www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL THURSDAY 10 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.28C. Min.11°C. Humidity: 38% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 05:52 STATE WINDOWS CBI chief Alok Verma arrives at CBI headquarters to resume office, a day after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, in New Delhi on Wednesday. Verma, returned to his Delhi office for the first time in three months, after he was sent on forced leave by the central government on Oct 23, 2018. 8 P7 BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H LS POLLS PUT CONGRESS LEADERS ON THE EDGE WORLD BANK PEGS GDP GROWTH AT 7.5% IN FY20 Parl okays 10% quota for poor in general category GOVT TERMS THE LANDMARK MOVE AS ‘SLOG OVER SIX’ New Delhi: Parliament on Wednesday approved amending the Constitution to provide 10 per cent reservation to general category poor in jobs and education with the government terming the landmark move as 'slog over sixes'. A day after Lok Sabha approved the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Rajya Sabha passed the law with 165 voting in favour and 7 against. In the last leg of the legislative process, the Bill will now go to the President for approval. And once it gets his ascent, it will become the law that will give economically weaker sections in the general category 10 per cent reservation in education as well as central and state government jobs. The Bill was approved after the House rejected a motion moved by Kanimozhi (DMK) and supported by Left parties for sending it to a parliamentary select committee for scrutiny. Against 18 members supporting, 155 opposed it and one member abstained. The Bill was approved after the House rejected 5 amendments moved by Opposition members. The quota will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation to SCs, STs and Other Back- A view of Rajya Sabha during Parliament Winter Session, in New Delhi on Wednesday ward Classes (OBCs). Replying to nearly eight-hour long debate in Rajya Sabha, Social Justice and Emowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot asked Congress how it would have implemented the promise it made in its election manifesto of giving giving reservation to poor of general category but by amending the Constitution. He said reservation to SC, ST and OBCs will not be touched by the amendment and opposition parties should have supported the legislation without any ifs and buts. The changes in the Constitution being made to provide the reservation will hold scrutiny of the Supreme Court, he hoped. Filling up of jobs reserved for SC/STs and OBCs is an ongoing process, he said, adding the bill was an attempt to beneﬁt poor of general category who have been deprived so far. While opposition parties questioned the motive behind bringing the legislation just four months before the general elections, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad used cricketing anology to justify the move saying 'sixes are hit only in the slog overs' and said more such "sixers" are in the pipeline. Several opposition members raised doubts about the legality of the bill in view of the Supreme Court setting limit of quotas at 50 per cent. Continued on Page 4 Budget session likely from Jan 31 to Feb 13 New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament is likely to be held from January 31 to February 13 and the interim Budget is expected to be presented on February 1, government sources said on Wednesday. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh deliberated on the dates for the Budget session and the ﬁnal decision will be announced after Rajya Sabha is adjourned sine die and the committee recommends prorogation of the Winter session, the sources said. Thereafter the recommendation will be sent to the President. As of now, it has been decided that the Budget session will be held from January 31 to February 13. The interim budget is likely to be presented on February 1. President Ram Nath Kovind is likely to address the joint sitting of the two Houses on January 31 and the Economic Survey may also be tabled on the same day. The Budget session, which usually happens in two phases, is likely to be held in a single phase as the general elections are due this year. It is expected to be the last session. TRS mantra to sweep gram panchayat polls n Unanimous election sans legal pitfalls K CHANDRASHEKAR n CASTE EQUATIONS, BALANCED REPRESENTATION AND LEADERS’ PRIORITIES KEY DETERMINANTS Forming Cabinet not a cinch for KCR PATAN AFZAL BABU Hyderabad: Winning the State Assembly elections with a sizeable majority doesn’t always mean cabinet formation too would be a cinch, going by the predicament of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has apparently begun the exercise to shortlist the names of those who could be given a berth in his team. His task, instead of being cut out, has been complicated by the fact that he needs to also pick prospective nominees for 17 MLC seats, zero in on a name for the Assembly Speaker post, and choose those who can willingly serve as parliamentary secretaries in a short time before the Lok Sabha Elections. Central to problem that KCR is facing is the bewildering task of maintaining caste equations while ensuring equal distribution of posts among all districts, keeping in view various leaders’ priorities and the requirement to appease sulking individuals and rival groups within the TRS. According to a source, some senior leaders have already sent feelers to KCR that they are not interested in the Speaker’s post. There are also those who are not ready to ac- cept parliamentary secretary post. Instead, most of them prefer a berth in the cabinet. Political circles are agog that, though the names of senior leaders such as E Rajendar, P Srinivas Reddy, K Eshwar, Redya Naik and Padma Devendar Reddy’s are under consideration for the post of Speaker, these leaders are believed to have foreclosed that option as their sentiments are strong that their political career could come to an end if they accept the “non- political” post. “Majority of the senior leaders are vying for a ministerial berth in the KCR cabinet. Continued on Page 4 Hyderabad: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti is keen on sweeping the forthcoming panchayat elections through unanimous election of sarpanches of most of the gram panchayats, while strictly adhering to the guidelines set by the State Election Commission and ensuring that no legal hurdles arise. Accordingly, TRS legislators and leaders have plunged into action, particularly in areas where the party believes it is very strong, to reason with rival candidates and keep them away from the contest, of course, without any legal complications. The SEC, in its recent order, had instructed the Returning Ofﬁcers to deploy an election observer in every village where the entire local body (sarpanch and ward members) is stated to have been elected unanimously. So, TRS is taking all precautions to ensure that panchayats where sarpanches and ward members are elected uncontested also remain free of legal troubles. Towards this end, TRS leaders are explaining to village heads that there would be substantial beneﬁts in the case of unanimous election, considering that funds could be provided easily for taking up developmental works. Besides, the village stands to beneﬁt from funds that the local MLA and MP can access, said a TRS leader. Thus, even for a small gram panchayat, funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh could be provided, all of which would be of immense help. The villages can have good roads, drainage, community halls etc, added the TRS leader. TRS working president K T Rama Rao, at several party meetings, had urged party leaders to go for unanimous election because of the foregoing benefits. During a meeting in Sircilla, Rama Rao said: “There is no opposition left in the villages after the Assembly elections”. So, considering that there may be three to four candidates in each village, they, instead of fighting with one another other, should and make the election unanimous. He also offered to provide Rs 15 lakh in addition to the Rs 10 lakh incentive offered by the government, especially in Sircilla constituency. Continued on Page 4 Gaganyaan a major turning point: Former ISRO chief Hyderabad: India's maiden human spaceﬂight mission 'Gaganyaan' would be a major turning point in the country's space programme and allow New Delhi to catch up with global players, former ISRO Chairman G Madhavan Nair said. He also expressed conﬁdence that ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) would be able to undertake the venture by 2022, the targeted time-frame. The project report was prepared when Nair was heading ISRO. The objective of the Gaganyaan project is to carry a three-member crew to low earth orbit and return them safely to a predeﬁned destination on earth. ISRO plans two unmanned ﬂights -- by December 2020 and in July 2021 -- before undertaking the manned mission by December 2021. "Gaganyaan is going to be a major turning point and technologically all the ISRO centres are going to have big challenges before them... huge beneﬁts to the country", he said. Nair noted that some work, including those relating to crew escape module and space suit, had already been going on in a low-key mode, before the formal Cabinet approval on December 28 for the Rs 9,023 crore project. The Union Cabinet's nod for Madhavan Nair the Rs 9,023-crore programme came nearly five months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the project in his Independence Day speech last year. "This is really a fantastic support to ISRO. With this pro- Gaganyaan is going to be a major turning point and technologically all the ISRO centres are going to have big challenges before them... huge benefits to the country gramme we can reach the level of global players", he said. ISRO is capable of undertaking the mission by 2022, Nair said, adding, the space agency's chief K Sivan is giving "the right guidance and direction" to the organisation. "It's something which is achievable. They will do it in a project mode and reach the goal," Nair said. Asked whether ISRO has all technologies for the project, he said the space agency might not be able to put in place crew training facilities by the targeted time-frame. "So, we may have to depend probably on Russia, their support (in crew training). All other things (technologies) are something doable (by ISRO)," he said. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik calling on the 15th Finance Commission Chairperson NK Singh during a meeting, in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday Patnaik to keep away from BJP, Cong Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday made it clear that his BJD will not join any grand alliance (or Mahagathbandhan) the opposition parties are trying to form before general elections, and would not align either with the BJP or the Congress. Speaking to reporters after a meeting here, the Biju Janata Dal president said his party would "continue with our policy of equidistance from the BJP and the Congress." "I want to clarify that as far as Mahagathbandhan is concerned, the Biju Janata Dal is not a part of it," he said. The Chief Minister's statement is signiﬁcant as several non-BJP parties are trying to forge unity in a bid to form a grand alliance to take on the ruling party in the Lok Sabha elections this year. Patnaik's statement comes a day after he said during his visit to Delhi on Tuesday that his party needed time to take a decision on Mahagathbandhan. Referring to Patnaik's meeting with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao here last month, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik said it was an exercise to weaken anti-BJP forces. Patnaik during his meeting with K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) last month, had said: "We are state teams." Then, KCR and Patnaik had emphasised on uniﬁcation of regional parties to provide an alternative to the Congress and the BJP ahead of the 2019 general elections.
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