BHUBANESWAR l WEDNESDAY l SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE 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 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ 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. P7 WHILE the rural employment 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 Ma- hatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) are pending in States and Union territories. The pendency comes at a time when the scheme has seen record rise in demand for work owing to the lockdown. 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 Centre said fund release is a continuous process. “Wage PAK PEDDLES FAKE MAP, INDIA WALKS OUT OF MEET EX P R ESS N E WS S E RV I C E @ 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. P7 Big fall in exports, imports India’s exports contracted for the 6th straight month in Aug EXPORTS AUGUST 2019 IMPORTS AUGUST 2019 $25.99 bn AUGUST 2020 $39.85 bn AUGUST 2020 $22.7 bn -12.66% Gems & jewellery (-43%) Petroleum (-40%) Leather (-17%) Engineering goods (-8%) $29.47 bn -26.04% Petroleum, coke and products (-42%) Machinery (-42%) Coal, coke (-38%) Chemicals (-18%) TRADE DEFICIT August 2019: $13.86 billion | August 2020: $6.77 billion CRUDE OIL IMPORTS Oil imports in Aug 2020 were $6.42 bn, compared with $11 bn in the same month last year. This was largely due to the dip in global Brent prices | P10 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 tricts. 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. SIMPLIFYING TAX COLLECTION CABINET NOD TO ODISHA GST ACT AMENDMENT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar THE State Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to amend the Odisha GST Act, 2017 which would make tax collection simple and effective. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and held through video conference, approved the Odisha Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which will be introduced in Monsoon session of the Assembly for replacement of two ordinances, Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said. As per the Cabinet decision, a new section -168Awill be inserted in the OGST Act, which will be amended to provide various facilities to tax payers and tax authorities. The Cabinet approved the proposal which includes amendment of 12 sections and paragraph 4 of the Schedule II of the OGST Act, 2017. The amendment proposes to punish both the persons, one who avails the input tax credit in a fraudulent manner and the other who retains the benefit, making such offences cog- INSIDE Source: Ministry of Commerce & Industry 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 from States. The aim is to clear pendency on daily basis,” the government 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 dis- nisable and non-bailable. Besides, scope of ineligibility to opt for composition scheme will be extended. The date of issuance of debit note from the issuance of invoice to avail input tax credit will be delinked. The proposed amendment seeks to empower the Government to specify the categories of services or supplies for which tax invoice will be issued along with the time and manner. A certificate of TDS given by the deductor of tax will be issued in a prescribed form, Principal Secretary in the Finance department Ashok Kumar Meena said. Meena said the amendment aims to empower the Government to make provision of removal of difficulties order for another two years, till five years from the date of commencement of the OGST Act, 2017. As per the recommendation of the GST Council, the Government also extended due dates for various compliances during war, epidemic, flood, drought, fire, cyclone and natural calamities. The Cabinet also decided to amend the Odisha Local Fund Audit Act, 1948, as difficulties were faced to physically serve surcharge notices and orders on delinquent officers in time, the Finance Secretary said. Now electronic notices can be served. Besides, a proposal by Works Department for construction of a bridge over Subarnarekha river near Haldipada on National Highway-16 at a cost of over `138.74 crore was also cleared, Works Secretary Krishan Kumar said. The proposed bridge will provide direct link between Bhograi and Baliapal blocks in Balasore district. It will also connect the economically and culturally important places, Subarnarekha por t, Chandaneswar and Bhusundeswar. The amendment aims to empower the Government to make provision of removal of difficulties order for another two years, till five years from the date of commencement of the OGST Act, 2017 Ashok Kumar Meena, Principal Secretary, Finance department CAPITAL TALLY INCHES CLOSURE TO 17,000 MARK I P2 Pradhan opposes OUA ordinance, seeks Pokhriyal’s intervention EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE Going by the Supreme Court judgment in the Osmania University Teachers’ Union case against Andhra Pradesh Government, the ordinance is liable to be struck down by court UNION Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has joined voices of opposition to the recent amendment of the Odisha Universities Act, 1989 through promulgation of an ordinance by the State Government and sought intervention of Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to safeguard the interest of the students and autonomy of the universities. In a letter to Pokhriyal on Tuesday Pradhan said the , amendment has come under severe criticism from the S t at e ’s a c a d e m i c community due to the drastic and regressive changes. The ordinance goes contrary to the vision of the Prime Minister in formulation of the National Education Policy to promote autonomy of academic institutions. Pradhan said the amendment has stripped the universities of their autonomy by bringing them under the State Higher Education department. harmendra Pradhan, Union Minister @ Bhubaneswar Highlighting some issues raised by two noted academicians, Pradhan said replacing the Senate with bureaucratic Syndicate effectively means that the universities will be run by the Government-appointed nominees. The State BJP has also alleged that the abolition of the Senate in universities to make the Syndicate as the highest authority is a wellorchestrated conspiracy of the State Gover nment to bring activities like recruitment, selection of vice-chancellors and overall management under its control and make them bureaucratic institutions. Similarly, the appointment of vice-chancellor has been restricted by forced entry of a nominee in the search committee and constraining it to a limited number of non-academic candidates, Pradhan alleged. The academic sanctity of staff appointment has also been dismantled by forced recruitment of professors, assistant professors, and other employees through Odisha Public Service Commission and non-teaching staf f through State Selection Board bypassing the selection committee headed by the vice-chancellor. “Removing the provision of tabling the university audit report in the Assembly, the Government has crippled the constitutional process of discussion and scrutiny of utilisation of funds,” the letter said. Pradhan said the changes made in the Universities Act are in contradiction with extant practices with other states, and education being a concurrent subject they are incongruous with Central Government policies. “Going by the Supreme Court judgment in the Osmania University Teachers’ Union case against Andhra Pradesh Government, the ordinance is liable to be struck down by court,” he said. NIGHT DAZZLE Night view of the illuminated Bindusagar lake and Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday | IRFANA State decentralises critical care for Covid patients EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bhubaneswar WITH rising fatalities due to lack of timely treatment and monitoring of Covid-19 patients emerging a serious concern, the State Government on Tuesday directed the district administrations to ensure proper care and attention to every person afflicted by the virus. Taking strong note of the practice to shift patients to Bhubaneswar and Cuttack at the slightest hint of deterioration in their condition, the Government directed all Collectors and Municipal Commissioners to manage Covid patients requiring critical care in the ICU and high dependency units (HDUs) set up in their respective districts instead of referring them in a routine manner. Directing health officials and treating doctors at the district-level to closely monitor the health condition of all patients, including those in home isolation, the Health and Family Welfare department said steps must be taken for early detection of lungs infection and timely treatment so that severity is reduced. Additional Chief Secretary PK Mohapatra said the training of doctors and paramedics at grassroots and district-level hospitals would be strengthened to ensure proper patient management and provisioning of critical care. “The districts have been divided into clusters. All facilities will have to follow the notified referral policy to enable seamless coordination between the sending and receiving hospitals. If no ICU bed is vacant in a particular district, first step would be to shift any serious patient to nearby Covid hospital in the cluster. Patients insisting on being referred to Bhubaneswar or Cuttack should be counseled and dissuaded as there is life risk in P5 transport,” he said.
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