From the mailbag: “How do you do collections while still trying to build relationships?”If you work in sales, you have to be comfortable asking people for commitments, including the commitment to pay what they owe you. There isn’t any reason to be uncomfortable asking people for the money they owe you. And it doesn’t have to damage your relationships.Uncomfortable ConversationsYou might have trouble aligning the idea of asking for money with building relationships because you believe you are going to make your client uncomfortable. But this isn’t the case. The clients that don’t pay you in the terms of your agreement are very comfortable having a conversation with you about money. They have that conversation with their suppliers all of the time. They aren’t uncomfortable stretching you or asking you to extend your terms.It’s impossible that you are going to hurt their feelings. They count on you feeling uncomfortable. That’s how they get better terms; you want their business, you feel uncomfortable, they stretch you a bit.What About My Relationship?It might make you feel like you will damage the relationship by asking to be paid what you are owed, but it doesn’t have to. In fact, it can actually strengthen your relationship.By engaging your client in a conversation about paying up, you might be able to find a way to agree on terms that help them better run their business. I’ve seen some companies work with a client to give them 60-day terms, billing the client’s credit card on the first day of the billing cycle. This gave the client the 90-day terms they needed and got the company paid in the 60 days they needed.Be not afraid of damaging the relationship. It isn’t likely.Be Polite, Be Professional, Be DirectThe best way to ask for the money that you are owed is to professionally, politely ask. You might say something like: “Jim, I need to collect a check for invoices dated in May and June. Can you arrange for me to pick up a check and tell me when I drop by and grab it?”Note that there is no judgment in this language. In your life as a salesperson, you will have clients that you have to hound for payment. There are some clients you will have to hound even though they have the money. They don’t lack an ability to pay; they lack a willingness to pay.Sometimes you may be called upon to collect money when there is an issue. You have to be able to handle that too. You might need to say: “Jim, in order to meet your needs and demands, we need to be paid in the terms that we agreed to. Can you please set us up to be paid within those terms?”You’ll get one of two results here. Either your client will set you up to be paid within terms, or your client will tell you why they can’t pay you in terms. If they can’t pay you within terms, you will have to renegotiate (maybe even renegotiating your price and their expectations).You will have clients you have to ask for payment every time you are paid. But it doesn’t have to damage the relationship.QuestionsCan you collect the money you are owed and still maintain a healthy relationship?What is the best way to ask for the money that you are owed?How do you handle clients that have the ability to pay but lack the willingness? Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
If you’re still approaching sales in the same way it was done 30, 20, or even 10 years ago, you won’t be successful. To understand how it has changed, let’s back way up and take a big picture, generational view.1st GenerationLet’s go back 50 – 100,000 years. You need to survive, so you need to prospect and find people with whom to trade goods. You needed a story to tell, and you’re going to have to ask for a commitment to exchange goods. Those are first level sales skills. You still need them, but they’ve been around for a long, long time.2nd GenerationNext, fast forward to the Industrial Age, where we see massive disruption due to mass production. Now, you need to differentiate your offering. It is what GM did so successfully against Ford. Instead of Ford’s “You can have any color you want, as long as it’s black,” GM offered customers choices. They could have a color, and style of car, that differentiated their car from all of the black cars on the market.With these changes, sales is more complex. You have to differentiate, you have to diagnose, and you have to figure out what people need. And then, you have to be able to negotiate. Because there are different levels of value being created, there are different levels of value being captured to deliver that. These changes require the 2nd generation of sales skills.3rd GenerationAt present, we’re in the 3rd generation of sales – on the verge of a 4th generation, because there is another disruption on the horizon. Now you need new skills:Business acumenThe ability to answer the question “why should I change?”The ability to lead teams – your team and your client’s team, in the process of changing.We’re talking about the need for a very high-level skill set, and it’s what salespeople are now required to do.You say you want to be a trusted advisor. You only need two things to do that: trust, and advice. If you don’t have the advice, you can’t be a trusted advisor. You need business acumen, and you need the ability to help people change. That’s the biggest, most dramatic change in sales, and it’s why people are struggling. They want it to be the product, service, or solution, and it’s none of those things. You are the value prop now. You are what they’re buying. They either believe you and think you can help them change, or they don’t want you on their team.Photo credit: Irudayam Only a pawn in their game via photopin (license)
Nagpur: The BJP bagged four out of six posts of Zila Parishad presidents in Vidarbha region while two ZPs witnessed cross alliances to keep the single largest party at bay.The BJP, which had a comfortable majority in Chandrapur and Wardha to get the posts of president and deputy president, also managed to bag president posts in Buldhana and Gadchiroli with the help of the NCP and a local front respectively.In Chandrapur, where the BJP won 33 out of 56 seats, it’s candidates Devrao Bhongle and Krishna Sahay were elected president and deputy president.In Wardha also the BJP secured the post of president and deputy president as the party had a comfortable majority. State Finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar had campaigned for the BJP and was actively involved in election management here.However, in Buldhana, the BJP formed an alliance with the NCP to secure the post of president for Uma Tayade, while NCP’s Mangala Raipure was elected deputy president. In Gadchiroli, Yogita Bhandekar of the BJP was elected president with the help of Adivasi Vidyathri Sangh (AVS). The AVS leader Ajay Kankalwar was elected deputy president. The only Zilla Parishad, which went the Congress way was Amravati. However, it had to form an alliance with Shiv Sena here to get Nitin Gondane elected president while Datta Dhomane of Sena was elected deputy president. The biggest surprise came from Yavatmal, where the Congress, the BJP and the NCP came together to deny any post to the Shiv Sena which was the single largest party here. The Congress’s Madhuri Aade was elected president and the BJP’s Shyam Jaiswal was electeddeputy president.
Clashes amid Eid celebrations in Kashmir Clashes were reported between protesters and law enforcing agencies from Sopore, Anantnag, Rajpora, Shopian towns and Safakadal area of Srinagar even as Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated across Kashmir.There were no reports of anyone getting hurt in these clashes.The authorities have placed top separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest, fearing that their presence at large Eid gatherings could spark violence, the officials said.JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik has been taken into preventive custody and lodged at Central Jail, Srinagar.The festival of Eid was celebrated with much fanfare across the State with people thronging mosques, shrines and Eidgahs for special prayers. Muslims from all walks of life started making a beeline to Eidgahs (prayer ground) or mosques for offering Eid prayers as a thanksgiving for the month-long fasting of Ramadan.The biggest gathering was witnessed at Hazratbal shrine where more than 50,000 faithful offered prayers, officials said.They said the second largest gathering was held at the Eidgah in the old city in which more than 40,000 people participated.Big gatherings were also reported from Sonawar and Soura Shrines in the heart of the city, they said, adding that similar gatherings were held at all districts headquarters and major towns of the Valley.
With just hours to go before the GST launch, the Samajwadi Party was unsure about whether it would attend the June 30, 2017 midnight function in Delhi. “Whether we attend the midnight GST launch or not will be known later in the day,” said senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal. The Rajya Sabha MP added categorically that his party opposes GST and would not support it.Mr. Agarwal on June 29, 2017 termed GST a “black law” that was “similar to reestablishment of the East India Company in the country”. His colleague, senior party leader Rajendra Chaudhary, however, said SP had always been in favour of the tax reform. The party had supported it in Parliament as well as the Vidhan Sabha, Mr. Chaudhary said when contacted.There was some ambiguity about the Bahujan Samaj Party as well. BSP sources said party president Mayawati had not gone to Delhi and was in the state capital. However, senior BSP leader Satish Chandra Misra was in New Delhi, sources pointed out. Several parties, including the Congress and the Left parties, have decided to boycott the event.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has asked opposition parties to reconsider their decision to skip the GST launch, saying they were all consulted on the indirect tax reform and could not run away from it. “I hope every political party will reconsider and revisit its decision on not participating in the launch event to be organised in the Central Hall of Parliament,” he said.Also ReadWhat is GST and how will it affect you? All your questions answeredThe GST impact: What will be cheaper, which ones are going to be expensive?GST rollout: guidelines for consumers
The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by the Nagpur District Congress Committee challenging the validity of a rebel group of the party’s corporators in the Nagpur Municipal Corporation.A special Bench of Justice B.P. Dharmadhikari and Justice Rohit Deo dismissed the petition filed by Sanjay Mahalkalkar, a Congress corporator who was elected as the Leader of Opposition in the NMC.After the municipal polls this year, 17 of the 29 Congress corporators rebelled against Mr. Mahalkalkar and district Congress president Vikas Thakre. They formed a separate bloc and gained the recognition of the Nagpur Divisional Commissioner and the NMC. The group claimed it was fed up with the ‘high-handedness’ of Mr. Thakre and his mentor former Nagpur MP, Vilas Muttemwar. The group claimed that most Congress corporators supported Prafulla Gudadhe Patil as their leader and Mr. Thakre had appointed “a weak Leader of the Opposition to maintain his dominance”. In May, the rebel corporators appointed senior Congress corporator Tanaji Wanve as the Leader of the Opposition. Mr. Wanve said, “Today’s High Court decision is a win for democracy. We will now work for the people of Nagpur and expose the BJP.”Meanwhile, Mr. Thakre said the rebel corporators would face disciplinary action. He said, “We will move the Supreme Court. We have served notices to them, but no one has replied yet. I will take action in a couple of days and will inform the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee about it.”Congress sources said 12 corporators in the Thakre group might shift their allegiance following the High Court’s decision.
Incessant late-season showers lashed Pune and the Konkan region reeled under heavy rain on Wednesday.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Pune recorded 55% more rainfall than the average this monsoon. The city received rains exceeding 630mm, significantly higher than its average annual rainfall of 497mm.The showers caused the cancellation of trains such as the Deccan Express, the Sinhagad Express and the Manmad Godavari Express, which ply between Pune and Mumbai along the Manmad-Daund route.The Bhide bridge on Mutha river connecting the Deccan with the city’s Peth area was submerged after a huge volume of water was released from the Khadakwasla dam.Pune Municipal Corporation officials said the rains accompanied by winds felled a number of trees in the city. No damage to life or property was reported.Since the beginning of the week, Konkan has been the wettest region. Since Monday, Ratnagiri has been receiving a daily average rainfall of over 370mm. Meanwhile, Chiplun and Dapoli crossed the 200-mm mark. Nashik in north Maharashtra continued to be inundated with the district recording excess rainfall. It spurred the release of more than 4000 cusecs of water from the Gangapur dam.Irrigation department officials said that continuous showers this week had caused water to be released from the city’s major dams. The collective stock in the city’s four main dams, which constitute its potable water lifeline, stood at 27.49 TMC (94.28% of the collective capacity of the dams). Khadakwasla and Panshet dams were also packed to capacity, triggering a discharge of water.Continuous downpour since Tuesday has filled the major dams across Maharashtra. Officials said that excess water had to released from 23 of the 37 dams in the State. Marathwada’s lifeline, the Jayakwadi dam in Aurangabad district, was filled to 92%. The sluice gates of the Koyna dam in Satara, one of the largest dams in the State with a storage capacity of 105 TMCft, were opened, officials said. The Ujani dam in Solapur district too was filled to capacity.IMD sources said the intensity of the rainfall was expected to reduce over Konkan and central Maharashtra after Wednesday.
The birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on December 25 will bring cheers to the faces of 93 prisoners as the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to set them free on that day. These 93 convicts, who are going to be freed, are lodged in different jails of Uttar Pradesh and their names were chosen from a list of prisoners who have completed their tenure in jail.“It has been decided to set free 93 prisoners convicted in different cases on the 93rd birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. These prisoners have completed their tenure in jail but could not be released due to non- payment of fine imposed on them,” Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said in an order issued here. He directed the prisons department to ensure the fine is paid by NGOs, trusts and others, after verifying their credentials.“The names of convicts to be set free have been picked up in a random manner from a list of 135 such prisoners who are not named or are serving imprisonment in another case,” a senior Home department officials said. Mr. Vajpayee had represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha five times — 1991, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004. His legacy was taken forward by BJP leaders Lalji Tondon and Rajnath Singh, who won Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and 2014.“Vajpayee is the first and the only non-Congress leader who completed his full term as Prime Minister. He means a lot not only in Lucknow seat which he served but for the entire state and in his regime a number of historic schemes were launched in his regime,” BJP Spokesman Shalabh Mani Tripathi said. On the Yogi Adityanath’s government decision to set prisoners free, the BJP leader said, “It is a good decision and based on humanitarian approach. Releasing those who served their sentence by ensuring payment of their fine is a welcome step and shows the people-friendly approach of our government”.Born in 1924, Vajpayee had his baptism in politics during the Quit India movement in 1942. He was also the first External Affairs Minister to deliver a speech in Hindi in the UN Assembly in New York.
The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress will not take part in the human chain the Bihar government has planned for January 21 to create awareness against child marriage and dowry. “The Nitish Kumar government is organising the human chain for publicity… Had this been organised to demand a special status for Bihar, our party would have extended its support wholeheartedly. But the social issues of child marriage and dowry have been in our society for long with legal implications. What is new in it,” asked RJD MP from Bhagalpur Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal. On Friday, Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD tweeted: “Nitish Kumar is running a government of betrayal… To get a shield for his demonic acts, he is organising the human chain.” The Congress earlier said it would not participate in the human chain.However, Janata Dal(United) leaders have appealed to all parties to take part in the event. “It is not an event organised by the JD(U), but by the State government against social evils such as child marriage and dowry that have been afflicting our society for long,” JD(U) spokesperson Sanjay Singh said. During his Vikas Samiksha Yatra, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had appealed to the people “to make it the world’s largest human chain.”
The Bharatiya Janata Party in Punjab on Friday alleged that the recent clash in Phagwara and the violent incidents that followed it were part of a larger political conspiracy to incite sectarian violence ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.“We have urged Punjab Governor V.P. Singh Badnore to order a special investigation team to probe the matter,” said State BJP president Shwait Malik.The party has submitted a memorandum to Mr. Badnore, requesting him to issue a directive to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to call an all-party meeting to deliberate “joint initiatives” for establishing peace and harmony among all sections of society.Anti-Cong. campaignMr. Malik attacked the Congress government for “failing to deliver on its pre-poll promises” and said that development in the State has come to a standstill.“Since the Congress formed the government in Punjab it has only been giving excuses and not performing. It promised the moon to the people of Punjab and now it is not able to keep its words,” said Mr. Malik.He said it is high time the Congress performed or it should quit. “We will launch a ‘Congress, Punjab Chhodo’ programme as part of our ‘Save Punjab’ campaign in the days to come,” he added.
The Goa Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) has said that there has been no communication from the ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s said about his return from the US.”There is no communication from his side. Exact date has not been specified. It will depends on doctors’ advice. His condition is good,” South Goa BJP MP and party spokesperson Narendra Savoikar told presspersons at a press conference at the state BJP headquarters on Thursday.”The statement of BJP spokesperson on Thursday would only keep the speculation over ailing Parrikar’s health condition in political circles on”, said Congress spokesperson Ulhas Buyao, talking to The Hindu over the BJP statement on Thursday.Referring to the petition submitted by Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar on Wednesday to Governor Mridua Sinha seeking dissolution of the three member Cabinet Advisory Committee presently looking after governance in the absence of ailing Chief Minister and, instead to appoint one minister as a replacement for ailing Chief Minister to run the government in his absence, Mr. Buyao said,” BJP’s today’s statement only substantiates our demand with the Governor,” adding,” Hope that BJP national president Amit Shah during his Goa visit soon, takes cognisance of this situation and asks the BJP to appoint a minister to head the government, or people of Goa will come to the conclusion that beyond Mr. Parrikar BJP has no leadership left in Goa.”Mr. Parrikar is currently undergoing treatment at New York hospital where he was shifted in March, a month after he was first admitted for stomach pain, to the State run Goa Medical college hospitalBJP state president Vinay Tendulkar had last month said, that Mr. Parrikar would be returning to Goa by the end of May
Amid speculations of BJP making bid at installing a Hindu chief minister in J&K, National Conference vice president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday met party workers and MLAs in Jammu.He urged Governor Mr N. N Vohra to restore normality of 2014 that saw peaceful conduct of parliamentary and assembly elections in the State. “The situation in Kashmir is quite alarming,” he said.Responding to BJP president Amit Shah’s remark about two Kashmir dynasties ruling the State, Mr. Abdullah said, “Will Mr. Shah justify BJP’s alliance with one of the two families after stitching alliance with Mufti Mohammed Sayeed in 2014. It was sheer opportunism and lust for power that brought to the duo, which they themselves called North Pole South Pole, together.”In an oblique reference to the BJP;’s reported move to install a new government with the help of dissident Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and NC MLAs, Mr. Abdullah said, “Power is not the destination for NC. Had the power been any driving force for his party, NC with 28 MLAs in 2003 and 15 MLAs in 2014 could have formed the government.”He asked party leaders “to further intensify their public outreach programme, identify their problems and seek their redressal”.“The past over three years’ misrule has brought miseries to people of ammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions, who were denied justice and deprived of development and accountable administration. I wondered when Ms. Mufti seeks just one inch of the Prime Minister’s 56 inch chest for Kashmir. What stopped her in seeking justice for J&K during several visits of Mr. Modi” he said.Referring to BJP ministers, he said, “For all this time, they (BJP ministers) preferred to be silent and now they were yelling the slogan of discrimination. Either there was something wrong in BJP’s three years silence or now they are trying to hoodwink the public opinion by believing them as fools,” he added.
The Congress is set to conduct a door-to-door campaign, the Lok Samparka Abhiyan, from October 2 to November 19 to raise funds for the party, distribute publicity material on national, State and local issues, and also to connect with first-time voters. As per the guidelines issued by the All India Congress Committee (AICC), the aim is to establish one crore booth sahayogis (helpers) across the country with 10 sahayogis for every polling booth. Each sahayogi is being given the task of establishing a connect with 20 to 25 households in every booth. All relevant data and information collected on voters and donors will be synergised with INC Shakti, a project which directly connects a ground-level party activist with Congress president Rahul Gandhi. The party also aims to raise funds by involving workers all the way to the booth level in a transparent and systematic manner through this campaign. As per the guidelines, cash or cheques have to be collected, receipts issued and an entry made in a register. Details of the funds raised this way will go to the AICC treasurer through the State unit. A similar approach has been adopted with the booth sahayogis. They are tasked with maintaining a daily rapport with the households assigned to them and their performance will be monitored by the Block Congress Committee and Area Booth Coordinators. These activists will become the nodal point for the grievances and issues in respect of the households. Sahayogis are specifically tasked to reach out to new voters aged between 18 and 24 years and enroll them as Congress workers. “This campaign will now be an annual affair and will be conducted from January 1 to 28 every year. However, keeping in mind the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the campaign, along with fund collection drive this year, shall be conducted from October 2 to November 19,” said an AICC office-bearer. In Maharashtra, the State unit of the party is set to unveil the second leg of its Jan Sangharsh Yatra in North Maharashtra. The unit has also been directed to conduct the exercise in the remaining rest of the parts of the State, said the office-bearer.
Students of the Central University of Rajasthan at Kishangarh, near here, have started an agitation against surveillance rules in the girls’ hostels on the pretext of security, the alleged harassment on the campus and the lack of facilities in the fully residential varsity. The female students broke their hostel gates on Tuesday night and were joined by the male students in the protest.The students said on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday that there was an “undeclared emergency” on the campus and the administration had imposed rules which affected their right to privacy and freedom to assemble and move within the university. Biometric systems have reportedly been installed at every gate for girls and a message is sent to their parents on every punching.‘Harassment, torture’ “We are scared and feel claustrophobic inside the university campus. The administration continuously threatens us on different issues. This unnecessary harassment and torture must be stopped,” said a research scholar.After sending a charter of demands to the CUOR authorities, the students said they would stage demonstration on the campus every evening until an appropriate action was taken. Besides raising the surveillance issue, the charter has demanded proper facilities for library, food, water, sanitation, transportation and safety.The university administration said no charter of demands had been submitted to it by any student body. “The university has an elected-cum-nominated body, called the Students’ Council, which represents the entire student community and is the official representative of students for such activities,” a CUOR spokesperson said, while refusing to comment on the document.
J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday raised the suspension of Kashmiri students studying at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) with Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar. At least three students have been suspended by the AMU authorities after they allegedly offered funeral prayers for Manan Wani, an AMU scholar-turned militant commander, after he was killed in an operation in Kashmir last week. The students deny the allegations. Over 1,200 Kashmiri students at AMU have threatened mass migration “if the cases against the three Kashmiri students are not withdrawn.”A Raj Bhavan spokesman said Mr. Malik sought the intervention of the Union Minister “to ensure smooth studies of the Kashmiri students at AMU.” The spokesman said the Governor also spoke to AMU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Tariq Mansoor.“Mr. Malik urged Mr. Javadekar and Prof. Tariq to ensure that the issue is resolved at the earliest and the Kashmiri students are allowed to continue their studies in a safe, secure and well-disposed academic environment,” said the spokesman.
The Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a Bill proposing 16% reservation for Marathas in government jobs and education. With this, 85% of the State’s population will be entitled to constitutional benefits under Article 15(4), 16 (4) of the Constitution.The approval of the Bill will also see the reservation limit go up from the current 52%to 68%, thus crossing the 50% ceiling set by Supreme Court. “This is a compelling extraordinary situation demanding extraordinary solutions within the constitutional framework,” the draft Bill says while suggesting it “expedient” to provide for 16% reservation to the Marathas. Cheered by allAt the start of proceedings on Thursday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tabled the Bill in both Houses along with an Action Taken Report (ATR) on the recommendations by the Maharashtra State Backward Class Commission (MSBCC). The move was applauded by legislators who shouted slogans welcoming the draft Bill, later distributing sweets in the premises. “We have completed all the necessary procedures. I am therefore tabling the Bill for clearance of the House,” said the Chief Minister. Members of both Houses, cutting across party lines, walked up to the Chief Minster and thanked him for the decision. “The Government of Maharashtra has considered the report of the commission. On the basis of exhaustive study of the Commission, including employment, education, social status, economical status, living conditions, the government is of the opinion declaring Marathas SEBC,” the draft Bill said.‘Conditions apply’While retaining the principle of creamy layer for the purpose of reservation to the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes of Citizens, the Bill urged that reservation be made available to only those persons found “below” the layer.The draft Bill while giving a backdrop for the community, which constitutes 30% of state’s population, said the presence of Marathas in position of academic excellence is “very marginal”. On an average 4.30% academic and teaching posts are occupied by persons of Maratha community, and lack of conventional degree is keeping them in lowly employments such as mathadis, hamals, dabbawallas. “Around 70% are residing in kuchha homes, only 35.39% o them have personal tap water, 31.79% rely on traditional sources of firewood. While 2,152 Maratha farmers have committed suicide as against total suicides numbered 13,368 between 2013-18,” the draft Bill says.
The Enforcement Directorate has attached a Panchkula plot that had been “illegally” reallotted to the Associated Journals Limited, allegedly in conspiracy with the then Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and others.“The AJL projected the plot as an untainted property and further got loans from bank by mortgaging the same from time to time. The plot’s market rate is currently about ₹35 crore,” said an agency official.The ED’s money laundering probe is based on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s case alleging irregularities in the reallotment of the plot in October 2005 when Mr. Hooda, being the Chief Minister, was chairman of the Haryana Urban Development Authority.“There is no provision of reallotment if it gets cancelled. Process for fresh allotment should have been initiated as advised by the then legal authorities,” said the official. The attachment has been made days after the CBI filed a chargesheet against Mr. Hooda, the company and its then chairman, Motilal Vora, in its case. As alleged, the plot was first allotted to AJL in 1982 for publishing Hindi daily Nav-Jivan. However, the agencies allege, the company did not comply with the conditions of allotment, following which it was cancelled in 1992. “Thereafter, AJL tried to get the plot restored during the tenure of Bansi Lal as the then Chief Minister of Haryana. The request was declined by him,” said the agency.Shortly after Mr. Hooda became the Chief Minister, in April 2005, Mr. Vora requested for the reallotment of the plot.It is alleged that Mr. Hooda got the plot reallotted to AJL going against an adverse legal opinion and recommendation by the then HUDA officials.
It could take Vijay Rawat a week’s labour to build a temporary fence of Babool tree branches and twigs around his 2.5 bigha field. The thorny plants make the process arduous; he has already suffered cuts and scratches. But if he wants to protect his valuable crops, there is little choice. He cannot afford a wire fence.For farmers like Vijay Rawat in Uttar Pradesh, stray cattle are turning into a source of huge loss: the animals raid fields in large numbers, trample on the crops and devour whatever they find. Hoof marks in his field indicate that some damage has already been done. “They ate up all the mustard I had sown. I had to sow them again. Now, if I don’t put up the fence, there will be no wheat to even consume [for his seven-member family],” he said, as he worked on the fence.Issues ultimatumA Dalit, Vijay Rawat lives in Jabaroli village in the Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha (reserved) constituency, rural Lucknow. He blames the Yogi Adityanath government for the menace and even issues an ultimatum. “Make some arrangement soon or I will not vote for the BJP in 2019,” said Mr. Vijay, who voted for the party in 2014 and 2017.Farmers, cutting across political lines and castes, claim the menace of stray cattle got worse after March 2017 when Yogi Adityanath came to power, owing to the fear of vigilante groups (who disrupt cattle transport), collapse of local cattle markets and fairs, fall in the value of non-milking cows and bullocks and campaign against illegal slaughterhouses. Last week, angry villagers in Firozabad and Aligarh even locked up stray cattle in government schools to draw the State’s attention.Both men and women have been forced to defend their fields with lathis or stay up on machan for vigil at night.Rohit Rawat, who lives in Mohanlalganj’s Hulas Khera, known for its archaeological site, confesses that his family released a bullock in the open last year owing to financial burden. “We could not feed it, what else,” he says.Farmers say the local cattle market at Mau has seen a fall in the sale of non-milking cows and bullocks as they have no takers. “It’s a good thing cow slaughter came to a halt, but so did the market,” said Vijay Rawat in Jabaroli. Shiv Devi stands guard at her family’s land in Uttar Pradesh’s Hulas Khera village to protect their mustard crop. Hulas Khera is also an archaeological site. | Photo Credit: Omar Rashid A few kilometres away, among the vegetable sellers squatting at a local bazaar, is Radhe Mohan.Radhe Mohan, an OBC Kashyap, whose family grew potatoes and green vegetables on their 10 biswa land every year, did not dare grow the crops this season. He was forced to source vegetables from a mandi and sell them at the bazaar for a living. “The animals come and destroy everything,” he rued. Fear of police action, vigilante groups and religious beliefs prevent him from using force against the raiding cattle, he said.Tapping the angerSamajwadi Party leader R.K. Chaudhary, who was runner-up from Mohanlalganj in 2014, is trying to capitalise on the anger brewing among farmers. On December 27, he tried to lead a group of aggrieved farmers and around 700 stray cattle to the tehsil headquarters as protest, even leading to a lathi-charge. If the problem of stray cattle was not resolved within a month, Mr. Chaudhary said he would bring one lakh stray cattle from across U.P. to 5, Kalidas Marg, the official residence of the Chief Minister in Lucknow. “We will hand them over to Yogi, you take care of your animals,” said Mr. Chaudhary.In Hulas Khera, Gyan Chand Dikshit, a Brahmin farmer whose four-bigha field was heavily damaged by stray cattle, says: “In the eyes of the farmer, the Yogi government has fallen.” He expects stray cattle issue to be a factor in the 2019 election. “Whichever government comes will have to find a solution because at this rate people will be dying of starvation,” said Gyan Chand.Damage controlAlarmed by the reports of aggrieved farmers and protests, the Yogi Adityanath government was pressed to make several announcements over the last couple of weeks to tackle stray cattle, including an ultimatum to all district magistrates to lock up the cattle in cow conservation centres by January 10. The State Cabinet also decided to levy additional cess on excise items to fund “temporary” cow shelters in both urban and rural areas.Mr. Adityanath also ordered officials to identify and take action against those who abandon their animals or tie them up in government buildings, calling them “anti-social elements.”No to slaughterListing the reasons for the menace, Cabinet Minister for Animal Husbandry S.P Singh Baghel said the male calf had been rendered “useless and valueless” owing to mechanisation of farming, crushing and transportation. “U.P. is a State of small and minor farmers, with two crop seasons of rabi and kharif. For 15 days of ploughing, a farmer no longer wants to feed two bullocks all year round,” said Mr. Baghel.The immediate cause for the menace, he said, was that the Adityanath government had “strictly implemented” the cow slaughter prevention law. “Cow slaughter is as important to us as homicide. Now you can estimate [by the number of stray cows] how much illegal slaughter was taking place under the previous governments,” said the Minister.To regulate the population of the male calf in the long-run, the government has started a sex-sorted scheme under which the chances of a cow producing a female calf would be as high as 90-95%. After the successful experiment in Barabanki, Etawah and Lakhimpur Kheri districts, the scheme is set to be launched in all 75 districts.
With polling for the Lok Sabha constituencies and three State Assembly seats over on Tuesday, the Goa BJP is gearing up for the election to the Panaji Assembly seat May 19. The seat was left vacant by late chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who died on March 17.Parrikar’s son Utpal has expressed his readiness to further his father’s “legacy” and is the front-runner on the BJP’s list. In the meantime, the Congress on Wednesday announced its candidate for the Panaji bypoll, former State education minister Atanasio Monserrate who has been in and out of the BJP, Congress and other regional outfits in the past, and recently rejoined the Congress.“Congress president Rahul Gandhi has approved the candidature of Atanasio Monserrate for the ensuing by-election to the legislative assembly of Goa,” All India Congress Committee General Secretary Mukul Wasnik said in a statement.Last year, Mr. Monserrate was charged with raping a minor girl. He has been booked in the past for extortion and also has a police case for a mob attack on a police station while he was Member of the Legislative Assembly.Sacked for six years by the Congress for anti-party activities in 2015, he was also a minister in Parrikar’s cabinet in early 2000 and later in the Congress-led coalition governments led by Pratapsingh Rane and Digambar Kamat. The process for selection of a candidate for the Panaji by-poll is on, said a BJP source. “We have a process in place for the selection of a candidate. Now that the elections are over, we are starting it,” Goa BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said.Parrikar was first elected to the Panaji seat in 1994 and retained it till 2014, when he was elevated as Union Defence Minister in the Narendra Modi-led Cabinet. On his return to State politics in 2017, Parrikar won a by-election in Panaji and continued as chief minister till his death on March 17. After his death, his sons Utpal and Abhijat, in a public message, said they would like to further their father’s legacy towards the State and the nation.Siddarth Kuncolienkar, a former Parrikar aide who won the seat twice during Parrikar’s absence in Goa [first in the by-election after Parrikar’s resignation as chief minister and second, during the 2017 State Assembly elections only to vacate it when Mr. Parrikar returned as Chief Minister] is the only other contestant in the race.In a recent media interaction, Mr. Utpal Parrikar said he was willing to take on any responsibility the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) offered him. Utpal had campaigned extensively for the BJP’s North Goa MP and Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shirpad Naik in the Lok Sabha election and for the party’s Mapusa by-election, which was held in Goa on April 23.Apart from the BJP and Congress, The Aam Admi Party and a regional outfit headed by former Goa RSS chief Subhash Velingkar are also contesting Panaji by-poll.
MumbaiThe Bombay High Court recently asked the State government to ensure that appropriate hospital-based authorisation committees are set up to look into organ donation. These should be constituted under the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue Act, 2014, the court said. A Division Bench of Justices Abhay Oka and M.S. Sanklecha was hearing a 2013 petition filed by Master Siddhant Vikram Pal and others, seeking a direction for implementation of provisions of the Act. He also sought real-time data on the availability of organs.On June 21, 2013, a mechanism to set up authorisation committees was put in place. On October 19, 2018, HC ordered that “the State will have to create if not already created a centralised data of life organ transplants undertaken by various hospitals and there must be a provision made for the real time updation of the data. On expiry of every calendar the State will have to ascertain whether 25 transplants have actually taken place in a particular hospital. In case it is found that a hospital had more than 25 transplants and a committee is not established, a committee will have to be constituted.”On March 15, 2019, a joint affidavit was filed by principal secretary, Public Health Department, secretary of Medical Education, and Drugs Department saying four hospitals on National Organ and Tissue Transplant Organisation were not registered with the State authority but were doing organ transplant/organ retrieval surgeries.The Bench recorded that the of the 321 cases sent to regional committee at Mumbai, 318 were approved. In Pune 347 cases were registered and approved. The court said, the State must consider creating a full-time post of assistant professor in medicine and make him a member of the regional authorisation committee of Mumbai and Pune. The court said the State needs to give publicity about the existence of Regional Authorisation Committees and Hospital Level Authorisation Committees. The Bench also said that adequate publicity should be given to provisions of the said rules. in a manner that is understood by the common man. The publicity by publishing articles in newspapers, conducting programmes on FM and by giving publicity on a websiteThe court directed the State to develop and commission a centralised data software which would have details about all the provisions of the Act.