DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2021, NEW DELHI, LATE CITY, 16 PAGES `6.00 (`8 BIHAR & RAIPUR, `12 SRINAGAR) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 DAY AFTER PM’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON CENTRAL PROCUREMENT, FREE VACCINATION Centre tells states to ensure registrations on site, places orders for 44 crore vaccine doses Bill for free vaccines and extra foodgrains will be Rs 1.15 lakh cr in FY21 ‘Change in vaccination policy based on analysis, feedback, public narrative’ NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 ADAYafterthePrimeMinisterannounced that the Centre will directly procure 75 per cent of the total doses to vaccinate every adult in the country free of cost, the Ministry of Health placed an advanceorderTuesdaytosecure44 crore doses from the two vaccine manufacturers in the country. And moving to tide over vaccine registration problems as it expands the inoculation drive, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 E E X P L A I NE D KAUNAIN SHERIFF M Key to shots ● for all ON-SITE REGISTRATION is critical to expanding vaccination, especially beyond urbancentres.Thiswasalso underlinedbytheSupreme Courtwhichaskedthegovernment if mandatory registration on CoWIN was practical given the digital divide in the country. AANCHAL MAGAZINE NEW DELHI, JUNE 8 Lucknow shops reopened after 50 days Tuesday. Vishal Srivastav THE PRIMEMINISTER’S decision Monday to providefree vaccines to states for all citizens over 18 years from June 21 is likely to cost the exchequer an additional Rs 15,000 crore compared with the Budget allocation of Rs 35,000 crore. “It is too early to give a cor- rect estimate with multiple suppliers and different prices. But the rough estimate is total expenditure for vaccines for this year may be Rs 45,000-50,000 crore. In the Budget, we had provided Rs 35,000 crore, and of this, the government has paid out about Rs 5,000 crore,” a senior government official who did not wish to be named told The Indian Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Ahmedabad takes a long shot — puts out ad on Olympics infra RITU SHARMA AHMEDABAD, JUNE 8 Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, his deputy Ajit Pawar (right) of the Nationalist Congress Party, and his Cabinet colleague Ashok Chavan of the Congress in New Delhi on Tuesday. PTI Maratha quota, GST dues: Team Uddhav meets PM, hopeful of positive response On his separate meeting with Modi, CM: ‘Nothing wrong, didn’t meet Nawaz’ VISHWAS WAGHMODE MUMBAI, JUNE 8 IN ONLY his second meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he became the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday held talks with the PM in New Delhi over state issues, as well as met him privately for about 30 minutes — setting political circles abuzz in the state. Speaking to the media, Thackerayexpressedsatisfaction overthemeetings,whereheand NOCHANGEININDIA QSUNIVRANKINGS India’s tally in the world’s top 200 universities remains unchanged for the fifth straight year. IIT-Bombay, IITDelhi, IISc Bengaluru have been the only institutions in the top 200 since 2017, according to the latest QS World University Rankings. PAGES 9, 13 two Cabinet members raised 12 issues, key among them being reservationforMarathasandGST dues.“WemetthePMonimportant issues of the state and gave him notes on all. He heard us seriouslyandpromisedtolookinto them.WearehopefulthePMwill resolvetheissuespositively.”The CMsaidhealsothankedModion the change in vaccine policy, underwhichtheCentrewillnowdo the procurement. Apart from Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and PWD Minister Ashok Chavan, Thackeray was accompanied by Chief Secretary BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY Sitaram Kunte. On his one-on-one meeting with Modi, the CM said: “Today we are not politically together, but that does not mean that the relationship has broken. Thereis nothing wrong if I meet him. I didn’t go to meet Nawaz Sharif." The Nawaz Sharif remark was apparently a reference to Modi's surprise visit to the former Pakistani PM in December 2015. However,Thackeray did not give any details regarding what he discussed with the PM. Chavan, who is the chairman CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 New learning spaces to teacher postings: Punjab’s topping mantra KANCHAN VASDEV CHANDIGARH, JUNE 8 FROMRANKING13thin2017-18 to climbing to the top of the latest school ranking index, from teacher-less schools to smart classrooms,Punjab’sgovernment schools have emerged a winner. On Sunday, when the Education Ministry released the latesteditionof thePerformance Grading Index or PGI, Punjab was right on top in the overall ranking, scoring 929 points out of 1,000 and leaving star performances such as Kerala (fourth) and Delhi (sixth position) behind. Chandigarh stood second, followed by Tamil Nadu. PGIisanindexthatmeasures the performance of states and Union Territories in school edu- cation across 70 parameters such as learning outcomes, enrollment and infrastructure. “We have very good teachers who are IT savvy and are keen to deliver. Four years ago, we introduced English-medium schools, right at the primary level, and now our children speak fluent English. We have our results to show for it,” saidKrishan Kumar, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 THERE IS no slot in sight for at least 15 years,andit'saverylong shot.ButAhmedabad,itappears, is going for it. On Tuesday, the city's development authority invited proposalsfromconsultantstoassess venuesandinfrastructuretohost the Olympic Games. “...Technically sound and experienced consulting engineering firms for appointment of technical assistance consultant/ agency for assessment of sports and non sports venues and city infrastructure for hosting the OlympicGames,”saidanewspaper advertisement issued by AhmedabadUrbanDevelopment Authority (AUDA). According to the advertisement, the project will be jointly executed by AUDA, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Gujarat government. THE EDITORIAL PAGE A CORPORATE REVOLUTION BY MANISH SABHARWAL & GOPAL JAIN PAGE 10 INSIDE FORMER UP CHIEF SECRETARY PANDEY IS NEW EC PAGE 6 SC CONCERN OVER ‘COVID ADOPTIONS’ PAGE 5 Plug, charge, ride: Low-cost charging system could be game-changer for electric bikes and 3-wheelers PAGE 1 ANCHOR AMITABH SINHA PUNE, JUNE 8 A LOW-COST charging system fortwo-andthree-wheelerelectric vehicles, expected to hit the market in about six months, could prove to be a gamechanger for electric mobility in the country. Two-andthree-wheelersaccountforabout80percentof vehiclesalesinthecountry,andare a major source of vehicular emissions. Government officials said the adoption of electric mobility in this segment could be much faster if a low-cost and easily accessible charging system was made available. The new charging system, developed as a government-industry partnership, could be priced as low as Rs 3,500. Existing charging solutions cost anywhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000. A prototype has already been developed and at least half a dozen companies are currently working to manufacture it on scale, officials said. Thenewsystemhasbeenthe result of an initiative led by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to thegovernment,andindustry and research groups. Theall-weatherchargingde- At the opening of two EV charging points at NITI Aayog in 2018. The big hurdle for EV technology in India has been the limited availability of charging points. Amit Mehra/Archive vice can be installed in any place withaccesstoa220-volt,15-ampere power line. Parking lots of Metro and railway stations, shopping malls, hospitals, office complexes, apartments and evensmallcoffeeshopsorkirana outlets could be ideal spots. The charging system has a charger, a smart electric socket capable of communicating with a mobile phone, and mobile apps with provisions to make payments. “Oneof thebiggesthurdlesin thewidespreadadoptionof electricvehiclesinIndiahasbeenthe limited availability of charging stations. This proposed solution seeks to address that problem. It isdesignedtobeinstalledalmost anywhere at an affordable cost. People can charge their vehicle batteries in a few minutes. The hesitancy with regard to electric vehicles, even cars, has typically stemmed from ‘range anxiety’ — can I get my battery recharged whenever I want, the way I can CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Narendra Modi Stadium is part of a mega sports complex. Archive “With the aim of making Ahmedabad an international sports destination that can host events like Olympics, Asiad and Commonwealth Games, the consultants will be asked to identify infrastructural gaps, requirements for international sports events and a way forward,” AUDA chairman and Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar told The Indian Express. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Notice at Shri Paras Hospital Tuesday. Praveen Khanna Agra hospital shut down after owner’s video: ‘mock drill... cut oxygen supply’ AMIL BHATNAGAR & AVANEESH MISHRA AGRA, LUCKNOW, JUNE 8 THEDISTRICTadministrationon Tuesday ordered the sealing of Shri Paras Hospital, a prominent private hospital in Agra, following a purported video clip of its ownerwherehetalksabouthow the hospital cut off oxygen supply to Covid-19 patients for five minutes as part of a “mock drill” to find out “who will die”. He says that 22 patients were “filtered out” during this “experiment” as they “turned blue”. Speaking to The Indian Express, Agra District Magistrate Prabhu Narain Singh confirmed that the person in the video clip was the hospital owner, Dr Arinjay Jain. The incident is reported to have occurred on the morning of April 26, and the video was made on April 28. While Jain talks about 22 patients who “turned blue”, Singh said four Covid-19 patients died onApril26andthreeonApril27. In the video clip, Jain says the “biggest supplier” of Agra warned him at midnight that he had limited oxygen stock, only enough to last till the morning (of April 26). He says he informedthe96patientsaboutthe situation, and asked them to make arrangements by (April 26) 10 am, but nobody was willing to leave the hospital. He says he then sought help from the “oxygen group”, but they said “dischargekarnashurukaro,oxygen kahin nahin hai. Mukhya Mantri nahin mangwa sakta oxygen...(Start discharging, there is no oxygen anywhere. Even the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 WORLD WTO PANEL CONSIDERS EASING PROTECTIONS ON COVID-19 VACCINES NETANYAHU FACES END OF RULE IN PARLIAMENTARY VOTE ON NEW GOVT PAGE 12
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