YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 30 C MIN 22 C MIGRANT WORKERS MAY GET RELIEF THROUGH THE NEW LABOUR CODE OPINION Sky will be partly cloudy. MONSOON RETREAT BEGINS FROM PARTS OF NORTH INDIA: IMD NATION Morning India Rs. 3 KOLKATA TUESDAY, 29 SEPT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—7, ISSUE—137 (RNI NO: WBENG / 2014 / 56803) Governor wants revision of cabinet decision on PM Kisan Samman Nidhi KOLKATA: Close on the heels of his two previous communications to Chief minister Mamata Banerjee drawing her attention to a couple of burning issues, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar has urged her to reconsider the recent cabinet decision to transfer the fund of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi to the state government for its disbursement through them instead of directly transferring the money to the farmers bank account by the Centre. Referring to the Chief minister's recent letter to Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare minister Narendra Singh Tomar seeking that the entire fund under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Samman scheme for West Bengal should be directed to the state government for their further disbursement to the beneficiaries with full reasonability, the Governor in yet another two page letter to the Chief minister has asked 'why tinker with a successful scheme and hurt farmers interests'. Moreover, why this approach of Maximum Government and Minimum Governance', he said. Earlier in another letter on the same issue on 22 September, COVID-19 death toll in Bengal touched 4,837 with 56 casualties KOLKATA: With another 56 people losing their lives due to Corona virus in West Bengal during the past 24 hours, the total number of casualties due to the pandemic went up to 4,837 this evening, posing a grim picture of the overall situation. At the same time another record number of 3,155 people tested Covid-19 positive in the state causing concern for all for its unabated rapid growth. Informing this the latest Medical Bulletin issued by the state Health department here tonight said in the wake of an unabated surge in the number of infected people in one day, like a record number of 3,155 people today, the absolute number of those affected by Corona virus in Bengal crossed a record 2.5 lakhs today to touch the figure of 2,50,580 ,up from 2,47,425 yesterday Among today's 56 new casualties,19 were the residents of Kolkata and 23 belonged to North 24 Parganas and Howrah, while the rest were from other districts of South and North Bengal, the Bulletin said. Of the record number of 3,155 fresh Covid cases in one day in the state, the maximum 2178 were from Kolkata alone, followed by those from other districts, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, the total number of Active and serious Corona cases in different hospitals after several days of downward trend, once again increased by 176 today to take their total number to over 25,000 to exactly 25,899 from 25,704 barely 24 hours ago. In this present grim situation the only positive indication was the rapid increase in the number of daily Covid-19 tests in the state. But after a few days of ups and down, it has once again touched the range of 41,000 per day today from around as high as 47,000 earlier, to reach the figure of 41,281 tonight from 43,475 yesterday. As a result the total number of daily tests has now touched the astounding figure of over 3.1 million to 31,39,938 tonight from 30,98,657 yesterday, the Bulletin said Similarly the rate of recovery of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal during the day also once again marginally increased to 87.73 per cent from 87.61 per cent yesterday, compared to the national average of around 86 per cent. Altogether 2,923 people were discharged from different hospitals and safely returned home today, the Bulletin said adding so far altogether 2,19,844 people, up from 2,16,839 people yesterday were able to return home after recovery. ONLINE ESSAY WRITING COMPETITION ORGANIZED IN CLW SCHOOLS CHITTARANJAN: As per the direction received from Railway Board, 'Swachchta Pakhwara' is being organized at various locations in CLW premises from 16th to 30th Sept.2020. In order to develop a sense of awareness regarding cleanliness and healthy atmosphere among our next generation, an online essay writing competition on the theme of 'better hygienic related to Covid-19' is organized by CLW's schools under 'Swachchta Pakhwara' programme. Students of CLW's Schools in large numbers actively participated in this competition and submitted online their writings within 1000 words in Hindi, English and Bengali languages. the Governor blamed the state government for allegedly denying over seven million farmers in the state 'the benefits of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi', amounting to more than Rs 8,400 crores so far. He claimed that in spite of his repeated reminders, over 70 lakh farmers in Bengal were denied the benefits of the unique central scheme 'on account of laxity and inaction of the state government '. 'If timely and due steps were taken by the state government, over 70 lakh farmers in the state would have been benefitted so far over Rs 8,400 crores',the Governor in his letter claimed and said 'each of over 70 lakh farmers would have so far got Rs 12,000 directly in the Bank account without any intermediary'. Further alleging that ' there is no rationale to deny the benefit to our farmers as there is 100 per cent contribution from the Government of India' ,the Governor in his letter said. than Rs 92,000 crores were spent for them. Each farmer, except the ones in Bengal, had so far received Rs 12,000 in their bank accounts, the Governor said He also alleged that farmers in Bengal were also deprived of a Central package of Rs 3.5 lakh crores during the present Covid pandemic. There would have been accrual of benefits to the farmers by over Rs 30,000 crores if the state government had taken an affirmative stance, the Governor in his letter stated. Finally, turning his attention to the present scenario at Singur, where the Tatas had decided to He alleged that except in West Bengal, farmers across the country had already benefited from the scheme and so far more set up their Nano car plant in 2010, the Governor said during his recent visit to the area in Hooghly district, the local farmers minced no words against the government and claimed that they were used as 'stepping stone' and that they did not get any benefit so far. 'I am not aware when you last visited Singur and Nandigram,but a visit would be an eye opener' Governor Dhankar in his letter said and added that he again planned 'such visits in near future to get first hand idea of farmers problems'. Health Ministry launches portal for info on vaccine, clinical trials NEW DELHI: The Union Health Ministry on Monday launched a portal which will provide information related to vaccine development, ongoing clinical trials and progress made in this area locally and globally at regular intervals. While emphasising on the importance of elaborate and transparent information on the status of vaccine development, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, "Today, in the times of COVID, vaccine development is watched very closely. Thus, it becomes important to showcase the status of vaccine development in the country." The Union Health Minister also launched the Mobile Stroke Unit. Vardhan said, "It is disheartening to see the susceptibility of people to heart disease and hypertension. Timely treatment can reduce fatality and prevent people from disability. This initiative will go a long way in addressing the needs of the people in this area." The mobile unit, through teleconsultation, ensures timely and appropriate treatment to people. Vardhan also lauded the healthcare personnel working selflessly to serve the people at a time when resources are limited owing to Covid-19 showed risk of excessive dependence: PM NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said COVID-19 has shown it is risky to have global supply chains excessively dependent on any single source and India is working with Japan and Australia for supply-chain diversification and resilience. The Prime Minister made the remarks during a virtual summit with Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and said other like-minded countries can also join in these efforts towards supply chain diversification. "COVID-19 has shown that it is risky to rely excessively on any single source of global supply chains. We are working together with Japan and Australia for supply-chain diversification and resilience. Other likeminded countries can also join this effort," he said. COVID-19 originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and many global companies are planning to shift their manufacturing bases from China. The Prime Minister said India and Denmark share rules-based, transparent, humanitarian and democratic value-system. Referring to the crisis created by COVID19, he said the events of the past few months have made it clear how important it is for like-minded countries to work together. "The events of the past few months have made it clear that how important it is for like-minded countries, who share rulesbased, transparent, humanitarian and democratic value-system, to work together," the Prime Minister said. He said that the virtual summit will not only be useful for bilateral relations between India and Denmark but also in contributing to a shared approach to global challenges. Noting that he had a "very productive meeting with Denmark's Prime Minister a few months back, the Prime Minister said they talked on increasing cooperation between the two countries. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan along with officials of ICMR during the release of ICMR-NIN documents and launch of Vaccine Web Portal & National Clinical Registry of COVID 19, at ICMR in New Delhi on Monday. ANI COVID. On India's fight against Covid-19, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, "India's continuously rising Recovery Rate and progressively falling Case Fatality Rate have proven the success of the Covid19 containment strategy followed by all States and UTs. From hav- ing 1 lab to over 1800 labs today, we have come a long way in strengthening our capabilities. We have successfully ramped up our testing capacity which has touched 15 lakh daily tests." He also urged people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. He reminded people about the social vaccine of wearing masks or face covers while in public, following hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, and maintaining physical distancing or Do Gaz ki Doori to curb spread of the infection. MORE ON PG 5 PAK COURTS NAIL OPPN LEADERS SHARIF AND ZARDARI WORLD ‘All states allowed to begin paddy procurement’ NEW DELHI: After Kerala, Punjab and Haryana commenced paddy procurement operations, all the remaining states have been allowed to start the process in the Kharif Marketing Season (KMS) 2020-21 from Monday, the Food Ministry said. The Department of Food and Public Distribution has now allowed all the remaining procuring states to proceed with their procurements for paddy/rice to ensure that farmers were facilitated in selling their produce at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) expeditiously, a Ministry statement said. The process in Kerala began on September 21 and in Punjab and Haryana from September 26. The department has issued uniform specifications for central pool procurement in the 2020-21 KMS in respect of paddy/rice and other coarse grains, namely jowar, bajra, maize and ragi. These specifications also include standards of rice for issuance to states/UTs for distribution under TDPS (Targeted Public Distribution System) and other welfare schemes based on the uniform specifications of rice for KMS 2020-21. It is for the first time that uniform specification for Fortified Rice Kernels (FRK) for Grade 'A' and Common Rice have also been issued in case of procurement of Fortified Rice Stocks, of which 1 per cent FRK (w/w) should be blended with normal rice stock, said the statement. The states have been requested to ensure that wide publicity of the uniform specifications was made among the farmers to ensure that they got due price for their produce and any rejection of the stocks was completely avoided, said the Ministry. All states/Union Territories and Food Corporation of India (FCI) have been advised that the procurement during KMS 2020-21 may be strictly in accordance with the uniform specifications, as per the statement. The FCI and state procurement agencies have been directed to ensure hassle-free procurement and payment of Minimum Support Prices to farmers. ONLY PURE MUSTARD OIL FROM OCT 1, CONSUMERS AND FARMERS TO BENEFIT NEW DELHI: Consumers will now get only pure mustard oil as the Central government has banned the mixing of any other edible oil with mustard oil. The ban imposed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will come into force from October 1, 2020. Experts say the decision by the government will benefit consumers as well as mustard growing farmers. Rice bran oil, palm oil or any other cheap edible oil is used for adulteration. Experts point out that adulteration occurs in two ways -- first is 'blending' in which a fixed proportion is adulterated and the other is ‘Adulteration' in which no specific ratio is fixed for mixing. Adulteration in edible oil is already banned while blending was allowed in a fixed proportion but now FSSAI has banned this as well. Dr PK Rai, Director, Mustard Research Directorate in Bharatpur, Rajasthan under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), said that this decision is in the interest of consumers as well as farmers. MORE ON BUSINESS PG Babus ignored 15k suggestions says farmers’ body affiliated to RSS NEW DELHI: When the draft of three important bills related to farmers in the country was being prepared, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), affiliated with the RSS, passed a proposal after consulting 15,000 villages of the country and sent a bouquet of suggestions to the Ministry of Agriculture. The Bharatiya Kisan Sangh has expressed its displeasure over the neglect of these 15,000 proposals in the farmers' bills. It is being said that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had reportedly agreed to the proposals. Then why did the Ministry ignore the suggestions? According to the BKS, ignoring suggestions from farmers displays that bureaucrats dominate the Ministry of Agriculture. The BKS has reiterated the demand from the government to introduce a new law to guarantee the minimum support price (MSP). Badrinarayan, the National General Secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, told IANS that farmers' committees have been formed in about 80,000 villages in the country. "The BKS had passed resolutions regarding agriculture bills through committees of 15,000 of these villages. These were made available to the Minister of Agriculture when they met him. Such suggestions were made that would really benefit farmers. The Agriculture Minister also met the delegation and agreed to the suggestions. But later it was discovered that the suggestions were not used in the Bills. This gives out the message that bureaucrats are calling the shots in the Ministry of Agriculture." Raising the question, Badrinarayan said that the misdeeds of private players had come to the fore in many parts of JPCC SUBMITS MEMO TO GUV PG 3 AGAINST FARM BILLS: the country. In Shimla, many private players had made a fool of millions of farmers in the name of buying apples, while in Nashik, incidents of fraud have come to light. In such a situation, if the government is making parallel arrangements to the mandis, what is the guarantee that farmers will get a fair price? The BKS believes that the government could have avoided unnecessary ruckus on the Bill if it so wanted. The government only had to guarantee the minimum support price (MSP) in the Bill. If that were the case, the government would not have to give clarifications through advertisements in newspapers and party leaders repeatedly about the MSP. Badrinarayan said that the way the three Bills were passed in a hurry and the President also ratified them, shows that the government is no longer in the mood to get on the backfoot on the issue. In such a situation, the BKS demands a fourth bill guaranteeing MSP. If the government does not get proper assurance, the farmers union will decide on the future course of action. Meanwhile, amid protests by farmers in a number of states across the country, the Congress said on Monday that its chief Sonia Gandhi had directed party governments in different states to "explore" and pass laws to "override" or negate the newly enacted central farm laws. Congress' Rajya Sabha member KC Venugopal said in a statement: "The Congress President has asked party-ruled states to explore the possibilities to pass laws in their respective states under Article 254(2) of the Constitution, which allows the state legislatures to pass laws to override central laws that then go for President's assent." The Congress asserted that since agriculture is a State subject, the Union government cannot pass laws on it. "This will enable the states to negate the unacceptable antifarmers' provisions in the three draconian agricultural laws, that will lead to abolition of MSPs and disruption of APMCs in Congressruled states, and save the farmers from grave injustice done by the central govt," Venugopal added. Congress MP TN Prathapan has already moved the Supreme Court on the issue. Congress state units on Monday held protests across India against what they called "anti-farmer and anti-worker laws" passed in Parliament by the Modi government and submitted memorandums against them to the Governors of their states.