www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.32C. Min.21°C. Humidity: 20% Sunrise: 06:47 Sunset: 06:15 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H WINDOWS FARMER FIRST Finance Minister Piyush Goyal leaves the North Block to present the interim Budget 2019-20 at Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday MODI GOVT GOES POPULIST BEFORE POLLS Announces `6,000 cash dole-out for small farmers, pension scheme for workers in unorganised sector Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to the Old Vic Theatre in Bristol on Friday No hike in rail fares New Delhi: There has been no hike in passenger fare and freight charges in the Interim Budget announced by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday, which also saw the highest ever capital expenditure allocation of Rs 1.58 lakh crore for the national transporter. With Lok Sabha elections slated to be held in April-May, hikes in fares were not expected. Goyal, who is also the Railway minister, said so far 2018-2019 has been the safest for the Indian Railways and all unmanned level crossings on the broadgauge network have been completely eliminated. "Capital expenditure programme of the Railways is at all-time high of Rs 1.58 lakh crore in next financial year. Vande Bharat Express, indigenously developed semi-high speed train, will give Indian passengers world class experience. 8 P11 New Delhi: In a stark departure from the past, Narendra Modi government converted a customary Interim Budget for 2019-20 before elections into fullﬂedged budget by announcing an annual cash dole-out of Rs 6,000 to small farmers and a scheme for providing monthly pension of Rs 3,000 to workers in the unorganised sector besides tax concessions for middle class. Announced with an eye on upcoming elections, these sops are expected to beneﬁt both middle-class and farmers, whose disenchantment was said to have cost the BJP dearly in recent assembly elections. As was widely anticipated, Goyal announced an income support scheme for 12 crore small and marginal farmers by providing Rs 6,000 in their bank accounts in three equal installments in a year, which will cost Rs 75,000 crore a year to the government. The eligibility for the scheme, called Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN), will be ownership of less than 5 acres of cultivable land. Though the ﬁnance minister said the scheme will be implemented from the current ﬁscal year, where it will cost Rs 20,000 crore, it wasn't clear how the beneﬁciaries would be identiﬁed. A mega pension scheme was introduced to provide a monthly pension of Rs 3,000 with a contribution of Rs 100 per month for workers in the unorganised sector after 60 years of age. Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: Terming the Interim Budget presented by Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal as an election budget, AP Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said the Central government had failed to address three important issues namely unemployment, distressed farm sector and problems of the middle-class in the country. While interacting with reporters at his chamber in the Assembly at Velagapudi on Friday, Yanamala said though the Centre had announced some ﬁnancial assistance to farmers, it had failed to explain the modalities of the scheme. He lambasted the Centre for not mentioning anything about the AP Reorganisation Act in the Vote-on-Account. The BJP leaders have been Ministers flay Centre for ignoring promises made in AP Reorganisation Act claiming that the Union government has given Rs 3 lakh crore to the state, but it is only false propaganda, the minister said. Yanamala said the middle-class require more help than mere exemption of I-T for those earning up to Rs 5 lakh per annum. Minister for Social Welfare Nakka Ananda Babu said that the Centre had imposed a restriction under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi by announcing that only those farmers who possessed two hectares or less would be eligible for the annual beneﬁt of Rs 6,000. Agriculture Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy pointed out CM tells BJP member that he’s not fit to be a representative HANS NEWS SERVICE MORE REPORTS P5, P11 Tax bonanza for individuals Nil tax for people who earn up to `5L New Delhi: Giving a big relief to individual tax payers, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday exempted people with annual income up to Rs 5 lakh from payment of income tax, a move which will benefit a whopping over 3 crore salaried class, pensioners, self-employed and small businesses. The current tax liability for these people is Rs 13,000 (including health and education cess). However, as this relief has been given in the form of rebate and tax rates remain unchanged, the tax burden on people with earnings more than Rs 5 lakh will not come down. However, individuals with gross income up to Rs 6.5 lakh will not need to pay any tax now, if they make tax saving investments of Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. Of course, very senior citizens (aged 80 years and above) are not impacted by this change as their total income up to Rs 5 lakh was anyway not subject to tax. Continued on Page 15 ‘Budget failed to address unemployment problem’ HANS NEWS SERVICE Naidu comes down heavily on BJP that the Centre failed to provide any relief to families of farmers who had committed suicide. He further said the Centre failed to announce any loan waiver. Finance Minister Piyush Goyal did not even speak about the Swaminathan Committee suggestions on reforms in agriculture sector, he added. Transport Minister K Atchannaidu regretted over the failure of the Union Finance Minister to speak anything about implementation of promises in AP Reorganisation Act-2014. of PAKODANOMICS: PC SLAMS MODI TRIMMED VERSION OF RBS: KTR F ormer Union finance minister P Chidambaram rapped the interim budget, arguing that it had two words missing-- education and jobs. In a jibe at the government, he said the reason for the missing words was that had they been uttered, the youth of the country would have rejected their 'pakodanomics'. Chidambaram was referring to the remark made by PM Modi last year in which he had compared selling pakodas a proper job. "In the 10-point vision document presented by Finance Minister (Piyush Goyal), there is nothing about education, nothing about jobs," Chidambaram said. The Congress veteran also dismissed the NITI Aayog's defence of the government "suppressing" a report that showed the unemployment rate at a 45-year high. T RS working president KT Rama Rao said the Centre’s direct cash transfer scheme announced in the budget is nothing but a trimmed version of Rythu Bandhu scheme being implemented in Telangana. KTR tweeted that he is "glad that the farmers of India are going to be helped by Rythu Bandhu scheme, the brainchild of KCR.” Under the scheme, every farmer owning less than two hectares of land will get Rs 6,000 per year in three equal instalments. "The name may have been changed by the NDA government, in spirit it remains the trimmed version of Rythu Bandhu," KTR said. NAIDU HOLDS ‘SAVE THE NATION…’ MEET IN DELHI Oppn to approach EC over EVM tampering issue HANS NEWS SERVICE New Delhi: A host of Opposition leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and NCP chief Sharad Pawar, held a meeting at the Constitution Club here on Friday to chalk out a "joint strategy" to develop solutions on issues like providing employment opportunities to the youth, agricultural crisis and systematic attack on various institutions. Called by Naidu, the ‘Save the Nation, Save the Democracy’ meeting saw leaders from the Opposition camp discussing the issue of EVM tampering, an issue which they have been raising consistently. The Congress president Rahul Gandhi with AP CM Chandrababu Naidu and NCP chief Sharad Pawar addressing the media after the opposition meeting over various political issues, including the issue of EVMs, in New Delh Congress president said the Opposition parties will approach the Election Commission and submit a document over the EVM tampering issue on Monday. This comes hours after Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora ruled out reverting back to the ballot paper. Questioning the efficacy of the electronic voting machines, the Opposition parties have demanded that the Election Commission revert to paper ballots to hold the Lok Sabha elections. The Opposition parties claimed that only two or three countries in the world were using EVMs and that the rest had reverted to ballot paper system. “The main issue with the EVMs is that there is a doubt in the minds of many people in this country about the fairness of its system. So, we want to create a backup system so that people can be certain about what is going on and they build their conﬁdence in the electoral system,” he added. On the BJP leaders calling the Budget a ‘Surgical Strike 2.0’, Gandhi said, “The surgical strike is going to happen in the next couple of months with Modi and his govt. There would be one surgical strike after the other on Rafale, on demonetisation, jobs, agriculture.” Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: In an unusual act, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday launched a scathing attack on the BJP for failing to fulﬁl the commitments made to the state. Speaking in the Assembly on the injustice meted to the state, Naidu said the Centre had insulted the people of the state in every respect. It perhaps thinks Telugu people have no masculinity. Continued on Page 15 AP BANDH PEACEFUL HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: A state-wide bandh was observed by various organisations in Andhra Pradesh on Friday, demanding that the Centre immediately accord special status category to the state and fulﬁl promises made in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014. The bandh given by Pratyeka Hoda Vibhajana Hameela Sadhana Samiti was supported by the Left-wing parties, the CPI, CPM, Congress and TDP. These parties and organisations, responding to the call given by Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu to see that normal life was not disrupted lest it may send negative message to investors adopted novel ways of protests and by and large it remained peaceful. Bus services were affected in many parts of the state till noon due to the protests staged by the Left parties, Congress and TDP in front of the APSRTC depots. Protests were made on the highways, main junctions in many parts of the state and rallies were taken out as part of the bandh. Continued on Page 15 Appoint regular CBI Director forthwith, SC fiat to Centre n PM-LED PANEL FAILS TO PICK UP CBI CHIEF New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre why it has not appointed a regular CBI Director and said it was "averse" to the appointment of an interim chief for the agency for a long period. A bench comprising justices Arun Mishra and Naveen Sinha said the post of the CBI Director was sensitive and the government should have appointed a regular director by now. Attorney-General K K Venugopal told the court that a high-powered committee, headed by the Prime Minister, will hold a meeting to select a new CBI director. Taking account of the Attorney-General’s submissions that the committee will hold a meeting on Friday, the top court posted the matter for hearing on February 6. However, the second meeting of PM-led panel on CBI chief's selection remained inconclusive, officials said on Friday. Friday's meeting was attended by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. Continued on Page 15
thehansindia.com is a news portal which strives to keep you hooked on to news-as it happens. Our team aims to keep you abreast with whatever is making headlines across the world including politics, business, sports, lifestyle and entertainment. thehansindia.com is a part of The Hans India, an English Daily published across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The newspaper was launched in 2011 and publishes editions from Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Amaravati, Rajahmundry, Khammam, Kurnool, Nizamabad, Tirupati and Warangal simultaneously, the newspaper is on its way to becoming the leading English Newspaper in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. We are soon going national too. The Newspaper is owned and operated by Hyderabad Media House Ltd, which also runs the Telugu-language news channel, HMTV. In a nutshell, we closely highlight socio-economic development of India in general and the two Telugu states in particular.