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Sikkim has a 32-member state assembly.The terms of Andhra Pradesh assembly is till June 2 thatof Odisha is till June 7 and of Sikkim till May 21 PTI Written by Santosh Mehrotra | Published: February 4 2015 12:00 am With the increase in electrification the rural use of kerosene for lighting has fallen Related News The finance minister plans to scrap the supply of subsidised kerosene through the public distribution system (PDS) and high time too To begin with why has the kerosene subsidy needed reform for decades and yet reform never materialised Kerosene obtained through the PDS being cheaper is used to adulterate diesel and petrol Kerosene leakages in the PDS are estimated to be 40 per cent of total allocations The diversion is lucrative for distributors who bribe government officials to get licences to distribute the fuel Kerosene and petrol station dealerships are much in demand as they fetch huge returns through fuel diversion The government has quotas for awarding such dealerships In 2004 when corruption was discovered in the awarding of service-station concessions the Supreme Court cancelled all contracts and ordered the government to distribute them more transparently Ending the subsidy would put an end to the adulteration that causes a loss to the government treasury Second kerosene blended with petrol and diesel causes engine damage affecting vehicle life A third benefit of ending the subsidy would be that air pollution from the inefficient combustion of adulterated fuel would be reduced Fourth the substitution of kerosene with solar lamps could help reduce the oil import bill Fifth fuel diversion has meant that sometimes India’s poor have to go without lights or are unable to cook because they cannot access their quota of kerosene even though the fuel is abundant at higher prices on the parallel market The BK Chaturvedi Committee of 2008 using NSS data from 2005 noted that rural households use kerosene primarily for lighting and only 1 per cent use it for cooking a fact confirmed by Census 2011 With the increase in electrification the rural use of kerosene for lighting has fallen The committee recommended that rural households below the poverty line should be given one solar lantern which would only cost roughly two-thirds of the total annual subsidy on PDS kerosene This policy was not implemented Reform has been tried before In 2005 global positioning systems were fitted to kerosene distributor trucks aimed at preventing the diversion of fuel but the programme was wound up in 2008 In 2006 the government introduced the marking of subsidised kerosene with a dye — once again the programme closed in 2008 Those who benefit from the corruption proved too powerful to allow reform In 2007 the petroleum ministry wanted to implement a foolproof smartcard system as an experiment in three states Bihar Maharashtra and Uttarakhand However all three declined the offer and the plans fell through Over the last decade if PDS kerosene had been distributed in two-litre polypacks packaged before they reached the refinery gates the “consumption” of kerosene would have declined sharply It could not have been diverted as easily as it can be from the current cylinders Savings from confining the kerosene subsidy to BPL households would release more resources than needed to supply all BPL households with solar lamps (at Rs 1800 per piece ) The cost of solar lamps for the entire BPL population would be only Rs 7350 crore But solar lamps will only be given out slowly Until then access to kerosene would need to continue We can easily estimate the kerosene needs of the BPL population As for LPG we suggest that only BPL households be eligible for kerosene We estimate based on NSS 2011-12 that 945 per cent of rural BPL households (or nearly 41 million households) use kerosene mostly for lighting In urban areas 77 per cent of BPL households (or nearly 8 million households) use kerosene presumably mostly for cooking and for lighting only during power outages In other words a total of 49 million BPL households use kerosene in India Presumably many households above the poverty line continue to use kerosene too for back-up lighting and cooking needs but we are assuming that they would not be eligible for the subsidy in any case Assuming 10 litres of kerosene is used by each BPL household monthly and the PDS retail selling price is Rs 1496 (as in 2014) the annual out-of-pocket expenditure for all BPL households is Rs 8817 crore The subsidy cost to the government was Rs 28215 crore in 2011-12 By confining the kerosene subsidy to BPL households Rs 19397 crore could be saved annually by the government Thankfully in 2015 the Centre plans to ask states to provide subsidised kerosene only to unelectrified households States with near 100 per cent electrification will be incentivised to become kerosene-free In the remaining states unelectrified households can choose between a cash subsidy in lieu of kerosene allocation and an upfront subsidy for greener solar lighting systems For budget 2015-16 cuts in the Centre’s social sector spending allocation is aimed at aligning plan expenditure with subdued revenue collections Hopefully kerosene subsidy reform will not be sabotaged this time around The writer is professor of economics Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityDelhi and author of ‘Policies to Achieve Inclusive Growth in India’ [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arushi Jain | New Delhi | Published: June 10 2017 3:36 pm Abhishek Bachchan turned a male nurse for his father Amitabh Bachchan back in 1983 Related News After Abhishek Bachchan it is his father Amitabh Bachchan who is reminiscing the past and just like his son the moment of his life which he is remembering is when he met with an accident on the sets of 1983 film Coolie while filming an action sequence It was the time when the entire nation was wishing for the megastar’s speedy recovery His fans friends well-wishers and his relatives all stood in front of the almighty with just one prayer on their lips “May Amitabh be healthy again” But the one who was there by his side nursing him in the best manner possible was his son Abhishek On Saturday Amitabh posted a photo with his six-year-old son sitting right next to him Though we could not have been able to figure out what exactly Abhishek was trying to do unless the junior Bachchan would have commented on the throwback photo As Amitabh shared the flashback photo with the caption “Me recovering from my Coolie accident at home and a most caring and loving male nurse – ABHISHEK” Abhishek wrote “Who apparently thinks that a kung fu chop will make you alright!” So now we know Abhishek unaware of the gravity of the situation was trying a kung fu chop on his father who ironically was already in pain after a punch from his co-actor A few days back in his regular practice of sharing throwback Thursday pictures we saw Abhishek visiting his father in Bombay’s Breach Candy Hospital along with a bunch of adorable looking kids “#throwbackthursday taken in the mid 80’s ( 1985 if memory serves) I call it Big B and the Bachchan bunch Dad was hospitalised with Mysthenia Gravis and my sister cousins and I had gone to visit him Being too young to understand what all was going on our parents always made it out to be like an outing so that we would not be disturbed by the hospital and its workings When I used to visit my father after his accident on the sets of “Coolie” in 1982 seeing him connected to many drips and machines he used to tell me they were kites that he had got for me I was 6 yrs old My father was fighting for his life and all I thought about was… why isn’t he allowing me to play with these kites? The innocence of childhood I guess” Amitabh and Abhishek make for a perfect father-son duo and stay close to each other Their many posts for each other are a testimony of them being a well-knit family For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsJust hoursafter Pakistan violated ceasefire on Monday yet again along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district Congress slammed the Modi government and said that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) did not know what was happening because PM Modi did not keep them in the loop Congress leader Kapil Sibal Reuters "You (NDA) had a change of heart what happened to PM’s 56-inch chest" Congress leader Kapil Sibal said in a press conference on Monday "Our country’s protectors are being killed by the Pakistan Army Mr Modi what are you doing" Sibal said Sibal also quoted PM Modi as saying on 11 August 2013 "Our country’s protectors were killed by the Pakistan army and what was done" He added that the PM earlier on 8 May 2014 had said "Is it possible to have discussions amidst bomb blasts and gun shots" The Congress leader then slammed PM Modi and said "Mr Modi why are you having discussions amidst bomb blasts and gun shots Kya ye bhi jumla tha election jeetne ka (Was this also an empty promise to win the election" Sibal said that there have been 800 ceasefire violations along the border in the past one year "We don’t know what the policy is with Pakistan Ufa has become oof" Sibal said "We love them we love them not They love us they love us not.It is completely confused" Monday’s ceasefire violation was the seventh incident of ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops since 15 July One person has been killed and 16 have been injured so far in the firing from across the border reported PTI In July there have been 11 ceasefire violations by the Pakistan army On Saturday last five civilians were injured when Pakistani troops targeted several Indian positions in Naushera sector of Rajouri district and the two villages in Poonch sector Congress on Saturday had also said that the Modi government’s Pakistan policy had become an "international joke" "The Prime Minister must spell out clearly what India has achieved by this so-called joint statement with Pakistan at Ufa. Pakistan has continued to backstab us in the last 15 months" Congress spokesperson RPN Singh had told reporters "There have been more than 800 ceasefire violations At least a dozen soldiers have lost their lives and 18 civilians have been killed since the time BJP came to power but Modi has ignored all these sacrifices in order to register his so-called victory in the context of Pakistan policy" he had said On Friday the Congress had said that the "so called joint statement" issued India and Pakistan in Ufa was "not a breakthrough" "Modi before becoming PM used to hear the ammunition from Pakistan side but he is not hearing it now" Congress leader and former External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had said (With inputs from PTI) Written by ANI | London | Published: June 16 2009 11:21 am Related News Britains Got Talent judge Piers Morgan has extended his support to the shows runner-up Susan Boyleinsisting the singer is no less than a superstar and needs protection Susan had sparked health concerns after a four-day stint at a rehab clinic following exhaustion after facing defeat in the shows finals The 48-year-old recently stunned the crowd at Birmingham with her recent jaw-dropping comeback on the opening date of the BGT tour Morgan dubbed the Scottish songbird a “fighter but emphasised on she need protection after her breakdown “Susan’s a fighter – she needs the right people around her She is a superstar and has to be protected” The Sun quoted him as saying Piers added: “Everyone is concerned she doesn’t get exhausted” MeanwhileSusan continued to woo crowds back home in Scotland and won herself a standing ovation as she sang West End hits Memories and I Dreamed A Dream at Glasgow’s SECC For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsFair is foul and foul is fair: / Hover through the fog and filthy air said the witches in Macbeth In the warped world of Indian democracy and its even stranger notions of ‘secularism’ the Bard’s words find full expression Consider the righteous indignation showed by the Aligarh Muslim University while telling the Supreme Court that the NDA government’s opposition to its minority status is "mala fide" and based on "political considerations" Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Image courtesy: University website The varsity’s affidavit filed before a bench led by Justice J S Khehar on Tuesday was in response to the Centre’s decision in April to withdraw the previous UPA government’s appeal against an Allahabad High Court verdict which had struck down AMU’s ‘minority’ status AMU said the Union government cannot argue against its ‘minority’ status because that would be "unconstitutional highly irreverential and irresponsible apart from being ex-facie improper" "While the majority community have hundreds of institutions Union of India should not try to take over even the single institution from the minority" read the affidavit "The AMU is the oldest Muslim university in the country Its minority character means a lot to all Muslims" said the varsity This is a staggering subversion of the word ‘unconstitutional’ a rotten twist to our Constitution’s original idea of secularism and an oft-repeated cynical attempt to ghettoize Indian citizens on the basis of their religious identity Not having minority status for almost half a century has not stopped AMU from producing noted scholars and academics It may not be purely coincidental that this was raked up ahead of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh where Muslims make up around 18% of voters AMU charged NDA government with "deliberate dereliction of constitutional duty" in not backing its minority status It said Centre’s decision does not appear to be a sound one based on "cogent and valid reasons but one based on political considerations" Ironically these are the same charges that could be brought against the varsity It could be argued that it is the AMU and not the Centre which is trying to reinstall a regressive discriminatory step of reserving 50 per cent of post-graduate seats for Muslims In seeking a separate institution for members of minority community it is encouraging intellectual separatism among Muslims preventing them from being part of the social mainstream Muslim youth seeking higher education have access to all Indian institutions Instead of helping them thiscooping upharms their interest more It reduces Muslims to half-citizens forever jails them to their religious identity and makes them fit only to serve as vote-banks — a ‘high political art’ perfected by the Congress and now gainfully employed by a dozen such so-called secular parties In Congress’s long history of playing political football with India’s institutions and undermining their secular underpinnings AMU is just one among many In 2006 the UPA government and AMU had challenged an Allahabad HC verdict that struck down Indira Gandhi government’s 1981 Parliamentary amendment to grant the University a ‘minority’ status The amendment circumvented a 1967 ruling by the Supreme Court which said the AMU was not a minority institution as it was set up the government and not Muslims So when the NDA government through Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court in April this year that it shall withdraw challenge filed by the then Congress-led UPA against the Allahabad HC order it was only seeking to set the legal record straight It is one thing to protect the rights and interests of the minority communities as the Centre is Constitutionally bound to do And it is quite another to use that as a pretext to pander to sectarian interests and raise communal passions for electoral benefits Constitutional mandates and judicial rulings are evaded through executive fiat and the entire exercise is then turned on its head through a concerted Goebbelsian trick and that which is unconstitutional is then deemed constitutional Let us see AMU’s case threadbare According to Article 30(1) of Indian Constitution "all minorities whether based on religion or language shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice" The AMU was established as a college for the scientific advancement of Muslims However such institutions must be funded by minority communities themselves not by the Indian state Established in 1875 by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan The Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College — which was a minority institution — was dissolved and re-established as the Aligarh Muslim University by an Act of Indian Parliament in 1920 This Act which is the legal foundation upon which the University stands did not define AMU as a minority institution It did allow certain privileges for Muslim students However the AMU now became subject to Constitutional provisions As Washington-based Tufail Ahmad Director of South Asia Studies Project at the Middle East Media Research Institute pointed out in Firstpost: "While the Constitution gives rights to minorities to establish educational institutions such institutions cannot retain a minority character if their funding comes from the Indian state "Under Article 30(2) the state can give aid to minority institutions But the AMU’s case is not a case of the state giving aid but a case of the Indian state fully funding and running an institution specifically for a minority community" This is against Constitutional provisions because India is a secular state The fundamental tenets of "secularism" implies complete neutrality by the state in matters of religion neither supporting nor opposing it All citizens are equal regardless of their religion The state shall not favour or give preferential treatment to any particular religion or non-religion Therefore AMU cannot get taxpayers’ money Any ambiguities on this issue was cleared in the 1967 Azeez Basha case wherein a five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court held that AMU was "not a minority institution" Now came the political gymnastics In 1981 the Indira Gandhi-led Congress government bypassed the Azeez Basha judgement and amended the 1920 Act to label AMU as a minority institution In 2006 the Allahabad High Court restored Supreme Court ruling by setting aside the 1981 Amendment That was immediately challenged by the UPA The BJP this year has sought to withdraw that challenge which could be seen as a legal response to Congress’s cynical tactics It is deeply tragic that not only Congress repeatedly tried to subvert the clearly laid terms of Indian Constitution it did so in the name of "secularism" As Ram Jethmalani wrote in Sunday Guardian: "Secularism and communalism are two words in India’s political terminology that have intentionally been left undefined so that they can be misused as weapons of attack by the Congress and its allies against any political opponent… without any accountability or questions regarding their true meaning It is politically more opportunistic to leave these terms elusive undefined and intentionally misusable and cultivate sections of captive media and intelligentsia to disseminate disinformation and brainwash gullible sections of the people" It is no less ironic that AMU in its Tuesday’s affidavit says AMU’s "minority character means a lot for all the Muslims" If members of the minority community feel their education depends solely on exclusivity of their institution then it reflects very poorly on Indian leadership that has since Independence failed to assimilate them into larger Indian society To quote Ahmad again: "Such a ghetto mindset among Muslims creates a sense of grievance defeatism and victimhood The AMU’s leadership must come out of the minority mindset It must not insist on retaining AMU’s minority character because it sends out a wrong signal among Indian Muslims that they have only one university to look for… The NDA government’s opposition to AMU’s minority status is not only constitutionally valid but it also treats Muslims as full citizens" The AMU must understand that its affidavit is 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