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Inside Track: From Modi-Mohanlal meet to Ratnakar Pandey’s demise; all you need to know

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Vanishing line

The BJP high command and the PMO have been pressing the chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to furnish statistics of the beneficiaries of different central and state government schemes at the state, district, block and village level. The data has to include Aadhaar numbers, addresses and mobile numbers, if any. Among the 23 schemes, some of them repackaged and fast-tracked, are: Ujjawala, MGNREGA, Jan Dhan and Direct Benefit Transfer. The government wants updated data till October 1. It is speculated that the information is being compiled so that PM Modi can mention names of beneficiaries when he visits a particular region. The states have also been asked to prepare a chart with precise dates on which the beneficiaries received the benefits. This second round of data collection will start in January and is to be completed by February 15. This suggests that the government does not plan to advance the Lok Sabha elections and also that the line between government and party has virtually vanished.

New man in mind

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