Kamla Beniwal shifted from the post of Gujarat governor by NDA
The national administration has transferred Kamla Beniwal, the governor of Gujarat to Mizoram. Incidentally she had a rather troubled relationship with Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. The information has been provided by Rashtrapati Bhavan, which has also stated Margaret Alva, who is presently the governor of Rajasthan will be taking over the duty at Gujarat as well. The 87-year-old Beniwal will be replacing Vakkom Purushothaman. During 2011, there was a major controversy in Gujarat over the appointment of retired judge, RA Mehta as the Lokayukta of Gujarat. The main cause of contention in this regard was the fact that the state government had not been consulted before the appointment.
As per the reports on the said decision, Purushothaman will be assuming the responsibility of Nagaland’s governor. He will also be assuming the responsibilities of Tripura’s governor. In fact, the NDA government has asked the governors of some states to step down from their duties since the UPA government had appointed them during its tenure. In a message the Rashtrapati Bhavan has also stated that Beniwal will serve in Mizoram for the remainder of the term that she is supposed to work as a governor.
Railway budget could see inclusion of private players
There is a chance that in the upcoming rail budget private companies – both within India as well as outside it – could get a bigger window of participation in order to ensure improved facilities for the passengers such as faster trains, the best of stations in every sense of the world, and a secure journey. The rail budget is set to be presented on July 8. In fact, it is believed that Narendra Modi has been providing his inputs on the budget to Sadananda Gowda. Gowda has also organised several meetings with various departments and informed them about the vision that Modi has regarding how the railways in India should operate. Officials in the rail ministry are of the opinion that there is a great chance that the upcoming rail budget would reflect, in a significant way, Modi’s vision. The focus is presently on attaining development but in the shortest span of time possible. It is thus clear that private capital will be necessary in order to modernise the railways and achieve what Modi is thinking and this is where the private companies can come in. There are areas where a lot of work needs to be done like developing corridors for allowing high speed trains and also modernise the stations.
Narendra Modi to face the biggest test before union budget presentation at Rajya Sabha
The budget session for the upcoming 2014-15 budget shall start on July 7 at the Rajya Sabha and experts feel that will be the first major test that Modi faces as a PM because at the upper house the parties that have not allied with the NDA have gained a majority. The first couple of budgets to be presented by the ruling coalition are going to be the major talking points in a session that will last a month. As things stand now, there is not much by way of laws and ordinances but it is expected that without support from Congress and the other opponents NDA may find it hard to go through unscathed as far as the budgets are concerned. It is expected that prior to this session, Sumitra Mahajan, the speaker of Lok Sabha, may have to decide whether Congress should be accorded the status of main opposition in the Lok Sabha.
Andhra Pradesh seeks Centre’s help to develop international airports
N Chandrababu Naidu is looking to develop 3 airports of international standards across the state and for this, he has asked for support from P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the union civil aviation minister. He has stated that the airports at Vijaywada, Tirupati and Vishakhapatnam are the ones being targeted for development. The Andhra CM is also looking to develop air strips at various other parts of the state. While speaking to MPs at the Lake View Guest House in Hyderabad, Naidu said at the moment there were 35 critical problems of Andhra Pradesh that needed to be presented to the Indian government for its assistance. Andhra has suffered a fiscal deficit of INR 15,691 crore in 2013-14 and Naidu feels that the Indian government should provide the said funds in order to assist the state. He also awaits a special development package for the northern part of the state from the central government. He has also asked the centre to provide INR 5,000 crore in order to develop a new capital city and include the same in the upcoming union budget. Naidu has also implored his MPs to meet the ministers in question so that the sanctioned IITs, AIMS and IIMs can be established quickly.
Narendra Modi to meet presidents of Russia and China at upcoming BRICS summit Narendra Modi will be visiting Brazil soon to be a part of the upcoming BRICS summit, scheduled to be held from July 15 to 16. He is expected to meet Xi Jinping, the President of China as well as Vladimir Putin during the meeting. It is expected that with these meetings India would be looking to improve its trade relations as well as other areas of bilateral interest with these countries. This, in fact, is going to be the first time that Modi will be meeting the Chinese President who is set to visit India later on in 2014. While talking to media on the schedule on Modi’s visit to Brazil Dinkar Khullar, the secretary-west of external affairs ministry and Sujata Mehta, the secretary of economic affairs, have stated that Modi may be meeting with other important leaders in South America as well. They have stated that the details for the schedule are still being worked out. The said summit is expected to focus on the reforms being initiated by the UN Security Council and proposals regarding a BRICS Development Bank.
Modi pays homage to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee
On the birth anniversary of Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Narendra Modi paid his respect for the leader who was responsible for founding the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which was the predecessor of the BJP. In a tweet, Modi stated that the contributions made by Mukherjee for India were beyond evaluation and termed him as the inspiration for his party that is presently ruling the country. He also remembered that for Mookerjee, the most important matters were serving the common people and he was always focused about empowering the youth through education. While paying glowing tributes to Mookerjee, he implored the people to work in such a way so that the late leader’s vision could be realized. In that particular tweet he basically asked them to devote themselves in order to fulfil Syama Prasad ’s aims. In fact this was his 113th birth anniversary and it is being celebrated by the BJP at its head offices. The party organised several seminars in order to educate the new group of its workers about his life and work. These seminars have been attended by many top leaders of the party such as Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the union health minister.