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There is a staggering innumeracy in so many of the Govt’s Policy Statements & Bills. Numbers are cited mindlessly, without proper thought to what they imply at a policy level : Dr P Thiaga Rajan

 

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.

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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.

In the News today – 20 July 2019

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

Editor’s Pick

Kashi – Varanasi’s Virtual Experiential Museum

Varanasi’s Virtual Experiential Museum brings to life everything that is special about Kashi- the Ghats, strong link with music, literature, art and spirituality.

Glad that I got the opportunity to spend time at the Museum. Next time you are in Kashi you must visit too! : PM Narendra Modi

The museum has been established on the banks of the Ganges near Dashashwamedh ghat by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), under the Union Ministry of Culture.

At the museum, the glimpse of cultural aspects of Varanasi can be experienced by visitors.

Digital Edition – July 6

PM Modi launches BJP membership drive from Varanasi

DMK Rajya Sabha election candidates and MDMK leader Vaiko file their nominations for Rajya Sabha elections

AIADMK announces the names of two candidates for Rajya Sabha elections – A Mohammed John and N. Chandrasekaran

DMK renominates DM Kathir Anand as it’s candiate for Vellore parliamentary constituency election. AIADMK formally renominates New Justice Party leader AC Shanmugam.

Legendary Pink City “Jaipur” inscribed as World Heritage City by UNESCO at the 43rd session of World Heritage committee at Baku, Azerbaijan.

Sri Lankan Slinger Lasith Malinga playing his last ODI World Cup game today

Budget 2019 – All companies having annual turnover of 400 crores, will now be under the bracket of 25%

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  • 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.
  • Tax proposal aimed at promoting digital economy.

 

Budget 2019 : Indian economy will become 3 trillion dollar economy in the current year: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents Budget 2019 in Parliament.

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Highlights :

  • From 1.85 trillion dollars in 2014, the economy has reached 2.7 trillion US dollars; we can very well reach 5 trillion dollars in the next few years.
  • The Indian economy will grow to become a 3 trillion dollar economy this year itself.
  • When we aspire to reach 5 trillion dollars, many wonder whether it is possible; the target is eminently achievable, given our citizens’ desire and the leadership of the Government.
  • The people of India have validated their two goals for our country’s future: National security and economic growth.
  • Between 2014 and 2019, we provided rejuvenated centre-state dynamic, cooperative federalism, GST Council and a strident commitment to fiscal discipline; set the ball rolling for New India.