WARANGAL FRIDAY AUGUST 28, 2020 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION GOVT TO BAN IMPORT OF MORE DEFENCE ITEMS, SAYS MODI The Prime Minister said on Thursday the Centre will further restrict import of defence items to boost domestic industry ‘SELF RELIANCE WILL BOOST INDIA’S STANDING’ Addressing the defence industry outreach seminar, Narendra Modi said, attaining self-reliance in defence will help India become a net security provider in the Indian Ocean and make it a defence supplier for many friendly countries. He said ‘Atmnirbhar Bharat’ is not an inward looking idea. Rather, its aim is to enable India work towards attaining world peace ■ Modi `20,000 CR TO BE INVESTED OVER 5 YEARS ■ Modi said India is working on developing new technologies, and the private sector companies will be given a big role to play He said work on building defence corridors is on at a rapid pace in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, and an investment of `20,000 crore would be made on them over the next five years | P7 ALLEGED THAT PREVIOUS GOVTS IGNORED INDIA’S DEFENCE INDUSTRY 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 PUNJAB: THERE’S TRUST DEFICIT BETWEEN CENTRE, STATES Chandigarh: Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said the finance ministers of Congress-ruled States are not happy with the outcome of the GST Council meeting. “The meeting did not progress in a cordial atmosphere. There was a clear trust deficit between the Centre and States. We got a feeling a solution was being thrust upon us,” he said after the GST Council meeting There is a shortfall in revenue as we are facing an Act of God, which might even result in a contraction of the economy MAHARASHTRA: CENTRE MUST TAKE LOAN AND PAY STATES Nirmala Sitharaman, Union finance minister Mumbai: Centre owes the Maharasthra govt `22,534 crore in GST compensation, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar said. He urged the Centre to take a low-interest loan and transfer the funds to states to help the latter come out of financial crisis. Delay in GST payout is affecting development work, he added Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the 41st GST Council meeting via video-conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday | PTI ‘THE ONLY QUESTION IS WHO WILL BORROW’ Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “The meeting was for compensation to states. There was no other agenda. The question is, who will borrow — the Centre or states?” STATES STARE AT L2.35 LAKH CR GST REVENUE BLACKHOLE Centre gives two options for States to meet revenue shortfall, offers to arrange borrowing from RBI at ‘reasonable rates’; FM terms economic distress ‘Act of God’ A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi FACING heat from States over non-payment of GST compensation, the Centre on Thursday said Union government is also affected by the shortfall in GST collections. AT the GST Council meeting, the Centre told states that the coronavirus-induced lockdown has severely impacted mop-up, leaving a gap of `2.35 lakh crore for the Centre to compensate states this year. “As per the Centre’s calculation, the compensation requirement by states in the current fiscal would be `3 lakh crore, of which `65,000 crore is expected to be met from the cess levied in the GST regime. Hence, the total shortfall is estimated at `2.35 lakh crore,”said Finance Secretary Ajay Bhushan. Calling the pandemic an Act of God, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Centre has less headroom to meet the gap. The Union government can also not dip into the Consolidated Fund of India to pay off states, she said referring to the Attorney General’s advice. “The A-G’s clear opinion was that the compensation gap cannot be met from the Consolidat- ed Fund of India. He suggested the compensation cess levy can be extended beyond five years to meet the shortfall.” Briefing reporters, the finance minister said two options were suggested in the meeting. The first option is a special window for the states, in consultation with the RBI, to borrow `97,000 crore at a reasonable interest rate. The amount can be repaid by 2022 from the cess collection. The second one is to borrow the entire `2.35 lakh crore shortfall under the special window. The finance minister disclosed that states have asked for a detailed draft of the two options and sought a week’s time to study both options and come back to meet again. Sitharaman said the options are only for this year. The situation will be reviewed in April next year to decide the future course of action. Meanwhile, experts warn the revenue shortfall will be steeper than the government’s estimate. According to Jayanta Roy group , head, corporate sector ratings at ICRA, SGST collections are likely to fall 21% to `4,01,100 crore in FY21 from `5,05,800 crore in FY20, which will push compensation amount above `2.35 lakh crore. “With the aggregate protected revenues of the states being estimated by ICRA at `7,650 billion (`7,65,000 cr) for FY21, the GST compensation requirement appears set to more than double to `3,639 billion (`3,63,900 cr) for the current fiscal from `1,653 billion in FY20,” he said. TA M I L N A D U K A R N ATA K A ANDHRA PRADESH TELANGANA KERALA U T TA R A K H A N D JHARKHAND RAJASTHAN WEST BENGAL Tamil Nadu Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, who represented the State in the GST Council meeting on Thursday, urged the Centre to disburse `12,258.94 crore pending GST compensation. Jayakumar also asked the Centre to release the pending IGST dues of `4,073 cr Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who represented the State in the GST Council, said the State had achieved 71.61% GST collections despite the pandemic and urged the Council to pay compensation of `13,764 crore for the past four months Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Buggana Rajendranath said States have more commitments towards public expenditure and asked the Centre to fulfil its commitment made during the introduction of GST of compensating the revenue loss to States Telangana Finance Minister T Harish Rao demanded the Centre release GST compensation dues of `5,420 cr and IGST dues of `2,700 cr to Telangana immediately. The state’s contribution to GST Cess was `18,082 cr. The State has received `3,223 crore as GST compensation Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said the bifurcation of compensation amount as ‘normal’ and ‘due to Covid-19’ is not lawful. He said the Centre should borrow the entire sum and distribute among states, as it can easily mobilise funds at a lesser interest rate than states Uttarakhand state agriculture minister Subodh Uniyal said in the GST Council that the state awaits `2,000 crore as GST compensation. “We are ready to comply with the Centre’s directions and there is no issue of increasing the GST compensation years from five to 10 years,” he added Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameshwar Oroan said the State’s financial condition is really bad. Oraon suggested the Centre get loan from RBI and make the funds available to the states, so that the repayment of loans will be done by the Centre without putting any burden on States Rajasthan Electricity and PHED Minister B D Kalla demanded immediate release of GST dues of `6,990 crore to the State. “The economy is crippled due to the protracted lockdown. Our revenues will take a long time to recover. We demand immediate release of our share,” he said West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said the Centre must pay the compensation from different cesses that it collects. Mitra said, “In case of a shortfall, it is the responsibility of the Centre to explore resources for compensating the states,” he added New record INDIA REGISTERED A RECORD 75,760 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN THE 24 HOURS TILL THURSDAY MORNING 1,023 deaths during the period K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi 33.10 lakh Total confirmed cases 7.25 lakh Active cases 60,442 Deaths 25,23,771 recoveries TIME TAKEN TO ADD EACH ONE LAKH CASES Date Cases Days 2 Aug 17,50,723 2 3 Aug 18,03,695 1 5 Aug 19,08,254 2 7 Aug 20,27,074 2 9 Aug 21,53,010 2 10 Aug 22,15,074 1 12 Aug 23,29,638 2 14 Aug 24,61,190 2 15 Aug 25,26,192 1 17 Aug 26,47,663 2 18 Aug 27,02,742 1 20 Aug 28,36,925 2 21 Aug 29,05,823 1 23 Aug 30,44,940 2 24 Aug 31,06,348 1 26 Aug 32,34,474 2 27 Aug 33,10,234 1 2,795 COVID CASES RECORDED IN TELANGANA The State also saw eight more Covid deaths, taking the total to 788 PAGE 3 In a relief to unauthorised property owners, TS to bring in new LRS Supreme Court rules states can make quota within quota for SC/ST THE Supreme Court on Thursday disagreed with a 2004 verdict of its Constitution Bench and held that held that states can make further reservations for subcastes within the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. A five-judge bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, noted that the state legislatures as well as the Parliament have the power to grant reservations in education and employment. “Once the State has the power to give reservations, it can also make sub classification to extend benefit to those sub castes not receiving the benefit,” said Justice Mishra, reading out the operative part of the judgment. The 2004 judgment held that it is unconstitutional for state governments to provide a further sub-categorisation of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). The bench ruled that allotting a specific percentage of the reserved seats to a particular sub-caste will not violate Article 341(2), 342, and 342A of the Constitution as no enlisted caste is denied the benefit of reservation. Under Article 341 (2), only the Parliament may include or exclude any castes or tribes from the list of SC/STs. The court was ruling on Punjab’s gover nment’s appeal against a 2010 judgment by the Punjab and Haryana High Court that struck down Section 4(5) of the Punjab Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes Act, 2006 as unconstitutional. Section 4(5) of the Act provided for ‘first preference’ to certain castes for Scheduled Caste reservations in public services. In its ruling, the High Court had cited the 2004 judgment of the Supreme Court. COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP? CONG FORMS PANEL FOR BOTH LS, RS Congress party constituted a ten-member group of MPs from both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha for coordination in the two Houses | P7 S B A C H A N J E E T S I N G H @ Hyderabad The objective is to ensure planned development in the State. The Telangana Municipalities Act, 2019 and the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018 provide safeguards against registration of unapproved plots, sub-divisions, buildings and structures Official IN what is being seen as a measure to provide relief to those who own plots, the State government is reportedly contemplating to bring in Layout Regularisation Scheme (LRS) since registration of plots and flats in unauthorised layouts has been prohibited. The State government wants to provide a window to the developers of the unauthorised layouts and to those who own plots or flats in such layouts, the officials of the Municipal Administration told Express. Though the State government has brought in various reforms in rural and urban sectors through the new PR Act and Municipalities Act for planned development, unauthorised layouts and buildings are still coming up leading to haphazard development. As a large number of unapproved layouts have come up mostly on the city’s outskirts and towns, the government wants to give an opportunity for regularising them. Students want NEET, JEE exams conducted at any cost, says Centre EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi MAKING it clear yet again that the Centre won’t put off holding the JEE (Main), NEET exams, the Union education mini s t e r R a m e s h Po k h r i ya l Nishank on Thursday said most students want the exams to be held “at any cost”. “ Pa re n t s a n d s t u d e n t s through email and social media have said that the exams should be conducted in September,” he said in a video message. His comments came a day after chief ministers of seven opposition-ruled states decided to approach the Supreme Court seeking a postponement of the exams in light of the mounting Covid-19 cases in the country . “The National Testing Agency has informed me that over 7 lakh c a n d i d at e s h ave downloaded JEE (Main) admit cards while over 1 0 l a k h a s p i r a n t s h ave downloaded NEET admit cards so far. This shows that the students want the exams to be held at any cost,” the minister said. P o k h r i y a l ’ s commenta were made after higher education secretary Amit Khare held a meeting with the officials in the PMO. SHIFT IN TREND Covid cases drop in Hyderabad but rise sharply in rural areas D O N I TA J O S E @ Hyderabad AN analysis of the number of cases reported in June vs August shows how the Covid-19 progression had a complete turnaround in Telangana. In June, 82 per cent of the 13,508 Coronavirus cases came from the GHMC limits but in August it dropped to just 21 percent. An analysis of the data by Express shows that in August, as many as 26,49,855 cases have been reported of which GHMC contributed 10,508 cases. This constitutes about 21 per cent of the cases. This is in sharp contrast to the situation in June. In June, 13,508 cases of Covid-19 were recorded, of which 11,080 were from GHMC limits which makes up 82 per cent of the cases. While on the whole, the cases may have dropped marginally in the GHMC limits between the two months, the contribution it is making to overall caseload has changed. It may be recalled that when Covid-19 crisis hit Telangana in March, when the State recorded its first case, and gripped the capital city in April, May and June, the exponential rise in number of cases was only in the GHMC limits. However, as lockdown norms and restrictions on the movement of people gradually began easing in June, the number Covid-19 cases started increasing drastically in areas outside the GHMC limits, in the rural areas and small municipalities. The sharpest rise has been in districts like Jagtial where across June, July and August the cases shot up from 11 to 224 to 1,301 followed by Bhadradri Kothagudem (22 to 278 to 1,139), Nalgonda (60 to 343 to 1,673) and Nizamabad (23 to 635 to 2,084). Fifth lowest death rate Meanwhile, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday revealed that Telangana has the fifth lowest death rate of Covid-19 patients in the CONTINUED ON P3 country . After this relief, the State government wants to be tough with those who do not seek approvals for layouts, the officials said. The new normal would be in accordance with the system which is being implemented in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The new PR and Municipalities Act lays down that only the plots in layouts approved as per law by the competent authority and plots which are regularised under LRS schemes issued by t h e g o ve r n m e n t c a n b e registered. Four prisoners escape from Gandhi Hosp Covid ward EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Hyderabad FOUR prisoners who were under Covid treatment at Gandhi Hospital escaped from custody by removing the ventilator grill in the washroom of their ward in the early hours of Thursday . Of the four, two are undertrial prisoners of Chanchalguda jail and the remaining two are convicts from Cherlapally jail. They were jailed after arrest for their involvement in robberies. A police officer who is investigating the incident said: “Among those who fled, one was recently shifted to Gandhi Hospital while he was under treatment at Erragadda Mental Hospital. All the four prisoners were in the same ward of the hospital.” The officer said that the prisoners went to the washroom where they broke the ventilator grill and, taking the support of the drainage pipe, climbed down from the second floor of the building and fled. At around 9 am, the hospital staff informed the Chilkalguda police that four prisoners had escaped from the ward. CONTINUED ON P2
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