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Maharashtra Health Minister, Pawar at odds over Covid vaccine ‘shortage’

While Rajesh Tope accuses Centre of discrimination, NCP chief Sharad Pawar says the Modi government is cooperating with the state.

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NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

Even as Maharashtra’s Health Minister Rajesh Tope has expressed concerns over “vaccine shortage” and accused the Centre of “discrimination” against the state, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday said that the Centre is cooperating with the state government in the ongoing pandemic.

Talking to reporters, Tope said the state has only two days of stock of Covid-19 vaccines, after which it will officially run out of vaccine doses for the immunisation drive. “Places like Satara, Sangli, Panvel have already stopped vaccination on Thursday, while Buldhana has only one day’s vaccine stock left. Many more districts are in line for closure of vaccination centres due to the shortage; we have only two more days of stock and if within two days, we don’t receive the allotted dosages, the vaccination drive in the state will come to a halt,” Tope said.

However, speaking on the issue, Pawar said, “The Central government is cooperating with the state government in these tough times of pandemic. We all have to come together and fight this menace; farmers, traders, workers and people should understand the current situation. The state and Centre both have to come together and find out a way to fight the pandemic.”

Tope has also blamed the Centre for “discrimination” against the state over allocation of Covid-19 vaccines and asked why the country’s worst-hit Covid-19 state is not being allocated vaccine doses proportionate to its requirements. Citing figures from the latest release order of vaccines from the Centre, Tope claimed that states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana etc have been given more vaccines in comparison with population and Covid-19 cases, while the Centre has increased Maharashtra’s vaccine allocation from 7 lakh to 17 lakh. Tope said that this is not enough as the state needs at least 40 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines per week. “Maharashtra has been given 7.5 lakh vaccine dosages which increased to 17 lakh, probably after my conversation with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. But why such discrimination when Uttar Pradesh was given 48 lakh doses, Madhya Pradesh 40 lakh, Gujarat 30 lakh and Haryana 24 lakh doses,” Tope asked.

Tope said: “I talked to Dr Harsh Vardhan… I raised the issue of discrimination with us. We have the most number of active patients, positivity rate and death with 12 crore population. Why are we given so few vaccines? Harsh Vardhanji assured me that corrections will be done soon. We are still waiting.”

Reacting to Tope’s claims, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had on Wednesday lashed out at the Maharashtra government and accused it of “misgovernance” in tackling Covid-19, saying that it has followed an “utterly casual approach” and is putting the residents in danger “by letting people escape institutional quarantine mandate for the sake of their personal vasuli”.

In a statement, Vardhan said he had seen statements made by public representatives in Maharashtra about the shortage of vaccines and asserted that it was nothing but “an attempt to divert attention from Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to control the spread of pandemic”. The minister said the “lackadaisical attitude of the state government has singularly bogged down the entire country’s efforts to fight the virus” and the lack of efforts of the part of the state government “is now clearly visible and come to haunt us all”. He accused the MVA government in Maharashtra of focusing its energies on “playing politics and spreading lies to create panic”. WITH AGENCY INPUTS

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NO TREE CUTTING, SALE ALLOWED IN PUNJAB TILL FURTHER ORDERS

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There would be no stumpage permission in Punjab till further orders as mentioned in the recent notification of the Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Punjab.

This comes after the orders issued by t the Punjab and Haryana High Court under PIL and Writ petition that the department released the notification vide no. 25/04/2020/LD-3/3994-3996. The notification said that the tree selling policy is under reconsideration and till then there would be no tree cutting and sale in the State of Punjab.

As per the Notification, there was a tree selling policy in the Panchayat area which was made in the year 2000 but the policy was never taken into action, hence the panchayat used to severe the trees and sell them at their capacity. The respected Court took the notice of the matter and has asked the respective departments to stop this practice till the policy is reconsidered.

The notification referring to the Punjab and Haryana Court order read, “On the subject of alleged illegal felling of 2,058 trees in the premises of the Faridkot Cooperative Sugar Mills Limited, we direct the PCCF (Hoff), Punjab to look into the grievance.

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EC NOTIFICATION FOR BENGAL CIVIC POLLS SOON

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The West Bengal Election Commission started preparations for the three municipal polls. It has recently come to light that the state government is keen to hold pre-polls in Kolkata, Howrah and Bidhannagar before Christmas in the third week of December.

However, neither the Election Commission nor any representative of the state government has publicly acknowledged this. But in the words of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, there was a hint that the vote could take place as soon as the festive season is over.

After winning the Bhabanipur by-election, she said efforts would be made to expedite the state’s municipal polls. After receiving such an indication from the Chief Minister, the State Election Commission has started tidying up the houses like themselves. According to sources, the polls of three municipalities may be held on December 12 or 19.

The Election Commission wants to end the voting in these three municipalities before the Christmas holidays. It will be able to complete a long-pending phase of the pre-vote. At the same time, the rest of the municipalities can go a long way in preparing for the polls.

According to the source, if the chatpujo is completed, the notification of voting may be issued on behalf of the commission. Incidentally, the Election Commission started preparations for the pre-poll in February 2020. But due to the corona infection, all the preparations got stuck. The pre-poll also went back. But at that time, the work of preparing for the referendum, including the rearrangement of seats, went ahead.

Therefore, according to the sources of the commission, they will not have to get too much speed in the preparation of the vote this time. “Our initial preparations were completed in March last year,” said an Election Commission official. But as the vote was delayed, we could no longer move forward. But with the vote in the third week of December, we have started preparations again. However, in the case of voting, there are some things that cannot be started unless the vote is declared. So as soon as the vote is announced, the work will start,” he said, adding,“Since the vote will be held in Kolkata, Howrah and Bidhannagar. So, it doesn’t seem like too much pressure will fall on us. I think the rest of the municipal polls will be held next year.”

It is to be noted that there are about one and a half years left for voting in Kolkata. It has been under the purview of the city administrator since May 2020. Howrah Municipality is again being managed by the Municipal Administration from October 2016.

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Bengal’s former Chief Secy moves Calcutta HC after CAT transfers case to Delhi

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Retired Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has approached the Calcutta High Court challenging the directive of the Principal Bench (Delhi) of the Central Administrative Tribunal. There is a possibility of that hearing to take place on Wednesday.

On October 22, the principal bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) directed the Calcutta bench to move the case to Delhi. Bandopadhyay has approached the High Court on Tuesday challenging that directive.

The Department of Personnel and Training launched an investigation into allegations of breach of discipline against Alapanbabu. He was summoned to Delhi on October 16 for a preliminary hearing. However, the hearing of his request has been postponed to November 2. He already filed an application in the High Court.

The incident dates to May 26 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a review meeting in Kalaikunda that day to assess the situation of Cyclone Yaas . Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the then Chief Secretary Alapan Banerjee were supposed to be present there. However, he did not attend the PM’s meeting as he was busy managing the damage.

Then came the question of his role. He was summoned to Delhi. He was given a letter to appear in the North Block in Delhi. But Alapana Banerjee decided to retire without appearing there.

As the Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority Narendra Modi did not attend the meeting, Alapana Banerjee was accused of violating the Disaster Management Act. Why no action will be taken against him for violating the Disaster Management Act? That answer was sought from Alapana Banerjee. He then retired.

The Centre made a show-cause to Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay for not attending the scheduled time in Delhi. The letter was given to him on behalf of the Centre’s staff office under the Disaster Management Act of 2005. The protest was called to find out the reason why he did not show up despite the instructions. The Department of Personnel and Training then launched an investigation into allegations of misconduct.

He recently filed a case in the Calcutta Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal seeking dismissal of the inquiry. The hearing was held on October 22. The Department of Personnel and Training had applied to the Principal Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal to move the case from Kolkata to Delhi.

On the basis of this application, the Delhi Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal directed to transfer the case from Kolkata on October 22. This time he challenged that instruction and approached the High Court.

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CONTESTANTS MAY FACE INFIGHTING IN ELLENABAD BYPOLLS

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With 4 days left in Ellenabad by-poll, the contestants hailing from all parties are leaving no stone unturned to win the battle. Amid this, political experts are of the opinion that the most contestants are likely to face infighting due several reasons. Pawan Beniwal, who has been fielded by the Congress party, is most likely to face infighting after he was given a ticket and his uncle Bharat Beniwal was denied ticket. The Congress claims to convince him in support of his nephew Pawan. In continuation to this, Bharat has started canvassing for Pawan but possibility of infighting can not be denied. It is worth mentioning that Pawan and Bharat both were in Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) earlier and joined the Congress.

On the contrary, Govind Kanda who is fighting the election on the ticket of ruling faction BJP, will have to face more hurdles as he does not seem in a position to recognise who can harm him in terms of voting in the party. Although, he is putting his best to emerge as winner in this battle. He recently joined the BJP leaving his brother Gopal Kanda’s party Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) who continues to support the ruling party BJP.

n this series, Abhay Chautala, who believed to be the strongest claimant of the victory, is also facing hurdles as his own brother Ajay Chautala and his nephew Dushyant Chautala (both JJP leaders) continue to convass against him at large scale and may get. him decreased vote bank. Abhay has won this seat thrice back to back and Ellenabad has been considered as his bastion. Besides , the Congress stalwarts namely Bhupinder Singh Hooda,leader of opposition and the state party president Kumari Seleja are on toes to get their contestant victory. Besides, more than 20 Congress legislators along with Deepender Hooda, Rajya Sabha MP and son of Bhupender Singh Hooda are canvassing in support of the party candidate

Thus, the by poll has turned into a multi-cornered battle to some extent. All parties have fielded their star campaigners for canvassing and similarly, the Chief Minister and the BJP stalwart Manohar Lal has to visit Ellenabad for the canvassing. In wake of the ongoing scenario, the by-election has become a battle of prestige which is evident from the presence of all party stalwarts in Ellenabad. Thus, all party leaders are on the toes to woo the voters.

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CHANNI ASSURES INDUSTRIES OF CONDUCIVE INVESTMENT ECOSYSTEM

Delivering his keynote address on the Plenary Session of 4th Progressive Punjab Investors Summit 2021 here at Indian School of Business, the Chief Minister said that Punjab would live up to their expectations as Punjab is the best place to do business in India.

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Assuring the Captains of the industry of creating conducive ecosystem for investment in the state, the Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday reiterated his government’s firm commitment to act a true facilitator showing zero tolerance for political or bureaucratic corruption, negative attitude, delays and inertia.

Delivering his keynote address on the Plenary Session of 4th Progressive Punjab Investors Summit 2021 here at Indian School of Business, the Chief Minister said that Punjab would live up to their expectations as Punjab is the best place to do business in India.

Expressing his gratitude to all the visionaries who joined virtually on the first day of two-days Progressive Punjab Investors Summit-2021 on October 26 & 27 with theme of ‘Progressive Punjab-A story of Partnership, Delivery & Growth: Investors Reassured’, the Chief Minister said their valuable suggestions and input would help the state government to further fine tune the existing industrial policy by incorporating some requisite amendments to make it far more investor friendly.

The Chief Minister further said that he comes from a humble background and had gone through the grill of day-to-day challenges faced by a common man and has first-hand knowledge of their problems. Channi said, “I have also seen that aspiring young generation of Punjab which wants to do something big and I am committed to fulfill their dreams and unable to do this without you….without your support.” He termed the industrialist as wealth creators in the society and a source of opportunities to cherish the aspirations of state’s youth.

Exhorting the tycoons of industry, Channi said, “You have the capital, you have the risk taking capacity and you have business ideas. I have the will, I have the intent and I have the commitment. I give my commitment to you all today that our government will work with you at every step to see that nothing from the government hinders your speed or create hurdles in your business plans. Come let’s team up to deliver the true potential of your organization and the state. Let’s work together towards mutual growth and progress.” Channi aspired to further improve state’s ranking from top 10 to becoming top 5 states in the country in terms of attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs). He said the state has developed a land bank of 6000 acres with Plug & Play facilities and created an efficient skill development ecosystem with active participation of industry. Punjab Skill Development Mission has also been revamped to cater to futuristic skills for Industry.

Pointing out further, the Chief Minister briefly enumerated the immense contribution of Country’s top most companies including; International Tractors Limited with Japanese collaboration Yanmar India at Hoshiarpur, India’s largest petroleum refinery in private sector- HMEL at Bathinda, ITC’s biggest food processing unit of North India at Kapurthala, Aarti Steel- a part of global value chain of EV giant Tesla at Ludhiana, Sun Pharmaceutical facilities at Mohali in Tonsa, Trident Unit at Barnala and Hero Cycles in the industrial development of state. Channi said that all this would not have been possible without the great Punjabi spirit and congenial atmosphere in the state.

In his address, Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal highly lauded the immense contribution of stalwarts of industry in scripting the new chapter of industrialization in the state as Punjab has already reached a point of saturation in agriculture and now to boost industry is the need of the hour. He said that the Punjabis are known for their resilience and valour throughout the world that’s why they ushered in green revolution thus making the country self-reliant in food production besides playing a vanguard role in protecting its national security.

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INDIA NOTIFIES FRAMEWORK FOR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT OF DRONES

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India has put in place a traffic management system for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) as the number of drones being used here for multiple purposes is all set to see a massive increase, according to an official statement on Tuesday.

This made it mandatory to safely manage the interplay between manned and unmanned aircraft, especially at low-level airspace where drones fly, for which the Union Aviation Ministry has now notified the “national UAS traffic management policy framework,” said the statement. This comes after the Central Government recently liberalised the drone regulations and notified a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for drone and drone components.

These developments have boosted the morale of the Indian drone industry that now anticipates a mass adoption of drones across sectors. Director of Drone Federation of India Smit Shah said, “India is ready to witness a scenario where drones will be as prominent as birds in the sky with the adoption of drones picking up at a fast pace. Traditional traffic management services provided by ATCs for manned aircraft cannot be scaled for managing drone traffic which is expected to become at least 100 times higher since the traditional air traffic management is manual and requires human intervention.”

“This policy framework shall allow third-party service providers to deploy highly automated, algorithm-driven software services for managing drone traffic across the country,” added Shah. “The vision to conduct an outcome-based, time-bound UTM experiment as the key next step of the policy framework shall allow India to engage in a public-private partnership for developing safety and separation standards for drones and allow drone operations to scale up quickly in the country,” she added.

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