29092017-TT-01.qxd 9/28/2017 10:23 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 friday, september 29, 2017 himachal pradesh chandigarh | gurugram | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 269 | 18 pages | ~4.50 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd Sinha says PM has no time to FM: ‘Job applicant at 80’ PC in , meet, Shotgun lends ammo tandem to change narrative Vibha Sharma Tribune News Service Cong veteran ML Fotedar dies at 85 New Delhi, September 28 Makhan Lal Fotedar, a veteran Congress leader who was a close confidant of former Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, died today at the age of 85. He died at 1.30 pm at Medanta hospital in Gurugram. Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr AK Dubey said Fotedar was suffering from diabetes, hypertension and respiratory infection and had been admitted on June 20. Hailing from Kashmir, Fotedar was ushered into politics by Jawaharlal Nehru in early 1950s and he gradually strengthened his position in the Congress to become one of the most powerful persons in the party. He enjoyed immense trust of Indira Gandhi, who had made him her political secretary in 1980. After her death, Rajiv Gandhi also made him his political secretary for three years, before inducting him in his Cabinet as a minister. Fotedar also was a member of the powerful Congress Working Committee for a long time. — PTI Obituary: Page 12 New Delhi, September 28 Despite the BJP tactically fielding son Jayant Sinha — junior Aviation Minister in the Modi government — to counter him, former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha today stuck to his guns over the country’s state of economy. He, in fact, took the fight to another level by directly targeting PM Narendra Modi over his “inaccessibility”. As he presented views publicly, not just on the country’s economy but also the current leadership of the party, the biggest loser in the free-flowing gamut of expressions and counter-expressions appeared to be an unusually silent BJP . But in words that speak volumes over the way the party and the government is functioning at present, Sinha said PM Modi had “no time to meet” him, hence he had no option but to air his views through a newspaper. At another platform, he said: “I sought an appointment a year ago. Should I be sitting in protest outside his house? No one is willing to listen to continued on page 12 edit: sinha versus sinha Sanjeev Sharma Tribune News Service ❝ ❝ PM had no time for me… I sought an appointment a year ago. He has not met me. No one is willing to listen to us in the government and the party I do not have the luxury as yet of being a former Finance Minister, nor the luxury of being a former FM who has turned a columnist Yashwant Sinha, BJP VETERAN Arun Jaitley, FINANCE MINISTER Valley’s stars 8 Haryana power projects lack transparency: HERC chairman Pradeep Sharma Tribune News Service Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra awards one of the winners of The Tribune Debate for schools organised in Srinagar on Thursday. TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMIN WAR REPORT INSIDE New Delhi, September 28 Obliquely referring to Yashwant Sinha as a “job applicant at 80”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today responded to the fierce criticism by the former Finance Minister on the state of economy by citing the 15.7 per cent rise in direct tax collections to question the “socalled slowdown”. Jaitley, addressing a gathering at the book launch of “India@70, Modi@3.5”, edited by Bibek Debroy, chairman, Economic Advisory Council, and President’s press secretary Ashok Malik, took potshots at Sinha without naming him. Sinha had in a hard-hitting article blamed Jaitley for the slowdown. Jaitley said the title of the book should have added, “A job applicant@80”, referring to Sinha, whose record as Finance Minister he questioned, citing the low forex reserves and high NPAs in the banking system then. Jaitley claimed Sinha and former Finance Minister in the UPA government P Chidambaram (both have attacked the Modi government’s continued on page 12 Chandigarh, September 28 The functioning of the Power Department, headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, is in the spotlight again, with chairman of the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) Jagjeet Singh raising a red flag over the procedure followed for the setting up of eight mini hydropower projects in the state. In a dissenting note that forms part of an order of approval to purchase power from the proposed eight projects on the Kaushalya and the Ghaggar in Chandigarh’s vicinity, Jagjeet Singh said: “Lack of transparency in the selection of developers and verification of hydrological data by an independent agency have put public interest at risk, and, therefore, it needs further deliberations.” The note further reads: “It appears that all projects have been proposed by the same party, along with family members, and divided into various projects of 100-KW to gain capital subsidy.” The Haryana Power Purchase Centre (HPPC) had moved HERC, seeking approval for the power purchase agreement and issuing of letter of intent that would make them eligible to get subsidy running into crores from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. While two HERC members — MS Puri and Debashish Majumdar (both with an RSS background) — approved the “power purchase from the eight projects”, Jagjeet (a technocrat with background continued on page 12 Now CCTVs in HP distilleries, netas dispirited Ambika Sharma Tribune News Service Solan,September 28 Netas until now wooing voters with liquor are bound to be dispirited. For, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has directed officials of the Excise and Taxation Department to ensure that CCTV cameras are installed in the state’s bottling plants, distilleries, breweries and wineries and these be provided broadband Internet connectivity for constant monitoring. Besides, stocks will be regularly examined. Also, liquor units/vends are to be graded as “hyper-sensitive”, “very sensitive” and “sensitive”. The field staff of the Excise Department were issued directions in this regard on September 8 after an EC meeting in Shimla a day earlier. A composite action plan is already in place. All 27 manufacturing plants, nine wineries, 129 warehouses, 1,707 liquor vends, two breweries and 55 toll barriers in the state have been put under surveillance. According to State Nodal Officer KK Sharma, 52 task force teams have been set up, to be assisted by the police. An Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner in each district will constitute a task force for 24x7 surveillance of roads and porous borders. Meanwhile, the EC has sought information on the quota of liquor sold during the last Assembly and LS polls.
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