The Union Government set up a Bezbaruah panel to propose remedial measures to address concerns of people from the Northeast following outrage over the death in Delhi of a 19-year-old student from Arunachal Pradesh.
The Bezbaruah Committee:
- A six-member panel led by Former IAS officer M P Bezbaruah, who is also a member of North-Eastern Council.
- Members: Retired IAS officers H W T Syeim, Allen Temshi Jamir, Tape Bagra and P Bharat Singh and the Deputy Secretary in Ministry of Home Affairs S Saha as Member Secretary.
- The Chairman of the committee shall co-opt members, one each from the other Northeastern states like Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim.
- Objective: The Panel will examine the causes behind attacks/violence and discrimination against people from the Northeast, suggest measures to be taken by the government to address these concerns besides suggesting legal remedies for the same. It will deliberate and find ways to stop such attacks on the people from Northeast.
The panel will submit a report within two months after examining the causes behind the attacks of discrimination against the people from Northeast.
Mizoram Assembly poll results are out and Congress has defeated its main rival Mizo National Front (MNF) by a huge margin. Although Congress faced debacle in the assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, it has managed to save face in Mizoram by registering a second consecutive win in the small Christian-dominated state that MNF once wanted to take out of the Indian Union.
It is Congress’ fourth electoral win after Mizoram attained statehood in 1987, following the signing of the historic 1986 Mizo Accord between the Centre and MNF led by the legendary Laldenga.
Of the total 40 seats Congress clinched 33 seats limiting its opponent MNF to a just 5 seats. Many give the credit of Congress’ triumph to Lal Thanhawla‘s popular Congress New Land Use Policy (NLUP), which was evolved to tackle jhum or shifting cultivation. Four-time chief minister Lal Thanhawla (71) has won from 2 seats – Serchhip and Hrangturzo. It is his 9th electoral win since Mizoram became a Union territory in 1972 and a full-fledged state in 1987.
The demand to create Inner Line Permit (ILP) system in Meghalaya has been rejected by the Union Government on grounds that the Constitution does not provide for extending the special provision to new areas.
The Government clarified that it was bound by Article 19 (D) of the Constitution which allows any Indian citizen to move freely throughout the territory of the country.
What is Inner Line Permit (ILP)?
ILP is an official travel document issued by an empowered State government to permit inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected or restricted area for a limited period. It is mandatory for Indian citizens from outside those specific States to get permit for entering the protected State.
Why Inner Line Permit (ILP) is issued?
The ILP system empowers the government to regulate movement to certain areas located near the international borders. It is issued under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873. At present, ILP is active in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram.
In context of Meghalaya, various organizations in the state have been demanding ILP system claiming the demography of the State is changing due to the intense inflow of people.
The RBI in its Macroeconomic and Monetary Developments Second Quarter Review 2013-14 said that markets in India face domestic uncertainties arsing from prolonged slowdown, falling corporate earnings and rising leverage, besides risks of political uncertainties associated with the electoral cycle.
Elections are to be held in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Delhi in November-December 2013. National polls are also due before the term of the current Lok Sabha ends in May 2014.
In the recent past, India’s stock markets have faced volatility on the account of fears of a tapering of the monetary stimulus by the US Federal Reserve and concerns on domestic economy.
However, as per RBI, market uncertainties remain associated with how the debt ceiling issues will play out over the next several months and whether the nascent signs of recovery in the euro area sustain.
Global financial markets also got some relief with the US Federal Reserve decision to maintain the pace of its bond purchases and its signal that withdrawal of quantitative easing may take longer. However, RBI cautioned that the financial markets could be disrupted again when the extraordinary monetary accommodation in the advanced economies is withdrawn.