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 TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2021, MUMBAI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `5.00, WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 PM ADDRESS TO NATION ON POLICY REVERSAL SHARES DOUBLE IN SIX DAYS as PNB After adverse reaction, a change in dose: Free Red flagshousing stake in Covid vaccines for all, only Centre to procure finance subsidiary Facing Opp heat, SC’s scrutiny, a bid to turn tables, claim lost ground Pvt hospital charges capped; Modi extends free foodgrain scheme till Nov RAVISH TIWARI & ANANTHAKRISHNAN G HARIKISHAN SHARMA NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Navi Mumbai’s Inorbit mall saw few visitors on the first day of its reopening on Monday. Restaurants, gyms and salons in Mumbai resumed business after two months. Amit Chakravarty PAGE3 WHAT CHANGES FOR... CENTRE Currently, it gets 50% of total doses, allocates it to states for priority groups and 45+ for free. Now, it will procure 75% of doses and distribute to states to vaccinate for free the priority groups, and18-44-yr-olds. STATES 45+ GROUP Will continue to get the biggest share of free vaccines. At private centres, will have to pay for the shots. 18-44 GROUP E EXPLAINED REVERSING HIS government’s Covid-19 vaccination policy amid a chorus from states that it should take over vaccine procurement, and probing questions recentlyfrom the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Monday that the Centre will provide free vaccines to states for inoculation of all above age 18 from June 21. In an address to the nation, the Prime Minister said the Centre will buy 75 per cent of doses from vaccine makers, including 25 per cent of the state quota, and give it for free to state governments. No state government, he said, will have to spend onvaccine procurement. Hesaid private sector hospitals can continue to procure 25 per cent of vaccines, but the service charge willbecappedatRs150perdose overthefixedpriceofthevaccine. On Monday, The Indian Express had reported that the Centre was “willing” to rethink its vaccination policy and take over vaccine procurement. Modi also announced extensionofthefreefoodgrainscheme, PradhanMantriGaribKalyanAnn Yojana(PMGKAY),untilNovember this year. Under the PMGKAY, 5 kg foodgrain — rice/wheat/coarse grains — is provided free of charge once a NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 Since May 1, had to procure 25% of doses from open market for 18-44 group. Now won’t be involved in procurement, will use doses from Centre. From June 21, their jabs are free at government centres. At private hospitals, they will continue to pay. ● PVT HOSPITALS Along with Centre, can deal with manufacturers. Can charge Rs 150 as administrative cost. NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 BESIDESTHEshiftinvaccineprocurement, the revised Covid-19 vaccination guidelines, likely to EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JUNE 7 CHIEF MINISTER Uddhav Thackeray,whoisleadingadelegationof hiscabinetministersfor a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday, did not respond to PM NarendraModi'sannouncement BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY be issued in the next two days, will include key policy changes thatseektoreduceinequityinthe private sector, top government sources told The Indian Express. According to these sources, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 15 women among 18 killed in fire at factory in Pune district EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE PUNE, JUNE 7 A MASSIVE fire at a factory in Pune district's Mulshi taluka on Monday claimed the lives of 18 workers. Fifteen of the victims were reportedly women. The fire was reported at SVS Aqua Technologies, a factory in UrawadenearPirangutinMulshi taluka, around 3.30 pm, said Pune Rural Police. On receiving information about the fire, teams of the Pune Metropolitan Region DevelopmentAuthority(PMRDA)and ‘Cure therapy’ ban to training for police: HC reaches out to LGBTQ ARUN JANARDHANAN CHENNAI, JUNE 7 Smoke billows out of the factory. Express Maharashtra Industrial DevelopmentCorporation(MIDC) fire brigade rushed to the spot with six fire tenders, water tankers and fire-fighting equipment. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 UNDERLINING THAT sexual autonomy is an essential aspect of the right to privacy, the Madras HighCourtonMondayissuedfarreaching guidelines aimed at mainstreaming LGBTIQA+ persons—fromprohibitingattempts to“medicallycure”personsbelonging to the community to seeking changes in school and university curricula and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Many in IPS get waivers on fines for overstaying, other officers rarely do PAGE 1 ANCHOR SAGAR RAJPUT MUMBAI, JUNE 7 INDECEMBER2019,anAssistant Police Inspector (API) who had been fined Rs 14 lakh for overstaying in police quarters, appealed to the Maharashtra government to waive the penal rent on compassionate grounds. He said he had overstayed for three yearsbecause hismother, 80, required spinal surgery, one of his sons was preparing for the chartered accountancy exam, the other for SSC. Documents show that the YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW E AN XPRESS RTI APPLICATION API's appeal was rejected. In July 2019, then Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barvehadsoughtawaiveronhis penal rent of Rs 9.08 lakh. He got a full waiver. Penal rent is fine levied on police officers who stay on in government quarters even after their tenure on the post has ended. An officer can appeal to the Maharashtra Home Department and the local Commissioner's office for a waiver. “The final decision is taken by the government,” a Home Department officer said. TheIndianExpressfiledanapplication under the Right to Information (RTI) Act for details of officers whose penal rent has been waived over the last 10 years. The government's reply shows high ranking IPS officers have a better chance of obtaining a waiver than junior officers. Besides Barve, the governmentwaivedpenalrentsof three other IPS officers, all of whom are now retired — former Director General (Legal and Technical) S P Yadav, former Director General, State Security Corporation D Kanakratnam, andformerPoliceCommissioner of Pune, Gulabrao Pol. Eight CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Decision came after SC questioned policy, say NCP, Cong ministers Next up: Ensuring small hospitals get supply, e-vouchers for poor KAUNAIN SHERIFF M BLINDSIDEDbythesecondCovid wavethatbroughtoutinharshrelief how the Centre dropped the ball on Covid management — from detecting the variant to stockpiling vaccines — Prime MinisterNarendraModi’saddress to the nation Monday was more than mere course-correction. Bymakingvaccinesfree,taking over their procurement and extending food rations to November,Moditriedtoturnthe tables on the Opposition, deflect growing heat from the Supreme Courtandgivefreshactionpoints other IPS officers have applied for waivers, The Indian Express has learnt. In a judgment passed in September 2018, the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal (MAT) observed that “it is clear and evident that deficiency of distinct treatment is giventosubordinatespolicestaff while a favoured treatment is given to the higher officers.” MAT,whichtakesupservicerelated issues of government employees, was hearing a plea by retired Inspector Sampat Sawant, who had approached the tribunal after the government rejected his request for a penal rent waiver. A document obtained under CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 of a new policy for central procurementof vaccines,neitherdid the Shiv Sena, but ministers of the Congress and NCP said the decision came due to questioning of the government's vaccine policy by the Supreme Court. Maharashtra was one of the first states to demand of the Centre that it be allowed to procure vaccines independently. Therewasacabinetresolutionin thisregardinApril,andinthefirst weekof MayThackeraywroteto the PM reiterating this demand. But the state government changed its mind when the difficulties became apparent. On being told by the Centre to procure 25 per cent of its vaccine requirement under the earlier CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 may dip below 26% SANDEEP SINGH NEW DELHI, JUNE 7 QUESTIONS ARE likely to be raisedattheshareholders’meeting of Punjab National Bank Housing Finance (PNBHF) later this month over the possibility of Punjab National Bank (PNB) losing its dominant shareholder status in the company. And into the circumstances of last week’s Rs 4000-crore investment in PNBHF announced by a consortium of investors, led by US private equity giant The Carlyle Group and former HDFC Bank Ltd chief executive Aditya Puri. The capital infusion will make Carlyle the largest shareholder in PNB Housing. This despite the fact that both the government and PNBHF publicly committed to ensuring that PNB maintains a 26% stake. Shares of PNBHF have doubledoverthelastsixdaysevenas a report prepared by Stakeholders’ Empowerment Services, a leading “proxy advisory firm” to protect minority shareholder interests, has called the PNBHF board resolution on preferentialissueofequityshares and warrants to the consortium as “unfair transaction, against public shareholders and PNB”. It has also called the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Uddhav-led delegation to meet PM today over Maratha quota EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE MUMBAI, JUNE 7 CHIEF MINISTER Uddhav Thackeray will lead a delegation of ministers of the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition government to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Tuesday on the issueoftheMarathaquota,which wasstruckdownbytheSupreme Courtlastmonth.Thedelegation willalsotakeupothermattersincluding a post-cyclone Tauktae relief package and GST dues. Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil said that the delegation, which comprises the Chief Minister, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar, PWD Minister Ashok Chavan who is also chairman of the cabinet sub-committee on Maratha quota, and Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, will meet the PM on Tuesday. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 812 ACRES OF AAREY LAND HANDED OVER TO GOVT PAGE 4
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