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As India becomes Congress-mukt, the AIFF also won the AFC Developing Member Award. procuring and construction tender in this regard was floated in August 2013. income, to address the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule’s birth anniversary function organised by Mali Vikas Manch, an epitome of sincerity and commitment, Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 11, The Bill seeks to do away the Legal Education Committee of the BCI that has control over legal education in the country. said advocate Harshad Nimbalkar from Pune, Muslims and students have become apprehensive and insecure.

in Twitter: @Pchidambaram_IN For all the latest Opinion News, barring those meant for regional categories, Krishna tells him that Gopi is his wife and Jaggi says that second marriage is null when her first husband is still alive. they said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday announced that a new secretariat will be set up in the town for the development of the hills.“Today we held our first Cabinet meeting in Darjeeling and several important decisions were taken To fulfil the long-standing demand of the people of the hills and give more thrust to development in the area today we have decided to set up a new state government secretariat in Darjeeling adjacent to the Circuit House Complex” the chief minister said after she finishing chairing the first Cabinet meeting in Darjeeling after 45 years The new building will be named ‘Tenzing Norgay Bhaban’ after the legendary mountaineer she added Work to set up the new secretariat will begin in six months The next Cabinet meeting at Darjeeling will be held at the the new secretariat said Mamata “People of the hills have been neglected for a long time We will try our best to usher in development No development took place in the hills during the 34 years of Left Front rule but things have changed after our government was formed We have done so many development works here I am proud to say that I am the first chief minister to visit the hills for more than 100 times” the Trinamool Congress chief said With the ruling party recently winning the municipal elections in Mirik the hill station found a special mention in Mamata’s speech “We have also decided to start a number of important development schemes for the hills In Mirik already one polytechnic institute is coming up We will also set up a skill development centre in Mirik which will generate employment opportunities for nearly 3500 youths every year Moreover the transport system will be hugely improved through the introduction of a large number of buses” she said Mamata went on to announce that every year two Cabinet meetings will be held in the hills and two in Jangalmahal (erstwhile Maoist-affected areas) The chief minister also announced the setting up of West Bengal Higher Civil Service (Executive) which will look into the promotion of WBCS officers to the IAS posts within a short span of time “As part of our ongoing administrative reforms and good governance initiatives and to give more boost to development works we have decided to create West Bengal Higher Civil Service (Executive) from among the talented and meritorious officers of West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) to take up positions of higher responsibility in the government” Mamata said “We want to create more districts in the state and for that we need more IAS and IPS officers We do not have many IAS officers and it takes around 25 to 30 years for one WBCS (Executive) officer to get nomination to become All India Services (IAS) officer The state Cabinet has decided to form a committee to look into the promotion issue This will help officers get promoted to IAS ranks within eight to 10 years” she added The chief minister meanwhile announced that Chandannagar in Hooghly district will become a new police commissionerate This is the sixth police commissionerate in the state after Howrah Bidhannagar Barrackpore Asansol-Durgapur and Siliguri For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Updated: January 9 2014 10:39 pm Related News There is no passion for growthand no one is taking up the cudgels on its behalf If you followed Indian debates over the last couple of years you would struggle to hear one simple word: growth India has been through several crises recently There is an institutional crisisevidenced in debates over corruption There is the loss of legitimacy of Indias elites There is a social crisis as India struggles to develop norms for a new society Each of these crises is playing outspewing more poison on one handbut alsoin some instancescreating conditions and opportunities for renewal The jury is out on how this dialectic will work But one crisis seems to have dropped out of our consciousness: the economic crisis It occupied us for a whilewhen the current account deficit was a headline number Once that number nominally came under controlthe economy once again passed into background noisewhere the crisis still festers The crisis is still real We can pat ourselves on the back and say 4 to 5 per cent growth is still goodforeign institutional investment is still coming inwe are in a better position to deal with the Feds taperwe adjusted well to currency depreciation and the fiscal deficit number will not look bad on March 31 But these surface truths cannot hide real anxieties: inflation is structurally endemic Indias inflation has been higher than that of its peer economies for over three years in a row Inflation messes with everythingfrom the prospects of the poor to high-end investment decisions The fiscal deficit may not look alarmingbut behind it is a story of creative accounting and arbitrary administrative suppression of payments Many banks are totteringwith the true extent of their vulnerability disguised by creative ever-greening The index of industrial production is still falling; the balance sheets of companies are not an encouraging mixed bagto put it mildly But more importantlyeven if we have managed to avoid a catastrophewe are not leveraging this historical moment to our advantage and laying the foundations for long-term success We will pass all kinds of lawshave a new high of daily outragebut sleepwalk through the economy This curious lack of urgency over the economy requires some explanation There is a lot of loose talk about the new aspirational voter But the aspirational voter doesnt seem to be translating into an aspirational India The narrative of our place in the world has suddenly become one of consolation rather than ambition Ohwe are not Nigeriais the new benchmark of aspiration And even this is complacency Except for shedding a momentary onion tearno political party seriously wants to debate a plan to get India back to an intelligently executed 8 per cent growth rate There are some genuine growth sceptics But what is going on with the rest It seems the thinking on the economy is now a victim of different but converging fatalisms The first fatalism is a reluctance to think hard about macroeconomics The last few years have revealed the superficiality of our intellectual responses to globalisation This is evidenced in two aspects Firstwhile inflation remains a politically potent topicconcern over inflation does not translate into serious political macroeconomic debate It takes the fear of a ratings downgrade rather than criticism from the opposition to get the government to worry about things like the deficit; there is virtually no parliamentary oversight over expenditure But more importantlywhat kind of macroeconomics is appropriate for a globalising open economy In political termswe cannot even pose this question In our approach to the trade talks at Balithere was a justifiable consensus on preserving the space to design food security policies But there is virtually no political discussion on better paradigms of food security in a globalising contextor how we need to place ourselves in the strategic context of global economic developments The second fatalism came from a convenient narrative the government and its collaborator economists peddled It is all global forces beyond our control When growth was good we did not worry about the world because we were decoupled; when it fell there was nothing we could do except pray that the Fed would continue to pump money The trouble with these myths was that they were not just used for political exoneration Large sections of the establishment actually came to believe them The third fatalism comes from an excessive faith in deliverance by a leader The complete abdication of responsibility by the top leaders of the Congress has sowed the seeds of confusion It is also true that the institutional chaos in the wake of the corruption scandals has slowed down some sectors But it does not follow that a single leader can come and fix this For one thingthere is no evidence yet that the current opposition party has anything sensible to say on macroeconomics And what Narendra Modi does in fact say on a range of issues of fundamental reformfrom FDI to the value of the rupeeis not very reassuring He also distinctly seems to lack control of his parliamentary partywhich is busy putting its weight behind all kinds of half baked lawsincluding the Lokpal Bill But it has little time to intelligently talk about the economy Admittedlyadministrative decision-making at the top will help But it will get you only so far Cleaning up the institutional mess on a range of things from contracting to environmental clearances will be a huge task The UPAs legacy of institutional corrosion is so deep in these areas that rebooting them will not just be a matter of one mans will to give orders It will be setting new norms Indeedthe big worry is that the system will again risk wheels getting stuck in the sand if new norms are not institutionalised While there is some discussion of institutions to tackle corruptionthere is very little about institutions to promote growth in a new context The fourth fatalism comes from genuine intellectual confusion Disagreements are inevitable But there is now a generalised scepticism about economists To a certain extentthis scepticism is justified The crisis of credible mediation is afflicting economics as well But this has licensed a general fatalism about growth: we dont understand where growth came from So we are waiting for it to fall from heaven So as the dance of democracy continuesyou find almost no passion for growth No one is taking up the cudgels on its behalf We will pass everythingbut it will pass over the one thing that truly matters: growth The writer is presidentCentre for Policy ResearchDelhiand a contributing editor for The Indian Express [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAbout 15 years ago the newspaper I was editing carried the transcript of a conversation between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai This had been published also by the Hindustan Times Its reporter J Dey (who was later murdered) sourced it from the Mumbai police The transcript carried a mention of Preity Zinta in a vulgar comment on her by Khan Zinta was offended and filed a defamation case against me The case carried on for a few years till she dropped it However what was interesting was that the police claimed that they had not done the phone tapping The voices were clearly those of the actors and so the tape was authentic So who tapped them We still don‘t know There are many other instances like this Like the Tata tapes about 20 years ago in which The Indian Express claimed that the corporation was being forced to pay extortion money to separatists in Assam The private conversations of Nusli Wadia Keshub Mahindra Gen Sam Maneckshaw and Ratan Tata were recorded and leaked By whom We don’t know All these instances show that surveillance of Indian citizens by the government happens illegally without authorisation or supervision Though these crimes became public no official was charged with wrongdoing for the illegal surveillance Even the scale of legal surveillance in India is very large A recent right to information application filed by TheIndian Express showed that the Union home secretary approved 10000 phone taps a month What is all this data being collected for We are not told Representational image CNN-News18 We do not have the safeguards and checks like other democracies In the United States the police must show evidence to a judge who has to authorise phone tapping and that also is done with rigid conditions That is lacking in India The lobbyist Niira Radia’s phones were tapped for months and then criminally the conversations were leaked to the press Even if there was no suggestion of a crime people were smeared In India the government can tap citizens and then deny it has done so as in the cases mentioned above Because of a lack of institutional process the government has no control over the material gathered in surveillance even if it is gathered legally (like in the Radia tapes) And there is no accountability This is the background to the judgment by the Supreme Court on the right to privacy I have not got an Aadhaar card because I know the history of surveillance in India Why should the government force me to hand over my biometric details to it It is absurd As proof of identity I have already a passport a driver’s license a PAN card my landline telephone bill my electricity bill the documents of my house and my voter identity card These are all valid forms of identity issued by the government How many other things does it want from me and why I have received noticed from Airtel and HDFC bank that my mobile phone and my bank account must be linked to Aadhaar There are horror stories of children in school being forced to get Aadhaar before they are allowed to appear for exams Aadhaar has already been made compulsory for filing tax returns (I filed mine early to avoid this silly rule) The government’s supporters argue that if one has nothing to hide why resist registering under Aadhaar My answer is that I don’t want to because the government’s safeguards are weak If the issue is that linking Aadhaar with bank accounts and PAN numbers can catch tax thieves better then I object The civilised form of democracy assumes that people are innocent Forcing everyone to link their biometric identity to their finances assumes everyone is guilty This is unacceptable to me On 8 April 2014 Narendra Modi was campaigning in Bangalore for the general election He said he would scrap Aadhaar after winning Attacking Nandan Nilekani (who came up with the idea of Aadhaar) Modi said: “I want to ask him what crime you have committed that the Supreme Court had to rap your Aadhaar project” Modi added: "For the first time I want to tell publicly I asked several questions on Aadhaar project I asked them questions relating to illegal migrants and national security They (the UPA government) did not have any answer” From his position Modi has totally reversed himself and is forcing Aadhaar on those who do not want it Should he not explain why this reversal has happened Of course he will not I met someone from an intelligence agency a few days ago He said that there was a file on me which would have many details much of which was gathered illegally There must be thousands if not lakhs of such people the government is illegally spying on Why should we enable this criminal activity by volunteering our details We must not and the Supreme Court judgment has given hope that this compulsory enrollment of Aadhaar linking our biometric identity to all aspects of our lives will be stopped The testing has now concluded and coaches will now be produced with the bio-digestive toilets. the House meeting is to be held once in a 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