Atmaram Nadkarni can’t appear for Goa in Mhadei case, says Centre

PANJIM: In a major setback to the Goa government, the Centre has withdrawn the permission granted to Additional Solicitor General Atmaram Nadkarni to appear on behalf of the State before the Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal (MWDT).

MDWT that passed its orders in August, was hearing an inter-state water dispute between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.

Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari has communicated to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar with regards to the State letter seeking permission to Nadkarni to represent the State before the tribunal, in an application filed by the State.

“It is to state that the Central government is a neutral party to the river water disputes among the party States and therefore, it would be inappropriate for Central government to permit Additional Solicitor General to represent a particular State for inter state river disputes,” Gadkari said.

Goa government had in August filed a disobedience application against Karnataka before MWDT for injunction by way of diverting the water of River Mhadei to the Malaprabha basin.

For this the government had sought the Centre’s permission to allow Nadkarni to represent the State.

Nadkarni has been representing Goa before tribunal since 2012, after PM Narendra Modi’s intervention.

Source: Herald

Where are the Jobs” Why Rahul Gandhi and Congress praised union minister Nitin Gadkari

In a sarcastic remark over Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s “where are the jobs” comment, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday praised the BJP leader for his “excellent question”, saying every Indian had the same query, reports the Indian Express.

Gandhi’s remark comes a day after union road transport minister, in reference to the ongoing Maratha agitation, said reservation would not guarantee employment as jobs were shrinking in the country.

Talking to reporters in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, Gadkari was quoted by PTI as saying, “Let us assume the reservation is given. But there are no jobs. Because in banks, the jobs have shrunk because of IT. The government recruitment is frozen. Where are the jobs?”

Taking a swipe at Gadkari, Gandhi tweeted, “Excellent question Gadkari Ji. Every Indian is asking the same question.” He also tagged a media report carrying Gadkari’s remarks.

The Congress party also put out a tweet, applauding Gadkari for being the first BJP minister to speak the truth about employment in the country. “We applaud Nitin Gadkari for being the first BJP Minister to speak the truth and courageously raise the question that we and the people of India have been asking,” Congress tweeted, with the hashtag WhereAreTheJobs.

Congress leader and lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi too rubbed it in, saying finally there was one honest politician in the BJP. “Finally one honest Neta in BJP but that too not entirely. Tho candid & outspoken, clearly even sr leader like Nitin Gadkari made 2attribute lack of jobs to AI & not BJP policies in a clumsy attempt to save face,” he tweeted.

Lack of employment has been one of the main planks of Congress’ strategy to corner the Narendra Modi-led government ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Even during the no-confidence motion debate in the Lok Sabha, Gandhi had taken a swipe at the Narendra Modi government over job creation.

“You said every person will get Rs 15 lakh – this is jhumla No 1. You said two crore youth will get jobs every year, this is jhumla No 2. In 2016-17, all over the country, four lakh people have got jobs according to the labour survey. The Indian youth had faith in the PM as in every speech of his he said he will give 2 crore jobs to the youth.” he had said.

“China provided 50,000 youth jobs every day. But the PM generates only 400 youth jobs every day. Wherever you go, you speak about jobs — make pakodas, open shops… who will give jobs? Jobs will be given by small business and shops,” the Congress chief further said.

Source: Indian Express

Nitin Gadkari proposes Mumbai-Bali cruise via Goa, Cochin and Andaman and Nicobar

Panaji, June 12: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today said his ministry was working on a cruise route from Mumbai to Bali in Indonesia, via Cochin and the Andaman and Nicobar islands, to boost cruise tourism.

“I have met a minister from Indonasia. We have initiated the idea of having cruise from Mumbai to Andaman Nicobar via Goa and Cochin. The ships can go up to Bali, Indonesia. Indians usually visit Singapore or Bangkok. They can go there directly on a cruise from Mumbai,” the minister told reporters.

Gadkari is on a two-day visit to Goa to attend a meeting of Highways department officials to review the ongoing works across the country.

Gadkari also said the work to widen the Mumbai-Goa highway will be completed by March 2019.

“The work on all the packages on the Mumbai-Goa highway has begun. The work on tunnels has also started. We want to complete the entire road by March next year except a tunnel at Kashedi Ghat in Maharashtra,” he said.

Gadkari said the refurbished highway would be an “engineering marvel” and motorists could enjoy a scenic drive.

The four-lane highway expansion project has been delayed for several reasons, including lack of permission to cut trees. Once completed, the drive from Goa to Mumbai will be just six-hour-long.

Gadkari appealed to common people, politicians, and NGOs to adopt highways by planting trees along them.

“I appeal to all members of public, MLAs, MPs and NGOs to come forward and plant trees along the highways. They should plant the trees and adopt them,” the Union minister said.

Gadkari said he had spoken to Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane, who hails from Sindhudurg district in neighbouring Maharashtra, about tree plantation and the latter has assured to implement the same in Sindhudurg taluka.

The minister said the Goa-Mumbai waterway was now opened up for regular boat service.

“We have opened up the Mumbai Goa waterway for boat service. Initially, there were some technical problems for this service, which are fixed now,” he said.

A private shipping company had recently announced its service connecting Mumbai to Goa.

“The successful trial of the ship was also conducted. The service is right now on hold because of monsoon. It will restart after two months post monsoon,” Gadkari said.

The cruise service between Mumbai and Goa is likely to become operational in September this year.

Gadkari said the Central government always encouraged cruise tourism.

“Mumbai gets 80 cruise ships. We have constructed a state-of-the-art terminal for ships. Goa also gets a number of cruise vessels. We expect that in the next five years 950 cruise vessels will be calling the Goa port,” he said.

Gadkari said he would address a workshop of tour and travel companies in Mumbai for which Goan operators are also invited.