Here is a look at political developments of the day.
Visva Bharati University not to organise Pous Mela
The Visva Bharati University has decided not to organise the annual Pous Mela, an official of the central varsity said.
The Pous Mela is an annual fair which is held in Santiniketan in West Bengal’s Birbhum district in the month of December and draws lakhs of people.
“It is not possible for an educational institution like Visva Bharati to organise such a big event like the Pous Mela in a manner directed by the National Green Tribunal and other authorities,” Anirban Sarkar, PRO, Visva Bharati said on Tuesday.
The decision not to organise the mela was taken in a meeting attended by the vice-chancellor Bidyut Chakrabarty, registrar and other members of the Santiniketan Trust, he said.
The meeting decided that the Santiniketan Trust will organise the Pous Mela instead of the Central university, Sarkar added.
HM Amit Shah extends Eid greetings
Home Minister Amit Shah Wednesday extended Eid greetings and hoped the festival would bring peace and happiness for everyone.
“Extend my warm greetings on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. May this festival bring peace, joy and happiness in everyone’s life,” he tweeted.
Eid is being celebrated across the country on Wednesday.
Finance Ministry may retain allocations made in interim Budget
Finance ministry has indicated that it will retain the interm budget allocations made to ministries and departments, in the final budget for the current financial year, to presented in the Lok Sabha on July 5.
In run-up the Lok Sabha elections, the finance ministry came up with an interim budget in February, authorising government expenditure for a limited period.
With the new government in place now, a full-year budget will be presented by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on July 5.
Warm welcome: MoS Anurag Singh Thakur greeting Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi
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In a circular, the finance ministry also said it will only consider additional allocations towards “unavoidable commitments” for which funds have not been earmarked in the interim budget.
“Allocations projected in the Interim Budget 2019-20, will not be altered,” said the finance ministry circular.
However, if there are any requirement on account of unavoidable commitments that have not been fully provided for in the February budget, “Ministry/Department may propose the same for consideration for inclusion in the Regular Budget 2019-20, with suitable justification” by Friday, it added.
Sitharaman’s budget team comprises Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur and Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian.
The official team is led by Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Expenditure Secretary Girish Chandra Murmu, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey, DIPAM Secretary Atanu Chakraborty, and Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar.
In her budget, the 59-year-old JNU alumnus, Sitharaman will have to address slowing economy, financial sector troubles like rising NPAs and liquidity crisis in NBFCs, job creation, private investments, exports revival, agrarian crisis and raise public investment without compromising on fiscal prudence.
The first session of the newly elected 17th Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26.
The Economic Survey for 2019-20 will be tabled on July 4, followed by the presentation of the budget on the next day.
Living in harmony with nature will lead to better future: Modi
Living in harmony with nature will lead to a better future, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi plants a sapling during an event in Amreli, Gujarat. File photo
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“Our planet and environment is something we all cherish greatly. Today on #WorldEnvironmentDay, we reiterate our commitment to ensure a cleaner planet,” the prime minister tweeted.
Living in harmony with nature will lead to a better future, he said and posted a short video.
Odisha CM tells minister to submit report cards of their depts every month
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has told his ministers to submit monthly report cards on steps taken by their departments for implementing the ruling BJD’s election manifesto, an official said.
The ministers were told to submit their report cards with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) by the seventh of every month, an official statement said on Tuesday.
The first meeting of the council of ministers held on May 29 adopted the Biju Janata Dal’s election manifesto as the State government programme for the next five years.
Patnaik had also informed the ministers that the State government would have to apprise the people about implementation of promises made during the elections.
Since the government has set priority on poverty alleviation, empowerment of women, development of weaker sections of the society and welfare of youths, the ministers were told to act accordingly to meet the target.
The CM has also suggested to the ministers to set their department’s priority keeping an eye on the promises made to the people.
Patnaik has also stressed on the completion of the programmes within specific time frame.
“The Chief Minister has this time added ‘Time’ to the previous government’s 4T formula of – Team work, Technology, Transparency and Transformation,” the official statement said.
Patnaik has been stressing on a progressive model of governance this time.
The BJD government is in power in Odisha since 2000 and in the recently held Assembly elections the regional party won 112 seats in the 147-member state Assembly.
Now, RLD announces it will fight UP assembly bypolls alone
A day after the SP and the BSP decided to contest alone all 11 seats in the upcoming assembly bypolls, their third alliance partner in the recent Lok Sabha elections – RLD – announced it too will go solo.
Rashtriya Lok Dal UP president Masood Ahmad, however, expressed hope that the ‘gathbandhan’ remains intact.
“The Rashtriya Lok Dal will contest the UP assembly bypolls on its own whenever they are held. However, it is too early to comment on the political scene of the state,” he told PTI.
Party chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh and Jayant Chaudhary will decide on the number of seats the party will contest and the matter may be discussed during a meeting in the next few days, Ahmad said.
When asked about the RLD’s role in the new political landscape of the State, which sends the highest number of 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, Ahmad said, “The RLD was with the Samajwadi Party. We got the seats from the quota of Akhilesh“.
The UP RLD chief said the Congress should also be a part of the ‘gathbandhan’
When asked who will gain from the recent spate of political developments, Ahmad said, “The profit and loss analysis will be done later. Our wish is that the gathbandhan should increase its ‘kunbaa’ (clan), so that we can emerge as a strong anti-BJP force“.
The UP assembly bypolls will be important for the RLD as it has no representation in the UP Legislative Assembly.
In the just concluded Lok Sabha elections, the RLD had contested from three constituencies, but faced defeat on all.
RLD candidates Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary lost from Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat Lok Sabha seats respectively, while Kunwar Narendra Singh lost from Mathura.
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