Punjab is all set to have a unified state-wide single-number call centre to address all citizen-centric grievances by the end of the month. Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday directed that the process to standardise the redressal mechanism be expedited, with instructions for bringing all the 500 citizen services in the state online, through the Sewa Kendras, within this year. He approved the recruitment of 503 personnel at various levels to give the necessary push for the process.
Chairing a virtual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Punjab State e-Governance Society (PSEGS), the Chief Minister also directed that for the convenience of citizens, Home Delivery of services and Tatkal services should also be launched from Sewa Kendras immediately. He ordered total computerisation and digitisation of the backend of the citizen-centric service mechanism to ensure effective and timely disbursal of services.
Currently, 329 services of various departments are being delivered from these Sewa Kendras to the citizens, with Saanj Kendras (Police) and Fard Kendras (Revenue) recently integrated into the system. These services shall also have a computerised backend and digitised legacy records.
To help achieve these targets, Captain Amarinder gave the go-ahead to the Department to hire 503 personnel at different levels.
Taking note of the success of the E-office in ensuring the smooth functioning of government offices, with reduced physical contact, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chief Minister also ordered the adoption of the E-office by all offices of the state government, including all Directorates, District and field offices, Boards, Corporations etc, by 31 May. This would enable the state to move toward paperless government functioning with increased efficiency and minimal human intervention, said an official spokesperson after the meeting.
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BJP sweeps Tripura civic polls, TMC gets a reality check
The BJP swept the Tripura civic polls by winning 329 of the total 334 sets in an election that was closely followed across the country. Out of the 222 seats that went to the polls, the BJP won 217 seats. It was earlier declared a winner on 112 uncontested seats.
The remaining five seats were won by the CPI-M (3) and one each by the TMC and a local outfit, Tipraha Indigenous Progressive Regional Alliance.
The BJP had fielded candidates in all the 334 seats of Agartala Municipal Corporation, 13 municipal bodies and six nagar panchayats. All the 51 wards in the Agartala Municipal Corporation were won by the BJP.
The election was seen as a bellwether for the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC which contested the election with all the power capital at its disposal. De facto TMC chief Abhishek Banerjee along-with political manager Prashant Kishor were deeply involved in the election which also included poaching established Congress leaders like Sushmita Dev who became the party’s face on the ground during the polls. Dev’s father, late Santosh Mohan Dev was instrumental in installing the Congress-led government in Tripura in 1988. He had also won two (1989 and 1991) Lok Sabha polls from the state.
The Trinamool Congress, which is taking steps to establish itself as a national party, was counting on a positive result from Tripura to give it an impetus in other states like Goa and Chhattisgarh.
The TMC had also gone to the Supreme Court, with its 16 Members of Parliament (MPs) sitting on a dharna outside the office of Home Minister Amit Shah on 22 November, to raise their protest against the alleged political violence against their workers in Tripura.
The TMC however is likely to draw solace from the fact that in many seats, it emerged as the main opposition while pushing the CPM to the third position. Abhishek Banerjee, in a tweet, while accepting the defeat said, “It is exceptional for a party beginning with negligible presence to successfully contest municipal elections and emerge as the PRINCIPAL OPPOSITION in the state with more than 20% vote share.”
BJP National General Secretary, Bl Santosh, termed the efforts put by the TMC in the elections as tantrums. “People of Tripura are showing the @AITCofficial the rightful place … The Dustbin … None of the tantrums got them any results. @BJP4Tripura set to create history by winning more than 80% seats in urban local bodies . Set to win all municipalities,” Santosh tweeted.
On many seats, the combined votes of Trinamool, Congress, CPM and CPI (M) candidates were more than the votes polled by victorious BJP candidates, thereby indicating that if the opposition parties had contested the elections in an alliance, the overall result would not have been so dismal for them, a lesson that perhaps might become important in the coming months.
Prashant Kishor, whose efforts to join the Congress did not bear fruit, had employed considerable resources in the state through his political consulting firm, I-PAC for reaping electoral benefits for the TMC so that it could add to the narrative that the Mamata Banerjee led TMC could replace the Congress as the primary opposition party to take the BJP in the 2024 general elections. This defeat is likely to come as an eye opener for Banerjee whose national political ambitions, according to political observers, are being given a premature push by Kishor.
INDIA REVISES TRAVEL GUIDELINES, WILL REVIEW DECISION ON FLIGHT RESUMPTION
The government also asked the states to prioritise their containment, surveillance, testing, monitoring and vaccination strategies.
In the wake of the emergence of the new Covid “variant of concern”, “Omicron”, India will review its decision on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services. On Sunday, the government also revised travel guidelines for passengers coming to India from abroad. The government also asked the states to prioritise their containment, surveillance, testing, monitoring, vaccination strategies, apart from augmenting health infrastructure.
The government revised travel guidelines for international passengers, particularly those arriving from 12 “countries at risk”. These passengers will have to undergo Covid testing post-arrival and wait at the airport for the test results. In the case of a negative test report, the travellers will have to home-quarantine for seven days and will be tested again on the eighth day. If the second test report is also negative, the travellers will have to monitor themselves for another seven days. International travellers will also have to submit 14 days’ travel details and upload a negative RT-PCR test report on Air Suvidha portal before the journey. Travellers from countries excluding those “countries at risk” will be allowed to leave the airport and shall self-monitor themselves for 14 days. A sub-section (5% of total passenegrs on a flight) will have to undergo post-arrival testing at random at the airport The revised guidelines come into effect from 1 December.
On Sunday an urgent meeting was chaired by Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, following the high-level review by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, it was decided that the government will further review Standard Operating Procedure on testing and surveillance of incoming international passengers, especially for those countries identified “at risk” category.
Other experts including Dr V.K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Dr Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to Prime Minister and senior officers from Health, Civil Aviation and other Ministries comprehensively reviewed the overall global situation in wake of the Omicron virus.
“Various preventive measures in place and to be further strengthened were discussed. Further, the decision on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers service will be reviewed, as per evolving global scenario,” said a Home Ministry statement.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, genomic surveillance for Covid variants is to be further strengthened and intensified. “Airport Health Officials (APHOs) and Port Health Officials (PHOs) will be sensitized for strict supervision of testing protocol at airports and ports.”
On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired a comprehensive meeting that lasted for almost two hours to review the public health preparedness and vaccination-related situation for Covid-19.
As per an official statement issued by Prime Minister Office, officials briefed the Prime Minister about the new Variant of Concern ‘Omicron’ along with its characteristics and the impact seen in various countries. Its implications for India were also discussed. Prime Minister Modi spoke about the need to be proactive in light of the new variant.
WHAT THE STATES SAID
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to stop flights from countries affected by the new Covid-19 variant Omicron. In an official letter, Kejriwal wrote, “Our country has fought a tough fight against Corona for the last one and half years. We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern from entering India.” “We should do everything possible to prevent the new variant of concern, recently recognised by WHO, from entering India. A number of countries, including the European Union (EU), have suspended travel to the affected regions. I urge you to stop flights from these regions with immediate effect. Any delay in this regard may prove harmful if any affected person enters India,” he stated.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that the state government is taking all the precautions and is prepared to deal with Omicron variant of Covid-19. Khattar said, “We are taking all precautions and are prepared to deal with it. The District Commissioners have been asked to remain vigilant especially before granting permission for fairs.”
Uttarakhand Health Secretary Dr Pankaj Kumar Pandey has instructed all the District Magistrates of the state to monitor the people coming from outside along with intensive testing as a precautionary measure against the Covid-19 variant Omicron. The Health Secretary has also given instructions to form monitoring teams at the district level for proper prevention.
18 lives lost in Bengal accident, PM announces Rs 2 lakh each for next of kin
In the wee hours of Sunday, 18 people were killed and 5 others were injured after a speeding vehicle, carrying a dead body along with family members and the kin for the last rites, hit a lorry loaded with stones, parked on the roadside.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences to the families of people who lost their lives in the road accident. “Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Nadia, West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest”, the PM tweeted. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar also expressed grief over the incident. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee too expressed her condolences on the loss of lives and promised that the party would extend all the necessary support to the victims.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the road accident in Nadia on Sunday. “The injured will also be given Rs 50,000 each,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a tweet. “The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the road accident in Nadia, West Bengal. Rs. 50,000 would be given to the injured,” the PMO India tweeted.
Many leaders of Trinamool Congress (TMC) have expressed their condolences and the party will announce the compensation for the victims of the families, who have lost their lives in the Nadia Road accident.
“The party is going to announce the compensation to help the families of the victims. The party is also making arrangements for the treatment of the injured victims,” TMC leader Kunal Ghosh told The Daily Guardian.
As per the report, around 10 men, 7 women and a six-year-old girl were killed. All the 18 people who were killed in the unfortunate accident were the residents of Parmadon at Bagdah, North 24 Parganas. The car carrying the deceased and the relatives, was going to Nabadwip burning ghat. The accident took place at Hanskhali-Krishnagar state highways. While the car was crossing the Phoolbari area in Nadia, it collided with the truck parked on the roadside. The driver of the truck has been detained. All the injured people are shifted to Shaktinagar district hospital. As per the local sources, the accidents occurred due to dense fog and high speed.
Vyapar app simplifies financial management for MSMEs
Financial management is the key to business success. There’s no refuting this fact, but despite that, many business owners are simply not careful enough.
India has approximately 6.3 Crore MSMEs which contributes about 29 percent towards the GDP through its national and international trade. 70 percent of businesses in India are Micro, Small, and Medium-sized (MSMEs), and many business owners cannot cope with their business growth. Financial asset management is one of the contributing factors. In addition to that, many of them also struggle to keep up with digital systems that are supposed to ease the process but don’t actually do so. When they cannot afford better systems, hire qualified accountants and practice better financial management, they tend to lose control of their business.
To solve this issue, Vyapar App was launched in the year 2016 with the aim of making it easier for MSME business owners to run their businesses. Accounting can take a significant amount of their time, but they have comprehensive and accurate financial reports at the tips of their fingers with the app. Vyapar App is a business accounting application that helps the user store and access all their financial data in one place. In addition to offering an accounting solution, they also provide inventory tracking, customer and vendor management, invoice generation, barcode management, online cataloging, and even order tracking features.
Using Vyapar software you can send free transaction messages, payment reminders, generate E-way bills, delivery challan, generate financial reports and much more.
By providing so many features onto one software, they’ve enabled the growth of many MSME businesses in the country. Until now, many business owners would suffer because they had to use different applications for different purposes, which would lead to increased costs and efforts. But by using this easiest one-stop solution, they can manage their finances and get creative with it.
The software offers them the option to customise their dashboard and other feature of software as per their individual requirement. MSMEs have been able to present themselves professionally and see increased business as well.
One of the key points that many of their users talk about is that when the GST filing process was introduced, it was tough to manage it since you’d need an accountant with sound financial knowledge. But now, they can retrieve GST report directly from software in government prescribed format in excel. Later they can convert the excel file to JSON format using an offline utility tool available on GST portal. User can now upload the JSON file by logging in to GST portal.
This shows how the team at Vyapar Apps has taken the concerns of their users into account and adapted the software over time.
Overall, no other service in the market simplifies business and financial management for MSME business owners the way Vyapar App does. It’s available for download on the Play Store and can be done in two languages — English and Hindi. This will be a top-notch option if you’re looking to simplify financial management and grow your business.
ACCURSED SHARE ANNOUNCES NFT COLLECTION BY PHOTOGRAPHER FREDERIC AUERBACH
Artist-led production studio Accursed Share yesterday announced an NFT collection by celebrity photographer Frederic Auerbach that will give an exclusive insight into his work with five of Hollywood’s most notable celebrities as well as 30 never-before-seen ‘process’ photos culled from the working sessions with the stars.
The NFT collection, titled “Captured Moment: The Master’s Process,” will center around five famous figures – boxing legend Mike Tyson, singing legend Zendaya, as well as established actors like Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sharon Stone.
The Master Series, which will feature celebrities, will be available for bidding in the middle of December. Winners will receive a dynamic NFT and a high-resolution one of the published work. The dynamic NFT is powered by an internal ‘smart contract’ innovation, Accursed Share’s proprietary technology, which displays an alternate edit of the final masterwork randomly at certain intervals.
Accursed Share CEO, John Connor said, “We wanted to give fans, collectors, and students of Auerbach’s work an internal view of his process and inspiration; we wanted to create a set of NFTs that really spoke to collectors and had engaging and intrinsic value.”
He added that Auerbach’s ability to capture the charisma and character of his subjects is unique in the world of photography, and his uncanny ability to ‘summon the ineffable’ in his images is very real. “This is something that seems to be missing from the current popular perception of NFTs, and we hope that this project -and other subsequent Accursed Share NFT projects will provide a renewed focus on high-quality NFT content and continue to push the boundaries of the medium,” Connor said.
Captured Moment’s first selections from the ‘Process Series’ will become available on December 5th, at which point early whitelist submissions will receive free airdrops of the first round.
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