08112022-TT-03.qxd 11/7/2022 11:33 PM Page 1 13 CHANDIGARH | GURUGRAM | JALANDHAR | BATHINDA | VOL. 142 NO. 308 | 14 PAGES | ~5.00 | REGD. NO. CHD/0006/2021-2023 ESTABLISHED IN 1881 HIMACHAL PRADESH SUMIT SINGH REACHES SEMIS OF ASIAN BOXING C’SHIP SPORT /thetribunechd AL-QAEDA MAN CAUGHT CARRYING GRENADE IN RAMBAN J&K SENSEX RECLAIMS REGISTER FIR OVER ATTACK 61K-MARK ON ROBUST ON IMRAN, PAK SC TO BUYING BUSINESS POLICE BACK PAGE tuesday | 8 november 2022 /thetribunechd www.tribuneindia.com EAC-PM for single rate GST, taxation without exemptions Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 7 Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EACPM) Chairman Bibek Debroy on Monday said India should have a single rate GST and taxation regime devoid of exemptions. He said the tax collection of the Centre and states combined was just 15 per cent of GDP while the , demand for government spending on public infrastructure was much higher. “On GST, there should be a single rate. I don't think we will ever get it…,” Debroy said at an event here. If the differential tax rates for products of 'elitist nature' and those of mass consumption were done away with, it would lessen litigation, he added. “As a polity, we need to recognise that the GST really should be the same regardless of the product. If progressivity is to be introduced, it is best done by direct taxes, not GST, or indirect taxes,” Debroy noted. He also clarified that his speech should not be construed as a recommendation of the EAC-PM. The estimate of the GST rev- ONLY A SUBMISSION ❝ Revenue foregone because of exemptions by the government is 5 to 5.5% of GDP... My speech should not be seen as recommendation of the EAC. Bibek Debroy enue neutral rate by the Department of Economic Affairs before the GST rollout was 17 per cent, but the average GST rate at present is 11.5 per cent, he added. “We must be willing to pay tax or we must be willing to settle for reduced delivery of public goods and services,” he said, adding the revenue foregone because of exemptions by the government was 5-5.5 per cent of GDP . 3-2 verdict, SC upholds 10% EWS quota law CJI-led Constitution Bench declares 103rd Amendment valid Satya Prakash Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 7 The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the constitutional validity of 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) in government jobs and educational institutes, saying it didn’t violate basic structure of the Constitution. By 3:2 majority, a five-judge Constitution Bench, which had reserved its verdict on September 27 after hearing the petitioners (the Centre and others), declared that the 103rd constitutional amendment providing for the EWS quota was valid. There were four separate judgments. Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Justice Bela M Trivedi and Justice JB Pardiwala, who delivered separate verdicts, upheld the validity of EWS quota law. Justice S Ravindra Bhat delivered a dissenting verdict and CJI UU Lalit agreed with him. The minority verdict faulted the 103rd Amendment and declared it unconstitutional for excluding the SC/ST and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) from the ambit of EWS reservation. However, the majority said the EWS quota law did not EAM in Moscow for talks on energy, trade Sisodia’s aide to turn approver: CBI to spl court Tribune News Service New Delhi, November 7 A close aide of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia will turn approver in the excise policy case, the CBI informed a special court on Monday, a development which may be seen as a setback for AAP leader ahead of the Gujarat elections. Special Judge MK Nagpal posted the matter for November 14 for arguments on the petition moved by the CBI and Sisodia’s aide Dinesh Arora and decide whether to grant him pardon and allow him to turn an approver in the case. Arora’s statement has already been recorded under Section 164, CrPC. BACK PAGE New Delhi, November 7 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday amid speculation over whether India is poised to play the role of peacemaker between Russia and Ukraine. Talks between Jaishankar and Lavrov will focus on trade and investments, transport and logistics, the use of national currencies and promising projects in the energy sector, especially in the Arctic shelf and the Russian Far East. Buzz on Indian mediation in Russia-Ukraine conflict They will exchange assessments of the current international issues with an emphasis on interaction within multilateral bodies. The ministers will also discuss India’s presidency in the SCO, efforts to fight terrorism as well as the formation of a security architecture in the Asia-Pacific region, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine, said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement. Continued on page 11 CJI Lalit, Justice Bhat disagree; declare it ‘discriminatory’ Tribune News Service The five-judge Constitution Bench pronounces the judgment in New Delhi on Monday. ANI IT’S TIME TO REVISIT QUOTA SYSTEM social harmony... was ❝ Idea behind quota was to bringcontinue for indefinite meant for only 10 years... shouldn’t CONG HAILS VERDICT As laid down by this court, just as equals cannot be treated unequally, unequals also cannot be treated equally. Justice Bela M Trivedi EWS reservation does not breach the 50 per cent ceiling because that ceiling limit itself is not inflexible. Justice Dinesh Maheshwari While the ruling BJP hailed the verdict, the response of the opposition parties was mixed. Praising the verdict, Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said the amendment providing for the EWS reservation was the result of a process initiated by the Manmohan government. The DMK called it a “setback to struggle for social justice.” violate the equality code of the Constitution or the basic structure of the Constitution. On the issue of exceeding the 50 per cent ceiling, the majority said it would not apply to EWS reservation. “The 103rd Constitution Amendment cannot be said to breach the basic structure of the Constitution by per- mitting the state to make special provisions, including reservation, based on economic criteria,” Justice Maheshwari held. He said the amendment did not cause any damage to the basic structure of the Constitution on account of breach of the 50 per cent ceiling “because that ceiling limit itself is not inflexible and in any case, applies only to the reservations envisaged by Articles 15(4), 15(5) and 16(4) of the Constitution of India”. In her concurring verdict, Justice Trivedi said EWS quota was based on “reasonable classification”. Continued on page 11 edit: Reservation for EWS period so as to become a vested interest. Justice JB Pardiwala Gurpurb fervour New Delhi, November 7 Chief Justice of India UU Lalit and Justice S Ravindra Bhat, who delivered a dissenting verdict on the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota law, on Monday faulted the 103rd Amendment and declared it unconstitutional for excluding the SCs, STs and other backward classes (OBCs) from its ambit. “Reservation on economic criteria is per se not violative… However, by excluding the poor among SCs, STs, and OBCs from economically backward classes (on the ground that they have enjoyed benefits), the 103rd Amendment practices constitutionally prohibited form of discrimination,” said Justice Bhat, writing the dissenting verdict. CJI Lalit agreed with him while three other judges upheld the validity of the amendment. “The total and absolute exclusion of constitutionally recognised backward classes of citizens, and more acutely SC and ST communities, is nothing but discrimination which reaches to the level of HEAPING FRESH INJUSTICE the ❝ Introducingfor economic basis reservation — as a new criterion — is permissible. Yet, the ‘othering’ of socially and educationally disadvantaged classes... is to heap fresh injustice based on past disability. Justice S Ravindra Bhat undermining and destroying the equality code, and particularly the principle of non-discrimination,” Justice Bhat said. “Introducing the economic basis for reservation — as a new criterion — is permissible. Yet, the “othering” of socially and educationally disadvantaged classes, including SCs, STs and OBCs, by excluding them from it on the ground that they enjoy preexisting benefits, is to heap fresh injustice based on past disability,” Justice Bhat wrote. Terming the amendment and the classification it created as arbitrary, he said it denied “the poorest sections Continued on page 11 IN BRIEF UK court approves extradition of Bhandari to India LONDON: A UK court on Monday ruled that Sanjay Bhandari, an accused middleman and consultant in arms deals, could be extradited to India to face charges of tax evasion and money laundering . PTI PILs against Soren in HC not maintainable: SC NEW DELHI: In a major relief to Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, the SC on Monday ruled the PILs filed in HC seeking a probe against him for “money laundering” were “not maintainable”. BACK PAGE Refund money to allottees, G’gram builder told GURUGRAM: The Haryana Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Gurugram, has ordered Vatika Limited to refund money along with interest to 28 allottees as the promoter has failed to commence construction. TNS Sikh devotees pay obeisance at the Golden Temple on the eve of Gurpurb in Amritsar on Monday. PTI SAD expels Jagir Kaur, claims Lalpura ‘connect’ Tribune News Service HC notice to Guj Govt over Morbi tragedy Ahmedabad, November 7 The Gujarat High Court on Monday took suo motu cognisance of the Morbi bridge collapse and issued notices to the state government and local authorities and also sought a status report in the matter by November 14. The bridge on the Machchhu in Morbi collapsed on October 30, claiming 135 lives. The bridge was thrown open on October 26 after seven months of repair work by a private firm. The Bench took cognisance of the incident on the basis of a newspaper report. — PTI NOTA ‘appeal’ up, will matter in keenly fought seats Polled more votes than victory margin of 4 candidates in 2017 Assembly elections HIMACHAL VOTES 2022 Pratibha Chauhan Tribune News Service Shimla, November 7 With several Assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh witnessing a tight multi-cornered contest, mainly due to the presence of rebel candidates, the liberal use of NOTA (none of the above) may prove decisive and sway the outcome any which way. The NOTA factor is being considered significant as in the 2017 state elections, it polled more votes than the winning candidate’s victory margin in several constituencies. In Kinnaur, Congress candidate Jagat Singh Negi had defeated BJP’s Tejwant Singh Negi with a margin of 120 votes even as 249 people pressed NOTA. In Hamirpur’s Barsar, Congress nominee Inder Dutt Lakhanpal beat Baldev Sharma of the TURNED THE TIDE IN LAST ELECTIONS 2017 Victory NOTA margin votes Kinnaur 120 249 Barsar 439 464 Kasauli 442 503 Dalhousie 556 569 Solan 671 656 TOTAL NOTA VOTES: 34,232 BJP by 439 votes while NOTA polled 464. In Kasauli, Rajiv Saizal’s (BJP) victory margin of 442 votes against Vinod Sultanpuri (Congress) was lesser than the NOTA score of Elections 2014 LS 2019 LS 2017 Assembly 2021 Mandi LS bypoll NOTA 29,155 33,008 34,232 12,661 503. The same script was repeated in Dalhousie where Congress leader Asha Kumari defeated BJP’s DS Thakur by 556 votes even as NOTA polled 569. In Solan, Dhani Ram Shandil of the Congress had defeated BJP’s Rajesh Kashyap by 671 votes while NOTA scored 656. The victory margin in 17 segments stood below 2,000 in 2017. This time too it is being expected that more than a dozen seats could end up in a photo-finish. A few seats like Kasauli (Solan), Dalhousie (Chamba) and Kinnaur have had slender winning margins in the past. The winning margin during the Mandi Lok Sabha Continued on page 11 Deaf daughter denied admission, Batala mum opens own institute Ravi Dhaliwal Tribune News Service Ramandeep Kaur teaches differently abled children at her school. Batala, November 7 Batala’s Ramandeep Kaur, a simple housewife, is a success story all by herself. A decade ago when her hearing-impaired daughter was denied admission by private schools in the city, she vowed to learn the sign language. Her motto was: “If you can- JOURNEY FROM AUSTRALIA TO PUNJAB ■ Ramandeep Kaur and her ■ Denied admission by schools, husband returned to Batala from Melbourne when told that their daughter Jaisman could not hear or speak Kaur learned the sign language, opened own institute ■ The institute at her residence now caters to 30 students not teach children with disabilities, I will teach them.” She spent a long time trying to master the sign language. Finally, when she achieved proficiency, she opened a fourroom institute, ‘Jaisman School for Deaf’, in her house. The school has 30 students, all differently abled. Ramandeep was a young mother in Australia when she got to know her daughter Jaisman was suffering from a deformity. “When doctors in Melbourne informed me about it, I was distraught. I and my husband decided to return to Batala. After some time, we Continued on page 11 Chandigarh, November 7 The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today expelled Bibi Jagir Kaur from its primary membership for alleged antiparty activities. The party’s disciplinary committee chairman, Sikander Singh Maluka, said: “The SAD has always sought to present Panthic unity by putting forth a single candidate for the post of SGPC president after the party chief takes the views of all members. We fail to understand why Jagir Kaur wanted to change this norm and create confusion in the Sikh community as it only helps forces inimical to the Panth”. He said Jagir Kaur started preparing for the SGPC elections three months ago by approaching members. To maintain unity in the party, senior party leaders DS Cheema and Surjit Singh Rakhra urged her to abide by the party discipline. SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal too counselled her not to insist on contesting the polls but an adamant Jagir Kaur started calling up and meeting SGPC members to solicit their support, Maluka said. “Things got out of hand VALTOHA RELEASES AUDIO CLIP AS PROOF ■ SAD leader Virsa Singh Valtoha released an “audio clip” of a conversation between BJP’s Sarchand Singh & SGPC member Surjit Singh Bhittewad ■ In the clip, the BJP leader “speaks” about arranging Bhittewad’s meeting with NCM chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura ■ Valtoha said the clip proved that the BJP and Lalpura were interfering in the SGPC when there were complaints by SGPC members that senior BJP leader and National Commission for Minorities (NCM) chief Iqbal Singh Lalpura was ringing up members to solicit support for her. In view of the complaint of the members and the report submitted by a two-member SAD team, Jagir Kaur was expelled,” he explained.
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