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East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner transferred

East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Matsiewdor War Nongbri has been transferred ahead of Lok Sabha poll which to be held on 11th April in Meghalaya. According to sources, Pravin Bakshi will be appointed as the new deputy commissioner. Sources said that the transfers have been ordered in view of the recent directions issued by the Election Commission of India.

It was informed that the Election Commission recently has directed all State Governments to transfer officials posted in their home districts and those who have spent three years in a district in the last four years. It is usual for the poll panel to issue such directions ahead of Lok Sabha or assembly polls to ensure that officials do not interfere in the election process in any way and the exercise remains free and fair.

The Commission made it clear that though large number of employees would be drafted for election duty, it does not want to carry out large-scale dislocation of the state machinery. It said the transfer directive is not applicable to those not directly connected with the elections. The January 16 direction made it clear that officials against whom it had recommended disciplinary action in the past in any election should not be assigned poll-related duty

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Rs 1,323 crore budget before 109-2020

Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma today presented an Rs 1,323 crore deficit budget for the year 2019-20. According to the Chief Minister, the fiscal deficit budget of Rs 1,323 crore is around 3.65 percent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).

Presenting his second budget of the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) led-Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA), Conrad estimated the state’s total receipts for 2019-20 at Rs 16,199 crore, of which the revenue receipts are estimated at Rs 14,438 crore and capital receipts at Rs 1,761 criteria.

The Chief Minister said that excluding borrowings, the total receipts are estimated to be Rs 14, 463 crore. On the expenditure side, he estimated the total expenditure at Rs 16, 202 crore during 2019-20, of which the revenue expenditure is estimated at Rs 13, 700 crore and capital expenditure at Rs 2, 502 crore. Conrad said that excluding repayment of loans of Rs 416 crore, the estimated total expenditure is Rs 15, 786 crore. He also said that the interest payment during 2019-20 is estimated at Rs 746 crore and pension payment at Rs 855 crore.

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CAB on the verge of dissolution

 

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today failed to tabled the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Upper House of the Parliament with opposition firmly opposing the Bill. Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has adjourned the House on the early hours after several ruckus created by the opposition in the House. Though there is no Officail statement as to why Home Minister Rajnath Singh failed to table the Bill but speculation arise that it was because the NDA did not have the required numbers to ensure the passage of the Bill.

 

It may noted that a Bill pending in the Upper House which has not been passed by Lok Sabha does not lapse on the dissolution of Lok Sabha, but a Bill which is passed by Lok Sabha and is pending in Rajya Sabha will lapses on the dissolution of Lok Sabha. The Citizenship Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8th 2019 which saw wide protest in the entire North Eastern States. Since the Rajya Sabha failed to pass the Bill today it would be taken into consideration that the Bill will have to face dissolution before the next Lok Sabha 2019.

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