NEW DELHI 27 SEPTEMBER 2020 SUNDAY `9 PAGES 24 facebook/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard The Three Mountaineers ASK PRABHU www.thesundaystandard.com/www.morningstandard.in PLUS: 12 PAGES MAGAZINE Turning the Tribal Tables EXCLUSIVE VOICES Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com, and Prabhu Chawla, Editorial Director, The New Indian Express, will answer them. Prabhu Chawla TJS George Shankkar Aiyar Anand Neelakantan The Great Immunity Bazaar Ravi Shankar Amar Patnaik Shinie Antony Neil McCallum Back to Granny’s Kitchen Inside Murugan’s World Rolling Out the Red Carpet AMMA SPEAKS Fear Drives People to Faith BJP looks south, east with Team Nadda Party chief has also inducted young talent likes Tejasvi Surya in line with objective to build a team for next decade EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ New Delhi How much longer will India be kept out of UNSC? PM P U S H K A R B A N A K A R @ New Delhi When we were weak, we did not trouble the world. When we were strong, we didn’t become a burden. Till when do we have to wait? The ideals of UN and India’s principles are similar Narendra Modi, Prime Minister VOTARY OF PEACE, SECURITY Modi said India will stand for peace, security and prosperity while opposing terror, drugs, trafficking and illegal weapons. He urged the world to unite and dedicate themselves for the cause of world welfare PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday made a strong pitch for a greater role for India at the United Nations, asserting that for how long the country will be kept out of the world body’s decision making structure. “The people of India have been waiting for a long time for the UN’s reformation process to complete. They are worried whether this process will ever reach its logical end. After all, how long India will be kept out of the decision making structures of the United Nations,” Modi said in his virtual address to the UN General Assembly’s 75th session. Asking if the UN of 1945 is still relevant today, the Prime Minister said that though there was no World War III, there have been many other wars. “It cannot be denied that there have been many wars, civil wars and terror attacks have also taken place. In these wars and attacks, the people who were killed were human beings like you.” Changes in appearance and arrangements are the need of the hour, Modi said. “When we were weak, we did not trouble the world. When we were strong, we didn’t become a burden on the world. Till when do we have to wait? The ideals of UN and India’s principles are similar. Vasudaiva Kutumbakam has echoed in the UN halls many a time. We are looking at an expanded role in the UN,” the Prime Minister said. On Friday, Bhutan had endorsed permanent membership of G4 countries in the UNSC. Assuring the world that India will be an important player in helping the world beat the pandemic, the PM said that over 150 countries were sent essential medical supplies by Indian pharmaceutical companies during the pandemic. “Our vaccine production will help in bringing the world out of the pandemic. We are moving towards phase III of clinical trials. We are increasing infrastructure and will help others increase it.” LOSS ISHER JUDGE AHLUWALIA DIES Economist Isher J Ahluwalia, a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, passed away on Saturday. She was married to Montek Singh Ahluwalia | P10 THE much-awaited rejig in the BJP organisational team has finally taken place, with the party on Saturday announcing the list of its new office-bearers that signals its quest for expansion in new regions, especially the South. The team brought in by BJP national president J P Nadda includes fresh faces from southern and eastern parts of the country. Reaffirming faith in experienced hands, Nadda has also infused young talent in line with the objective to build a team for the next decade. The highlight of the reshuffle was the party dropping prominent faces like Ram Madhav, P Muralidhar Rao and Anil Jain as national general secretaries and brining in D Purandareshwari, C T Ravi and Dilip Saikia —representing Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka OUT OF TEAM Ram Madhav General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao: General Secretary Uma Bharti Vinay O P Mathur Vice-President Sahasrabuddhe Vice-President Vice-President and Assam respectively — in their place. Former BJP chief Amit Shah’s trusted lieutenants Bhupendra Yadav, Arun Singh and Kailash Vijayvargia have been retained as the national general secretaries in the new team. According to sources, Madhav and Rao were RSS nominees in the BJP and the Sangh is likely to suggest their replacements in near future. It’s also being suggested in the party circles that the new RSS nominees could be from Tamil Nadu and hence the state has not found representation in Team Nadda in the first round. In line with ‘Mission South’, Nadda has appointed Abdulla Kutty from Kerala and D K Aruna from Telangana as party vice-presidents. From West Bengal, where the BJP has been trying to further NEW ENTRANTS Tejasvi Surya President, youth wing Mukul Roy Vice-President Rajyavardhan D Purandeswari Raghubar Das General Secretary Vice-President Rathore Spokesperson expand its base ahead of the elections next year, Mukul Roy has also found place in Team Nadda as vice-president while Anupam Hazra has been inducted as a secretary . Team Nadda has strong thrust on Assam, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka. Tamil Nadu, slated to go to polls next year, has surprisingly missed out but party sources said some PADDY PROCUREMENT ADVANCED BY 4 DAYS TO DOUSE FARM FIRE HARPREET BAJWA @ Chandigarh IN an apparent effort to placate the agitating famers in Punjab and Haryana, the Union Government advanced the procurement of paddy in both the states citing advance arrival of paddy this year. The procurement season was scheduled to begin on October 1 but it started on Saturday itself with the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution issuing the orders. The farmers will get the Minimum Support Price for their produce. “In view of early arrival of paddy in the ‘mandis’ of Haryana and Punjab, Government of India has approved the commencement of procurement operations for paddy/rice immediately in both these states from today i.e. with effect from 26th September, 2020 to ensure that farmers are facilitated in selling their produce at Minimum Support Price (MSP) expeditiously,” a statement issued by the ministry stated. Reacting to the development, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal Group) president Balbir Singh Rajewal said the MORE than 82 per cent of individual taxpayers faced TDS mismatch problems during the last three years resulting in disallowance of refund and the creation of avoidable harassment of taxpayers, the latest CAG report on the Department of Revenue has pointed out. The apex audit body in its report tabled in Parliament last week also said the actual reasons of the large scale mismatch could not be ascertained because of non-submission of the relevant data by the ministry to the CAG. While launching a platform called ‘Transparent Taxation - Honouring the Honest’ in August, PMNarendra Modi had emphasized that the tax system should be seamless, painless and faceless. “During last three years, more than 82 per cent individual taxpayers faced TDS mismatch problem due to the difference in the amount available in Form MISMATCH ON PAER, HEADACHE FOR PEOPLE Year No. of PAN TDS amount (TDS mismatch) claimed TDS available in Form 26AS 2016-17 3,35,082 13,117.05 11,610.67 2017-18 13,64,575 18,675.24 16,286.60 2018-19 2,321 2.13 2.21 (TDS in rupees crore) 26AS and that claimed by the assessees through their ITR, majority being salaried taxpayers,” the CAG said. “Due to such mismatch TDS credit is denied to the assessee (taxpayer) despite receipt of the revenue by the ITD or presence of Form 16/16A issued by deductor in support of his claim. This results in disallowance of refunds and also in creation of infructuous demands for tax resulting in avoidable harassment to the taxpayer,” the report said. Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) aims to ensure collection of revenue at the instance of the transaction. TDS collection, which was `3.43 lakh crore in FY 2016-17, increased to `4.51 lakh crore in FY 201819 and now contributes more than 35 per cent to the gross direct taxes collections. TDS on salary payment is the biggest component of TDS and has been around 43 per cent in the last three years. The CAG said it could not examine the assessment records of the sample selected as the assessment records were not available with the jurisdictional assessing officers as the same was not provided to them by the CPC-Bengaluru even af- CONTINUED ON P7 NEW TURN Suit filed to reclaim Krishna temple land N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow Farmers sit on railway tracks at Jalandhar Cantt railway station on Saturday to protest against the farm Bills | PTI farmers protest against the farm reform bills passed in parliament last week had made the Centre afraid and jittery But the tactic would not . work as the farmers were wise enough to understand their political motive. “The demonstrations will continue.” Echoing the same sentiments, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Pannu Group) president Satnam Singh Pannu said “this attempt by the central government to advance the procure- ment date by four days to defuse the protest in Punjab will not work out.” But Gurnam Singh Charuni, president of the Haryana Bharatiya Kisan Union, played safe and said: “I would not like to comment on this as it can have a negative effect on the famers. We have been demanding that the gover nment should buy the paddy at MSP and now they have advanced the date to start the procurement.” The Punjab and Haryana gover nments, meanwhile, have ordered the start of procurement from Sunday instead of October 1. Instructions were issued to lift the procured crop within 48-hours. Punjab Food & Civil Supplies minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said the government had received information of arrival of paddy crop in mandis. He claimed the state was committed to lifting every single grain of the farmers produce. 82% taxpayers harassed for TDS mismatch: CAG SII boss pegs vaccination K U M A R V I K R A M @ New Delhi positions have been kept open and the state may find a place in the next round. The BJP circles is abuzz with talks of an imminent Cabinet expansion, with the PM Modi likely to induct fresh faces in his Council of Ministers, which could also include a few from the BJP national office-bearers who have been dropped from Team Nadda. ter two years of the assessment year. As a result, the reasons for the TDS mismatch, status of their resolution, the mode of the resolution, , as well as correctness and completeness of information shared by the I-T department could not be ascertained in the audit. “The inability of the department to furnish relevant information to complete the audit has prevented the CAG from fulfilling constitutional mandate,” it said. The CAG said the I-T department needs to ascertain whether the mismatches were due to the IT systems or the failure of deductors in furnishing correct returns/information. “It needs to be ascertained in how many cases the department raised demand from taxpayers because of mismatch, as such causing harassment to the taxpayer. In cases of failure of the deductors, necessary action may be taken against the defaulting deductors under the IT Act,” it said. cost for Covid at `80K cr EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Mumbai SERUM Institute of India (SII) owner Adar Poonawalla has asked whether the Centre has `80,000 crore over the next one year to procure and ensure Covid vaccine for each and every citizen of the country . No official statement was issued by the government, including the health ministry, in response till late in the evening. “Quick question; will the government of India have I80,000 crores available, over the next one year? Because that’s what @ MoHFW_INDIA (Central health ministry) needs, to buy and distribute the vaccine to everyone in India. This is the next concerning the challenge we need to tackle,” Poonawalla said, tagging the PMO’s official Twitter handle as well. “I ask this question, because we need to plan and guide, vaccine manufacturers both in India and overseas to service the needs of our country in terms of procurement and distribution.” The SII is jointly developing and conducting trial of Oxford vaccine with Oxford University and British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The Pune-based company major has entered the phase three trials of the vaccine. A health ministry official expressed surprised at Poonawalla’s tweet. The SII office refused to elaborate the intention behind Poonwalla sharing this information in the public domain. “Whatever Mr Poonawalla wanted to say he , had tweeted it and that is only information from their side.” BARELY a few days ahead of a CBI court in Lucknow pronouncing its verdict in the Babri Masji demolition case, a civil suit has been filed in a Mathura court seeking to reclaim the ownership of the entire 13.37 acres of Krishna Janmabhoomi land and the removal of the Shahi Idgah Masjid. The suit was filed by Lord S h r i K r i s h n a Vi r a j m a n through next friend Ranjana Agnihotri and six other devotees on Friday . Agnihotri, a Lucknow-based lawyer, had represented the Hindu Mahasabha in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit in various courts, including the Supreme Court. Despite the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, being in place, the civil suit was filed in the Mathura court. The Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, bars courts from entertaining any litigation that would alter the status quo of a religious place as it existed in 1947. The Act had exempted the litigation over the ownership of the disputed Ram JanmabhoomiBabri Masjid land. When the Supreme Court in November 2019 had pronounced its verdict for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, one of the parties was Shri Ram Lalla Virajman, who had filed a civil suit in Ayodhya in 1989 through his best friend Triloki Nath Pandey . The Mathura suit said the “UP Sunni Waqf Board, Trust Masjid Idgah or any member of the Muslim community have no interest or right in the property of Katra Keshav Dev over an area measuring 13.37 acres and the entire land vests in the deity Bhagwan Shri Krishna Virajman.” RIOTS FILMMAKERS KNEW ALL PLANS: COPS Delhi Police charge sheet says Rahul Roy and Saba Dewan organised meeting of various groups and knew about the riots PAGE 4
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