YK MYK BALANCING GROWTH, INFLATION IS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE IN BUDGET OPINION Rs. 3 KOLKATA FRIDAY, 21 JAN, 2022 PG- 8, YEAR— 8, ISSUE— 241 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) AT A GLANCE CENTRE TO RELEASE RS 47,541 CRORE TO STATES AS ADVANCE INSTALMENT OF TAX NEW DELHI: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has authorised the release of an advance instalment of tax devolution to State Governments amounting to Rs 47,541 crore, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday. "This is in addition to the regular devolution for the month of January 2022, also being released today," the ministry said in a statement. Thus, States would receive a total of Rs 95,082 crore or double their respective entitlement during the month of January 2022. INDIA SUCCESSFULLY TEST-FIRES BRAHMOS MISSILE BALASORE: India successfully test-fired supersonic cruise missile Brahmos off the Odisha coast here on Thursday, DRDO sources said. With new added technologies, including the control system, the missile was test-fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad-III at Chandipur around 10.45 am, said a source. IND VS SA, 2ND ODI: INDIA HOPE TO PUT UP BETTER BATTING SHOW SPORTS Morning India Mamata again writes to PM flagging Centre’s proposal to amend IAS cadre rules MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the second time in a week expressing her 'strong' reservations to the Centre's proposal to amend the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954. The Trinamool Congress chief urged the Prime Minister to roll back the decision, claiming that the change in rules for central deputation of IAS officers will affect the states' administration. "I had written to you on this, conveying my strong reservations and objections to the Centre's draft amendment of the IAS (Cadre) Rules on January 13, 2022, but I have to write again, further reiterating my points, because the Central government has meanwhile further accentuated its stand, proposing yet another revised draft, taking the matter to further non-federal extremes," the Chief Minister said in her letter to the Prime Minister, the second in seven days. "I find the revised amendment proposal more draconian than the former, and indeed its very grain is against the foundations of our great federal polity and the basic structure of India's Constitutional scheme. The moot point of the further revised draft amendment proposal is that an officer, whom the Central government may choose to take out of a state to any part of the country without taking his/her consent and without the agreement of the state government under whom he or she is serving, may now stand released from his/her current assignment forthwith," Banerjee said. "The power proposed to be usurped by the Central government by resorting to over-centralisation of powers is going to destroy the morale Goa Assembly polls P Chidambaram spreading misunderstanding against TMC: Abhishek Banerjee MI NEWS SERVICE PANAJI: Ahead of the Goa Assembly polls, Trinamool Congress (TMC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee on Thursday alleged that Congress leader P Chidambaram has been spreading misunderstanding against TMC. Briefing media persons here, Banerjee said, "We are fighting this battle against BJP with our might. Our president Mamata Banerjee visited Goa twice and people showered immense support. There is a big difference between saying about defeating the BJP and fighting against them. But lies are being spread against us. Some of the parties are alleging that TMC is splitting antiBJP votes" "Congress' Chidambaram is misleading and misguiding the people. He failed to rise above his petty political interest. If we are lying, then he can send us a notice since he is a lawyer. If we are spreading misunderstanding among people, then send notice to us. Chidambaram Ji should resign if Congress loses against BJP," he added. Abhishek Banerjee said TMC walked an extra mile to form a unified alliance against BJP. Trinamool Congress (TMC) Goa In-Charge Mahua Moitra on Friday had hit out at Congress leader P Chidambaram saying that her party made a "formal and definitive" offer to Congress in Goa to defeat BJP. Moitra, who was responding to Chidambaram's statements about the lack of clarity about TMC's proposal said that if he is not aware of details, he should speak to his party leadership rather than making such statements. "All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) already made formal and definitive offer to INC on Goa to defeat BJP. INC leadership asked for time to revert. This was almost two weeks ago. If Chidambaram was not aware of details, he should talk to his leadership rather than making these statements," said the TMC MP. Earlier, the Congress senior leader had said that his party will accept the support of any party that has a common task of defeating the BJP in the upcoming Goa assembly elections. Trinamool Congress, which is keen to leave a mark in its outing in Goa, had suggested a broad alliance but not much has moved on the proposal due to competing interests and apparent lack of faith between the opposition parties. Congress is peeved at the Trinamool Congress "poaching" its leaders. Notably, TMC has announced only 11 candidates so far out of the 40 seats of Goa Assembly keeping room open for any possible alliance partner to be accommodated. Goa will go to the Assembly polls on February 14. The counting of votes will take place on March 10. Fresh PIL filed in Calcutta HC over Bengal’s Republic Day tableau debate MI NEWS SERVICE KOLKATA: The controversy around the State tableau row in the Republic Day celebration still continues to simmer. 'Bengal's emotions are being humiliated', a PIL in the division bench of the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court is filed around the controversy on Thursday. Why the tableau of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose is exempted from Republic Day celebrations? Such a question has been raised in the case. A case has been filed in the High Court challenging the Centre's decision on the tableau, along with the demand to add Netaji's tableau made by the State. The tableau debate is likely to be heard in the High Court next week. This year too, the Central Government rejected the proposal of the West Bengal government to send a tableau on the occasion of Republic Day. The State government had proposed to send a tableau on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and INA at the function in New Delhi on January 26 this year. That proposal has been verbally rejected by the Ministry of Defence. However, no official letter to this effect has reached the State government. Last year too, the Centre rejected the State government's proposal to send a tableau on Kanyashree, Sabuj Sathi, Jal Dharo Jal Bharo welfare projects. In 2019, the State government sent a tableau on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi. CM Mamata Banerjee wrote a letter expressing her displeasure over the issue to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the letter, she wrote, "I am shocked and saddened by the Centre's decision. Why the decision to drop the tableau? The Centre did not explain the reason. The people of Bengal are deeply saddened by the behaviour of the Central government. " In her letter to Narendra Modi, Mamata Banerjee further wrote, "The freedom fighters have been disrespected in the decision to remove the tableau from the R-Day parade. This time Babul Supriyo who joined the Trinamool Congress from the BJP also shared his views on the Republic Day tableau debate. He sharply criticised the Centre's decision. He said, "It is a great shame to omit Bengal's tableau from the Republic Day celebrations. Former Union Minister Babul Supriyo also accused the Centre of pursuing cheap politics. and freedom of the All-India Service officers. It is going to completely render them and all the state governments at the mercy of the Central government since the All-India Services serve as the backbone of a state's administrative machinery. It will hang on the head of each officer of the All-India Services like a Damocles' sword. "It will cre- ate fear psychosis which is bound to impact their performance, effectiveness and accountability to the state government. This will destroy the fundamental principle of the Services, which postulates that an officer serving in connection with the affairs of the state is accountable to the state government alone," the Chief Minister added. Requesting the Prime Minister not to take any step that will irreparably damage the spirit of mutual accommodation between the Centre and the states, Banerjee said, "This is going to destroy the federal fabric and basic structure of our Constitution too. It is our Constitution which gives the states their powers and functions, and it is our Constitution which provides the framework and structure of the All-India Services as they exist. The swift unitary turn that the Central government has now proposed will strike at the root of the frame which has existed and worked well since the inception of our democracy." Expressing her concern that the all-pervasiveness of the Central government over the All-India Service officers will leave the states 'at the mercy of the Centre', the Chief Minister warned the Prime Minister that this kind of a move will surely be misused by the party in power at the Centre. Banerjee also said that this would 'nullify India's Constitutional scheme in letter and spirit'. Asking the Centre to reconsider its decision, else threatening to go for a greater movement, the Chief Minister said, "I would like to think that no government would like to be seen as implementing this change which reduces the so called 'steel frame' of India to an entity functioning in perpetual fear, pressure or intimidation, causing instability and uncertainty in administration and development process. Governments and political parties come and go, but to weaken this 'steel frame' so immeasurably not bode well for us in the 75th year of our Republic." "Every government, state or Central, depends on the proper, efficient, objective and fearless functioning of the bureaucracy and the proposed change would irreparably deliver a body blow in the solar plexus of this steel frame. Its adverse consequences would be endemic, permanent and irreversible. I beseech you to kindly withdraw the proposed amendments which will not only harm the country but will also lead to demolition of our democracy," Banerjee concluded.