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The ruler is above suspicion: Ujjwala to Ujala – brightening up the hinterland

The ruler is above suspicion: Ujjwala to Ujala – brightening up the hinterland

*Shivaji Sarkar

Three years of Narendra Modi-led NDA government has a unique record. It is scam free.So far it has been difficult for fault-finder to spot a taint.  Managing one of the world’s largest governing system is not easy. But the resolve to bring probity in the system has apparently paid.Various steps of the government have put the scamsters in a tight spot. A number of agreements with various countries have blocked channels of rerouting of black money via Mauritius, Cyprus and Singapore.  The previously laundered money can now no longer be brought back to India via Mauritius, Singapore and Cyprus routes.It has done real time transaction data with Switzerland and other European countries. This ensures Swiss banks to share information related to transactions with India from September 2019. This blocks scope of money laundering.The government also signed the Inter-Government Agreement with the US to implement the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. All these agreements enable Indian tax authorities to receive financial account information of Indians from foreign countries on an automatic basis.Ill-gotten money or tax-evaded savings have come under a comprehensive and deterrent law, the Black Money Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets and Imposition of Tax Act. This provides for stringent penalties and prosecution.The Income Tax Department has unearthed undisclosed income of Rs. 43,000 crore through investigations between 2014 and 2016, Union Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said on July 2, 2016.In the biggest ever income (black money) disclosure in 2016, at least Rs 65,250 crore of undisclosed assets were declared in the one-time compliance window, yielding the government Rs 29,362 crore in taxes.The law on Benaami transaction law not only targets benaami properties but also prevents having such properties. It was enacted 18 years back but had to wait till November 1, 2016 for its implementation by the Modi government. This was stated to be one of the biggest route of parking illicit earnings. The stringent law is being implemented with rigour as enforcement directorate and the income tax department takes several steps to cleanse the system.The allocation of various mineral blocks through auction has changed the dynamics. Online auctions of coal blocks, spectrum and minerals have been made the norm. No future government will find it easy to change.That rulers have to be above suspicion has also been ensured through a tougher process of political funding. Some smaller parties had taken this route to amass ill-gotten wealth. The new rule of political funding reducing cash receipts to Rs 2000 and introduction of electoral bonds is aimed at cleaning up political party funding.The process of cleaning started the day Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister. The very day the new government assumed office, it constituted a special investigation team (SIT) under the supervision of Supreme Court to look into the issue of corruption.The prime minister did not confine his tirade against illicit money to the shores of the country. On September 5, 2016, Modi personally raised the issue of ending safe tax havens in Europe and other countries in the significant G-20 meeting. This forced the major G-20 countries to wage a war on money laundering, black money and terror funding.This was possibly just the beginning. The mother of all action was at 8 pm on November 8, 2016. The prime minister announced demonetization of Rs 500 and 1000 currency notes worth Rs 15 lakh crore to bring out black money out of the closets. This electrified the country, led to long queues before banks to change notes. People took the suffering with a stride for the cause of cleansing.The income-tax department has identified 18 lakh people, who have made deposits of alleged “unaccounted sum” to explain the deposits. Even many no-frill jan dhan accounts were used to launder the money.The steps have been praised by international financial organizations. The International Monetary Fund sees now India as a better place to do business. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on May 4, 2017 praised Prime Minister Modi for his efforts to roll out the Goods and Services Act that will integrate indirect taxes in the country and the bankruptcy act. ADB president Takehiko Nakao says Indian economy will grow 7.4 percent this fiscal and 7.6 percent in the next and will have better business friendly environment.The NDA government’s multifarious efforts have ensured that India has overtaken China as the fastest growing economy and created a business and FDI-friendly atmosphere.Indeed early into its term, the government ensured replacing the leaky and inefficient welfare delivery system. The government scaled up direct benefit transfer (DBT) with JAM (jan dhan, adhar and mobile) as its foundations. It targeted 536 schemes across 65 ministries and departments.The Ujjwala – LPG connection to BPL families, to Ujala – solar lighting, is brightening up the hinterland and making women particularly happy. It is reducing electricity rates and business costs. The three years of Modi are being seen as the beginning of a new era raising hopes and opportunities for the downtrodden.

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*Author is a senior journalist based in Delhi. Regularly writes on Socio-political issues. Views expressed in the article are author’s personal
 State Wise Cumulative Ujjwala Report As on  Date- 30-04-2017
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Andaman and Nicobar Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1619 1399 1194 570 47.74 1194 3 1619 1399 1194 570 47.74 1194
Andhra pradesh 146 32534 23570 19460 13578 69.77 19447 223 33336 30630 24963 19013 76.16 24692 199 36883 32025 26890 2186 8.13 26457 568 102753 86225 71313 34777 48.77 70596
Arunachal Pradesh 1 18 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 3620 2967 0 0 0 0 41 3638 2969 0 0 0 0
Assam 50 100877 84551 0 0 0 0 21 24699 22310 0 0 0 0 262 159684 139498 2 2 100 2 333 285260 246359 2 2 100 2
Bihar 260 1273032 1019202 880254 266049 30.22 778150 253 1046877 927836 873763 140725 16.11 790428 529 1537789 1344853 1213312 176848 14.58 1112279 1042 3857698 3291891 2967329 583622 19.67 2680857
Chandigarh 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 16 3 0 0 0 0 5 17 3 0 0 0 0
Chhattisgarh 65 266777 234384 224488 224488 100 221778 108 401014 360827 338484 338484 100 325191 174 720858 643723 610794 610794 100 581764 347 1388649 1238934 1173766 1173766 100 1128733
Dadra and Nagar Haveli 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11956 10561 10546 10528 99.83 3392 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 11956 10561 10546 10528 99.83 3392
Daman and Diu 1 89 59 55 44 80 54 2 140 106 94 89 94.68 79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 229 165 149 133 89.26 133
Delhi 27 197 123 1 1 100 1 40 2616 1817 516 513 99.42 476 113 3942 2471 0 0 0 0 180 6755 4411 517 514 99.42 477
Goa 10 348 296 267 260 97.38 267 15 736 653 602 296 49.17 602 4 149 97 95 30 31.58 95 29 1233 1046 964 586 60.79 964
Gujarat 161 229302 189463 181135 24309 13.42 180719 165 225544 209372 200259 31366 15.66 197102 362 466264 425827 410402 61263 14.93 404159 688 921110 824662 791796 116938 14.77 781980
Haryana 141 117564 87154 83641 70139 83.86 83596 92 100018 77369 74108 48447 65.37 73995 203 161215 133679 128316 86172 67.16 128120 436 378797 298202 286065 204758 71.58 285711
Himachal Pradesh 13 2566 2271 251 251 100 251 20 2548 2179 1335 1017 76.18 1335 87 9867 7597 15 15 100 15 120 14981 12047 1601 1283 80.14 1601
Jammu and Kashmir 26 66780 42556 38740 9216 23.79 38532 82 216286 176193 170807 46561 27.26 165969 62 107872 85183 73918 14718 19.91 70760 170 390938 303932 283465 70495 24.87 275261
Jharkhand 68 177742 144894 119618 119618 100 109266 85 213769 186955 175154 175154 100 168123 207 352510 319554 287937 287935 100 253684 360 744021 651403 582709 582707 100 531073
Karnataka 190 81722 58234 895 875 97.77 698 206 90492 80972 14966 14400 96.22 5420 343 104683 89973 5 5 100 5 739 276897 229179 15866 15280 96.31 6123
Kerala 51 2043 1747 1023 894 87.39 1023 73 7015 6775 4279 4153 97.06 4146 214 16660 15690 6413 4176 65.12 6384 338 25718 24212 11715 9223 78.73 11553
Madhya Pradesh 268 837180 660372 611355 51981 8.5 608539 308 677889 593998 578753 41351 7.14 573557 579 1304627 1170761 1117948 145453 13.01 1101390 1155 2819696 2425131 2308056 238785 10.35 2283486
Maharashtra 577 593010 416751 318553 226701 71.17 282789 589 633929 537317 448389 187716 41.86 423829 350 406027 331166 232640 87088 37.43 224086 1516 1632966 1285234 999582 501505 50.17 930704
Manipur 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 42 4562 4156 27 26 96.3 27 42 4562 4156 27 26 96.3 27
Meghalaya 4 888 876 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 203 196 0 0 0 0 7 1091 1072 0 0 0 0
Mizoram 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 32 31 0 0 0 0 5 32 31 0 0 0 0
Nagaland 5 280 155 0 0 0 0 1 37 35 0 0 0 0 32 2028 1780 0 0 0 0 38 2345 1970 0 0 0 0
Odisha 127 387697 336480 293143 167376 57.1 293036 186 410313 381402 344123 189280 55 321237 234 593174 550985 450297 227146 50.44 441614 547 1391184 1268867 1087563 583802 53.68 1055887
Puducherry 4 1133 941 464 464 100 464 4 131 92 339 339 100 339 5 52 40 0 0 0 0 13 1316 1073 803 803 100 803
Punjab 161 138456 89690 87810 84055 95.72 87629 143 95232 64040 59734 10612 17.77 58957 328 175079 111360 105357 100009 94.92 105003 632 408767 265090 252901 194676 76.98 251589
Rajasthan 248 627504 511805 483691 167982 34.73 481950 273 548962 493534 475007 118921 25.04 466448 461 1004579 878264 841408 100259 11.92 835174 982 2181045 1883603 1800106 387162 21.51 1783572
Sikkim 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 654 641 0 0 0 0 7 654 641 0 0 0 0
Tamil Nadu 205 112034 86534 67373 50300 74.66 65931 185 75330 68615 60566 52996 87.5 54126 488 236237 216340 166663 86625 51.98 159456 878 423601 371489 294602 189921 64.47 279513
Telangana 39 1266 1009 2 2 100 2 54 9314 8110 35 35 100 34 114 10879 8772 4 3 75 4 207 21459 17891 41 40 97.56 40
Tripura 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 12638 11193 0 0 0 0 38 12638 11193 0 0 0 0
Uttar Pradesh 711 2355223 1681550 1617520 551084 34.07 1609038 556 1611238 1313866 1291775 265559 20.56 1280119 1460 3228106 2761982 2708112 552397 20.4 2694947 2727 7194567 5757398 5617407 1369040 24.37 5584104
Uttarakhand 45 44001 33948 33207 30670 92.36 32812 22 22792 19656 18863 16985 90.04 18826 144 76362 66459 65463 57214 87.4 65052 211 143155 120063 117533 104869 89.23 116690
West Bengal 174 1067964 896195 746975 536274 71.79 699878 198 905264 772183 691695 315367 45.59 638383 532 1936909 1724906 1543582 599336 38.83 1417905 904 3910137 3393284 2982252 1450977 48.65 2756166
Total 3780 8518228 6604812 5809921 2596611 44.69 5595850 3906 7367477 6347403 5859155 2029907 34.65 5596805 7627 12675779 11083571 9990794 3200270 32.03 9629576 15313 28561484 24035786 21659870 7826788 36.13 20822231
Incremental  Previous Day 3780 10249 9969 21749 4249 19.54 32693 3906 9255 10078 13736 2324 16.92 20140 7627 15532 19186 72343 14029 19.39 0 15313 35036 39233 107828 20602 19.11 52833
Odisha 127 387697 336480 293143 167376 57.1 293036 186 410313 381402 344123 189280 55 321237 234 593174 550985 450297 227146 50.44 441614 547 1391184 1268867 1087563 583802 53.68 1055887
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