BHUBANESWAR l FRIDAY l AUGUST 28, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE 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 OPTION 1 Vs OPTION 2 Centre pegs total GST collection shortfall in FY21 at 2.35L cr (`97,000 cr due to shortfall and the rest due to pandemic). The Centre offered two options: i) a special window to borrow `97,000 cr from RBI, to be repaid in five years; ii) borrow entire `2.35 lakh crore. Under 1st option i), states’ compensation entitlement will be protected. In the 2nd, states borrow more and pay for it using cess collected during transition period ‘THERE’S TRUST DEFICIT BETWEEN CENTRE AND STATES’ PUNJAB: Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said there is 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 ‘CENTRE MUST TAKE LOAN AND PAY STATES’ MAHARASHTRA: Dy CM and Finance Minister Ajit Pawar urged the Centre to take a lowinterest loan and transfer the funds to states to help the latter survive financial crisis ‘CENTRE CAN BORROW AND RELEASE FUNDS TO STATES’ Nirmala Sitharaman, Union finance minister Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairing the 41st GST Council meeting via video-conferencing, in New Delhi on Thursday | PTI ODISHA: Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari asked the Centre to release the pending GST compensation, adding that the Centre may borrow and release funds to the 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 `7,65,000 crfor 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 P8 FY20,” he said. TA M I L N A D U K A R N ATA K A ANDHRA PRADESH TELANGANA KERALA ODISHA 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 Odisha Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari demanded that the Centre should release full GST compensation due to the State. The shortfall of the GST compensation has reached `4000 crore by July-end. If the Centre does not have funds, it should borrow and release the funds due to the State 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 Supreme Court rules states can make quota within quota for SC/ST K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi 1,023 deaths during the period 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 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 sub-castes 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 SC and 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. In its 78-page judgment, the bench observed that the benefit of reservation, by and large, is not trickling down to the poorest of the poor. The bench was ruling on Punjab’s government’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. NCB will get Odisha Police support: DGP With the Enforcement Directorate (ED) asking Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) to take up probe into the banned drug angle in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case involving actress and girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, Odisha Police on Thursday said it would extend all support if the agency approached it | P3 Major rivers in spate in Odisha, 7,000 people evacuated EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @Bhubaneswar SEVERAL districts faced a low to medium intensity flood even as the State Government on Thursday evacuated over 7,000 people from low lying areas and rain-related death toll rose to eight. Four major rivers - Baitarani, Bramhani, Subarnarekha and Budhabalanga - continued to flow above the danger marks, while Mahanadi recorded a rise in water flow at Mundali. However, the Government ruled out flood in the Mahanadi river system. Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi said flood water submerged low-lying areas and paddy fields in several districts. The Government is fully prepared to deal with the situation, he said adding a thorough assessment of damage to crops and property will be made when water recedes. The State recorded an average rainfall of 55.8 mm since Wednesday . Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Jena said that there is no threat of flood in Mahanadi river system as water level is likely to remain constant and INSIDE @ Bhubaneswar IN a big relief for pensioners, the State Government on Thursday made it clear that not a single eligible beneficiary covered under National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) and Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) would be deprived of entitlements for not having Aadhaar enrollment this month. A fresh order issued by the Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (SSEPD) department said if somebody is alive and identifiable as a beneficiary, he/she should not be denied pension for not having Aadhaar. “It will the responsibility of the local administration to identity people with no Aadhaar enrollment, collect application forms and provide them Aadhaar ID before the next phase of disbursement,” Secretary Bhaskar Jyoti Sarma said in the order. The order came after media reports on the problems faced by lakhs of beneficiaries, who were deprived of their pensions and ex-gratia amount of `1000 provided by the Centre as an assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier, the State Government had made Aadhaar seeding mandatory for pensioners under both the schemes depriving around 20 per cent of the 49 lakh beneficiaries of their entitlements. The State Government has also asked all Collectors to ensure that the blocks and urban with no major rainfall prediction for the next three to four days. Currently, water discharge at Munduli stood at 7.76 lakh cusec. However, a medium flood in Baitarani, Bramhani and Subarnarekha rivers is expected and all precautionary measures have been taken to deal with the situation. Baitarani’s flow is likely to recede at Akhuapada. Water level of Subarnarekha river is rising following release of floodwater by Jharkhand from Galudiha barrage. Jena said, water level of Subarnarekha is rising by two to three metres per hour at Ra- RIVERS SWELL IN STATE I P4 Pensioners without Aadhaar will get entitlements EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Bhattarika temple inundated by the swelling waters of Mahandi at Badamba in Cuttack district on ThursdayI EXPRESS local bodies collect application forms for Aadhaar enrollment/ update from all the left-out beneficiaries along with other documents, including mobile number and bank details, if available. A web based system has been put in place by which the data will be captured and monitored. Block and ULB wise database of pensioners under NSAP and MBPY who don’t have Aadhaar will be made available in the departmental website (www.ssepd. gov.in) for the purpose of monitoring and reporting. P5 jghat and may result in a low to medium intensity flood. Jena said there is inflow to the Hirakud Dam due to rain in the upper catchment areas. Besides, water level in Ib and Bheden rivers is also rising. While inflow to Hirakud reservoir is 5.56 lakh cusec, 3 lakh cusec is being released through 18 gates. “Discharge at Munduli is likely to increase to 8 lakh cusec. The Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Cuttack, Puri, Nayagarh and Khurda district administration have been asked to keep a close watch on the situation,” he said. P5 RDC REVIEWS READINESS I P4 Cong makes big appointments after dissent R I C H A S H A R M A @ New Delhi CONGRESS on Thursday constituted a ten-member committee consisting of MPs from both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha to improve coordination between the two groups. Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, who were among the 23 “dissenters” who sought a change in the Congress leadership, are part of the committee. Jairam Ramesh has been named the party’s chief whip in Rajya Sabha. Gaurav Gogoi will be its new deputy leader in the Lok Sabha. Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu is the new Congress whip in the Lower House of Parliament. FULL STORY ON: P7 EXPRESS READ Capital sees highest spike, 2nd sero-survey from today Bhubaneswar: With Bhubaneswar witnessing its biggest single-day spike of 386 cases, more than half of which have no source of infection, the city administration has planned the second phase sero-survey from Friday | P2 NEET, JEE Students want exams held at any cost: 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 minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday said most students want the exams to be held “at any cost”. “Parents and students 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 oppositionruled 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 candidates have downloaded JEE (Main) admit cards while over 10 lakh aspirants have downloaded NEET admit cards so far. This shows that the students want the exams to be held at any cost,” the minister said. Pokhriyal’s commenta were made after higher education secretary Amit Khare held a meeting with the officials in the PMO.
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