AHMEDABAD,LATE CITY AUGUST 5, 2018 18+6 (EYE) PAGES, ` 5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA IDEA EXCHANGE PAGE 7 ‘TOURISM FUTURE OF UTTARAKHAND... FOCUSED ON DEVELOPING 13 NEW DESTINATIONS’ TRIVENDRA SINGH RAWAT, Uttarakhand CM SUNDAY STORY PAGE 10 Abuse under his care Brajesh Thakur — newspaper owner, local power broker, the man who ran the shelter where 34 girls were allegedly sexually assaulted A brief history of queer resistance to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, from the silence and stigma of the Nineties to the assertion today REVENUE IMPACT AROUND RS 980 CR: SUSHIL MODI Shah raises NRC again: Infiltrators must be deported GST Council clears 20% cashback on digital payments, with Rs 100 cap Six-member ministerial panel to look into issues faced by MSMEs AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, AUGUST 4 Bihar’s Sushil Modi, Gujarat’s Nitin Patel, Delhi’s Manish Sisodia and West Bengal’s Amit Mitra at the GST Council meeting in New Delhi on Saturday. Tashi Tobgyal THE GOODS and Services Tax (GST) Council on Saturday cleared a pilot project to offer digital incentives, in the form of cashback of 20 per cent of GST paid on business-to-consumer transactions using RuPay and BHIM platforms, subject to a cap of Rs 100 per transaction. Revenue shortfall concerns and issues being faced by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) dominated the 29th meeting of the GST Council. The Council approved a six-member ministerial panel, headed by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Congress president Rahul Gandhi with party leaders A K Antony, Ashok Gehlot and Manmohan Singh. Amit Mehra Pratap Shukla, to look into the issues of MSMEs. “We have decided to undertake a pilot project. A broad framework has been worked out so that users of RuPay card, BHIM, Aadhaar, UPI, USSD transactions can be given the incentives because these are mostly used by poor people,” said Finance Minister Piyush Goyal, adding that the pilot programme will be implemented in any state on a voluntary basis. The revenue department and GST Network (GSTN) will coordinate with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for the development of software to facilitate the refunds CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Man barges into Abdullah’s Jammu house, shot dead CJI Dipak Misra with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Praveen Khanna Don’t be swayed by infighting: CJI to law graduates PRITAM PAL SINGH NEW DELHI, AUGUST 4 CHIEF JUSTICE of India Dipak Misra Saturday said that young lawyers, judges and administrators should not get “swayed away” by “infighting and distractions” and need to stay “firm and courageous” Addressing law students at the sixth annual convocation of the National Law University, Delhi, CJI Misra said: “After you graduate and pass law, your responsibility adds on. As young lawyers, judges and administrators you should not get swayed away by the infighting and distractions that come your way. We, as young, need to remain firm and courageous.” The event Saturday was also attended by Delhi High Court Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Stressing the need for lawyers CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ARUN SHARMA JAMMU, AUGUST 4 CRPF PERSONNEL on Saturday shot dead a man who rammed his vehicle through the VIP gates of the Jammu residence of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference MP Farooq Abdullah. Identified as Syeed Murfad Shah, the son of a retired forest official at Mendhar in Poonch district, the 25-year-old had been a gun dealer until at least six years ago. Police sources said that around 10 am on Saturday, Shah, driving an SUV, hit the gate on the side of the house, taking CRPF personnel on duty by surprise. Only the Abdullahs usually use this gate and since neither Farooq Abdullah nor his son Omar were home, most of the CRPF personnel were deployed at the main gate — used by visitors, party leaders and even government officials. NEW DELHI, AUGUST 4 WHILE THE Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has said that Aadhaar data will not be used for criminal investigations, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is working on a proposal to scale up fingerprint collection across the country and link it to its ambitious Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS). The proposal also has provision for integrating face recognition system and iris scans with the CCTNS. “The idea is that integration of fingerprint database, face recognition software and iris scans will massively boost the NEW DELHI, AUGUST 4 SHEDDING ITS nuanced position on the National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Congress Saturday said that the NRC was its “baby” and was set in motion by its governments to identify “foreigners” who had entered Assam “illegally”. Under attack by the BJP on the issue, the party also argued that “80 per cent” of the process was completed by the Congress government under former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, and released data to argue that more foreigners were deported from Assam under the UPA government. The NRC was among the issues discussed at the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which met for the second time in BIG PICTURE PAGE 8-9 THEIR NEXT STOP two weeks. Gogoi and other party members from Assam forcefully argued that the party should not disown the NRC and should aggressively counter the BJP, which, they argued, was using it for setting a divisive agenda. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah on Saturday raised the NRC pitch in Rajasthan, accusing the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi of opposing the National Register of Citizens in Assam only to keep the party’s ‘vote bank’ intact. Rajasthan is slated to go to the polls later this year. “Congress jo hai baaz nahi aati hai. Yeh abhi NRC lagu hua Assam mein. Saalon se desh me Bangladeshi ghuspethiye ghuste the. Inko identify karne ka, unki jaanch karne ka kaam Bharatiya Janata Party ki sarkar ne shuru kiya (The Congress never learns. Now this NRC has been implemented in Assam. For years, Bangladeshi infiltrators entered the country. The BJP started the work of identifying, investigating them)... Congress is opposing NRC because they want their vote bank to remain intact. These Bangladeshi ghuspethiye (infiltrators) are coming here, I want to ask the people of Rajasthan, should we deport Bangladeshi infiltrators or not?,” he asked the crowd at a rally in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, where he flagged off Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra. He then went on to launch an CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 PRASHANT PANDEY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE RANCHI, AUGUST 4 MUMBAI, AUGUST 4 IN FINAL P V Sindhu beat Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi (21-16 24-22) to enter the final of the World Championships, in Nanjing on Saturday. AP REPORT, PAGE 18 MHA plans to link fingerprint, face recognition data from all police stations to central system DEEPTIMAN TIWARY MANOJ CG RAJSAMAND, AUGUST 4 Mumbai Year after lynching, Police to victim’s family struggles probe ‘clear to get death certificate report’ to Jharkhand police yet to submit report on where he died, say relatives Choksi The father of Syeed Murfad Shah, who entered Farooq Abdullah’s house. AP As the vehicle barged through the gate and entered the lounge, a duty officer and a CRPF personnel tried to stop Shah, but he reportedly pushed them aside and ran towards the lobby. The sources said he allegedly broke windowpanes and ransacked the lobby, after which he started climbing the stairs to the upper floors. It was then that CRPF personnel opened fire, killing the intruder on the spot. They said Shah was unarmed CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 NRC our baby, BJP using it as emotional tool, says Congress DEEP MUKHERJEE police department’s crime investigation capabilities. It will also help civilian verification when needed. No one will be able to get away with a fake ID,” said a home ministry official. The UIDAI had recently issued a statement that under the Aadhaar law, its data could not be given to any criminal investigation agency. The author- ity was responding to a suggestion made by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) Director Ish Kumar that investigating agencies should be allowed to access the Aadhaar fingerprint data to identify criminals. NCRB is the nodal agency for implementation of CCTNS. CCTNS is envisaged as a CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE MUMBAI Police said on Saturday that a probe has been ordered into the “issuance of police verification report” to Mehul Choksi, fugitive jeweller and Punjab National Bank scam accused. Antigua and Barbuda had said Choksi was granted citizenship based on a police clearance certificate (PCC) Mehul issued by the Choksi Regional Passport Office (RPO), Mumbai, and documents received from the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in May 2017. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Friday that the police clearance certificate CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 IT HAS been over a year since 45-year-old Alimuddin Ansari was lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand, but police are yet to submit a report to establish where he died — a crucial piece of information that has denied Alimuddin’s family his death certificate. On June 29, 2017, Ansari was intercepted in Ramgarh town of Jharkhand by a group of cow vigilantes and assaulted. He later succumbed to his injuries. Alimuddin’s son Shahjad Ansari, in his early 20s, told The Sunday Express, “We have been running around — to the police station, the office of the SubDivisional Officer, the office of the Deputy Commissioner and also RIMS (Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences) in Ranchi. My father had some savings in insurance schemes. We need money Alimuddin Ansari was attacked on June 29, 2017 for our sister’s wedding, but we can claim the insurance money only if we have a death certificate.” Alimuddin was the sole earning member of the family. While the family was pingponged from one office to another, a lot happened: a fast track court convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment 11 of the 12 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GOVT & POLITICS Maharashtra scouts for talent: Rs 3 lakh per month for rural doctors ● OPP LEADERS SHARE STAGE AT PROTEST OVER MUZAFFARPUR PAGE 5 13 WORLD IMRAN LIKELY TO TAKE OATH ON AUGUST 14 TABASSUM BARNAGARWALA MUMBAI, AUGUST 4 THE MAHARASHTRA government’s attempt to fill vacancies by wooing private doctors to government hospitals — by first allowing them to negotiate salaries and later providing additional incentives — has yielded results. In the last six months since the scheme was announced, the government has appointed 356 specialists. At least 12 gynaecologists and anaesthetists have bargained for a pay package of over Rs 3 lakh per month to serve in rural districts of Beed, Raigad, Yawatmal and Chandrapur. Until October last year, Maharashtra noted 64 per cent vacancy in 648 posts for anaesthetists, 35 per cent vacancy in 561 pediatrician posts, and 26 per cent vacancy in 612 posts for gynaecologists. The state government decided to allow private doctors to negotiate their salary in tribal and Maoist-affected regions. In other areas, it offered a fixed salary along with incentives such as Rs 4,000 for each Caesarean surgery, Rs 40 for each antenatal check-up, Rs 1,500 per NEGOTIABLE SALARIES POSTS FILLED TOTAL 356 Less than ` 50,000 211 ` 50,000 -1 lakh 70 ` 1-2 lakh 51 ` 2-3 lakh 12 Over ` 3 lakh 12 assisted delivery and Rs 1,200 per pediatric case treated. Since December 2017, 142 gynaecologists, 143 anaesthetists and 71 pediatricians were appointed under the new Pune Satara Chandrapur Yawatmal Ahmednagar 70 39 28 24 18 * Since Dec 2017; None in Thane, Sindhurdurg, Ratnagiri, Jalna, Gondia,Bhandara, Nanded scheme with incentives. Pune got 70 specialists followed by Satara (39), Chandrapur (28) and Yawatmal (24). Buoyed by the increase in appointments of anaesthetists, gynaecologists and pediatricians, the state health ministry now plans to expand the scope of salary negotiation to all other 12 specialities including ENT, dermatology, and general surgery across Maharashtra. “Doctors have realised they can earn on a par with private hospital rates. Since it is incentive-based, doctors are encouraged to see more patients. The state is not incurring a huge financial burden as other factors like cost of transporting a patient to a higher centre is reduced,” said Dr Sanjeev Kumar, director of National Health Mission, Maharashtra. In Chandrapur’s Rajura taluka, a Maoist-affected area, Dr Priti Bambole joined as a gynaecologist in December 2017. “Since then, I managed to earn incentives totalling Rs 2 lakh over my fixed salary. I can also do private practice along with government service. Since it is incentivebased, doctors don’t feel they are working overtime,” she said. Dr Taral Nagmoti, a gynaecologist in Brahmapuri, has earned Rs 5.2 lakh in incentives in the same period. “Since these are tough areas to work in, doctors need some incentive in the government sector,” she said. Latest state health ministry data shows that of the 356 doctors, 12 earn a monthly salary package of over Rs 3 lakh, 12 earn between Rs 2-3 lakh, and the rest earn below Rs 1 lakh. Before the state government took the decision to incentivise salaries to serve in government hospitals in December 2017, specialists received a salary of Rs 50,000 to Rs 90,000 per month, depending on their work experience. Following the appointments, in June alone, the state recorded 4,437 Caesarean deliveries conducted by the newly appointed gynaecologists, 1,021 major CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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