per cent of the population against the global average of over 3 per cent Second the number has been going down over the years falling from 1913 million in 2000-01 to 1760 million in 2011-12 One consequence of this failure is that we have far too few teachers health workers and child carers to run our social services The hopes of young people are shifting therefore to the private sector In this background I do believe that at a time when the few jobs that are being created are in the private sector and there is wide evidence of the bias shown by this sector against employing youth from socially discriminated categories there is a strong case for job reservations But let us remember that only around 8 per cent of jobs are generated in the formal sector of which more than half are in the public sector; therefore this measure even if implemented would still touch only the fringe of the problem There is today incontrovertible evidence that the current growth model built on large private investments is unable to generate jobs Coen Kompier writing for the Centre for Equity Studies’ India Exclusion Report demonstrates that only 27 million jobs were added in the high-growth period from 2004-10 compared to over 60 million during the previous five-year period Growing millions of young people find no future in agriculture and there are few non-agricultural livelihoods available in rural India The Socio-Economic Caste Census showed that more than 55 per cent of rural households possess no land and are forced to survive exclusively by distress manual labour Marginal and small farmers are not much better off Most of them are reduced to footloose migrants travelling working and surviving under conditions of great hardship away from their homes Young people today desperately long to escape the drudgery and hunger that entrapped their parents A promise that helped Narendra Modi win the 2014 election was that he would help create jobs for millions of India’s teeming youth However the course correction he offered was to steer India back to policies of “reform” of the high-growth years of the previous government untrammelled by blockages of red and green persuasions of left and environment champions But he ignored that the reality of what had been accomplished in the years of highest economic growth in India was the accelerated expansion of wealth certainly not the expansion of decent work for India’s poor Employment in the organised sector actually went down after 1997 while that in the unorganised sector rose Massive public investments in agriculture and rural job creation would help create enormous local markets that could spur jobs and demands from below Huge expansions in the broken school higher and technical education and health and child care services would not just generate jobs but also render youth entering work more productive and equipped with marketable skills But there are no signs of any of this happening even in the distant horizon Without changing course drastically we will continue to profoundly fail our young with both tragic and explosive outcomes Mander is a human rights worker and writer For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express AppA few days after Yogi Adityanath took charge as the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and issued proclamations that his government would vigorously pursue and prosecute those "malfeasants" engaged in — variously — the running of illegal slaughterhouses and harassing women on the streets Firstpost asked Arpit Parashar to file ground reports documenting the doings of law-enforcement forces deployed to shut meat shops and slaughterhouses across Uttar Pradesh Firstpost published a three-part series on the ban imposed on cow slaughter After the BJP government came to power in Uttar Pradesh and Yogi Adityanath took oath as the chief minister of the state the police and the bureaucracy were asked to clamp down on the illegal slaughterhouses in the state which they have duly done over the past few weeks with an iron fist However in the urge to implement the ‘rules’ by the book the state government has ended up encouraging the bureaucracy to exploit the call for implementation for ‘law and order’ by forcing even regular and license-holding meat sellers to cough up exorbitant amounts of money in bribes to keep their shops open The negligence of the local authorities was taken advantage of by political leaders from the BJP over the years A riot-like situation was created in Meerut in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 when rumors of bloodied water coming out of hand pumps located around slaughterhouses started doing the rounds in the district BJP leaders took to the streets alleging that the abattoirs had been draining blood into the ground in order to push residents away from around their centres The issue also took religious turn as the MDA received complaints of Muslims deliberately trying to ‘insult’ Hindus which in turn helped the BJP consolidate votes of Hindus in the Lok Sabha elections UP government has encouraged bureaucracy to exploit the call for implementation for ‘law and order’ by forcing license-holding meat sellers to cough up exorbitant amounts of money in bribes to keep their shops open Image courtesy: Arpit Parashar "While the BJP could not win the Meerut city seat this time in the assembly polls losing badly owing to the goonda culture promoted by them ahead of the elections in the city party workers have been harassing the workers from the meat export centres who are out of work already alleging that they have created the unhygienic environment deliberately because of the sealing of the slaughter houses However the blame lies solely with the authorities writes Parashar in the first part of the series Read the full story here:Yogi Adityanath govt taking political advantage of negligent local authorities As the Yogi Adityanath government came to power in Uttar Pradesh and the crackdown on the illegal slaughterhouses and meat sellers began a sense of quiet triumphalism prevailed in the offices and among the workers of the BJP the second article noted "The initial shock of a remarkable and unprecedented landslide victory had not yet subsided when across districts of western UP there was a murmur doing the rounds: the Muslims will have it now "Zarurat se zyada sar pe chadha rakha thha in logon ko (They have been given undue importance and gratitude)" says Ranjan Sharma a BJP worker from Ghaziabad While Muslims have always been a strong voter-base in western Uttar Pradesh they have transitioned in substantial numbers to the mainstream only in the post-liberalisation era Most urban centres like Meerut Ghaziabad Muzaffarnagar and even Moradabad were Hindu-dominated till two decades ago but with the rise in fortunes in the meat-selling business and an upswing in opportunities for the service industry demographics have changed Muslims are active players in the worker-class profession and have cashed in on traditional knowledge and hard labour coupled with favourable political environment in general The negligence of the local authorities was taken advantage of by political leaders from the BJP over the years Image courtesy: Arpit Parashar As a result most urban areas have seen a dominance of Muslims in the voter lists disturbing the traditional routs of the Brahmin-Baniya combination which helped BJP through the decades even when the Congress was in power in the country This rise in economic stability and political protection which the BJP terms patronage and favouritism is the underlying theme of discussion among the party workers nowadays Parashar argues in his piece Read the second installation of the series here: Political consideration economic retribution spells doom for Muslims Apart from the officials the policemen also came calling on his shop asking him to shell out Rs 50000 as bribe-cum-security deposit to keep his shop running "Their argument was that the rate of bribe to be paid to the police has gone up and that it would now be implemented from 2014 when the BJP had come to power at the Centre" This entails a monthly payment of Rs 500-1000 per meat shop which was only Rs 200 earlier Speaking on the condition of anonymity a senior police official from Ghaziabad told Parashar quite nonchalantly that when the notebandi happened many of the policemen lost their savings which were presumably their earnings from bribes received through various means "Many of them even gave the money back to a lot of people and distributed it among various relatives or even shop owners from their areas This opportunity now is the way to earn some of it back" And so the meat sellers simply have to compensate for the empty pockets of the policemen by coughing up hefty sums This political patronage has allowed the police and administration officials to implement their own set of rules and terms of engagement on the ground Most of the meat sellers did procure licenses from the state government which were issued under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 The plight of the meat shop owners whose licenses have recently expired is worse They have been asked to deposit between Rs 3-5 lakh as ‘security’ which is non-refundable Hearing a petition on the delay in issuing licenses to meat shop owners in the state the Allahabad High Court has come down heavily on the Yogi government Read the third and the final part of the series here:Despite licences corrupt cops exploit meat-sellers The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) has declared the Class 10 supplementary exam results on Saturday as reported by NDTV Students who are eligible can check their results at punjabindiaresultscom The following steps can be followed while checking results: Step 1: Go to official website of the board Psebacin or else at indiaresultscom Step 2: Click on results Step 3: Enter your registration details in the next page Step 4: See your results after entering the details Representational image PTI According to Hindustan Times the results for Class 10 were declared on 22 May The report further mentioned that as many as 412 lakh students appeared for the Class 10 board exams in Punjab The board exams were announced byPSEB chairman Balbir Singh Dhol The Times of India reported that more than 57% students of Class 10 cleared the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) exams Students are expected to note that PSEB has released the result at the aforementioned websites on Saturday at 400 pm It is suggested that students visit the website prior than the mentioned time according to NDTV

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