CHENNAI l MONDAY l MAY 18, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 32 l LATE CITY EDITION QUARANTINE MUST FOR SPECIAL TRAIN PASSENGERS Only those who agree to follow destination states’ quarantine protocol will be allowed to book tickets on the IRCTC portal ONLINE BOOKING FORMAT TWEAKED Before finally proceeding to book a ticket through IRCTC, a pop-up will now appear on the computer or mobile screen asking passengers to confirm if they had read the health advisory of the destination state and agree to abide by it. The message will be displayed in Hindi and English. If the passenger selects disagree, then s/he won’t be able to book the ticket ■ 3.5 lakh DECISION AFTER BENGALURU EPISODE ■ ■ IRCTC’s decision comes after passengers on board a special train from Delhi to Bengaluru last week refused to be quarantined The railways had to send them back to Delhi The new rule is part of a growing list of “mandatory” protocols the railways has issued due to Covid-19 travel restrictions NUMBER OF PASSENGERS WHO AVAILED THE SPECIAL TRAINS SINCE MAY 12 CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI FLOODGATES OPENED FOR BIG REFORMS Lockdown in TN to continue till May 31 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai A migrant who lost a relative breaks down while talking to his family over the mobile, on the outskirts of Hyderabad | S SENBAGAPANDIYAN FRESH CASES NUMBER OF DEATHS 639 4 Of the 639 cases, 81 are returnees from other States. Chennai had 482 CASES with two returnees TOTAL CASES 11,224 l ehicles can ply within these V districts without TN e-pass l Industries outside Greater Chennai Police limits can function with less than 100 employees l No relaxations in 12 districts, including Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram l Autos, taxis can ply for medical needs in 12 districts EXPRESS READ Chennai: Though Aadhaar is not mandatory for migrants to travel back home by train, the police seem to be insisting on it. Recently, five Assam migrants in Ambattur were made to run from pillar to post and missed the Shramik Express because they did not have Aadhaar. P4 Orange zone (States to decide with destination state consent) Green zone (States to decide with destination state consent) (State to decide) (State to decide) Passenger trains (Sporting activity, no spectators) (Restricted service) Taxis and cab aggregators (Sporting activity, no spectators) (Restricted service) Permitted (Driver +2) (Driver+2 passengers) (Rider+1) (Sporting activity, no spectators) (Restricted service) Permitted (Driver +2) (Driver+2 passengers) (Rider+1) Sports complexes, stadia (Driver+2 passengers) Two-wheelers (Rider only) Barber shops/salons Liqour shops Night curfew (7pm-7 am) E-commerce operations (non-essential items) Bank and NBFCs Courier, postal services Medical clinics, OPDs Private & govt offices (50% staff) (50% staff) Hotels, cinemas, malls Educational institutions Places of worship Urban shops (non essential items) Four-wheelers YES NO ALLOWED WITH CURBS Big evacuation ahead of cyclone Bhubaneswar: West Bengal and Odisha on Sunday prepared to evacuate 11 lakh people, who are likely to be hit by cyclone ‘Amphan’. It can become a very severe cyclonic storm in 24 hours, said NDRF chief Pradhan | P5 (50% staff) All activities are banned in containment zones LOCKDOWN 4.0 LETS SHOPS, MARKETS OPEN S A N A S H A K I L @ New Delhi l Rural job scheme works to be carried out with 100% workers Migrants miss train as cops insist on Aadhaar Red zone (States to Inter-state movement of decide with buses, passenger vehicles destination state consent) Intra-state movement of (State to individuals and private decide) vehicles SHOPS and markets except those in malls will be allowed to open, according to the guidelines issued by the Union home ministry for Lockdown 4.0, which comes into effect from Monday. During Lockdown 3.0, only standalone and neighbourhood shops were allowed to open in urban areas. Announcing the extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 31, the ministry on Sunday said public transport, including domestic flights and Metro rail, will not be allowed, but bus services can resume both for inter-state and intrastate travel. “Inter-state and intra-state movement of passenger vehicles and buses with mutual consent of the states, UTs involved shall be permitted with restrictions,” according to the guidelines, implying cabs, taxis etc could be allowed for inter-state travel too. Another major step was to give powers to states and Union territories to demarcate the red, orange and green zones. Many chief ministers during their interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sought the right to be decide for themselves the contours of these zones. In the nine-page guidelines, MHA made it clear that all activities that have not been specifically prohibited must be considered permitted, implying curbs on salons, garment shops and e-commerce operations of non-essential goods will be lifted in all zones except containment zones. Shops and markets should have staggered timing to maintain social distancing. “All shops shall also have to ensure six-feet distance among customers and also not allow more than five persons at one time,” the guidelines said. Another relaxation is the opening of sports complexes and stadia, but they will remain out of bounds for spectators, possibly clearing the path for at least the resumption of halted training camps. NATIONWIDE WITH THIS ISSUE THE ESSENTIAL CAMPUS DIGEST YOUR LIFE COACH 32 PAGES, INCLUDING 16 OF edex (TABLOID), 4 OF CITY EXPRESS ACTIVE CASES CURED / DISCHARGED DEATHS 53,946 34,108 2,872 Key takeaways RURAL EMPLOYMENT l Additional `40,000 cr for MGNREGS. Govt expects it will help generate 300 crore person days in total S A H AYA N O V I N S T O N L O B O @ Chennai AS if loss of livelihood owing to the lockdown was not enough for tribals in many areas, a ‘corona villain’ in Chengalpattu district has allegedly conned at least 45 Irulars of `1.28 lakh. Promising them assistance from the ‘Prime Minister’s relief fund,’ he collected their bank details and debited the cash from their accounts, police said. Around 84 Irular families are living in Chinneri village of Chengalpattu district. Lakshmi* (name changed), the main contact for a women selfhelp group in the area, received a call at 10 am on Friday . “A man, claiming to be a bank official, said tribals are being provided cash from the PM’s relief fund to help see them through the lockdown. Knowing their struggles, I thought this might be a huge relief for them. So, I collected all the details he asked for, including CVV numbers, and sent it to him by 1 pm. I now feel bad for leading them into this trap,” Lakshmi rued. The man had called her again to collect one-time-passwords. Only on Saturday did the victims realise that sums ranging from `5,000 to `10,000 had been debited from their accounts. The families immediately alerted Village Administrative Officer Selvam. “When I went to the village, people were crying,” Selvam said. Police registered a case and transferred it to the cyber crime wing. “The man’s phone has been switched off since Saturday and we are trying to trace him,” an officer said. EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi HEALTH REFORMS THE Narendra Modi government seems to have decided that unleashing a wave of economic reforms would be the best way forward to catalyse Indian industry. The reforms push comes on top of the `21 lakh crore stimulus and liquidity measures announced by the Centre over the past few days. After allowing foreign investment in defence industries up to a majority 74% and unveiling a spate of mining and power sector reforms, the Centre on S u n d ay s e t t h e ground for mergers of PSUs in strategic areas and privatisation of PSUs in all other areas, announcing that not more than four PSUs would be allowed in strategic areas. It also eased the rules of business for corporates saying no insolvencies will kick in for one year for businesses due to loan defaults in view of the pandemic. The government wants to increase competitiveness of domestic firms and attract global industry seeking newer locations, said Prof Biswajit Dhar of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, an expert on foreign trade and investment. However, offficials said the l Higher investment in public health to prepare India for future pandemics TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN EDUCATION l Top 100 universities can start online courses from May 30, 2020 l PM eVIDYA for digital education and Manodarpan for psycho-social support for students, teachers and families to be launched INSOLVENCY AND BANKRUPTCY CODE l Threshold to trigger insolvency raised to `1 crore from `1 lakh earlier l Suspension of fresh initiation of insolvency proceedings up to one year DECRIMINALISATION OF COMPANIES ACT DEFAULTS l Shortcomings in CSR reporting, filing defaults, delay in holding of AGM won't attract penal action EASE OF DOING BUSINESS l Direct listing of securities by Indian firms in foreign jurisdictions l Lower penalties for all defaults for small companies, one-person firms, producer companies and start-ups PSU POLICY FOR SELF-RELIANT INDIA l In strategic sectors, there will be at least one PSU but private sector will also be allowed l In other sectors, PSUs will be privatised STATES CAN BORROW MORE l Borrowing limits of states increased from 3% to 5% of GSDP for FY21 wave of privatisation, which would follow, may not happen before the next financial year as market conditions are not conducive now for large sales of enterprises. The government on Sunday also said it would spend `40,000 crore more on the National Rural Employment Guarantee programme to give jobs to migrant workers who have fled cities for their villages amid the lockdown. “Since many have gone back to their villages”, they might face job loss and so, “if they enroll, they can get jobs” under the scheme, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her fifth and last tranche of measures to counteract the pandemic. “This will help generate 300 more person days,” added Anurag Thakur, MoS Finance and Corporate Affairs. Considering the revenue fall of States, the finance minister, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, increased advance limits for states by 60% and hiked the borrowing limits from 3% to 5%, with a rider that these hikes will be linked with specific reforms such as increasing job creation through investment and promoting urban development, health and sanitation. P7,10 Centre’s outgo on stimulus package less than `3 lakh cr S U N I T H A N AT T I @ Hyderabad THE big question doing the rounds on Sunday regarding the Atmanirbhar Bharat economic package was this: How much of the total `20.9 lakh crore will be paid out of the public purse? Initial estimates peg the Centre’s fiscal outlay at 0.75-1.3 per cent of the GDP projected at `210 lakh crore in FY21. In absolute numbers, the Centre’s financial outgo this fiscal will be `1.5-2.73 lakh crore against the total `20.9 lakh crore, according to separate estimates by Barclays and Care Ratings. Breaking down the Atmanirbhar package DECEIT OF RELIEF ‘Corona villain’ swindles `1.28 lakh from Irulars Almost all sectors thrown open to private firms; non-strategic PSUs to be privatised 5,9 GRAND TOTAL 20,97,053 crore 4,5 The reason for the stark difference between the two estimates is that Barclays’ excluded the `1.5 lakh-odd crore allocation made for farm infrastructure and related activities as part of the economic package. If you exclude the allocations already made during February Budget, cash on the barrel this fiscal will be even less at a little over `1 lakh crore. And if you exclude expenditure on coal evacuation, which typically is spread across years and given the long time lags in getting clearances making expenditure uncertain this fiscal, then the FY21 outflow will be nothing but chicken feed at `75,000-80,000 crore. Consider the break-up. Of the total package, `8.01 lakh crore was from RBI. Besides, the government’s first stimulus announced in March stood at `1.92 lakh crore, of which `80,000 crore is considered as beyond the FY21 Budget allocation. It means, the five tranches of economic package announced between May 13 and 17, had additional capital allocations worth `11.75 lakh crore, much of which includes credit guarantees. CONTINUED ON: P10 300,000 Emergency working capital facility for businesses, including MSMEs 20,000 Subordinated debt for stressed MSMEs 50,000 Fund of Funds for MSME PART 1 l Relaxation will be applicable to 25 districts Activity/Service 2,800 EPF support for business & workers 6,750 Reduction in EPF rates 30,000 Special liquidity Scheme for NBFC/HFC/MFIs 45,000 Partial credit guarantee scheme for Liabilities of NBFCs/MFIs 90,000 Liquidity injection for Discoms 50,000 Reduction in TDS/TCS rates 50 3,500 Free food grain supply to migrant workers for two months PART 2 NEW RELAXATIONS SPORTING ACTIVITY OPENED UP Numbers in L crore 1,500 Interest subvention for MUDRA Shishu loans 5,000 Special credit facility to street vendors 70,000 Credit-linked subsidy scheme for housing 30,000 Additional emergency working capital through NABARD Additional credit through Kisan Credit Card scheme 2,00,000 10,000 Micro food enterprises 3,10,000 20,000 Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana PART 3 THE TN government has extended the lockdown until May 31 with additional relaxations only in 25 districts. The lockdown will continue without any further relaxation in 12 other districts, including Chennai, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram, where number of COVID-19 cases is high. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, in a release on Sunday, said, “The government has decided to extend the lockdown under the State Disaster Management Act following a review meeting with Collectors on May 13, a meeting with health experts on May 14 and a meeting with Ministers.” The relaxation will be applicable in 25 districts, except Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Tirupattur, Kallakuruchi, Tiruvannamalai, Ariyalur and Perambalur. Vehicles can ply within the remaining districts without TN epass. However, residents of those districts should continue to get the pass to enter other districts. “Residents of the 25 districts can hire taxis to transport essential goods. Government and private buses carrying not more than 20 workers on government duty and to private industries will be permitted after getting special permission. Seven passengers can travel in a van, three in Sports Utility Vehicles and two in small cars,” Palaniswami said. Permission will be given to operate auto-rickshaws and taxis with TN epass for medical needs in the 12 districts, where internal transportation is currently not permitted, he said. Additionally Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employ, ment Guarantee Scheme works will be permitted with 100 per cent employee strength. Industries situated outside Greater Chennai Police limits with less than 100 employees can function with full capacity Industries with more em. ployees can also function, but only with 100 workers. “Permission will be given to private commercial establishments to function with minimum employees for maintenance works. An exemption has been given to carry out Plus-Two paper valuation. Permission will be given to sportspersons for getting coaching from an individual coach for national and international events,” Palaniswami said. P3 1,50,000 500 TOP to TOTAL: Operation Greens Agri infrastructure fund 1,00,000 15,000 Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund 4,000 Promotion of herbal cultivation 500 Beekeeping initiative 48,100 1,92,800 8,01,603 RBI measures (actual) PART 4&5 EARLIER MEASURES 8,100 Viability gap funding 40,000 Additional MGNREGS allocation 1,70,000 Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package 15,000 PM’s announcement for health sector 7,800 Tax concessions since Mar 22, 2020
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