Amitav Ranjan

Articles By Amitav Ranjan

Mining auction: Govt may approach Delhi HC to annul order to disallow clubbing of end-user

ASG observed it would become ‘a binding direction’, hamper auction.

Overlooking pvt firms’ weak output, panel asked national oil cos to hand over 66 fields

The private companies had touched a peak of 26.8 BCM in 2010-11.

Even Mudra job survey data put in deep freeze

“The number of jobs created under the Mudra scheme will be released after the polls as the Expert Committee found anomalies in the methodology used by the Bureau in arriving at the findings,” sources said.

NDMC wants PM hoardings removed from petrol pumps

Sources said that the Ministry official was “not immediately agreeable”, but rescinded after being warned that the NDMC would complain to the Election Commission of the violation.

Law Ministry wants 1,023 fast track courts for rape, POCSO cases

The proposal comes six years after the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act was implemented in November 2012. Setting up of special courts was an essential mandate of the POCSO Act under Section 28 (1).

NSSO job loss report junked, Niti Aayog taps Mudra survey for data

Findings of the Labour Bureau’s survey on jobs created under MUDRA scheme will be used to laud its achievement on this front.

Govt okays filling up of OVL MD post on deputation

The ACC, on February 12, approved the “filling up of the post of OVL managing director on deputation basis in exemption from the ‘rule of immediate absorption’ through the search-cum-selection committee mode”.

GoM identifies 97 ONGC, OIL fields for auctioning to private firms

The GoM pact follows a meeting taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 12 where it was suggested that smaller fields be handed over to private firms allowing NOCs to concentrate on big ones.

‘Bring DGH out of PetroMin’s ambit; pricing freedom for new discoveries’

While recommending more autonomy for the DGH, the IMC has suggested that the “government may examine whether an independent upstream regulator is to be created at this stage” to improve the ease of doing business in oil and gas sector.

Bidding of blocks based on exploration work, no revenue sharing in most cases

While referring to the committee’s report, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in his Budget 2019 speech said that his Government was in the process of implementing these recommendations.

ONGC, OIL asked to auction fields, but without refund of past spends

But the process got stalled after ONGC countered the DGH proposal for auctioning these fields to private firms saying it should also be allowed to participate in the auction with the same concessions as was being offered to private bidders.

Customs duty exemption on direct imports of specified goods for defence could be reinstated

The Defence Ministry has said that the duty be withdrawn as duty component was being paid out of the ministry’s budgetary allocation.

After 10% quota, Govt plans basic income for poor, aid for farmers

The 2017 Economic Survey had flagged the UBI scheme as “a conceptually appealing idea” and a possible alternative to social welfare programmes targeted at reducing poverty.

Polls ahead, Govt works to fix pensions and floor wages in informal sector

It is also working on funding an enhanced minimum monthly pension of Rs 3,000 for the 6 crore workers in the organised sector — up from the current promise of Rs 1,000 per month, sources said.

LNG plant in Gujarat: Milestones unmet, Nikhil Merchant’s Swan asks govt oil firms to ease norms

In a letter dated October 13, Swan’s special purpose vehicle Swan LNG Private Ltd wrote to users Indian Oil Corp, Oil & Natural Gas Corp, Bharat Petroleum and Gujarat State Petroleum Corp to consider fixing the project’s “Effective Date” as December 8, 2016.

Coal swapping scheme extended to pvt power producers, cement, steel sectors

On November 26, the IMTF approved “bilateral arrangements” between two willing consumers for swapping “full or part of their entitled quantity” for a “minimum tenure of swapping/rationalisation of six months”.

‘Fraud’ detected over two years ago, govt yet to take over AEPC

Keeping in view the allegations of large scale fraud of government grants by the AEPC, the then Textiles Secretary Rashmi Verma wrote in July 2016 to MCA that the government appoint an administrator to take over its management.

I&B to drop paid news regulation in draft Bill

The Election Commission of India has certain rules on paid news in place, under which it disqualified Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra for three years in June 2017.

Govt fast-tracks process to search and select board-level PSU officers

All it needs to do now is to get clearance of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC).

Don’t amend law to let mining resume in Goa: LawMin

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had requested the Centre to amend the MMDR Act to extend the tenure of mining leases to the year 2037 so that mining operations could resume in the state.