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NDA celebrates GST anniversary, while public battles Tax burden

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Editorial

Thomas Lim

Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi congratulated the people of the nation as the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) plan completed one year on July 1, 2018. He termed it as a vibrant example of Cooperative Federalism and a ‘Team India’ spirit; he added the New Tax regime of One Nation, One Tax has brought a positive change in the Indian economy. While the Opposition Indian National Congress stated it as the Design and Structure flaws tax reforms which remains about Grossly Scary Tax for millions of traders, shopkeepers and businessmen. No wonder GST’s more popular description is ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ than ‘Genuine and Simple Tax’ that it was meant to be said Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala in Twitter.

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Besides IIT students even the bureaucrats contribute to government schemes

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Thomas Lim
The 14th President of India, Ram Nath Kovind asked the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) students to contribute to government schemes that are aimed at improving the quality life of citizens of the country. He pointed out that India’s fast-growing economy offers huge scope. With their talent, education and degree, each of the students can be a game changer for the nation.
Kovind was addressing the 51st convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of IIT-Kanpur, where he was the Chief Guest, he also said that they should follow the four principles of discipline, humility, big thinking and taking inspiration from others, to become role models.

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Top cop worried about Meghalaya emerging as a heroin distribution centre

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Thomas Lim
Meghalaya is doing too little to curb the menace of drug related crimes, which are on the rise. Worse so, in order to meet the demand of the market, the hill state is now slowly emerging as the “heroin distribution centre” of India, informed East Khasi Hills District Superintendent of Police Davis NR Marak, while observing the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2018.
The top cop also stated that with Shillong as the transit point, many players, some with militant background or affiliations are involved in the drug trafficking business to fund their anti-social activities. Also, the rise in petty crimes in some areas has also been attributed to the growing numbers of drug users, particularly among the youth, who commit such crimes to satiate their cravings.

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Modi claims success of social security schemes in empowering people

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Thomas Lim
In the Eighth interaction with beneficiaries of various social security schemes from across the country through video bridge, Prime Minister, Narendra Damodardas Modi claims that 50 crore people in the country have come under social security cover, which is a 10-time leap from the 2014 figures. He outlined the various aspects pursued by the Government to ensure financial security for the poor and the vulnerable. They are opening the doors of the banks for the poor; banking the unbanked; ensuring access to capital for small business and budding entrepreneurs; funding the unfunded and; providing social security cover for the poor and vulnerable; financially securing the unsecured.
 The interaction held on June 27, 2018 covered four major social security schemes namely Atal Bima Yojana, Pradhan MantriJeevanJyoti Yojana, Pradhan MantriSurakshaBima Yojana and VayaVandana Yojana. This is the eighth interaction in the series by the Prime Minister through video conference with various beneficiaries of Government schemes.

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MDA govt gearing up to mobilize resources to implement smart city project

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Thomas Lim
A week after the announcement that Shillong, the capital city of Meghalaya has been selected as India’s 100th smart city which also completes the Smart Cities Mission, State Urban Affairs Minister Hamletson Dohling said the state government is still waiting for necessary details of the approval of the proposal. Prior to this only 99 smart cities had been selected in four rounds of the competition.
Dohling on June 25, 2018 stated that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) led by National People’s Party (NPP) headed by Conrad Kongkal Sangma will try to mobilize resources for implementing the massive work to be taken up under the smart city project. However stating that it is clear that the project will based on a 50:50 share basis, he said that despite this, the state government does not want to lose such a golden opportunity and would mobilize resources for the implementation of the smart city project.

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