Daily Archive: March 26, 2019

Rathore’s 7 queries to Rahul ahead of Rajasthan visit

Rathore’s 7 queries to Rahul ahead of Rajasthan visit

Jaipur: Ahead of Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Rajasthan on Tuesday, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore demanded answers to seven questions, including loan waivers and the Balakot airstrike.

Dressed in a traditional Rajasthani attire, Rathore posted a video on Twitter and said: “People of Rajasthan want answers on why his (Gandhi’s) ‘hatred for Modi’ is turning into Congress’s hatred for the country”.

“You are welcome in Rajasthan. However, the people of the state would like to know why even after promising loan waivers to the farmers before the Assembly elections, they were yet to reap the benefits.

“You literally counted from 1 to 10 to ensure they get waivers in 10 days, but it is like ‘Das ke baad Bus’ (you happily forgot). They are looking for answers from you,” Rathore said.

Then raising the Kisaan Samman Nidhi scheme, Rathore said out of 65 lakh farmers, 30 lakh submitted their applications but the Congress government did not give the list to the Centre. “As farmers are being insulted in this way, they are also demanding answers,” he added.

He demanded to know why the former government’s direct benefit scheme Bhamashah, started in 2008, was suspended. “The patients are looking for answers from you,” Rathore asked Gandhi.

Pointing to the deteriorating law and order situation, the Minister said there has been 10 rapes in two days in Rajathan. “However, the entire police machinery is busy making arrangements for your visit and hence the girls and women want an answer.”

He also questioned the delayed distribution of unemployment allowance which was promised by state government.

The Congress had promised to distribute Rs 3,500 as unemployment allowance each month to the unemployed youths. “However, they are yet to get the same. Code of conduct has been implemented and youths need an answer,” Rathore said.

His sixth question pointed at the poor implementation of Economically Backward Class (EBC) quota in the state. “The Prime Minister announced 10 per cent reservation under the quota, however, the scheme has not been implemented in the state. The youths need an answer.”

His seventh question pertained to the surgical strike and air strikes across the line of Control, which he said were done to ensure the nation’s safety. “However, now your leaders are speaking in Pakistan’s language. The families of those killed and the soldiers are demanding answers,” the Union Minister said.

Rathore posed the questions mimicking Gandhi, who had raised one question each day ahead of the state assembly polls.

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“If Modi gives money to the rich, the Congress will give money to the poor” says Rahul Gandhi

The Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday promised that he will discharge a “surgical strike” on poverty. He also added that his party had been working for the last six months to eradicate poverty from India.

After addressing the rally conducted in Suratgarh a day after declaring his party would provide a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poorest 20% households he said that only the rich could dream in Modi’s rule. Gandi assures the people that he will eradicate poverty completely. He warns that no other country has done in history.

We will eradicate poverty in the country. This is a ‘dhamaka’. No country has done this in history. There should not be a single poor person in the country,” Gandhi said. “If Modi gives money to the rich, the Congress will give money to the poor,” he added.

Rahul Gandi says he will make sure that there will not be a single poor person in the country and he will work to reduce unemployment if his party comes to power.

Odisha: BJP leader Subash Chouhan, who was recently appointed State Vice President, resigns from the party after he was not given ticket from Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency.

Odisha: BJP leader Subash Chouhan, who was recently appointed State Vice President, resigns from the party after he was not given ticket from Bargarh Lok Sabha constituency. He was BJP candidate from Bargarh Lok Sabha Constituency in 2014.

Vice President calls for faster and more inclusive growth

Vice President calls for faster and more inclusive growth;

Asks universities to align research goals to solve challenges being faced by the nation;

Knowledge will soon be driver of Indian Economy and will play a vital role in improving the living conditions of the people: Vice President

India must reorient its higher education system to be globally competitive;

Our system of education and skill-training needs to respond to the demands of industry and services sector;

We must bring rural areas at par with urban areas in terms of ease of living and working;

Asks students to shun negativism, develop a positive attitude and be socially conscious, peace loving and empathetic;

Addresses 16th Convocation of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for a faster and more inclusive growth. He said that knowledge is going to be the driver of the growth of Indian Economy and will play a vital role in improving the living conditions of the people. He called upon Indian Universities to rise to the occasion and reorient its higher education system to be globally competitive and to realign their research goals to meet real challenges that India faces.

He was addressing the 16th Convocation of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, established by the Reserve Bank of India, in Mumbai today. He applauded the Institute for having established itself as one of the excellent centers of higher learning and as an influential center of discourse on national and global development concerns. The Vice President gave away degrees to 43 graduating students and presented one gold medal for excellence.

On the occasion, the Vice President spoke about growth and development and highlighted the rapid economic progress and fiscal consolidation that India had undergone.  Shri Naidu said that an emerging economy like India would constantly bring in new laws and regulations at par with international best practices. He observed that tax reforms were slowly increasing India’s tax base and shifting the social norms from one where it was alright to avoid taxes to one where the majority is willing to pay.

The Vice President opined that India’s demographic dividend was an opportunity and a challenge. He said that finding jobs for 12 million young people entering the labor force each year and millions transferring out of low productivity agricultural jobs is a major and continuing task.

Shri Naidu stressed that education is not only for employment, but also to empower the individual with knowledge and wisdom to sift the wheat from the chaff. ‘Access to quality education for all and at all levels is equally essential to ensure inclusive growth and prevent any kind of discrimination’, he added.

The Vice President emphasized that it was time for India to once again emerge as the global knowledge hub. He called upon the seats of learning, especially the universities, to reinvent themselves as hubs of vibrant intellectual pursuit with academic excellence and social relevance as the key touchstones of success. The Vice President also opined that our system of education and skill-training needs to respond to the demands of industry and services sector.

Touching upon agriculture and its importance in Indian economy, the Vice President said that we must not hesitate to introduce a number of structural changes in our agricultural sector to make it profitable. He highlighted initiatives like National Agricultural Market or e-Nam and spoke of the need to diversify crops further and increase the coverage of crop insurance.

Shri Naidu spoke of the need to augment our social infrastructure such as primary education, health care etc. Referring to Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s dream of providing urban amenities in rural areas, he said that we have to aspire to provide amenities like drinking water, street lights, education, healthcare and telecom services to the country’s rural areas, bringing them at par with urban areas in terms of ease of living and working.

The Vice President said that India has to reach out to other countries to access cost-effective technology, investment, and energy to manage its domestic challenges. He called for appropriate economic and foreign policies to navigate through this emerging and uncertain landscape.

Shri Naidu urged scientists, technologists and engineers to keep abreast of the developments and absorb new technologies as they occur. He reasoned that this absorption is necessary for our progress in a fast integrating world. ‘We must identify areas and spheres where we have comparative advantage and push ahead’, he emphasized.

He urged the graduating students to learn to preserve the best of traditional values, shun negativism, develop a positive attitude and be socially conscious, peace loving and empathetic.  ‘Develop a constructive attitude and focus more on achieving perfection in whatever you do’, he said.

The Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Dr. S. Mahendra Dev, the Dean, Dr. Jayati Sarkar and others dignitaries were present on the occasion.

 

Following is the text of Vice President’s address:

 

“I deem it a matter of great privilege to be invited to address the 16th Convocation of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research. Over its life of over three decades, the Institute has established itself as one of the excellent centres of higher learning. The Institute has emerged as an influential centre of discourse on national and global development concerns. Under the able leadership of its present Director Professor Mahendra Dev, the Institute has not only continued to build further on its initial strength but has added more dimensions.

Addressing such a learned gathering as we have today, I would like dwell upon a few thoughts on some of the issues pertaining to Indian economy.

Accelerated economic growth has been a major factor bringing down Indian poverty ratios, which were above 50 % in the 1960s. In 2011, after a series of global shocks, India’s macro economy was fragile, with a depreciating rupee, widening current account deficit, and high food inflation. Policy actions since helped improve these fundamentals.

A path of fiscal consolidation and implicit flexible inflation forecast targeting was adopted in 2014. Be it in the overall macro-economic context or specifically in finance, an emerging economy like India is constantly bringing in new laws and regulations at par with international best practices.

Tax reform is slowly increasing India’s tax base and shifting the social norms from one where it was alright to avoid taxes to one where the majority is willing to pay. Incentives are also working in that direction.

Looking ahead, for India to be a USD ten trillion-dollar economy in 2030 its real rate of growth must be at least 7% per annum. If we can achieve this, we will shift firmly from the World Bank’s lower income group to the upper-middle income group, which starts at a per capita income of USD 3856.

India has to grow out of many bottlenecks including inadequate public services, congestion and pollution, issues in health and education, bottlenecks in land, labour and financial markets etc. An arduous path lies in front of us.

For us to move to this growth path, we need to focus on research, innovation, sincere implementation and constant monitoring by following reform path.

An economy in transition should be one which is innovating. New technologies that leverage youthful skills and reduce prices to target low income masses can give India a special advantage. Aadhar and GST give one of the world’s largest data base that can be used for various innovations including in fintech. Internet based businesses including retail will be a major source of innovations given India’s large consumer base. Shifting to renewable energy sources and environment friendly technologies will be another.

India’s demographic dividend is an opportunity and a challenge.

By 2020 its estimated average age of 29 will be among the lowest in the world.

But finding jobs for 12 million young people entering the labour force each year, and millions transferring out of low productivity agricultural jobs is a major and continuing task.

In order to achieve the demographic dividend, some of the challenges for the country include improving healthcare, improving education facilities, skill development, developing good quality and low-cost housing, investment in physical infrastructure and and promoting small and medium enterprises while bolstering larger enterprises with global reach.

Please remember that knowledge is going to be the driver of Indian Economy and will play a vital role in improving the living conditions of the people. Therefore, India must rise to the occasion and reorient its higher education system to be globally competitive.

The education system should be reoriented by moving away from the colonial mindset and teach history in an objective manner as it actually unfolded, the richness of ancient civilization, culture and heritage and instill the values of nationalism among the students.

Education is not only for employment. It should empower the individual with knowledge and wisdom to sift the wheat from the chaff. Access to quality education for all and at all levels is equally essential to ensure inclusive growth and prevent any kind of discrimination.

I would like to emphasize that the time has come for India to once again emerge as the global knowledge hub. For that to happen, the seats of learning, especially the universities, must reinvent themselves as hubs of vibrant intellectual pursuit with academic excellence and social relevance as the key touchstones of success.

India’s development trajectory thus far stands out among other countries in that the economy has transformed from being predominantly agricultural in 1947 to being services dominated, largely bypassing the phase of rapid industrialization that other high income countries witnessed during their own development.

While agriculture now accounts for less than a fifth of GDP, it still remains the main source of employment for nearly half the labour force.

For the unskilled workers migrating out of agriculture it is the low value services and not manufacturing that is the first port of call.

Share of manufacturing in total employment has remained fairly low at about 12 percent. This is in sharp contrast, not just with the developed countries, but even with Asian peers such as China and South Korea where it is higher at around 16 percent to 19 percent. The government’s “Make in India” initiative is driven by its desire for rapid structural change and growth.

An important feature of Indian agriculture is the presence of very large number of farmers (about 90 million farm households), and the very low average farm size – majority of farms are less than 1 hectare. These millions of farmers typically sell their produce in to wholesale markets. Consequently, farmers do not benefit from high prices at the retail end. This market structure is an important reason for the low labour productivity in the sector. To improve labour productivity in agriculture, we need (i) innovative institutional arrangements for some form of “collective” marketing by farmers (e.g., cooperatives, farmer producer organization, etc.) to improve their bargaining strength in the market; (ii) greater on-farm value addition / agro-processing (cleaning, cutting, packaging, etc.), (iii) development of agricultural marketing chains and agriculture specific infrastructure, and (iv) development of agro-processing industries.

Thus, we must not hesitate to introduce a number of structural changes in our agricultural sector to make it profitable.

Initiatives like National Agricultural Market or e-nam have helped in improving the profitability of agriculture by better access to markets and information.

We must also focus upon diversifying of crops further and increasing the coverage of crops under insurance.

Goal 8 and Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are directly relevant in the context of labour and employment. To recall, Goal 8 is “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”, while Goal 5 is “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. On both these aspects several issues confront the country.

How to facilitate job creation for people looking for jobs and that are entering the labor force? The annual addition to working age labor force (those falling in the age bracket 15-59) is estimated to be in the range of 5.8 million for the period 2015 to 2030. It is estimated that India will have to absorb around 16 million persons in new jobs over the next 15 years.

The future skill-profile of workers demanded by Industry and services sector could undergo dramatic change. Our system of education and skill-training needs to respond to the demands of industry and services sector. The pace of skill development would also be important if we have to benefit from the demographic transition.

We need to focus on skill upgradation and promote innovative entrepreneurship to meet the demands of various sectors, including agriculture.

We must also promote self employment, set up and empower more self help groups and promote village and cottage industries.

Large proportion of India’s labor force is engaged in informal work or work in informal enterprises. The challenge is two-fold. How to incentivize the entrepreneur to set up new enterprises in the formal/organised segment of the economy? How to encourage currently operating enterprises in the informal segment to move into the organised sector?

Gender disparity in labor market which has many dimensions needs to be addressed. The low share of women workers in organized sector and the lower wage per day of work for women in all types of wage employment are the striking features.

Developing countries need, among other things, an infrastructure push to sustain growth over the next generation. Infrastructure can be divided into three parts: trade and transport corridors, industrial zones, and social infrastructure.

Over the past decade, the importance of the West as the dominant source of international export demand has declined. Developing countries are confronted with the need to find newer markets within their boundaries and in other countries in the global south. This requires reorientation of westward trade channels through massive investment in intra-national (Bharatmala Project and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor), inter-national (India-Afghanistan air corridor, Kaladan Multimodal Transit Transport Project connecting India and Myanmar, and India-Bangladesh rail, road, and sea transport projects), intra-regional (BBIN /Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal projects), inter-regional (India-Iran-Afghanistan International Transport and Transit Corridor and India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway), and inter-continental (International North-South Transport Corridor and Asia-Africa Growth Corridor) physical connectivity. This is the context for the growing interest in domestic and transnational infrastructure over the past decade.

As far as the Social Infrastructure is concerned, building primary education, health care, and waste management facilities across the country, development of new small towns and renovation of existing towns and connecting them with local labour intensive manufacturing and services industries, and decongestion of existing metropolitan cities would be of utmost importance.

We have to aspire to achieve Former President Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s dream of providing urban amenities in rural areas, which he termed as “PURA”. 

The social inclusion programme he envisioned aims at providing amenities like drinking water, street lights, education, healthcare and telecom services to the country’s rural areas, bringing them at par with urban areas in terms of ease of living and working.

What will the world look like in 2030? Where do we see ourselves in that world? How should we choose our objectives? How should we build capacity to pursue those objectives? The answers to these questions have to be located in our interlocked domestic and international contexts.

To manage its domestic challenges, India has to reach out to other countries to access cost-effective technology, investment, and energy. India needs appropriate economic and foreign policies to navigate through this emerging and uncertain landscape.

Our scientists, technologists and engineers must keep abreast of the developments and absorb new technologies as they occur. In a fast integrating world, this absorption is necessary for our progress.

We must identify areas and spheres where we have comparative advantage and push ahead.

Our development challenge can only be met by focusing on the expansion of the knowledge base. We must focus on improving the quality of research and fostering innovation.  That alone will be the required game changer.

That is why we need institutions of excellence like Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research. May I wish everyone of you success in your future endeavors.

My dear young friends who are being conferred with prestigious degrees today,

Convocation is a crucial ceremony in your life. It marks a significant transformation in your life.

Let me impress upon you that the nation looks up to you with great many expectations.

You must learn to preserve the best of traditional values, shun negativism, develop a positive attitude and be socially conscious, peace loving and empathetic.  Develop a constructive attitude and focus more on achieving perfection in whatever you do.

You should learn to love nature and live with nature and care for the preservation of natural resources and environment to create a more sustainable planet.

As you strive to reach these goals, you will face a number of challenges your way.  You will see as many setbacks as victories.

But I am confident that you will surge ahead, armed with knowledge and wisdom and the many great qualities that this great institution has nurtured in you.

I am confident that you will be the authors of New India’s growth story.

Let me congratulate you once again on this accomplishment.

I wish each and every one of you and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research a very bright future.

Jai Hind!”

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General elections to the Lok Sabha, 2019 – Progressive Seizure [Report dated 25.03.2019]

General elections to the Lok Sabha, 2019 – Progressive Seizure [Report dated 25.03.2019]

A total seizure of nearly Rs 540 crores has been made by various enforcement agencies across the country as on March 25, 2019. A break up of seizure of cash, liquor, drugs/narcotics, precious metals & freebies is given below.

 Summary:

Total Cash Seizure :                                                                       Rs. 143.47 Cr.

Total Liquor Seizure :                                                        Worth Rs. 89.64 Cr.

Total Drugs/Narcotics seizure :                                         Worth Rs. 131.75 Cr.

Total Precious Metals (Gold etc.) seizure :                                   Worth Rs. 162.93 Cr

Total Freebies/other items seizure :                                   Worth Rs. 12.202 Cr.

The highest value seizures have been reported from States of Tamil Nadu ,Uttar Pradesh & Andhra Pradesh The details are as follows

STATE CASH

In Cr.    Rs. )

LIQUOR

(Quantity in litre and value in Cr. Rs.)

DRUG/

NARCOTICS

(Quantity in Kg and Value in Cr. Rs.)

PRECIOUS METALS [GOLD, SILVER etc.)

(Quantity in Kg and its value in Cr.  Rs.)

OTHER ITEMS/ FREEBIES seizure (VALUE IN CR. Rs.) TOTAL

seizure

value

(in Cr. Rs.)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

A &  N Islands

NIL

0.04 Cr.

0.05 Cr

Nil

Nil

.09 Cr.

Andhra Pradesh

55 Cr 12 0.4 30 6 103.4 Cr.
Arunachal Pradesh 2.28  Cr. NIL 0.735 kg NIL NIL 2.28 Cr
Assam 3.97 Cr 0.21 Cr 0.006 Kg

0.013 Cr

NIL NIL 4.20 Cr
 Bihar .32 .2       0.52
 Chandigarh (UT) NIL NIL 0.044 Cr. NIL NIL 0.057 Cr
 Chhattisgarh 0.24 Cr 0.04 Cr NIL NIL 0.20 Cr 0.48 Cr
 Dadra and Nagar Haveli (UT)            
 Daman and Diu (UT) 0.32 Cr. 0.04 Lac lit NIL NIL NIL 0.32 Cr.
 Goa 0.23 Cr. 0.110 Cr. 0.185 Cr. NIL

 

NIL 0.52 Cr
 Gujarat 1.23 Cr. 1.74 Lac Lt

4.77 Cr.

 

 

 

 

 

Nil Nil Nil 6.00 Cr.

 

STATE CASH

In Cr.    Rs. )

LIQUOR

(Quantity in litre and value in Cr. Rs.)

DRUG/

NARCOTICS

(Quantity in Kg and Value in Cr. Rs.)

PRECIOUS METALS [GOLD, SILVER etc.)

(Quantity in Kg and its value in Cr.  Rs.)

OTHER ITEMS/ FREEBIES seizure (VALUE IN CR. Rs.) TOTAL

seizure

value

(in Cr. Rs.)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 Haryana            
 Himachal Pradesh 0.042 Cr 1.15 lac lt.

0.494 Cr.

0.297 Cr. Nil Nil 0.833 Cr.
 Jammu and Kashmir            
 Jharkhand 0.22 Cr 0.029 Lac lt

0.073 Cr

659.7 Kg

 

NIL NIL 0.30 Cr
 Karnataka 5.95 Cr. 4.90 Lac Lt

19.88 Cr.

172.11 Kg

0.08Cr.

0.162kg gold & 34 kg Silver

0.18 Cr,

0.44 Cr 26.53 Cr.
 Kerala            
 Lakshadweep NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL Nil
 Madhya Pradesh  

3.54 Cr

 

1.42 Lac Lt

3.76 Cr

282.406 Kg

0.17 Cr

59 Kg

0.25 Cr

1.46 Cr 9.197 Cr
 Maharashtra 5.90 Cr. 12.03 Lac Lt

9.71 Cr.

36.6 Kg

3.11 Cr.

0.48 Cr. Nil 19.11 Cr.
 Manipur 0.03 Cr. 0.31 lac lt

0.29 Cr

21.18 Cr. 1.12 Cr. NIL 22.62 Cr.
 Meghalaya 0.24 Cr. 0.019 Lac Lt

0.02 Cr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nil Nil Nil 0.26 Cr

 

 

 

 

STATE CASH

In Cr.    Rs. )

LIQUOR

(Quantity in litre and value in Cr. Rs.)

DRUG/

NARCOTICS

(Quantity in Kg and Value in Cr. Rs.)

PRECIOUS METALS [GOLD, SILVER etc.)

(Quantity in Kg and its value in Cr.  Rs.)

OTHER ITEMS/ FREEBIES seizure (VALUE IN CR. Rs.) TOTAL

seizure

value

(in Cr. Rs.)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 Mizoram 0.06 Cr. 0.12 Cr. 0.18 Cr.

 

 Nagaland 0.70 Cr. 0.19 Lac Lt

0.63 Cr.

21 Kg

0.04 Cr.

NIL NIL 1.39 Cr.
 NCT of Delhi NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL NIL
 Odisha 0.154 Cr

 

0.53 Lac Lt

1.37 Cr

NIL NIL 0.012 Cr 1.54 Cr
Puducherry 0.17 Cr NIL NIL NIL 0.03 Cr 0.22 Cr
 Punjab 5.20 Cr. 1.47 Lac Lt

3.22 Cr.

84.30 Cr. Nil 0.149 Cr. 92.8 Cr.
 Rajasthan 0.34 Cr 0.50 Lac lt

2.81 Cr

3.67 Cr NIL 1.5 Cr 8.33 Cr
 Sikkim NIL 393 lac ltr.

0.003Cr.

NIL NIL NIL 0.027 Cr.
 Tamil Nadu 36.6 .13 0.15 68 2.36 107.24
Telangana 5.26 Cr. 012 Lac Lt 0.39Cr. 2.38 Cr. 0.543kg gold

0.16 Cr.

0.02 Cr. 8. 21 Cr.
 Tripura 0.003Cr. 0.12 Lac Lit 0.22 Cr 0.47 Cr . NIL NIL 0.70 Cr.
Uttarakhand 0.84 Cr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.18 Lac lt

0.76 Cr.

0.467 Cr 0.192 Cr. 0.031  Cr. 2.29 Cr.

 

 

STATE CASH

In Cr.    Rs. )

LIQUOR

(Quantity in litre and value in Cr. Rs.)

DRUG/

NARCOTICS

(Quantity in Kg and Value in Cr. Rs.)

PRECIOUS METALS [GOLD, SILVER etc.)

(Quantity in Kg and its value in Cr.  Rs.)

OTHER ITEMS/ FREEBIES seizure (VALUE IN CR. Rs.) TOTAL

seizure

value

(in Cr. Rs.)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 Uttar Pradesh 8.26 Cr. 8.06 Lac ltr

22.55 Cr.

1160.2 Kg

14.68 Cr.

59.04 Cr. NIL 104.53 Cr.
 West Bengal 6.43 Cr. 4.4 Lac Lt

5.24 Cr.

 

0.16 Cr

3.51 Cr. Nil 16.295 Cr.
GRAND TOTALseizure

value

143.47 Cr. 89.64 Cr. 131.75 Cr. 162.93 Cr 12.202Cr. 539.992Cr.

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Lok Sabha Polls 2019 : Congress will launch ‘surgical strike’ on poverty,says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on March 26 promised a “surgical strike” on poverty and said his party had been working on how to eradicate it for the last six months.

Addressing a rally in Suratgarh a day after declaring his party would roll out a minimum income guarantee scheme for the poorest 20 per cent households if voted to power, Gandhi said only the rich could dream under the Narendra Modi rule.

“We will eradicate poverty in the country. This is a ‘dhamaka’. No country has done this in history. There should not be a single poor person in the country,” Gandhi said.

He said his party would work to reduce unemployment if it comes to power.

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Lok Sabha Polls 2019 : Actor Sunny Deol set to join BJP

According to reports,Bollywood actor Sunny Deol is all set to make his foray into politics.

Sunny Deol, the superstar with a soft voice but a strong fist, is speculated to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The report states that Sunny Deol is expected to contest a seat for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur, Punjab. The actor, however, has not given an official statement on this yet.

Interestingly, his father, veteran actor Dharmendra, was also a member of BJP in the past and had been elected the Member of Parliament during the 14th Lok Sabha elections. Dharmendra’s wife and Sunny’s step-mother, actress-politician Hema Malini, is serving as a BJP MP from Mathura.

It might be a right move for Sunny Deol to get into politics, since the actor is quite popular in Punjab. His Bollywood career is seen going through a slump with his last few films failing at the box office. So a move in politics might get Sunny Deol the much-needed resurgence. Sunny Deol is presently giving finishing touches to Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas, the debut film of his son, Karan Deol. Sunny Deol himself is directing the film.