DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ● REG.NO. MCS/067/2018 - 20 RNI REGN. NO. 1543/57 JOURNALISM OF COURAGE MONDAY, MAY 17, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 14 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 NEW HEALTH MINISTRY GUIDELINES O2 bedsinvillages,push totesting:Centredraws up3-tierresponseplan The blueprint: 30-bed Covid centres in villages, linkages with district hospitals BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Patients being moved from the BKC Jumbo Covid centre in Mumbai to hospitals elsewhere on Sunday. Pradip Das CYCLONE TAUKTAE Anxiety in auto hubs: plants shut, how long before workers leave? SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, MAY 16 WITH COMPANIES in Haryana's Manesar industrial hub closed for longer than maintenance shutdowns,workerslivinginadjoining villages are beginning to turn restless. Unlike a year ago, the workers have stayed put thus far — however, this may change if the Covidsituationdoesnotimprove and the shutdown extends for another2-3 weeks, companyofficials and union leaders watching the labour dynamics in this industrial ecosystem said. If the smaller vendors supplying to the big manufacturers start laying off workers, an exodus to UP, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand may begin, these officials said. “Many companies had extendedtheirmaintenanceshutdowns andplannedtostartproduction E E X P L A I NE D CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Vulnerable ● ecosystem STATE LOCKDOWNS have impacted the automobile industry ecosystem of plants, vendors, transport and logistics operators, and a wide network of showrooms. Any plans to resume operations quickly will be hit if last year's exodus of workers is repeated. ‘...At times State has backed mob attacking civil liberties. Courts must protect liberties’ JUSTICE GOVIND MATHUR FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE OF ALLAHABAD HIGH COURT PAGE 10 As storm approaches, BMC shifts Covid centre patients to hospitals JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU MUMBAI, MAY 16 AS CYCLONE Tauktae made its way northward along the coast of Karnataka and Maharashtra on Sunday evening, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC)scrambledto move patients from Covid Centrestogovernmenthospitals in the city. Until late in the evening, a total 603 Covid-19 patients had been moved out of three jumbo facilitiesinthecity,including243 from the BKC facility, 184 from theDahisarfacility,and176from Mulund. Some were discharged, the rest were admitted to hospitals runbythestategovernmentand the civic body. According to the India Meteorological Department's 10 pmbulletin,Tauktaewaslocated about 220 km south-southwest of Mumbai at 8.30 pm, and was moving north-northwestward INSIDE MUMBAIMAY SEE HEAVY RAIN, VACCINE DRIVE SUSPENDED OVER 5,000 PEOPLE SHIFTED PAGE 3, 4, 7 at a speed of about 19 km/hour. Already classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, Tauktae was very likely to intensify further over the next 24 hours, and was expected to reach the Gujarat coast in the evening of May 17, the IMD said. Mumbai was not expected to suffer any major effects of the storm. ThroughSunday,severaldoctors and medical staff in PPE were seen moving in and out of the BKC Covid Centre as ambulances equipped with oxygen ferried patients to the hospitals. “Out of the 243 patients, 198 were shifted without any issues while the rest have been discharged. This is a temporary measure keeping the cyclone in mind. In a day or two, the government will take a decision on moving patients back to the BKC Covid Care Centre. As of Sunday night no patients are left at the Covid Care Centre,” Dr Rajesh Dere,inchargeof theBKCjumbo centre, said. An official of the state health department said, “Patients in critical condition will now be treated at the same hospital and will not be transferred back to thejumbocentresasitcouldimpact their condition.” Relatives of patients waiting anxiously outside the centre CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Situation in control, prepared for third wave, says UP CM LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, MAY 16 THE PANDEMIC situation in Uttar Pradesh is not alarming or out of control, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday. UP is even prepared for a third wave of Covid-19, if it comes, Adityanath said. Extra test kits and medical kits, and surveillance teams trained in Covid management have been despatched to villages to check ‘Not hiding the spread of anything’ the pandemic in rural areas, the Chief Minister said. “We are hiding nothing. Everythingistransparent...Every detail of testing, recoveries and deathsareuploadedonthe(government's Covid) portal,” Adityanath told a group of CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Fallout of Kumbh surge, Ayodhya locks down with cops, CCTVs watching DIPANKAR GHOSE COVID IN THE COUNTRYSIDE UTTAR PRADESH AN EXPRESS SERIES PART- 8 AYODHYA Lucknow ACTIVE CASES 2,661 1,679 APRIL27 MAY14 AYODHYA, MAY 16 THEY ARE glaring at each other, refusing to relent. RameshwarKumar,48,hasto head back to Lucknow for work. And all his life, he has bowed his head before Hanuman Garhi, or the Ram Janmabhoomi, before leaving his hometown. On the other side, Constable Devraj Singh has the unenviable task of stopping Kumar. “Icannotletyougo.Thereisa government order. This is a pandemic,” says Singh. As Kumar finallyturnsaway,Singhexclaims: “What a time this is. Even faith is affected.” Inthelanesof Ayodhya,there is an eerie silence. The temple CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Unassuming young face who had a meteoric rise in the Congress PAGE 1 ANCHOR MANOJ C G & MANOJ MORE NEW DELHI, PUNE, MAY 16 WHEN RAJEEV Satav took on some of the senior Congress leaders at an internal meeting of the party in August last year, it surprised many. For Satav, 46, who died of post-Covid complications on Sunday, was known to be a soft-spoken leader who avoided open confrontations andbelievedinadjustmentsand accommodation,arathertypical Congress trait. Butovertheyears,hehadbecome close to Rahul Gandhi and hadcometobeidentifiedasakey member of team Rahul. So the positionhetookwasintunewith theinternaltusslethatthepartyis witnessing now. It was political, the internal variety. And he was deeplypoliticaltoo.Thatepisode apart, Satav was non-controversialandunassumingwithanability to make friends. He was after all an organisational man. "He was a rising star of the Congress party," Sonia Gandhi saidexpressingshockathisdeath. Satav, a Rajya Sabha MP, tested positive for Covid last month and was admitted in RAJEEV SATAV 1974-2021 Pune's Jehangir Hospital for the past 23 days. He was on ventilator support. After recovering from Covid, he was diagnosed with Cytomegalovirus infection and his condition became critical. He died on Sunday morning. The funeral will be held in Kalamnuri town in Hingoli district on Monday. He had a meteoric rise in the Congress. He began his electoral career as a block panchayat member in 2002 and went on to become both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MP within a span of 18 years. In the organisation, he began as an office-bearer of MaharashtraYouthCongressand went on to become the national president of the Youth Congress, AICC in charge of the key state of Gujarat and a CWC member. Alawgraduateandalumniof CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 No proof of fraud, Srinivas, Gambhir, others were actually helping: Delhi Police to HC SOFI AHSAN NEW DELHI, MAY 16 IN A preliminary report on allegations of blackmarketing and illegal distribution of Covid-19 medicines against various politicians, including All India Youth Congress President Srinivas B V, the Delhi Police has told the Delhi High Court that the persons have been helping people voluntarily and without discrimination. Besides Srinivas, police had questioned AAP MLA Dilip Pandey, BJP MP Gautam Gambhir and others. “Theenquiryconductedsofar has revealed that all the persons alleged to have been hoarding CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, MAY 16 WITH AT least 516 districts returning a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent, and increased mortality being reported in rural India, the Centre on Sunday directed states to set up a threetier health infrastructure to managetheepidemicinthehinterland, including makeshift 30bed Covid CareCentres (CCCs) in villages, each equipped with at least two oxygen cylinders. TheHealthMinistrysaidthat schools, community halls, and panchayat buildings should be turnedintoCCCstomanagemild cases of the disease. Primary Health Centres (PHCs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), and Sub-district Hospitals—whichconstitutethe CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 JHARKHAND PLANS MASSIVE SURVEY TO MAP CASES, DEATHS SHAHID JAMEEL QUITS GENE SEQUENCING PANEL PAGE 6 The Covid ward at CHC Nim Ka Thana in Sikar. Deep Mukherjee In rural Rajasthan, amid shortage of oxygen, ventilators kept idle DEEP MUKHERJEE SIKAR/ KOTPUTLI, MAY 16 SUPPORTED BY A pillow and slouched over his hospital bed, Jagdish Prasad Mittal, 79, watcheshissonManojfrantically dialling people, enquiring if an ICUbedisavailableinanyhospitalalongthe120-kmstretchfrom their hometown Nim Ka Thana in Rajasthan’s Sikar district to Jaipur, the state capital. Opposite him at the Covid ward of the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Nim Ka Thana, anotherseptuagenarianMariam Bano gasps for breath, her body suddenly convulsing. Bano’s grandson Syed Yunus cries for the duty doctor who rushes alongwith nursingstaff to check on her. But a few moments later, acurtain isdrawnaroundBano’s bed. She is declared dead. On May 14, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took to Twitter to say that with 2.11 lakh active cases, Rajasthan is fourth in the country in terms of active cases. A day after, he said given the rapid spread of cases in rural areas, there is a need to strengthen healthcare services right up to the lowest tier. Travellingacrossvillages,and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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