Ministry of Finance requests a 24/7 vaccination campaign
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-06-2021; An accelerated vaccination campaign is imperative to avoid or reduce the ferocity of subsequent waves of Covid-19 spread and boost economic growth, the Ministry of Economic Affairs noted in its May 2021 monthly economic report.
- Calling for doubling team-based or even 24/7 vaccination campaigns over a few months, especially in August and September, when supply is expected to increase significantly, the finance ministry said this could allow the ambitious goal, but possible, of injections of 1 crore per day. .
- Calling the vaccination of 70 million million people with at least the first dose until September 2021 as “essential” to strengthen the confidence of consumers and investors and revitalize economic growth, the Ministry of Finance has proposed that it be adopted in “mission” mode.
- “About 93 lakh of vaccines are needed per day to obtain collective immunity (end of September). The maximum daily vaccination rate achieved to date is 42.65 lakh. This peak was reached with a vaccination shift of 8 to 9 hours, ” they stressed.
- As attempts are made to speed up the supply of vaccines to the international market, and doses of Rs.216 million are expected to be delivered to India between August and December, the ministry has suggested aligning supplies with the target of September 2021 and a system according to which “people who already have the antibodies (are) vaccinated later, while people who have not been exposed (have) priority”.
- Operational challenges can be met through careful planning and expanding vaccine transport, storage and administration capacities.
- The use of technology to facilitate vaccine delivery, increased travel to vaccination centers, and the integration of mass vaccination sites, for example, shopping areas, drive-ins, as well as schools and primary health care centers, will improve faster coverage under vaccination.
- With the peak of the second wave in the first half of May 2021 and the localized restrictions adopted to combat its spread, its economic impact is expected to be limited in the first quarter of 2021-2022, the finance ministry noted.
- The spread of the second wave to rural areas in India was rapid, but the proportion of rural districts in the new cases was still below the levels seen at the peak of the first wave, the finance ministry said. This proportion stood at 57.9% in May, compared to 63.6% in September 2020.
- However, the number of rural communes registering 20% of new cases has increased dramatically, from 12 in March to 43 in April and 47 in May, “which in turn is 3.4 times greater than their share in March. peak of the first wave ”. .
- While a healthy monsoon bodes well for agriculture, and softer state closures are expected to translate into a “milder economic shock” for sectors such as manufacturing and construction, the ministry said. “Speeding up the immunization schedule and coverage is essential to help India heal and regain momentum for economic recovery.”
Hybrid hearings continue, Supreme Court says
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-06-2021; Chairman of the Electronic Committee of the Supreme Court, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud has written to the Chief Justices (CJs) of the higher courts that hybrid hearings will have to continue in light of the pandemic situation, dispelling the idea that courts may soon revert to physical hearing mode.
- The onset of the pandemic in March 2020 saw a rapid transition within the court system from physical hearings to video conferencing.
- Judge Chandrachud noted that during the pandemic, 96 74,257 cases were reviewed by videoconference across the country.
- Given the current state of the pandemic, in line with the need to protect the safety of lawyers, litigants, court staff, judges and other stakeholders, it may not be possible to hold only physical hearings legal proceedings and we may have to rely on a hybrid hearing model for some time. We need to plan effectively to meet all demands, he wrote to the CJs.
- Judge Chandrachud, who has led the courts’ transition from physical to virtual mode, said the committee is working on a uniform videoconferencing mechanism for courts across the country.
- However, so far, the letter has asked justices of the peace “to choose a suitable video conferencing solution from one of the available options.
- Until the e-Committee can finally provide a video conferencing solution for all High Courts, certain steps can be taken to facilitate judicial work, on the reopening of the courts after the summer recess … We must ensure that a robust, efficient and user-friendly video conferencing solution is available to users for efficient hearing of legal proceedings, Judge Chandrachud wrote.
- He urged justices of the peace to take corrective measures, intervene personally and monitor the improvement of the virtual justice system, especially if lawyers and litigants have complaints about its quality and connectivity that hinder access to justice.
Mamata writes to CMs to support farmers
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-06-2021; West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday supported farmers protesting against the three central agricultural bills. She said that she would write to the top ministers of opposition-led states to support the cause of farmers.
- During the day, Banerjee met with Samyukt Kisan Morcha leaders, including Rakesh Tikait, at the Secretary of State. She congratulated her on her landslide victory in the Assembly elections.
- After defeating the BJP, Banerjee should now strive to make West Bengal a model state for farmers, agricultural leaders said.
- We have supported protesting farmers from the beginning. We also passed a resolution in the Assembly against the bills, Banerjee said.
- Farmer leaders asked her to go to Delhi after she improved the Covid-19 situation.
- The chief minister said she would take the initiative to meet with top ministers from opposition-ruled states on the issue. She asked why the Center had not held discussions with protesting farmers for the past seven months.
- Former Union Minister and Trinamool Congress Leader Yashwant Sinha said the Center was trying to hand over traditional agriculture to businesses. If traditional agriculture is dismantled, India will cease to be India.
BJP received ₹ 785 crore in donations in 2019-2020, Congress ₹ 139.01 crore
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-06-2021; BJP received Rs 785.77 crore in corporate and individual donations in 2019-2020, more than five times more than Congressional contributions, according to the party’s annual contribution report submitted to the Election Commission of India (ECI).
- The party’s contribution report for 2019-2020, although presented on February 12, was released by the ECI on Tuesday evening. The report includes all contributions of 20,000 or more made by check and wire transfer.
- Of the total Rs 785.75 million in declared contributions by the party, Rs 217.75 million came from the Prudent Electoral Trust, which in turn received funds from DLF Limited, Bharti Airtel Limited, GMR Airport Developers and other large corporations.
- BJP also received Rs 45.95 million from the Jankalyan Electoral Trust, which received funding from JSW group companies, including JSW Cement, JSW Energy and JSW Energy.
- Samaj Electoral Trust and AB General Electoral Trust, which was funded by Hindalco Industries Limited, donated 3.75 crore and 9 crore respectively to the party. Several companies, large and small, also donated to the party, from ITC Limited to Haldiram Snacks.
- Among other recognized national parties, Congress received Rs 139.01 crore in contributions, according to its contribution report released in February.
- All India Trinamool Congress declared ₹ 8.08 crore and the Communist Party of India declared ₹ 1.29 crore in their contribution reports for 2019-2020 which were released on Monday.
- Communist Party of India (Marxist) declared contributions of Rs 19.69 million, the Nationalist Congress Party declared Rs 59.94 million, and the BSP declared contributions null.
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-06-2021; The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 2, 91, 55,159 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,55,118.
Retired IAS official Anup Chandra Pandey took over from him as electoral commissioner on Wednesday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said in a statement. Pandey, a 1984 IAS officer in the Uttar Pradesh cadre, joins Chief Elections Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra and Elections Commissioner Rajiv Kumar to round out the three-member commission. He retired as Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh in 2019.
The next session of the 16th Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu would start in Kalaivanar Arangam at 10 a.m. of June 21 with the governor’s speech, Assembly Speaker Mr. Appavu said in Chennai on Wednesday. Appavu told reporters that the Business Advisory Committee will meet after the governor’s June 21 speech to decide how many days the House will meet.
- All lawmakers and Assembly officials will be tested for Covid-19 and only those who test negative will be able to participate in the work of the House, he said.