TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 22 PAGES, MUMBAI, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 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 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Eye on state polls, ear to protests, govt hikes MSPs for rabi crops HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 NGT saw red, Govt plans to ease green norms for realty AMITAV RANJAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 AGAINST OBJECTIONS by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), theUnionEnvironmentMinistry last week approved changes in the Environment Impact Assessment Notification to exempt realty projects below 50,000squaremetresof built-up areafromseeking prior environment clearance (EC). CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AHEAD OF crucial assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and just a day after a Kisan Kranti Yatra rally was stopped from entering Delhi by police using water cannons and tear gas, the government Wednesday announced significant hikes in the minimum support prices (MSP) for crops to be planted in the ensuing rabi season from November. The MSP for the 2018-19 wheat crop has been fixed at Rs 1,840 per quintal, a 6.05 per cent increase over last year’s level of Rs 1,735. The Union Cabinet also approvedMSPhikesinotherrabi season crops: From Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,200 per quintal for rapeseed-mustard; from Rs 4,400 to Rs 4,620 per quintal for chana or chickpea; from Rs 4,250 to Rs 4,475 per quintal for masur or lentil; from Rs 1,410 to Rs 1,440 per quintal for barley; and, Rs 4,100 to Rs 4,945 per quintal for safflower. MP is a major producer of wheat and chana, while Rajasthan is the country’s biggest mustard and barley growing state. The MSP hike that matters in material and fiscal terms, though, is of wheat. The reason for this is that it not only covers 30-31 million hectares of the total rabi-planted area of 63-64 million hectares, but is also the onlycrop(besidespaddy)where significantgovernmentprocurementattheMSPtakesplace.Last year, India produced 99.70 million tonnes of wheat, out of which 35.52 million tonnes got procured by the Food Corporation of India and state agencies. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHEN MSPs ARE ONLY ON PAPER, P 15 IL&FS CRISIS ‘Name us but why didn’t Govt name shareholder directors?’ Five independent directors surprised at plea in tribunal; write to new chief SANDEEP SINGH & P VAIDYANATHAN IYER NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 CALLING THE government’s decision to supersede the board of investment company IL&FS as “timely and courageous”, five independent directors on the erst- while board have written to the newlyappointedchairmanUday KotakonOctober2raisingseveral red flags and elaborating on constraintsof long-termfinancethat plague the infrastructure sector. What has shocked independentdirectorsMichaelPinto, Jerry Rao, Rina Kamath, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY INTERVIEW: J&K GOVERNOR ‘India’s mistakes alienated J&K, my job is to make space for talks’ NAVEED IQBAL THE BEGINNING, FROM RAJGHAT Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and wife Rupanjali at Rajghat after he took oath of office at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday. Prem Nath Pandey REPORT, PAGE 9 ‘If surroundings are not clean, we can’t be at ease... Gandhiji taught us this’ Vithoba Teli, 48 Job: Sweeper at the All India Khilafat Committee complex Salary: ` 11,000 a month, also delivers newspapers, supplies milk Work Hours: 7 am to 5 pm Cleans: Women’s prayer hall, three classrooms, computer lab, library, office and four toilets MAHATMA SWACHH BHARAT PART IX MUMBAI MAYURA JANWALKAR MUMBAI, OCTOBER 3 THE SWISH of the hard broom against the tiled floor fills the premises of the All India Khilafat Committee (AIKC) in Byculla, Mumbai.Theteachertraininginstitute and the computer training centre in the complex, commonly called Khilafat House, are closed for Gandhi Jayanti, but VithobaMahadeoTeli,48,ishere to clean the 94-year-old ‘Ladies’ Mosque’, a prayer hall in the complex — unfailingly, the way he has for the last 14 years. In the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, the historical significance of the complex is not lost on Teli, among the thousands of workers at the frontlines of Swachh Bharat, the flagship cleanliness scheme launched on Gandhi Jayanti four years ago. “I have to clean the mosque every day, including public holidays. If our surroundings are not clean, we can’t be at ease. This is whatGandhijitaughtus,”saysTeli. Growing up in the Bombay Improvement Board chawl near Khilafat House, Teli recalls the time Indira Gandhi visited in April 1981 for the inauguration of therenovatedcomplex.“Iwas a boy then. I stood on a concrete block under an electric pole so that I could get a glimpse of her. After that, I have seen Rajiv Gandhi, Sharad Pawar and most recently, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” he says. In 1919, it was from here that Mahatma Gandhi and Khilafat leaders Maulana Mohamed Ali andShaukatAlilaunchedthefirst countrywidestruggleagainstthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 3 ASJ&Kbracesforlocalbodyelections starting October 8 amid militantthreatsandboycottcalls by the PDP and National Conference, Governor Satya Pal Malik said Wednesday that “Indiahasmademistakes,andits mistakes have, in the process, alienated itself” from the people of the Valley. He said his priority is to “create an environment of trust”inwhichtheCentrecaninitiatetalkswithmainstreampartiesandeventheHurriyatif they come to the table “without the conditionof involvingPakistan”. Speaking to The Indian Express (fullinterviewtomorrow), Malik, who took charge of J&K two months after the state was placedunderGovernor’srulefollowing the collapse of the PDPBJP government, said, “Kashmir is not an occupied territory”. “Yeh koi, ek tarah se, occupation nahin hai. Isko ab aap occupation term do, woh ek alag baat hai. Lekin nahin, woh baat baithti nahin hai. Ye kaho ki humse mis- 13 THEIDEAS PAGE Hurriyat can talk if they drop Pak condition: Malik handling hui hai. India se galti hui, India ne apni galtiyon se apne aap ko alien banaya. Occupation force ke taur pe India ko pesh kiya ja sakta hai, jo cheezein hui hain. Lekin Kashmir is not an occupied territory, apni marzi se hamare saath aaye hue hain,” he said. (“This is not an occupation. It is another matter if someone chooses to use the occupation term. But no, that is not correct. You can say we have mishandled. India has made mistakes, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K LOCAL POLLS PAGE 8 The green state of mind BY NARENDRA MODI
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