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Kolkata: Describing the passage of the stalled Goods and Services Tax Bill as a parameter to measure the maturity of India’s political system, union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday made a veiled attack on the Congress for “stalling the country’s progress”.

“The maturity of our political system is being tested. Not only the government in power but most regional parties also supported the GST move. But one political party wanted to use disruption as a tactic to prevent it – otherwise there would have been a consensus,” he said during an interactive event here organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

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The minister termed the last session of parliament as “somewhat disappointing but reasonably educative” as the GST Bill could not be pushed through despite a consensus being build around it. “People will see reason and when they see reason this whole polarisation between an India which wants to grow and minuscule minority which wants to block… I hope it will inject some sense in those who want to block,” he said.

Comparing the bicameral legislative structure between India and Britain, Jaitley said, since the upper house of parliament is not elected, the House of Commons or the lower house can push its bills despite the House of Lords opposing it. However, since both the houses in Indian Parliament are elected – directly and indirectly – a single house’ diktat cannot evolve a Bill into an Act. The minister, nevertheless, expressed optimism about it.

“I do hope as the world’s largest democracy we get out of this process of stalemate between directly and indirectly elected houses,” he said. The minister further blamed the former UPA government for stalling India’s growth alleging that the Congress-led regime adopted the policy of redistributing resources without increasing productivity.

“We had slowed down in the past few years because we tried alternate growth models,” Jaitley said, adding that UPA growth model propaganda looked attractive “as a slogan” but could not be executed at the ground level.

(IANS)

 

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi

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"We ensured everyone gets what they deserve" PM Modi

Pime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked previous governments at the Centre for ruling the country like their “Sultanates”, neglecting its rich heritage.

“Past governments ruled like Sultans and neglected our rich heritage. They ignored our glorious civilisation and failed to pay attention to their preservation,” said Modi while addressing a public meeting in Balangir town in Odisha.

“This criminal error will always stick to the parties, who the country gave the opportunity to run governments for decades. Surprisingly, they have not taken lessons from this,” he added.

He also attacked the state government under Naveen Patnaik and said the benefits meant for the people should reach them on time and must not be used as an election tool.

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

 

This was Modi’s third visit to the state in the past three weeks and showed the importance that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was attaching to the state ahead of the general and assembly elections.

The Prime Minister said his government was committed to conserving and preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage.

He said his government has been constantly making efforts to bring back the idols stolen from the temples in India.

He also attacked the parties for opposing the International Yoga Day and the construction of the Statue of Unity.

“Some parties were against organising the International Yoga Day. These are the people who did not promote yoga. These people neither understand India nor tourism,” he added.

“They raised questions on erecting the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. But, after becoming the world’s tallest statue, it has generated jobs for people residing around the structure.

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Elaborate preparations for PM’s election rally. VOA

“They were also against changing the names of islands in Andaman and Nicobar islands,” said Modi.

He said the central government has cancelled around six crore fake ration cards, gas connections, scholarships with wrong names, grabbing pension under wrong names over the last four years.

“We plugged these leakages, saving crores of rupees. All ration cards have been digitised and around 80 per cent of them have been linked with Aadhaar,” said the Prime Minister.

“The middlemen used to loot the money meant for poor. We have stopped this. We ensured everyone gets what they deserve,” he added.

The Prime Minister said there are people, who are angry because he has put a stop to their loot and corruption.

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Highlighting the developmental works being carried out by the Centre in the state, he attacked the Odisha government for failing to utilise the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund in the mineral bearing areas.

“Odisha has Rs 4,000 crore in its DMF Fund which has remained unutilised so far. What has happened to the government? It is in deep slumber. The government of Odisha should ensure that the benefits reach the tribal people.

“Do not wait for the elections. Ease the problems of people, elections will keep coming,” said Modi.

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He said the central government has allocated over Rs 20,000 crore for the development of Railways in Odisha in the last four years alone, which is five times more than the allocation by the previous government.

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi. (IANS)