TIRUPATI l WEDNESDAY l SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l LATE CITY EDITION 1,600 INDIAN COs GOT $1 BN FDI FROM CHINA DURING 2016-2020 Over the past four years, China pumped in $1,020.25 million to Indian firms across various sectors, according to govt data BIG MONEY FOR AUTO, SERVICES SECTORS These companies were in 46 sectors. Out of them, the automobile industry, printing of books (including litho printing industry), electronics, services and electrical equipment received more than $100 million FDI each from China. The automobile industry received the highest FDI at $172 million, while the services sector attracted funds worth $139.65 million ■ 78% BUT SLOWDOWN IN OVERALL CASHFLOW ■ However, there has been a decline in FDI inflow from China in the past three years with FDI coming down to $163.77 million in 201920 from $350.22 million in 2017-18, government data showed The outflow from India to China also came down drastically, from $49.2 million in 2017 to $20.63 million in 2020 YEAR-ON-YEAR RISE IN INDIA’S EXPORTS TO CHINA IN JUNE, ACCORDING TO CRISIL 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 Sitting on `781 cr in MGNREGS wages during Covid EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ New Delhi An IAF transport aircraft brings supplies to a base in Ladakh on Tuesday | PTI Govt committed to peace, ready for any challenge Rajnath makes statement on LAC stand-off, calls out Chinese aggression, troop build-up EX PRESS N EWS SERVICE @ New Delhi DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday told Parliament the government is committed to peacefully resolving the ongoing stand-off with China along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) but is prepared to face any challenge. “India is fully determined to defend its borders and it has, through high-level meetings with Chinese counterparts, proposed several measures that, if implemented, could de-escalate tensions at the LAC,” he said in a statement in the Lok Sabha. Since the Speaker did not allow any discussion saying that was what the House had agreed upon, the Congress staged a walkout, saying “they blocked the discussion because they don’t have answers.” Singh explained how the situation snowballed into the Galwan Valley violence on June 15 that led to the death of 20 Indian troops. “In early May, the Chinese side had taken action to hinder the normal, traditional patrolling pattern of our troops in the Galwan Valley area, which resulted in a face-off. Even as this situation was being addressed by the ground commanders our bilateral agreements and protocol, in mid-May the Chinese side made several attempts to transgress the LAC in other parts of the western sector. This included Kongka La, Gogra and North Bank of Pangong Lake. These attempts were detected early and responded to appropriately by our armed forces,” he said. To resolve the increasing friction, both sides held a meeting on June 6 and decided to desist from taking any measure to aggravate the situation further. “However, the agreements were disregarded by China by making heavy deployment of forces. Owing to their actions, there has been further friction.” In the Galwan violence, Indian soldiers “inflicted cost, including casualties on the Chinese side,” Singh added. The current situation, he said, is because of the difference of perception regarding the LAC. Both sides know their claim lines, which was why various CBMs were concluded. “The problem lies in the nature of the LAC which is not defined on the ground. This gives either side the freedom to change the status quo if they trash the CBMs. This is exactly what has happened in eastern Ladakh,” said B R Deepak, Sinologist and chairperson of the Centre for Chinese and South Asian Studies at JNU. WHILE the rural employment guarantee scheme extended a lifeline to millions of migrant workers who were forced to return to their villages from cities during the Covid-19 lockdown, its implementation has been hampered by unpaid wages to the tune of `780 crore. According to data from the rural development ministry, `781.14 crore worth of fund transfer orders (FTOs) for payment of wages under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) are pend- ing in States and Union territories. The pendency comes at a time when the scheme has seen record rise in demand for work ow i n g t o t h e l o ck d ow n . The months of June and July saw a huge spike in demand for works under the scheme following the influx of returning migrant workers. The Central government said fund release is a continuous process. “Wage payment is made on regular basis. Under DBT (direct benefit transfer), wage payment is made directly to the bank/post office account of the beneficiary by the Centre after receiving the FTO Waiting for payment (Figures in ` lakh) Andhra Pradesh 2,283.26 Himachal Pradesh 4,673.56 Jharkhand 2,686.57 Madhya Pradesh 5,923.87 Mizoram 4,150.89 Punjab 6,386.82 Uttar Pradesh 12,178.29 West Bengal 39,757.05 Puducherry 74.10 from States. The aim is to clear pendency on daily basis,” the govern- EDU INSTITUTES TO BE CHECKED FOR QUALITY ANGANWADI STAFF TO GET TRAINING Jagan told the officials to inspect schools, colleges and training centres to ensure implementation of quality standards, and take action if the standards are not up to the mark. Institutes should be allowed to reopen only after they implement the recommended quality standards, he said, and directed the officials to shut teacher-training institutes if they do not meet the standards “As per NEP, the skills of Anganwadi instructors have to be improved, and the NCERT has prepared guidelines for this. As per the guidelines, a six-month certificate course for those with Intermediate qualification and a one-year diploma course for those with Class 10 qualification has to be introduced,”officials said. The CM asked them to use services of village and ward secretariats ONE-YEAR PREPARATORY CLASS BEFORE KIDS JOIN 1ST GRADE EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ Vijayawada THE state government on Tuesday decided to introduce one year of ‘preparatory class’ to firm up students’ foundation before they enter Class 1, and gave its in-principle consent to implement the 5+3+3+4 school system under the New Education Policy (NEP). The decision was taken at a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. Officials were directed to prepare an action plan to introduce preparatory class, print textbooks according to the NEP, and chalk out training programmes for teachers. As the state government earlier decided to turn Anganwadis into YSR Pre-Primary schools offering PP-1 and PP-2, the new preparatory class will be a bridge between PP-2 and Class 1. “In Anganwadis, which will now be YSR Pre-Primary Schools, children will grow up learning in a fun way But when . they get admitted to Class 1 in regular schools, they might have problems adjusting. The new preparatory class will be like a bridge course to firm up their foundation,” Minister for Education Audimulapu Suresh said. He added that even before the NEP came into the picture, the YSRC government was implementing refor ms, most of which were in tune with the NEP, such as converting Anaganwadis into pre-primary schools. “Now our focus is on building the capacity of teachers,” he said. The Chief Minister, who reviewed the NEP with the officials in detail, emphasised the need for strong basic infrastructure in schools. He directed the officials to improve basic facilities in Anganwadis and schools, implement the midday meal scheme effectively in, troduce preparatory class, and publish bilingual textbooks. He also told them to introduce a semester system to effectively implement the school curriculum. CONTINUED ON P4 MORE RAIN BRINGS PAIN routes to be operated. The resumption of bus services between the states is only possible THE stalemate continues over after clarity emerges on these resuming inter-state bus servic- two issues, which will be fures between Andhra Pradesh ther discussed at the ED-level and Telangana, with TSRTC of- meetings to be held in a couple ficials demanding that their AP of days. counterparts to operSpeaking to the meate route-specific serdia after the meeting, vices instead of kiloKrishna Babu said metre-based services, that during Unlock 3, We made a even as the APSRTC they sought the Telanproposal to TSRTC gana gover nment’s vice chair man and officials to consent to resume bus managing director MT operate 250 services. He said APKrishna Babu argued buses each for SRTC reduced its disthat there was no prac70,000 km. But they said they tice of operating bus tance from 3.43 lakh have to first services on a route bakm to 2.65 lakh km folsis elsewhere in the discuss it with the lowing requests by government. If the TSRTC, which is excountry . At a meeting held be- uncertainty over pected to increase its resuming RTC tween delegations led services continues, operations in AP from by APSRTC and 95,000 km to 1.52 lakh private bus TSRTC managing dikm. APSRTC is operoperators will rectors at Bus Bhavan ating buses on 71 benefit in Hyderabad on Tuesroutes in Telangana, MT Krishna Babu, day, the officials diswhile TSRTC operates APSRTC vice cussed the inter state only 28 routes, and apchairman & MD agreement and kilomepears reluctant to intre parity. Andhra crease this citing lack Pradesh expressed its willing- of capacity and viability of opness to operate buses on an erating services on additonal equal kilometres basis, while routes. The TSRTC is insisting Telangana wanted only specific on route-wise parity . EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Vijayawada Pakistan peddles fake map, India walks out of meeting of NSAs New Delhi: National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on Tuesday walked out of a meeting of NSAs of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in protest after the Pakistani representative used a “fictitious” map showing Indian territories as part of Pakistan. Pakistan’s action was “in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host (Russia),” foreign office spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. Indian government sources said Khalilzad appreciated India’s participation in the opening ceremony of the intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha last week and shared the US perspective on the Afghan peace process. Heavy to very heavy rainfall occurred in parts of West Godavari, East Godavari and Kurnool districts, increasing flooding on Tuesday Several streams and rivulets in Kurnool district continued to be in spate, submerging bridges and disrupting connectivity between villages IMD has forecast more rains over the next four days | PAGE2 SELFLESS SERVICE ‘Not rich enough to give money, so I help bury Covid victims’ MOVED by the manner in which even relatives refrain from performing the last rites of Covid-19 victims, a highly-educated unemployed youngster took it upon himself to perform the last rites of such people. G Shyam Sundar, who lives on Tumma Street in Srikakulam, earlier worked as a technical assistant in the civil supplies department as an outsourced employee. Over the past three RTC officials of AP, TS again fail to reach deal on inter-state services EXPRESS READ The Aopanapalem bridge collapses after floodwater was released from Eleru reservoir, in East Godavari district on Monday G RA M ESH BABU @ Srikakulam ment said in response to a question on pendency of wages under MGNREGS. According to officials, the Centre usually transfers funds to state governments, who in turn release the funds to districts. The Centre does not release funds directly to districts. Experts say if the government wants to get the economy on track, it must clear pending wages at the earliest. “The scheme is the country’s best bet in reviving the economy It is important that the gov. ernment handles the scheme properly and does not let pendency of wages affect its implementation,” an expert on rural development and a former professor at IIM-A said. months, he performed the last rites of 12 people who succumbed to coronavirus in the district, and says he will continue doing this till the crisis ends. “As I am unemployed and from a poor family, I cannot spend money on social service. So I decided to do my bit by performing the last rites of victims,” he says. He made this decision after seeing how the family of a woman who died of Covid-19 refused to even receive her body from the hospital. “They were not even willing to see the body in the hospital. Municipal corporation officials later buried it. I felt bad about this and decided to do something,” he says. At that time, the Indian Red Cross Society sought volunteers to cremate bodies of victims, and Shaym Sundar stepped forward. He follows the safety protocol, but admits that he hasn’t told his mother and other relatives about his voluntary work due to fear of stigma. BIG FALL IN EXPORTS, IMPORTS India’s exports contracted for the 6th straight month in Aug CRUDE OIL EXPORTS IMPORTS IMPORTS AUGUST 2019 AUGUST 2019 $25.99 bn AUGUST 2020 $22.7 bn -12.66% Gems & jewellery (-43%) Petroleum (-40%) Leather (-17%) Engineering goods (-8%) Oil imports in Aug 2020 AUGUST 2020 were $6.42 $29.47 bn bn, compared with $11 bn in -26.04% the same month last Petroleum, coke and year. This was largely products (-42%) due to the Machinery (-42%) dip in global Coal, coke (-38%) Brent prices | Chemicals (-18%) $39.85 bn TRADE DEFICIT August 2019: $13.86 billion | August 2020: $6.77 billion P10 Source: Ministry of Commerce & Industry
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