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State tops rankings in ease of doing business. Are you satisfied with business development in Haryana?

Though Haryana has been declared the best state, the final ranking will come after feedback from applicants who have sought industry-related clearances from the state government.

  • The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion will award 39 points after completing the exercise in another five weeks and give the final score of each state.
  • In 2015, Haryana was placed at the 14th position. It was at the sixth position in 2016 and fourth in 2017.
  • The state’s consistent rise in ranking has been attributed to the single-roof online portal involving a number of departments that offers over 70 services.

Chandigarh : Haryana has been placed at the first position in the ease of doing business ranking of states by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.

The ranking is based on compliance to 330 of 369 action points under the Business Reforms Action Plan (BRAP) as per which the state has scored cent per cent.
Though Haryana has been declared the best state, the final ranking will come after a feedback from applicants who have sought industry-related clearances from the state government. 

The DIPP will award 39 points after completing the exercise in another five weeks and give the final score of each state.

In the ease of doing business, Haryana was placed at the 14\th position in 2015. While the state was at the sixth position in 2016, it bagged the fourth position in 2017. 
Principal Secretary, Industries, Haryana, Sudhir Rajpal, attributed the state’s consistent rise in ranking to the single-roof online portal for all industry-related services, including clearances for setting up new units and also expansion of the existing industry. The portal offers over 70 services and involves a number of departments.

“The chief feature of the portal is that it is mandatory to apply online for any service. All clearances are granted online without the need for any human interface. There is no need for an applicant to visit any office,” Rajpal stated.

Launched in May last year, as many as 10,000 clearances have been given through the portal which gets over 350 applications every week for various kinds of clearances. 

“Every service comes with a time-frame within which it is has to be cleared or rejected. A maximum of 30 days have been given to the department for clearance, failing which it is deemed to have been cleared. Within 45 days, the clearance is sent in writing to the applicant,” the Principle Secretary explained.
The portal is open to public viewing and applicants can know the status of their clearances. “After attaining the top position, we are hopeful of retaining the top spot even on the completion of the feedback exercise,” Rajpal said.

Meanwhile, as per the “implementation scorecard” of the BRAP, Haryana is followed by Chhattisgarh, while Gujarat is at the ninth spot, Himachal Pradesh at 16th, Punjab at 20th and Chandigarh at the 28th position.

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Paper-trail EVM in every booth in Madhya Pradesh assembly polls. Is this a Good Decision ?

BHOPAL : The Election Commission is fully prepared to conduct Lok Sabha and assembly polls simultaneously, but it’s for the government to make necessary changes in the law, chief election commissioner O P Rawat said in Bhopal.

Every polling booth in the coming assembly election in Madhya Pradesh will have VVPAT machines, he said. Congress demanded linking of Aadhar with voter cards to stop fake voting. “Just before the visit of the CEC, massive irregularities have been unearthed. Nearly 7 lakh voters were found ineligible during recent verification of electoral rolls,” said PCC spokesman Ravi Saxena, adding: “In every assembly constituency, there are about 70,000 to 80,000 fake voters.”

On the controversy over removal of 6.73 lakh names from the voter list, Rawat said that they are not ‘fake’ voters but absentee, shifted and dead ones. It is an ongoing process to identify such voters, he said, adding that during summary revision in January this year, 3.83 lakh voters were removed. Now, these 6.73 new names will also be removed. Congress demanded physical verification of every address where more than 25 voters claim to be living.

CPI demanded that bureaucrats and government employees inclined to RSS be identified and kept off poll duty. Rawat did not say anything beyond: “We will look into the complaint.”

When local officials raised the problems faced due to snags in ERO Net software that is used to prepare voters’ lists, Rawat said technical problems will be rectified within this month. Voter lists will be made more transparent and correct before the assembly elections, he assured.

Deputy election commissioner, Sandeep Saxena, said that the new version of ERO Net software would be launched on April 19. Upon the suggestion of the chief electoral officer, CEC gave his nod for a fresh summary revision of the voters’ list in August and September this year.

Asked why bureaucrats who are removed by the ECI are reinstated by state governments, Rawat said, “ECI and government work under the ambit of the law. ECI does what it feels is required”.

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Some second-hand books, and a lot of first-class knowledge in Chandigarh; Do you Agree ?

Chandigarh : Space and economy constraints seem to have taken over and the once in demand books of the likes of Shakespeare and Ayn Rand are lost in these dusty lanes.

Space and economy constraints seem to have taken over and the once in demand books of the likes of Shakespeare and Ayn Rand are lost in these dusty lanes. 

From Class-10 books to UPSC study material, the Sector 15 second-hand book market is a one-stop-shop for students. However, space and economy constraints seem to have taken over and the once in demand books of the likes of Shakespeare and Ayn Rand are lost in these dusty lanes.“We concentrate on course books now, as there is less space here,” says market welfare association general secretary Sandeep Chaudhary ,42, who has been in the business for 22 years.

If syllabi were a subject

Students visiting the market go back with books coupled with clarity of the syllabi. “Shopkeepers here may not hold big degrees, but they know everything about the syllabi spanning myriad courses,” Chaudhary tells as a students comes, says namaste, touches his feet and walks away. “I give my old books and buy new editions of the books as per my requirement,” says 19-year-old Sahil Narwal.

FACTS

Books are bought at 40% MRP and sold at 60%.
Notes from private tuition institutes also available.
Shopkeepers’ margin on the notes is Rs 200-300.

Back in 1970s, when Gurcharan Gulati was all of 10 years of age, he dipped his toes in the second-hand book business.

“Earlier, I used to buy books from a kabadi and then sell near Aroma (in what was Nehru Shastri market). There was no concept of second -hand books then. But it gained popularity subsequently. These books also help students from economically weak backgrounds,” Gulati says.

Its not all old horses here.Samarth Gulati, 19, who is pursuing bachelors and wants to go abroad, takes care of his father’s business in the market. I enjoy working here, he says in a distinctly dismissive way.


Fond memories

The market holds a special place in the hearts of all Panjab University students.

“In 2014, I was pursuing masters in journalism from PU. I was looking for a book here but had forgotten the title. I described the book the best I could to the shopkeeper. A man, in his mid 50s, with a basic matriculate degree and patience, figured it out saying — “Wonderful book. Amazing author. You are looking for The Kite Runner, right?” narrates a nostalgic Gursimranjit Kaur,27, who is a freelance writer.

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Haryana : 398 Jat quota stir cases to be withdrawn; Is this decision of Haryana Govt. is Good ?

Chandigarh : Keeping its commitment to Jats, the Haryana Government began the process of withdrawing cases registered against them in connection with arson and violence during the 2016 pro-reservation agitation that left 31 persons dead.

Sources say the Home Department has sent off a directive to Deputy Commissioners of seven worst-affected districts for withdrawing 398 cases that are at various levels of investigation or trial.

Since the trial is in progress in district courts, the Deputy Commissioners will write to District Attorneys to move applications for withdrawal.

The state government is empowered under Section 321 of the CrPC to withdraw cases before a judgment is pronounced, but the final decision rests with the court.
Sources say the Home Department had, in June last year, written to the DCs for withdrawing 137 cases. Two more directives were issued — one in February to withdraw 81 cases and another in March for taking back 180 cases.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) SS Prasad confirmed the DCs had been directed to withdraw cases. But he added, “We have no power to withdraw cases being handled by central agencies.”

About 2,100 cases were registered for the 2016 agitation, he added.
Sources say most of the cases being withdrawn pertain to violence, road blockades and hampering government officials from doing their duty.

The Haryana Police Department, though actively involved in deliberations involving the withdrawal of cases, is tight-lipped about the fate of the remaining cases or the nature of crime in cases being withdrawn.

The police top brass chose to keep mum when asked for details of cases being withdrawn as also those which had been decided by the court. All they said was details of the cases were “very dynamic and keep on changing, making it impossible to provide data”.

The BJP government, which has repeatedly assured to the All-India Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh Samiti (AIJASS) of withdrawing cases, has finally taken the first step in honouring its word, while the Police Department keep the details close to their chest.
This is probably because the HC is monitoring several cases of the 2016 violence and the government, by divulging details about withdrawn cases, does not want to get a rap by the court, sources say.

Yashpal Malik, AIJASS president, said withdrawing cases was not enough. “We will hold a meeting in April-end to decide the future course of action since the promises of reservation under the OBC category and jobs to relatives of those who died during the course of dharnas are unfulfilled,” he said.

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BJP MLA's brother arrested over death of Unnao rape victim's father in jail; Were the Girl get Justice ?

Lucknow : Atul Singh, brother of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, has been arrested in connection with the death of Unnao rape victim's father in jail. Three other people have also been arrested.

The father of an 18-year-old woman who claimed she was raped by Kuldeep Singh and his brothers died in custody here on Monday, prompting the victim to charge that he was killed inside jail at the behest of the lawmaker.

Pappu Singh, around 50, was rushed to a hospital from the district jail last night and died during treatment on Monday morning.

After her father's death, the gang-rape victim alleged that he was "killed at the behest of the BJP MLA" inside the jail.

"We were getting threats and they killed my father," she told reporters.
Pappu was arrested on April 5 under the Arms Act after he was allegedly beaten up by Anil Singh, the MLA's brother.

The victim tried to immolate herself near the chief minister's residence in Lucknow on Friday, claiming she was raped by the BJP MLA and his brothers.
The immolation bid was, however, foiled by the police.

Sengar represents the Bangermau constituency in Unnao district, around 90 km from the state capital.
The police inspector said the girl was made to appear before Rajiv Krishan, the Additional Director General of Police, Lucknow, who ordered a probe by the Lucknow police.

When contacted, Sengar refuted the allegations against him and said: "It is a conspiracy hatched by my political opponents to tarnish my image and damage my reputation...I have no problem with any probe. Let a probe be conducted, and the guilty be given the stringent punishment. If I am found guilty in the probe, I am ready to face punishment".

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