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Why Leela Samson has been shrouded with controversies wherever she went?

December 16, 2019

 

Why Leela Samson has been shrouded with controversies wherever she went?

Leela Samson booked by CBI

Secularism versus communalism: In India, because of the “secularism” cult, misnomer and handling of the issues with deceit, many times the real secular issues are communalized and the secular ones also slowly communalized. The Mohammedan Khilafat, Muslim appeasement, Jihadi manipulations and ultimately ISIS holy war, and today’s burning of trains and railway stations by the Mohammedans prove the disease. Certain groups under the guise of secularism, have always been creating problems in India running riots. Leela Samson, in spite of her talents in Bharata Natyam, unfortunately, indulged in certain unprofessional activities in Kalaskhetra proving her inbuilt communal bias.  Being minorities, it is intriguing and shocking to know why and how the Mohammedans and Christians intrude and infiltrate government organizations and institutions to harass, affect and exploit majority Hindus by all means. Here, though Leela Samson is considered as an individual, the issues around her expose serious issues with ramifications.

Leela Samson, Priyanka Vadra

Leela Samson has been close to Sonia family: Samson is known for her proximity to the Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty of the Indian National Congress, as she was the dance tutor of Priyanka Vadra. Samson held six key positions in the 10 years of Congress-led United Progressive Alliance regime. Many papers including the Indian Express alleged favouritism regarding her appointment as the chairperson of the censor board by UPA govt in 2011: Leela Samson’s appointment as chairperson of the Censor Board has raised the question as to whether the well-known Bharatanatyam dancer will have time to devote to her new assignment. In 2010, Samson was appointed chairperson of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, another prestigious position. The academy is the apex body for the performing arts. Samson is also ex-officio head of the south zone cultural centre. Apart from these commitments, she has a full-time job as director of Kalakshetra in Chennai. Samson, who was once Priyanka Gandhi’s dance teacher, has no particular connection with the world of cinema. After her appointment, Samson candidly admitted that she seldom watches films.

Leela Samson with MSG censor board

Censor Board controversy questioned her credibility: Samson’s tenures at Kalakshetra, Sangeet Natak Akademi and the censor board were mired with many controversies amid allegations of corruption, illegal appointments and arbitrary awarding of contracts, financial irregularities, Samson was criticised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad when she passed the 2014 Aamir Khan-starrer movie PK without any cuts, even after two board members resigned after it was granted certification, due to content allegedly designed to ridicule Hindu religious philosophy and hurt Hindu sentiments. Veteran Bollywood actor and a former chairperson of the censor board Anupam Kher criticised Samson for playing politics by making partisan allegations while tendering her resignation. This criticism was made highlighting the history of CBFC under her leadership which agreed to make cuts in Entertainment after protests by Muslim groups[30] and also agreed to make cuts in Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal after protests by Christian groups, personally assuring them that “necessary action had been taken”.

Leela Samson at Kalakhetra

Leela Samson involved in controversy from the beginning – 2005[1]: Leela Samson’s sudden exit as director of  Kalakshetra Foundation came despite the fact that she had the backing of the government to continue in the post. While Samson stated in her resignation that the Union government and the foundation’s governing board did not want her to continue in the post after the age of 60, the Union government had, in fact, defended her in court over the past year, even disregarding advice from the additional solicitor-general in the matter and filing a counter-affidavit to protect her post. In June 2011, C S Thomas, a retired teacher at Kalakshetra, had filed a writ petition in the Madras high court challenging the legality of Samson remaining director of the foundation after the age of 60, the statutory retirement age for Central government employees. After she resigned on April 12, 2012, Samson said the issue had come up in a board meeting on April 10 and she saw no reason to stay on in the post if she did not have the support of the ministry, the chairman and the board[2].

Leela Samson with Ambika Soni, christian nexus

UPA supported her legally: Following a counter affidavit by the Union ministry of culture, the high court instructed the additional solicitor-general of India to seek instruction in the matter and inform the court whether the retirement age of 60 applied to the post of the director of Kalakshetra Foundation. In response, the undersecretary to the government of India had informed him that “Leela Samson, director, Kalakshetra Foundation should have retired at the age of 60 years even though the age of retirement is not mentioned in the Kalakshetra Foundation Act, or in the recruitment rules for the post of director nor in the order of appointment (notification) dated February 28, 2005”. However, in a show of support to Samson, the Centre disregarded this instruction and filed a counter affidavit in the high court in August 2011 stating that the post of director of Kalakshetra had to be treated differently from that of a government employee. “Leela Samson was appointed to the post of the director through a search committee after the government took over the institute and her appointment was different from that of the other employees. So the Central government rules did not apply to her,” said a source in the culture ministry. Samson filed a counter in the HC in July 2011, stating that she had been “appointed to the post of the director of Kalakshetra Foundation on the basis that she was a former student of the school and had been taught by Rukmini Devi, the founder”. According to the Kalakshetra Act, appointments to the post of a director are governed by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Department of Culture, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, (Director) Recruitment Rules, 2002. Although the rules specify 55 as the upper age limit for a person to assume the post of director, they do not mention a retirement age.

Leela Samson secular censor board

In 2019, CBI booked case: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case of corruption and criminal breach of trust against Padma Shree awardee Leela Samson, former director of Kalakshetra Foundation, and four others for financial irregularities in the renovation of Koothambalam Auditorium on its wooded Chennai campus[3]. The CBI FIR, based on a complaint from secretary and the chief vigilance officer of the union ministry of culture, names four suspects and says they spent Rs 62.20 lakh more than the estimated amount of Rs 7.01 crore on the project[4].

The accused persons are –

  1. Leela Samson,
  2. TS Murthi, the then chief accounts officer at Kalakshetra Foundation,
  3. S Ramachandran, accounts officer and
  4. V Srinivasan, an engineer at the Foundation, besides and
  5. Ravi Neelakantan, proprietor of M/s CARD and
  6. M/s Chennai Engineers[5].

CBI received the complaint dated May 31, 2017, about ‘unfruitful expenditure’ of Rs 7.01 crore made on the renovation of Koothambalam Auditorium at Kalakshetra Foundation. It alleged that work order for the renovation was awarded by the Foundation officials at a higher rate through the architect-consultant ‘Centre for Architectural Research and Design’ (CARD) without following the General Financial Rules (GRF)[6].

Leela Samson at Kalakhetra, questioned 3 crore fraud

From CAG finding, the fraud got exposed: The Comptroller and Auditor-General (CAG) audited the expenditure of the Foundation and brought out various lapses in executing the renovation works. It was also pointed out that the renovation works were undertaken without formal sanction of the governing board and finance committee of the Foundation. This led to a huge controversy after which Samson resigned from the post of director and member of the civil works panel in 2012. Thereafter, the matter was referred to the CVC of the Ministry. The Central Public Works Department team in Chennai inspected the work in 2016 and assessed that the Foundation had spent approximately Rs 62.20 lakh more than the estimated amount. The team also found that the contracts were awarded at a higher rate and payments made to the contractors. In 2017, the vigilance department of the ministry forwarded the complaint to the CBI after which a preliminary enquiry was carried out.

Leela Samson at Kalakhetra, questioned

The auditorium controversy: Samson was the Director of the Foundation between May06, 2005, and April 30, 2012. It was felt in 2006 that the auditorium built by the Foundation in 1985 needed renovation, they said. The project aimed to upgrade the sound system of the Koothambalam auditorium, built-in 1985, followed by civil engineering works, electrical works, air conditioning and architectural features, the CBI FIR said. The 33rd Governing Body meeting held in 2009 decided to form a civil works advisory committee and PT Krishnan, Leela Samson and Madhavi Mudgal were to prepare necessary estimation based on the recommendations of the Governing Board, it said[7]. The civil works committee appointed CARD as consultant architect in 2010 which gave contracts for 28 renovation works to five contractors while the committee also selected some contractors, it said[8]. The ministry alleged in the complaint that the open tender process was not followed in awarding the contracts. It also alleged that Samson failed to apprise the non-official members of the Works Committee about the GFR norms and inform the Works Committee about the CAG Inspection Report received in August 2011[9]. “Instead, approval of the Works Committee was obtained for two major expenditures in September and December 2011. She failed to place the CAG Inspection Report in the meeting of Finance Committee and General Body meeting held on January 23, 2012, and January 24, 2012, respectively and kept these bodies under dark,” the agency has alleged[10]. The FIR, citing reports, alleged even if there were only limited sources of supply of sophisticated equipment for sound, stage lighting, these were not justified in the file notings for resorting to limited tender, and hence there was no justification in not resorting to open bidding. She was allegedly responsible for the losses incurred by the Foundation on account of not opting for open tendering as also mandated by the General Body, it said.

Leela Samson PIL questioned 2012 India Today

Has propaganda war started?: Now again, secular categories could question the actions and proceedings as communal, as the Hindutwa government has been at the centre. Even, they could go to the extent of criticizing that the right-wing nazist and fascist forces have been trying to trample the human rights of the minorities. The rule of second term of NDA has started just now, but, the issues have been multiplied and problems created have been running riots. Instead of concentrating on the economic and other progressive issues, parliamentary debates have been becoming political platform speeches and emotions are whipped up based on race and linguistic fanaticism. How then, rulers could concentrate on the welfare of people as a whole?

© Vedaprakash

16-12-2019

Leela Samson with Congress Digvijay singh

[1] Times of India, Samson had Centre’s backing to continue, Sharanya Gautam | TNN | Updated: May 1, 2012, 5:42 IST

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Samson-had-Centres-backing-to-continue/articleshow/12945323.cms

[2] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Samson-had-Centres-backing-to-continue/articleshow/12945323.cms

[3] Times of India, CBI registers corruption case against Leela Samson, 3 other Kalakshetra officials, Selvaraj A | TNN | Updated: Dec 14, 2019, 17:09 IST.

[4] https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/cbi-books-ex-sangeet-natak-akademi-chairperson-leela-samson-over-irregularities/articleshow/72591891.cms

[5] Indian Express, CBI books ex-Sangeet Natak Akademi chairperson Leela Samson over irregularities, Dec 14, 2019, 17:09 IST.

[6] https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chennai/cbi-books-ex-sangeet-natak-akademi-chairperson-leela-samson-over-irregularities-6166593/

[7] News.18, CBI Books Ace Bharatnatyam Dancer Leela Samson Over Irregularities in Spending on Chennai Auditorium, PTI, Updated:December 14, 2019, 3:27 PM IST

[8]  https://www.news18.com/news/india/cbi-books-ace-bharatnatyam-dancer-leela-samson-over-irregularities-in-spending-on-chennai-auditorium-2424007.html

[9] FirstPost, CBI books dancer and Padma Shri awardee Leela Samson, three others for ‘unfruitful expenditure’ on Chennai auditorium, India Press Trust of India Dec 14, 2019 18:43:52 IST.</p>

[10] https://www.firstpost.com/india/cbi-books-dancer-and-padma-shri-awardee-leela-samson-three-others-for-unfruitful-expenditure-on-chennai-auditorium-7782751.html

GST – Implementation from July 1, 2017 – How to tackle the reality of situation with the dealers with limited facilities?

June 11, 2017

GST – Implementation from July 1, 2017 – How to tackle the reality of situation with the dealers with limited facilities?

GST - Ideal, but what is implemented

The Government may have to be soft with the dealers, as they are bound to commit mistakes and violate provisions of GST Act and Rules[1]: In the implementation of GST covering crores of dealers of various transactions, many assumptions and presumptions have been made, as if, all would be sitting at computers and handling with their commercial dealings only on-line always. The Government has not perhaps, realized the digital gap existing between the big and small taxpayers under the GST regime.

  1. The powerful federal indirect tax body, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, would instruct field officers at the central and state levels to be lenient with traders for procedural lapses in the first year of implementation of the new indirect tax regime from 1 July, 2017[2].
  2. There is a confusion about the jurisdiction of the dealers and as well as the law-implementing officers. This confusion prevails between the Central and the State and also amomh themselves internally.
  3. In the first year they have to handhold them rather than penalize them for procedural infractions. Everyone in the council is sensitive about it. Major offences such as clearing of goods without invoices, however, is a different matter.
  4. The decision comes in the wake of apprehensions of the trade and business community about an anti-profiteering provision in the GST law intended to be a deterrent against not passing on the benefits of any reduced indirect tax liability to the ultimate consumer.
  5. The Confederation of All India Traders, a traders’ body with 60 million members, said in a representation to PM on 8 June, 2017 that a period of nine months beginning 1 July should be declared a transition period [up to 31-03-2018] during which traders will be given immunity from prosecution for procedural lapses.
  6. While businesses and large traders will be prepared for the GST roll-out with their IT systems, small traders, especially those in villages and remote areas, may take time to become part of the GST network on account of lack of awareness and infrastructure constraints.
  7. As everyone imagines, the internet connection and related issues are going to create many practical probles, coupled with frequent power cuts at rural and village areas.
  8. Another official in the government, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the last point of sale—trader to consumer—in villages has always been the weakest link in the state-level value-added tax system.
  9. Important issues – addressing concerns relating to tax rates brought up by the industry and finalizing how the anti-profiteering mechanism, “advance ruling” and search and arrests, etc. Advance ruling is a facility available for taxpayers to get an idea of what the tax liability on certain transactions will be in advance.

GST - SSI has to file 37 instead of 13 returns

SSI has to file 37 returns instead of 13; if they have units in more than one state, the returns increase accordingly[3]: A small­scale manufacturing company with operations in only one state will have to file a minimum of 37 returns instead of the current 13 once the goods and services tax (GST) goes live from July 1, 2017 increasing work for industry, accountants and banks, according to an IndiaSpend analysis. With the deadline for the GST less than a month away, finance professionals, banks and industry seem unprepared for the challenges of implementing the one nation­one tax idea, work towards which began 13 years ago. “The entire ecosystem needs to be changed to accept GST,” K. Raghu, former president, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, told IndiaSpend. “An ideal date for implementation would be September 1.” The Indian Banks Association has informed a parliamentary panel that their members were unprepared to implement the new indirect tax regime. “Everything will now be online and will need to be updated regularly. A business will have to file 37 returns in a year (three returns per month and one annual return) per state,” the Economic Times reported on June 5, 2017.

GSTN - portal in demand

Business in three states means, he has to file 3 x 37 = 111 returns per annum[4]: “If it does business from offices in more than one state, the number of returns will go up accordingly. A business with offices in three states will have to file 111 tax returns in a year.” With the government announcing GST for four tax rates ­­ 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent ­­ industry will face implementation challenges that include system upgrades, manpower training and understanding new taxes. Every transaction ­­ sale or purchase ­­ will now have to be recorded online to benefit from the tax paid earlier India is implementing a dual GST with the Centre and states together levying it on a common tax base. “The GST to be levied by the centre on intra­state supply of goods and/or services would be called the Central GST (CGST) and that to be levied by the states would be called the State GST (SGST),” according to the FAQs published by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the central body of indirect taxes. “Similarly, Integrated GST (IGST) will be levied and administered by centre on every inter­state supply of goods and services.” A dual GST adheres to the constitutional requirement of fiscal federalism, since both the Centre and states have the powers to levy and collect taxes. “The central GST and the state GST would be levied simultaneously on every transaction of supply of goods and services except the exempted goods and services, goods which are outside the purview of GST and the transactions which are below the prescribed threshold limits,” the CBEC FAQ noted.

GST opposed or supported

Meghalaya, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal – have not passed GST[5]: While 24 states have passed state GST acts, seven have not ­ as yet. They are: Meghalaya, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal. While the location of the supplier and the customer within the country is immaterial for the purpose of CGST, SGST would be charged only when the supplier and the customer are within the state. An illustration from the FAQ published by the government: Suppose the CGST rate is 10 per cent and the SGST is 10 per cent. When a wholesale steel dealer in Uttar Pradesh supplies bars and rods to a construction company within the state for, say, Rs 100, the dealer would charge CGST of Rs 10 and SGST of Rs 10, in addition to the basic price of the goods. The wholesaler would be required to deposit the CGST into a central government account and the SGST into the account of the state government. “Of course, he need not actually pay Rs 20 (Rs 10 + Rs 10) in cash, as he would be entitled to set­off this liability against CGST or SGST paid on his purchases (say, inputs),” said the FAQ This is where implementation challenges arise, as former ICWAI president Raghu explained. Every invoice from buyers and sellers must be entered in the GST system correctly to ensure that benefits accrue down the chain. “We have a system today across a majority of small units where an accountant comes (in) once a month, makes vouchers and inputs details for taxes,” said Raghu. “That will have to end now because we are moving to an online, almost real­time system that will need a lot of manpower.” The finance industry is ready by training its professionals, said Raghu, who predicted many job opportunities over the next 5­6 years. But, as he added, it would take at least 12 to 18 months for the system to “settle down”. “I do see a lot of CAs and other finance professionals being trained for indirect taxes in the coming years,” he said.

GST - Ideal, but what is implemented-NDA-UPA

Industry and Banks are not ready for GST implementation[6]: India’s industry and its banking system will have to change systems, train personnel and accept the extra workload for the new taxation system. The banking system has clearly said it is not yet ready. Industry is ambivalent. “Nearly 50 per cent of Indian businesses are not aware of the changes that GST will usher in,” Bharat Goenka, Managing Director, Tally Solutions, was quoted as saying in the Economic Times on June 5. Tally accounting software is widely used by Indian companies. The company is waiting for the GST rules to be finalised, so that it can roll out its GST software for Indian companies. A senior official of Federation of the Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), requesting anonymity because the launch date was close, said GST was “now a fact”, and industry was trying to adapt. FICCI has been conducting awareness sessions among industry verticals to help understand the new structure, he added The industrial sector, especially the services sector, is waiting for more clarity on tax rates, processes and the time frame for the systems to settle down. “What we still don’t know is which tax slab we fall in,” a marine service provider operating in Goa told IndiaSpend, on condition of anonymity. “While it is good that the taxation system will be streamlined and we will not have to deal with multiple tax payments like excise, service tax and value added tax, we still don’t know how much time it will take for everybody to be on board.” (In arrangement with IndiaSpend.org, a data­driven, non­profit, public interest journalism platform. The views expressed are those of IndiaSpend. Feedback at respond@indiaspend.org).

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11-06-2017

GST ready for launch - 03_08_2016_001_060

[1] Livemint.com, Govt may be lenient with traders on procedural lapses in GST’s first year, Last Modified: Sat, Jun 10 2017. 12 51 AM IST.

[2] http://www.livemint.com/Politics/PMFLgTOxEezhEPIt9FEqgL/Govt-may-be-lenient-with-traders-on-procedural-lapses-in-GST.html

[3] http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/businessman-or-professional-you-may-need-to-fill-37-forms-to-be-gst-compliant/story-DI8IOTQi5qS0c20PkDoTNO.html

[4] http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/business/business-news/37-returns-instead-of-13-one-of-the-many-challenges-threatening-gst-rollout/articleshow/59085127.cms

[5] http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/37-returns-instead-of-13-one-of-the-many-challenges-threatening-gst-rollout/articleshow/59082648.cms

[6] Economics Times, 37 returns instead of 13: One of the many challenges threatening GST rollout, BY IANS | JUN 10, 2017, 02.33 PM IST.

 

Cricket corruption conceals Congress corruption!

May 20, 2013

Cricket corruption conceals Congress corruption

 

All of sudden, the scams of all sorts, the corruptions of all categories are forgotten within days.

 

Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, Ramdev and host of other anti-corruption activists go unheard.

 

We see only two faces – Srivivasan and Kapil Sibal!

 

Of course, both appear to resemble in many ways.