10TT01C.qxd 2/10/2014 1:49 AM Page 1 c m y b 13 monday, february 10, 2014 delhi edition chandigarh | new delhi | jalandhar | bathinda | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 134 no. 40 | 20 pages | ~4.00 Foodgrain output set for new high: Pawar Record production will tone down inflation | Give boost to various industry segments Higher GDP expected Tribune News Service New Delhi, February 9 Foodgrain production is likely to touch a record 263.2 million tonnes (mt) this year, beating the previous high achieved two years ago, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said today. “The country is likely to achieve a record 263.2 million tonnes foodgrain production this year. This will be about 4 mt higher than the record of 259 million tonnes achieved two years ago,” Pawar said at an agricultural exposition in Nagpur, Maharashtra. Agriculture makes up for 14 per cent of the total GDP and 53 per cent of the work force. A strong performance by the sector has ensured a higher GDP of 4.9 per cent INSIDE NATION Bhakra-Beas power projects The SC has agreed to adjudicate early the dispute between Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh over the compensation amount pertaining to the Bhakra Nangal and Beas power projects. P9 Rahul’s rally in Odisha Rahul Gandhi on Sunday targeted Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, accusing the BJD government of corruption, misuse of central funds and siding with the mining mafia in P10 the mineral-rich state. ■ Higher farm output has ensured a higher GDP of 4.9 per cent this year. The GDP was 4.5 per cent last year ■ Projected growth in agriculture and allied sectors is 4.6 per cent.This is a huge jump from 1.4 per cent a year earlier likely to ❝ The country isof 263.2 achieve a record million tonne foodgrain production this year, which will be 4 million tonnes higher than the 2012 figures.❞ Sharad Pawar, AGRICULTURE MINISTER << Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar felicitates President Pranab Mukherjee in Nagpur. PTI this year compared to 4.5 per cent last year. In the wake of good performance of the agriculture sector, the Cen- tral Statistics Office (CSO), in its recently released advanced estimates for the current fiscal, has projected 4.6 per cent growth in agriculture and allied sectors, a huge jump from 1.4 per cent a year earlier. Besides giving an impetus to rural spending, record foodgrain production will tone down inflation and Three-day shutdown in Surprised why Yadu not held, Valley; curbs imposed says Khanna shooting witness Tribune News Service Srinagar, February 9 Restrictions were imposed and mobile Internet services blocked across the Valley as a three-day shutdown to mark the anniversaries of the hanging of two Kashmiris, including Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, began in the region today. A police spokesman said minor incidents of stone throwing occurred at Naidkhai, Sumbal, Papchan, Hadipora (near north Kashmir’s Sopore town) and Margund (near central Kashmir’s Kangan town). “There are, however, no reports of any injury to anybody so far,” the spokesman said. In Srinagar, police and Tribune News Service Heavy snow hits Japan The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has left at least 11 dead and more than 1,200 injured across the country, reports said on P11 Sunday. SPORTS Olympic return on cards The decks were cleared on Sunday for India's return to the Olympic fold after a 14month suspension with Indian Olympic Association conP18 ducting its polls. Chandigarh/Bathinda, Feb 9 Agitating Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) volunteers called off their agitation this evening following discussions with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. They agreed to the administration’s offer of taking the body of the child who died during their agitation to Bambiha Bhai village in Moga district for the last rites tomorrow. Several questions, however, remained unanswered about the understanding reached between the EGS volunteers and the authorities. The state government agreed to bear the burden of ■ The three-day shutdown has been called to mark anniversaries of the hanging of two Kashmiris-Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru and militant leader Muhammad Maqbool Bhat ■ Guru was hanged in Tihar Jail of New Delhi on February 9, 2013, while Bhat was hanged in the same jail on February 11, 1984 . paramilitary personnel have been deployed and all roads leading to Lal Chowk sealed off. Public transport was hit and businesses and markets remained closed. Mobile Internet services were suspended on Saturday night continued on p14 Tribune News Service Chandigarh, February 9 An eyewitness in the Khanna shooting incident, in which a youth was killed, today condemned the Punjab police for inaction in arresting the key accused, Yadwinder Singh Yadu. The accused is a claimant to the post of district president of the Ludhiana Youth Akali Dal (Rural). Amarinder Singh Soni, addressing a press conference, said: “The police have not arrested even one person when nine were named in the FIR. It was strange that Yadu, who is a history sheeter, continued to remain free.” Soni was with Kulwinder Singh (21) when a group of The controversial order ■ Order mandates all Bills to be sent to the Centre before being tabled in the Delhi Assembly ■ Officials say the 2002 order cannot be rescinded without legal consultations ■ The MHA may refer the matter to the Law Ministry for its opinion ■ However, a final decision on the matter will be taken by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde . call when he returns to Delhi from Maharashtra. In his letter to Shinde, Kejriwal said the order should be withdrawn as it was against the Constitution. “That was only an order....which is completely against the Constitution. How can an order by the Home Ministry curtail the law-making powers of the Delhi Assembly?” Kejriwal told PTI. — PTI Delhi CM threatens to quit Gurdial Kaur, mother of the victim allegedly killed by Yadwinder Singh Yadu (inset). men allegedly shot the latter outside a restaurant on February 2. He said Yadu continued to roam freely, claiming to be the Youth Akali Dal (Rural) chief. His posters were all over the city. The settlement ■ The Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) and the Alternative and Innovative Education (AIE) Schemes will be revived for two years ■ During this period, these volunteers will have to clear the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) which is a must for appointment of teachers in mainstream schools ■ The consolidated honorarium of volunteers, who had earlier worked under the EGS in the state and cleared ETT or BEd exam will go up from ~2,000 to ~5,000 per month ■ The mother of the child who died during the agitation will get ~5 lakh, while her husband will get a job . the EGS and the Alternative and Innovative Education (AIE) Schemes as “special state-funded schemes” for two years. As per the settlement, these teachers will have to utilise these two years to clear the Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET). The question is where these teachers will be posted for these two years as the AIE and the EGS centres for which they were recruited were closed down in 2008-09 after these schemes lapsed. They cannot be employed in mainstream government schools as the Right to Education Act, 2009, makes clearing the TET a prerequisite for employment in these schools. Even after these teachers clear the TET, they will not get immediate appointment in mainstream schools. Their names will be added to the list of candidates who have already cleared the test and are waiting for employment. The government also agreed to give Rs 5-lakh compensation to Kiranjit Kaur, mother of the deceased child (Rooth), besides a job to her husband Taranjit Singh. Avtar Singh, one of the five teachers present at the meeting with the CM, said, continued on p14 12 years of neglect: Sand, grass choke Hansi canal Watery mess Parvesh Sharma Tribune News Service Jind, February 9 The water-carrying capacity of the Hansi Branch canal -once the lifeline of Jind — has shrunk by half as the Irrigation Department in Haryana forgot to clean it even once in 12 years. The villages that depend on its water have been forced to exploit the groundwater, resulting in its depletion. A heavy growth of grass on the sides has meant that the effective width of the canal ranges between 59 ft and 95.2 ft (the official figure). The worst-hit is Safidon where it New Delhi, February 9 The Home Ministry may consider Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s request for withdrawal of a 12-year-old order that makes it mandatory for all Bills to be sent to the Centre before being tabled in the Delhi Assembly. Officials said the 2002 order to the Delhi Government could not be rescinded without legal consultations and that the Home Ministry could refer the matter to the Law Ministry for its opinion. Since this order was not passed by the present government, its legal antecedents have to be verified before taking any decision on it, the officials said. “The Delhi Chief Minister’s request will be definitely considered but due legal advice has to be taken and due process has to be followed,” an official said. Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde can take a final Afzal Guru’s hanging EGS teachers call off Bathinda stir WORLD boost industry segments such as consumer durables and two wheelers, besides construction activity. Given the dismal state of the economy and a high consumer inflation, a sterling show by the agriculture sector is sure to come as relief for the UPA government, particularly when the Lok Sabha polls are round the corner. Experts say a revival in agriculture will boost rural spending. Sucha Singh Gill, Director General, Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh, said every 1 per cent growth in agriculture would add 20 basis points to the GDP number. India Ratings expects industrial growth to improve to 4.1 per cent in financial year 2015 continued on p14 Bills to Centre: MHA to consider Kejriwal’s request ■ Wild growth along embank- ments has reduced the effective width of the canal. Though the width ranges between 59 ft and 95.2 ft (the official figure), at Safidon it is just 48 ft ■ The sand deposit on its bed allows just 900 cusec of water despite the canal having an official capacity of 2,600 cusec ■ Most of the 19 channels con- The Hansi Branch canal has not been cleaned for the past 12 years. structed from Hansi Branch canal to 36 villages are dry is just 48 ft. The sand deposit on its bed allows just 900 cusec of water despite the canal having an official were constructed to supply water from the Hansi Branch canal to 36 villages. But most of these channels are without capacity of 2,600 cusec. Official records of the Irrigation Department show that in Jind district, 19 channels c m y b water. In year 2000, the INLD state government had got the canal cemented and took steps to ensure proper flow in it. But ever since, not a single project has been sanctioned to clean the canal and the channels. “I have repeatedly raised the issue of cleaning the Hansi Branch canal in the Assembly, but no steps have been taken. The canal has not seen any repairs for the past 13 years despite repeated requests by area residents,” alleged Jind city INLD MLA Harichand Midda. continued on p14 Sushil Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, said: “We are making efforts to arrest the accused.” Soni said he had been roughed up by the rival group earlier as well. continued on p14 New Delhi, February 9 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tonight threatened to resign if the state Assembly failed to clear the Jan Lokpal Bill. The Bill is opposed both by the Congress, which lends outside support to the AAP government, as well as the Opposition BJP . Kejriwal said he did not have the right to stay in office if the contentious legislation did not get Assembly’s approval. The Chief Minister had yesterday said he could “go to any extent” to fight corruption. "To remove corruption from the country, I can sacrifice CM's seat a hundred ARVIND KEJRIWAL Shrewd move: Cong ❝ Nobody is above the law. The Chief Minister wants to run away from responsibility. He is finding an excuse. It is a shrewd tactic❞ Arvinder Singh Lovely, DPCC CHIEF times," Kejriwal said, adding the “government will fall if the Jan Lokpal and Swaraj bills are not passed”. — PTI
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