TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA 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). As per the proposed amendments, approved last week, new buildings or expansion projects less than 50,000 sq m would not require prior EC and can be constructed “under the supervision of the state government” through urban local bodies or development authorities. At present, all building and construction covering 20,000 sq m and above are subject to environmental clearance given by the state-level Environmental Impact Assessment Authority. However, all approvals will have to meet environment protectionconditionswherebyselfdeclarations and certifications by project promoters would be monitored by the state environment authority and not an environmentcellasproposedearlier. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 WORLD TRUMP ENGAGED IN SUSPECT TAX MOVES AS HE REAPED RICHES FROM HIS FATHER JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Eye on state polls, ear to protests, govt hikes MSPs for rabi crops HARISH DAMODARAN NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 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 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WHEN MSPs ARE ONLY ON PAPER, P12 INTERVIEW: J&K GOVERNOR ‘India’s mistakes alienated J&K, my job is to make space for talks’ NAVEED IQBAL SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 3 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, P5 Maya slams Cong, rules out state election tie-up ‘Name us but why didn’t Govt IL&FS CRISIS EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 3 LAUNCHING A scathing attack on the Congress, BSP chief Mayawati Wednesday declared that her party will contest the upcomingpollsinRajasthanand Madhya Pradesh on its own and notinalliancewiththeCongress. Mayawati said that some leaders in the party were out to “destroy” the BSP, though CongresspresidentRahulGandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi favoured an alliance. Calling the Congress “arrogant” with a “casteist and communal mindset”, she said that people hadnotforgiventheCongressfor their “corrupt government”. Her remarks left the ‘Arrogant, communal Cong out to destroy BSP’ Congress, which is trying to stitch together an alliance across the country against the BJP, scrambling for damage control and cautious in its response. The Congress pointed out that Mayawati had also expressed her regard for Rahul and Sonia Gandhi and said that “creases will be ironed out”. A section of the Congress, however, believes the BSP chief is setting the stage for some hard bargaining. Her decision to contest polls CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 name shareholder directors?’ 5 independent directors shocked at plea in tribunal; write to new chief BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY 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 erstwhile board have written to the newlyappointedChairmanUday KotakonOctober2raisingseveral red flags and elaborating on constraintsof long-termfinancethat plague the infrastructure sector. What has shocked independent directors Michael Pinto, Jerry Rao, Rina Kamath, R C Bhargava, and Sunil B Mathur is the government’s petition in the National Company Law Tribunal which names them and the executive directors including Ravi Parthasarathy and Hari Sankaran but spares the shareholder directors. The key institutional shareholders were LIC, SBI, Orix, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, HDFC and Central Bank of India. An independent director who did not wish to be named, told The Indian Express: “For all major decisions such as issue of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ASJ&Kbracesforlocalbodyelections starting October 8 amid militantthreatsandboycottcalls by the PDP and National Conference, Governor Satya Pal Malik, while acknowledging “Indiahasmademistakes,andits mistakes have, in the process, alienated itself” from the people of theValley,hassaidhispriority is to “create an environment of trust”inwhichtheCentrecaninitiatetalkswithmainstreampartiesandeventheHurriyatif they come to the table “without the conditionof involvingPakistan”. In an interview to The Indian Express Wednesday, Malik, who took charge of J&K on August 23, 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 mishandling hui hai. India se galti hui, 8 THEIDEAS PAGE Jaipur Hurriyat can talk if they drop Pak condition: Malik 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, and its mistakes have, in the process, alienated itself. Because CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 J&K LOCAL POLLS PAGE 5 The green state of mind BY NARENDRA MODI
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