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AIADMK-led NDA faces seat-sharing, alliance problems

Statesman News Service
AIADMK-led NDA in Tamil Nadu is facing seat-sharing and alliance problems alike with pressure mounting on it to accommodate rebel Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) by BJP central leadership and the DMDK of Vijayakanth indicting contesting alone due to seat-sharing differences.

With seat-sharing talks underway, reports have emerged that the BJP has asked the AIADMK to accommodate TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK into the alliance. Reports say the issue was discussed during a late-night Sunday meeting between Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP secretary BL Santhosh with chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam.

BJP had reportedly stated that it would allocate seats to the AMMK from its share of seats in the alliance. However, the CM had expressed ‘serious concerns’ over the idea and categorically ruled out the entry of VK Sasikala, closest aide of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa and expelled AIADMK general secretary, into the party after her release from Bengaluru jail.

When asked if he was okay to be in an alliance with the AIADMK and BJP to defeat DMK, the AMMK chief said any party opposed to the DMK and willing to accept his party’s leadership could join its led combine.” Dhinakaran had just finished a meeting with Sasikala, at her residence in T Nagar on Tuesday.

Sasikala had on Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary last week called upon all supporters of Jayalalithaa to come together and make her dream ~ that AIADMK should rule the state for 100 years ~ come true.

But in the meeting with Amit Shah and at other informal talks with BJP leaders, according to sources, chief minister Palanisamy has been steadfast on his stand that Sasikala cannot come back to the AIADMK and the party did not want any ties with TTV Dhinakaran’s AMMK. Sources say that O Panneerselvam who had been the first to rebel against Sasikala as she prepared to become the CM of the state in February 2017, is of moderate approach towards the idea because he is concerned that there would be a split in the votes of the Thevar community if the AIADMK does not accommodate Sasikala and her nephew Dhinakaran.

The alliance faces another threat of losing DMDK, another ally, due to seat sharing differences. After talks with AIADMK and DMDK hit a roadblock on Monday, DMDK deputy general secretary LK Sudhish took to social media and hinted that the party may contest alone in the upcoming polls. He posted an image saying “Our CM Vijayakant, our symbol Murasu (war drum) and our flag is DMDK party flag”.

AIADMK has allotted PMK 23 seats, but DMDK is expecting half the seats allotted to PMK.

AAP looking to be the main opposition in Gujarat

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) success in Gujarat municipal polls last week was followed by an impressive show in the local body polls in the state on Tuesday when it secured 42 seats.

The AAP leaders in Gujarat claimed that after receiving support from the people, the party plans to project itself as the main opposition in the state, replacing the Congress.

In its debut elections in the state, the party secured victory in all the segments under the district – Nagar Palika, Taluka Panchayat and District Panchayat. Last week, the AAP had already won 27 seats in municipal elections. The AAP had fielded 2,000 candidates for 9,000 seats for the local body polls.

Gujarat in-charge of the party Gulab Singh told IANS, “10 days before, we were not in a position to say clearly what is going to happen? But, now we can say that we our party has been established in the state. We picked up issues of people and raised it wherever it was possible. Though, we were not in any institutions (Assembly of Municipal bodies), but we played the role of Opposition on roads, faced water cannon and lathicharge from the police. Now we are confident that our strategy was successful and secured victory which will setup roadmap for Assembly polls.”

Riding on the victory in the local body polls, party leaders believe that they have 20 months to establish the party as the main Opposition. After winning two consecutive elections in the state, the party will now work on to increase the membership.

Membership drive
AAP leadership in Gujarat said that the party is set to launch a month-long membership drive across the state. The idea of membership drive is one of the key plans which the local leadership has shared with party head Arvind Kejriwal during his Surat visit on February 28.

On claim of establishing the party as the main Opposition replacing the Congress, Singh said, “Congress maintained complete silence for the last 30 years and allowed the BJP to continue its corrupt policies. People here are fed up with corruption. The Opposition is considered to be the voice of the people but the Congress did not raise their concerns. Also, since the election process began, many local and district level leaders from the Congress have joined AAP. Dinesh Kacchariya, a two time municipal councillior joined AAP on February 28. Around 20 Congress leaders have joined AAP and many more are likely to join.”

“As of now, there was not even a single representative of AAP in Gujarat, but today people have supported the party and shown their trust in us. We will take this opportunity to establish the party as an alternative in the state,” said Gopal Italia, head of Gujarat AAP unit.

Hajj 2021: COVID-19 vaccination compulsory for all pilgrims

Riyadh: The kingdom of Saudi Arabia will only allow people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend the Hajj this year, the country’s health ministry said on Tuesday.

Saudi health minister Dr. Tawfiq al-Rabiah announced ‘mandatory vaccination’ for the pilgrims planning to attend the five-day program in July.

Rabia did not confirm the number of pilgrims that the Kingdom will receive this year, and whether the number will be limited internally, such as 2020, or will it witness wider participation.

 “You must prepare early to secure the manpower required to operate the health facilities in Makkah, the holy sites and Madinah and the entry points for pilgrims for the 2021 Hajj season,” he said in an official circular.

“A vaccination committee must be formed for the Hajj and Umrah season, on which they have adopted the compulsory reception of the COVID-19 vaccine for participating healthcare workers,” he added.

Health ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly told in a press conference on Tuesday that there was no need for quarantine after vaccinations and contacting anyone who had been vaccinated.

Saudi Arabia reported 302 new virus cases on Tuesday. There are 2,571 active cases, 508 of which are in critical condition.

What is Hajj?

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, a once-in-a-lifetime duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it.

Millions of pilgrims come across the world. 2020 witnessed an exceptional season for Hajj, and in consideration of the “COVID-19” pandemic. The number of pilgrims at that time was limited to about 10 thousand from inside Saudi Arabia only, compared to about 2.5 million pilgrims in 2019 from all parts of the world.

India is very serious about growing in maritime sector: PM Modi at Maritime India Summit 2021

He noted that instead of a piecemeal approach focus is on the entire sector as one.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’ through video conferencing.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister invited the world to come to India and be a part of India’s growth trajectory. India is very serious about growing in the maritime sector and emerging as a leading Blue Economy of the world. Through the focus areas of up-gradation of infrastructure, boosting reform journey, India aims to strengthen the vision of Aatamnirbhar Bharat, he said.

He noted that instead of a piecemeal approach focus is on the entire sector as one. He informed that the capacity of major ports has increased from 870 million tonnes in 2014 to 1550 million tonnes now.

Indian ports now have measures such as: Direct port Delivery, Direct Port Entry and an upgraded Port Community System (PCS) for easy data flow. Our ports have reduced waiting time for inbound and outbound cargo. He also informed that mega ports with world-class infrastructure are being developed in Vadhavan, Paradip and Deendayal Port in Kandla.

The Prime Minister asserted that “Ours is a Government that is investing in waterways in a way that was never seen before. Domestic waterways are found to be cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways of transporting freight. We aim to operationalise 23 waterways by 2030.”

He also pointed out that India has as many as 189 lighthouses across its vast coastline. “We have drawn up a programme for developing tourism in the land adjacent to 78 lighthouses. The key objective of this initiative is to enhance the development of the existing lighthouses and its surrounding areas into unique maritime tourism landmarks”, he informed.

He announced that steps are also being taken to introduce urban water transport systems in key states and cities such as Kochi, Mumbai, Gujarat and Goa.

The Prime Minister said that the Government has recently widened the ambit of the maritime sector by renaming the Ministry of Shipping as Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways so that work happens in a holistic manner. The Government of India is also focusing on the domestic shipbuilding and ship repair market. To encourage domestic shipbuilding approval has been given to the Shipbuilding Financial Assistance Policy for Indian Shipyards.

The Prime Minister informed that the Ministry of Port Shipping and Waterways has created a list of 400 investable projects. These projects have an investment potential of $ 31 billion or Rs 2.25 lakh crores. Talking about the Maritime India Vision 2030, The Prime Minister said It outlines the priorities of the Government.

The Sagar-Manthan: Mercantile Marine Domain Awareness Centre has also been launched today. It is an information system for enhancing maritime safety, search and rescue capabilities, security and marine environment protection.

The Sagarmala project for promoting port-led development was announced by the Government in 2016. As part of the Programme, more than 574 projects at a cost of 82 billion US Dollars or Rs 6 lakh crores have been identified for implementation from 2015 to 2035.

Ship repair clusters will be developed along both coasts by 2022. The domestic ship recycling industry will also be promoted to create ‘Wealth from Waste’. India has enacted the Recycling of Ships Act, 2019 and agreed to the Hong Kong International Convention.

The Prime Minister expressed the desire to share our best practices with the world and also the openness to learning from global best practices. Continuing with India’s focus on trade and economic linkages with the BIMSTEC and IOR nations, India plans to enhance investment in infrastructure and facilitate mutual agreements by 2026, he said.

The Prime Minister said that the Government has initiated holistic development of island infrastructure and ecosystem. He added that the Government is keen to promote the use of renewable energy in the maritime sector.

He said the Government is in the process of installing solar and wind-based power systems at all the major ports across the country and aims to increase usage of renewable energy to more than 60% of total energy by 2030 in three phases across Indian ports.

The Prime Minister concluded with an exhortation to the global investors “India’s long coastline awaits you. India’s hardworking people await you. Invest in our ports. Invest in our people. Let India be your preferred trade destination. Let Indian ports be your port of call for trade and commerce.”

6 states show Covid surge; India’s total cases touch 1.11 crore

India’s total number of active Covid-19 cases was recorded at1,68,627, comprising 1.52 per cent of the total infections, the ministry said highlighting five states that account for 84 per cent of the total active cases in the country.

Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have shown a surge in new Covid-19 cases contributing to 87.25 per cent of 15,510 fresh infections reported in a day, pushing India’s tally to 1,11,12,241 on Monday, while 106 fatalities mounted the death toll to 1,57,157 the Union Health Ministry said.

India’s total number of active Covid-19 cases was recorded at1,68,627, comprising 1.52 per cent of the total infections, the ministry said highlighting five states that account for 84 per cent of the total active cases in the country.

Maharashtra alone accounts for 46.39 per cent of India’s total active cases, followed by Kerala with 29.49 per cent.

The positivity rate too has been rising gradually, pushing it to 1.52 per cent. As per the Ministry’s data, there are 1,68,627 active cases at present after 11,288 patients were discharged in a day.

The experts have expressed a number of possibilities which could be due to lax attitude of people towards following Covid protocols to “mutations and new strains” causing the surge, sources in the health ministry said.

This trend is alarming as in mid February the average daily new infections oscillated between 9,000 to 12,000 while the deaths were between 78 to 120.

Delhi adds 175 cases, 1 death:Delhi today recorded 175 new coronavirus infections and one fatality, even as the positivity rate rose to 0.44 per cent, according to the Delhi government’s latest health bulletin. The city’s Covid toll climbed to 10,911, the health bulletin said.

The new cases took its coronavirus infection tally to 6,39,464. These cases came out of 39,733 tests conducted the previous day.

The active Covid cases in the national capital rose to 1,404 from 1,335 the previous day, according to the bulletin.

China targeted Indian power grid during Ladakh stand-off: NYT report

The newspaper reported that a new study has lent weight to the idea that the 15 June Galwan Valley clash between Indian and Chinese troops and the outage in Mumbai four months later might have been connected events as part of a broader Chinese cyber campaign against India’s power grid.

In a clear warning to New Delhi last year not to press its claims too hard during the military stand-off in Eastern Ladakh, China had launched a cyber campaign against India’s power grid in the midst of the country’s war against Covid-19, the New York Times has suggested.

The newspaper reported that a new study has lent weight to the idea that the 15 June Galwan Valley clash between Indian and Chinese troops and the outage in Mumbai four months later might have been connected events as part of a broader Chinese cyber campaign against India’s power grid. The report said the flow of malware was pieced together by Recorded Future, a Somerville, Massachusetts, company that studies the use of the internet by state actors. It found that most of the malware was never activated.

“And because Recorded Future could not get inside India’s power systems, it could not examine the details of the code itself, which was placed in strategic power-distribution systems across the country. While it has notified Indian authorities, so far they are not reporting what they have found”, the NYT said.

Stuart Solomon, Recorded Future’s chief operating officer, said that the Chinese state-sponsored group, which the firm named Red Echo, “has been seen to systematically utilise advanced cyber intrusion techniques to quietly gain a foothold in nearly a dozen critical nodes across the Indian power generation and transmission infrastructure.”

The discovery raises the question about whether the outage that struck on 13 October, one of the country’s busiest business hubs, was meant as a message from Beijing about what might happen if India pushed its border claims too vigorously, the newspaper said.

It added that news reports at the time quoted Indian officials as saying that the cause was a Chinese-origin cyberattack on a nearby electricity load-management centre. Authorities began a formal investigation, which is due to report in the coming weeks.

Since then, Indian officials have gone silent about the Chinese code, whether it set off the Mumbai blackout and the evidence provided by Recorded Future that many elements of the nation’s electric grid were the target of a sophisticated Chinese hacking effort.

The NYT said the investigators who wrote the Recorded Future study, which is set to be published on Monday, said that “the alleged link between the outage and the discovery of the unspecified malware” in the system” remains unsubstantiated.

West Bengal Assembly Polls: Left-Cong alliance yet to finalise seat-sharing deal

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, while announcing the poll schedule last Friday, said that West Bengal would go to the polls from March 27 in eight phases, up from seven last time.

Even as the dates for West Bengal State Assembly polls have been announced, senior Congress leaders on Monday said that the alliance parties are yet to finalise their seat-sharing arrangement.

This was conveyed a day after the Left-Congress’ first rally in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground drew a huge crowd that left political circles buzzing.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, while announcing the poll schedule last Friday, said that West Bengal would go to the polls from March 27 in eight phases, up from seven last time.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “The discussion on the seat-sharing deal with the Left parties is underway but whereas RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav is concerned, I can’t say anything on that as he is in talks about the agreement with other parties.”

The Congress leaders, however, asserted that the seat-sharing deal will be finalised after the party’s leader BK Hariprasad, who is also the in-charge of the Bengal poll management, gives the nod for it.

Hariprasad said, “The state will see a triangular contest and the Congress alliance will fight to win the elections.”

The Sunday rally jointly held by the CPI-M-led Left Front, Congress and the Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui-led Indian Secular Front (ISF) displayed the strength of a political alternative to the people in West Bengal.

The mega political show was organised at a time when the Left Front and Congress have not finalised the seat-sharing agreement.

Talks between the Left and ISF have also been sealed as both the parties have agreed upon 30 seats for the newly-floated political outfit.

The problem remains over the seat-sharing between the Congress and the ISF, as the negotiations between two parties are still underway and Congress doesn’t want to concede seats that it had won in the last election.

The Congress last time had contested 92 seats and won 44 in which about 20 MLAs crossed to the ruling TMC. The Congress is the second-largest party in the outgoing Assembly holding the Leader of Opposition post.

The Congress-Left-ISF alliance wants to make the Assembly polls a triangular contest and not only between TMC and BJP. The saffron party has also placed itself as the main Opposition after winning 18 seats in the Lok Sabha polls.

The TMC is eyeing a third term in West Bengal, however, many leaders including close aides of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have switched sides to the BJP, even as the saffron party is upbeat about the polls and central leaders of the party are visiting the state frequently.

(With IANS inputs)

DGGI Gurugram officials arrest man for defrauding exchequer in excess of Rs 13.76 crore

An investigation was conducted against M/s PSR Metals Pvt Ltd located at Khasra No 362/2, Near Begrajpur Industrial Area, Village Hussainpur Bopada, Muzaffarnagar, UP-251001 by way of visits conducted at the registered address of the said company.

The Gurugram Zonal Unit of Directorate General of GST Intelligence has arrested a person, namely Pradeep Jain, resident of Muzaffarnagar, UP who is Director of M/s PSR Metals Pvt Ltd, Muzaffarnagar.

An investigation was conducted against M/s PSR Metals Pvt Ltd located at Khasra No 362/2, Near Begrajpur Industrial Area, Village Hussainpur Bopada, Muzaffarnagar, UP-251001 by way of visits conducted at the registered address of the said company.

During the investigation, Pradeep Jain, Director of M/s PSR Metals Pvt Ltd. claimed to procure both old and non-guarantee batteries from various registered and unregistered dealers and also claimed to manufacture lead from old batteries and doing trading of new batteries (termed non-guarantee batteries).

It is pertinent to mention here that in the GST regime, old/scrap batteries are taxed at 18% GST rate and new/fresh batteries are taxed at 28% GST rate. However, verification with their suppliers revealed that they had sold only fresh batteries to M/s PSR Metals Pvt Ltd.

Confronted with these facts, Pradeep Jain now claimed that they were also manufacturing lead from these new batteries, whereas earlier he claimed only trading of the same. Investigation showed that it was not economically viable to manufacture lead from destroying and breaking down fresh batteries to pick minuscule lead therein.

It appeared that they were actually using bazaar scrap to manufacture such lead and was using the ITC of fresh batteries while clearing these new batteries without the issuance of invoices.

Thus, Pradeep Jain was found to have defrauded the exchequer in excess of Rs 13.76 crore by clearance of goods without issue of invoices. He was therefore arrested on 27.02.2021 under section 69 of the CGST Act, 2017. The Magistrate sent him to Tihar Jail for 10 days’ Judicial Custody.

Further investigation in the matter is under progress.

Today Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel presented budget for the year 2021-22 in the assembly.

1 Government of Chhattisgarh Department of Finance 1 st March, 2021

Press Communiqué Budget-2021-22

Today Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel presented budget for the year 2021-22 in the assembly.

The budget is slated to take the state to newer heights in every sphere, expressing the sentiments embodied in the core mantra of "Garhbo Nava Chhattisgarh".

The budget defines various dimensions of the concept of development with every letter of the word HEIGHT in English.

This includes H-Holistic development, E-Education (equal opportunity for all), I-Infrastructure (supplement of development), G- Governance (sensitive and effective administration), H-Health (healthy body-greatest wealth) and TTransformation (change: for the government & public).

This budget ensures the prosperity of farmers and economically weaker sections of the state, economic progress of villages, new dimensions of quality and progress in education, expansion of health and medical facilities, welfare of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward classes, holistic development of women and children, creation of new opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship for the youth, rapid development of rural and urban infrastructure and a feel of sensitive administration for the people: with this, it is dedicated to the people of the state.

Budget at a glance (Rs. In Crore) Sl. No Items 2020-21 (Budget Estimate) 2021-22 (Budget Estimate) 1 Total Receipts 96,091 97,145 2 Total Expenditure 95,650 97,106 3 Revenue Expenditure 81,400 83,028 4 Capital Expenditure 13,814 13,839 5 Revenue Surplus (+)/Deficit (-) 2,431 -3,702 6 Fiscal Deficit 11,518 17,461 2 1. Status of economy 1.1 As per the quick estimate, 5.12 percent growth is expected in the State's GDP against 5.32 percent (projected initially) in 2019-20 at constant price.

This is higher than 4.2 percent growth at national level. 1.2 In the year 2020-21, the agriculture sector is projected to grow at 4.61 percent, industrial sector at (-) 5.2 percent and service sector at 0.75 percent. The growth in these sectors is satisfactory as compared to 3.4 percent, (-) 9.6 percent and (-) 8.8 percent respectively at national level. 1.3 State's gross domestic product (GSDP), at current prices, is estimated to increase from 3,44,955 crore in the year 2019-20 to 3,50,270 crore in 2020-21, which is 1.54 percent more than previous year.

State's gross domestic product is much better compared to a decline of (-) 7.7 percent at national level. 1.4 The per capita income is estimated at Rs 1,04,943 in year 2020-21 as compared to 1,05,089 in 2019-20, which is only 0.14 percent lesser to previous year.

The national level per capita income, during same period, is projected to decline by 5.41 percent. 1.5 In Union Budget 2021-22, share in central taxes for the state has decreased by 4,128 crore as compared to budget provision of current year 2020-21. H-Holistic Development First letter of word HEIGHT, H is indicative of Holistic Development. Farmers, workers, forest-dwelling brothers, mothers and children are equally benefited from this overall development.

This concept of development ensures modernization of big cities alongwith better basic facilities in villages of remote inaccessible areas.

In the process of development, we encourage the use of modern technology for good governance, as well as make full efforts to preserve our culture and traditions to keep them thriving. 1. For the prevention of Corona infection, additional budget of 670 crores made available to Health Department.

6 RT-PCR labs and 18 TrueNAT labs were established for testing immediately. 30 Covid dedicated hospitals and 178 Covid Care Centers were established for treatment of corona infected patients. 3 2. Godhan Nyay Yojana implemented to convert Gobar (cowdung) into Godhan (cow-wealth). There is a provision of 175 crores in scheme. 3. Rural Industrial Park will be set up in rural areas, a la PauniPasari scheme in urban areas, to convert a plurality of specific creative arts into empolyment opportunities, in different areas of the state.

Facility of operation and marketing of traditional business activities will be available here. 4. C-Mart stores will be set up inside and outside the state to provide all Chhattisgarhi products under one roof.

Local agricultural products of Chhattisgarh like Dheki ka Kuta rice, edible oil extracted from Ghani, Kodo, Kutki, from maize to all kinds of pulses, variety of forest produces, like tamarind, mahua, harra, bahera, amla, honey and products made from them like terracotta, bellmetal, bamboo crafts, leather crafts, iron crafts, Kosa silk and Chhattisgarhi cuisines will be available in these stores and will be known as unique Chhattisgarhi brands.

Arrangements will also be made to provide more dividends to local producers through the scheme.

Justice to Farmers 1. Provision of 5,703 crores for Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana. 2. Provision of 150 crore under CHIRAAG scheme for nutrition and improvement of economic condition of farmers in selected 7 development blocks of 7 tribal dominated districts of Bastar division and 14 blocks of Mungeli district. 3. Provision of 2,500 crores for free power supply to agricultural pumps under Krishak Jeevan Jyoti Yojana.

Approximate 5.50 lakh farmers will be benefited. 4. Provision of 150 crores for the energization of agricultural pumps. 5. 31,712 solar pumps under Solar Sujala scheme have been installed so far since formation of the government. 530 crore provision in this budget. 6. Target to distribute short term agricultural loans of 5,900 crores to farmers at zero interest rate.

Provision of 275 crores for payment of interest subvention. 7. This year, a target has been set to provide grants for multi-year fruit orchids in 5,000 hectare area, vegetable production in 4,500 hectare and 4 floriculture in 1300 hectare area. Provision of 495 crores in the budget for horticultural crops. Justice to Cattle-Ranchers 1. Godhan Nyay Yojana has been launched to make Gothans employment-oriented.

Gothan committees have paid 80 crore to cattle ranchers to buy cow dung at 2 Rs/Kg. 2. SHGs have prepared 71,300 quintal vermi compost from cow dung so far. 3. At present, about 60,000 members of 7,841 Self-Help Groups have earned income of Rs 942 lakh from vermi compost production, community vegetation, cow-dung lamps etc. 4. Provision of 175 crores for Gothan Yojana.

Justice to Fishermen 1. To promote fisheries, it will be accorded the same status as agriculture.

171.20 Crore provision for fisheries activities in the budget. 2. In view of possibilities of employment in fisheries sector, provision of 28 crores to fishermen for constructing ponds on their own land. 3. More than 2 lakh fishermen are being provided employment by developing 95 percent of the available water areas for fisheries.

Justice to Traditional Workers 1. Telghani Development Board, Leather Craftsman Development Board, Iron Craftsman Development Board and Rajak-kar Development Board will be set up to revive rural business skills. 2. More than 50,000 beneficiaries have got employment in Kosa farming and textile manufacturing. 60,000 families have got employment through handloom weaving. 3. In view of employment potential in lac farming, it's been accorded the agriculture status for convenience of interest free loan.

Support to Workers 1. For the purpose of online maintenance of data related to workers registered under the Unorganized Workers Safety and Welfare Board and 5 to provide quick benefits of various schemes, various App designing and State level Help-Desk Centers will be set up. 2. Provision of 61 crore for welfare of unorganized workers, contract laborers, cleaning workers and domestic working women. 3. Provision of 56 crore for State Insurance Hospital Scheme and 48 crore for Employees State Insurance Hospitals. 4. A new justice scheme will be started to assist rural agricultural landless laborers. Assistance to Forest Dwellers 1. So far, 4 lakh 36,619 individual forest rights documents have been distributed, including 24,827 new forest rights papers. 2. The benefit of Kisan Nyaya Yojana has been extended this year to forest dwellers holding forest rights papers, by according them the same status as farmers. 3. In a special initiative by the state government for the first time, 2,175 community forest maintenance rights have been given to Gram Sabhas.

Plantation of fruitful trees on forest land distributed in the form of Community Forest Charter will be encouraged. 4. During the current season, 4.74 lakh quintals of 52 types of minor forest produce have been collected at a minimum support price of Rs 112 crore. According to the data released by TRIFED New Delhi, Chhattisgarh ranks first among states for purchasing minor forest produce at minimum support price. 5. Kodo, Kutki and Ragi will be procured in scheduled areas of the state, like other minor forest produce, at minimum support price. 6. "Shaheed Mahendra Karma Tendu Leaf Collectors Social Security Scheme" has been launched to provide protection to 12.50 lakh Tendu Leaf Collector families in the event of accidental death or accident.

There is a provision of 13 crores for this. 7. Provision of 359 crores for local development programs and 170 crores for development of basic amenities in tribal areas 6 Support to Journalists 1. In case of accidental death of journalists, the amount of assistance given is increased from 2 lakhs to 5 lakhs. Nutrition and Safety for Women and Children 1. Kaushalya Maternity Scheme will be launched to improve the nutrition of women.

State will give a lump sum assistance of Rs 5 thousand at the time of birth of second girl child. 2. Provision of 47 crores in budget for Integrated Child Protection Scheme for child care, safety and protection related works. 3. Provision of 732 crores in special nutritional food scheme, 39 crores for improvement and construction of Anganwadis.

Assistance to the Elderly and Differently-abled 1. For monthly pension to destitute and elderly, provision of 343 crore in Social Security Pension Scheme, 190 crore in National Old Age Pension Scheme and 170 crore in Chief Minister Pension Scheme. 2. Provision of 70 crores in Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme and 98 crores in Sukhad Sahara Pension Scheme. 3. Provision of 12 crores in Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme. 4. Provision of 2 crore for construction of integrated new building with facilities for various institutions for differently abled. 5. Provision of Rs 75 lakh for setting up helpline and redressal of grievances of senior citizens. 6. Provision of 1.5 crore for the establishment of Adarsh Rehabilitation Center at all five divisional headquarters. 7. Provision of 3.13 crore for the establishment of 'Half Way Home' in Raipur and Durg for rehabilitation and training of persons treated with mental illness. 8. Ashram-cum-Rehabilitation Center will be set up for rehabilitation of third gender persons.

For this, a provision of 76 lakh has been kept in the budget. This will be the first center of its kind in the country. 7 Modernization of Cities 1. Provision of 10 crores in the Mukhyamantri Mitan Yojana for the home access service of various government services. 2. Under Chief Minister Urban Slum Health Scheme, 60 mobile ambulances and Dai-Didi clinics are being operated in 14 municipal corporations. Through this, the facility of free trial, treatment and drug distribution is being provided. There is a provision of 50 crores in budget. 3. Chhattisgarh has been receiving the award for being the cleanest state in the country for two consecutive years. Dedicating it to the cleanliness didis, their honorarium has been increased from 5,000 to 6,000 rupees. 4. By upgrading SLRM centers, 377 Godhan Nyay-cum-Cow Dung Purchase Centers are being set up in the urban bodies. 5. In order to provide better housing to urban poor families, "Mor Zameen-Mor Makaan" and "Mor Makaan-Mor Chinhari" schemes have been awarded by Government of India in January 2021.

There is a provision of 457 crores under Housing Scheme for All. 6. As of December 2018, 23,876 tap connections were given for clean drinking water in 9 cities included in Amrit Yojana.

This number has now increased to one and a half lakh. Provision of 220 crores for Amrit Mission Scheme. 7. Provision of 482 crores for infrastructure development works in urban areas, and 119 crores for water augmentation schemes. 8. Provision in budget for water supply system in 16 new villages included in the Bilaspur Municipal Corporation area.

Village Development: Availability of Livelihood and Basic Facilities 1. Provision of 1,603 crore in budget for Mahatma Gandhi National Employment Guarantee Scheme. 2. Provision of 400 crores under Chhattisgarh State Rural Livelihood Mission. 3. Chhattisgarh has got first place in Rurban ranking released by Government of India.

Provision of 100 crores in budget for the scheme. 8 4. 70 percent houses out of 10.97 lakh sanctioned houses have been completed under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Rural). Chhattisgarh ranks second in the implementation of scheme.

Provision of 1,500 crores for this scheme in this budget. 5. Chhattisgarh has got second position in the category of ODF plus panchayats. State has received a performance grant of 68.42 crore for excellent works in the field of cleanliness. 6. Provision of 400 crores for Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) scheme. 7. Provision of 2,067 crore under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. 8. Mukhyamantri Dharsa Development Scheme is being started to convert dharsa into pucca road to facilitate farmers to access the fields.

There is a provision of 10 crores in budget for this. 9. Water conservation work will be done by selecting 441 drains at a cost of 392 crore in forest areas from CAMPA. Encouraging Modern Technology 1. Provision of 236 crore has been made for expansion of electronics and information technology services. 2. To prevent illegal mining of minerals, mining surveillance system has been implemented through modern space technology and remote sensing image.

Development of Art, Culture and Tourism in Chhattisgarh 1. Separate Directorate of Archaeological Department will be set up to give impetus to study, discovery and maintenance of archaeological heritage of State. 2. Along with construction of archives building for digitization and display of records related to Chhattisgarh, digitization and mobile app will be developed.

There is a provision of 6 crores in budget for this. 3. Chhattisgarh Culture Council has been formed for the preservation and promotion of various arts and disciplines in the state. 4. Chhattisgarh Cultural Zone to be constructed on the lines of Bharat Bhawan, Bhopal in Nava Raipur. 9 5. Provision of 1 crore for construction of a human museum for displaying order of human development, living, festivals, ancient art, traditional genres. 6. Provision of 2 crore for short film, documentary and other works for conservation & promotion of Chhattisgarhi folk art and dances. 7. A grant of up to 5 lakh will be given for construction and preservation of Devguri site, a symbol of faith in tribal culture. 8. Provision of 6 crores for construction of the Shaheed Veeranarayan Singh Memorial and Museum and for the demonstration work of lifestyle of tribes. 9. Provision of 5 crores for arranging display of tribal culture in gallery of newly constructed tribal museum. 10. In view of reverence and popularity of general public towards Sri Ram Van Gaman Tourism Circuit, Provision of 30 crores to give impetus to the identified works.

Conservation and Development of Natural Resources 1. Provision of 206 crores for improvement work of degraded forests in an area of 36 thousand hectares.

Provision of 7 crores for plantation of 15 lakh plants under river bank plantation program for conservation of rivers. E-Education (Education - Equal Opportunity for All) 1. To provide quality education through English medium to children in government schools, the scheme of Swami Atmanand English Medium Schools has been started.

There is a provision in budget for 119 new English medium schools. 2. A national level boarding school will be set up in Nava Raipur on selffinancing model. 3. Provision of 01 crore for setting up B.Ed.College in Kanker. 4. Provision of 5.85 crore as new item for Padhna Likhna Abhiyan. 5. 7 new colleges will be set up in Village Nagpur District Korea, Village Sanna District Jashpur, Village Bankimangra District Korba, Village Nawagaon Nava Raipur, Risali District Durg, Saragaon District Janjgir Champa and Naveen Kanya College in Surajpur, Balrampur and Gobra Nawapara District Raipur. 10 6. New graduate courses in 14 colleges & post-graduate courses in 15 colleges will be started . 7. Provision of 6.80 crore for setting up of boys & girls hostel in Manpur, Balrampur, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Mahasamund, Korba, Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur. 8. One new pre-matric boys & girls hostel for Backward Classes will be set up in Balrampur and one pre-matric Scheduled Caste Boys Hostel in Patan District Durg. 9. Provision of 372 crores for operation of hostels for students belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and 281 crores for construction works under Gurukul Upgradation Scheme. 10. New buildings will be constructed for government colleges in Nikum district Durg, Bhatagaon district Raipur, Watgan district Balodabazar, Amadi district Dhamtari, Chirko district Mahasamund and Narharpur district Kanker. 11. New ITIs at Village Tekari, Block Arang and Village Navara Development Block Takhatpur will be set up. 12. Provision of 1 crore 80 lakh for establishment of an innovation hub in the campus of Chhattisgarh Regional Science Center and 20.55 crore for furniture, machines & equipment in 40 polytechnic institutions. I-Infrastructure (Infrastructure - Supplemets of Development) Roadway 1. Chhattisgarh Road and Infrastructure Development Corporation will undertake construction of 3,900 km long roads & bridges at a cost of 5,225 crore. Provision of 150 crores as assistance to corporation for this. 2. Provision of 100 crores in budget under Mukhyamantri Sugam Sadak Yojna. 3. Construction of 24 routes of 826 km length is under progress in Phase3 project with Asian Development Bank assistance. 31 roads of 1,275 km length are being surveyed under Phase-4 ADB project. Provision of 940 crore in budget for these projects. 11 4. Road Safety Construction Scheme is being started for road safety to reduce loss of life and property due to vehicle accidents.

Necessary provision in budget for this. 5. Provision of 102 crores for construction of 12 new railway over bridges & under bridges and 151 new medium bridges under Jawahar Setu Yojana. Provision of 310 crore for construction of 6 state roads, 5 urban routes, 20 main district roads and 435 rural roads. Provision of 92 crores for construction of 119 rural roads under NABARD's Rural Infrastructure Development Fund. 6. Provision of 12 crores in budget for construction of 104 roads & 16 bridges for providing better traffic facilities to Naxal-affected rural areas.

Airway 1. Efforts are being made to connect Ambikapur area by air soon and provision for construction of airstrip in Korea district in this year's budget. Irrigation 1. Ground Water Conservation Fund will be created to implement ground water promotion works on priority basis.

The amount of water collected from industries using ground water and industries using water as raw material will be deposited in this fund. 2. Provision of 152 crore in budget for 4 major irrigation projects ArpaBhainsajhar, Kelo reservoir, Rajiv Samoda Nisada diversion and Sondhur reservoir. 3. Provision for 4 micro irrigation schemes, 5 solar micro irrigation schemes and 8 lift irrigation schemes in budget. 4. Provision of 70 crores in budget for rehabilitation and improvement of major, medium and small dams. 5. Ahiran-Kharang Link, Chapratola Feeder Reservoir, Rehar Atem (Zinc) Link Project will be implemented by Chhattisgarh Infrastructure Development Corporation.

For this, there is a provision of 5 crore assistance to the corporation.

Clean drinking water 1. A target has been set to supply pure drinking water to 45.48 lakh rural households of state through tap connections by year 2023. 12 2. Provision of 850 crores in Jal Jeevan Mission Scheme to provide tap collection facilities to households for drinking water. 3. Provision of 106 crores for maintenance of tube wells and 32 crores in rural water supply scheme by pipes and 70 crores for supply of drinking water in villages. 4. Provision of 45 crores for new water supply schemes in urban areas. 5. Provision of 11 crore in Minimata Amritdhara Nal Yojana and 10 crore for tubewell mining in Gothans. Industry 1. For establishment of new foodpark, identification of land in 110 development blocks and occupation of land in 45 development blocks has been received by Industries Department. Provision of 50 crores for this. 2. In order to promote establishment of forest produce, herbal and food processing industries in backward areas, new Industrial Policy 2019-24 provides for Vananchal Udyog Package. 3. Gems & Jewelery Park is being established on 10 acres of land in Pandri District Raipur on public-private partnership basis at a cost of 350 crores. 4. Provision of 65 crores for establishment of new industrial areas and 10 crores for upgradation of infrastructure in industrial areas. Energy 1. Provision of 45 crores in Chief Minister Majra-tola Electrification Scheme to reach power lines to remaining mercury-tolons of electrified villages. 2. In order to provide irrigation facilities to fields situated on banks of rivers, work of extension of power line along rivers will be done. 3. Provision of 25 crores for construction of new substation, transformer capacity addition and line expansion works under Chief Minister's Power Infrastructure Development Scheme. 4. Provision of 50 crores in SCADA scheme for supervisory control in industrial areas. 5. Provision of 100 crores in Chief Minister Urban Electrification Scheme for electrification works of urban areas. 13 Agricultural infrastructure 1. An exhibition plant will be set up in village Godhi district Bemetra for research work on bio-ethanol production. Raw materials like surplus paddy or maize will be used for the production of biofuels in plant. 2. New Energy Education Park will be set up in village Patan district fort. Rural people will be encouraged to use alternative energy in various works of agricultural work and daily life through Energy Education Park. 3. Keeping in view the convenience of farmers, 725 new committees have been formed by reorganizing the Primary Agricultural Credit Cooperative Society. In this way, the number of committees in state has increased from 1,333 to 2,048. 4. Provision of Rs 3.63 crore for lump sum assistance of 50,000 rupees to each committee for paddy procurement and other arrangements. 5. For protection of paddy, 7,556 platforms have been constructed in cooperative societies under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA scheme.

G-Governance (Administration-sensitive and effective) To make administration sensitive, strong, accountable and effective, new units are being formed by dividing large administrative units on the basis of area and population. Revenue administration 1. 11 new tehsils and 5 new subdivisions will be formed in this budget. Formation of new tehsils 1. Saragaon, 2. Nandaghat, 3. Suhela, 4. Sipat, 5. Biharpur, 6. Chando, 7. Raghunathpur, 8. Siriya, 9. Chahal, 10. Ajgarbahar, 11. Barpali and Subdivision Offices. Formation will be done in 1. Lohandiguda, 2. Bhaiyathan, 3. Pali, 4. Marwahi and 5. Tekpal. 2. Computerized copies of Khasra Panchasala and B-1 will be provided to the patwaris. This will facilitate the matching of records on the spot and in Girdawari work. Provision of 3 crores for this. 3. Monthly stationery allowance payable to the patwaris will be increased by Rs 250. Provision of 3.48 crore in budget for this. 4. New rain gauge centers will be set up in all tehsils. Provision of 1.5 crore in budget for this. 14 5. Drone based survey of rural population area under ownership plan . Police administration 1. 'Bastar Tigers' special force will be formed in all districts of Bastar division. Priority will be given to local youths from inside villages in the force. 2. Police forces will be benefitted of information about inner area and forest of youth during the anti-Naxal operation. There is a provision of 92 crores for the recruitment of 2,800 persons in the police. 3. Provision of 1 crore 35 lakh for creation of 20 new posts for establishment of cyber forensic lab in state police headquarters. 4. In Raipur-West and Janjgir-Champa for effective civil security system and to speed up Naxal operations, new offices of a total of 5 additional Superintendents of Police will be set up in Manpur District Rajnandgaon, Bijapur (Naxal Operation) and Bhanupratappur District Kanker. 5. Residential buildings of police personnel will be constructed at Gorella-Pendra-Marwahi. 6. 10 police checkpost buildings will be constructed in the state. 7. Provision in budget for approval of 2,200 new posts of women home guards for protection of girls residing in girls hostels and ashrams. 8. Provision of Rs. 1.42 crore for creation of 48 new posts required to upgrade Sub Jails in District Narayanpur and District Bijapur into District Jail and new Sub Jail in Bhatapara. 9. 10 barracks of 50 undertrials capacity each will be constructed in 06 jails of the state. 10. To motivate government servants who have performed well, a scheme will be started to reward them with State Civil Service Medal and State Police Service Medal. H-Health (Health: Healthy Body - Biggest Wealth) Keeping the promise of universal health services, efforts have been made to upgrade health centers in urban and rural areas of the state, development of modern facilities as well as access to health services to various settlements. 15 1. Provision of 63 new posts and provision of 01 crore for establishment of Virology Lab in 09 Government Medical Colleges. 2. Provision of Rs. 01 crore for upgradation of Community Health Center Ramanujganj in 100 bed-hospital and Community Health Center Rakhi (Nava Raipur) in 50-bed hospital with approval of additional posts. 3. Provision of Rs 1.50 crore for establishment of new community health center in village Sanna, district Jashpur and Shivrinarayan, district Janjgir-Champa and 30 bed hospital in Risali area of Bhilai. 4. Free health checkup, medical facility and distribution of medicines are being made available to villagers through Mukhyamantri Haat Bazar Clinic Scheme in Vananchal and remote areas.

For this, there is a provision of 13 crores in the budget. 5. Provision of 300 crore for construction of new medical colleges Kanker, Korba and Mahasamund is in the budget. 6. Provision of 17.50 crore for construction of 25 sub-health centers, 10 primary health centers and 02 community health centers. 7. Chandulal Chandrakar Memorial Medical College, Durg will be turned into Government Medical College. T-Transformation (change: for the governance-public) The pride of local festivals, which were getting extinct, like Hareli, Teeja-Pora, Gaura-Gauri, Matar and Govardhan Pooja has been restored by organizing these festivals as public events . 1. The faith in Chhattisgarh Mahtari has been turned into a living form by according the status of State Anthem to the song "Arpa Pairi Ke Dhar" composed by Acharya Narendra Dev Verma, . 2. Similarly, public sentiments have been honored by announcing public holidays on festivals like Mata Karma Jayanti, World Tribal Day, Chhath Puja. 3. Arrangements have been made to take administration to the people by improving the tradition of public walking to the government offices. 4. Efforts are being made at a rapid pace to change the capital of Chhattisgarh, Nava Raipur from a forest of concrete to a vibrant 16 populated city.

Provision of 355 crore in budget for implementation of various schemes of Nava Raipur. 7. Budget Estimate for Year 2021-22 7.1 Total revenue receipts for year 2021-22 are estimated at 79,325 crores. Out of this, the state's revenue is 35,000 crores and receipt from center is 44,325 crores. 7.2 The estimated gross expenditure for year 2021-22 is 1,05,213 crore. The net expenditure is estimated at 97,106 crore after deducting the repayment of loans and recoveries from gross expenditure.

Revenue expenditure is 83,028 crore and capital expenditure is 13,839 crore. Capital expenditure is 14 percent of total expenditure in year 2021-22. 7.3 Provision of 38 percent for social sector, 39 percent for economic sector and 23 percent for general services sector. 8. Fiscal Status 8.1 Revenue Deficit of 3,702 crore has been estimated in the budget. 8.2 Fiscal deficit is estimated at 17,461 crore, which is 4.56 percent of State's gross domestic product. 8.3 Total expenditure for the year 2021-22 is estimated at 97,106 crores as against the total receipts of 97,145 crores. Savings of 39 crores is estimated as a result of these financial transactions. The budget deficit of 1,916 crore is estimated at the end of year 2021-22, including anticipated deficit of 1,095 crore for year 2020-21. 9. Tax proposal There is no new tax proposal for 2021-22. ----00---- 17 Annexure-I Budget (2021-22) At a Glance Particulars Amount (Rs. Crore) Total Receipts 97,145 Total Expenditure 97,106 Total Fiscal Deficit 17,461 (4.56 percent of GSDP) Expenditure Particulars Value Revenue Expenditure 83,028 (85.50%) Capital Expenditure 13,839 (14.50%) Development for ST Areas 34% Development for SC Areas 13% Social Sector Expenditure 38% Economics Sector Expenditure 39% Details of Social Sector Expenditure Particulars Value School Education 15.9 % Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe Development 2.4 % Health 5.9 % Women & Child Development 2.3 % Details of Economic Sector Expenditure Particulars Value Food And Civil Supplies 5.0 % Panchayat & Rural Development 9.1 % Public Works 6.6 % Irrigation 2.9 % 18 Annexure-II Economic Growth Economic Survey Year 2020-21 - Advance estimates (at constant prices) Growth RateChhattisgarh National Level Economic Growth Rate (-)1.77 % (-)7.7 % Agriculture 4.61% 3.4 % Industry (-)5.28 % (-)9.6 % Service 0.75 % (-)8.8 % Per Capita Income (at current prices) Rs. 1,04,943 (Decline of 0.14%)

Modi receives his 1st Covid vaccine dose at AIIMS

“Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS,” he informed via his Twitter handle around 7 a.m.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the first dose of Covid vaccine here at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday, right before the country starts the drive to inoculate a massive chunk of population aged above 60 and above 45 with comorbidities.

“Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS,” he informed via his Twitter handle around 7 a.m.

“Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19,” Modi added.

He also appealed that those who could take vaccines should come forward for it. “I appeal to all those who are eligible to take the vaccine. Together, let us make India COVID-19 free,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister decided to get the jab early in the morning to avoid media glare and scores of people who could be queuing up at the hospital, officials said.

The ongoing vaccination drive will now reach to around 27 crore people who are on the list of priority for vaccination after the healthcare and frontline workers, starting Monday.

Vaccination will be provided free of charge at the government health facilities and will be on a payment basis in the private health facilities. All private hospitals can charge Rs 150 for vaccines and Rs 100 for service charges fixed by the central government.

Around 10,000 hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat-PMJAY and 687 hospitals under CGHS can be used by states as Covid vaccination centres (CVCs).

The COWIN portal will provide the facility for booking an appointment based on the vaccination centres declared by the states/UTs, with their location, the dates on which appointment slots are provided and the capacity declared as open slots and the vacancies available at the time of booking.

Besides, all beneficiaries, regardless of the mode of access, i.e through online registration or mobilization through on-site registration are advised to carry the following for verification at the time of vaccination — Aadhar Card, Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC); and Certificate of comorbidity for citizens in the age group of 45 years to 59 years.