kannur l tuesday l june 01, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l city EDITION pLEA AGAINST Central Vista WORK REJECTED BY dELHI HC The court dismissed a petition seeking to stop construction activity at the site and imposed K1 lakh cost on the petitioner slams ill-intent, selective targeting not genuine public interest litigation The HC slammed the ill-intent behind selectively targeting the Vista work and said the project was of national importance that must be completed within the executive-set deadline of November 2021. The court dismissed the petitioner’s contention that a large gathering of workers at the site could become a super-spreader, saying Covid-19 protocols were in place ■ ■ ■ The Centre said the ongoing works were not for a new Parliament building, but to spruce up public amenities like new toilet blocks The government said the claims of the petitioner that there was no medical facility at the site was contrary to the ground reality The court dismissed the the plea, saying it was not a genuine PIL Jan 5 The sC gave green signal to the project by upholding its legality 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 Apex court slams Centre on vax policy, digital divide K a n u S a r d a @ New Delhi The Centre had a torrid time before the Supreme Court on Monday as it was heavily criticised for its vaccination policy. A three-judge bench led by Justice D Y Chandrachud posed searching questions to Solicitor General Tushar Mehta on the policy and the rural-urban digital divide. Citing technical glitches on CoWIN application used for re gistration for vaccinations, Justice Bhat said he had received distress calls from all over the country and added that young , people, who had registered for vaccination, visit private hospitals, only to find all slots are booked. “We are not going to run the Central government and make policies for you,” the bench said. NATIONWIDE MAY 30 MAY 31 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,65,553 1,52,734 2,76,309 2,38,022 3,460 3,128 FY21 marks the worst performance of the country’s economy since 1951; major decline in private consumption and household spending GDP growth at historic low A n u r a d h a S h u k l a @ New Delhi the Indian economy contracted 7.3% in 2020-21, posting its worst performance since 1951, government data released on Monday showed. Real GDP at constant prices stood at `135.13 lakh crore in FY21, against the first revised estimate of `145.69 lakh crore for FY20. Nominal GDP (at current prices) at `197.5 lakh crore for FY21 was 3% lower than `203.5 lakh crore in 2019-20. The 7.3% contraction, however, is better than the earlier estimate of 8% fall. The economy also grew 1.6% in the fourth quarter of FY21, bettering estimates of 1.1% growth. The positive growth in Q4 holds promise as private consumption, which accounts for 55% of the GDP, showed a slight uptick -- from `21.04 lakh crore in Q4 of FY20 to `21.60 lah crore. Private investments, the second highest contributor to the GDP (34%), also showed signs of revival as they rose to `13.38 lakh crore from `12.07 lakh crore a year ago. For full year, though, private consumptions declined `7.6 lakh crore in real terms to `75.6 lakh crore despite pandemic forcing households to spend a fortune on healthcare, amid shortage of beds and oxygen. This drop was mainly on account of salary cuts, job State of the economy A quick look at how the economy struggled to cope with the Covid pandemic Sector-wise PERFORMANCE Growth rate (%) Indicators 2019-20 2020-21 Rice production 0.7 2.8 Fish production 4.4 17 Coal production -0.4 -4.8 Crude oil production -5.9 -5.2 Cement production -0.9 11.9 Steel cosumption 1.5 -6.7 Telephone subscribers -0.3 1.8 Commercial vehicle sales -28.8 -20.8 Passenger vehicle sales 17.8 -11.7 Passengers handled at airports -1.1 -66.2 Passengers kilometre (Railways) -10 -88.4 Export of goods & services -0.8 -1.7 Import of goods & services -4.6 -11.1 Manufacturing -1.4 -9.8 Mining 1.6 -7.8 Electricity 0.9 -0.5 Figures for Jan-Dec 2020 except for Bangladesh (July 2020-June 2021) and India (April 2020-March 2021. Source: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Source: World Bank, OECD, Govt data losses and high medical bills. Private investments in real term also declined from `47.30 lakh crore to `42.20 lakh crore. GDP growth is the lowest in India’s history since FY51, said Devendra Kumar Pant, chief economist at India Ratings and Research. “The previous lowest PFCE (private final consumption expenditure) growth was negative 2.2% in FY80 and lowest GFCF growth was negative 9.5% HOW INDIA COMPARES WITH OTHER COUNTRIES GDP Country Growth in 2020(%) Bangladesh 3.60% Vietnam 2.90% China 2.30% South Korea -1.00% US -3.50% Japan -4.80% Germany -5.00% Thailand -6.10% India -7.30% Philippines -9.50% UK -9.80% in FY58,” he added. While public expenditure by the government rose 2.91% in FY21, it is much slower than the 7.88% rise seen in FY20. On the supply side, barring agriculture, electricity and utility services, all witnessed decline during FY21 and the services sector was severely hit, contracting 18.2%, followed by construction and mining at 8.6% and 8.5%, respectively . Pinarayi writes to 11 CMs, calls for united effort to get free vax E x p r ess Ne w s S e r v i c e @T’Puram Initiating a united move to ensure free Covid-19 vaccines across the country, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday wrote to his counterparts in eleven states ruled by nonBJP parties to press the Union government. “The statements to the effect that the responsibility to provide vaccine entirely falls within the realm of the states defy the very basis of the cooperative federal system. The need of the hour is a united effort from our side too to put forth the genuine demand that the Centre should procure the vaccines needed by the states and distribute them free of cost,” Pinarayi said, adding it would be more effective. Pinarayi said he had already written to the PM pointing out the merits of Centre assessing requirements of the states and floating a global ● More on P4 tender. statewide Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths MAY 30 19,894 29,013 186 MAY 31 12,300 28,525 174 HC to Centre: Is it possible to put off L’dweep regulation implementation? Kochi: “Is it possible to put off the implementation of Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulation 2021 because of the lockdown and pandemic situation?” the Kerala High Court asked the Central government orally on Monday. The court did not issue an order but asked the petitioner to send his suggestions to the island administration and the administration to send the same to the Centre. P4 Bengal chief secy retires, Mamata appoints him as advisor for 3 yrs Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said she was appointing West Bengal’s Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay as chief advisor for three years effective from Tuesday, after allowing the bureaucrat who was ordered by the central government to report to Delhi, to retire.
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