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Government to sanction all 1.12 crore houses under PMAY by next month

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The government has been implementing PMAY (Urban) and PMAY (Gramin) since June 2015 and April 2016 respectively

NEW DELHI: The government will sanction the entire 1.12 crore houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) by next month, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

“A revised demand assessment was made and now the demand is for 1.12 crore houses. I am sure we can meet that in terms of sanctioning in the next month or so,” he said during the Question Hour in the Upper House.

The initial demand was to sanction and construct 1 crore houses by March 2022, he said.

The Minister informed that so far, 32 lakh houses have been handed over to beneficiaries, while 60 lakh units are under construction that will be ready in next 12-18 months.

“This figure (handing over) will rise quickly as 60 lakh homes are at a very rapid stage of completion,” he added.

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Probe Amaravati land deals: CID to Income Tax Department

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Amravati. (File Photo |EPS)

VIJAYAWADA: In a letter to the Income Tax Department, the second one in as many weeks, the AP Crime Investigation Department (CID) probing insider trading in Amaravati land deals, said its investigation revealed that the transactions were done in cash that too above `2 lakh and asked the I-T Department to investigate whether the persons involved in the transactions have violated tax provisions.

Additional Director General of Police (CID) PV Sunil Kumar, in a letter to the Chief Commissioner of I-T, AP, said that during their investigation into the suspected cash transactions in registration of lands in Amaravati in 2018-19, they have found that huge cash transactions took place in purchase of lands.
“During probe, it was found that most of the transactions were done in cash that too above `2 lakh,’’ the CID chief said.

The CID submitted the list of suspicious land transactions involving huge money along with the details of purchasers of land, location and extent of land, sale deed value and mode of payment. Furnishing the list, the CID asked the I-T Department to probe whether the said persons have violated the provisions of I-T Act and asked the department to initiate suitable action against the violators under relevant sections. 

It may be recalled that the CID had earlier written to the I-T Department to probe the land deals in Amaravati as it found more than 750 buyers of lands in Amaravati were white ration card holders and some of them do not even have a PAN card.

Meanwhile, in another case which might be linked to forcible taking over of assigned lands by those in power during the previous TDP government, the CID registered a case against two persons for allegedly usurping assigned lands within the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) limits fraudulently from a Dalit. Officials, however, maintained they are yet to ascertain whether it comes under the Amaravati land pooling scheme and also the persons involved in it are related to any political party.
The complaint was registered by a person identified as Pallepogu Siva Shankar from Kuragallu village in Mangalagiri mandal. In his complaint, Siva Shankar said he inherited 1.68 cents of assigned agriculture land from his grandmother Venkayamma in Kuragallu mandal. On March 7, 2015, he agreed to hand over his agriculture land to CRDA.  

“One of our villagers Maila Parameswara Rao told that my assigned land will be acquiring by the government and I will not be compensated. He also told me that he will purchase the land for some amount for which I agreed to register my land in the names of Tata Basava Shankara Rao of Bapatla and Paladugu Naga Lakshmi of Hyderabad,’’ Siva Shankar said.

However, the registrar office in Mangalagiri refused to register the document and kept it pending, Siva Shankar alleged and said subsequently, he found that the land was registered in the name of some unknown persons. Following the complaint of Siva Shankar, the CID filed a case under Sections 420 (cheating) and others of IPC apart from SC/ST Act.

Credits: thenewindianexpress

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Jagan writes to PM Modi requesting special category status for Andhra Pradesh

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AMARAVATI: Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has written

to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

In the light of the specification regarding the issue in the Fifteenth Finance Commission report for the year 2020-21, he has asked the centre to accord the category status.

In his letter written on Tuesday, Reddy has stated that the Central government had promised special status to Andhra Pradesh at the time of the bifurcation in 2014 but the centre did not grant special status to the state citing 14th finance commission recommendations.

“This leads to gross injustice to Andhra but 15th Finance Commission Report for 2020-21 clearly told that grant of SCS lies in the hands of central government only,” Reddy wrote in the letter.

In these difficult times when the economy is sluggish and the sentiment is weak, the budget has been most reassuring and has provided necessary enthusiasm, he added.

“There is, however, a sense of dissatisfaction in the people of the State, owing to the fact that there is no specific mention in the budget regarding the steps intended to be taken by the Central Government to support Andhra Pradesh,” Reddy wrote.

“I am writing this letter to seek your guidance and support in the light of a statement contained in the report of the Fifteenth Finance Commission tabled in the Parliament at the time of presentation of the Union Budget. The bifurcation has subjected the successor State of Andhra Pradesh to immense economic hardships,” he added.

Post bifurcation, the benefits of higher revenues would accrue to Telangana, depriving the successor State of Andhra Pradesh of these resources, Reddy added.

Reddy in his letter reiterated that “The Fifteenth Commission report for 2020-21 tabled in the Parliament contains the following specification: Some States have requested the grant of special category status. This does not constitute part of the mandate of the FC-XV and remains entirely in the domain of the Union Government, which can take an appropriate decision after due consideration.”

“In this situation where the Finance Commission has taken a very clear stand that the issue of grant of Special Category Status does not fall within the limits within which it operates, there is a very definite inconsistency between the stand taken by the Ministry of Finance and the stand taken by the Fifteenth Finance Commission,” he added.

Reddy has appealed to the Prime Minister to intervene in the matter and help the people of Andhra Pradesh who are trapped in an “unfortunate scenario”.

Credits: theindianexpress

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Gandhi’s non-violence principle followed even today: Governor

He had warned governments on ill-effects of liquor

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Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan waves at students of Andhra Loyola College , in Vijayawada on Thursday. | Photo Credit: K.V.S. GIRI

Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan highlighted the way Mahatma Gandhi’s weapon of non-violence that brought India freedom influenced several freedom fighters across the globe and revolutionised how people fight for freedom which is followed even today.

Mr. Harichandan took part in the meeting observing Mahatma Gandhi 72nd death anniversary organised by the Andhra Pradesh Gandhi Smarak Nidhi (APGSN) at Andhra Loyola College on Thursday. The day also marks Martyrs’ Day.

Addressing students, Mr. Harichandan said the magnitude of Gandhiji’s role in social and political reforms was such that his ideals were followed by top leaders across the globe.

“He had warned governments on ill-effects of liquor”

“There were many leaders in the freedom movement, but Gandhiji was the topmost who got us freedom by asking the entire nation to come to the streets and fight against the British. The weapon used to fight them was non-violence and the entire world was surprised when Gandhiji talked about it,” he said,

“Mahatma Gandhi asked students to come to the streets and fight against slavery. Then so-called intellectuals asked Gandhiji what will happen to students’ future if the fight on the streets?. Gandhiji replied asking what will be the future of slaves?” Mr. Harichandan said.

Now, several countries worship Gandhiji, we know that Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and others followed Gandhi’s non-violence way to fight against slavery, he added.

“Gandhiji also warned the governments of the adversaries of liquor on society, particularly the poor. He asked them not to see liquor as a source of income and not use such income for education,” he said.

Freedom of speech

“Now the situation has come to a point where people in the name of freedom of speech and expression say whatever they want. They feel compelled to say Bharath Matha Ki Jai because they have the freedom of speech. It is the question of sentiment. By saying Bharath Matha Ki *Jai Gandhiji steered the entire country against the British,” Mr. Harichandan said.

Former Deputy Speaker of AP Assembly Mandali Buddha Prasad, Income Tax (Investigation, AP& Telangana) director-general R.K. Paliwal, APGSN chairman Gandhi P.C. Kaza, ALC principal Fr. Victor Emmanuel and others were present.

Credits: The Hindu

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