IndiaTV RSS Feeds
September 21, 2014
0
Email

Centre justifies direct cash transfers before Election Commission

PTI [ Updated 03 Dec 2012, 21:35:02 ]
Centre justifies direct cash transfers before Election Commission
FONT SIZE

New Delhi, Dec 3: Under fire from the Election Commission on the direct cash transfer issue, government on Monday told the poll body that there was nothing new in the scheme which is part of this year’s budget proposals.
 


Faced with a 5 p.m. deadline from the EC for a response, the Planning Commission provided details of the scheme and claimed that nothing new has been announced by the government.
 
The Plan Panel’s note was preceded by a brief communication to the EC from the Cabinet Secretariat stating that they had referred the matter to the Planning Commission for detailed inputs.
 
The EC had warned of an appropriate action if the government’s reply to its letter did not come by the deadline.
The three-member poll body headed by Chief Election Commissioner V. S. Sampath on Monday discussed the matter but deferred a decision on it.
 
The EC had on Sunday sent a reminder to the Cabinet Secretary expressing its displeasure as the government had failed to reply to the poll body’s notice a day before.
 
The election body had also conveyed unhappiness to the Centre over the announcement of its direct cash transfer scheme when the Model Code in poll-bound Gujarat is in force and had sought a report by this evening.
 
In a strongly-orded letter to Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, the EC had expressed its unhappiness over the timing of the announcement by the Government and said it could have been avoided in view of the Gujarat Assembly elections later this month.
 
Four of the 51 districts in which the cash transfer scheme is to be implemented from January 1 next fall in Gujarat.
Gujarat goes to polls on December 13 and 17.
 
Defending the government’s action, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said it had not violated any election code of conduct in connection with its ambitious direct cash transfer scheme as it was announced in the budget speech by the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.



India Tv Mobile Wesbite
Mandate 2014
At A Glance
Top 10 most Googled Indian politicians
Politicians and celebrities share numerous similarities. Firstly,  they are always  more
In Pics: Chinese President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi in Gujarat
Chinese President Xi Jinping got a taste of Gujarati culture  more
Top 10 political assassinations of the World
Political assassinations may be less heard of now, but reverting  more
Read More >>
Insight
'Love Jihad' boomerangs on BJP, No 'Modi magic' in state polls
New Delhi:  By-poll results for three Lok  more
Rahul Gandhi in a new 'angry young man' avtar
New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has always been taunted  more
Delhi deadlock: Is fresh elections the only option left?
New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has asked Delhi’s  more
Read More >>
Know Your Leader
B'day spl: Know Mulayam Singh's compulsions behind supporting UPA govt
New Delhi, Sep 27: Mulayam Singh Yadav  more
Know criminal-turned-politician BSP MP Dhananjay Singh
New Delhi: The Bahujan Samaj Party MP from Jaunpur, Uttar  more
Who is Sadhu Yadav?
New Delhi: Sadhu Yadav – this is one name that  more
Read More >>
Politics Archive
TODAY'S BEST VIDEO
Top 20 Reporter | September 20, 2014 - India TV

Watch Top 20 news stories at breakneck speed on India...

Frightening Video: Chaos on American Plane after ..

The video shows desperate passengers praying for their...

INDIAtv Poll
ALSO READ
X
Centre trying to rehabilitate Kashmiri migrants: Rajnath
New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said the government is trying to...
Read More >>