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No plans to extend December 30 deadline, citizens worry about online theft

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
All attempts made by the United Opposition in demanding a roll back of the demonetization have turned into an issue of political ego. The Opposition will not allow the Parliament to function, while the Ruling will not retreat which has put the public in a dilemma. Meanwhile the Central Government is not considering extending the December 30 deadline for depositing the demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, whose demonetization was announced on November 8, Parliament was informed on November 29 by the Minister of State for Finance Arun Ram Meghwal in the Rajya Sabha through a written reply.

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Modi pushes for e-payments, business community finds difficulty in paying salaries

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
With the nation opening to a new week, which is also the last working week of November 2016 after Demonetisation, the queues outside the ATMs and banks have vanished but the uncertainty of what lies in the future makes the present situation akin to the calm before the storm. The traders, contractors and small time business community have started to worry as to how to arrange for the salary, in view of the restriction of withdrawals imposed by Reserve Bank of India. Whereas, Central Government has asked all Statutory 4,041 urban local bodies to shift to e-payments at the earliest, the Urban Development Ministry said these cities and towns account for about 75 per cent of the total 40 crore urban population in the country. The government’s message to the officials of these urban local bodies was conveyed by Rajiv Gauba, Secretary, Urban Development, via interactive video-conference.

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Modi moots human psychology as vital part of policing

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi while addressing Top Police officers at Hyderabad, on November 26, 2016 stressed that technology and human interface are both important for the police force to keep progressing. On the issue of training, he said that the development of soft skills is now essential and should become a part of the training drill. Aspects such as human psychology and behavioural psychology should be vital parts of training he said while speaking during the second day of 51st annual conference of the heads of state police forces, central paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies being held at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy.
This was the third conference being held outside Delhi after it was held in Guwahati in 2014 and in Bhuj in Gujarat in 2015.
Modi recalled November 26 - a day that a deadly terror attack struck Mumbai, and police bravely fought against terrorists. He said that this annual conference has now undergone a transformation in the way it is conducted. He said it has become a platform for sharing experiences, which leads to good inputs for policy planning, but laid emphasis on concrete outcomes out of the actionable points that have been finalized.

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Cash crunch forces India into cashless transactions sans preparedness

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The Lok Sabha was disrupted over the demonetization issue for the seventh straight day on November 25, losing the day’s business to disruptions even as matters in the Rajya Sabha were also a total washout. In an apparent attack on the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi said the demonetization was under attack as its critics were tripped by the dramatic decision. While outside the Parliament, the long queue in the banks and ATMs have grown shorter as compared to November 9, last, but the business transaction Pan India is said to have dipped by 90 percent due to the absence of small denomination currency as change against the new Rs 2000 note. This has forced most urban vendors and shopkeepers to opt for cashless transaction in order to keep their business going.
The Prime Minister who preferred to be in Punjab instead of being in the House for the debate in the ongoing Winter Session having encouraged the public to turn their mobile phones into banking devices by downloading the appropriate apps. Modi also invited all Political Parties, NGOs and the Media to educate and encourage people about cashless transactions. He also agrees that everyone has a Right to use their money even as he maintained that it is not necessary to have physical currency to be able to spend it.

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Unaided after demonetization, unbanked rural sector of Meghalaya battling it out

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim
The state of Meghalaya has always had its own way of dealing with governance, taking full advantage of Constitutional provisions under the Sixth Schedule. Starting from school admission to jobs, reservation and quotas have turned the indigenous tribal uncompetitive. On the other hand, the state keeps opposing various central schemes and policies which include Aadhaar and Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana - Prime Minister’s People Money Scheme. Such attitude has affected the rural sector during this demonetization, as many of the villages do not have any bank account.
Earlier most of the tribals had opposed the implementation of Unique Device Identifier (UDI) and the application of Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards, many of the rural folks besides people living in the urban areas are yet to have the PAN card, sticking to the stand that tribals do not need to pay Income Tax, hence all such applications are useless in the state of Meghalaya.
The first attempt of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government headed by Narendra Damodardas Modi to unify India as one is through GST (Goods and Services Tax) where India will have one unified common market, breaking down all compartment of exception of taxes.

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