Presidential Elections: Support Dr.Meira Kumar

Bihar and Jharkhand governments have no choice but to support Dr.Meira Kumar. As defeat of "Bihar ki Beti" will invariably bring Shame to the Biharis and Jharkhandis (or erstwhile unified Bihar). Do you think that, people of Bihar will leave Nitish Kumar Scott - free, if Dr.Meira Kumar loses ? So, Nitish Kumar has very little option left but to support, Dr.Meira Kumar.

Moreover, if Nitish Kumar wants to fall in the BJP's well calculated electoral TRAP no one can save him in the next election.

Also, I am surprised to see Mr.Navin Pattanayak, so easily chewing the RSS bait. Orissa is a state, where there is large chunk of Tribal Christian voters loyal to the BJD (Biju Janata Dal). I am still to fathom, BJD's sudden electoral gamble of siding with the RSS and the BJP; when Mr.Pattanayak has been maintaining distance from them since some time.

Besides, the election of Dr.Meira Kumar, who is educated, experienced and very sober, might also correct some of the historical mistakes of not making her father, the Prime Minister of India.

Also, I don't think all the Muslim and Christian MPs and MLAs from the TDP and TRS will ever support a RSS backed Candidate, who acted against Dalit Christian and Muslin reservations. Therefore, invariably cross voting will take place, which might give the underdog, Ms.Kumar, a win. Support Dr.Meira Kumar, give a conscience vote and make her the 2nd Female President of India.

All the best to Dr.Meira Kumar.....👍✌

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Govt mulls single-window system to boost steel, mining sectors
[Editor: I have been saying this since the last couple of months and I am happy the government has at last started to think in this direction. The biggest beneficiaries, apart from Steel and Mining space, would be Construction and Power  sectors]
The Environment Minister 
June 25, 2014: To boost sagging sentiments in steel and mining sectors, the government on Tuesday began the process of setting up single-window mechanism to fast-track clearances for various projects and create special mining zones to ensure raw material security for existing and upcoming steel plants in the country.

In the course of a three-hour-long meeting steel and mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar, coal minister Piyush Goyal and environment minister Prakash Javadekar said that there is a pressing need for a single-window clearance system and agreed to engage more stakeholders to take the process forward.

While there was a general agreement that such a system “cannot happen overnight as rules for different departments are not the same,” but creating such a dispensation also cannot be an endless process.

Currently, 44 coal projects, both opencast and underground, and at least six steel projects are awaiting environmental and forest clearances.

Considering that over Rs 4.4 lakh crore of investments are in the pipeline in the steel sector in Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh, such a mechanism is likely to translate these investments on the ground. In response to the contention of steel ministry officials that the existing plants perpetually complain about raw material insecurity, Goyal told the meeting that some blocks can be auctioned specifically for the steel companies, while steel PSUs can continue to enjoy allocations through the government dispensation route.

Steel ministry officials had, in a presentation to Tomar last month, contended that the sector has been discriminated in allocation of captive coal mines despite the companies completing their end-use plants and investing heavily in mining. They told the minister that 44 captive coal blocks pertaining to steel and iron projects have been canceled notwithstanding their investments made.

“The three ministers said that like the special economic zones, certain big mineral bearing areas can be demarcated as special mining zones exclusively for meeting the demands of the iron-ore starved plants,” a source said. The erstwhile UPA government had set a target of producing 300 million tonnes steel per year by 2025 for which the nation would require nearly 350 MT of iron ore.

However, the steel ministry officials could not confirm whether such mining zones would be entitled to financial sops as enjoyed by the SEZs. Javadekar said that National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) will be reconstituted soon and matters pending for clearance of the NBWL will be thereafter be disposed off expeditiously.

Goyal, meanwhile, is learnt to have been firm in ruling out de-merger of Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) from Coal India and making it a stand-alone company, as demanded by the steel ministry last year.

The 12th Five Year Plan working group had suggested de-merging BCCL from Coal India to service the raw material needs of the steel companies steel industry which spends heavily in sourcing the fuel from abroad.

Goyal, who also holds the charge of power ministry, is learnt to have told the meeting that since Coal India is a listed entity, it would be imprudent to distribute its assets.

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