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Last efforts on GST Bills
After the agreement on all GST bills, the rate structure and fitment process needs to be addressed for all states of the country
The implementation of the unilateral Goods and Services Tax (GST) across India appears to be inching closer with all hurdles being cleared by the central government in coordination with the states besides clearing hurdles for passage of Bills in the Parliament. The activity on this front has been serious and fast moving in an attempt to ensure implementation of this regime in next few months. At its twelfth meeting last Friday, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council cleared all the requisite State and Central-level legislative measures to implement the indirect tax regime. The State and Union Territories' GST bills were approved along with necessary corrections to the three other GST Bills the Council had cleared previously - for Central GST, Integrated GST and compensation to States th...
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Affordable health care
A quality health care with affordable prices for all citizens of the country requires more human resources and cost control
The National Health Policy 2017, announced by the NDA government last week after a nudge from the Supreme Court last year, faces the challenge of ensuring affordable, quality medical care to every citizen in the country. The policy decision which has been guided by the directions from the Supreme Court is not keeping with the resources that are available with the central government at present. This is mainly for the reason that the funds allocation for this key sector are minimal and do not suffice the requirements of the people. The National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) formulated a few years back for providing medical and health care for the citizens at their door steps has also suffered due to paucity of funds from the central government. The states which have a higher doctor-patient ra...
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Polls and AFSPA
Irom Sharmila's blunder by entering into electoral fray does not de-legitimise her struggle or human rights agenda
Iron lady Irom Sharmila's crushing and humiliating defeat as she took on Manipur chief minister on his turf and got only 90 votes puts a seal on her career as a politician. She made a great blunder by consolidating the goodwill she has earned and investing it in an electoral battle. However, it in no ways dilutes her symbolism as a campaigner of human rights. For her tireless struggles and her remarkable hunger strike which she called off after 12 years, she continues to inspire respect and awe in and outside Manipur. It was naïve of her to believe that this respect would translate into votes. Electoral politics is an entirely different game. Success in electoral politics is primarily determined not just by clean images and contribution to one particular issue held dear by the local const...
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Gloves are off
Yogi Adityanath's candidature for UP CM signals a more aggressive phase of Hindutva politics
The RSS backed BJP government has done one great service to the country by anointing Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of India's largest state, Uttar Pradesh. Three years after Narendra Modi took over as prime minister chanting slogans of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas', the pretence of inclusive growth and development has finally been shed. At least, those fooled by the talk about development and fighting corruption can open their eyes, though only if they wish to. The gloves are off, baring the aggressive politics of exclusion, as development takes a back seat and RSS gets into full steering control. No mistakes should be made about the plank on which BJP fought the elections in Uttar Pradesh. The development agenda was already subdued by the Ram temple, Love Jehad and Kabristan politics. T...
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For better or worse, CPEC holds an interesting future
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
Last week, Pak-India Business Council (PIBC) Chairman Noor Muhammad Kasuri averred that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has provided Pakistan and India an opportunity to get rid of their `bitter past' and start afresh. About the same time, a civil society group in Kashmir organized a seminar on Kashmir to discuss the likely impact of the 54 billion dollars ambitious project on the political and economic scene of Kashmir. There is a general feeling that the CPEC could be a major game changer with respect to India-Pakistan relations and Kashmir but much will depend on how it delivers on the ground and how the key players would respond to its projected impact. That the CPEC has further added another layer of complexity to the Kashmir tangle is undeniable. That it could lead to a ...
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Restructuring exam system
Now is the time for consolidation of quality education for students in J&K instead of focusing on expansion of schools
The Jammu and Kashmir government ordering restructuring of the Board of Secondary Education (BOSE) examination system aimed at reforming the education pattern in the state is a welcome decision. In fact, such a step has been lingering on for many years when the previous reforms were carried over in 1980s for helping the students to get quality education through the network government-run schools across the state. Unfortunately, no serious attention has been paid to this sector for the last almost four decades as the stress has been expansion of the education network in J&K. The number of schools and colleges has been increasing at a high speed during the past three decades but sadly consolidation of the entire structure was not done for the reasons best known to the planners in the state....
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Same old saga
Inclement weather conditions and miseries of stranded passengers necessitate steps for better connectivity
The harrowing tale of stranded passengers follows the similar pattern of neglect in the face of severe breakdown of road communications and irregular air links between Jammu and Srinagar follows the familiar pattern with the government stepping in after much delay to make stop gap and inadequate arrangements. Hundreds of passengers are facing acute misery in view of the frequent shutting down of the national highway due to inclement weather conditions and many among them are extremely poor with no available shelters other than the bus stands to save themselves from cold weather. There is need for the government to take a serious view of the miseries of the people stranded on the highway and draw up a comprehensive plan to combat this issue which is a regular and common phenomenon. An addi...
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Frequent transfers in J&K
No merits and demerits are taken into consideration before transfers and postings are ordered by the government
Transfers and postings of officers in the Jammu and Kashmir administration on frequent basis do not appear to augur well for the government as well as the people. This exercise appears to have become an industry for the cabinet ministers and politicians, who are guided by their whims and fancies besides liking and disliking of the individuals for posting of officers in the state. No parameters appear to have been adopted for affecting the transfers and postings of the officers in the administration. Every now and then, the cabinet ministers have transfers as a major agenda for the meetings whether they happen before and after the bi-annual Durbar Move of the offices between the two capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar. Even in the recent past, some of the officers have been posted without...
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