TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA Maharashtra will try digital route to review lakhs of forest rights claims KAVITHA IYER MUMBAI, JUNE 21 UPSC Prelim + Mains + Interview Batch Starts 3 July By: Ranjan Kolambe & Bhagirath Team PUNE 8087 833 999 7378 406 920 8087 922 999 9970 298 197 AS THE Maharashtra government races to review and clear lakhs of claims made by tribals for land rights under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), it will next week undertake a pilot project that aims to digitise and automate the process, making it possible to track every one of the nearly 3.72 lakh claims filed till date for individual and community rights over forest land. With the software also automating the process of verifying claims, once the entire process is digitised, it will be impossible for claims toberejected on technical or incorrect grounds. This March, after nearly BUSINESS AS USUAL 40,000 tribals participated in a ‘long march’ from Nashik to Mumbai seeking resolution of long-pending claims or appeals under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis promised that the process of resolving these would be completed within six months, or by midSeptember. The tribal development department subsequently launched the Van Mitra programme to first train officials on the law and then to clear or reopen tens of thousands of pending or erroneously rejected claims and appeals. “The digital platform we are testing is part of the Van Mitra CONTINUEDONPAGE2 PANAMA PAPERS BY UNNY THE AFTERMATH JOURNALISM OF COURAGE From Kanha to Odisha, moving a tiger with care MILIND GHATWAI DEEPAK PATEL & AANCHAL MAGAZINE BHOPAL, JUNE 21 IN THE first such case of interstate relocation, MB2, a 195-kg tiger,wasshiftedfromtheKanha TigerReserveinMadhyaPradesh to the Satkosia Tiger Reserve in Odisha on Thursday. This is part of an ambitious project conceived by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, that involves shifting six tigers (three pairs) from different reserves in the central state to the eastern state. Camera traps had already identified MB2, a sub-adulttiger aged a little over three years, as the first potential target, after it NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 MB2 being shifted from Kanha to Satkosia. The project involves relocating six tigers from MP to Odisha. MP Forest Department emerged that it had a kill and was not likely to move from the area. On Wednesday afternoon, it was tranquilised by wildlife veterinarians from Pench and Kanha. It took two darts to immobile the big cat. Elephantmounted staff then poked the tiger to check for any signs of CONTINUEDONPAGE2 AN INVESTIGATION BY THE INDIAN EXPRESS WITH INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS & SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, MUNICH Havebegunverifyingnewdata:Taxchief RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 10 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Need tighter fiscal policy By JAHANGIR AZIZ ON THE day The Indian Express published details of a new set of Panama Papers linking Indians to offshore entities in tax havens, tax authorities in India responded, promising “prompt investigations” into revelations and leads from the tranche of 11.2 million documents connected to Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. Sushil Chandra, Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), heading the joint team probing the Panama Papers, told The Indian Express that within hours of the fresh revelations, “initial verification” of the new names and details had already begun. “New documents will also be examined in a reasonable time-frame and initial verification has already started... we are already trying to complete investigations in as many cases of Panama Papers as possible CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 13 Firms tied to Indians dominate inquiry lists of British Virgin Islands, Bahamas JAY MAZOOMDAAR & RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 TWO YEARS after the Panama Papers revelations, new records show that entities linked to Indian nationals dominate the list of offshore companieson the radar of authorities in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and the Bahamas. Trade war: India hits back at US, increases import duty on 29 items This is evident from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca’sresponsetoauthorities in the BVI and the Bahamas who sought information on client companies soon after the Panama Papers revelations in April 2016. The Financial Investigation Agency (FIA) in Tortola, BVI, was the first off the block to seek details — almost half of all offshore companies listed in the Panama Papers were incorporated in the BVI. The FIA sent Mossack Fonseca a list of 69 companies, seeking their details. This CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WITH THE Trump administration triggering a trade war by increasing import duties, India retaliated late Wednesday, slapping higher duties on 29 items which include a range of products imported from the US such as apples, almonds, walnuts, lentils and certain steel products. The government, however,refrainedfromincreasingthedutyonmotorcycleswith engines higher than 800 cc (cubic centimeter capacity). India is the 21st largest agricultural export market for the US — exports of agricultural products to India totalled $1.3 billionin2016.Thedutyhikewill be effective August 4, 2018. Senior officials of India and the US will meet in New Delhi next week — on June 26-27 — to discuss issues pertaining to the dutyhikebyAmericaonsteeland aluminium, review of export benefitstocertaindomesticproducts and visa tightening norms. The US exported lentils worth $44.5 million to India in 2017 and this forms a sizeable part of the economy of northwestern American states. The duty on masoor dal purchased fromtheUShasbeenhikedfrom 30 per cent to 70 per cent; on CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORT PAGE 9 Cong’s Soz: Musharraf was right, Kashmiris will prefer to be independent MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JUNE 21 CLAIMINGTHATformerPakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s assessment over a decade ago that Kashmiris will “prefer to be independent” if they are given a chance to “exercise their free will” seems to be “correct even today”, Congress veteran Saifuddin Soz, Union Minister in the UPA-I government, has argued in his forthcoming book that the central government should first open dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference before moving to mainstream parties to find a solution to the Kashmir issue. Blames central govts since 1953 for ‘alienation’ of Kashmiris He also makes the claim that “blunders” committed by various central governments since 1953 — a period that also covers governments headed by Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi — alienated Kashmiris from India’s heartland. In his book Kashmir: Glimpses of History and the Story of Struggle, which will be released next week, Soz says the primary CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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