YK MYK WEATHER TODAY MAX 28 C MIN 19 C MUMBAI POLICE ABUSING POWERS BY WITCH HUNTING JOURNALISTS OPINION Sky will be clear. ‘RUTURAJ IS ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED PLAYERS GOING AROUND’ SPORTS Morning India Rs. 5 RANCHI SATURDAY, 31 OCT, 2020 PG-12, YEAR—10, ISSUE—177 (RNI NO: JHAENG / 2012 / 44137) COVID-19 VACCINATION AT A GLANCE BJP EXPELS BHAGAT Centre asks states to form committees for smooth drive NEW DELHI: The Centre has asked states to constitute committees for coordination and overseeing COVID-19 vaccination drive while ensuring minimal disruptions in other routine healthcare services, and stressed early tracking of social media to dispel rumours which could impact the community acceptance of coronavirus inoculation. Stating that COVID-19 vaccine introduction will span over a year with multiple groups being included "sequentially starting from health care workers", the Health Ministry has sought constitution of committees at state and district levels which will review preparato- People flout social distancing shopping at the Khari Baoli market, in Delhi on Friday. ANI ry activities in terms of cold chain preparedness, operational planning, strategies for state-specific challenges in terms of geographical terrain and hard-to-reach areas, etc. In a letter to states and union territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has suggested setting up of a state steering committee (SSC) chaired by the chief secretary, a state task force (STF) led by additional Chief Secretary or principal secretary (health), and a district task force (DTF) to be headed by the district magistrate. An annexure attached with the letter outlines the terms of references for the committees according to which the SSC will ensure active involvement of all departments concerned and devise innovative strategies for improving community engagement ('Jan Bhagidaari') for improved cover- In a letter to states and union territories, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has suggested setting up of a state steering committee (SSC) chaired by the chief secretary, a state task force (STF) led by additional Chief Secretary or principal secretary (health), and a district task force (DTF) to be headed by the district magistrate. age of COVID-19 vaccine once it is available. "Ensure early tracking of social media and other platforms for possible misinformation and rumours around COVID-19 vaccine that could impact the community SARNA CODE acceptance for the vaccine," it said. The SSC will also have to institute a reward/recognition mechanism for achievement of best performing district/block/urban ward, etc. "The COVID-19 vaccine introduction will span over a year with multiple groups being included sequentially starting from HCWs. Therefore, it is important to create strong advisory and coordination mechanism at state and district level to guide the process of COVID-19 vaccine introduction while ensuring minimal disruption of other routine health care services including immunisation," the letter issued on October 26 stated. MUNGER VIOLENCE Jawans being taken to hospital for treatment in Ranchi on Friday. Hemant Sutradhar Police take out flag march in Munger district on Friday. 2 jawans injured in landmines blast CISF report says local police fired first RAJ KUMAR RANCHI: Ahead of the byelections in Bermo and Dumka, Maoists have marked their presence in the state. The development took place in the afternoon today after the left-wing extremists triggered an IED blast followed by indiscriminate firing resulting in injuries of two security personnel of the state police. The incident took place in Shahi valley under the Serengdag police station area of Lohardaga district. The place is about 100km from the State capital. The incident took place when the jawans were conducting a search operation in a dense forest after getting a clue regarding the presence of Maoists. “Maoists first triggered IED and then opened indiscriminate fire on the security personnel. This resulted in a gun battle between Maoists and security personnel which lasted for half an hour. Finding security personnel in advantageous positions, Maoists escaped taking advantage of dense forest,” a police official said. “Primary investigation suggested that the squad involved in the attack was led by Ravindra Ganjhu, who is active in Lohardaga, Gumla, and Latehar. After the encounter security personnel have intensified the search operations. As the place is close to Ghaghra in Gumla district, police officials of the DOZEN CRPF JAWANS INJURED IN ROAD MISHAP BOKARO: One dozen CRPF jawans were injured, including the driver, when a van they were travelling in turned turtle at Chainpur village under the Dumari police station in Giridih on Friday afternoon. They were to be deployed in by-poll duty. Sources said that the accident took place when the van's driver tried to avoid a goat that came in front of the van; and suddenly the van overturned. PG 2 district have also been involved in the operation,” the police official added. Those who sustained injuries included Upendra Kumar Singh (58) and Anjani Kumar Pandey (56). Singh sustained bullet injuries in his right thigh while Pandey sustained bullet injuries in his left shoulder. They were airlifted and admitted at Medica hospital in the State capital for treatment under the supervision of Dr Major Ramesh Das. “Both patients are stable and conscious. The doctor has planned to operate upon the wound tomorrow,” said Anand Srivastava, adviser of Medica Group of Hospitals, sharing the health condition of the injured. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Sorem greets the crowd during the election rally at Mohanpur Maidan in Dumka on Friday. ANI CM promises to call special House session SANJAY SAHAY RANCHI: Playing the Adivasi card days before the by-polls, Chief Minister (CM) Hemant Soren on Friday said that the state government envisages calling the special session of the state assembly before November 15 to pass a resolution regarding a separate column for Sarna religion in the population census. Speaking to media persons in Dumka, Soren said, “We would soon send a proposal to the Governor for calling the special session. After passing the resolution we would send it to the Centre for a decision.” He said that demand for a separate Sarna code was raised by various social and political organisations for years. On the comments made by BJP leader Raghubar Das that the JMM was a party of anti-socials, Soren said that a few days ago when Das used a similar word he thought it was a slip of tongue. Later, Das We were not locked inside rooms like BJP leaders during the Covid period. The government brought back the stranded workers and people from distant places of the country, including Ladakh and Tamil Nadu. We stood by the people on the streets defended his choice of words proving that it was his manner of speaking, he added. Addressing a public rally later, he said the BJP is mobilising all its resources to secure the victory of its candidate, adding three former CMs are campaigning here. The party is also trying to utilize its monetary power to woo the voters, he alleged. "However, voters should defeat the BJP and reduce their numbers in the House in the next assembly RANCHI: The BJP has expelled Sukhdeo Bhagat from the party for anti-party activities. Giving the information state general secretary Aditya Sahu said that Bhagat had fought on the party ticket from Lohardaga. Sahu said on the direction of the party president he has issued a letter expelling Bhagat. It may be stated here that Bhagat had recently extended support to Congress candidate Jaimangal Singh in Bermo seat. elections," he and added that his government was rock stable with the support of 50 MLAs. The CM refuted the BJP claims that the latter was instrumental in forming a separate Jharkhand saying, “BJP did not help in the formation of a separate state. It was Guruji and other leaders who struggled for years to get it.” He said, “We were not locked inside rooms like BJP leaders during the Covid period. The government brought back the stranded workers and people from distant places of the country, including Ladakh and Tamil Nadu. We stood by the people on the streets.” Soren said the previous government got 11.5 lakhs PDS cards deleted but our government got 15.5 lakh people included under the scheme after coming to power. He said that he chose to represent Barhait after winning from two seats, including Dumka because the former was the birthplace of SidhuKanho. ANI PATNA: The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has submitted a report on the October 26 violence in Bihar's Munger to its headquarters in Delhi and the Election Commission. It has stated that the local police fired first and when the situation went out of control, the CISF also fired later in the air. When contacted, Jitendra Kumar, Additional Director General of Bihar Police, said that he has not received any report from the CISF. "We are doing the investigation with a team headed by Magadh range Divisional Commissioner and the report will be submitted to the Election Commission in seven days," Kumar said. IANS has a copy of the report prepared by the CISF. It says that an altercation took place between the local police and the devotees over the slow pace of the Goddess Durga immersion procession. "Subsequently, some of the locals pelted stones on the police party. In retaliation, local police fired in the air. As a result, devotees got more angry and intensified the stone pelting. "In view of the tense situation, a team of the CISF comprising 20 personnel and other para military forces were deployed there to restore peace. "Since, there was heavy stone pelting from the other side and the situation was out of control, M. Gangaiah, a CISF personnel, fired 13 rounds from an Insas rifle in the air to control the situation. After firing in the air, a mob dispersed from the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Chowk," the report said. On Friday, the Munger Police claimed that 100 bullets and two magazines were missing from the Purab Sarai police station. This police station was vandalised by agitators on Thursday who were not satisfied with the police action. Local residents claimed that the Munger Police resorted to firing on Monday night around 11.45 p.m., leaving one person dead and several others injured. JITAN RAM WANTS REVIEW OF LIQUOR BAN IN BIHAR PATNA: In the middle of a crucial assembly election, the liquor ban is turning out to be a controversial issue in Bihar. On Friday, former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi said that the law needs a review since a large number of innocent people are facing its consequences and serving jail terms. "A large number of people -- mostly Dalits and Mahadalits -are serving prison terms after they were either caught consuming liquor or transporting it. The law is anti-poor," Manjhi said. LOW-KEY LAXMI PUJA CELEBRATIONS IN BENGAL KOLKATA: The occasion of Laxmi Puja was celebrated on a low-key note in West Bengal on Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic, with devotees offering obeisance to the goddess while observing physical distance and other health protocols. CORONA METER INDIA TOTAL CASES: 8,089,583 TOTAL DEATH: 121,144 WORLD TOTAL CASES: 45,471,201 TOTAL DEATH: 1,188,203 How 351 Modi govt schemes saved Rs 1.70 lakh crore NEW DELHI: The system of sending money directly to beneficiaries through the Jan Dhan account, Aadhaar and mobile has saved more than Rs 1.70 lakh crore rupees from falling into the hands of middlemen. This was made possible by the Modi government's direct benefit transfer (DBT) facility implemented in 351 schemes of 51 ministries. The 'JAM Trinity' of the Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile, made it easier to identify bogus beneficiaries and preventing leakages in government schemes. In the last six years, Rs 12,95,468 crore have been disbursed to beneficiaries' accounts under the DBT plan. In 2020-21, Rs 2,10,244 crore were sent directly to the accounts as part of schemes such as MGNREGA,PDS, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, among others. In MGNREGA for instance, since job cards and accounts of the labourers were linked to Aadhaar, a large number of bogus beneficiaries were caught. Till December 2019, 5.55 lakh bogus labourers had been weeded out from the scheme. This ensured that Rs 24,162 crores was not misused. Otherwise, this money would have reached the accounts of bogus labourers. Similarly, due to the DBT scheme, 98.8 lakh bogus beneficiaries were caught in schemes under the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The deletion of fake beneficiaries prevented a possible scam to the tune of Rs 1,523.75 crore. Making the linking of Aadhaar and mobile mandatory saved more than Rs 66,000 crore in government ration distribution from going into wrong hands. According to food and public dis- Prime Minister, Narendra Modi along with Governor of Gujarat, Acharya Devvrat, and the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani inaugurates the Arogya Van, at Kevadia on Friday. ANI tribution authorities, a total of Rs 66,896.87 crore was saved due to the removal of a total of 2.98 crore bogus beneficiaries from the system with the help of technology. According to data available on the website of the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme, 51 ministries prevented a total of Rs 1,70,377.11 crore from going into the wrong hands till December 31, 2019. An official who closely monitored the direct benefit transfer scheme in the central government told IANS, "The JAM Trinity (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-mobile) has eliminated the web of middlemen. This is a successful example of preventing corruption through technology. Earlier in the absence of Aadhaar linkage, money had been swindled in the name of bogus labourers. Similarly, from PDS to fertilizers, the misuse of PM TO LAUNCH SEAPLANE SERVICE ON SARDAR JAYANTI GANDHINAGAR: PM Narendra Modi, during his twoday visit to his home state Gujarat, on Saturday will pay tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 145th birth anniversary, by inaugurating the country's first seaplane service between the Statue of Unity site at Kevadiya Colony to the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad. PG 7 government funds in all the schemes connected with the petroleum ministry has been stopped." WHAT IS DBT SCHEME? Direct benefit transfer scheme transfers money directly to the account of the beneficiary in social assistance schemes such as LPG subsidy, MGNREGA , old age pension and scholarships. The Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme commenced from January 2013. But during his tenure, PM Modi has emphasised upon its implementation in mission mode. The Modi government implemented the DBT scheme in MGNREGA through the electronic payment framework. More than 38 crore Jan Dhan accounts, 100 crore Aadhaar, 100 crore mobiles have come in handy for direct transfers to beneficiaries on the ground.