www.thehansindia.com WARANGAL TUESDAY 29 JANUARY 2019 PAGES 20 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.26C. Min.13°C. Humidity: 65% Sunrise: 06:45 Sunset: 06:04 STATE WINDOWS 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. Kumaraswamy threatens to quit Bengaluru: Amid strains in Congress-JDS ties, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday threatened to step down over adverse comments by a Congress MLA, prompting the coalition partner to swing into damage control mode. Congress general secretary K C Venugopal and incharge of party affairs in the state said the party high commandhas full faith in Kumaraswamy and the State government. 8 P7 BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H SWINE FLU SCARE AT NALSAR AS 5 STUDENTS TEST POSITIVE SNAPDEAL, SHOPCLUES OPPOSE ANY EXTENSION OF FEB 1 DEADLINE 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 4 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 OUR BUREAU Economists propose `18K basic income for rural households 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 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, 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 Telangana scribe honoured with Sahitya Akademi award Hyderabad: Senior journalist Apparasu Krishna Rao, who hails from Mahbubnagar district, has been announced as the recipient of the Central Sahitya Akademi award for translation. Krishna Rao is being honoured for his translation of well-known poet Padma Sachdev’s poems in Dogri language into Telugu in a collection titled ‘GuppeduSuryudu, MarikonniKavithalu’. Expressing happiness over Krishna Rao’s achievement, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, in a statement, said that the journalist, author and poet deserved the award. He wished Rao reach greater heights in journalism and literary ﬁelds and strive Apparasu Krishna Rao to get good name for Telangana. With no Cabinet, Secretariat wears a deserted look 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 P8 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 Hyderabad: Administration has gone for a toss in the Telangana state secretariat. On one side, ministers’ chambers fell vacant due to delay in the creation of state cabinet and the other side officials are attending duties at their convenient time instead of being in office by 10 am. Except for Chief Minister Office (CMO) and Finance departments, all sections of other departments present deserted look everyday as the officials are attending to their duties at least one hour late. Even though the government fixed office hours, many officials are seen in their seats in the afternoons. Ever since the TRS came to power for the second consecutive term on December 13, laxity among the officials from the rank of Senior Assistant to Deputy Secretaries working in the different sections in the Secretariat is seen in discharging their duties. The higher authorities (Secretaries) are also oblivious to the absence of their subordinates during office hours. The biometric attendance introduced by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s government three years ago in all wings in the Secretariat was no use to check the officials from skipping their duties. To the amazement of all, no action is being taken against any latecomer so far by higher authorities. Officials said that the workforce in the Secretariat is yet to get into work mode as all ministers’ peshies (except Home) are non-existent for the last 40 plus days. The work burden on the officials is 50 per cent less when the minister peshi is not in operation. These days, the number of people visiting the Secretariat is also in thin numbers for there are no ministers to present their grievances. Except routine work related to the establishments and clearance of the pending files, the Secretariat staff did not have much work and it could be the main reason for they coming to offices late, an employee association leader maintained. Once the cabinet is formed, the Secretariat will buzz with activity and the staff will come to office in time, he said. Reject national parties, Owaisi tells Dalits, Muslims, Adivasis ‘Bharat Ratna to Ambedkar given out of compulsion, not from heart’ Thane: All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (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. The Vanchit Bhaujan Aghadi is an outﬁt ﬂoated by the AIMIM and the Prakash Ambedkar-led Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM). He said Babasaheb Ambedkar had laid down equal rights for all citizens of the country. He took a dig at the Congress and the ruling BJP and claimed the two parties had got elected on the votes of the "deprived" classes but had only meted out injustice to them. Continued on Page 4 Mujhe yeh batao ki jitne Bharat Ratna ke award diye gaye, usmein se kitne dalit, adivasi, musalmanon, garibon, upper caste aur Brahminon ko diye gaye? Babasaheb ko Bharat Ratna diya par dil se nahi diya, majboori ki halat mein diya ‘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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