Daily Briefing: FM unveils National Monetisation Pipeline worth Rs 6 lakh crore; Chhattisgarh Congress rift widens

Read the latest on the Centre's ambitious four-year National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP), a growing rift within the Chhattisgarh Congress, the political developments in Jammu and Kashmir and more here.

The Big Story 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman unveiled an ambitious four-year National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) worth Rs 6 lakh crore to unlock value in brownfield projects, where investments have already been made, by engaging the private sector, transferring to them the rights but not the ownership in projects. While monetisation of assets is not new, resolving obstacles will be key to bring on investors.  

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As the rift between Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and his rival and Cabinet colleague T S Singh Deo plays out in the public, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to meet them together in Delhi.  Sources said the much-talked-about rotational chief ministership between the two is the only item on the agenda.

An apparent discrepancy between the Union Government’s order setting up the Delimitation Commission and the J&K Reorganisation Act could cast a shadow over the redrawing of Assembly seats in the state, a key element in kickstarting the political process there.

From the Front Page

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar led a 10-party delegation, including the  RJD and Congress, to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the caste census issue. Sources said the PM told the delegation, which included the BJP, that the Home Ministry would have to take a call.

A bangle seller who was beaten up by men in Indore and warned not to set foot again in a “Hindu kshetra (area)” was booked by police on charges of harassment. A video of the incident went viral on social media, where Tasleem Ali was thrashed after being accused of concealing his identity and harassing women. He was booked based on a complaint by the minor daughter of one of the men who attacked him. 

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