DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE DECISION 2019 A daily Explainer on THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER Maharashtra: What’s behind Cong-NCP tie-up? PAGE 6 Maharashtra cane farmers wait for dues, offered sugar as currency Millers are offering sugar in lieu of dues PARTHA SARATHI BISWAS PUNE, FEBRUARY 4 WITH PAYMENT arrears to cane growers during the current crushing season that started last October at over Rs 4,800 crore already, cash-strapped sugar mills in Maharashtra have come up with a new formula to address the problem. They will, henceforth, pay about 20 per cent of dues in the form of sugar. This means that for every tonne of cane supplied, mills will give 17 kg of sugar as “payment”. “The FRP (fair and remunerative price) of cane fixed by the Centre for mills in our region (Sangli and Kolhapur districts of south Maharashtra) is Rs 2,800 per tonne, whereas the maximum we can afford to pay at current sugar realisations is Rs 2,300. So, we are now planning to pay the balance Rs 500 as sugar from our mills. Since exmill prices of sugar are now at Rs 29-29.5 per kg, that will work out to roughly 17 kg for every tonne of cane,” said Hasan Mushrif, NCP MLA from Kolhapur’s Kagal assembly segment, whose family controls the Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory Ltd. Mushrif said that his mill, like many others, had no other option. The Sugar Commissioner of Maharashtra, Shekhar Gaikwad, had issued orders on January 29 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE INCOME TRANSFER: HANDLING IS KEY BY NEELKANTH MISHRA PAGE 10 `4.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 UPROAR IN PARLIAMENT AS OPPOSITION SLAMS GOVT SC to take up CBI plea today, Mamata continues protest Constitutional breakdown, says Rajnath, seeks Raj Bhavan report Show us what you have on Kolkata police chief: SC to CBI ANANTHAKRISHNAN G & SANTANU CHOWDHURY NEW DELHI, KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 4 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE A DAY after its move to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on the chit funds scandal in West Bengal led to a standoff with the state government, the CBI approached the Supreme Court Monday, saying it “apprehends” Kumar is “destroying electronic evidence” and he should be directed to “immediately surrender/make himself available” for investigation. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna fixed 10.30 am Tuesday to hear the plea and said it will be open to the parties to produce any evidence to substantiate the CBI fear that anyone in West Bengal, including police, are planning to destroy evidence in the case. During the hearing, the CJI observed that the bench had gone through the CBI application and found “nothing” in it to substantiate its apprehension about destruction of evidence. He also remarked “if you (CBI) can lay down any material... forget that he (police commissioner) is doing, that he is even remotely thinking, we will come down so heavily on him that he will regret it”. NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, Monday. Partha Paul FULL COVERAGE, PAGE 12 MUKUL ROY, HIMANTA BISWA SARMA BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY CBI pressure eased off on two after they joined BJP RAHUL TRIPATHI NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 WHILE THE CBI has turned the heat on Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha scam, its probe against former Railway Minister and ex-Trinamool Congress vice president Mukul Roy, which CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 R K Shukla takes charge as CBI chief Monday. Tashi Tobgyal CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Day 2: CMO on the street Voice from dharna site: ‘Just like Singur’ SANTANU CHOWDHURY & SWEETY KUMARI KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 4 TRINAMOOL WORKERS staged protests and put up blockades across West Bengal Monday, as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continued her dharna against the CBI’s move to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with various chit fund cases. Banerjee, who had started her dharna around 9 pm Sunday, also used the venue to address a RAVIK BHATTACHARYA & SWEETY KUMARI KOLKATA, FEBRUARY 4 Brisk business at Esplanade CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Dandi village youths’ ‘satyagrah’ helps them get jobs at memorial KAMAAL SAIYED DANDI (NAVSARI), FEBRUARY 4 NEARLY 90 years after Mahatma Gandhi marched on to Dandi coast to break the salt law imposed by the British, the quiet hamlet saw a kind of satyagraha on January 31, a day after his death anniversary. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Salt Satyagrah Memorial (NSSM) at Dandi in Navsari district, village youths gathered at the site demanding jobs. The villagers were unhappy that people from neighbouring Matwad and Samapur villages were hired instead of local youths for security and house- A security guard at National Salt Satyagrah Memorial. He gets Rs 6,000 per month. ONLY 50% STUDENTS ENROLL FOR GOVT’S PLACEMENT CAMPS PAGE 4 keeping jobs at the memorial. Led by village sarpanch Vimal Patel, local youths gathered at the parking place near Saifee Villa and staged a protest. Mahatma Gandhi had stayed at Saifee Villa, the night before he broke the salt law, at the end ofthe 24-day march to Dandi from Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad in 1930. The villa is also now a part of the Dandi memorial. “All the villagers protested because not a single person from our Dandi village was given job at the memorial site,” said the 39-year-old sarpanch. After seeing the villagers’s steadfast protest, officials of security agency responsible for the memorial’s safety along with ALMOST EVERY night, Chandra shuts his tea shop opposite the Metro gate at Esplanade around 9 and catches a train back home to WORLD EUROPEAN NATIONS RECOGNISE GUAIDO AS VENEZUELA’S PRESIDENT TRUMP SAYS HE PLANS TO KEEP US TROOPS IN IRAQ TO TRACK IRAN PAGE 13 EXPRESS NETWORK 40 MICRO-QUAKES HIT MAHARASHTRA PAGE 9 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Colonial cleanup: Railway Jamadars, Dhobis and Waiters Now Housekeeping Assistants PAGE 1 ANCHOR AVISHEK G DASTIDAR NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 STARTING THIS year, there are no Jamadars in the Railways anymore. Instead, they are now called Assistants. There are no Safaiwalas, either. They are now Housekeeping Assistants. Similarly, there are no more Dhobis, Chowkidars, Hamals, Bhistys, Cleaners, Khalasis, Peons, Cooks, Waiters or even Porters. They are all now Assistants, differentiated only by departments. By finally changing how it AS WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stepped up her attack on the Modi government over the CBI attempt to question the Kolkata police commissioner on the chit funds scandal in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday said the Sunday developments in Kolkata “indicate towards a breakdown of the Constitutional machinery”. Responding to a brief discussion on the matter in Lok Sabha where TMC members led the Opposition protests, Singh said: “CBI officers were not only prevented from performing their lawful duties, but were also detained at a police station by the Kolkata police. This is unprecedented,” he said. Singh informed the House that he had spoken to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who “has summoned the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police” to end the “confrontation among law enforcement agencies” and provide security to CBI officials. “I have told the Governor to take CR Sasikumar officially designates its lakhs of footsoldiers, the country’s largest and one of the oldest employers has decided to abolish the remnants of its colonial past. This decision was taken and a notifica- tion circulated last month by the Railway Board after internal deliberations and consultations with recognised workers’ unions. This means that, for instance, Cooks and Waiters are now Assistants (Catering). Likewise, Wash Boys, Chapati Makers, Tea/Coffee Makers, Bearers and Cleaners are Assistants (Canteen). While preparing the list, officials found that some designations were as old as the organisation that was founded in 1853, even though the specific jobs may have evolved over time. So, Farrash, Lifter, Finder, Record Sorter, Sandeshwahak/ Messenger are now General Assistants. “The revision in designation...will not entail change in the existing duties and responsibilities, appointment procedure, pay level, eligibility conditions prescribed...,” states the notification. “There was dissatisfaction among workers. Many felt that some of these designations were demeaning in this day and age, while many were based on jobs that do not even exist... This is about dignity,” said Shiv Gopal Mishra, Secretary General, All Indian Railwaymen’s Federation, the largest union in the service. According to Railway Board officials, the designations of these Group D (now Level 1) posts were meant in the past to CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New Barrackpur. But not on Sunday night — when the faceoff between the CBI and police, between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Centre, kept him awake, like many others on the margins and in the middle of the drama that unfolded in Kolkata. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Switzerland all set to transfer details of Indian account holders in HSBC RITU SARIN NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 THE TRANSFER of banking details of accounts held by Indians in HSBC (Suisse) by Swiss authorities has become imminent with account holders receiving a communication from the Swiss Federal Tax Administration (FTA) to provide their written consent and a Swiss address to receive notices. It was in 2011 that French authorities had given India a list of 628 Indians who held accounts in HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) and in 2015, Swiss Leaks, an investigation done by The Indian Express with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and French newspaper Le Monde had expanded the list to 1195 Indian accounts holding balances totalling Rs 25,420 crore for the year 2006-07. The investigation had revealed there were 276 Indian account holders with at least $1 million in their balance of whom 85 are residing in the country. After an August 2018 order of the Federal Court of Switzerland EXPLAINED TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2019, AHMEDABAD, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES E Will unearth more secret ● income THIS was what Indian tax authorities were trying to get for years and were being stonewalled by account holders. Parliament was informed that in 84 cases, prosecution was filed against Indian HSBC account holders. Once, more account details flow in from the Swiss, that number will sharply rise as will the quantum of undisclosed income. in Lausanne, the process of transfer of these account details has been set into motion. That order came after two Indian HSBC account holders had challenged any transfer ofaccount details to India on the grounds that the leakage of information by whistleblower Herve Falciani in 2008 was based on stolen data. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UK Home Secy signs Mallya extradition order SHUBHAJIT ROY & DEEPTIMAN TIWARY NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 4 LESS THAN two months after a UK court ordered fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India, British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed the order for completing the process. India was quick to “welcome” the decision, with government sources saying that they “await” the early completion of the legal process. Mallya said he would appeal against the order — he has 14 days to do so. A UK Home Office spokesperson confirmed that the minister had signed Mallya’s extradition order on Sunday. Javid had to make a decision within two months of the day the case was sent to him. Will appeal order, says Mallya “On February 3, the Secretary of State, having carefully considered all relevant matters, signed the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. Vijay Mallya is accused in India of conspiracy to defraud, making false representations and money laundering offences,” the spokesperson said. While there was no official response from the Ministry of External Affairs, government sources said: “We have taken note of the decision of the UK Home Secretary to sign on the order for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India. While we welcome CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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