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G’bad: GNN ‘sanitises’ Hindon airport area; exercise to go on, says official

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Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) is undertaking a large-scale sanitization drive at the Hindon Airport Terminal, it was informed by Zonal Sanitary Officer (ZSO), Dinesh Kumar Agrawal. This is being done to disinfect the entire area after the announcement of possible start of flights from the public terminal. Today the sanitization work was taken stock of by AMC Pramod Kumar and the ZSO who added that the sanitization exercise in & around the airport was done today that will go on in future also.  The GNN also conducted a cleaning exercise on the road leading to the terminus. On instructions of the Municipal Commissioner, 8 sanitation workers and 10 employees to look after horticulture work have been deployed at the Sikanderpur Terminal Road, said the ZSO.

-delhincrnews.in reporter

G’bad Municipal Commissioner visits Nand Gram cattle shelter to check facilities

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Ghaziabad Municipal Commissioner, Dinesh Chandra Singh today made a sudden visit to Gaushala and Nandi Park at Nand Gram. However, everything—from cattle fodder to facilities such as water and others were found in order. A garden has also been built at the Gaushala to lessen the impact of heat in summers.  Singh also fed ‘gur’ to the cattle to sum up his visit.

-delhincrnews.in reporter    

Govt. procurement touches 341.56 LMT surpassing last year’s total by 25,000 tons

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Procurement of wheat by the government agencies surpassed last year’s figures of 341.31 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) to touch 341.56 LMT on May 24, surmounting all impediments created due to the spread of COVID-19 virus and the country wide lockdown. 

Wheat harvesting generally starts towards end of March and procurement commences in the first week of April every year. However, with the imposition of national lockdown since March 24/25, all operations came to a standstill. The crop had ripened by then and was ready for harvesting. Considering this, Government of India gave relaxation to start agricultural and related activities during the lockdown period and the procurement started from April 15 in most of the procuring states. Haryana started little late on April 20. The biggest challenge was to ensure that procurement is done in a safe manner during the pandemic. This was achieved through a multi-pronged strategy of awareness creation, social distancing and deployment of technology. The number of purchase centers was increased substantially reducing the farmer footfalls in individual purchase centers. New centers were set up using every facility available at gram panchayat level and the numbers were increased sharply in the major procuring states like Punjab where it went up from 1,836 to 3,681, 599 to 1,800 in Haryana and from 3,545 to 4,494 in Madhya Pradesh. Using technology, farmers were provided specific dates and slots to bring their produce which helped in avoiding overcrowding. Strict social distancing norms were followed and sanitization activities were undertaken regularly. In Punjab, every farmer was allotted specific spaces earmarked for dumping of stocks and no one else was allowed to enter those areas. Only people who were directly associated were allowed to be present during daily auctions.

In addition to the threat of spread of virus, there were 3 major challenges faced by the procuring agencies in wheat procurement. As all the Jute mills were closed, production of Jute bags used for filling of procured wheat stopped, creating a major crisis. This was tackled by using more plastic bags, supplemented by used bags with very strict quality conditions. Through continuous monitoring and timely actions, it could be ensured that the procurement was not stopped due to lack of packaging materials anywhere in the country.

There were unseasonal rains in all the major producing states leading to wheat getting exposed to water. This posed a major threat to the farmers as such stocks could not be procured under normal specifications. Government of India and Food Corporation of India (FCI) intervened immediately and after conducting detailed scientific analysis, specifications were re-fixed to ensure that no farmer is put to distress while making sure that the produce so procured meets the minimum quality requirements of the consumers.

Third challenge was the tight labour supply position as well as the general fear created among the masses about the virus. This was addressed by taking a series of confidence building measures at the local level by the state administration. Labour was provided with adequate protection safety gears like masks, sanitizers etc. and other precautionary measures were also taken to ensure their safety.

With the concerted and well-coordinated efforts by Government of India, FCI, State Governments and their agencies, procurement of wheat could be undertaken very smoothly in all surplus states, helping farmers and replenishing stocks in the central pool.

(Source: PIB)

G’bad: RSS feeds migrant workers & needy in a big way during lockdown

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Volunteers of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) nowadays are busy feeding the needy during the lockdown. These needy persons are migrant labourers and those who have lost their livelihood due to Covid-19.

Ram Varun, ‘Vibhag Karyavah’ of RSS said that since the last 2 months RSS has been providing rations and food to the needy all over the country.  He also informed that through 85,701 centres the RSS and its affiliate Rashtriya Sewa Bharti through 4,79,949 volunteers have been working tirelessly to help the poor and needy during lockdown.  At least, 1,10,55,450 ration kits, 7,11,46,500 food packets and 62,81,117 masks have been distributed by the RSS. The RSS members have also donated 39,851 units of blood to the sick.

It was also apprised that for migrant labour force through 1341 centres at least 23,65,256 persons have been fed while through 416 medical health centres 94589 migrant labourers have been provided help.

The RSS has also through 523 help centres provided help to 4,32,835 migrant workers.

Ram Varun further said that RSS volunteers adapt themselves to the situation while giving help to the needy in the country and believe in the motto “Nar Seva, Narayan Seva”. He said that such help will continue in future also.

-delhincrnews.in reporter

Ghaziabad: GNN begins sanitising markets; several areas cleaned before Eid

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After the DM order of opening the markets on a roaster based method, all market areas are to be sanitized and in keeping with this order, Municipal Commissioner of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN), Dinesh Chandra Singh has ordered that all markets that have to remain open on a particular day should be sanitized by 10 am. This is to make certain that the markets are disinfected before the customers come to the shops. This was apprised by Dinesh Kumar Agrawal, Zonal Sanitary Officer, GNN. He said that the GNN’s Health Department has started the sanitization drive. Agrawal pointed out that a sanitization drive under him was conducted at main market in Vaishali and in Ward 73 Shalimar Garden Extension, Mohan Nagar Zone. Agrawal also said that this sanitization drive would go on regularly every day and employees and supervisor have been given the responsibilty of cleaning various areas as well as to sanitise them.

The GNN is also sanitizing and cleaning Muslim dominated areas in the wake of Eid tomorrow. Agrawal said that he had visited Idgah at Pasonda to check the sanitation work that was found to be satisfactory. He said that the Municipal Commissioner has given special instructions to keep these areas clean.

-delhincrnews.in reporter

Pvt. schools in Haryana to only charge tuition fees on a monthly basis

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Haryana School Education Department has issued guidelines related to fees charged by private schools during COVID-19. Giving information about this, an official spokesperson said that the Directorate of School Education has directed all the District Education Officers and District Elementary Education Officers of the state to ensure compliance with the guidelines issued by the department in the areas under their jurisdiction.

He said that the private schools are directed to only charge tuition fees on a monthly basis and other types of funds such as building funds, maintenance funds, entrance fees, computer fees, etc. be postponed due to COVID-19 situation. He also said that if a parent requests to postpone the tuition fees for the months of April and May 2020, then the school management should accept this in view of the lockdown. Later, this two-month tuition fee should be deposited in equal installments over the next three months, he added.

He informed that all private schools have also been directed not to increase tuition fees, charge transportation fees, change school uniforms and textbooks for the duration of the lockdown period.

-delhincrnews.in

Extension of fee payment & time period under rule 32 & 81 of Central MV Rules 1989

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In pursuant to the guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs dated 24th March 2020 and subsequent amendments regarding imposition of complete lock down due to outbreak of COVID-19, the MoRTH had issued an advisory dated 30th March, 2020 to all regarding extension of validity of the documents related to Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. It was advised that documents whose extension of validity could not or not likely be granted due to lock-down and which have expired since 1st of Feb, 2020 or would expire till 30th June 2020, Enforcement authorities were advised to treat such documents valid till 30th of June, 2020.

It has also come to the notice of the Government that citizens are facing difficulties in respect of various fees/late fees as mandated under rule 32 and 81 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules 1989 due to lock down in the country and closure of Government Transport Offices. There are cases where the fees have already been paid, for the service or renewal, however the process could not be completed due to lockdown. Further, there are issues where citizen is finding difficult to deposit fees due to closure of RTO offices.

In order to facilitate citizens during  COVID –19, MORTH has issued a statutory order prescribing that the fees paid on or after 1st February 2020 for the activity(s) including renewal and in case such activity(s) is not completed due to conditions for prevention of COVID-19 pandemic, the fees paid shall continue to remain valid. And if there is delay in paying the fees from 1st of Feb, 2020 till the period of lockdown there would not be any additional or late fee to be charged for such delays till 31st July 2020.

(Source: PIB)

Delhi Police Commissioner interacts with students engaged in “each one teach one” movement

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S.N. Shrivastava, Commissioner of Police, Delhi interacted in an online webinar with the students engaged in “each one teach one” movement that has been started with online Basti Exchange programme today.

As many as 20 best private schools in Delhi are engaged in this movement.  One student each out of at least 300 is attached to one student each living in Sewa Basti.

During interaction, the students were informed how Delhi Police personnel are involved in humanitarian work during this pandemic. Apart from this he also motivated students to restrict themselves to their places to prevent spread of Covid-19.  On asking as to how they could contribute in the ongoing pandemic, CP Delhi advised them to remain at home, focusing on study and imbibe good values to become responsible citizens of the country.  CP Delhi also announced winners of slogan making competition and congratulated them.  CP Delhi thanked Sewa Bharti for this webinar interaction with the students.

-delhincrnews.in reporter

Start-up companies can now bid for railway tenders – Member Railway Board

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Vishwesh Chaube, Member (Engineering), Railway Board, Ministry of Railways said that start-up companies will also be allowed to participate in railway projects.

Addressing a webinar on ‘Business Continuity Plan for Railway Sector and Path to Recovery Post COVID-19’, organised by FICCI, Chaube said, “We have allowed the start-up companies to tender in the railway contracts with no earnest money being submitted by them and with no eligibility criteria also.”

Highlighting the impact of COVID-19, Chaube said that soon all zonal offices and railway board will work on e-office concept. “Railway board is also shifting to e-office concept and by June all zonal offices will shift to e-office concept,” he added.

Chaube also emphasized that COVID-19 might impact the short-term goals, but Indian Railways is bullish on infrastructure projects and will achieve long term goals.

He also said that Indian railways is already in the process of redeveloping stations, and 62 stations are being taken up on PPP mode including New Delhi, Mumbai Central stations. “Rs 10,000 crore will be spent in the redevelopment of the stations. Railways is geared up to complete them,” said Chaube.

Pradeep Kumar, Member (Signal & Telecom), Railway Board, Ministry of Railways said that Indian railways will promote Make in India and focus on indigenous products.

“Indian railways is determined to encourage the use of indigenous signalling system following the footstep of PM’s Atmanirbhar Bharat,” added Kumar.

He also stressed upon the need that Indian railways will find new ways to not only improve passenger convenience but also reduce logistic cost. “The main focus of Indian railways will be to reduce the logistic cost to 8% from current 13% by improving asset utilizations and using multimodal transportation.”

Arunendra Kumar, Adviser, FICCI National Committee on Transport Infrastructure and Former Chairman Railway Board and President (Rail and Urban Transportation) JBM Group said that Indian railways has not only met but exceeded the country’s expectation. “The interaction is an eye opener for the industry as it has highlighted many steps taken by Indian railways to promote the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat,” he said.

Sandeep Selot, Co-Chairman, FICCI National Committee on Transport Infrastructure and Managing Director, GE Diesel Locomotives Pvt Ltd said that Indian railways has played a pivotal role during these unprecedented times by leveraging its resource mobilization, capabilities, agility to cater to the completely new requirements.

(Source: FICCI)

Comfortable face mask designed by CeNS could encourage public to use it for long hours

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A team of researchers at Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS), Bangalore, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology, have developed a cup-shaped design (patent filed) of the mask that helps to create enough space in front of the mouth while speaking. It has been transferred to a Bangalore based company for mass production.

This snug fit mask causes no speech distortion, no fogging on glasses, and indeed, packs well all around, leaving practically no room for leakage while breathing. Another important advantage is its high breathability allowing one to wear it without any discomfort. Further, the researchers have chosen the fabric layers such that there is a possibility of deactivating pathogens sheerly by the electric charges that may prevail under mild friction due to the triboelectric nature of the fabric. These advanced-level tests are being carried out.

“While an ergonomic design for COVID-19 protection mask is essential for its ease of use for long hours, it is often not paid much attention beyond a few standard designs. A good design should minimize the feeling of intrusion and leakage around the edges, but maximize the ease of breathing and talking while holding its place,” said Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DST.

With the increase of active COVID cases in India and other countries, usage of face masks has been advised for the general public. While the healthcare professionals can use the special and high technical quality medical masks, for the general public, a mask with moderate filtering efficiency should suffice. It should be comfortable to wear to encourage public to wear it for long hours. 

CeNS has transferred this technology to Camellia Clothing Ltd., a Bangalore based garment company, established a couple of decades ago. The company wishes to produce and sell around one lakh mask per day through different distribution channels throughout India.

(Source: PIB)