Amitav Ranjan

Articles By Amitav Ranjan

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.

Will buy back govt shares or pay interim dividend, not both: ONGC to FinMin

ONGC is one of the three oil companies identified by the Ministry’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (Dipam) for government share buyback to meet the Ministry’s divestment target of Rs 80,000 crore.

Govt plan: Let ONGC focus on its big fields, give small ones to private firms

A six-member committee under Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant was set up and given time until November 10 to come up with a firm plan after consulting all stakeholders.

Action against operators who shut oil pumps: Delhi Petrol Dealers Association

The DPDA has threatened to go on a 24-hour strike from the morning of October 22, to protest against the Delhi government’s refusal to cut VAT — which is higher than those in the neighbouring states, resulting in loss of sales in Delhi in favour of bordering states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

NGT saw red, government plans to ease green norms for realty

As per the proposed amendments, approved last week, new buildings or expansion projects less than 50,000 sq m would not require prior environment clearance and can be constructed “under the supervision of the state government” through urban local bodies or development authorities.

Centre extends NCLT member’s tenure

Section 413 of the Companies Act fixes the term of office of chairperson and members of all NCLTs at five years or 65 years, whichever is earlier. The act does not provide for any relief or exemption in the tenure beyond the superannuation age.

ONGC tells Virat Kohli, others to push brand

Kohli is among the 179 ONGC elite sportspersons who have been asked to prominently display the ONGC logo — an important clause of the sports policy — on their clothing and talk about the oil PSU during their public appearances, whenever it is permissible.

Pointing to CBI shadow, Coal Ministry plays cautious on changing mining lease norms

On May 22 last year, a special CBI court sentenced three officials to two years in jail for allegedly allotting coal block to a private company on false net worth and level of preparedness.

Citing union pressure, Coal rolls back, puts on hold plan to let private firms mine for sale

Coal India Ltd and its subsidiaries account for more than 80 per cent of domestic coal output and employed 2.50 lakh workers and 30,798 supervisors as of April 2018.

ONGC gas migration case: RIL arbitration award fit to be challenged, says Law Ministry

Last July, a three-member arbitration tribunal by a majority vote had held that Reliance could contractually produce and sell any gas that might have migrated from adjoining fields of state-owned ONGC into its area.

In Rafale season, Centre rejects Russia’s request for Adanis as AK-rifle deal partner

In April, the two governments had agreed that the Russian firm, Kalashnikov Concern, will only partner government-owned Indian Ordnance Factories.

Journalist Upendra Rai’s assets seized, Government can book him under Secrets Act too

Upendra Rai is being probed by the CBI and ED for allegedly extorting money from businessmen on the pretext of helping them settle cases of the Income Tax Department and other agencies.

Gandhi black belt to Republic-Day, Nobel talks to reality shows: Govt’s year-long Mahatma plan

Starting this October 2, events and activities will not only be held across the country, but Indian missions abroad too will participate actively in propagating the teachings and life of the Father of the Nation.

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