Austerity drive: No first class air travel for bureaucrats

November 6, 2014
Austerity drive: No first class air travel for bureaucrats
merisarkar news service, New Delhi, October 30, 2014

Will cut down non-plan expenditure by 10%: Arun Jaitley

Unveiling an austerity drive to trim fiscal deficit, the government has banned first class air travel for bureaucrats, meetings in five-star hotels and purchase of cars while freezing new appointments.

The measures that are aimed at cutting non-plan spending by 10 per cent includes a ban on filling of vacant posts to reduce fiscal deficit to a 7-year low of 4.1 per cent of GDP.

“Such measures are intended at promoting fiscal discipline, without restricting the operational efficiency of the government,” a finance ministry statement said.

“In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalize expenditure and optimize available resources,” it added.

The previous UPA government had also clamped similar measures in 2012 and 2013 to cut down on fiscal deficit. Creation of new positions as well as car purchases are mostly banned and video conferencing should be used wherever possible.

Interest and debt payments, the defence budget, salaries and pensions will not be affected by these steps, it said.

With an aim to restrict fiscal deficit, the Finance Ministry said “While officers are entitled to various classes of air travel depending on seniority, utmost economy would need to be observed while exercising the choice keeping the limitations of budget in mind. However, there would no bookings in the First Class.” The facility of video conferencing, it said, “may be used effectively”.

The Finance Ministry said purchase of new vehicles to meet operational requirement of defence forces, Paramilitary forces and security organisations are permitted but ban on purchase of any other vehicles would continue.

“In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalise expenditure and optimise available resources,” it said.

The government proposes to lower the fiscal deficit to 3 per cent of GDP by 2016-17.

The deficit which had touched a high of 5.7 per cent in 2011-12, was brought down to 4.8 per cent in 2012-13 and further to 4.5 per cent in 2013-14 by way of austerity measures.

“The task before me is very challenging because we need to revive growth, particularly in manufacturing sector and infrastructure,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said in his budget speech.

Choice has to be made whether or not to be victims of mere populism and wasteful expenditure, he had said.

सरकारी खर्चों में कटौती की प्रक्रिया आरंभ, बिजनेस क्लॉस ट्रैवल पर रोक

November 6, 2014

सरकार ने गैर-योजना व्यय में 10 प्रतिशत कटौती के लिए खर्चे में कमी की शुरुआत की है। नौकरशाहों पर प्रथम श्रेणी में विदेश यात्रा पर प्रतिबंध लगा दिया गया है और उनसे कहा गया कि वे जहां तक संभव हो वीडियो कान्फ्रेंसिंग का उपयोग करें।

राजकोषीय घाटे को वित्त वर्ष 2014-15 में 4.1 प्रतिशत तक सीमित रखने के उद्देश्य से वित्त मंत्रालय ने अधिकारियों पर पांच सितारा होटलों में बैठक आयोजित करने पर पाबंदी लगा दी और एक साल से अधिक समय से खाली पड़े पदों को भरने तथा नई नियुक्तियों पर रोक लगा दी।

एक आधिकारिक नोट में कहा गया है कि अधिकारियों को वरीयता के आधार पर विभिन्न दर्जे में हवाई यात्रा करने की सुविधा प्राप्त है लेकिन इसका चुनाव करते हुए बजट सीमा को ध्यान में रखते हुए मितव्ययिता बरतने की जरूरत है। हालांकि, प्रथम श्रेणी में कोई बुकिंग नहीं होगी। वित्त मंत्रालय ने कहा कि वीडियो कान्फ्रेंसिंग की सुविधा का उपयोग प्रभावी तरीके से किया जा सकता है।

मंत्रालय ने कहा कि रक्षा बलों, अर्धसैनिक बलों और सुरक्षा संगठनों की परिचालन अनिवार्यता पूरी करने के लिए नए वाहनों की खरीद की मंजूरी है लेकिन अन्य वाहनों की खरीद पर प्रतिबंध जारी रहेगा। परिपत्र में कहा गया है कि ऐसी पहलों का उद्देश्य है सरकार की परिचालन क्षमता को प्रभावित किए बगैर राजकोषीय अनुशासन को बढ़ावा देना।

मौजूदा राजकोषीय स्थिति के लिहाज से व्यय को तर्कसंगत रखने और उपलब्ध संसाधन का अधिकतम उपयोग करने की जरूरत है। सरकार ने राजकोषीय घाटे को 2016-17 तक तीन प्रतिशत पर लाने का प्रस्ताव किया है। राजकोषीय घाटा 2011-12 में बढ़कर 5.7 प्रतिशत के उच्चतम स्तर को छू गया था जिससे मितव्ययिता पहल के जरिए 2012-13 में 4.8 प्रतिशत पर और 2013-14 में 4.5 प्रतिशत पर लाया गया।

वित्त मंत्री अरुण जेटली ने अपने बजट भाषण में कहा था कि मेरे सामने बड़ी चुनौतीपूर्ण स्थिति है क्योंरकि हमें वृद्धि दर विशेष तौर पर विनिर्माण और बुनियादी ढांचा क्षेत्र को लीक पर लाने की जरूरत है। उन्होंने कहा था कि हमें यह देखना होगा कि लोकलुभावन और बेकार खर्चों को जारी रखा जाए अथवा नहीं।

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

आगस्टा हेलीकाप्टर सौदा: सीबीआई ने और कागज मांगे

March 31, 2013

आगस्टा हेलीकाप्टर सौदा: सीबीआई ने और कागज मांगे.

Pakistan-China Military Nexus a cause of serious concern: India

November 28, 2009

merisarkar news service
New Delhi, November 27, 2009

Defence Minister AK Antony has said that China’s military nexus with Pakistan is a cause of concern for the country and we will have to be vigilant at all times. He was speaking at a function at prestigious defence institute IDSA in New Delhi on Friday.

He said, “India has to carry out continuous appraisal of Chinese military capabilities and shape its responses accordingly.”

The Defence Minister said India is hopeful that China would reciprocate to its initiatives aimed at mutual prosperity and understanding. Mr. Antony said India wants to develop a friendly and cordial relationship with its neighbours including China.

The Defence minister said Pakistan is not taking credible steps to put an end to terror groups operating from its soil. Pointing out that the terror infrastructure in Pakistan remains intact and is actually thriving,

Defence Minister AK Antony said India needs to closely monitor the developments in that country. He said Pakistan is yet to demonstrate any will to take speedy action against terrorists and international criminals.

Source: http://www.merisarkar.com

India will examine impact of Dubai financial crisis

November 28, 2009

merisarkar news service
New Delhi, November 27, 2009

Indian government said on Friday that it is keeping a close eye on the financial crises in Dubai. The financial crisis is caused by debt repayment crisis of a state firm – Dubai World.

The government said that it would examine the scope of the problem but claimed that no impact is visible as of now.

Commerce Minister Anand Sharma has said that he does not think some development in real estate in Dubai will have an impact on the Indian economy.

Anand Sharma said that India is a very large and resilient economy. He said that as far as India is concerned, the housing, real estate sector and construction industry are all doing well. This is confirmed by the increasing demand for construction materials, cement and steel.

The Finance Secretary Ashok Chawla said that the issue will have to examined to see what is the problem, what will be the possible implication, if any for the Indian economy, the people and corporates.

Asked if the crisis will impact money flows into India, since the Gulf region accounts for over half the total inward remittances worth over 25 billion dollar annually from expatriate Indians, Mr Chawla said that this is unlikely.

The state-run Dubai World stunned the global financial world yesterday when it announced it needs to restructure its debt, estimated at 59 billion dollar to preempt default and asked creditors for a six-month deferment.

RBI Governor D Subbarao said the officers of the central Bank have been asked to study the impact and make necessary recommendations.

Source: http://www.merisarkar.com

BSE SENSEX down by 223 points at closing

November 28, 2009

merisarkar news service
New Delhi, November 27, 2009

The sensitive 30 share index – SENSEX at the Bombay Stock Exchange rebounded from the lows of the day, but still ended with a loss of 223 points or 1.3 percent and closed at 16,632 on the last trading day of this week.

Earlier in the session the SENSEX had plunged a massive 644 points, as concerns about Dubai’s debt problems rattled markets around the world. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange fell 64 points, or 1.3 percent, to 4,942.

Other Asian stock markets took a much bigger hammering, with key indices in Japan, China, Hong Kong and South Korea slumping between 2.5 percent and 5 percent.
Source: http://www.merisarkar.com

India remembers the martyrs of 26/11 attack

November 28, 2009

India remembers the martyrs of 26/11 attack
merisarkar news service
New Delhi, November 26, 2009

The city which was shaken by the 26/11 terror attacks a year ago came out in full force today to express their solidarity against terrorism.

Exactly one year ago ten terrorists wielding AK-47 rifles and hand grenades held India’s commercial capital for ransom. It was the worst attack on the city’s people, its property and above all on its morale and secular character.

Today Mumbaikers went to work like any other day. However, they paused for a while at the places targeted by terrorists a year ago.

Various functions were organized to mark the spirit of Mumbai. Security forces took out a parade from Hotel Trident to Girgaum Chowpatty to instill confidence in people.

The Commandos of Mumbai Police’s new anti terror squad �Force One� also took part in the parade. Force One is modeled on the line of NSG. They also showcased newly acquired weapons and bullet proof vehicles acquired by the police after attack.

Home Minister P. Chidambram unveiled a memorial erected in the honour of 18 security personnel, including NSG’s Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who died fighting terrorists.

People also showed that they had not forgiven or forgotten the attacks by lighting candles in the memory of martyrs and participating in various events organized by citizen forums and non-governmental organizations.

Blood donation camps were also organized in the city to spread the message of humanity.

Political parties across the board today paid homage to the victims of Mumbai carnage saluting the valor and fortitude of people and security forces that fought the terrorists in Mumbai a year ago.

Source: http://www.merisarkar.com

Parliament passes a resolution to fight and defeat the terrorism unitedly

November 28, 2009

merisarkar news service
New Delhi, November 26, 2009

Members of Indian Parliament passed a resolution to unitedly fight and defeat the terrorism targeted at the country to mark the first anniversary of dastardly attack on Mumbai.

Members in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha stood in silence for a minute in memory of those killed in Mumbai terror attacks on this day last year.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar said that the House salutes the indomitable courage of the security forces who gave a crushing blow to the terrorists on November 26 and the resilience of the people of Mumbai.

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari recalled the way Mumbai quickly attained normalcy after the 26/11 attack.

President Pratibha Patil reiterated the Government’s determination to track down the master minds of this ghastly attack on India.

A blood donation camp was also organized in the Parliament complex as a mark of respect to the victims of Mumbai attack.

Source: http://www.merisarkar.com

Ugly spar in the Parliament between Advani and Mukherjee on the anniversary of 26/11

November 28, 2009

The anniversary of Mumbai attack also resulted in ugly fighting between the ruling party and main opposition party in Loksabha.

Leader of opposition LK Advani charged the government with neglecting the victims of 26/11 attacks. He said that out more than 400 eligible people only 118 have been given compensation checks.

He said even in case of recruitment in Railway only 32 eligible kiths and kin of the attack victims out of total 64 have been offered job by the Railway.

This resulted in an angry response from leader of the house Pranab Mukherjee.

He retorted, “You are making politics out of this. Earlier also you did it and were paid back. … You will be again paid back in your own coin,”

Sr. BJP leader Anant Kumar objected to this asking the government to answer the question of Mr. Advani.

At this some members of the house were observed shouting �shame-shame�.

Source: http://www.merisarkar.com

India will not rest till the Mumbai attackers are brought to justice: Prime Minister

November 28, 2009

merisarkar news service
New Delhi, November 26, 2009

The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that the country will not rest till the perpetrators of the Mumbai carnage are brought to justice.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the Mumbai attack was a well planned and calculated attempt by forces outside the country to destabilize India�s secular polity and created communal discord between Hindus and Muslims.

The country expects that the master-minds of the attack and their supporters should be tried and punished, and the matter has been taken with the government of Pakistan, said Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in a Press Conference in the US capital Washington DC.

He said India has taken several measures to strengthen the security and intelligence system in the wake of Mumbai attacks and strengthening the internal security is the top priority of the government.

Source: http://www.merisarkar.com


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