MANGALURU THURSDAY JUNE 03, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 12 CITY EDITION BIG MOVE TO MONETISE RENTAL HOUSING MARKET STATES CAN ADAPT IT BY AMENDING LAWS The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the Model Tenancy Act, which offers legal protection to both owners and tenants WILL UNLOCK OVER 1 CR VACANT HOUSES Under the Act, separate rent authorities, courts and tribunals will be set up in districts. House owners can seek a maximum two months’ rent as security deposit from tenants, while it is six months’ rent for commercial property. States and Union territories can adapt the Act by enacting fresh legislation or amending their existing rental laws suitably ■ ■ Written Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said there are ‘1.1 crore vacant houses available for rent in the country, according to the Census 2011 The Act is expected to encourage owners to rent out their property RENTAL AGREEMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED TO DISTRICT ‘RENT AUTHORITY’ without the fear that tenants won’t vacate it later | P8, 10 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 Shadow over Centre’s 55-cr Covaxin target STRONG SC DOSE TO CENTRE Calls vax policy prima facie arbitrary; seeks details on its evolution, including file noting ings reflecting its thinking while evolving the policy and , the purchase history of Covaxin, Covishield and Sputnik V so far. It also asked all states and Union Territories to specify their stand on providing free jabs. It saw a policy skew in allowing free vaccination for the vulnerable K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi TERMING the Centre’s vaccination policy as prima facie arbitrary and irrational, the Supreme Court in its written order sought all details on its formulation. The court directed the Centre to place on record all relevant documents and file not- groups — those above 60 and the 45-plus with comorbidities — while enforcing a paid system for the rest. The order was part of the detailed hearing of Monday, which was made available on Wednesday . Countering the Centre’s pitch not to interfere in policy matters, particularly as the pan- SHARP OBSERVATIONS BY APPEARS IRRATIONAL Due to the importance of vaccinating individuals in the 18-44 age group, the policy for facilitating free vaccination for vulnerable groups under the first two phases, and replacing it with paid vaccination by state/UT governments and private hospitals for the 18-44 age group is, prima facie arbitrary and irrational. Under the liberalised vaccine policy that came into effect on May 1, the Centre is paying for the vaccines of the 60+ and people above the age of 45 with comorbidities. For the rest, the states can buy up to 50% of their vaccine requirements from manufacturers but they are paying a much higher price than the Centre. Private hospitals are paying even more. ADDRESSING THE URBAN, RURAL DIGITAL DIVIDE The court asked the Centre to provide data on the percentage of population that has been vaccinated with one or demic situation was dynamic, the bench led by Justice D Y Chandrachud said it does not intend to second-guess the wisdom of the Executive, but will determine “if the chosen policy conforms to the standards of reasonableness, militates against manifest arbitrariness and protects the right to life of all persons”. THREE-MEMBER BENCH both doses, as against eligible persons in the first three phases of the vaccination drive. The data should include percentage of rural and urban population so far vaccinated. VACCINE PRODUCTION RAMP UP DOABLE? While the Centre is confident of vaccinating everyone in the targeted age group by this December-end, the court sought full details as to how production of such high volume will be achieved. It also asked for an outline on how and when the Centre expects to vaccinate the remaining population. PRICING, DATES OF PROCUREMENT Regarding the pricing of vaccines, the bench asking the Centre to submit a cost comparison of the shots available in India as against their international price. “If `35,000 crore has been allocated for vaccine, why it cannot be used for vaccinating the 18-44 age group?” the court questioned and directed the Centre to produce the entire file on its vaccine purchase history till date. It also sought the dates of procurement orders of all vaccines — Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V the number of doses or, dered and the projected date of supply . CAN’T BE SILENT SPECTATORS The Indian Constitution does not envisage courts to be silent spectators when constitutional rights of citizens are infringed by executive policies. Judicial review and soliciting constitutional justification for policies formulated by the Executive is an essential function, which the courts are entrusted to perform, the bench observed. It said across the globe, the Executive has been given a wider margin in enacting measures, which ordinarily may have violated the liberty of individuals, but are now inP7 cumbent to curb the pandemic. Kerala gets ‘KSRTC’, K’taka loses case EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ T’Puram AFTER the long drawn-out battle over intellectual property rights, the Kerala Road Transport Corporation has got the legal right to its trademarks -- acronym KSRTC, the logo of two elephants and the name Anavandi -- associated with the staterun transport corporation. The Controller General of Patents Design and Trade Marks under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry approved Kerala’s claim on Wednesday. The registration will make Kerala RTC the sole custodian of the trademarks. All buses of the corporation will proudly display KSRTC with the mark to indicate the registration (R). The Kerala RTC and Karnataka State Transport Corporation have been fighting over the c u s t o dy of the a c ronym ‘KSRTC’ for the last seven years. Even now, buses and websites of both RTCs use KSRTC. The decision is likely to end the confusion among passengers to know which one is the real KSRTC. “The history of KSRTC is intertwined with the lives of people of the state. It is not just a transport service, but has left the legacy of public transport in our cultural life including films and literature,” said Transport Minister P5 Antony Raju. S U M I S U K A N YA D U T TA @ New Delhi Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa chairs a meeting, attended by ministers, to assess the prevailing Covid situation in the State, in Bengaluru on Wednesday | EXPRESS No dip in rural cases, may have to extend lockdown, hints CM EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru CHIEF Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday hinted at extending the lockdown currently in effect in Karnataka beyond June 7. Speaking to the media in Bengaluru, he said that Covid cases have not come under control in rural areas, compelling the government to consider extending the lockdown, though with some relaxations. He chaired a key meeting later on Wednesday evening where extending the lockdown by a week was discussed. After the meeting, an addendum to the present Covid lockdown guidelines was issued, allowing export industries to function with 50 per cent of staff. Sources who attended the meeting suggested that while the lockdown is set to continue for another week, minor relaxations will be allowed. “Teleserial actors have requested that their shooting be allowed. They have assured the authorities that they will remain confined to resorts and enclosed spaces during shooting and adhere to Covid norms. The government is considering giving them permission. Small shops with one or two employees may be allowed to function,” the sources said. Inter- COVID continues to claim lives, not just by infection, but also through lockdown-triggered unemployment, stigma and inability of families to bear the cost of treatment. In the latest incident, four members of a family hanged themselves at H Mookahalli in Chamarajanagar on Wednesday It is suspected that the un. employment and poverty might have forced them to take the extreme step. JUNE 1 JUNE 2 14,304 29,271 464 16,387 21,199 463 district travel of passengers, however, is likely to remain suspended, but goods vehicles will be allowed as is currently . The State is looking at bringing the positivity rate below 10 per cent before allowing any big relaxation of lockdown norms. Also, unlocking is expected to be in a phased manner over the next few weeks. An official announcement on extending the lockdown is expected either on Thursday or on Saturday as the chief minister is on a tour of Belagavi on Friday to monitor Covid situation. Meanwhile, Urban Development Minister Byrati Basavaraj on Wednesday said that the lockdown should be extended till June 15, and he would convey his opinion to the chief minister. He said, “The decision on unlocking should be taken after June 15 and relaxation should be in a phased manner. There is a need to extend the lockdown as Covid cases are still high.” He asserted that there is a need to ensure that all groundwork is done and facilities are in place ahead of the third wave. STATE ALLOWS 50% STAFF AT EXPORT UNITS SAFETY FOR ALL Healthcare workers collect swab samples of inmates from Beggars’ Colony at a primary health centre, as part of a BBMP drive to contain the pandemic, in Bengaluru on Wednesday | VINOD KUMAR T The State Government on Thursday issued an addendum to the existing lockdown guidelines to allow export industries to function, but with restrictions. 100% export-oriented units have been permitted to function with 50% staff, strictly adhering to Covid-appropriate behaviour. It also said all functioning industries employing over 1,000 persons should mandatorily conduct random Covid tests for at least 10% of their staff twice a week. K’taka plans to sell surplus power to firms, states EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Bengaluru KARNATAKA is likely to sell the surplus power it generates to other, needy states or companies by signing medium or longterm agreements. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday directed Energy Department officials to take measures to sell surplus power. The officers will first determine the demand within the state, decide the quantum of surplus power, the duration of its availability and then look for buyers from within and outside the state. The officers expect the availability of power to be substantial during monsoon. Additional Chief Secretary, Energy Department, G Kumar Naik said for the first time, the State is looking at selling surplus power on a long-term basis. “We were preparing for an in- crease in demand by putting up thermal power stations. At the same time, a revolution occurred in the renewable energy space, and the State went about setting up solar power stations. Now, around 50 per cent of installed capacity and around 30 per cent of daily consumption is met by renewable energy sources. That is also one of the reasons why we seem to have surplus energy he said. ,” Mahadevaswamy (55), a marginal farmer, his wife Mangalamma (40), daughters Geetha (15) and Sruthi (11) were found hanging at their house. Mahadevaswamy tested positive on May 9 and was under home isolation. Other members of the family, though did not have symptoms, too were told to quarantine themselves by Asha workers. Mahadevaswamy who owned , 1.5 acres of dry land and a milching cow, could not go out to work since Covid struck or Farmer Mahadevaswamy, his wife Mangalamma, and their daughters Geetha and Sruthi | EXPRESS sell milk at the local dairy He . was normally paid Rs 250 per day and even that meagre income had stopped, pushing the family to the brink. Even before Covid struck, Mahadevasamy had told the villagers that his family was living under a financially pathetic condition and he was finding it difficult to make ends meet. But never did he give a hint that he and his family would commit suicide. The villagers called him an honourable man and pointed out that he paid back all the hand loans he had taken from neighbours on Tuesday morning. He also spoke over phone to his eldest daughter, who is married off to a village near Nanjangud, in the evening. On Wednesday morning, one of the villagers knocked on Mahadevaswamy’s door to call him for a day’s job and found the family hanging. Chamarajangar Rural police rushed to the spot and shifted the bodies for postmortem. The police said that they are conducting an investigation, and are looking at all angles, including ill-treatment of the family, if any by other villagers. , JUNE 1 JUNE 2 1,27,510 1,32,788 2,55,287 2,31,456 2,795 3.207 June 1 22,08,941 doses June 2 22,45,112 doses TOTAL DOSES: 22,08,62,449 JAB-O-METER TAKE YOUR SHOT CORONA INFECTS 39 CHILDREN IN HASSAN DISTRICT A total of 39 children, aged below 15 years, are undergoing treatment at different Covid hospitals in here, after testing positive in the last seven days. According to Dr Krishnamurthy, the in-charge district surgeon, seven children are being treated at the Hassan Institute of Medical Sciences (HIMS), the designated Covid hospital here. P4 Good news on the job front: You’re being hired @ Bengaluru CONTINUED ON: P3 NATIONWIDE Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths HOPEFUL TIMES PEARL MARIA D’SOUZA Pandemic, unemployment, poverty push 4 of family to suicide K S H I V A K U M A R @ Mysuru KARNATAKA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths THE Centre’s ambitious target of having 55 crore doses of Covaxin by December appears hard to achieve as Mumbai-based Haffkine Biopharma, one of the three companies Bharat Biotech has roped in to ramp up Covid vaccine manufacturing, will not be able to start production before February next year. The company is looking at a time line of eight months to roll out the first batch of Covaxin, said Sandeep Rathod, managing director of Haffkine BioPharma, a Maharashtra government undertaking. Sources told TNIE that a formal MoU between Bharat Biotech and Haffkine is still in the process of being signed. Haffkine has received `64 crore grant from the Centre and `94 crore from the Maharashtra government for the vaccine production. According to a government release, production will take place at the Parel complex of the company where , a biosafety level 3 lab will be set up with a capacity to produce 22.8 crore doses of Covaxin. The two other firms that Bharat Biotech has signed pacts with are central undertakings BIBCOL and Indian ImmunoCONTINUED ON: P8 logicals. HERE’s some refreshing news on the job front when there is unemployment and loss of business all around, due to Covid. Hiring has resumed across sectors and cities, and eight out of 10 employers, who responded to a study, are actively offering jobs. Companies in the IT and technology sectors are leading the charge, a research by talent solutions provider, CareerNet, has found. Hyderabad tops the list with 100 per cent of respondents saying they are actively hiring, while Benglauru is second with 80 per cent considering hiring. The numbers are expected to be higher in banking, e-commerce, insurance & financial services, and IT/ITeS as compared to other sectors. Companies are giving preference to functional skills over soft skills as work processes are going online. There is a noticeable growth in de- mand for coders, programmers and software developers, and the reason for this is rapid adoption of digitisation by companies and growing consumption of technology during the pandemic. At least 69 per cent of recruiters are looking for tech-based talent, the study found. While three out of four employers consider functional skills to be extremely important, less than half of them put soft skills in that basket. Among soft skills, communication is priority for 80 per cent of organisations, followed by interpersonal skills. CareerNet, in its April 2021 study ‘Present Hiring Outlook in India and the Future of Work’, collected data from over 80 recruiters and over 1,600 working professionals from across sectors. Nearly half of the organisations are considering hiring employees on contract and/or freelance basis this year, said Anshuman Das, CEO, CareerNet.
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