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Can crackdown on ACS cadre eradicate cash-for-job scam in India

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
In a rare case, as many as 55 serving officers belonging to Assam Civil Service (ACS) cadre were arrested by Assam Police, for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore cash-for-jobs scam. While the number of unemployment educated youths are increasing, with just a few percentage of them are seeking an outlet through the tight compartment of start-ups, this is just a temporary relief before the eruption of the volcano of joblessness.
The infamous cash-for-job scam of Assam came to light after Dibrugarh police had arrested an engineer named Naba Kanta Patir from Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district after they caught him red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh from a lady doctor to secure a government job on October 27, 2016.

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The hug and wink by Rahul dominates No Confidence vote against NDA

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The No Confidence motion moved by Opposition members against the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Narendra Damodardas Modi on July 20, 2018 attracted international attention as the Congress President Rahul Gandhi accused the Modi government of buying 36 Rafael fighter aircraft from France at a highly inflated price. Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman immediately refuted his claim, but the French Government has taken a note of the debate, particularly the claim by Gandhi that he had personal interaction with French authority.

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Tripura government employees oppose, CM allays fears of performance review

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Employees will always oppose any appraisal of their performance, worst so are the government employees, who consider that the government job they hold is their birthright in their own respective state. While none will accept periodical review of performance, which is one of the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission, which none of the state government has enforced as the impact that this will have on the staff is widely known.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is well known for his controversial press-statements, till he was summoned by the Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi, has this time picked up one of the most contentious topic as he had issued the circular saying that there is a need for a periodical review to ascertain whether the government servants should be retained or retired in public interest.

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Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted: Supreme Court

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Supreme Court (SC) of India while condemning mob lynching incidents across the country, has directed Parliament on July 17, 2018to enact a Law to deal with the crime that threatens Rule of Law and the country’s social fabric stated in most direct term: Horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be permitted to become a new normal, as it is the Constitutional duty of the Judiciary to take a call to protect lives and human rights.
The remarks of the three - member bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkqar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud came on petitions seeking the court’s intervention to curb violence by vigilante groups across the country. The bench said that when the vigilantes involve themselves in lynching or any kind of brutality, they put the requisite accountability of a citizen to law on those who are venting.

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Shukla claims nation has accepted GST, advocates reduction of transaction costs

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
After a year of Goods and Services Tax (GST) being rolled out since July 1, 2017 many untapped tax payers indeed are compelled to pay the tax, however, there are still a few pockets who continue to be defaulters, while others are not qualified to be registered under the new law. However, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla claims that the nation had accepted the GST just one year after its implementation despite the initial reluctance due to its perceived complexity.
Shukla even claims that even those who were earlier critical of the new tax regime have now accepted it to be a “good and simple tax”. The Minister added that this was because all decisions were taken with consensus among the GST Council members which included representatives from all states.

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