Mr. Keishing started his political career as a socialist and became the member of the first Lok Sabha in 1952 after being elected from Socialist Party; he joined the Congress in 1962. He had served as Chief Minister of Manipur four times.
Note: After Mr. Keishing’s retirement, Mr. Ram Sundar Das of the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) will be the oldest MP in the Lok Sabha.
Rajasthan scrapped the approval given by the previous Congress government for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retailing. After Delhi, Rajasthan became the second state, to withdraw approval for FDI in multi-brand retail following a change of government after the assembly elections held in November-December.
Recently, the Aam Admi Party Government in Delhi had repealed the decision to allow FDI in retail and told the Centre that it would not allow foreign supermarkets in the Capital as they would destroy the local markets and close down neighbourhood shops and kirana stores.
The Aam Aadmi Party-led government has withdrawn the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in Delhi. The government formally wrote to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to disapprove the setting up of FDI-funded multi-brand retail stores in the State. With this withdrawal, the national capital territory has become the first State Government to withdraw permission for FDI-funded retail stores.
Why such a decision by Delhi Govt.?
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is of the view that though the FDI provides a wide range of choice to consumers but it also creates unemployment as was seen in many countries. That’s why, the foreign participation into the supermarkets sector would worsen the city’s unemployment problem and therefore the government is opposed to it. The manifesto of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) party too opposed the policy of FDI in multi-brand retail.
Note: The previous Delhi Government led by the Congress had approved FDI in multi-brand retail. The states that allow FDI funded stores (mostly Congress-led) viz. Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Manipur, Karnataka, etc.
Mr. Vinod Kumar Duggal, the former Home Secretary has been appointed the new Governor of Manipur.
About Vinod Kumar Duggal
An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the 1968 batch, retired as union home secretary in March 2007.
He will replace the present Governor of the state, Ashwani Kumar, who was given an additional charge of Manipur, while being a Governor of Nagaland.
Previously, he was a member of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the apex body for disaster management in India, which is headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
He also worked as municipal commissioner of Delhi from 1996 to 2000.