The CCPA meeting will be followed by another convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu with opposition leaders to discuss the duration of the session in in view of upcoming assembly polls in five states.
“Rohith’s is not the first incident (suicide)…10 (such suicides) incidents have happened during Congress regime. Nobody had time. No Sonia, no Rahul and no Digvijay Singh, ” Naidu said.
Stating that the actor is a friend, Naidu said, “However, the way he said things has hurt me and also hurt the nation in my opinion.”
The minister said that a committee has chosen 20 cities in the first list based on feasibility, smartness of proposal, performance indicators among others and awarded marks out of 100.
Smarty cities: Some of the parameters on the basis of which the decision was taken are feasibility, result orientation, citizen participation, smartness of proposals etc.
In the subsequent years, the government will announce 40 cities each to be developed as Smart Cities as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plan to develop 100 Smart Cities in the country.
“Congratulations to all Padma awardees… Very happy that for the first time a Padma award is bestowed on a farmer, Shri Subhash Palekar”, Naidu said on Twitter.
Naidu said that the government has asked the banks to join the funding schemes for such initiatives.
For the BJP-led government at the centre, passage of the GST bill is critical to speed up the reforms that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has in mind
Attacking Congress for using its numbers to “paralyse” Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today backed the “campaign” for “redefining” its role as the two Houses are “pulling in different directions”.
The government also sought to allay fears over a rethink on reservation and the continuance of the word “secular” in the Constitution.
Naidu appealed to all parties to leave memories of Monsoon session behind and move forward.
Contending that India is today the most favourite destination for investment, Naidu said some opponents had launched a “disinformation campaign” for political reasons.
“For her own reasons, Indira Gandhi amended the Constitution making socialistic development as our path of development resulting in the infamous ‘Inspector Raj’,” he said.
Naidu said suggestions were welcome for building a “technologically advanced, socially inclusive, aesthetically pleasing and financially self sufficient” country.