DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA BY UNNY ` 72 per kilo ` 100 per kilo ` 122 per kilo ` 65 per Dozen PUSHBACK Get vaccines, make them free for all: 12 parties, 4 Opp CMs write to PM MANOJ CG NEW DELHI, MAY 12 THEPOLITICALfaultlinesoverthe Covidsecondsurgesharpenedtoday with leaders of 12 major Oppositionparties,includingfour ChiefMinisters,writingajointletter to Prime Minister Narendra ModiaskingtheCentretoprocure vaccinescentrallyfromglobaland domestic sources and begin a free, universal mass vaccination campaign across the country. The Opposition’s united front came a day after BJP president J P Nadda wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi accusing her party of misleading people and creating false panic. The Oppositionpushedbackaccusing thegovernmentofhavingignored their earlier suggestions, and arguingthat“thisonlycompounded the situation to reach such an apocalyptic human tragedy”. ThisalsocomeswhentheBJP Keepingthe heaton THE SECOND letter from the Opposition in 10 days keeps the heat on the Centre amid the Covid crisis. It’s also a pushback to the BJP’s efforts to paint all criticism of the PM and the Centre as being motivated by an “agenda”. is pulling out all the stops to counter criticism of the Prime Minister and the Centre’s handlingof thecrisis,attributingitto vestedinterestswithan“agenda”. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 From May 17-19, walk-ins allowed in Mumbai, but no first dose vaccination SANJANA BHALERAO MUMBAI, MAY 12 FOR JUST three days – from May 17 to May 19 – the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in Mumbai will put on hold compulsory onlinebookingforvaccineslotsand permit walk-in registration for those above 60 years of age eligible for second dose of Covishield and Covaxin, people of all ages who are to get the seconddoseof Covaxinandthespecially-abled.Forthesethreedays, no one would be administered first doses, the civic body announced on Wednesday. The BMC asked people to access vaccination centres nearest to their homes or in their ward for walk-in registrations. It also EID-UL-FITR A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of The Indian Express. This page is an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contains content paid for by advertisers. This page should be read as an advertisement. PAGE 1 ANCHOR saidthatvaccinationcentreswill be shut on Sunday. AfterannouncingonTuesday that it would continue with Covishield vaccinations for the 18 to 44 age group, the BMC said on Wednesday that it is halting allvaccinationsforthisgroup,after state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that all stock is being diverted towards administering second dose to the 45-plus age group in Maharashtra. Manypeople haveexpressed anger and frustration at not being able to take their second jab even six to seven weeks after receivingtheirfirstshot.Manysenior citizens have said the administration should prioritise vaccinationof peopledueforthe second dose and pause the drive for the 18 to 44 age group till CONTINUEDONPAGE2 THE CITY DOOR-TO-DOOR VACCINEPOLICY: COULDHAVESAVED LIVES, SAYS HC PAGE 4 REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES BUSINESS AS USUAL ● `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 34.66 LAKH DOSES GIVEN TO 18-44 AGE GROUP FROM MAY 1-MAY 12 Vaccine inequity deepens in young: 85% of those jabbed are in just seven states SC Justice Chandrachud tests positive, Covid hearing is deferred Centre’s criteria for 45-plus don’t hold for 18-44; population is also not a factor KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MAY 12 INWHATunderlinestheabsence of a transparent formula for allocationandraisescriticalquestions of vaccineequity,sevenstatesaccountforalmostastaggering85% of allvaccinedosesadministered to those in the 18-44 group since that opened on May 1. Records analysed by The Indian Expressshowthatthepatterncontradictsassurancesgiven by the Centre to the Supreme Courtthattoensureequity,ithas workedwithprivatemanufacturerstofactorinstates’population. Of the 34.66 lakh doses administered from May 1-May 12 to those in the 18-44 age group (thecohortforwhichstateshave to procure from the open market), over 85% were administered in seven states: Maharashtra (6.25 lakh), Rajasthan(5.49lakh),Delhi(4.71 lakh), Gujarat (3.86 lakh), Haryana(3.55lakh),Bihar(3.02lakh), and Uttar Pradesh (2.65 lakh). Except for Delhi, these aresix of the 13 states of concern flagged by the Centre that together account for 82.51% of India’s total active cases. Yet, while the seven states mentioned above recorded over 85% of vaccinations, the remainingseven“concernstates—with more than 1 lakh active cases — administered a dismal 5.86% of the total doses to their 18-44 population. In fact many states have curbed vaccinations to this group because of shortage. Consider this: Karnataka, withthecountry’shighestactive caseload (5.87 lakh), administered just 74,015 doses; Kerala, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Justice Chandrachud is isolating; new date of hearing later EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 12 Nurses in PPE outside a Covid Care Centre in Vashi, Navi Mumbai, on Wednesday, International Nurses Day. Narendra Vaskar Mumbai civic body’s global tender for 1 cr shots keeps China out LAXMAN SINGH MUMBAI, MAY 12 THE BRIHANMUMBAI Municipal Corporation (BMC) Wednesday issued a global Expression of Interest (EoI) for procurement of one crore doses of vaccines for Mumbai. The EoI includes a condition that bids from companies in countries that share land borders with India will not be considered, which effectively bars any company from China. “We are not aware of the Night ‘horror’: Patients, doctors all had raised alarms on Goa O2 crisis MAYURA JANWALKAR PANAJI, MAY 12 SALIGAON RESIDENT Ashley Delaney’s former teacher Avito was among the 26 Covid-19 patients who died Tuesday at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH),thestate’slargestCovid facility, of suspected oxygen shortage.Delaney,whosefatherin-law is admitted in the same wardof GMCH,hasbeengoingto thehospitaleverydaysinceApril 21. He said he has been flagging thedropinoxygenlevelsatnight to the administration for days. “I used to keep pointing it out. At one point my father-inlawsurvivedonlybecausehegot the cylinder of someone who didn’t make it,” said Delaney. Hewasn’ttheonlyoneraising the issue. Six days before the 26 deaths, Goa Association of Resident Doctors wrote to the GMCH Dean flagging the crisis at night. On Wednesday, as the matter came up before the High Court of Bombay at Goa, which is hearing a bunch of PILs on the matter, Dean S M Bandekar admitted there were issues with oxygen supply at the hospital, as well as casualties due to it. The HC noted: “The material placed before us establishes that patientsareindeedsufferingand, in some cases, succumbing for wantofoxygeninthestateofGoa.” Delaneysaidheandotherattendants had been reluctant to speakabouttheshortageasthey feared a fallout on their relatives CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 SITUATION QUITE GRIM: HC PAGE 13 Central government’s current policy. But we have decided to put in this condition in the tender to ban Chinese firms from participating in the EoI. There is a question on the quality aspects and other specifics of the Chinese vaccines. We are not accepting that (WHO approval),” P Velrasu, Additional Municipal Commissioner (Projects), told The Indian Express. Interested companies are requiredtorespondbyMay18.The company finalised will have to deliverthevaccineswithinthree CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THE EDITORIAL PAGE AN UNCERTAIN OUTLOOK BYSAUGATABHATTACHARYA PAGE 10 WORLD DOZENS KILLED AS ISRAEL-PALESTINE VIOLENCE RAGES SITUATION COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED: PANEL SLAMS GLOBAL COVID RESPONSE PAGE 14 Premji at RSS lecture: Truth and good science key to confront crisis EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, MAY 12 INDUSTRIALIST AND philanthropist Azim Premji said science and truth have to be the foundations to tackle the Covid19 crisis, and the scale and spread of the pandemic need to be accepted truthfully. Speaking during the ‘PositivityUnlimited’seriesoflecturesorganisedbytheRSS-linked Covid Response Team and being aired on national public broadcaster Doordarshan National Spoke at ‘Positivity Unlimited’ series every day this week, Premji, founder of Wipro, said, “First, we must act with the greatest of speed on all fronts and these CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE TO LIFE THAN IMAGE-BUILDING, SAYS KHER PAGE 12 JUSTICE D Y Chandrachud, who is heading the Supreme Court’s three-judge special bench on Covid management, has tested positive and is in isolation. The apex court said it has deferred Thursday’s scheduled hearing on“distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic and similar matters”. In a notification issued Wednesday, the Supreme Court said that “since one of the Hon’ble Judges of the bench scheduled to hear” the suo motu matter on Thursday has tested positive for Covid, “the Special Bench comprising Hon’ble Dr Justice D Y Chandrachud, Hon’ble Mr Justice L Nageswara Rao and Hon’ble Mr Justice S Ravindra Bhat in Court No.5 will not sit and the matters listed before this bench stand deferred and fresh date of listing shall be notified later”. Due to the pandemic, the Supreme Court has been hearingcases via video conferencing. Four other judges of the court had tested positive in the past, and have since recovered. On May 10, the court adjourned the hearing in the Covid mattertoMay13followingtechnical glitches. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 17 deaths in a month in a single village tell the story of a state DIPANKAR GHOSE SULTANPUR KHERA (RAE BARELI), MAY 12 AS VEHICLES grind to a halt before the makeshift wooden barrieronthetarredsingle-laneroad, Avinash Prasad hitches up his mask and tells people to turn away. “There is Covid in the village. The government has made this a containment zone, 18 peoplehavediedinamonth,”hesays. Thisisoneof theentrypoints toSultanpurKheravillageinUP’s Rae Bareli district. And behind the barrier is Prasad’s home, where his family members are seated on a cot in the courtyard. “Nobodyissteppingout.Dehshat hi dehshat hai (There is fear everywhere),” he says. Nearby, Dinesh Singh, a bank employee, reads out from a list he has compiled of those who died here in the past month CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sanitisation in Sultanpur Khera village in Rae Bareli where 17 people with Covid symptoms have died over the last month. The village has been locked down. Praveen Khanna RAE BARELI COVID IN THE COUNTRYSIDE UTTAR PRADESH AN EXPRESS SERIES PART-6 Lucknow ACTIVE CASES 1,667 1,588 APRIL15 MAY11 Jobless man now hands paycheque to 70 like him in Odisha village AISHWARYA MOHANTY BHUBANESWAR, MAY 12 LIKE SO MANY other migrants, Ranjan Sahu, 40, was hit hard by the national lockdown which followedtheCovid-19pandemic unfolding in March last year. Having lost his job, Sahu started his own garment manufacturing unit in his village GunthiinKendraparadistrict.He employed 70 other youths from his village and nearby villages who had either lost their jobs due to the pandemic, or were forced to return home. Almost a month after the lockdown in April last year, facing severe financial constraints, the garment unit in Kolkata he hadbeenworkingforoverseven years had shut down, rendering all its employees jobless. “Ireturnedhomeandwassittingidle,withnowheretogoand without any fresh opportunities. Ihadmysavingstosustainmyself and my family, but I realised that not a lot of people had enough savingsandwereconstantlylooking for work. In my village a lot of peoplehadreturnedfromKerala andSuratwhoworkedinthetextile and garment industries. That is when I decided to start somethingonmyownandstartedthis venture,” Sahu told The Indian Express. Nearly 110 km from Bhubaneswar, in his village of Gunthi in Pattamundai block of Kendrapara district, Sahu set up his first garment manufacturing unit — Royal Green Garment Company. Spread across 3,000 square feet, with 45 sewing machines, the unit has been functional since January this year, employing70migrantswhohad returned to their native villages due to lack of jobs. They now produce formal shirts, tee shirts and trousers. Sahu dropped out of school when he was 18, and like many Migrants have been returning to their villages in Odisha from other states. Aishwarya Mohanty others from his village, left Odisha in search of work. A class X dropout, he picked up the skills of working in the garments industry for nearly 22 years across cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Surat and even Nepal. “I have worked in various capacities across cities, mostly as production manager. I had a comfortable job and never thoughtIwould startsomething on my own. The pandemic changed a lot of things. We also plan to expand and hire more peopleasandwhenthedemand increases,” Sahu said. For the residents of Gunthi and nearby villages, he has been a saviour in the time of crisis. Sagarika Panda, 22, used to work at a garment manufacturing unit in Ernakulam in Kerala. The eldest daughter, she had taken up the job to provide for her family. Her father, a farmer, had suffered losses due to cyclone Fani in the coastal village. But within months of joining the job, she was left jobless amidst the raging pandemic. “After the first lockdown even my parents were reluctant tosendmeawaytoanotherstate for work. We were stranded at theunitin Keralafor overaweek before help reached us. But after returning home, there was no livelihood opportunity for me and financially we were strugglingeveryday,”saidPanda,who earns Rs 6,000 a month. “I am happy that we got an opportunity right here close to the village,” she said. Another worker, Dina Lenka, from Adhajori village five kilometres away from Gunthi, had returned from Kolkata after the lockdown. “I learned sewing from an NGO here three years ago. After thatImovedtoKolkatafor work. Everythingwassmoothuntilthe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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