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Ministries clash over SMP imports

The Commerce Ministry has opposed the Agriculture Ministry’s proposal to revoke the recent Exim Policy decision to place skimmed milk powder (SMP) imports under Open General Licence (OGL). The Commerce Ministry has argued that the latest Exim Policy changes aimed to reduce the list of canalised items, in line with the policy of economic liberalisation. It was against any move to make the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) the sole canalising agency for imports of SMP.

Dissidents ‘revoke’ expulsions, demand Rao’s removal

The Congress (I) dissidents convention on Friday “revoked” the expulsion and the suspensions of rebel party leaders amid a demand for “removal” of the PM, P. V. Narasimha Rao, as party President. N. D. Tiwari moved a special resolution to rescind the party high command’s decisions concerning “disciplinary action” against several leaders including Arjun Singh. The resolution was adopted spontaneously, with raising of hands by the party workers.

Creation of departments draws flak

It is a classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand does. In contrast to the aim of strengthening social sector schemes through the bifurcation of responsibilities, the creation of six new departments at the Centre has only resulted in more confusion and overlapping of functions. Distressed by the move, some Ministries have petitioned to the Cabinet Secretary to affix responsibilities in a manner that would avoid duplication. “It is peculiar to think that anti-poverty schemes can be made more effective with the splitting up of departments. None of the Ministries were consulted before the bifurcation was done, “ according to bureaucrats.

Published on May 19, 2015

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