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Why Modi in Hurry to Get New CBI Director, Asks Congress

The former Union Minister also demanded restoration of "77 days" of Verma's tenure lost after he was divested of his power

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A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed high-powered select committee met to decide the fate of CBI Director Alok Verma, the Congress on Thursday alleged the BJP government, afraid of a probable probe into the “Rafale scam”, is in a “hurry” to find a successor to Verma.
The committee met following the Supreme Court reinstating Verma as the CBI Director who was divested of all his powers by the Modi government in October.

The panel comprising Modi, CJI nominee Justice A.K. Sikri and Leader of the single-largest party in the Lok Sabha, Congress’ Mallikarjuna Kharge, are scheduled to meet again later on Thursday.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who has been attacking Modi over the Rafale deal, fired fresh salvos at the Prime Minister over the meeting.

“Why is the Prime Minister in such a tearing hurry to sack the CBI chief? Why will he not allow the CBI chief to present his case in front of the selection committee? Answer: Rafale,” tweeted Gandhi, who post the apex court verdict had claimed that “the truth of Rafale will destroy Modi”.

Subsequently, in a media conference during the day, Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma also questioned Modi’s “tearing hurry” to look for Verma’s successor and called for a probe into the circumstances leading to Verma’s divesting of powers as the CBI Director in October.

Why Modi in hurry to get new CBI Director, asks Congress. Wikimedia

“Despite the Supreme Court categorically stating that Verma’s removal was illegal, the Modi government is trying to brazen it out. An arrogant Prime Minister thinks he is neither accountable to Parliament nor to the law of the land.

“Why is there a panic in the government, what is the Prime Minister worried about, what is he doesn’t want the CBI to look into? Removal of Verma, raiding of CBI offices, removal of files, all that needs to be investigated.

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“The government can’t and will not probe the events of the night of October 23-24,” said Sharma, adding that an independent committee be constituted to probe all that.

“The Prime Minister is in a hurry and looking for a successor to Verma and give a message that though the Supreme Court has restored Verma, the Prime Minister will not allow him to function and will name a successor to make the CBI Director lame duck…that is the intent,” he claimed.

“The Chief Vigilance Commissioner, who ought to have resigned, will now recommend Verma’s successor to the high-powered panel. There will be no justice, a handpicked nominee of the Prime Minister will be put in office so that all the wrongdoings of this government are covered and a pliant Director, who will be obliged to the Prime Minister, will officiate,” added Sharma.

The former Union Minister also demanded restoration of “77 days” of Verma’s tenure lost after he was divested of his power. (IANS)

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Can Modi’s ‘AIM’ Challenge Global Manufacturing Hub China’s Dominance?

PM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues

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The prime focus of the government as well as NITI Aayog remains on accelerating the pace of manufacturing sector in India. Flickr

Eyeing the global revolution in tech-innovations, the Modi government, in its second avatar, is all set to redefine the scope of ‘Knowledge and Innovation’ at NITI Aayog. Before leaving for his foreign visit to the Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings with technocrats, top officials and key cabinet colleagues, discussing how to radically redefine innovations and technology on manufacturing front to compete with China.

Over all, the prime focus of the government as well as NITI Aayog remains on accelerating the pace of manufacturing sector in India. On domestic front, PM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues and he would likely underline his priorities once he chairs the first big meeting of NITI Aayog, on June 15.

In the wake of sharp criticism from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the alleged failure of NITI Aayog, the government now seems more determined to take the Aayog to a new height, inducting domain specialists at the rank of Joint Secretary and above.

“The PM’s dream project is the success of the Atal Innovation Mission,(AIM) the flagship project of NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. If AIM takes off well, the country would soon be a substitute for China as a global manufacturing hub. In fact AIM complements Make In India, Digital India and Start up India mega projects,” said a senior NITI Aayog official.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings with technocrats. Pixabay

To provide impetus to the industrial growth, the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar recently told media that a slew of big bang economic reforms are being pursued by the Modi government. These include change in labour laws, privatization moves and land banks for new industrial development. Once the stage is set for a positive industrial environment, the innovation mission will finally accelerate the growth of the manufacturing sector.

Global tech giants such as Adobe, Amazon, Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft are already partnering with Atal Innovation Mission. The AIM project serves as a platform for promotion of world-class innovation hubs, and self-employment activities in technology-driven areas.

Through AIM, the government expects a radical change in country’s MSME industry.

Earlier in Modi’s first tenure as PM, his Cabinet Minister Kalraj Mishra and later Minister for State (Independent Charge) Giriraj Singh did not impress the business fraternity while running the ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). In an after thought, Modi in his second innings gave the charge of this crucial ministry to Nitin Gadkari, known for delivering the goods on time.

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“Modi ji had spoken about the project to Gadkari ji. He (Gadkari) was more than willing to take up this challenge. I am sure MSME would now be one of the most important ministries in the government as it also addresses the problem of unemployment and lack of a fast-paced industrial growth,” said a BJP leader close to Gadkari.

Another big change on the scene is the Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL). It is Modi’s long-term plan for revolutionizing the young Indian minds. The ATLs are innovation workplaces where do-it-yourself kits on latest technologies like 3D printers, Robotics, Internet of Things, are installed at schools using the government grant. The mission director of AIMs , R. Ramanan, an IITian, says that by next year 10,000 ATL workplaces in the Indian schools will bring radical change in the near future in the field of innovation.

The objective of PM Modi through mega ATL project, is to enable India to become a global leader in technology and innovations, the key to rule the modern-day industries. (IANS)