Plan and Policy

Plan & Policy

Mobocracy: Tharoor seeks PM’s reply, Rahul posts pop quiz

Blaming right-wing activists for death threats and vandalising his office, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has demanded action against ‘anti-national elements’ and the intervention of the Prime Minister. Five BJYM workers were arrested and released on bail on Tuesday for vandalism.

Govt to push for consensus candidate for RS dy chairman

With numbers not on its side, the government is unlikely to go for election to the post of Rajya Sabha’s deputy chairman in Parliament’s and will push for a consensus candidate.

The post has been lying vacant since last month after the retirement of PJ Kurien, who was elected to the upper house of Parliament on the Congress ticket from Kerala, and later became its deputy chairman in the UPA government.

Govt concerned about additional duties by US

The Government is concerned about the imposition of additional duties by the US on items from India and has moved the WTO Appellate disputes settlement committee, which will hear both sides on July 19 and 20.

Replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry CR Chaudhary said on Wednesday that India as a retaliatory action to the US has also slapped additional duties of 10 to 20 per cent on as many as 29 items which would come into force on August 4.

Unregulated deposits, ponzi schemes to be curbed

While the government on Wednesday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha proposing ban on unregulated deposits and up to 10-year jail-term for perpetrators of ponzi schemes, it indicated that it could withdraw the controversial FRDI bill in the current session.

Modi govt hikes sugarcane price by Rs 20 to woo farmers

In an another attempt to woo farmers ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, especially sugarcane growers, who are agitating for higher prices for their produce, the government on Wednesday approved the hike of minimum price sugar mills pay to cane growers by Rs 20 per quintal to Rs 275 per quintal for the 2018-19 season starting October.

DoT looks into Voda-Idea dues re-computation plea

The department of telecom (DoT) is revising its cash demand of Rs 3,926 crore on Idea-Vodafone, which as per initial assessment could come down by Rs 400 crore, after the duo pointed to some inconsistencies in the calculation.

The wireless planning finance of DoT is recalculating the demand after Idea-Vodafone requested revision of the cash demand on account of OTSC (one time spectrum charge). According to officials, there could be miscalculation of around Rs 400 crore.

By next week the correct figure is expected to be announced, sources said.


The local area fund of MPs has come under fire with allegations of misuse, but government data shows a stellar performance in deployment in the last four years.

A latest report says that all the lawmakers together have been spending more than the money released by the Centre in the last four years, achieving over 100 per cent fund utilisation.

The optimum use of funds is set to help MPs in scoring over their opposition in the upcoming General Elections.

No HC relief for power firms from contentious NPA norms

In a setback to power producers, the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday refused to stay the implementation of the controversial RBI circular of February 12 for the sector, but gave the government two week’s time to submit a plan on stressed power projects.