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...While 99.5 per cent of our villages are deemed electrified, a fifth of the country’s population still awaits an electricity connection and many more suffer due to poor power supply. Hence, the government has moved beyond village electrification to 24×7 power for all by 2022. The central government has set out this ambitious goal by focusing on household electrification and reliable power supply. As per the Ministry of Power statistics, 43 million Indian households are yet to be electrified. India will take nearly 20 years to electrify the existing unelectrified households if it continues with the current rate of household electrification, about 2 lakh households per month. ...Indian Express on Sept. 23, 2017, 12:20 a.m.
...The biggest hurdle is the lack of a streamlined and unified digital consumer database, which formed the backbone of the robust and rapid implementation of DBT for LPG. Here, the entire database across India was managed by just three public sector oil marketing companies, which are directly under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. This enabled easier coordination for a nationwide rollout of the scheme. In comparison, the database of subsidised kerosene beneficiaries falls under the Public Distribution System (PDS), which is managed and maintained by each State government. ...The Hindu on Oct. 13, 2016, 12:41 a.m.
...However, the same has been done by way of imposing 'krishi kalyan cess' to be levied on value of taxable services. One may recall, on similar lines, 'swachh bharat cess' (SBC) was introduced last year. However, unlike SBC (which is a non-creditable levy), krishi cess has been made creditable lest only against payment of krishi cess itself.In addition to the above, the major thrust of tax proposals, as enumerated by the Finance Minister in this speech, included incentivizing domestic value addition to help foster the governments focus on 'make in India'. To accomplish this, various rate changes have been introduced in customs and excise duty with respect to inputs, raw materials, components etc.Sectors in which such changes have been introduced include IT / ITES, defence, textile, chemicals, petrochemicals, railways etc. The proposed rate changes should ideally result in reduced costs and also increase competitiveness of domestic industry in said sectors. ...NDTV on March 1, 2016, midnight