There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept..
DMK MLA & Party Spokesperson PTR. Palanivel Thiaga Rajan Tweeted :
Entering electoral politics after a ~30 yr. expat professional career has been an incredible learning experience. Some day, I hope I’ll find the time to write about it in detail. For now, I want to touch on two troubling aspects showing a decline in our Democracy.
First, a statistic to explain the extent to which the role of the Legislature has been reduced. The Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed 16 Bills (new or amended laws) in the final hours, of the last day, of the month-long Demand-for-Grants session which finished July 20th.
The total time allowed for discussion (on only 4 of 16 bills), was about 12 minutes! Also, 13 of the 16 Bills had been delivered to the Members/placed on the Table of the House only in the last 3 days of the session. 3 of them on the last day after we reached the Assembly!
Remember that Tamil Nadu has only 1 Legislative body (Council abolished by MGR in the 1980’s). If this Legislative body’s members do not even see Bills till hours before they’re passed, where is the deliberative role for the legislature as envisaged in the Constitution?
The Legislature is now a rubber-stamp for ruling party’s law-making agenda. There are many causes for this, & potential remedies, but I’ll leave that for wiser people to debate, for now. Instead I want to touch on something that compounds the problem of lack of debate/review.
There is a staggering INNUMERACY (mathematical illiteracy) in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a practical/policy level. And the real tragedy is that many times, no one seems to to care.
There are so many instances of innumeracy (one or more in every Govt. Dept.) that I’ve decided to write articles regularly, citing a case in each Dept. Today, I want to start with a particularly bad instance: revival of a very important Land Acquisition Law post HC judgement.
The Bill’s first page & Explanatory note, are attached (now public information after Bill was placed in the house & passed). Consider the NUMBERS on the explanation page. The Govt. openly admits that it has only put ~5.8% of “acquired land” (1,373 of 23,804 ha) to actual use!
Note this Bill (law) is being revived to overcome MHC Court verdict. Is a history of such poor utilization a positive argument for continued acquisition, or an argument against? Now look at the next number: Cost of acquisition of remaining 22,431 ha = ~Rs. 1.85 LAKH CRORES.
Numbers lead to second question 2) The entire ’19-’20 Budget voted for TN is 2.17 Lakh Crores – of which >70% if for Salaries, Pensions, Interest, etc. So ENTIRE discretionary amount =~60,000 Crores. So how long will it take to raise 1.85 Lakh Crores just for acquisition?
Remember, ~60,000 Crores is to pay for all other expenses like Capital Investment, Govt Schemes, Ration Supplies, Scholarships, etc. So at best, Govt. can set aside a few 1,000 Crores for acquisition/year. Also it’s running big deficits, so increasing borrowings not possible.
Priyanka Gandhi offers prayers at Kaal Bhairav Temple in Varanasi
‘A recipe for disaster..’
Review of Power PPAs by the incumbent government in AP is a recipe for disaster.
It will hurt the industry. It will hurt the state’s prospect to attract investments.
And it will hurt India’s image as an investment destination tweeted
N Chandrababu Naidu – Former AP CM
Tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji
BJP National Working President JP Nadda along with Maharashtra CM Dev Fadnavis paid tributes to Chhatrapati Shivaji in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Pic Credit: @BJP4India
International Chess Day:
Happy International Chess Day. An old favourite. That was how we learnt chess in my youth. Reading magazines. The best gift today. The 64 GM’s in India. Happy Chess day India: Viswanathan Anand – @vishy64theking
All companies having annual turnover of 400 crores, will now be under the bracket of 25%. This will cover 99.3% of all the companies.
Now : Lower corporate tax rate of 25% applicable only to companies with annual turnover up to 250 crores.
Now on : Now on: applicable to companies with turnover up to 400 crores, covering 99.3% of all companies.
Startup and Investors who have filed requisite declarations and provide information in the returns will not be subject to any kind of scrutiny in respect to valuations of share premiums.
Direct Tax revenue growing at double digit rate every year.
Direct Tax revenue rose by 78% from FY 2013-14 to FY 2018-19.
Income will be taxed only when annual taxable income exceeds Rs 5 lakhs.
AMMK’s TTVDhinakaran releases the list of new office bearers.
Ex minister Palaniappan & Ex MLA Rengasamay are Deputy General Secretary while disqualified MLA Vetrivel will be the Treasurer, CR Saraswathi to replace Thangatamil Selvan for the post of propaganda secretary.