Why did the Central

Why did the Central government withdraw certain provisions of the Finance Bill,2015 on the Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA) The discourse on the separation of debt management and monetary management in India is nearly two decades old The orthodox view favoured separation as did the committee on capital account convertibility in 1996 because of the conflict of interest between monetary policy and debt management Post the Asian financial crisis after Bimal Jalan took over as governor of the RBI the dominant belief shifted against such a separation of powers for several reasons First large fiscal deficits meant that the government borrowing programme did impinge on monetary policy liquidity and the cost of credit for the private sector Second higher costs did not deter governments from borrowing more Third foreign exchange market volatility had implications for debt management Fourth there are also conflicts of interest between government as owner of banks and issuer of debt Both the UPA and the NDA governments have been in favour of setting up a separate debt management agency In his 2015 budget speech Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed to set up a PDMA that would bring the management of both India’s external borrowings and domestic debt under one roof The Finance Bill 2015 laid out the contours of the PDMA It envisaged the agency as a body corporate with a separate board consisting of executive and nominee members appointed by the Central government But last week the government withdrew certain clauses from the Finance Bill on the setting up of the PDMA According to reports the finance minister has said that the government along with the RBI will now draw up a “detailed roadmap” for the setting upof the agency which will be separated from the RBI to prevent conflicts of interest asour central bank is both the regulator anda dealer in government securities There is no evidence in India to suggest that either debt management or monetary management has been compromised by the RBIor that as market regulator its role hasconflicted with its monetary operations in the money and government securities markets One question that has to be addressed in the light of this evidence is: If it ain’t broke why fix it Globally the conventional view on separation has also been under challenge after the financial crisis In 2010 Charles Goodhart pointed out that with elevated debt levels debt management could no longer be viewed as a routine function that could be delegated to a separate independent body Further in the coming epoch of central banking he argued central banks should be encouraged to once again take up their earlier roles as managers of national debt Even in the UK there was serious parliamentary debate on shifting the debt office back to the Bank of England It was ultimately decided not to unsettle the extant structures Instead it was decided that the two should work in close coordination with each other When looking at the contents of thenow-scrapped provisions there are two clear strands that got mixed up in the recentpublic discussion The first is the issue of the governance structure of the PDMA outside the RBI and how separate it should be from the government To begin with it seems desirable that the agency take over the management of only Central government debt and not that of the state governments There are several advantages from a systemic stability perspective of allowing the depository and settlement mechanism to continue with the RBI The arrangements for cash management and meeting temporary shortages of liquidity will need to be worked out Irrespective of how separate the agency is given the size of the borrowing programme and the stage of development of markets the RBI and the ministry of finance will need to work in close coordination The paramount need is for the PDMA to function professionally in order to meet its long-term objectives It should not be overwhelmed by immediate compulsions if they are not sustainable in the longer run The second issue on which there hasbeen much misinformation is the regulation of the government securities market including repos and reverse repos This is a new proposal unlike the one on the PDMA and quite independent of it In the case of thegovernment securities market — outright repos and derivatives — the dominant players are RBI-regulated entities Given the close linkages of this market with overall liquidity and forex management market regulation has been with the RBI Where trading is done on the exchanges the Securities and Exchange Board of India regulates the market concurrently The Finance Bill 2015 sought to completely revoke the powers of the RBI which were specifically given to it through the 2006 amendments to regulate the market in government securities and any derivative based on these securities These clauses had apparently been introduced without any dialogue or consensus Doubts had even been raised on whether the RBI’s monetary operations through repos and reverse repos could have come under the purview of Sebi The finance minister has to be congratulated for being pragmatic and withdrawing these provisions of the Finance Bill as well as for indicating that the government will work with the RBI on a well thought out roadmap for the PDMA It is also hoped that there will be similar dialogue and consensus on the regulation of the government securities and derivatives markets The writer is a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Kaushiki Sanyal | Published: August 24 2012 3:12 am Related News One of the key legislations initiated by the government to tackle corruption is the Whistleblowers Protection Bill2011tabled in the Rajya Sabha on August 14 The Lok Sabha had already passed the bill in December 2011along with the Lokpal bill Whistleblowing is the act of disclosing information by an employee or a stakeholder on illegal or unethical conduct within an organisation Currentlywhistleblowers may make a complaint against a Central government employee to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC)which can then conduct an inquiry and recommend appropriate action against the guilty to the head of the organisation This mechanism was established in 2004 through a government notificationwhich was issued on the direction of the Supreme Court after the murder of Satyendra Dubeya whistleblower Over the yearsvarious committees have recommended that a law be enacted to protect whistleblowers In 2001the Law Commission of India drafted a bill on the subject In 2007the second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) recommended that a law be passed to shield informants from retribution India is also a signatory to the UN Convention against Corruptionwhich includes provisions for protecting whistleblowers The whistleblowers bill sets up a mechanism to receive complaints of corruptionwilful misuse of power or a criminal offence committed by a government employee It empowers the CVC and state vigilance commissions (SVCs) to receive disclosures from whistleblowersand includes provisions to protect them from victimisation The matter was referred to the Standing Committee on PersonnelPublic GrievancesLaw and Justice Some of the standing committees suggestions were accepted by the Lok Sabha Firstthat disclosures against ministersMPslower court judges and armed forces should be allowed Secondthat other authoritiessuch as the prime ministerthe Speaker and high courts be allowed to receive disclosures Thirdduring the inquirythe consent of the whistleblower must be taken if his name were to be revealed to the head of the organisation Finallythe organisation would have to act on the recommendation made by the CVC/ SVCs within a certain time limit Howeverdoes the bill provide genuine protection to whistleblowers Consider the issue of identity protection The bill does not allow anonymous complaints Howeverit protects the whistleblower by not allowing the CVC/SVCs to reveal his namewithout his consentto the head of the organisation Howeverif the whistleblower does not consenthe has to provide full documentary evidence The standing committee recommended that undue burden should not be placed on the complainant to substantiate his disclosure as long as he puts forward a prima facie case Internationallyopinions on anonymous complaints are divided Countries like the USthe UKCanada and Australia allow anonymous complaints; Italy and Slovakia do not The bill does not define victimisationneither does it provide for a witness protection programme during investigation and trial Although the public servant who victimises a whistleblower is not penalisedthe whistleblower is penalised with imprisonment of up to two years and a fine if he knowingly or with mala fide intent makes a disclosure that is false or misleading The standing committee recommended a reduction in penalty so as not to deter whistleblowers Furthersince the power of the CVC and SVCs is restricted to recommending corrective action to the organisationits effectiveness remains a question In factthe ARC report pointed out that there are few cases where the CVC was able to initiate disciplinary action against government servants or impose major penalties Although recommended by the standing committee and the Law Commissionthe grounds for disclosure do not include mal-administrationthat isany action which is unjustcauses undue delay or negligenceleads to waste of public funds Countries such as Canada and the US have a wider definition of disclosure Some MPs have asked that issues of national security or public safety be excluded from the purview of the bill The efficacy of the legislation will depend on how many whistleblowers find it safe to make disclosures The record so far is not encouraging: the number of complaints received by the CVC from whistleblowers runs into a few hundreds per year It remains to be seen whether this billif enactedis able to assure potential whistleblowers that they will be protected from victimisation The writer works with PRS Legislative [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIrom Sharmila who had been on a 16-year-long hunger strike to protest the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (Afspa) before breaking her fast late last year has embarked upon a political career in the months since Her party the People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) launched its mission statement in which it aspired to build a "self-reliant economy for Manipur" The party in its initial weeks tried to cast itself in the mould of the Aam Aadmi Party Just like Arvind Kejriwal had done with AAP five years ago the PRJA also took up the cause of corruption To further cement its place as a whistleblower of Indian politics the PRJA adopted the "whistle" symbol as well In fact its aspirations caught the eye of Kejriwal himself and the Delhi chief minister even made a donation to Sharmila’s party and urged others to also donate generously I am donating Rs 50000 as my small contribution to her and appeal to everyone to support her https://tco/9uEXT1uMn6 — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) February 18 2017 However while they have made a big splash and Irom Sharmila’s image as a crusader has already won them a lot of support it’s surprising that with just one week to go before Manipur has Assembly elections taking place on 4 March the party is yet to begin campaigning Irom Sharmila and Arvind Kejriwal Reuters Even inThoubal constituency where Sharmila herself is contesting the polls against incumbent chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh the PRJA has barely put up any campaigns or roadshows to indicate to the people the immensity of what Sharmila is attempting Sharmila’s party instead of holding rallies has chosen tohold small impromptu gatherings in courtyards and verandas Along with Nazima Bibi who will contest the upcoming polls fromWagbai Sharmila is banking more on her personal connection with the woman voters of the Northeastern state saysa report in Scroll Women account for the majority of the electorate in Manipur —with 968312 female voters against 925431 men The PRJAfeels itself peculiarly positioned to forge ties of sympathy with this large silent electorate After all both its star candidates are women with their own battles to fight Sharmila who was marked for martyrdom by her supporters as well as the general public Nazima the first Muslim woman to contest elections in Manipur and the target of a severe backlash from her community the report said However she may have set herself too ambitious a target For a political party which was floated mere months before the election it would be tough for her to connect with the masses especially since chief minister Ibobi Singh is a popular figure in his constituency A report in DNA outlines the challenge she might encounter The report described how Sharmila was not welcome in Khong-Manu locality in Leishenthan which is another stronghold of chief minister Ibobi The villagers had gone to the extent of stopping her from entering the area Even when Sharmila made her way in the village and spoke to the small gathering of people they remained unimpressed according to the DNA report "People have begged me to stop (campaigning) and Congress workers also come and ask me sometimes to take back my nomination I cannot do that; politics is a dirty world and I intend to clean it up" Sharmila told the newspaper’s correspondent Having said that though she also remains realistic about her party’s chances If it can even win one seat in the 60-member state Assembly it would be a good start she had said Speaking to the news agency PTI Sharmila had said "Even if one of us wins we will be the voice of the people inside the assembly and will question Afspa on the floor of the house" It’s this combination of emotive appeals to the people about the evils of Afspa and AAP-like claims of cleaning up the system of corruption that the party is banking on Speaking to The Times of India Sharmila had also spoken of a few other issues she will focus on "There are many other issues that need to be addressed The right to education and economic independence of people are the D things I’d work on besides bringing about R communal harmony (sic)" she said Perhaps the truest sign of Sharmila’s emergence and the fact that Afspa will be a key issue that may determine the electoral outcome is chief minister Ibobi Singh admitting his inability to get the Act repealed He was quoted by The Times of India report as saying "We’ve removed Afspa from Imphal municipal area covering seven Assembly constituencies in 2004 It was not easy Everyone at the Centre was opposed to it I managed to convince a very reluctant (then) prime minister Manmohan Singh that state police could handle the law and order of Imphal city But it was not conducive to remove Afspa from the entire state" That both parties are taking Afspa seriously is the first real sign that Sharmila’s party has emerged a force to reckon with If she can use the gains from Afspa and branch out into other allied topics PRJA couldsoon become a major force to reckon with in Manipur With inputs from PTI Written by Agencies | Rameshwaram | Published: August 3 2011 11:43 am Related News A senior AIADMK functionary was found murdered near a cell phone tower at nearby Kumbaramleading to tension in some parts of Ramanathapuram district on Wednesday Sadhveeka Seelan (40) was returning home last night with Rs 65000 in cash after closing his petrol pump at Raghunathapuram when he was murdered by some unidentified menpolice said Seelan was the son of late Selliah Servaiwho was a state General Council member The motive for the murder is not yet clearpolice saidadding a team had been formed to nab the culprits For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsThe Finance Ministry has raised customs duty on some electronic items including television mobile phone projector and water heater in order to boost domestic manufacturing As per a government notification customs duty on television set has been increased to 15 percent from the existing 10 percent Representational image AFP Similarly the duty on monitors and projectors has been doubled to 20 percent said the notification issued by department of revenue of the ministry For the push button telephone or mobile the duty has been raised to 15 percent from nil while water heater and hair dressing instrument duty has been doubled to 20 percent Customs duty on some other items like electric filament and discharge lamps was also tweaked Written by Shivani Naik | Glasgow | Updated: August 27 2017 1:29 pm Saina Nehwal lost out to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the World Championships despite a promising start (Source: Reuters) Related News Nozomi Okuhara is Japan’s big hope for the Tokyo Olympics She’s run up long winning streaks sniffed medalling at Rio and beaten the top names at topmost tourneys At the 2011 Junior World Championships the podium had Carolina Marin Intanon Ratchanok and Okuhara The fourth name in the semis at the senior World Championships at Glasgow is Chen Yufei the current World Junior champ Saina Nehwal has that tag of pedigree too except she won in 2008—almost a generation earlier in badminton On Saturday during the semis it wasn’t so much the age but the sheer difference in the updated version of badminton that Nehwal would’ve noted in her conqueror as she dipped 21-12 17-21 10-21 to finish with a bronze at the Championships At 17-17 in the second Nehwal ought to have stuck to what had been working for her and pounce on the slight tiredness that Okuhara was betraying When the end of the third set arrived she was short on ideas to stop the Japanese whose movement got better with every successful blitz Everyone targets Nehwal at the net —making her lunge and bend In what is within legal limits of sadism in sport opponents make no bones about making the Indian returning from a knee surgery put sustained pressure on that joint Playing the soft drops to Nehwal’s forehand front corner is a bonafide tactic; only Okuhara milked it with stupendous consistency The Japanese girl is tagged with the reputation of being a tireless retriever which masks her ability to construct rallies that draw destructive errors from opponents Consistency gets a bad name often for being boring but is a terrific skill when you can repeatedly show up your rival’s weakness It started at 4-7 and almost a third of Okuhara’s points to level the sets came by making Nehwal lunge at the forehand corner She was also picking the bulk of Nehwal shots that had given the Indian the muscled 21-12 lead Nehwal was perfect on her judgment of the backline in the opener when her tosses drew out line errors on Okuhara’s backhand Longer rallies often saw the Japanese sail wide even as Nehwal was getting confident on her net juggles and punches If anything the Japanese was lulling Nehwal into believing this could be mighty easy Having recovered better than the Indian (both finished in late Friday session and were curiously made to play in the early Saturday session) Okuhara was bound to come into her own if matters went into the third When Nehwal allowed her a 0-4 lead at the start of the second and then played loose again – serving high needlessly and spraying her smash from midcourt after doing the hardwork to level at 17-all the Japanese was poised to give Nehwal grief The Japanese may like the slow pace but Okuhara has shown she can hit the top gears and got into a series of fast exchanges It was during one of those when after a long hard rally Okuhara tapped into the net and Nehwal had celebrated in her face that the Japanese decided she’d be bullied no more Nehwal wasn’t erring on the big smashes yet—the power still fetched her points—but Okuhara had decided to punish her opponent by doubling her retrieving and keeping a relentless supply of those soft drops that made Nehwal stretch her knee for the third straight day Okuhara’s own defense on the net got confident and after winning the second at 21-17 she was making the transitions from running to the backcourt to moving to the net seem like child’s play Nehwal tried what her tiring body allowed – and she’d hardly achieved any recovery meaning points came only in a bulk and she couldn’t stem the leads from building She pushed the pace she tried prolonging the rally but Okuhara the energizer bunny was in full flow picking everything “She was everywhere in the third She’d started picking my good shots by then and even when I tried to push the pace or play longer rallies nothing worked She was comfortable” the Indian would say later Trailing 3-8 and finally 7-18 Nehwal had started showing the strain when errors burst out like a dam at the end of long rallies “When you don’t have an idea of what to do at that stage and the body is tiring errors creep in” she would explain There’s nothing more mortal than a tired smash and Nehwal’s fine run at the Worlds was ending grimly While she’s done well to medal a year after she broke her knee this will go down as an opportunity that slipped away after doing all the hard work “Yes I didn’t get enough time to recover and last night I just went and slept and had an early match It’s surprising but it was same for both and I can’t give that as excuse” she said She had one last big smash at 10-20 but there wasn’t enough in the tank to challenge Okuhara in the World semis Okuhara became the first Japanese in 40 years to make the Worlds finals “I changed my shots and speed from the second after she was good in the first I tried to confuse my opponent” she said the attempts nicely succeeding She was to play the winner of PV Sindhu and Chinese Yufei “People obviously want me to play PV I have many strategies for different players” she’d say For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Hormazd | Published: December 3 2013 3:12 am Related News The media tore into Barcelona on Monday They wrote about their identitytheir formthe tactics and their backroom with regard to injuries Coming on the back of a 2-1 reverse to Ajax midweekthe 1-0 loss at Bilbaoending a 26-game unbeaten run in the league since a defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu in Marchplunged Barcelona into a fresh round of trouble Gerardo Martino faces his first real task getting them back on track Making things challenging is the fact that a number of big names are missing starting with FIFA World Player of the Year Lionel Messi Injuries to Jordi Alba and Dani Alvestoo have gutted Barcelona But perhaps the most crucial loss has been that of goalkeeper Victor Valdes with a right calf injury sustained playing a meaningless friendly for Spain His deputy Jose Manuel Pinto is prone to the occasional gaffe The current season has seen Barcelona change its style of playa change of philosophy brought about by their new coach Martino Barcelonas early season formdepended hugely on Valdes The clubs failure to buy a defender has left the defence more porous than before and Martino faces a worst case scenario with Valdes and Messi being out until mid-January Messi single-handedly scored more goals than most opposition teamscovering Barcelonas frailties Valdes himself began last season shakily before progressively improving He averaged 155 saves per game and 15 saves per goal in the league last season This season however he averages 269 saves per game and 438 saves per goal Last seasonValdes made 61 saves in 31 league games while he was already up to 42 in 13 games before he got injured In shortBarcelona have let opponents through on goal to an extent that has magnified their keepers excellence in shot-stopping Now hes injured and theyre struggling For all their frailties thoughBarcelona do have a team that includes XaviIniestaFabregasNeymarBusquets and Sanchez For all their talentthis cannot be a team as ambitionless and rudderless in their play as has been seen in their last two matches Barcelona have stumbled and this is the time to find some answers and some spark And also hope Valdes gets back on field as soon as possible (Hormazd is a senior sub-editor based in New Delhi) [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News For all the latest Sports News.

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