www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL TUESDAY 29 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Increasing cloudiness Temp: Max.30C. Min.20°C. Humidity: 34% Sunrise: 06:48 Sunset: 06:13 Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta pose for a group photo after a meeting on 'Realizing Myanmar's Development Vision for Every Child' at a hotel in Naypyitaw on Monday Sena ‘Big Brother’, will shake Delhi: Raut Mumbai: Dismissing all speculation of an alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the Lok Sabha 2019 election, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Monday that the Sena will always remain the 'Big Brother' in Maharashtra and shake the throne of Delhi. Reject national parties, Owaisi tells dalits, Muslims, adivasis Thane: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi asked Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis to come together and reject national parties in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Speaking at a rally of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi in Kalyan near Mumbai, Owaisi said it was time for the "deprived" to hit back rather than continue "suffering" as was the case in the past 70 years. SNAPDEAL, SHOPCLUES OPPOSE ANY EXTENSION IN FEB 1 DEADLINE REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H 20 CHILDREN HURT AS SCHOOL BUS TUMBLES FROM CULVERT RAHUL PROMISES MINIMUM INCOME GUARANTEE TO POOR Raipur: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has promised that his party, if voted to power in the Lok Sabha elections this year, will ensure minimum basic income for the poor in the country. “After winning the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress-led government will do what no other government has done so far. We will ensure guaranteed basic income for the poor in the country,” Rahul Gandhi said while speaking at a rally in Chhattisgarh. Rahul Gandhi reiterated this promise in a tweet. "If voted to power in 2019, the Congress is committed to a minimum income guarantee for every poor person, to help eradicate poverty and hunger. This is our vision and our promise," Rahul Gandhi said in his tweet. Interestingly, in the ﬁrst sentence of his tweet, Rahul Gandhi mirrored PM Narendra Modi and spoke about building a "new India". "We cannot build a new India while millions of our brothers & sisters suffer the scourge of poverty," Rahul Gandhi said in his tweet. Minimum income for the poor is a derivation of the concept of universal basic income, under which a citizen of a country gets a guaranteed monthly stipend, regardless of her social, economic or educational standing. Continued on Page 15 HIGHLIGHTS We cannot build a new India while millions suffer the scourge of poverty: Rahul Gandhi The Economic Survey of India had presented a model for universal basic income in 2016-17 Say Rythu Bandhu suffers from key deficiencies Sharan. The paper titled "Quasi-Universal Basic Rural Income (QUBRI): The Way Forward" suggests that the burden should be shared between the Central and state governments in equal measure. Building on the Telangana government's Rythu Bandhu and the Odisha government's Kalia schemes, the authors suggest a direct cash transfer only to rural households, excluding the demonstrably well-off. Critiquing the Rythu Bandhu scheme, it says it suffers from deficiencies like linking cash payments to land ownership and leaving out two highly-vulnerable groups - agricultural workers and landless labourers - while helping the richest and least vulnerable. The proposal comes days ahead of the interim Budget in which an announcement of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme for farmers is widely anticipated. 8 P5 After winning the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress-led government will do what no other government has done so far. We will ensure universal basic income for the poor in the country – RAHUL GANDHI WHAT IS UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME? U niversal basic income is a concept under which a citizen of a country gets a guaranteed monthly stipend, regardless of his/her social, economic or educational standing. There has been some debate in India over the subject of implementing universal basic income in the country. In 2016-17, the Economic Survey of India presented a model for universal basic income. It had fixed an income of Rs 7,620 per person per annum under the model CM to launch trial run of Kia Motors today HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The Korean automobile giant Kia Motors is all set to launch its ﬁrst car, a SUV from its Anantapur plant on Tuesday. Kia Motors has created a record by commencing trial production in a record time of one year. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is going to launch the trial run of the ﬁrst car along with Kia MD Shim in the presence of South Korea Ambassador to India HE Shin Bongkil. The Kia greenﬁeld car manu- A huge hoarding of Kia Motors at its manufacturing plant in Yerramanchi village of Penugonda mandal in Anantapur district facturing plant will have an investment of over Rs 12,900 crore. Kia Motors along with the auto ancillaries from South Korea is one of the largest FDI that has been grounded in India in recent 4 lakh houses in Feb under housing for all HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The state government is set to inaugurate four lakh houses from February 2 to 4 as part of its policy to provide housing for all, according to Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The government has also started resolving the issue of dotted lands. Replying to a question on the issue, Guntur district Collector Kona Sasidhar said that 28,000 applications regarding dotted lands were solved and 10,000 house sites will be distributed soon. Appreciating the work done by the Collectors through a video conference from the Secretariat, Naidu said incentives would be given to those officials who worked hard to achieve good satisfaction level of people. The zero budget natural farming being adopted by Andhra Pradesh re- Economists propose `18K basic income for rural household New Delhi: Former Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has proposed a quasi-universal basic rural income (QUBRI) of Rs 18,000 per year to each rural household, except those which are "demonstrably welloff", at an estimated cost of Rs 2.64 lakh crore to tackle agrarian distress. A per-household annual transfer of about Rs 18,000, or Rs 1,500 per month, encompassing 75 per cent of the rural population, can be covered at a total fiscal cost of about 1.3 per cent of the GDP, he says in a paper that he co-authored with Director of JH Consulting Josh Felman, World Bank Economist Boban Paul and Harvard University's PhD student MR Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu holding a video conference with District Collectors & HODs at the Secretariat in Amaravati on Monday times. The plant will have initial installed capacity of 3 lakh vehicles per annum and may be further increased to 4 lakh. The production volume will comprise 90 per cent domestic sales and 10 per cent exports. The Kia Motors will generate employment for 4,000 permanent employees and 7,000 temporary employees. The Kia Motors will also be collaborating with the Government of AP for developing an ecosystem for electric vehicles. Continued on Page 15 ceived acclaim from all over the world, he said. Calling upon the collectors to resolve the grievances of people received during the recent Janmabhoomi programme to increase satisfaction levels of people, the CM said knowledge and technology should be used perfectly to improve living standards. The officials informed Naidu that of the 55,540 applications received for ration cards during Janmabhoomi programme 40,040 applications were cleared and 8,476 applications are under scrutiny. The officials said 10,033 new ration cards were distributed in addition to 5,196 split ration cards and 24,811 cards will be distributed soon. Expressing happiness over success of Jayaho BC Sadassu at Rajamahendravaram on Sunday, the Chief Minister said ten corporations will be set up for BC castes to establish identity to the particular castes and instil conﬁdence among them. Continued on Page 15 Miffed Kotla to join Telugu Desam n TDP may field Suryaprakash Reddy from Kurnool Lok Sabha seat HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The Congress party in the state is set to suffer a major jolt as senior party leader from Kurnool Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy and his family has decided to join the TDP. On Monday, all his supporters had submitted their resignations to the Congress party and informed Reddy that they would be with him whatever decision he would take. Suryaprakash Reddy was miffed with the Congress party for not taking his advice on various issues seriously. He is learnt to have told his followers that he felt insulted and had decided to quit Congress party. Kotla family has good hold in the Kurnool constituency. The last straw on his back was the refusal of the Congress party to consider his advice to have electoral alliance with TDP. Following this, Reddy met Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. Continued on Page 15 Vijayasai Reddy’s kin likely to join TDP P olitical winds are blowing in all directions as the activity hots up in the run up to elections in April. Internal differences between YSRCP leaders is also likely to result in exit of some leaders from party and join the TDP. According to sources Dwarkanath, brother-in-law of YSRCP leader Vijayasai Reddy is having serious differences with party leaders G Srikanth Reddy and hence is contemplating joining TDP. ‘Proud to be 1st Hindu-American to run for Prez’ Washington: Democratic Presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has alleged that she had become a victim of "religious bigotry" and some media outlets were targeting her and accusing her supporters, who have Hindu names, of being Hindu nationalists. Gabbard, the ﬁrst Hindu elected to the US Congress, wrote an op-ed for the Religious News Services on Sunday, describing the campaign against her, supporters and donors as "proﬁling and targeting of Hindu Americans and ascribing to them motives without any basis". The 37-year-old had on January 11 announced that she would be running for the White House in 2020. In the hard-hitting piece, Gabbard pointed out to the accusation against her of being a Hindu nationalist. "Tomorrow will it be Muslim or Jewish Americans? Japanese, Hispanic or African Americans?" she asked. "My meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India's democratically elected leader, have been highlighted as 'proof' of this and portrayed as somehow being out of the ordinary or somehow suspect, even though President (Barack) Obama, Secretary (Hillary) Clinton, President (Donald) Trump and many of my colleagues in Congress have met with and worked I have been accused of being a Hindu nationalist: Tulsi Gabbard with him," Gabbard said. "I am proud to be the ﬁrst HinduAmerican to have been elected to Congress, and now, the ﬁrst Hindu-American to run for president," the four-term Democratic lawmaker from Hawaii said. "And, while the headlines covering my announcement could have celebrated this his- toric ﬁrst, maybe even informed Americans at large about the world's third-largest religion, some have instead fomented suspicion, fear and religious bigotry about not only me but also my supporters," Gabbard said. Gabbard said India was one of America's closest allies in Asia and is a country of growing importance in a critical region of the world. "The strategic partnership between our two countries has been a priority for several decades now. To question my commitment to my country, while not questioning non-Hindu leaders, creates a double standard that can only be rooted in one thing: 'religious bigotry'. I am Hindu and they are not," Gabbard said. She referred to the attack against her in the past by political opponents. "Religious bigotry and attempt to foment fear of Hindus and other minority religions persist. During my 2012 and 2014 elections, my Republican opponent stated publicly that a Hindu should not be allowed to serve in the US Congress and that Hinduism is incompatible with the US Constitution," she said. In the 2016 race for Congress, her Republican opponent said repeatedly that a vote for her was a vote for the devil because of her religion, Gabbard wrote.
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