Saubhadra Chatterji

Saubhadra Chatterji is Deputy Political Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on both politics and policies.

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Chidambaram gets front-row seat in Rajya Sabha

Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram has been allotted a seat in the front row in the latest reshuffle of sitting arrangements in Rajya Sabha.

Congress MP P Chidambaram arrives at Parliament on Thursday. (ANI)
Congress MP P Chidambaram arrives at Parliament on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Hindenburg report on Adani: Opposition plans joint attack on govt with focus on SBI, LIC

More than 20 Opposition parties on Thursday decided to raise the crisis surrounding the Adani Group during the debate on the President’s speech scheduled to begin on February 13.

Opposition parties during a meeting in the chamber of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday. (ANI)
Opposition parties during a meeting in the chamber of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Oppn unites for coordinated attack on govt over Adani crisis fallout on SBI, LIC

The Opposition leaders also decided to protest at the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex on Friday demanding that allegations of fraud against the Adani Group be investigated

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Sanjay Singh (AAP ) with other opposition party leaders address the media at Vijay Chowk on Thursday. (HT Photo/Raj K Raj)
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Sanjay Singh (AAP ) with other opposition party leaders address the media at Vijay Chowk on Thursday. (HT Photo/Raj K Raj)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 10:49 PM IST

FM renews Centre’s outreach to states, continues 50-yr interest free loan

The government also announced in the Budget that “states will be allowed a fiscal deficit of 3.5% of GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) of which 0.5% will be tied to power sector reforms”.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a post-budget press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday (PTI)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a post-budget press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday (PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 12:43 AM IST

MGNREGS allocation reduces by 33% to 60,000 crore in Union Budget

An official justified the lower outlay for the flagship rural scheme, saying the number of people demanding work under MGNREGS was trending around pre-pandemic levels between July and November 2022

The Centre shelled out <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.10 lakh crore and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>97,000 crore in the pandemic-hit FY2021 and FY2022 respectively before demand started to wane as the economy opened up. (PTI File)
The Centre shelled out 1.10 lakh crore and 97,000 crore in the pandemic-hit FY2021 and FY2022 respectively before demand started to wane as the economy opened up. (PTI File)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 03:10 AM IST

Government hikes rural housing budget to 54,487 crore

According to the rural development ministry data, 21.2 million houses have been constructed and another 8.3 million houses need to be built by March 2024

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 06:47 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Union Budget: Allocation for housing scheme for rural poor increased by 12%

The new houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin come with power, cooking gas, and water connections

PMAY-G is among the most popular social welfare schemes. (PTI)
PMAY-G is among the most popular social welfare schemes. (PTI)
Published on Feb 01, 2023 05:13 PM IST

Union Budget 2023: Centre plans to table 19 bills during the session

The first half of the session, scheduled till February 13, will be primarily spent on discussing the President’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses and the Budget, and, according to functionaries familiar with the matter, could end on February 10.

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries during President Droupadi Murmu's address to the joint session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries during President Droupadi Murmu's address to the joint session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 12:54 AM IST

Key parties skip Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra finale

A supposed show-of-unity by opposition parties to mark the conclusion of the Bharat Jodo Yatra on Monday in Srinagar remained largely lacklustre.

Congress leaders at the Bharat Jodo Yatra amid heavy snowfall in Srinagar on Monday. (AICC)
Congress leaders at the Bharat Jodo Yatra amid heavy snowfall in Srinagar on Monday. (AICC)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 12:17 AM IST
By, Srinagar

Bharat Jodo Yatra ends in J&K with unity pitch

But the final event was marred by a low turnout from the Opposition, with only nine of the 23 “like-minded” parties invited by Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge participating in the rally

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi and party's general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at the concluding event of the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra amid heavy snowfall, in Srinagar on Monday. (AICC)
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi and party's general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at the concluding event of the party's Bharat Jodo Yatra amid heavy snowfall, in Srinagar on Monday. (AICC)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 01:12 PM IST

‘No BJP leader can walk like this… they get scared’: Rahul Gandhi in Kashmir

Building up on the central theme of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Gandhi spoke at length against hatred and hit out at the ruling dispensation

The Bhara Jodo Yatra passed from 12 states and two union territories for over 150 days. (Rahul Gandhi | Twitter)
The Bhara Jodo Yatra passed from 12 states and two union territories for over 150 days. (Rahul Gandhi | Twitter)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 04:48 PM IST

Uncertainty over top Oppn leaders’ presence at Congress event at culmination of Bharat Jodo Yatra

The Bharat Jodo Yatra will culminate on January 30 after covering over 3,600km since it started from Kanyakumari on September 7 last year. The Congress has planned a massive rally at the Sher-e Kashmir stadium

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, at Banihal in Ramban on Friday. (ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, at Banihal in Ramban on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Jan 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST

Private bill on UCC listed for upcoming session

CC has been a mainstay of the BJP’s manifesto since at least 1998. Two BJP-ruled states, Gujarat and Uttarakhand have set up committees to work towards the introduction of UCC. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that states had the power to do this.

A similar bill on UCC was introduced in the Rajya Sabha last month (ANI)
A similar bill on UCC was introduced in the Rajya Sabha last month (ANI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2023 01:49 AM IST
BySaubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Cong leaders not in favour of elections to two key bodies

A significant section of the Congress party has reservations about holding internal elections to seats on the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and the Central Election Committee (CEC), two key decision-making bodies that will be rejigged after the AICC plenary session from February 24 to 26, party insiders said on Sunday

Elections to the CWC and the CEC have been a key demand of G23 (group of 23) leaders who wrote a letter to the then party chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 demanding changes from top to bottom in the wake of a series of electoral losses. (HT)
Elections to the CWC and the CEC have been a key demand of G23 (group of 23) leaders who wrote a letter to the then party chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 demanding changes from top to bottom in the wake of a series of electoral losses. (HT)
Updated on Jan 23, 2023 01:38 AM IST

Congress to conduct door-to-door drive with eye on 2024 polls

The Congress released a political “charge sheet,” a page of allegations against the central government

Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and KC Venugopal address a press conference on a campaign launch 'Hath Se Hath Jodo', at party headquarters, 24 Akbar Road, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Shrikant Singh)
Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and KC Venugopal address a press conference on a campaign launch 'Hath Se Hath Jodo', at party headquarters, 24 Akbar Road, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Shrikant Singh)
Updated on Jan 21, 2023 11:43 PM IST

Cong ‘leadership mission’ eyes 50 reserved seats ahead of LS polls

A senior Congress leader said the 50 seats (out of the total 131 reserved seats) are those where the party came second in the 2019 elections.

The list of 50 reserved seats includes Sasaram, Ahmedabad West, Dahod, Sirsa, Shimla, Chitradurga, Ratlam, Ujjain, Latur, Sholapur, Tura, Dausa, Almora and Khunti. (PTI)
The list of 50 reserved seats includes Sasaram, Ahmedabad West, Dahod, Sirsa, Shimla, Chitradurga, Ratlam, Ujjain, Latur, Sholapur, Tura, Dausa, Almora and Khunti. (PTI)
Published on Jan 21, 2023 12:06 AM IST

Govt’s pending agenda on labour reforms set to get a fresh impetus

The panel’s chairman, BJD lawmaker Bhartruhari Mahtab said, “The implementation of the pending Labour Codes is taking time. We don’t know what is the status of implementation in each state. We have called the ministry representatives to appraise us of the status of the codes.”

The parliamentary committee on labour will meet on Friday to understand from the ministry of labour and employment, the status of the implementation of the Labour Codes. (ANI)
The parliamentary committee on labour will meet on Friday to understand from the ministry of labour and employment, the status of the implementation of the Labour Codes. (ANI)
Published on Jan 19, 2023 11:41 PM IST

Farmers’ share in agri credit rises in positive sign for sector

In 2003-04, the share of investment credit in total agriculture credit was 37% , which went up to 42 % in 2005-06 during the previous UPA regime. However, it fell to 25% in 2013-14.

According to latest official data from a background note prepared by the ministry of agriculture on “the functioning of the agricultural credit system in the country”, the share of investment credit in total agriculture credit stood at 41% during 2021-22, one percentage point below its peak of 42% achieved in 2006-06. (AFP)
According to latest official data from a background note prepared by the ministry of agriculture on “the functioning of the agricultural credit system in the country”, the share of investment credit in total agriculture credit stood at 41% during 2021-22, one percentage point below its peak of 42% achieved in 2006-06. (AFP)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 04:51 AM IST
ByZia Haq and Saubhadra Chatterji

House panel to discuss Jan Vishwas Bill with ministries

The committee formed to review the draft legislation has called representatives of the electronics and IT ministry, department of agriculture and farmers welfare, and department of food and public distribution for meetings this week.

The Jan Vishwas Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in the winter session, amends 42 laws to reduce the compliance burden on individuals and businesses to ensure ease of doing business. (ANI)
The Jan Vishwas Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in the winter session, amends 42 laws to reduce the compliance burden on individuals and businesses to ensure ease of doing business. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2023 04:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Resolution stresses on primacy of Legislature in lawmaking

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday also criticised “pre-planned disruptions” of the House, and said such activities are not good for democracy.

The resolution came a day after Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar (right) and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla (centre) spoke out against alleged judicial overreach. (PTI file)
The resolution came a day after Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar (right) and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla (centre) spoke out against alleged judicial overreach. (PTI file)
Updated on Jan 13, 2023 04:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress invites 21 ‘like-minded’ parties to Bharat Jodo Yatra in Srinagar

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday invited 21 key non-NDA parties to join the culmination of the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Srinagar on January 30, in an effort to expand the march’s grand finale to an Opposition show of strength.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at the party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, at Sirhind, in Fatehgarh on Wednesday. (Congress/Twitter)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at the party’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, at Sirhind, in Fatehgarh on Wednesday. (Congress/Twitter)
Published on Jan 12, 2023 12:29 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Pension liability under House panel’s lens

Congress-ruled Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have announced reverting to the old pension scheme, even as the party won Himachal Pradesh in the latest round of assembly polls banking on a slew of promises, including one to go back to OPS.

This week, experts, representatives of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, a government think tank, and the expenditure secretary will brief the parliamentary panel on the issue of pension liability of the Centre and the states. (ANI)
This week, experts, representatives of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, a government think tank, and the expenditure secretary will brief the parliamentary panel on the issue of pension liability of the Centre and the states. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 09, 2023 05:12 AM IST
By, Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

AICC plenary session to be held from Feb 24

The plenary session, the largest and most important meeting of the party, will be attended by members of the state Congress units, the Pradesh Congress Committees and others, numbering around 4000.

The AICC’s plenary session takes key policy and tactical decisions . (HT)
The AICC’s plenary session takes key policy and tactical decisions . (HT)
Published on Jan 03, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

BJP, Cong trade shots over SC order on demonetisation

New Delhi The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday said the Supreme Court’s majority verdict reaffirming the Centre’s 2016 decision to demonetise ₹500 and ₹1,000 denomination bank notes was an endorsement of the government’s right to effect the move, and also of the motives behind it, even as the Congress maintained that the court was only ruling on the correctness of the procedure followed, and not on the merits

A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the Union government’s 2016 demonetisation policy by a 4-1 majority (PTI)
A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Monday affirmed the Union government’s 2016 demonetisation policy by a 4-1 majority (PTI)
Updated on Jan 03, 2023 12:02 AM IST
BySaubhadra Chatterji, Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Demonetisation verdict: BJP hits out at Congress, calls it anti-poor

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the court’s majority decision is a testament that the policy was well intentioned

The Supreme Court reaffirmed the Centre’s decision to demonetise <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>500 and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1,000 notes in 2016. (PTI)
The Supreme Court reaffirmed the Centre’s decision to demonetise 500 and 1,000 notes in 2016. (PTI)
Published on Jan 02, 2023 04:45 PM IST
BySaubhadra Chatterji, Smriti Kak Ramachandran

6.5% growth with sub-5% inflation key to $5 trillion economy: Govt paper

The paper has outlined 16 key factors that will drive the economy towards the goal of surpassing the economic growth of Germany and the UK.

The paper circulated in November quoted forecasts by the International Monetary Fund that India will become a $5 trillion economy in 2027-28. (ANI)
The paper circulated in November quoted forecasts by the International Monetary Fund that India will become a $5 trillion economy in 2027-28. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 02, 2023 04:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Symbol of resilience’: When PM Modi recalled his enduring bond with mother

In his eight years as PM, Modi often spoke of his mother, mentioned her as the strongest root of his family in a blog when she entered her 100th year, visited her occasionally, and once brought her to Delhi to stay at his official residence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by his mother Heeraben after he returned from the Ekta Yatra. (Modi Archive Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed by his mother Heeraben after he returned from the Ekta Yatra. (Modi Archive Twitter)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 11:58 PM IST

The impossible task of shadowing Pele

The packed hall of HT Leadership Summit 2018 waited with baited breath for Pele to take the centre stage

Pele at the Hindustan Time Leadership in October 2018. (File Photo)
Pele at the Hindustan Time Leadership in October 2018. (File Photo)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 05:15 PM IST

Report seeks wider range of work, more persondays under MGNREGS

The sixth Common Review Mission (CRM), led by former bureaucrats Aruna Sharma and Rajeev Ranjan, has suggested more freedom to states in implementing the MGNREGS and timely payment for houses under the PMAY scheme.

The recommendation assumes importance as many states have demanded the annual cap of 100 days be increased to 150 (PTI)
The recommendation assumes importance as many states have demanded the annual cap of 100 days be increased to 150 (PTI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2022 01:57 AM IST

Farooq, Mehbooba, Omar to join Bharat Jodo Yatra in J&K: Congress

The J&K leg of the yatra perhaps carries more importance than a few other states for the Congress. The foot march that started from Kanyakumari on September 8 will culminate in J&K.

After chairing a meeting in Srinagar for the upcoming J&K leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal announced that the three former chief ministers will participate in the foot march once it enters the Union Territory (PTI)
After chairing a meeting in Srinagar for the upcoming J&K leg of the Bharat Jodo Yatra, Congress general secretary KC Venugopal announced that the three former chief ministers will participate in the foot march once it enters the Union Territory (PTI)
Updated on Dec 28, 2022 01:54 AM IST
ByMir Ehsan and Saubhadra Chatterji
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