YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 23 C ABE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN BOOSTING INDIA-JAPAN RELATIONS OPINION Rainfall may occur. Rs. 5 RANCHI MONDAY, 31 AUGUST, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—121 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) ANNUAL, DEVP FEES CANNOT BE CHARGED TILL SCHOOLS REOPEN: HC NATION Morning India Rapid Antigen test drive begins in 8 dists today J’khand to reject Centre’s options on GST compensation It is head of family (Centre) which should take loan: Minister SUMAN K SHRIVASTAVA RANCHI: The Jharkhand government is all set to reject the Centre’s proposal over the payment of GST compensation, saying it will not take a loan against the fund which is statutorily due to it. “Why should we take a loan to foot someone else liability? It is like one saying that he will not pay his liability to you, but will facilitate loan from the bank in this regard. It is not acceptable to us,” quipped a senior official. Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon said the Centre was under a statutory obligation of covering the deficit for five years with 14 per cent growth rate. States are upset after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in GST council meeting on Thursday, gave two options to the states for compensating the revenue loss on account of Covid and other reasons. The Centre also wrote letters to states on Saturday listing out the finer details of both the options that were presented to them in lieu of the shortfall in the compensation kitty. As per the Centre's calculation, the compensation requirement by the states in the current fiscal would be Rs 3 lakh crore, of which Rs 65,000 crore is expected to be met from the cess levied in the GST regime. Hence, the total shortfall is estimated at Rs 2.35 lakh crore. Option one included the states being compensated for Rs 97,000 crore for the revenue loss on account of implementation of GST via a special window by RBI (through borrowing). The second option was to borrow the entire Rs 2.35 lakh crore shortfall, including Rs 1,38,000 crore ascribed to Covid-19 factors, and therefore outside the purview of the GST obligations, through the same special window. The principal and the interest in either option can be repaid after 2022 when the five-year tenure for the compensation cess is supposed to end but there is a possibility that this might be extended. The Centre had released over Rs 1.65 lakh crore in 2019-20 as GST compensation. However, the amount of cess collected during the 2019-20 was Rs 95,444 crore. The compensation payout amount was Rs 69,275 crore in 2018-19 and Rs 41,146 crore in 2017-18. Notably, Punjab, Kerala and Delhi have already rejected the two choices that finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman placed on the AT A GLANCE NATURE SHOULD BE NURTURED, NOT JUST CONSUMED: BHAGWAT SUSHANT CASE: CBI GRILLS RHEA, SHOWIK FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE DAY MUMBAI: Rhea Chakraborty, who has been questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Investigation Team for 17 hours, deposed before the agency once again on Sunday along with her brother Showik in the Sushant Singh Rajput case. According to the CBI officials, Rhea arrived at the DRDO guest house around 10.15 a.m. with her brother. A CBI source said that the agency will question her about the expenses made by her from the credit card of Sushant and the medical treatment of the actor. The source said that she will also be questioned about the reasons for replacing the earlier personal staff at Sushant's residence and also the reasons for keeping the late actor away from his family. table on Thursday last. “The Centre persuaded all the states for the implementation of the GST and had promised to compensate states for any revenue loss for five years from a pool created by levying cess. We are into the third year of the GST implementation. At that time, it did not seek the opinion of the AG. Now, they have taken the opinion of the Attorney General, who has opined that the Government of India was not legally bound to pay compensation for five years,” Oraon pointed out. “In the last GST council meeting on March 14 this year too, it was reiterated that the Centre was bound to pay the compensation. Now, it is backing out. We have lost every resource except excise duty and VAT on petrol and diesel after the GST implementation. Now, when the GST policy has failed for some reasons, the Centre is punishing us,” he said. The minister said that the Centre is head of the family and when in crisis it is the head of the family who takes the loan and distributes it among family members. He said that the State Government is waiting for the formal letter from the Centre, outlining the two options. “We will contemplate over it and will let the Centre know formally about our stand,” the minister added. “We have already placed our demand of Rs 2500 crore which will foot our bill for two months’ salary and pension of our employees,” he signed off. PAGE 5 1155 new Covid cases, 679 recover in State ANURAG THAKUR An artist giving the final touch to the Fiber statute of Goddess Durga at Kumartuli in Kolkata on Sunday. ANI ‘TIME TO BE VOCAL ABOUT LOCAL TOYS’ INDIA CAN BECOME WORLD’S TOY HUB: PM NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India has talent and ability to become a toy hub for the entire world and called upon startups to work towards realising this potential while being "vocal about local toys". He said the global toy industry is over Rs 7 lakh crore but India's share is very small, as he stressed on the need to work to increase it. Modi called upon start-up entrepreneurs to 'team up for toys' and said it is time to get vocal for local toys. In his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast, the prime minister also said people have shown an unprecedented restraint and simplicity in their festivals during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also hailed farmers for increase in sowing area for different grains. "This is a time for festivals but at the same time, there is also a sense of discipline among people due to the COVID-19 sit- RANCHI: The sixth Special Investigation Campaign will be carried out across the state on Monday to expedite the Corona investigation. Under this special investigation campaign, a target of corona examination of a total of 1.40 lakh people has been targeted through rapid antigen test. Under this, a target of 7500 sample investigations per district has been set in eight districts. These districts include Ranchi, Bokaro, Dhanbad, East Singhbhum, Chaibasa, Giridih, Hazaribagh and Palamu where corona has a high infection rate. In the remaining 16 districts, a target of 5000 samples has been set. Health Secretary, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that under this special investigation campaign, corona checks of health workers, TOTAL CASES: 3,570,733 police personnel, sanitation workTOTAL DEATH: 63,893 ers, ambulance drivers, etc. will be done in addition to people TOTAL CASES: 25,225,605 coming in contact TOTAL DEATH: 847,677 with the infected ones, the elderly and those suffering from other serious diseases. Apart from these, people living in markets and other crowded places will also be investigated under this campaign. Notably, earlier special investigation campaign for Rapid Antigen Test had yielded better results. In view of this, the state government is promoting this test to increase the speed of investigation. The biggest thing is that the results of the investigation through this medium are revealed in half an hour. Meanwhile, the state on Sunday reported 1155 cases of Covid-19 taking the total tally to 38,267. Among the samples tested positive, 212 cases were reported from Ranchi, 123 from Ramgarh, 157 from Dumka, 110 from Chatra, 178 from Bokaro, 62 from Saraikela, 69 from Giridih, 37 from Hazaribagh, 25 from Jamtara, 26 from Koderma, 17 from Chaibasa, 16 from Dhanbad, 15 from Garhwa, 21 from Godda, 20 from Gumla, 29 from Palamu, 15 from Sahebganj, 11 from Khunti, 9 from Latehar and one each from Pakur and Jamshedpur. CORONA METER INDIA WORLD BJP leaders listening Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat', in New Delhi on Sunday. ANI uation...There is a close link between nature and our festivals," Modi said. He also asked young entrepreneurs to develop computer games in and also about India. In his address, Modi also noted that India will complete its 75 years of Independence in 2022 and suggested a host of measures to teachers to help bring to light contributions of thousands and lakhs of "unsung heroes" of the freedom struggle. It is important that our youngsters are aware of them, he said. Banks advised against levying INDIAN NAVY QUIETLY DEPLOYED charges on electronic transactions WARSHIP IN SOUTH CHINA SEA POST-GALWAN CLASH BUILD UP NEW DELHI: Acting swiftly after the Galwan valley clash on June 15 in Eastern Ladakh, the Indian Navy sailed out its frontline warship for deployment in the South China Sea much to the displeasure of the Chinese who raised objections over the move during the talks between the two sides. The Chinese have been objecting to the presence of Indian Navy ships in the region where it has significantly expanded its presence since 2009 through artificial islands and military presence. "Soon after the Galwan clash broke out in which 20 of our soldiers were killed, the Indian Navy deployed one of its frontline warship to the South China Sea where the People's Liberation Army's Navy objects to the presence of any other force claiming the majority of the waters as part of its territory," government sources told ANI. The immediate deployment of the Indian Navy war- ship in the South China Sea had a desired effect on the Chinese Navy and security establishment as they complained to the Indian side about the Indian warship's presence there during the diplomatic level talks with the Indian side, the sources said. During the deployment in the South China Sea where the American Navy had also deployed its destroyers and frigates, the Indian warship was continuously maintaining contact with their American counterparts over secure communication systems, the sources informed. ALSO SEE WORLD PAGE NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Finance has advised all the banks not to collect any charges on transactions or payments made through electronic mode, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement on Sunday. According to the CBDT, some representations were made that some banks are imposing and collecting charges on transactions carried out through UPI. A certain number of transactions were allowed free by these banks beyond which every transaction bears a charge, the CBDT noted. "This is in violation of the Circular no 32/2019 dated December 30, 20219, which was issued by CBDT to clarify that based on ‘COAL INDIA AIMS TO BE COMMERCIALLY VIABLE’ NEW DELHI: Coal India Chairman Pramod Agrawal has said that the company envisions to be a commercially viable company. The Chairman's statement in the company's Annual Report said that the public sector unit's vision is to ensure that there is no shortage of coal in the country and to make the country self-reliant in coal. "Coal India envisions to be a commercially viable company and endeavours to move ahead as a contemporary, professional, consumer friendly and successful corporate entity committed to national developmental goals," he said. section 10A of (Payment and Settlement System (PSS) Act, any charge including MDR (Merchant Discount Rate) shall not be applicable on or after January 1, 2020 on payments made through electronic modes," the release said. Hence, it said that the Ministry has advised the banks to immediately refund the charges collected, if any, on or after January 1, 2020, on transactions carried out using electronic mode prescribed under section 269SU of the IT Act and not to impose charges. CARELESSNESS LEADING TO RISE IN COVID-19 CASES: EXPERTS BHOPAL: Careless behaviour of people and complacency are leading to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh, which saw a 78 per cent rise in cases in the past two months, according to medical experts and government officials. A senior official from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Bhopal expressed concern over the governments fresh guidelines allowing political, social and religious congregations of up to 100 people from September 21. Till Saturday, Madhya Pradesh reported 60,875 COVID19 cases since the disease outbreak in the state on March 20. An analysis of the government data shows that 47,282 of these total cases, or about 78 per cent, were reported in July and August. These two months also reported 773 deaths, accounting for 57 per cent of the total 1,345 fatalities due to the disease so far in the state. Talking to PTI, AIIMS, Bhopal, Director Prof Sarman Singh said "complacency among people" with regard to social distancing and other preventive norms, and the easing of restrictions are leading to the rise in COVID-19 cases. "Across the world, the spurt in COVID-19 cases is due to complacency among people, who have started taking the situation lightly. The use of masks and social distancing norms are not being followed," he said. He also said the government Huge crowd seen at a market ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi festival, in Mumbai. ANI File is going to relax the norms by allowing gathering of 100 people for religious, social and political functions, which is "worrying". It has been seen that people are violating norms and more number of persons gather at a place than allowed,he said. Singh said life can go on without political and social functions. "Only offices and economic activities should have been opened which is needed for livelihood...but I dont want to comment on what led to the relaxation of norms. I can say this was not medically desirable epidemically." This is the "second spurt" in Madhya Pradesh, which is performing better than other states as far as the control of COVID-19 is concerned, he said. "The situation is not good, but under control. The situation has improved in Madhya Pradesh when compared to earlier," he said. Madhya Pradesh health department's additional chief secretary Mohammed Suleman said the state government is focusing on raising awareness about the coronavirus as its containment depends on the people. "The rising number of coronavirus cases shows people are meeting each other. The government is making people aware through various medium about social distancing and face covering," he said. "Our concept is clear that we will treat those who reach out to us for treatment. Most of the people are recovering from the infection. The mortality rate is about two per cent," he said It is clear that the government cannot protect people from infection. "Only the people can protect themselves and the government is treating those coming to us. We will continue to provide medical treatment to people," he said. Dr Ajay Goenka, director of Chirayu Medical College and Hospital, one of the biggest private facilities designated for COVID-19 treatment in the state, blamed lack of awareness and laxity among people for the rising cases. "The containment of coronavirus depends on public awareness. It can be contained only when people stop making mistakes," he said, adding that people are scared and hiding the disease. People should follow the social distancing norms, wear face masks and come out for treatment in time to stem the spread of the pandemic, he said.