Secretary, Higher Education writes to all the heads of centrally funded institutions to postpone all offline examinations scheduled in the month of May

Ministry of Education:

Due to second wave of Covid – 19, Ministry of Education urged for the postponement of all offline examinations scheduled in the month of May, 2021.

In a letter addressed to all the heads of centrally funded institutions, Secretary,  Higher Education Shri Amit Khare has urged the Institutions to postpone all offline examinations scheduled in the month of May, 2021. The Online examinations, etc may however continue.

The letter also stated that the decision will be reviewed in the first week of June,2021.

The institutions have been further advised to ensure that if anyone in the institution needs any assistance it should be provided immediate possible help so that he/she comes out of the distress at the earliest. 

All Institutions have to encourage eligible persons to go for vaccination and ensure that everyone follows COVID -19 appropriate behavior to remain safe.

No consignment of 3,000 Oxygen concentrators pending with Customs authorities: Finance Ministry

Ministry of Finance:

The matter regarding a consignment of 3,000 Oxygen Concentrators lying with Customs Authorities came up in the Delhi High Court and the same was clarified by the Government Counsel that presently no such consignment is pending with Custom Authorities.

However, the social media has been flooded with the news that 3,000 Oxygen Concentrators are lying with Customs.

We have again checked with our field formations and there is no such consignment lying with the Customs.

However, since a photograph has also been put on the twitter, if anybody has information as to where it is lying, the same may be informed to us and we will take immediate action.

Delhi Dy CM Manish Sisodia writes to Union Finance Minister seeking GST exemption on oxygen concentrators for six months

Respected Madam,

As you are aware, Delhi is in the midst of unprecedented COVID surge which has stretched the health infrastructure to the maximum level.

At present, Delhi has 16,272 non-ICU oxygen beds and 4,866 ICU beds.

The Delhi Government is creating an additional 15,000 oxygenated non-ICU beds and 1,200 ICU beds which are likely to be operationalized over the next ten days. The work is going on 24×7 on war-footing basis.

On an average, there has been 25,000 new COVID cases everyday and about 10% of them require some form of hospitalization including oxygen support.

More than 50,000 patients currently are in home isolation and about a quarter of them need some form of oxygen support at home due to difficulty in availability of oxygen beds in the NCT of Delhi.

Oxygen concentrators are in short supply and even if one manages to arrange oxygen cylinder, there is unprecedented shortfall in the availability of medical oxygen creating uncertainty and panic among patients under home isolation.

There is no availability of oxygen concentrators in the market.

I am grateful to the Government of India for allowing the import of oxygen concentrators for personal use through e-commerce portals till 31st July, 2021 and also the reduction of IGST on such imports from 28% to 12%.

During this unprecedented health crisis, oxygen concentrators have become essential life support machines.

It would be appropriate if the Government of India and the GST Council consider exempting GST on oxygen concentrators for a period of six months to make them more affordable for our citizens.

With profound regards,

Manish Sisodia

Deeply pained and shocked by the loss of lives at the Chamarajnagara district hospital: BS Yediyurappa

BS Yediyurappa – Chief Minister, Karnataka:

  • Deeply pained and shocked by the loss of lives at the Chamarajnagara district hospital.

  • I express my heartfelt condolences to the family members. Government stands firmly with the bereaved families in their hour of grief

  • I have ordered an inquiry into the matter and strict action will be taken at the earliest against those responsible.

  • We will also ensure that such an incident is never repeated.

  • Met with oxygen manufacturers & suppliers to address logistical issues for uninterrupted & timely delivery.

  • Steps needed to clear bottlenecks including faster re-filling of tankers, a green corridor for their movement, and using LPG & nitrogen tankers were discussed.

Media reports alleging that Centre has not placed any fresh order for COVID19 Vaccines are Incorrect and not Based on Facts: Ministry of Health

Ministry of Health:

There have been some media reports alleging that the Centre has not placed any fresh order for COVID19 vaccines.

The news reports suggest that the last order placed with the two vaccine makers (100 million doses with SII and 20 million doses with Bharat Biotech) was in March 2021.

These media reports are completely incorrect, and are not based on facts.

It is clarified that 100% advance of Rs. 1732.50 cr (after TDS Rs. 1699.50 cr) was released to Serum Institute of India (SII) on 28.04.2021 for 11 crore doses of Covishield vaccine during May, June and July, and was received by them on 28.04.2021.

As on date, against the last order of 10 crore doses for supplies of Covishield vaccine, 8.744 crore doses have been delivered till 03.05.2021.

Additionally, 100% advance of Rs. 787.50 cr (after TDS Rs. 772.50 cr) was released on 28.04.2021 to Bharat Biotech India Ltd (BBIL) for 05 crore Covaxin doses during May, June and July, and was received by them on 28.04.2021.

As on date against the last order of 02 crore doses for supplies of Covaxin vaccine, 0.8813 crore doses have been delivered till 03.05.2021.

Hence to say that fresh orders have not been placed by Government of India is not correct.

As of 2nd May 2021, Govt. of India has provided more 16.54 crore vaccine doses to States/UTs Free of Cost.

More than 78 lakh doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered.

More than 56 Lakh doses in addition will be received by the States/UTs in the next 3 days.

Under the Liberalised Pricing & Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy, Govt of India would continue to procure its share of 50% of the monthly Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccines & would continue to make it available to the State Govts totally free of cost as was being done earlier.

Covid related restrictions in the Shillong Agglomeration: Conrad Sangma

In view of the prevailing COVID19 situation, following decisions were made for the Shillong Agglomeration, applicable from 4th May 2021:

1. All shops will be closed at 7 PM.

2. Curfew will be imposed from 8 PM to 5 AM

3. Office Hours will be reduced from 5 PM to 4:30 PM

We’ve decided to include all accredited and yellow card holder journalists as frontline warriors for Covid19 vaccination: Capt Amarinder Singh

We are thankful to media persons who are working tirelessly in these difficult times to keep us updated.

We’ve decided to include all accredited and yellow card holder journalists as frontline warriors for Covid19 vaccination.

Please continue with the good work and stay safe.

Capt Amarinder Singh – Chief Minister, Punjab

3,68,147 new Covid 19 cases and 3,00,732 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

The number of COVID tests conducted across the country has crossed 29.16 cr today. 29,16,47,037 have been conducted as on date. India’s cumulative recoveries now stand at 1,62,93,003 today.

The National Recovery Rate is 81.77% with 3,00,732 recoveries being reported in the last 24 hours.

Ten states account for 73.49% of the new recoveries.

India’s active case trajectory daily positivity rate now stands at 21.19%

3,68,147 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.

Ten states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar reported 73.78% of the new cases.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 56,647. It is followed by Karnataka with  37,733 while Kerala reported 31,959 new cases.

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 34,13,642. It now comprises 17.13% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 63,998 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

Twelve States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar and Haryana cumulatively account for 81.46% of India’s total Active Cases.

The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.10% and is continuously declining.

3,417 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Ten States account for 74.54% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (669) followed by Delhi (407) and Uttar Pradesh with 288 daily deaths.

Three States/UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are D&D & D&N, Lakshadweep and Arunachal Pradesh.

3,68,147 new Covid 19 cases and 3,00,732 recoveries in the last 24 hours

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

The number of COVID tests conducted across the country has crossed 29.16 cr today. 29,16,47,037 have been conducted as on date. India’s cumulative recoveries now stand at 1,62,93,003 today.

The National Recovery Rate is 81.77% with 3,00,732 recoveries being reported in the last 24 hours.

Ten states account for 73.49% of the new recoveries.

India’s active case trajectory daily positivity rate now stands at 21.19%

3,68,147 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.

Ten states including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar reported 73.78% of the new cases.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 56,647. It is followed by Karnataka with  37,733 while Kerala reported 31,959 new cases.

India’s total Active Caseload has reached 34,13,642. It now comprises 17.13% of the country’s total Positive Cases. A net incline of 63,998 cases recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

Twelve States of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Bihar and Haryana cumulatively account for 81.46% of India’s total Active Cases.

The National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.10% and is continuously declining.

3,417 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

Ten States account for 74.54% of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (669) followed by Delhi (407) and Uttar Pradesh with 288 daily deaths.

Three States/UTs have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours. These are D&D & D&N, Lakshadweep and Arunachal Pradesh.

I am glad that the vaccine process for 18+ has started smoothly: Arvind Kejriwal

I am glad that the vaccine process for 18+ has started smoothly.

Its heartening to see that youngsters are coming out in large nos to get vaccinated. Get your elders vaccinated too.

Encourage your friends and relatives also to get vaccinated. God bless all.

Arvind Kejriwal – Chief Minister, Delhi

PM authorises keys decisions to boost availability of medical personnel to fight COVID-19. NEET-PG Exam to be postponed for at least 4 months

Prime Minister’s Office:

The Prime Minister reviewed the growing need of adequate human resources for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country today.

Many important decisions were taken which will significantly boost availability of medical personnel in Covid duty.

Full details of the key decisions were taken :

  1. RELAXATION/FACILITATION/EXTENSION:

Postponement of NEET-PG for at least 4 months: Considering the current situation in the wake of resurgence of COVID – 19, NEET (PG) – 2021 has been postponed. This Exam will not be held before 31st August 2021. At least one-month time will be given after the announcement of the Examination before it is conducted.

The State/UT Governments are to make all efforts to reach out to each such prospective NEET candidates and request them to join the Covid – 19 workforce in this hour of need. The services of these MBBS doctors can be utilized in the management of COVID – 19. The State/UT Governments may now also deploy Medical Interns in Covid Management duties under the supervision of their faculty, as part of the Internship rotation. The services of Final Year MBBS students can be utilized for providing services like tele-consultation and monitoring of mild Covid cases after due orientation by and under supervision of Faculty.

Continuation of services of Final year PGs : The services of Final Year PG Students (broad as well as super-specialities) as residents may continue to be utilized until fresh batches of PG Students have joined. Likewise, the services of the senior residents / registrars may continue to be utilized until new recruitments are made.

Nursing personnel : B.Sc./GNM Qualified Nurses may be utilized in full-time Covid nursing duties in ICU, etc., under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses. M.Sc. Nursing students, Post basic B.Sc. (N) and Post basic Diploma nursing students are Registered Nursing Officers and their services can be utilized to take care of COVID- 19 patients as per the Hospital protocols/policies. Final Year GNM or B.Sc. (Nursing) students awaiting Final Exam may also be given full time Covid Nursing duties at various Government/Private facilities under the supervision of Senior Faculty.

The services of Allied Health Care professionals may be utilized for assistance in Covid Management, based on their training and certification.

The additional human resource thus mobilized will  be used only in facilities managing Covid.

B. INCENTIVES/ RECOGNITION OF SERVICE

The individuals providing services in Covid management will be given priority in forthcoming regular Government recruitments after they complete minimum of 100 days of Covid duty.

The National Health Mission (NHM) norm for contractual human resource engagement by States/UTs may be considered for implementation of the above proposed initiative for engaging the additional manpower. Flexibility will be available with States to decide on remuneration as in NHM norms. A suitable honorarium for distinguished Covid Service may also be considered

The medical students/professionals sought to be engaged in Covid related work will be suitably vaccinated. All Health professionals thus engaged will be covered under the Insurance Scheme of Government for health workers engaged in fighting Covid 19.

All such professionals who sign up for minimum 100 days of Covid duty and complete it successfully will also be given the Prime Minister’s Distinguished Covid National Service Samman from Government of India.

State Governments can make available additional health professionals engaged through this process to private Covid Hospitals as well in surge areas.

The vacant posts of doctors, nurses, allied professionals and other healthcare staff in Health and Medical departments be filled through accelerated processes within 45 days through contractual appointments, based on NHM norms.

The States/ UTs have been requested to consider the above incentives to maximise manpower availability.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

You are a pure crystal, Niranjana, untouched and unstained by anything:
Sri Sri