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and national security regained?Let the situation spiral out of control and use the opportunity created by the ensuing crisis to reform the system. It is their view that an oil supply crisis could provide the trigger for catalysing a radical overhaul They may well be right The severity of the recent petrol price hike is in part because there was no alternative The oil companies were looking into a cash abyss The point however that should not be forgotten is that change induced through crisis can be extremely painful We all remember and applaud the reforms of 1991 But we forget that these reforms were preceded by years of inflationunemploymentforeign exchange restrictions and general economic hardship The government was compelled to reform because of the consequences of bad policy that caused great unhappiness Crisis should never be sought as the point of departure for policy change But if and when it strikesthe opportunity to reinvigorate and recreate should not be foregone So is it that the answer to the above question distils down to essentially two policy options One generated by the experts after careful thought and the other compelled through financial and economic mismanagement I do not think so I think conceptually there is a third middle-of-the-road answer A stumbling block to change is the tendency to overlook what is good in the hope of securing the perfect A first step is often not taken until and unless the aspired destination is in sight This hesitancy can be counter-productive It perpetuates the status quo and dilutes the significance of incrementalism A small initial step can often lead to a larger next step and thereon It is not necessary that only policies that swing the needle 360 degrees should be pursued Less ambitious initiatives that move it say 5 degrees should also be considered Such initiatives can trigger movements that eventually push it full circle The mistake that we might be making today regarding petroleum deregulation is that suggestions to initiate incremental albeit imperfect small steps are being stalled because they are imperfect and small The idea of dual pricing for the two grades of diesel has for instance been blocked because of the concern that it will lead to black marketingsmuggling and diversions These are valid concerns Dual pricing is complex to administer and it is distortionary But relative to current conditions the proposal should be considered At a minimum it should be studied whether in view of the severity of the subsidy burden and the consequent imperative to deregulate diesel pricesthe cost of continued inaction might not be greater than the cost of taking a small albeit imperfect first step Especially if by doing so the ground work for a larger second step is laid The Gordian knot will not be easily or quickly untied There are too many fingers involved and not all are working to loosen it It has to however be untangled The issue is how The economists have chalked out one route The balance of power between the stakeholders is however such that this has not been preferred The other alternatives are operationally imperfect They have therefore not been considered Should they be It is not obvious that they should but it should be acknowledged that the desired outcome can sometimes be reached through a sequence of imperfect small initiatives The author is Chairman of the Shell Group in India Views expressed are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 11 2017 6:57 pm Salman Khan starrer Tubelighthas grossed Rs 11450 crore net at the Indian box office till now Related News Salman Khan arrived with his big Eid release Tubelight But surprisingly the film failed to do wonders at the box-office The collections of the film left us thinking how long will it be able to survive at the cinema halls Due to this the distributors of the film suffered huge losses and reportedly several producers and distributors were demanding a refund from Salman And now it is being learnt that Bhaijaan of Bollywood has agreed to bear all of it and refund the money to the distributors Trade analyst Komal Nahta tweeted to confirm the report He wrote “SalmanKhan has agreed to refund monies to distributors to make up for losses in Tubelight A lovely gesture That’s being human” According to a report in ANI Salman has agreed to pay Rs 55 crore to the distributors The movie has grossed Rs 11450 crore net at the Indian box office till now Moreover with last weekend releases like MOM Guest Iin London and also Spider-Man: Homecoming doing well at the ticket counters Tubelight’s collection is expected to see a further downfall SalmanKhan has agreed to refund monies to distributors to make up for losses in Tubelight A lovely gesture That’s being human — Komal Nahta (@KomalNahta) July 10 2017 Further Salman’s father and screen writer Salim Khan confrmed the same According to a Mid-Day report he said “When a distributor suffers a loss the producer needs to show some responsibility and share the burden We too have done the same thing We met a few of them and are trying to find a middle ground We will pay back the distributors” However Salman was happy with critics’ reaction to Tubelight for they were not as bad as he expected them to be Earlier in an interview he said “The critics were like really good I was expecting minus 3 and minus 4 and they gave me 1 and 2 apparently So I am very pleased with that” He said further “What happens with a film like this… It’s an Eid release and it has been seen in recent years that there will be song-and-dance so they went expecting that kind of film but got to see something else So now this film is not supposed to be seen with buddies and the thought ‘let’s have fun’ It’s a very emotional film Howsoever cold-hearted emotionless a person is he or she will get teary-eyed after watching the film This is that kind of a film where you need to take your parents grandparents and families” Meanwhile Salman is busy shooting for Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai and has recently also shot for a cameo in the remake of his blockbuster hit Judwaa 2 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsLast fortnight was a bad time for both the Telugu-speaking states as Prime Minister Narendra Modi foiled hopes on their vote-oriented designs and left them high and dry Both the regional satraps — K Chandrashekhar Rao Telangana chief minister and the chief of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and Chandrababu Naidu Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and president of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP) — had been counting on the support of the BJP for the 2019 polls FIle image of Narendra Modi and Chandrababu Naidu PTI They were both stunned and alarmed by the prime minister’s off-the-cuff utterances during the Gujarat election campaign on quota raj Modi’s announcement that all states had to abide by the Supreme Court verdict on quota raj — not to cross the 50 percent barrier — had dashed the hopes of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh governments who had introduced legislation in their Assemblies to grant larger quotas to their volatile community-based voters — Muslims in Telangana and Kapus (a caste that wants OBC status) in Andhra Pradesh Sources within the TRS leadership told Firstpost that they wondered whether the manipulative charm or the much-talked influence of their satraps was waning on the BJP and Centre "Have we lost our influence in Delhi corridor and is the prime minister abandoning us" Telangana home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy reportedly lamented at a party meeting last Sunday at Hyderabad Almost similar was the psyche of the TDP leaders in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh who felt that the Modi-Amit Shah combine was giving them sleepless nights as a deliberate arm-twisting tactic ahead ofthe 2019 polls The writing is clear on the wall that without Muslim quota endorsement by the Centre the TRS has a rough road to walk in 2019 Similarly without funds for state development Kapu quota and Polavaram Chandrababu will face brickbats from not only the YSRC but also dissidents in the TDP and BJP What did Modi and Shah say Not just quota the NDA government also found fault with the contractor (Transtroy) building the prestigious Polavaram project — now a national project built under the care of the Andhra Pradesh government — and wanted to change the builder that the Andhra Pradesh government rejected Besides the Centre has kept the issue of categorisation of SC/STs — an issue crucial for the TRS in Telangana and a burning factor in Seemandhra — in cold storage "Why do both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana raise politically critical issues at testing times for the BJP They raised the SC/ST categorisation issue during the Uttar Pradesh elections and now the quota for Muslims and Kapus when the crucial Gujarat poll is underway" said annoyed Telangana BJP leader G Kishan Reddy During his last visit to the Telugu states in May Shah apparently ruptured the nerves of rulers and whipped up spirits of BJP state leadership in a clear deviation of the earlier policy of being the humble and obedient allies of the TDP KCR was clearly upset by Shah’s remarks about Telangana and said "Hum koi Amit Shah ko jante nahi Hum hain Telangana ke Badshah" in an obvious effort to counter the BJP’s aggression Similarly Chandrababu smelt dissidence in BJP ranks Although ally BJP was granted two state cabinet berths and one Rajya Sabha seat since 2014 there was growing discontent even among the five-member BJP legislative party and state BJP leadership who were tired of playing second fiddle to TDP BJP leader and endowment minister P Manikyala Rao often said that though he was a minister issues concerning Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams were decided by the chief minister and others without his knowledge BJP leaders are also unhappy with comments and criticism by TDP in general over special status to Andhra Pradesh funds allotted for the development of the new state and Polavaram "Our prime minister is trying his best to help Andhra Pradesh in spite of legal and constitutional hurdles So far over Rs 3500 crore has been given to the state If TDP is unhappy they should raisethe issue in correct forums rather than washingtheir dirty linen in public” said Somu Veeraju MLC and vice president of the state BJP State BJP leaders say that undue advantages taken by Chandrababu Naidu during the Vajpayee period have damaged the reputation of BJP Hence the BJP national leadership is very cautious about Chandrababu and TDP "We don’t need BJP support intheParliament as in 1992 Naidu blackmailed us by dangling his 33 MPs then” said a senior BJP leader who did not want to be quoted While the Telangana government had enhanced the quota for Muslims from 4 to 12 percent allegedly on population ratio (totaling to 54percent quota) the Andhra Pradesh government had also passed a bill in the Assembly to grant 5 percent quota to the Kapu community (totaling to 56%) Anticipating a favourable announcement by Modi after the Gujarat election campaign the Andhra Pradeshgovernment even managed to gettherough drafts of three members of the backward classes commission favouring Kapu quota without even informing the commission chairman Justice Manjunath A furious judge said he was not aware of any favourable reports by his members and that he will give his total report shortly and expressed shock at the government’s arm-twisting tactic In Telangana Congress leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council mocked KCR on how he would get the 12percent quota given to Muslims endorsed bythe Parliament through inclusion in the 9th Schedule after Modi’s categorical rejection of support Maharashtra Rajasthan Haryana Odisha Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were waiting for the NDA government to endorse their vote-oriented quota grant "As of now 30 legislations are waitingsince last one decade for endorsement ofthe Parliament in the 9th Schedule under Article 31 and also by the Supreme Court Only Tamil Nadu has been able to scrape through and get 69 percent quota as it was done before the Supreme Court verdict in the Indira Sahni case in 1992” he said In the same breath the TDP leadership found fault with the Centre’s handling of the prestigious Polavaram project Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari had warned the builder chosen by Andhra Pradeshagainst delays and had advised the state to change the contractor Transtroy which triggered a volley of hostility between them To pressurise the Centre not to meddle in Polavaram and continue releasing funds Naidu took busloads of MLAs MPs and MLCs to the project site to show them the ‘good work’ done by the contractor chosen by his government Rival YSRC legislators were also goaded to visit Polavaram in ‘state interests’ Even Jana Sena leader actor Pawan Kalyan made a fleeting visit to Polavaram All these had an impact on the Centre and Gadkari agreed to allow Transtroy to continue but with conditions Gadkari also made it clear thatsince the Centre was funding the project it will have a say in everything BJP leader D Purandeswari said last week at Kurnool that the TDP government was incapable of meeting the Polavaram Project cost “But it is also playing games withthe Centre by not givingcorrect estimates of the project and keeps changing it Though we treat TDP as a partner it is spreading canards about BJP” she said Another issue that is straining the TDP-BJP alliance in Andhra Pradesh is the meagre funding from the Centre for development of the new state which has no buildings for the Secretariat no Assembly High Court or Raj Bhavan “With trust on the BJP-led Centre we came away from Hyderabad though we couldhave stayed there till 2024” said Andhra Pradeshfinance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu alleging that the NDA was going back on its own words of support of special status for Andhra Pradesh "I gave up the demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh banking on assurances bythe prime minister andBJP that they would give matching funds for state’s growth Now we have to continue begging at every stage for projects and capital” Naidu reportedly lamented at a party meeting earlier this month According to soruces in the Andhra Pradesh government the Centre has given only Rs 3500 crore for the state capital but has gone agonisingly slow on other projects including Polavaram Chandrababu Naidu is now pushed to the wall with the Centre and the national leadership of BJP asking him to commit more for the 2019 poll alliance The bogey raised by the state BJP for fighting independently is contained to Telangana alone where they do not want an alliance with TDP BJP is also willing to sail with TDP and Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra Pradesh only to reorganise and consolidate the gains of 2014 “It is time TDP stopped thinking that we are parasites We too have a vote bank and following in both states We have learned the lessons of how TDP delinkedthe Left parties from its bandwagon after enjoying their support for almost two decades since 1983” said Krishnasagar Rao Telangana BJP spokesperson It appears that the Modi-Shah combination is keen to rewrite their equations with regional parties in the south and attempt to place BJP on firm footing as a key player and not as a tag-along Written by Mihir Vasavda | New Delhi | Updated: August 26 2017 9:22 pm 152 athletes received financial aid under TOPS for Rio Olympics preparation (Source: Express Archive) Related News The consistent failure of track and field athletes at major international tournaments has resulted in all but two of them being ignored for financial assistance under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) The committee has also left out tennis players rowers and swimmers in its initial list as it attempts to weed out non-performers and make athletes who receive funds under this scheme more accountable As per the minutes of the third meeting of the TOPS athletes identification committee held last month 45 athletes in nine sports have been shortlisted for support in the run- up to the 2020 Olympics and the next year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games While the number is likely to increase it is far less than the 150-plus athletes who received funds for the Rio Olympics last year A committee member said they will invite more applications which will be thoroughly screened and the athletes will be made to commit their goals in writing to make them more accountable “There is no specific number of athletes who will be given assistance under TOPS But as the name says this is for athletes who can win an Olympic medal” a committee member said “In the first list we have selected the known names But now we will include the unknown ones the players who have the potential and need support” TOPS is just a part of funding the athletes receive It is an initiative that was launched in 2015 to meet their direct requirements which includes fees of personal coaches and other support staff cost of travel and stay during competition and training stints as well as purchase of equipment According to a statement by sports minister Vijay Goel in the Lok Sabha in July last year 152 athletes received financial aid under TOPS for Rio Olympics preparation The total amount spent was Rs 3685 crore However the government was criticised for the poor implementation of the scheme while the athletes were pulled up for planning poorly to utilise the funds that were made available to them Consequently the sports ministry re-constituted the committee in January to formulate protocols and select athletes for the forthcoming Olympic cycles The new 10-member panel headed by Abhinav Bindra and includes PT Usha and Prakash Padukone among others The committee met for the third time last month where it submitted its first list “After deliberating the eligibility of the identified athletes and the recommendations of various stakeholders including national observers the committee selected a total number of 45 athletes under the TOP Scheme for assistance till Asian Games/Commonwealth Games 2018 and Olympic Games 2020” the minutes read adding that the committee will conduct a performance review after the Asian Games Interestingly the committee has included three squash players — Dipika Pallikal Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal — even though it is not an Olympic sport The trio will be given financial assistance till next year’s Asian Games Fifteen-year-old double trap shooter Shapath Bhardwaj and promising rifle shooter Ravi Kumar are among the 15 shooters who have been included along with veterans Gagan Narang and Heena Sidhu Youth world champion boxers (49kg) Sachin Siwach finds himself in the list even as Amit Panghal who is in the squad for the ongoing senior world championships in the same category is not included The most glaring omission however is of the track and field athletes Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and race-walker KT Irfan are the only two athletes who will be supported while Davinder Singh the only Indian to reach final of his event at last month’s world championships was ignored It must be noted however that this list was finalised before Davinder’s performance in London For Rio Olympics 45 track and field athletes were supported under TOPS “The performance of track and field athletes at major tournaments has been poor throughout So we will include them very judiciously this time” a committee member said The committee has suggested that the latest performance of the athletes should be compared to the world standards and qualifying marks when they apply for funding under TOPS They have also recommended that the athletes should submit their medical records twice a year to prove their fitness along with their targets and competitions they intend to participate in While acknowledging that this might end up being a tedious process for the athletes the committee felt it was necessary to ensure accountability “There is a general feeling that most of the athletes will not be able to submit so much of details which seem complex in nature” the committee noted according to the minutes “However they need to be made to think plan and commit in writing their goals and benchmarks and how they propose to achieve them Once their thoughts and targets are well set it would be far easier for them to achieve them” SHOOTING Zoravar Singh Heena Sidhu Mairaj Ahmed Khan Sheeraz Sheikh Angad Veer Singh Bajwa Pooja Ghatkar Apurvi Chandela Meghana Sajjanar? 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