Political updates: Opposition calls Bharat bandh today
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Bharat bandh today
Demonstrations, bandhs, rail roko, rallies, public meetings and marches are some of the plans of the opposition parties for a nationwide protest against the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government on Monday. According to the plan, while protests by political parties will continue outside Parliament, opposition parties will hold a meeting inside to discuss floor strategy against the government. Read more.
The decision will deal another blow to Karnataka, which has seen at least five days of bandhs, protests and strikes—some accompanied by violence—in the last four months. Read more.
The Bengal CPM has said its target is not to make Monday’s strike a “success”, an unusual declaration that suggests the party has realised its call is not making much headway on the ground, the Telegraph reported. Read more.
Narendra Modi urges youth to lead move to a cashless society
Taking no notice of protesting opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday backed the partial demonetisation move and reached out to the youth to enlist them in what he described as a transformative moment for India.
Linking demonetization to corruption of the privileged, the prime minister, in his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, sought to inject the narrative of class in the ongoing debate on demonetization. Modi issued a warning to those using the poor to launder their illegal wealth. Read more.
Demonetisation derails cashless plan at APMC markets
Nearly three weeks after the partial demonetisation of Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes, cashless contracts are running the trade at Maharashtra’s major agricultural markets, but problems with bank liquidity persist. Farmers are getting paid for their produce by traders either by cheque or via the Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) option.
But many farmers are not able to encash the cheques due to currency shortages at banks, according to government officials and elected office-bearers of Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) markets. Read more.
Heart of Asia meet to focus on strategy to counter terror
Countries attending this week’s Heart of Asia (HoA) ministerial meeting hosted by India are expected to discuss a draft regional counter-terrorism strategy, which provides “practical and binding” responsibilities on member nations to address the challenge of terrorism emanating from the region. Read more.
Govt disaster relief body to be studied as a business model
In what is being seen as the ministry of home affairs’ (MHA) attempt at upping its brand value, its disaster response arm—the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)—is now the subject of a case study involving an organization working in a high-risk area. The case study by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi is projecting NDRF as a public sector brand to explore change, leadership and branding initiatives in large-scale organizations. Read more.
Partial demonetisation and behavioural change
The currency notes ban is another step towards breaking the hegemony of crony capitalism, black money accumulation and elite capture of every institution in India. Read more.
Maharashtra: EC seizes Rs26 crore in the run-up to local elections
The Election Commission’s flying squads and surveillance units have seized cash to the tune of Rs26 crore in the last 40 days in the run-up to local polls in different parts of the state, the Times of India reported. Much of the seized cash is in the banned denominations of Rs500 and Rs1,000. Read more.
Jan Dhan deposits swell in Gujarat, numbers go down
Within two weeks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the demonetisation, deposits in the Jan Dhan accounts in Gujarat, PM’s home state, has more than doubled, The Indian Express reported. Read more.
Soumonty Kanungo from Kolkata, Abhiram Ghadyalpatil from Mumbai and Maulik Rajnikant Pathak from Ahmedabad contributed to this story.