The Prime Minister chaired a review meeting regarding the Class XII Board exams of CBSE.
Officials gave a detailed presentation on the wide and extensive consultation held so far and views received from all stakeholders, including State governments.
In view of the uncertain conditions due to COVID and the feedback obtained from various stakeholders, it was decided that Class XII Board Exams would not be held this year. It was also decided that CBSE will take steps to compile the results of class XII students as per a well-defined objective criteria in a time-bound manner
The Prime Minister said that the decision on Class 12 CBSE Exams has been taken in the interest of students. He stated that COVID-19 has affected the academic calendar and the issue of Board Exams has been causing immense anxiety among students, parents and teachers, which must be put to an end.
PM said that the Covid situation is a dynamic situation across the country. While the numbers are coming down in the country and some states are managing the situation through effective micro-containment, some states have still opted for a lockdown.
Students, parents and teachers are naturally worried about the health of the students in such a situation. PM said that students should not be forced to appear for exams in such a stressful situation.
The Prime Minister stressed that the health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect. He said that in today’s time, such exams cannot be the reason to put our youth at risk.
PM said that all stakeholders need to show sensitivity for students. PM directed officials to ensure that the results are prepared in accordance with well-defined criteria, in a fair and time-bound manner.
Referring to the wide consultative process, PM expressed appreciation that a student friendly decision has been reached after consulting all stakeholders from across the length and breadth of India. He also thanked the States for providing feedback on this issue.
It was also decided that like last year, in case some students desire to take the exams, such an option would be provided to them by CBSE, as and when the situation becomes conducive.
The Prime Minister had earlier held a high-level meeting on 21/05/21 which was attended by Ministers & officials. Thereafter a meeting under the Chairmanship of Union Defence Minister was held on 23.05.2021 which was attended by the Education Minsters of States. Various options for conduct of CBSE examinations were discussed in the meeting and feedback obtained from the States and UTs.
Today’s meeting was attended by Union Ministers of Home, Defence, Finance, Commerce, Information & Broadcasting, Petroleum and Women & Child Development Ministries and Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary & Secretaries of School Education & Higher Education Departments & other officials.
Special Congress Party briefing on new GDP numbers, by P Chidambaram, former Finance Minister via video conferencing:
As expected, the GDP at constant prices recorded a negative growth of (-) 7.3 per cent, the first time India has recorded negative annual growth since 1979-80
Three numbers of GDP at constant prices will highlight the parlous state of the economy:
2018-19: Rs.140,03,316 crore
2019-20: Rs.145,69,268 crore
2020-21: Rs.135,12,740 crore
The increase in 2019-20 was modest at 4.0 per cent, but the decline in 2020-21 was severe at -7.3 per cent. The net result is that the GDP in 2020-21 is lower than the GDP of two years ago (2018-19)
2020-21 has been the darkest year of the economy in four decades. The performance in the four quarters of 2020-21 tells the story. The first two quarters witnessed a recession, -24.4 and -7.4 per cent
The performance in 3rd & 4th quarters did not herald a recovery. The estimated rates of 0.5% & 1.6% were due to a very low base of 3.3 and 3.0% in the corresponding quarters of the previous year. These rates come with a number of caveats
When the first wave of the pandemic appeared to subside last year, Finance Minister and her Chief Economic Adviser began to sell the story of a recovery. They saw “green shoots” when no one else did. They predicted a V-shaped recovery
It was a false story and we had expressed our strong reservations and warned there were no signs of a recovery
We had pointed out what the economy needed was a strong dose of stimulus, including increased govt expenditure, direct cash transfers to poor & liberal distribution of free rations. Our pleas fell on deaf ears
Per capita GDP has fallen below Rs 1 lakh, to Rs 99,694. A decline of (-) 8.2% over the previous year. Lower than the level achieved in 2018-19. The deeply worrying conclusion is that most Indians are poorer than they were two years ago
The Press Note of the NSO reveals that in respect of most economic indicators they are worse than what they were two years ago.
> private consumption
> gross fixed capital formation (GFCF)
The current state of the economy is no doubt largely due to the impact of the pandemic, but it has been compounded by the ineptitude and incompetent economic management of the BJP-led NDA government
Good advice by distinguished economists & renowned institutions has been rebuffed. World-wide experience has been ignored. Suggestions on fiscal expansion & cash transfers turned down. Hollow packages like Atmanirbhar have fallen flat
We are glad that the two leading chambers of business and industry- CII and FICCI, have, in the last few days, echoed our views and pleaded for fiscal expansion, including cash transfers to the poor
The RBI’s monthly review has flagged the ‘demand shock’ and its consequences. The CMIE report on loss of jobs and growing unemployment is alarming
The research and survey reports of Aziz Premji University have concluded that 23 crore people have been pushed below the poverty line and into indebtedness
Nobel Laureate Dr Abhijit Banerjee has called for printing money & increasing spending. Yet even as recently as yesterday morning, Finance Minister gave a long interview to some newspapers defending her misguided and disastrous policies
The second wave of the pandemic is upon us. So far, it seems to be following the same pattern as the first wave, except that it has wrought more damage in terms of numbers of infections and deaths
If 2021-22 should not go the same way as 2020-21 did, the government must wake up, admit its errors of commission and omission, reverse its policies and heed the advice of economists and the Opposition
If necessary, the Govt must print money. We have the space and the sovereign right to print money and if at any point the Govt feels that too much money is being printed, it can always stop printing
At the moment printing money is clearly advised & I am happy that someone so distinguished as Dr Abhijit Banerjee has supported the idea. There are many other economists that have recommended Govt to the same to support its expenditure
Delhi’s positivity rate has been constantly below 1% for 2 days.Satyendar jain – health minister, govt of Delhi
Salute to the efforts of our healthcare workers for making this possible.
The credit for this also goes to all the Delhiites.
We still need to be careful. Let’s keep following Covid appropriate behaviour.
EAM Dr S Jaishankar delivered the welcome remarks at the Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/International Relations.
The EAM said: “Over the years, BRICS has evolved its own unique model of engagement that is based on consensus. Our collective endeavour is also to ensure that global decision-making reflects contemporary realities.”
He further said, “We have identified four key deliverables for our Chairship –
Reform of the Multilateral System,
Counter Terrorism Cooperation,
Using Digital and Technological Solutions to achieve SDGs, and
Enhancing People to People Cooperation.”
P Chidambaram – Former Union Finance Minister:
CM & FM Rajasthan’s tweet on behalf of the three Congress FMs reveals a distressing state of affairs in the GST Council
How can the States that expressed a contrary view to the views of FM Ms Sitharaman be altogether kept out of the GoM to report on reduction of GST rates?
This is BJP’s brand of non-cooperative non-federalism
The 8 FMs who are in the GoM should protest against the deliberate exclusion of FMs of certain States
Ashok Gehlot – Chief Minister, Rajasthan:
The Union Government has set up a GoM following the GST Council Meeting of May 28th, 2021.
A deliberate attempt has been made to keep the principal Opposition party, the Congress, that has three members in the GST Council out of the GoM.
Dr Jitendra Singh – Union Minister:
DoPT has decided to further extend the “Flexi” (Flexible) attendance option in offices till June 15, in view of the current COVID pandemic situation.
Meanwhile, the Work from Home protocol developed by DoPT has been so successful that many a time, the work output is even more than in the normal circumstances because government functionaries are working online even on the weekends or holidays
Dr Sudhakar – Health Minister, Karnataka:
Thanks to Union Govt’s relentless efforts to ramp up production of vaccines, we will have more jabs from June.
Karnataka received 5.76 lakh doses of Covishield from GoI today and another tranche of 1 lakh doses will reach tomorrow.
Chaired a meeting with senior officials of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Departments to review the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the state and containment measures.
ACS HFW Jawaid Akhtar, ACS Planning Shalini Rajneesh, Pr Secy of Med Edn Dept Anil Kumar were present.
Ministry of Health:
India reports lowest Daily New Cases of 1.27 Lakh in 54 days; declining trend in new cases maintained.
India’s Active Caseload further declines to 18,95,520. Below 20 lakhs after 43 days.
Active Cases decrease by 1,30,572 in last 24 hours.
2,59,47,629 Total Recoveries across the country so far.
2,55,287 patients recovered during last 24 hours.
Recoveries continue to outnumber Daily New Cases for 19 successive days.
Recovery Rate continues to increase, at 92.09% today.
Weekly Positivity Rate currently pegged at 8.64%.
Daily Positivity Rate dips to 6.62%, less than 10% for 8 consecutive days.
Testing capacity substantially ramped up – 34.67 cr tests total conducted.
21.6 Cr. Vaccine Doses administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
Arvind Kejriwal – Chief Minister, Delhi:
Children and parents are very worried about the 12th examination.
They feel that without vaccination, 12th examination should not be held
I appeal to the central government that the 12th examination should be cancelled. They should be assessed on the basis of past performance.
Dr Ashwathnarayan – Dy CM, Karnataka:
The Vaccination Drive for students going to foreign countries to pursue their studies and those who need to travel to get employed in other countries will be launched on afternoon June 1st, 2021 (Tuesday, 3:00 pm) at the Administrative block of Bengaluru City University.
Those who wish to get inoculated should possess visas, admission receipts, or any such relevant documents with them.
Certificates confirming the completion of the vaccination will also be issued on the spot.
BBMP commissioner and all the district commissioners have been asked to issue the necessary eligibility certificates to students going to foreign countries and those who need to travel to get employed in other countries based on the verification of documents.
Suvendu Adhikari – LOP, West Bengal:
Theatre of the absurd is playing out in West Bengal. For the sake of her own ego, to destroy India’s federal structure and protect the Chief Secretary for his indiscipline, (non-MLA) CM Mamata Didi is bringing disrepute to the CM office and the Constitution of India.
What secrets does the outgoing Chief Secretary know that (non-MLA) CM Mamata Banerjee is moving heaven and earth to protect him?
Is it really becoming of a Chief Secretary to skip the Prime Minister’s meet organised to help the people in duress due to Cyclone Yaas? No. It is not.
I demand strictest action be taken against the outgoing Chief Secretary for indiscipline, violating service rules at a time of a natural disaster and a global pandemic, irregularities, and not helping others just because of sinister political games. TMC has failed the people of West Bengal.
Looting tax payer money is TMC’s favourite hobby. Outgoing Chief Secretary and now “advisor” to (non-MLA) CM Mamata Banerjee will enjoy a comfortable salary of Rs. 2.5 lakhs per month and cushy perks. Surely, there are better ways to spend the hard-earned money of the taxpayers.
Kapil Sibal, Congress Leader :
At last the court acknowledges that sedition law needs a relook especially on its application to freedom of the press
Why not may I ask for :
those opposing government
Jagdeep Dhankhar – Governor, West Bengal:
Constrained by false narrative to put record straight:
On May 27 at 2316 hrs CM Mamata Banerjee messaged “may i talk? urgent”.
Thereafter on phone indicated boycott by her & officials of PM Review Meet on Cyclone Yaas if LOP Suvendu Adhikari attends it.
Ego prevailed over Public service
With unparalleled trampling of constitutional values & affront to the office of PM, May 28 will go down as ‘a dark day’ in India’s long-standing ethos of cooperative federalism.
At PM Review Meet on Cyclone Yaas democracy was shredded by Mamata Banerjee and Chief Secretary
All constitutional principles were torn asunder by CM Mamata Banerjee and functionaries @IASassociation at PM Review Meet on Cyclone Yaas
Democracy imperilled by such unconstitutional stance. Time Media to introspectively check fear quotient in West Bengal that threatens rule of law.
Just examine, what do you doubt? You always doubt in something good—whether it is in you or in someone else. In order to trust, you must first understand your doubt. You doubt yourself, & you doubt people around you. And then you doubt in the existence of God :