Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bring Petrol & Diesel under GST

Why can't we bring petrol and diesel prices  under GST?
At present, a central excise duty of 23% and State VAT of 34% is  levied on petrol and diesel. Thus, the total tax works out to 57%.
If these essential products are brought under GST , the maximum tax will be only 28%. This means the prices of petrol and diesel can come down by almost 50%.
The people and the economy at at large will be benefited as it will have a positive, cascading effect. 
We request you to consider this immediately and make it part of the midnight announcement of July 1 

https://www.change.org/p/the-finance-minister-of-india-bring-petrol-diesel-under-gst?recruiter=29763990&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Greens’ plea to CM to ban Parsik Hill plunder


·         #IamParsikHill – IamDying campaign reaches crescendo 


MUMBAI: In a World Environment Day development, environment activists have stepped up their campaign to save Parsik Hills from reckless blasting in the name of quarrying and appealed to Chief Minister Mr. Devendra Fadnavis to immediately ban plundering of the hill range in Navi Mumbai.
“The decades-long quarrying has caused irreparable damage to the environment and the once picturesque hills,” said Mr. Nanda Kumar Pawar, director of the NGO Shree Ekvira Aai Pratishthan (SEAP).
Stating that “we cannot stand as mute witnesses to the rampant, careless and criminal destruction”, he said SEAP is planning to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking to ban quarrying at Parsik Hills.
He, along with other eminent environmentalists, was addressing a media seminar at Mumbai Press Club on the occasion of the World Environment Day, today, as part of a social communication campaign, #IamParsikHill and IamDying,  by Public relations Council of India (PRCI) - the premier national body of PR, media, advertising, HR professionals and mass communication academicians and students.
“Hills are national heritage and nobody has any business to destroy them,” Mr Pawar said lending support to PRCI initiative. “It is a worthy cause and quarrying is worrying," Mr. Pawar said.
Pointing out that quarrying destroys bio diversity, forests and destroys the water table, Mr Stalin D, Director of NGO Vanashakti, said: “The Parsik hill range has the potential for an excellent venue for  eco-tourism and adventure sports. Please save these beautiful forested hills from reckless destruction.”

The dust pollution created by quarrying poses great health hazards for the citizens of Navi Mumbai, he said adding that the Chief Minister must ban quarrying at Parsik Hills immediately.
Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call during his latest Mann Ki Baat broadcast to follow the Environment Day-2017 theme ‘Connecting People To Nature’, PRCI has embarked on the campaign to focus attention on the destruction of nature which is also harming the people, said council national president B N Kumar.
Apart from launching the communication across social media, PRCI also initiated an online petition on change.org platform addressed to the Chief Minister and posted hard-hitting short videos on youtube.
Per media reports, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) itself has said that the air pollution levels in the areas around stone crushers of quarries are a hundred times the acceptable levels.
The Parsik Hill quarries were allotted to some people decades ago as part of CIDCO’s compensation package for those who surrendered lands for the development of Navi Mumbai. But response to an RTI application by Mr Pawar now shows that most of the quarry owners are either politicians or enjoy political patronage.
He, therefore, felt that banning of quarries would not adversely impact the Project Affected People (PAP).
Late Shiv Sena supreme had in June 1997 ordered a ban on quarrying at Parsik Hills during the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance rule. But later, the blasting of the hills resumed with seeming vengeance.
A cursory look at the hills from Sion-Panvel highway shows the pathetic condition of the plundered hills along Thane-Belapur Road where forests have disappeared due to quarrying.
The NGT is hearing a PIL against quarrying and its ruling is slated for July 19. Quarry owners have, meanwhile, stopped their operation as the Thane district collector stopped collecting royalty. The collector, however, permitted three quarries.
Irrespective these developments, environmentalists have vehemently argued in favour of keeping Parsik Hills free of further destruction even as Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has begun to work on a tripartite deal with revenue and forest departments to develop a stretch of the hills as Green Tourist destination

Thursday, June 1, 2017

#IamParsikHill -IamDying


Please open this link and sign the petition to save environment

https://www.change.org/p/the-chief-minister-of-maharashtra-iamparsikhill-iamdying-ban-quarrying-now?recruiter=29763990&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Destroying Nature, Harming People! Who Cares for Environment Day?

“Connecting People to Nature”- Are we?


By B N KUMAR

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi just pointed out in his latest edition of Mann Ki Baat broadcast, June 5 is being observed as World Environment Day and this year’s theme for the event is: Connecting People to Nature”.
The UN says on its web site, the theme “urges us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it.”  “It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.”
Billions of rural people around the world spend every working day ‘connected to nature’ and appreciate full well their dependence on natural water supplies and how nature provides their livelihoods in the form of fertile soil. They are among the first to suffer when ecosystems are threatened, whether by pollution, climate change or over-exploitation.
Nature’s gifts are often hard to value in monetary terms. Like clean air, they are often taken for granted, at least until they become scarce. However, economists are developing ways to measure the multi-trillion-dollar worth of many so-called ‘ecosystem services’, from insects pollinating fruit trees to the leisure, health and spiritual benefits of a hike up a valley, the UN says explaining the Day and the theme.
So far, so good!
Now let’s take a look at the Indian scenario and I would like to focus on Navi Mumbai, my Karm Bhoomi, where I am living for well over four decades. Can we fund fun here? The answer is a vehement no!
The once picturesque Parsik Hills are being systematically destroyed in the name of quarrying. Decades ago, the Government took over lands from farmers, fishermen and salt pan workers (called agris) and handed over to the city planner and developer CIDCO for development of Navi Mumbai. CIDCO allotted pieces of Parsik Hills to few project affected people, popularly known as PAPs, for quarrying. It was a win-win for both CIDCO and as the former needed stones for urban development and the latter compensation for losing their sources of income.
The quarrying, however, did not stop with licensed areas. Many recklessly plundered the hills to such an extent that the scene shocked not only the silent suffererers of Navi Mumbai, but then Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray.
Thackeray, who used to frequently travel on the Sion-Panvel Highway, stopped on a Monday morning on Turbhe flyover from where one could get a clear view of the destruction of the nature. In an impromptu move, Thackeray drove to CIDCO Bhavan at CBD Belapur and summoned the Sena-BJP alliance CM Manohar Joshi there.
In the presence of Joshi, government and CIDCO officials, Thacheray addressed a Press Conference instructing the government to ban Navi Mumbai quarrying with immediate effect.
Local media has been reporting about the health hazards of quarrying which caused tremendous air pollution. In fact, a survey done by the micro-biology department of Modern College, Vashi, showed that over 60% of school children in Turbhe suffered from respiratory diseases. This was attributed mainly to air pollution.
Recently, The Hindustan Times reported that Maharashtra Pollution Control Board officials confirmed that pollution levels in the area (Navi Mumbai) were a major concern. “Our sub-regional officers are investigating as we have received many complaints from locals,” said Anil Mohekar, regional officer, MPCB.
Quarrying that was stopped on the order of Bal Thackeray, was subsequently resumed and the blasting of the Parsik Hills continued unabated.
A PIL has been filed some time ago with the National Breen Tribunal (NGT), Pune, which has called for affidavits from several stake holders including the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, CIDCO and the Collector. All eyes are now on BGT which is scheduled give its verdict on July 19.
A petition addressed to CM on change.org is also being initiated by socially concerned citizens.
One hopes that the state government will act in right earnest and checks the plundering of Parsik Hills which face the imminent danger of vanishing if reckless quarrying continues.
Aren’t we destroying the nature and harming of people instead of connecting people to nature?
You decide!



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sharad Pawar is Padmavibhushan!

Padma Awards 2017 announced
Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

            These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards to 89 persons as per the list below. The list comprises of 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees.  19 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 5 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and 6 Posthumous awardees.
PADMA VIBHUSHAN
Sl. No
Name
Field
State
1.                  
Shri K J Yesudas
Art-Music
Kerala
2.                  
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Others-Spiritualism
Tamil Nadu
3.                  
Shri Sharad Pawar
Public Affairs
Maharashtra
4.                  
Shri Murli Manohar Joshi
Public Affairs
Uttar Pradesh
5.                  
Prof. Udipi Ramachandra Rao
Science & Engineering
Karnataka
6.                  
Late Shri Sunder Lal Patwa (Posthumous)
Public Affairs
Madhya Pradesh
7.                  
Late Shri PA Sangma
(Posthumous)
Public Affairs
Meghalaya

Padma Bhushan
Sl. No.
Name
Field
State
8.                  
Shri Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
Art-Music
Rajasthan
9.                  
Prof. (Dr.) Devi Prasad Dwivedi
Literature & Education
Uttar Pradesh
10.              
Shri Tehemton Udwadia
Medicine
Maharashtra
11.              
Shri Ratna Sundar Maharaj
Others-Spiritualism
Gujarat
12.              
Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati
Others-Yoga
Bihar
13.              
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (Foreigner)
Literature & Education
Thailand
14.              
Late Shri Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous)
Literature & Education –Journalism
Tamil Nadu
           
Padma Shri 
Sl. No
Name
Field
State
15.              
Smt. Basanti Bisht
Art-Music
Uttarakhand
16.              
Shri Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair
Art-Dance
Kerala
17.              
Smt. Aruna Mohanty
Art-Dance
Odisha
18.              
Smt. Bharathi Vishnuvardhan
Art-Cinema
Karnataka
19.              
Shri Sadhu Meher
Art-Cinema
Odisha
20.              
Shri T K Murthy
Art-Music
Tamil Nadu
21.              
Shri Laishram Birendrakumar Singh
Art-Music
Manipur
22.              
Shri Krishna Ram Chaudhary
Art-Music
Uttar Pradesh
23.              
Smt. Baoa Devi
Art-Painting
Bihar
24.              
Shri Tilak Gitai
Art-Painting
Rajasthan
25.              
Dr. Prof. Aekka Yadagiri Rao
Art-Sculpture
Telangana
26.              
Shri Jitendra Haripal
Art-Music
Odisha
27.              
Shri Kailash Kher
Art-Music
Maharashtra
28.              
Smt. Parassala B Ponnammal
Art-Music
Kerala
29.              
Smt. Sukri Bommagowda
Art-Music
Karnataka
30.              
Shri Mukund Nayak
Art-Music
Jharkhand
31.              
Shri Purushottam Upadhyay
Art-Music
Gujarat
32.              
Smt. Anuradha Paudwal
Art-Music
Maharashtra
33.              
Shri Wareppa Naba Nil
Art-Theatre
Manipur
34.              
Shri Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary
Civil Service
Telangana
35.              
Shri T.K. Viswanathan
Civil Service
Haryana
36.              
Shri Kanwal Sibal
Civil Service
Delhi
37.              
Shri Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla
Literature & Education
Sikkim
38.              
Smt. Eli Ahmed
Literature & Education
Assam
39.              
Dr. Narendra Kohli
Literature & Education
Delhi
40.              
Prof. G. Venkatasubbiah
Literature & Education 
Karnataka
41.              
Shri Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri
Literature & Education
Kerala
42.              
Shri Kashi Nath Pandita
Literature & Education
Jammu & Kashmir
43.              
Shri Chamu Krishna Shastry
Literature & Education
Delhi
44.              
Shri Harihar Kripalu Tripathi
Literature & Education
Uttar Pradesh
45.              
Shri Michel Danino
Literature & Education
Tamil Nadu
46.              
Shri Punam Suri
Literature & Education
Delhi
47.              
Shri VG Patel
Literature & Education
Gujarat
48.              
Smt. V Koteswaramma
Literature & Education
Andhra Pradesh
49.              
Shri Balbir Dutt
Literature & Education-Journalism
Jharkhand
50.              
Smt. Bhawana Somaaya
Literature & Education-Journalism
Maharashtra
51.              
Shri Vishnu Pandya
Literature & Education-Journalism
Gujarat
52.              
Dr. Subroto Das
Medicine
Gujarat
53.              
Dr. (Smt.) Bhakti Yadav
Medicine
Madhya Pradesh
54.              
Dr. Mohammed Abdul Waheed
Medicine
Telangana
55.              
Dr. Madan Madhav Godbole
Medicine
Uttar Pradesh
56.              
Dr. Devendra Dayabhai Patel
Medicine
Gujarat
57.              
Prof. Harkishan Singh
Medicine
Chandigarh
58.              
Dr. Mukut Minz
Medicine
Chandigarh
59.              
Shri Arun Kumar Sharma
Others-Archaeology
Chhattisgarh
60.              
Shri Sanjeev Kapoor
Others-Culinary
Maharashtra
61.              
Smt. Meenakshi Amma
Others-Martial Art
Kerala
62.              
Shri Genabhai Dargabhai Patel
Others-Agriculture
Gujarat
63.              
Shri Chandrakant Pithawa
Science & Engineering
Telangana
64.              
Prof. Ajoy Kumar Ray
Science & Engineering
West Bengal
65.              
Shri Chintakindi Mallesham
Science & Engineering
Andhra Pradesh
66.              
Shri Jitendra Nath Goswami
Science & Engineering
Assam
67.              
Shri Daripalli Ramaiah
Social Work
Telangana
68.              
Shri Girish Bhardwaj
Social Work
Karnataka
69.              
Shri Karimul Hak
Social Work
West Bengal
70.              
Shri Bipin Ganatra
Social Work
West Bengal
71.              
Smt. Nivedita Raghunath Bhide
Social work
Tamil Nadu
72.              
Shri Appasaheb Dharmadhikari
Social Work
Maharashtra
73.              
Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal
Social Work
Punjab
74.              
Shri Virat Kohli
Sports-Cricket
Delhi
75.              
Shri Shekar Naik
Sports-Cricket
Karnataka
76.              
Shri Vikasa Gowda
Sports-Discus Throw
Karnataka
77.              
Smt. Deepa Malik
Sports-Athletics
Haryana
78.              
Shri Mariyappan Thangavelu
Sports-Athletics
Tamil Nadu
79.              
Smt. Dipa Karmakar
Sports-Gymnastics
Tripura
80.              
Shri P R Shreejesh
Sports-Hockey
Kerala
81.              
Smt. Sakshi Malik
Sports-Wrestling
Haryana
82.              
Shri Mohan Reddy Venkatrama Bodanapu
Trade & Industry
Telangana
83.              
Shri Imrat Khan
 (NRI/PIO)
Art-Music
USA
84.              
Shri Anant Agarwal
(NRI/PIO)
Literature & Education
USA
85.              
Shri H.R. Shah
(NRI/PIO)
Literature & Education-Journalism
USA
86.              
Late (Smt.) Suniti Solomon
(Posthumous)
Medicine
Tamil Nadu
87.              
Shri Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya
(Posthumous)
Others-Archaeology
West Bengal
88.              
Dr. Mapuskar
(Posthumous)
Social Work
Maharashtra
89.              
Smt. Anuradha Koirala (Foreigner)
Social Work
Nepal

            The above details are also available on MHA website, mha.nic.in, and padmaawards.gov.in