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PM to chair 6th Governing Council Meeting of NITI Aayog on 20th February

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will chair the sixth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog on 20th February 2021 at 10:30 AM via video conferencing. The agenda of the meeting includes deliberations on agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing, human resource development, service delivery at grassroots level and health & nutrition.

The Governing Council presents a platform to discuss inter-sectoral, inter-departmental and federal issues. It comprises the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of States and Union Territories (UTs), with Legislatures and Lt Governors of other UTs. The sixth meeting will witness the entry of Ladakh for the first time, in addition to the participation of Jammu and Kashmir as a UT. This time, other UTs headed by administrators have also been invited to join. The meeting will also be attended by the ex-officio members of the Governing Council, Union Ministers, Vice Chairman, Members and CEO of NITI Aayog, and other senior officials of Government of India.

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ESIC beneficiaries to get medical care from nearby ESIC empanelled hospitals

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Keeping in view the sizeable increase in the number of ESI beneficiaries subsequent to expansion of ESI Scheme in newer geographical areas, efforts are constantly being made to strengthen the ESI medical care infrastructure to provide better medical services in the vicinity of beneficiaries’ residence.

To ease the hardship being faced by ESI Beneficiaries in availing medical services in case of non-availability of ESIC’s Health Care infrastructure i.e. Hospital or Dispensary or Insured Medical Practitioner (IMP) within a radius of 10 KM of their residences, such ESI beneficiaries can now avail medical care services from nearby ESIC empanelled hospitals (pan-India) without the need for any referral from an ESI dispensary or hospital.

To avail medical services in such areas, the ESI beneficiaries of such areas may visit the ESI empanelled hospital with ESI e-pehchan Card/Health Passbook alongwith Aadhar/Govt. issued Identity Card and avail cashless medical consultation for OPD services directly from such hospital. Such beneficiaries may seek reimbursement of purchased medicines prescribed during OPD consultation through nearest Dispensary cum Branch Office (DCBO) or Regional Office of ESIC where DCBO is not available.

In cases where investigation or admission for indoor treatment is required, the empanelled hospital will obtain the permission from the ESI approving authority through an online system within 24 hours and provide cashless treatment to the beneficiary. A copy of the guidelines issued by the ESIC Hqrs. are available on the website www.esic.nic.in

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NGT directs CGWA & UP authorities to take lawful action against illegal drawal of groundwater by industries

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA), Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and the DMs of both, Ghaziabad & Hapur through an order, to take action as per law, against a complaint of illegal drawal of groundwater on account of non-renewal of NOCs, by at least 44 industries situated in both the districts.

One of the applicants, Sushil Raghav said that several big brands are using groundwater without renewal of NOCs as previously show-cause notices were issued to them for non-compliance of earlier NOCs. The NGT had also put groundwater NOCs on hold in OCS areas. This had led to a situation where the industries were drawing groundwater without renewal of NOCs, which they could not due to show-cause notices issued to them.

Raghav also said that these industries cannot be further given NOCs under the new state groundwater legislation of UP that states that pre-existing industries can renew their NOCs; but in their case as show-cause notices were issued for non-compliance of terms & conditions, this means that these industries cease to have valid pre-existing NOCs.

The order will have wide ramifications as several brands such as Bisleri, Tata Steel and Dabur in Sahibabad have been named in the application as violators.

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Jal Jeevan Mission- Urban designed to cover all cities in the country

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Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has stated that the Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) (JJM (U)) is designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households. He added that JJM-U will lead to competition among cities to become more water secure and will create more awareness and sensitivity towards water conservation.

Mishra said while launching the Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan last evening that based on the learnings of the pilot, this survekshan will be extended to all the AMRUT cities. The mission will further work towards minimising water distribution losses to reduce non revenue water from current 40-50% to nearly 20%. Improving water quality is a major component of the mission so that the objective of ‘drink from tap’ can be realized. Further, treatment and reuse of waste water generated will be another important focus area.

Pilot on Pey Jal Survekshan has been launched in 10 cities namely Agra, Badlapur, Bhubaneswar, Churu, Kochi, Madurai, Patiala, Rohtak, Surat and Tumkur. Pey Jal Survekshan will be conducted in cities to ascertain equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater and mapping of water bodies with respect to quantity and quality of water through a challenge process. Mission will be monitored through a technology-based platform on which beneficiary response will be monitored along with progress and output-outcome.

Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) (JJM (U)) is designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with SDG Goal- 6. Sewerage/septage management in 500 AMRUT cities with the objective of making them water secure are the major focus areas under JJM(U). Estimated gap in urban household tap connections is 2.68 crore and estimated gap in sewer connections/septage in 500 AMRUT cities is 2.64 crore, which is proposed to be covered in JJM(U). The total outlay proposed for JJM(U) is ₹2,87,000 crore which includes ₹10,000 crore for continuing financial support to AMRUT Mission.

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Govt. is working to free the tech industry from unnecessary regulations: PM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the NASSCOM Technology and Leadership Forum (NTLF) today via video conferencing. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister lauded the IT industry for their resilience during the Corona period. “When the chips were down, your code kept things running” said the Prime Minister. He noted 2 percent growth in the sector and addition of 4 billion dollars in revenue amidst the apprehensions of de-growth.

The Prime Minister noted that today’s India is eager for progress and the Government understand this feeling. He said aspirations of 130 crore Indians inspire us to move forward with rapid speed. He emphasized that expectations related to the new India are there from the private sector also as they are from the government. He said that the Government is aware that restrictions are not conducive for   the development of the future’s leadership. The Government is working to free the tech industry from unnecessary regulations. 

The Prime Minister listed the steps taken in recent times such as National Communication Policy, policy to make India Global Software Product Hub and Other Service Provider” (OSP) guidelines which were issued during Corona period. He noted that inclusion of Information services into 12 champion service sectors has started bearing fruit. Recent liberalization of maps and geo-spatial data will strengthen the tech start up ecosystem and the wider mission of Aatmnirbhar Bharat. .

The Prime Minister emphasized that young entrepreneurs should have the freedom to leverage the new opportunities. The Government has full faith in the start up and innovators, said the Prime Minister.  Steps like self-certification, use of IT solutions in Governance, data democratization through Digital India have taken the process forward.

Talking about centrality of transparency in Governance, the Prime Minister noted people’s growing trust in the government. He said that governance has been brought to dashboard from the files for proper monitoring by the citizens. He also mentioned improvement in process and transparency in Government procurement through GeM portal.

The Prime Minister stressed the need for use of technology in governance. He gave examples of geo tagging of infrastructure products, houses of poor and such projects so that they can be completed on time. He talked of use of drones in mapping village households and reduction in human interface to improve transparency especially in tax related matters. The Prime Minister called upon the start-up founders not to restrict themselves to just valuations and exit strategies.  “Think how you can create institutions that will outlast this century. Think how you can create world class products that will set the global benchmark on excellence”, the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister also asked the tech leaders to emphasize imprint of Make for India in their solutions. He called upon them to establish new parameters of competiveness to maintain momentum and Indian technological leadership. He also emphasized culture of excellence and institution building.

The Prime Minister, asked them to think about giving world class products and leaders in the run up to 100 years of Independence in 2047. Decide your goals, Country is with you, said the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that it is the responsibility of the tech industry to give proactive technological solutions for 21st century challenges to India. He asked them to work for solutions in water and fertilization requirement of agriculture, health and wellness, tele medicine and education and skill development. He said steps like National Education Policy and Atal Tinkering labs and Atal Incubation Centre are promoting skilling and innovation and need industry support. He also called for paying attention to the outcomes of their CSR activities and pushed for focusing the activities towards backward areas and digital education. He also drew attention to the opportunities that are emerging in tier-2 and tier-3 cities for entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Pilot on Pey Jal Survekshan under Jal Jeevan Mission- Urban launched in 10 cities

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A Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan under Jal Jeevan Mission- Urban has been launched by Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, MoHUA, here today.  Providing details of the Pilot, Mishra informed that Pey Jal Survekshan will be conducted in cities to ascertain equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater and mapping of water bodies with respect to quantity and quality of water through a challenge process. “As the first step, Ministry has decided to launch a pilot on Pey Jal Survekshan in 10 cities namely Agra, Badlapur, Bhubaneswar, Churu, Kochi, Madurai, Patiala, Rohtak, Surat and Tumkur. Based on the learnings of the pilot, this survekshan will be extended to all the AMRUT cities”, he further informed.

Data on drinking water, waste water management, non-revenue water and condition of 3 water bodies in the city will be collected through face-to-face interviews with citizens and municipal officials as per the approved questionnaire, on-call interviews, water sample collection and laboratory testing, and field survey for non-revenue water. 

 Mission will be monitored through a technology-based platform on which beneficiary response will be monitored along with progress and output-outcome. Funding from Government for projects will be in three tranches of 20:40:40. Third instalment will be released based on functional outcomes achieved and credible exclusion will be exercised while funding.

Jal Jeevan Mission (Urban) (JJM (U)) is designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with SDG Goal- 6. Also, sewerage/septage management in 500 AMRUT cities with the objective of making them water secure are the major focus areas under JJM (U). Estimated gap in urban household tap connections is 2.68 crore and estimated gap in sewer connections/septage in 500 AMRUT cities is 2.64 crore, which is proposed to be covered in JJM (U).

Rejuvenation of water bodies to augment sustainable fresh water supply and creating green spaces and sponge cities to reduce floods and enhance amenity value through an Urban Aquifer Management plan are other focus areas.

JJM (U) will promote circular economy of water through development of city water balance plan for each city focusing on recycle/reuse of treated sewage, rejuvenation of water bodies and water conservation. 20% of water demand to be met by reused water with development of institutional mechanism. A Technology Sub-Mission for water is proposed to leverage latest global technologies in the field of water. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign is proposed to spread awareness among masses about conservation of water.

Mission also has a reform agenda, under which City Water Potability Index, reduction in non-revenue water, municipal finance reforms, rain water harvesting, recycle water to meet at least 20% total water demand by 2025 and rejuvenating three water bodies per ULB are the key proposed reforms.  The ULBs will be incentivized for successful implementation of the reforms.

The total outlay proposed for JJM (U) is ₹2,87,000 crore which includes ₹10,000 crore for continuing financial support to AMRUT Mission. In order to promote Public Private Partnership, it has been mandated for cities having million plus population to take up PPP projects worth minimum of 10 percent of their total project fund allocation.

For North East and Hill States, central funding for projects will be 90%. For Union Territories, central funding will be 100%. For cities will less than 1 lakh population, central funding will be 50%; for cities with 1 lakh to 10 lakh population, central funding will be one third; and for cities with million plus population, central funding will be 25%.

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Yashoda Hospital Kaushambi ED lauds govt’s vaccination campaign

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Shubhang Arora (right) getting vaccinated

GHAZIABAD: On February 15, the second and final Covid-19 vaccine doses were given to those vaccinated in the first stage Covid vaccination campaign at Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital Kaushambi Ghaziabad, along with the certificate of final vaccination, downloaded from the Co-Win portal.

Executive Director of the hospital, Shubhang Arora was amongst those who got vaccinated with the second and final dose of the vaccine. According to Shubhang Arora it was a proud moment for him. He praised the vaccination campaign of the government and said that this is an unprecedented campaign which has pushed India at the centre stage of the vaccination campaign—especially with the country giving away vaccines to its neighboring countries in true philanthropic spirit. He added, “It is very commendable and we citizens today are proud of it.”

More than 100 people were vaccinated. The 65-year-old doctor of the hospital, Dr R K Mani, administered the second dose of vaccine and set an example for senior citizens. Dr. Mani is also the director of Covid-19 Management and Strategy of the hospital. He was first vaccinated in the first phase. After getting the second dose today, Dr. Mani said that we are now progressing towards the final step in dealing with Covid pandemic.

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Amazon India to commence electronic devices manufacturing in India; announcement comes after Minister’s interaction

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Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology, Communications and Law &Justice, today held a virtual meeting with Amit Agarwal, Amazon’s Global Senior Vice President and Country Head for India. Range of issues related to digital sector were discussed during this meeting. After this meeting Amazon India has made an announcement to start manufacturing of electronics products from India. To begin with, Amazon is going to start manufacturing of Amazon Fire TV stick from India.

Speaking on the occasion, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Government of India said: “India is an attractive investment destination and is poised to become a major player in the global supply chain in the electronics and IT products industry. Our Government’s decision to launch a Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme has received tremendous response globally. We welcome Amazon’s decision to set up a manufacturing line in Chennai, as it will enhance domestic production capacities, and create jobs as well. This will further our mission of creating an AatmaNirbhar Bharat which is digitally empowered.” Minister also mentioned that it is only a beginning for Amazon’s efforts to manufacture electronics products from India for India and export markets.

Amazon will commence its manufacturing efforts with contract manufacturer Cloud Network Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn in Chennai and start production later this year. The device manufacturing program will be able to produce hundreds of thousands of Fire TV Stick devices every year, catering to the demands of customers in India. Amazon will continuously evaluate scaling capacity to additional marketplaces/cities depending on the domestic demand.

India has taken several key steps to encourage electronics manufacturing in India. The Production Linked Manufacturing (PLI) for Large Scale Electronics Manufacturing has emerged as a major success with many international companies commencing production of electronics goods from India. Entry of Amazon in this sector adds to the success story of electronics manufacturing in India.

IT Minister wrote on Koo- “Under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, electronics manufacturing in India has recently attracted some of the biggest investments from global giants. Happy to share Amazon India is the latest to join this success story of India.”

Prasad asked Amazon India to help in taking products made by India’s artisans and Ayurvedic products to global markets through eCommerce Platform. He said, “Amazon is a global company but Amazon India must evolve as a truly India company deeply connected with Indian business community and culture.”

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CGST Delhi officials arrest 4 in 3 different cases of input tax credit fraud of Rs 178 cr

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In the ensuing initiative to counter the menace of fake billing operations, the officers of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Commissionerate, Delhi North, on the basis of intelligence developed through extensive data analytics, have unearthed a network of fictitious firms to generate goods-less invoices and pass-on fake Input Tax Credit to multiple beneficiaries. In all, four individuals were arrested in three different cases in terms of Section 69(1) of the CGST Act, 2017 for commission of offences under Section 132 (1) of the CGST Act, 2017. The total Input Tax Credit involved in the three cases is Rs. 178 crore. Further investigations in all the matters are in progress and the amount of fake credit and total number of companies/persons involved are likely to increase.

In the first case, four non-existent firms were created by the main perpetrators to pass-on ITC of Rs. 54 crore, primarily to 14 other firms. These firms were not only involved in issuing goods-less invoices on commission basis but also used such invoices for claiming IGST refund on export of goods. The main operators behind all these firms, Shri Vikas Goyal and Shri Gopal Aggarwal have confessed to their involvement in running this web of fake firms and were, arrested on 12.02.2021.

In the second case, investigations revealed that one Mohinder Kumar received fraudulent GST Input Tax Credit of Rs 111 crore in his two firms, M/s VMW Enterprises and M/s Shree Bahadur Steel Company from several bogus firms and passed on this credit to several other firms without actual supply of goods. Mohinder Kumar was placed under arrest on 13.02.2021.

In another similar case, one Surender Kumar Jain, Director of M/s VDR Colors and Chemicals Pvt Ltd. & A.V. Metals Marketing Pvt Ltd. and proprietor of M/s Surender Kumar Jain was found involved in availing ineligible ITC of Rs. 13 crore on the strength of goods-less invoices issued by non-existent firms. Surender Kumar Jain was also arrested on 13.02.2021.  All the accused have been remanded to 14 days of judicial custody by the Metropolitan Magistrate. It is pertinent to mention here that since the inception of GST, Central Tax, Delhi Zone has made 25 arrests in various cases involving GST evasion amounting to more than Rs. 3,969.65 crore.

Source: PIB

Liberalising policies governing acquisition & production of geospatial data is a massive step in our vision for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat: PM

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the liberalising of policies governing the acquisition and production of geospatial data is a massive step in our vision for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The reform will benefit country’s farmers, start-ups, private sector, public sector and research institutions to drive innovations and build scalable solutions.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said “Our government has taken a decision that will provide a huge impetus to Digital India. Liberalising policies governing the acquisition and production of geospatial data is a massive step in our vision for an Aatmanirbhar Bharat.

The reforms will unlock tremendous opportunities for our country’s start-ups, private sector, public sector and research institutions to drive innovations and build scalable solutions. This will also generate employment and accelerate economic growth. India’s farmers will also be benefited by leveraging the potential of geo-spatial & remote sensing data. Democratizing data will enable the rise of new technologies & platforms that will drive efficiencies in agriculture and allied sectors.

These reforms demonstrate our commitment to improving ease of doing business in India by deregulation.”

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