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GST will transform Indian economy: Piyush Goyal

Visakhapatnam: GST is the most revolutionary tax reform since Independence, observed Union
Minister of State for Energy and Coal (independent charge) Piyush Goyal and sought the co-
operation of the trade industry and all sections of society to make it a grand success.

He was here to participate in the International Yoga Day celebrations and in a seminar on GST
conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Visakhapatnam Chamber of Commerce,
the Andhra Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry Federation.

“GST will unite India into ‘One country, one market’, as the same tax rate would prevail all over
the country, and consumers will be the ultimate beneficiaries. Consumer will be the king, as he or
she will get better quality goods and services. I admit there may be some teething troubles and
initial hiccups in implementing it, but they are by no means insurmountable. Now is the time for
implementing GST and it will come into effect from midnight of June 30,” Goyal said.

He assured the trade industry that the honest would have nothing to fear from the new tax regime,
but the dishonest would be made to pay.

“The GST would bring much of what was now in the informal sector into the formal sector. Tax
evasion could be curbed to a greater extent”, though he did not call it a panacea for all ills.
The Minister said there were certain sections ‘indulging in deliberate campaign of misinformation to
derail the process of unrolling GST and we have to be wary against their designs.”

The success of GST would be the success of all sections of the society, and it would be for the
good of the nation. Therefore, rising above all petty differences, all should strive to make it a
success, he stated.

Himself a chartered accountant, the Minister answered the queries of the participants and cleared
their doubts.

Visakhapatnam MP K Haribabu in his opening remarks explained about the GST council and its
powers.

Industry representative O Naresh Kumar conducted the proceedings. Anakapalle MP M Srinivasa
Rao, Visakhapatnam North MLA P Vishnu Kumar Raju and MLC PVN Madhav, participated in
the programme.
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Min urges to Chaudhary to set up separate HCs for two Telugu states

Telangana Law Minister Indra Karan Reddy today urged Union Minister of State for Law P P
Chaudhary to set up separate High Courts for two Telugu states of Telangana and Andhra
Pradesh. Mr Reddy met Mr Chaudhary at Haritha Plaza and submitted a memorandum this regard.
Mr Reddy reminded the Union Minister that the state Assembly has passed a resolution
unanimously in this regard and sent the same to the Centre. He said as per the AP Re-organisation
Act 2014, the Centre should take necessary steps to create two separate High Courts as early as
possible for the two Telugu states.

The Telangana government was ready to provide necessary buildings and other infrastructure to
create separate High Courts, he added. Later talking to the media, Mr Reddy said the High Court
division was being delayed due to the attitude of Andhra Pradesh government. The Hyderabad
High Court has also been ordered to run the High Court in Andhra Pradesh after establishing
necessary infrastructure. AP was delaying the construction of the High Court. ''The High Court
division will be easy, if Andhra Pradesh constructs new building for High Court on the lines of the
Assembly and the Secretariat,'' he added.
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Cong. seeks Governor’s intervention in ‘land scam’

A delegation of Congress leaders urged the Governor, E.S.L. Narasimhan, to intervene and ensure
that a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was ordered into the Miyapur ‘land
scam’ as the names of Chief Minister’s close aides and Cabinet Ministers had cropped up.

In a memorandum submitted to the Governor, the Congress delegation led by TPCC president N.
Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that 693 acres of government land in survey no. 100, 101, 20 and 28
were sold to private parties and the role of top politicians from TRS party and officials of the Chief
Minister’s Office has come out.

The delegation also alleged that 50 acres of government land at Hafizpur in Ibrahimpatnam were
registered in the name of family members of TRS secretary general K. Keshav Rao.

Instead of taking action, the Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, conducted a review meeting
saying that the government had not lost any land in an attempt to shield the guilty and influence the
CID’s probe. The presence of Nizamabad MP K. Kavitha at the CM’s review meeting on land
irregularities in Medchal district is also suspicious. He alleged that the TRS government has hushed
up several major scams in the past such as votes for note, phone tapping and EAMCET-2 paper
leakage.

The present CID inquiry was bound to meet the same fate. Given this, the CBI probe would only
unravel the truth, Mr. Reddy said.

He also demanded that the S.K. Sinha Report on encroachment of government land be made
public. Opposition leader in the Assembly, K. Jana Reddy, and leaders Mohammed Ali Shabbir,
M.K. Khan, J. Geetha Reddy and others were part of the delegation.
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Telangana government to set up 119 residential schools for Backward Class students

Hyderabad: Heralding a new era of quality education for underprivileged sections of society in
Telangana, a total of 169 residential schools — 119 Backward Classes residential schools and 50
Muslim minorities residential schools — were inaugurated on a single day across the State on
Monday. Another 71 Muslim minorities residential schools would start functioning by June 19,
taking the number of schools opened within a week to 240.

This massive foray into education is part of the TRS government’s fulfilment of its poll promise of
providing KG to PG education for all in general and Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao‘s
dream of knowledge empowerment of the weaker sections of society in particular. The residential
schools being opened are in addition to the existing 189 minorities residential schools, 268
residential schools and colleges for SCs and 212 for STs.

Termed as the biggest exercise undertaken by any State to impart quality education across the
State, the opening of these residential schools, which boast of good faculty and excellent
infrastructure, is expected to bring about a radical change in the social engineering in the State with
thousands of underprivileged students passing out of these institutions.

The Chief Minister, hailing the achievement, said the efforts were aimed at imparting quality
education on a par with international standards for the SC/ST/BC and minorities. He called upon
the students who joined these schools to take inspiration from Mahatma Jyotirao Phule and
Babasaheb Ambedkar and come up in life. “I am happy that as per the promise given in the
election manifesto, the beginning for KG to PG education for the weaker and backward section
children has begun with the residential schools,” he said, adding that before the formation of the
State, there were only 259 residential schools for SC/ST/BC and minorities, which within three
years of the State coming into existence, had gone up to 527. In future, there would be 786
residential schools in the State,” he said.

Pointing out that half of the residential schools were exclusively meant for girls to encourage them,
providing them facilities and protection, Rao said the government will spend Rs 1.25 lakh per year
on an average on each student. The government residential schools provide free education, meals
and boarding to the students till Intermediate level. “My aim is to make even the poor students get
quality education and attain higher place in society,” he said, adding that the government started the
residential schools in a big way with English as medium of instruction so that the students who pass
out of these institutions could lead the country in future.
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