TUESDAY www.thestatesman.com 21 MARCH 2017 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 16 |Rs 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR OUTDOORS WILL TROOPS GET PAY COMMISSION BENEFITS? Forecast: Mainly clear sky Rainfall: Nil TEMPERATURE Min: 15.5 (-1) Max: 30.5 (0); RELATIVE HUMIDITY Min: 33% Max: 87% SUNRISE 06:23 hrs SUNSET 18:33 hrs THUMBNAILS FALSE ALARM FEDERER ISN’T FADING OUT P15 P9 UP CM GETS CRACKING ASKS BABUS TO DECLARE ASSETS, IMPLEMENT BJP MANIFESTO STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE Lucknow, 20 March King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium pose for photographs with Indian flight attendant Nidhi Chaphekar, who was injured in an attack at Brussels airport a year ago, in Brussels on Monday. The attack at the airport and a metro station on 22 March 2016 left 32 people dead and hundreds injured, including Chaphekar and another Jet Airways staffer. AFP GST Bills:The Cabinet on Monday cleared four legislations for implementing GST as the government sprints to meet the 1 July schedule to rollout the indirect tax reform which can add up to 2 per cent to India's economic growth. P11 Idea-Vodafone: British telecom major Vodafone and Aditya Birla grouprun Idea Cellular announced the merger of their operations, creating the largest mobile operator by customer and revenue market share. P11 Brexit trigger: British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger on 29 March the two years of complex negotiations over the UK's exit from the European Union, the British government announced on Monday P12 . INDICATOR Sensex 29,519 -130 Nifty 9,127 -33 Gold 27,535 +25 Silver 41,200 -100 Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath Yogi on Monday directed the top officials of the state to ensure that law and order is maintained. He also stressed that the thanas and tehsils should be kept free of all political pressure. He laid emphasis on putting an immediate end to corruption and goonda raj as also a transparent administration. The chief minister who held a meeting with senior officials a day after taking the oath of office made it clear that the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra 2017 (BJPs election manifesto) will have to be implemented in full. He directed the officials that all the points in the man- ifesto should be enforced with all seriousness and sensitivity More impor. tantly the CM directed the , officials to disclose the details of their assets within 15 days. “The declaration of assets by officials will infuse a new work culture in the state,” Yogi said. Stressing on zero tolerance regarding corruption, the CM emphasized that sensitive, honest offi- cials and employees be appointed to achieve it. Calling for the drafting of a citizen charter in each government department so that the common man gets the benefit of government services, the CM said the same should be implemented without any discrimination. Regarding the law and order situation, the Yogi directed that strict and stern action should be taken against criminals and the police stations and tehsils should not be allowed to become centres of political activity He said . that about 90 per cent of the population was dependant on administrative units like thanas, tehsils for the fulfillment of their needs, hence a close vigil should be kept on them. With regard to the prob- lems faced by the agricultural community, the CM emphasized on the timely payment of minimum support price to the farmers. For a viable industrial climate and availability of jobs for youth the CM said that `single window system' should become the norm. In addition the start-up and skilled development schemes of the central government should be implemented in an effective manner in order to create an environment for investment. Since the BJP government will have to present its budget , the CM told the officials that care should be taken to incorporate the points of the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra in the financial statement of the state, so that people get the benefits on time. ‘Substandard food, liquor in CSD canteens’ DIPANKAR CHAKRABORTY shomnathchakraborty68 @gmail.com New Delhi, 20 March A large quantity of food and liquor items sold to service personnel and defence civilians by the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) through its 4000odd Unit Run Canteens have been found to be ‘unfit’ for consumption. Citing a specific instance wherein a large stock of unchecked substandard beer was sold to customers, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India in its report laid in both houses of Parliament on 10 March, stated: “Audit apprehension about issue of substandard items was establis- hed by an instance when a sample of Kingfisher beer referred to laboratory for testing in January 2014, by Area Depot Bagdog ra (through Area Depot Delhi) was found unfit for consumption.” During audit the CAG found that despite being found unfit for consumption the stock of beer worth Rs 8.43 lakh was already sold to customers, mainly defence personnel and defence civilians. The report pointed out that despite the mandatory 100 per cent sample testing of food and liquor items, in many instances such products are being sold without going through the laid-down quality checking procedure. Underlining the seri- ousness of the issue, the CAG noted: “Given the fact that some of samples were fond unfit during tests, there is likelihood that some of the remaining food items issued and consumed without testing might not be of standard quality This reflects that the . depots failed in assuring the quality of food products issued to URCs and finally to the consumers.” The matter related to the poor quality of food and liquor items was subsequently referred to the of fice of the DDGCS (Deputy Director General of Canteen Services) for its opinion. The DDGCS came out with its response in July 2016, which the CAG said was ‘not convincing’. The CAG point- ed out that the number of food and liquor testing laboratories has also come down to three from six. “The issue assumes serious significance in light of the fact that 46 per cent of the food samples were found substandard. These verdicts raise question marks about the credibility of the companies being introduced and the quality of food products supplied by them (to CDS and URCs),” the report further noted. It underlined the need for putting in place an ‘effective mechanism’ to ensure effective implementation of the quality control measures at all levels of the supply chain in CSD and URCs. FRESH BID TO PROJECT NITISH AS PM CANDIDATE P10 ‘Missing’ clerics back home, mum on disappearance UPHAAR CASE: GOPAL ANSAL SURRENDERS IN TIHAR PRESS TRUST OF INDIA New Delhi, 20 March SNS & PTI New Delhi, 20 March The head priest of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah and his nephew returned New Delhi today, days after they went missing in Pakistan, but were not forthcoming about their mysterious disappearance. Syed Asif Nizami (80), Sajjadanashin of the holy shrine, and another senior Sufi cleric Nazim Ali Nizami landed here by a Pakistan International Airlines flight and later called on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who had taken up their case with Islamabad. Though the two clerics revealed little about their ordeal, Sajid Nizami, son of Asif Nizami, alleged that the duo were “taken away” based on a report in a Karachi-based daily which claimed that they had links with Indian intelligence agency RAW . Asked about reports that they could not be contacted as they were in interior Sindh where there was no communication network, Nazim Ali Nizami strongly rejected the claim. “We did not have visa for Sindh interior region, so how could we have gone there? The reports that we could not be contacted because of network issue is totally false,” he told reporters. On whether they were detained by Pakistani authorities, Sajid said “Yes”. Asked if Pakistan spy agency ISI was involved in the episode and whether they were harassed, Sajid refused to comment but said “no force or coercion was used” against them. After meeting Swaraj, Nazim Ali Nizami thanked the Indian government for their safe return and said they had gone to the neighbouring country with a message of peace and love. “We were not among those who were involved in any illegal activities. We had gone to Pakistan to spread the message of love and peace. Some people may not have liked our message. I will again go to Pakistan with greater resolve,” he said. Gopal Ansal surrendered today before Tihar jail authorities to undergo oneyear jail term in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy case after the Supreme Court refused to grant him more time. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul rejected the plea moved by the real estate baron seeking more time to surrender on the ground that he has moved a mercy plea before the President, and had asked him to surrender by this evening. "Ansal surrendered around 5-5.30 pm. He is currently lodged in the hospital at Jail No. 3 as he complained of some health issues," said a jail official. The bench said, "Sorry , we can't," when senior advocate Ram Jethmalani mentioned the matter and sought more time, telling the court that they have already approached the President with their mercy plea. The apex court also rejected the plea from the senior advocate seeking a direction for speedy disposal of his mercy plea, pending before the President, saying that it cannot interfere in it as it is an exclusive jurisdiction of the President. The apex court, on March 9, had dismissed Ansal's petition for TURN TO PAGE 6
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