BHUBANESWAR l thursday l june 03, 2021 l `7.00 l PAGES 12 l JEYPORE 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 Odisha pegs Yaas loss at `610 crore E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Bhubaneswar Odisha government has pegged the loss due to the cyclone Yaas at `610 crore. Making a presentation on damage assessment during a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik virtually on Wednesday, Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said over 60 lakh people in 11,000 villages were affected due to the cyclone and `66 crore is required for relief measures in the areas. While government infrastructure of `520 crore has been damaged, the damage to individual property has been pegged at `90 crore, Jena said. Stating that the administration had worked with the aim of achieving zero casualty during the cyclone, the SRC said that it has been almost successful in this. He said that there has been extensive crop loss due to saline inundation and scientists from the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology are preparing a report on how to deal with the situation. Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra informed the meeting that 150 villages were marooned due to heavy rainfall after the cyclone. He said that the affected people were provided power by using 1,000 DG sets and tankers were used to supply drinking water. According to the damage report prepared by the State government, nearly 30 lakh power subscribers were affected in the cyclone. The loss for the department has been pegged at `150 crore. However, power has been restored to nearly 99.8 percent of the consumers. Panchayati Raj department has assessed the damage to roads, primary schools and anganwadi centres at `277 crore. Similarly, loss to the Water Resources department has been assessed at `108 crore because of breaches in river and saline embankments. Loss to Works and Rural Development departments is `75 crore and `60 crore respectively . The Chief Minister asked the officials to document the preparations prior to the landfall of Yaas, evacuation and relief and restoration work for better cyclone management in future. He appreciated all the Central, State government and other agencies which successfully tackled the pre and post cyclone situation. NATIONWIDE june 1 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 1,27,510 1,32,788 2,55,287 2,31,456 2,795 3.207 june 2 June 1 22,08,941 doses June 2 22,45,112 doses Total doses: 22,08,62,449 Jab-o-meter Take your shot ODISHA Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths june 1 8,735 11,095 37 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. Naveen writes to all CMs for consensus on vax procurement E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e ates further havoc,” he added. Countries which have focused on vaccination proChief Minister Naveen Pat- gramme have seen remarkable naik on Wednesday pitched for improvement in their Covid a consensus among states on situation, said the Chief Miniscentralised procurement of ter adding that the states will vaccines so that a competition have to provide this healing for obtaining vaccines can be touch to the people. avoided. Naveen said that after the In a letter to chief ministers Centre announced phase 3 of of all states, Naveen the vaccine policy said that no state is and allowed vaccinasafe unless all adopt tion of people of 18vaccination as top 45 age group, there most priority and has been great deexecute it on a war mand from the citifooting. Stating that zens. Though many Covid-19 is perhaps states have floated the greatest chalglobal tenders for lenge the country procurement of vachas faced after Indecines, it is clear that pendence struggle, global vaccine manthe Chief Minister ufacturers are lookcalled upon states to ing forward to the set aside all differfor clearancThis cannot be a Centreassurances. ences, political or es and battle among the otherwise, and come They are unwillto g ether in tr ue states to procure ing to get into supply spirit of coopera- vaccines. The best contracts with the tive federalism to option available state governments. save precious lives Domestic vaccines is for the of people and their manufacturers are hard earned also having supply Government of livelihoods. India to centrally constraints and not “This cannot be a able to commit reprocure the battle among the quired supplies, he vaccines and states to procure said. vaccines. Under the He also stressed distribute among above circumstancthat states should be the states es, the best option allowed the flexibiliNaveen Patnaik, available is for the ty to determine their Chief Minister Government of Inown mechanisms to dia to centrally proensure universal vaccure the vaccines and distrib- cination. “Many hilly areas canute among the states so that not access internet and thereour citizens are vaccinated at fore online registration has to the earliest,” he emphasised. be flexible to allow the states to The Chief Minister said that give priority to vaccinate some all the state gover nments vulnerable tribes,” he added. should come to consensus on Naveen said that Odisha govthese issues for early resolu- ernment has written to the Cention of the vaccination prob- tre in this regard. He also spoke lem. “We should act fast before to some of the chief ministers any third wave comes and cre- who shared the same view. @ Bhubaneswar EXPRESS READ Ration, wage aid for infected PVTGs darkness at noon With monsoon knocking at the doors, dark clouds hover over Bhubaneswar on Wednesday | Biswanath Swain Shadow over Centre’s 55-crore Covaxin target S u m i S u k a n ya D u t ta @ New Delhi THE Centre’s ambitious target of having 55 crore doses of Covaxin by December appears hard to achieve as Mumbaibased Haffkine Biopharma, one of the three companies Bharat Biotech has roped in to ramp up Covid vaccine manu- facturing, 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 gover nment 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 Immunologicals. AS Covid-19 cases among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) continue to rise, the ST & SC Development Department on Wednesday released a special package for 13 such communities residing in 14 districts of the State. Apart from provision of free masks and sanitisers to all PVTGs and door-to-door screening for Covid-19 symptoms, the department has decided to distribute dry ration kits worth `2,500 each to all Covid-affected PVTG households | P2 Former minister Bijayshree no more Former minister and senior BJD leader Bijayshree Routray passed away at a private hospital here on Wednesday due to postCovid complications. He was 67. Routray had tested Covid positive on May 4 and was shifted to hospital on May 5. He breathed his last while undergoing treatment | P2 Continued on: P8 june 2 8,399 10,594 40 Sound-based Covid test 93% accurate, say IISc scientists New Delhi: Covid-19 can be detected using acoustics and symptoms with a nearly 93% accuracy, claimed scientists at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The team is in the process to submit the results of research to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for final approval | P12 he l pi n g ha n d Not a dog’s life: Cast away stray canine rescued E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ Berhampur Right to Life is not just fundamental to human beings, it applies to animals too. Forest officials of Ganjam proved this by rescuing a dog which was stranded on an island formed overnight near Purunabandh village on Wednesday . Staff of Berhampur Forest Division were out on patrol for protection of Olive Ridleys on the coast when they spotted the stray canine on the small island. Realising that it’s unlikely the dog would be able to swim out of the island on its own, the forest staff arranged for a motor boat and rescued the animal from the spot. While scouting the beach for food, they suspect, the dog might have been dragged into the sea by high tide before landing in the island which formed overnight. Director of Bombay Natural History Society, Dr Bivas Pandav, who has extensively studied the coastal areas of Ganjam, said during the rainy season and natural calamities, temporary islands are created at the river mouth due to the hug e flow of water into Rushikulya river. Divisional Forest Officer A Nayak was all praise for his forest staff who rescued the animal. “Every creature has the right to live and our staff just ensured that by rescuing the speechless animal”, he said. The dog being rescued from a small island formed near river mouth of the Rushikulya at Purunabandh village on Wednesday | Express Pandemic plunges 100 million more workers into poverty: UN The pandemic has pushed over 100 million more workers into poverty, the UN said Wednesday, after working hours plummeted and access to good quality jobs evaporated. In a report, the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO) cautioned that the labour market crisis created by the pandemic was far from over, with employment not expected to bounce back to pre-pandemic levels until 2023 at the earliest | P9
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