Bombay HC Asks Govt To Ensure Relief Reaches All Migrants, Homeless People
The Bombay High Court has asked several authorities to ensure that the relief is provided to the last person in need, including migrants and homeless people. Several non-governmental organisations (NGOs), like Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan have filed many public interest litigations (PILs) on the HC. 
 
In the order, Justice AA Sayed, says, "In my view, the first and foremost endeavour of the state government must be that no victims go hungry and the food/food-grains reach all victims (even in remote areas), and drinking water, medicines, healthcare and hygienic toilette facilities are provided to them."
 
The HC also asked District Legal Services Authorities to coordinate the implementation of the plan of action prepared by the Disaster Management Authorities and supervise the transferring victims of disaster to shelters and the distribution of food, drinking water, medicines and healthcare, to such victims.
 
In the PIL, Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan has highlighted the issues of redressal of grievances of migrant labourers in Maharashtra following the 21-day lock-down declared by the Indian government after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the subsequent restrictions placed on their movement.
 
During the hearing, the assistant government pleader (AGP) informed the bench that the state government has set up 4,871 relief or shelter camps and about 0.75 million migrant labourers have been accommodated and are being provided three meals a day. He submitted that a common help-line has been provided in each district. He further submitted that 5kgs food grain per person has been provided free of cost under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. He also submitted that various advisories have been issued by the Central and the state government which are being followed by the authorities.
 
Senior counsel Gayatri Singh, appearing for the petitioners, contended that though various advisories have been issued by the Central and state government and there are several schemes in place, there is no implementation of the same by the state authorities and the benefits are not reaching the migrant labourers and homeless persons. She submitted that there is no proper response to the help-lines and there are several areas where there is no water, food, medicines and healthcare, and toilet facilities made available. 
 
However, the AGP disputes the contention.
 
Justice Sayed said the issues raised in the PILs are essentially about the implementation of the various advisories and schemes of the Central and state government and the benefits being made available to all the migrants and the marginalised sections of the community. 
 
"Undoubtedly, the state government is facing an uphill task in the present scenario of COVID-19 pandemic and the provisions of the disaster management Act being invoked. There is a scheme in place for victims of disasters through the legal services authorities to ensure immediate help to the victims of disaster by government and non-government agencies. Under the said scheme, the State Legal Services Authorities are required to coordinate the implementation of the plan of action prepared by the Disaster Management Authorities and supervise the transferring victims of disaster to shelters and the distribution of food, drinking water, medicines and healthcare, to such victims. Since it is the grievance of the petitioners that the benefits of the advisories and schemes of the Central and state government are not reaching all the victims, in my view, the District Legal Services Authorities can play an effective role by co-ordinating the activities of the state government authorities," the Court observed.
 
The HC then asked the petitioners to make representation by email to district collectors with a copy ot the district legal services authority. The Authority will then take up the issues with the authorities and submit a report the Court during next hearing. The Court also asked state government to file an affidavit in reply to the PILs.
 
The next hearing on this matter is scheduled on 15 April 2020.
 
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    540 New Cases in India, Guard against Fake News, Says Health Ministry
    The Union health ministry on Thursday emphasised that people should not fall for fake news as it said 540 new cases of coronavirus infection and 17 more deaths have been reported since Wednesday and 10 teams of coronavirus specialists have been sent to nine states.
     
    At the daily media briefing, Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, health, also said that 473 people have recovered. With the new cases and deaths, the total number of confirmed cases in India is 5,734, while 166 succumbed to the deadly viral infection. 
     
    There is a total of 5,095 active cases in the country.
     
    Citing the importance of Railways in the fight against the coronavirus, Mr Agarwal said: "Railways has converted 3,250 coaches into Covid-19 isolation units, equipped with beds, and total 5,000 coaches are to be converted." 
     
    He also stressed that "there is no need to trust fake news... any authentic information can be accessed through state government or central government, and information also available on health ministry website. Awareness is essential to fight this infectious disease."
     
    The Health Ministry also added that 20 companies manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE) in India have been given order for 170 million sets of such gear along with nearly 49,000 ventilators. Supply of this medical equipment is underway, Agarwal said.
     
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    doctordhanbpathi

    2 months ago

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXHQRUEEnv0
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYgwzUP354c


    1. “IN DEMOCRACY CRITICISM IS LIKE SLUICE IN A PRESSURE COOKER“–JUSTICE BOBDE, CJI, SC.
    2. Concrete steps must be taken by treating the crisis as an opportunity-DR. Manmohan Singh, former PM & Former RBI Guv.
    3. By the time COVID, 2019 entered Indian soil; it got mutated with blunted virulence. As a result, the no. of deaths has been drastically reduced; unlike Italy, Germany, the US, UK,& Spain, etc.-Dr.Nageshwer Reddy, CMD/CEO, ASIAN INSTITUTE OF GASTRO-ENTEROLOGY, HYDERABAD.
    The root causes of corona flare-up the Chinese + their ethos.

    THE GOD IS FATHER & NATURE IS MOTHER. STUDY OF NATURE IS PHILOSOPHY, THE MOTHER OF ALL SCIENCES. AS THE NATURE REVOLTS, what humans can do, except to surrender? The Chinese, eating every flesh in all animals, pigs, bovines, lizards, rodents, snakes, frogs, bats, vultures, wild animals, etc., the coronavirus flared –up, the WHO conglomerate is shocked affecting the entire world with pandemics. China destroys the entire animal kingdom [flora]. When the Chinese finish every flora & fauna by dining, nature revolts; which no man can face. Now Corona Virus affects the entire Chinese exports, its economy & the people. Fortunately, the Chinese are not cannibals, so far!!! The Chinese Govt. banned the slaughtering/eating of wild animals to vindicate the root cause pointed out.
    It is likely to be more severe in Japan, which lost its flora & fauna when the Americans bombarded Hiroshima & Nagasaki towns in World war-II [1945]. My retired teacher friend narrated a real story of 1980. In a Telangana village [Pedamupparam], the villagers noted the heavy influx of snakes into their paddy fields. Apprehending damage to growing crops, they killed all the snakes. Then entire fields were infested by rodents & the yield was the least. They approached a Siddhanthi [well knowledgeable Brahmin] for a remedy. They were advised not to kill the snakes by disturbing the ecological balance of nature. The next year they had excellent bumper crop yield. The truth is that snakes eat rats & snakes’ excreta act as a natural fertilizer against pests/rodents.
    But, in India, the ecological balance is maintained, unlike China. Either for prophylaxis or cure, we have well-developed Allopathy, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, etc., + racial immunity given by the GOD. By & large we never eat the flesh of an elephant, snakes, frogs, cats, lizards, bats, rodents, vultures, etc. Our ethos protects us, despite mass-migrations/population explosion. By telling China not to destroy ecological balance unlike India, who will bell the cat? Is it W.H.O., US, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan, France & the Philippines, etc.?
    More such viral attacks are to follow Swine Flu, SARS & coronavirus, etc.

    I appeal to decision-makers in GOI/PMO and ALL-STATE GOVTS to find time to view the exclusive interviews of Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan on CORONAVIRUS; more so, his latest interview on 09042020 in NDTV between 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm.
    A cursory listening of his remedies to current CORONAVIRIUS crisis + updates from other sources reveal:
    1. NDRF must be reconstituted/stabilized in PMO/States to visualize future pandemics and create infrastructure + manpower to face such future crises. Since we may have to face more such viral/bacterial epidemics/pandemics.
    2. JANATA CURFEW- So far so good; but, it should not be continued indefinitely.
    Lockdown may be continued, exclusively, for the vulnerable sections of society, namely, elderly with co-morbidities, children, pregnant women, etc.
    3. In the US the price for coronavirus diagnosis is Rs.3.5 lacs; whereas in India it costs Rs.4500/= the cost must be reduced to just Rs.100/= or 200/=; so that more citizens can seek the test comfortably. When the airfare in India is the cheapest in the world as commented by the US President; the cost of medical treatment/medicines in India is affordable by the middle class, the maintenance cost of mobiles is lowest; why not the cost of coronavirus tests? The PMO can do it.
    4. Those positive cases with symptoms must be quarantined until total cure. Positive cases without symptoms may be advised to enhance immunity with proper diet & yogic exercises. Everyone must wear a mask, which must be made available with bulk supplies at affordable costs.
    5. When the petrol price has been reduced drastically in the international market, GOI increased import duty to enrich its coffers. It is fine. Lockdown so far left with an unsold stock of crude oil must be lifted to enable petrol/diesel sales. GOI MUST RELEASE huge funds to States to arrange adequate quarantine facilities for treating +VE cases with symptoms.
    6. Calculate Risk- If it works well, India can lead others in addressing such a crisis. In such shaky conditions; let GOI take a calculated risk with the distribution of prophylactic medication for all corona negative cases, as suggested by AYUSH MINISTRY’S ADVISORY. The ministry must arrange to record the efficacy of prophylaxis, pending the invention of a vaccine.
    4. Ruling/Opposition parties with their infrastructure + manpower can participate in immunization by the distribution of ‘free medication’. Ministers, MPs, MLAs, & NGOs, etc., can implement, during the interim period of JANATA CURFEW; WHEREIN THE PEOPLE ARE INDOORS. It is the best opportunity for NDA/BJP/RSS cadres + the opposition parties to prove that they are the real well-wishers of their respective constituencies in dire needs.
    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Si8U02s8cQ.
    6. SATYAMAEVA JAYATHE!!

    COVID-19: What Should Be India's Exit Strategy and Minimum Size of Fiscal Package
    To stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Indian government has enforced a lock-down in the country till 14 April 2020. A very long period of shutdown can, however, lead to other problems including social unrest and India would need to have in place an exit strategy as well as fiscal package, says a research note.
     
    In the report, Dr Soumya Kanti Ghosh, group chief economic adviser of State Bank of India (SBI) says, "Keeping this in mind prime minister Narendra Modi has recently urged states and centre to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of population once lock-down ends. We believe a staggered exit could be the best option from the lock-down that ends on 14 April 2020. Such an exit strategy should encompass a demographic and economic strategy."
     
    According to the report, the current lock-down due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and consequent social distancing measures have taken a serious toll on the economy, across sectors. Though the actual affect is uncertain at the point but it will have severe impact on GDP growth with an estimated loss of Rs8 lakh crore or 4% of the gross domestic product (GDP) if the economy is in lock-down mode till 14th April, it added.
     
    SBI says the overall sectoral risk based on key parameters, such as credit ratio, leverage, stress and COVID-19 impact depict sectors such as automobiles, hotel, aviation, gems and jewellery, NBFCs, power, real estate and construction and engineering could be affected severely with combined impact. 
     
     
    "It is imperative we unveil a comprehensive set of packages for all such sectors, including goods and services tax (GST) rate rationalisation, tax moratorium, payroll support among others. This apart, the states have to handhold in this time of crisis with a potential shortfall in GST revenue looming large," it added.
     
    Apart from Rs1.75 lakh crore package announced by finance minister (FM, Nirmal Sitharaman, of which Rs73,000 crore is only new and rest is from current budget, the government needs to announce a large fiscal package for the affected industries and sectors which are on high and medium risk. 
     
    "Our calculation suggests that credit to GDP ratio of these sectors is around 12%. We believe that to enable these sectors to grow at the same pace as they would have grown in normal times, a fiscal package of at least Rs3.5 lakh crore is needed. Our estimates also suggest that given labour and capital income loss of around Rs3.60 lakh crore, the minimum subsistence fiscal package must be scaled up by Rs3 lakh crore, over and above the incremental Rs73,000 crore that was unleashed in the first phase. Such package also should include payroll support for impacted industries and budgetary support for states."
     
     
    During this lock-down, non-essential stores, restaurants, public spaces including malls, public transport and manufacturing units, everything is closed. On the top of it with work from home been adopted, offices too have been largely closed. It is obvious, SBI says that commercial real estate is one of the biggest casualties of COVID-19 and recovery will not be quick.
     
    Talking about demographic exit strategy, the report says, it may be advisable to divide the population into four groups like COVID-positive cases, those hospitalised, immunity compromised, and healthy individuals and have well defined strategy for each group because there is no herd immunity in the population for COVID-19. However, for geographical areas that have been identified as hotspots, quarantine and containment zones, the above classification needs to be customised as required at the local level, it added.
     
    SBI says, "The district wise spread of the disease shows that there are large pockets where no case has been registered and 60% of the districts shows no spread. Nevertheless, developed states, Western India have suffered the most due to COVID-19 than Eastern India. Interestingly, mapping the COVID-19 affected districts with credit outstanding reveals that 284 districts (40% of 736 districts) amounted for almost 98% of outstanding bank credit. Thus, it is imperative to unclog the banking system post COVID-19."
     
    The data on demographic of Indian population suggests that since it is predominantly young in age-group 25-30 years, the overall risk of mortality is low. However, a large section of the population has high prevalence of other comorbidity factors, namely diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in 30-50 age groups. Further, there is also high number of elderly people, which are immune compromised.
     
    As per SBI, among the sectors, small and medium industries (up to Rs100 crore), which constitute 19.3% of the total credit in bank credit are more vulnerable and will be worse affected. "We expect immediately that companies will draw more from their sanctioned working capital limits for couple of months but it will be difficult for them if it persists for long," it says.
     
    During second half of FY19-20, it has been observed that credit ratio deteriorated across sectors, the report says, adding, "Some of the sectors which were having better credit ratio in H2FY2019 have also been hit hard. The good thing is that banks have witnessed good traction in credit (term and working capital requirements) in the last seven-days of the year ending 31 March 2020. It seems companies and corporates are preparing themselves for a surge in demand after the lock-down period."
     
    "As per our estimate, the incremental credit offtake would have been Rs2,100 billion in March of which agri Rs100 billion, Industry Rs1,200 billion, services Rs600 billion and personal loans Rs200 billion. Clearly, the tide seemed to have turned as far as bank credit is concerned in March," SBI says.
     
    Commenting on economic strategy, Dr Ghosh from SBI says, the economic exit strategy must account for how erosion in demand be restored in quick time. "For this some measures may be implemented. This includes giving first preference to agriculture and procurement, some relaxation in inland transport, extending time limits for retail trades, allowing hoteling services to open for limited duration, permitting construction activities on districts where there are no or low COVID cases, and pushing digital infrastructure for enhancing mass communication and education," Dr Ghosh from SBI says.
     
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