chennai l monday l may 2, 2022 l `9.00 l PAGES 16 l late city EDITION Prime minister kicks off three-nation Europe tour Narendra Modi left for Berlin on Sunday—the first stop in a three-nation tour that will also take him to Denmark and France Consultations, summits lined up Modi will hold talks with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin on Monday and the two will co-chair the 6th India-Germany Inter-Governmental Consultations. Modi will travel to Copenhagen on Tuesday to participate in the second India-Nordic Summit with Danish leader Mette Frederiksen. On Wednesday, he will meet French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris ■ Fin Min to present India’s view on Ukraine ■ India hopes to boost partnerships in trade and investment, clean energy, defence, and technology during the prime minister’s trip Talks will also focus on the situation in Ukraine. Ahead of PM’s departure, the newly-appointed Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra called for a cessation of hostilities in Ukraine nirmala sitharaman will accompany Modi to germany CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOgGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Morale low as stagnation high across BSF ranks Year-on-year rise in states’ revenue Ladakh 53% Himachal Pradesh 7% Assam 14% J&K 10% Uttarakhand 33% Meghalaya 10% Arunachal Pradesh 90% Chandigarh 22% Uttar Pradesh 16% Punjab 4% Bihar -2% Haryana 23% Delhi 16% M AYA N K SI N G H @ New Delhi The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel who guard the nation’s frontiers, appear to be losing motivation because of the lack of avenues for growth within their service. Take the periodic cadre review. Its stated objective is to make projections of requirements of personnel and to rationalise the cadre structure so as to improve efficiency and morale. Yet, cadre review of BSF’s Group B and C has not been done since the force came into existence in 1965. Seven years ago, the first proposal for their cadre review Nagaland 32% Sikkim 2% Rajasthan 19% Gujarat 17% Tripura -3% West Bengal 8% Madhya Pradesh 9% Mizoram -19% Jharkhand 5% Odisha 28% Maharashtra 25% Chhattisgarh 11% Telangana 16% Goa 17% BSF low on candidate preference: Study “An internal analysis of the forms filled by candidates joining the force shows that BSF is among the last in choice, for both officers and personnel,” a senior BSF officer informed Puducherry 21% Karnataka 19% Tamil Nadu 10% Daman & Diu Dadra & Nagar Haveli 30% -78% Lakshadweep -18% May 15, 2015 by the Director General of BSF. The proposal was sent to the MHA on Nov 3, 2015,” a senior officer said. While Group B includes inspectors and sub inspectors, Group C has constables and head constables. Group A comprises officers — assistant commandant and above. TNIE spoke to multiple personnel of the BSF to understand the situation. For Group A, the Delhi High Court in 2016 ordered a cadre review, pointing to the younger age profile of commanders in the Army where an officer be- Andaman & Nicobar 44% Centre jurisdiction 17% | Other territory 36% E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Chennai GST mop-up at all-time high of L1.68 L cr in April CHIEF Minister M K Stalin on Sunday announced that the Chennai to Mahabalipuram East Coast Road will be named as “Muthamizh Arignar Kalaignar Karunanidhi Salai” to honour the former CM’s role in the development of the State Highways Department. Making the announcement at the department’s 75th anniversary celebration in Chennai, the CM also unveiled a PUTTING TN ON GROWTH HIGHWAY Chief Minister M K Stalin at the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Tamil Nadu Highways Department in Chennai on Sunday. Gross collection `25,000 crore more than the next highest of `1,42,095 crore in March Counselling on, no time to study. Junior doctors want NEET-PG put off total 92 lakh in the same month a year ago). Return filing percentage in April was at 84.7% The GST revenue continued to compared to 78.3% a year ago. break new records with the GSTR-3B is a summary of monthly mop-up breaching the monthly returns filed by each `1.5 lakh crore mark for the business giving details of first time ever in April. monthly sales, input tax credAt `1,67,540 crore, April’s its and total tax liability . collection was 20% more than Most big states reported the figure in the same healthy growth in GST month last year. The collection with Odisha Import previous highest colregistering 28% revenue lection was recorded growth, Maharashtra Revenues from in March last, when 25%, Haryana 23%, imports were the gover nment reAndhra Pradesh 22%, ceived `1,42,095 crore. 30% higher and Karnataka 19% and those from The government atGujarat 17% (see domestic tributed this growth map). Bihar was the transactions in collection to imonly big state wih a were 17% more provement in compliyear-on-year decline ance. The finance min- as compared to in April. istry in its statement collections from “The impact of the on Sunday said the ad- the same sources continuing focus on ministration has tak- during the same ensuring timely comen various measures month last year pliance by all GST regto nudge taxpayers to istrants by restricting file returns on time, make com- the input tax credits of the buypliances easier and take strict ers together with enhanced anaction against evaders identi- alytics to detect evasion has fied based on data analytics also contributed significantly and artificial intelligence. to the all-time high collections,” As many as 1.06 crore GST said M S Mani, partner, Deloitte returns were filed in GSTR-3B India. during the month. Of them, 97 The total April revenue for lakh returns were for transac- the Centre was `66,582 crore tions in March (as compared to while states get `68,755 crore. E x p r e s s N e w s Se r v i c e @ New Delhi Jab-o-meter Take your shot April 30 23,27,495 doses May 1 3,88,490 doses Total: 1,89,13,58,610 NATIONWIDE Apr 30 may 1 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths K av i ta Ba j e l i - Datt @ New Delhi Thousands of junior doctors are urging the Centre to postpone this year’s NEET-PG exam, scheduled to be held on May 21, by two months as the counselling process for the 2021 exam is still going on. In an online poll conducted by the Federation of All India Medical Association (FAIMA), more than 85 per cent of NEET-PG aspirants voted to postpone the exam. “There needs to be a sufficient gap between the counselling of one session and the subsequent exam,” Dr Chinmayee Gowda, in charge of the women’s wing of the FAIMA, explained. “But, the NEET-PG counselling of 2021 will get over by May 3, and then, the state counselling will start, which will probably end by late May. We will be busy with the counselling process. How can we prepare for the exam?” she told this newspaper. Adding to the students’ woes, they have to be physically present for the state counselling, which means they must travel to different states. “We’re in a dilemma whether to study for the exam or attend the counselling,” Dr Benhur Basheer, a NEET-PG aspirant said. “Postponement of NEET-PG from March to May was done hoping that counselling of 2021 will be over by April. It is unfortunate that the process is still on,” FAIMA president Dr Rohan Krishnan said. Junior doctors have threatened to surrender their MBBS degrees if NEET-PG 2022 is not postponed. tamil nadu Apr 30 may 1 Fresh cases Recoveries Deaths 3,688 2,755 50 3,324 2,876 40 49 43 0 47 46 0 Med oath row: TN ousts Dean, starts probe E x p r e ss N e ws Se r v i c e @ Madurai/Thirupathur The State government on Sunday removed Dr A Rathinavel as the Dean of Madurai Medical College and placed him on waitlist after first-year MBBS students were administered ‘Maharishi Charak Shapath’ instead of Hippocratic Oath at an induction ceremony held in the colle g e on Saturday. After the oath was administered to students at the event in which Finance Minister PTR Palanivel Thiaga Rajan and Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration P Moorthy took part, the FM asked the dean whether the oath has been changed. In a statement issued on Sunday Health Minister Ma Subra, manian said traditionally doctors and students in Tamil Nadu were administered only Hippocratic Oath, but Dean Dr Rathinavel violated the procedure and administered the ‘shapath’. The Dean has been placed on waitlist and Director of Medical Education (DME) Dr Narayana Babu will conduct an inquiry, the statement said. Speaking to TNIE, Dr Rathinavel said students general comes a commanding officer with around 16 years of service. It directed the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) to likewise bring down the age profiles of their commanders. The average age profile of a BSF commandant, the commanding officer of a unit, is 52 years at present, informed the officer quoted above. The BSF has a strength of around 2,55,000 — around 2.5 lakh below officer rank and around 5,000 officers. Ranks and promotions are a very important part of the mo- Chennai-Mahabalipuram ECR to be called Karunanidhi Salai Andhra Pradesh 22% Kerala 9% Union Territory Manipur -33% was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for approval. There has been no forward movement yet. “A cadre review proposal for personnel below officer rank (Group B & C) was ordered on secretary Jothi and Vice-Principal V Dhanalakshmi were responsible for it. “I went outside to welcome the ministers. They have taken the oath from the National Medical Commission website. Students have sent their explanation letters to Chief Minister MK Stalin and Health Minister Ma Subramanian,” Rathinavel said. Speaking to reporters in Tirupathur on Sunday, the health minister said a circular has been sent to all 36 medical colleges in the State to follow the traditional Hippocratic Oath. Continued on: p2 Circular sent to 36 State medical colleges Circular has been sent to all 36 medical colleges in TN to stick to the practice of Hippocratic Oath. DME Dr Narayana Babu said this was the first time in TN’s history students were made to take ‘Maharishi Charak Shapath’. memorial pillar and laid foundation stones for a slew of projects, including a flyover at Madhya Kailash in Chennai to be built at a cost of `46.54 crore, a flyover near Rajaji hospital in Madurai to be constructed at a cost of `199.12 crore, `37-crore glass bridge to connect Thiruvalluvar Statue and Vivekananda Rock in Kanniyakumari, and a `485-crore flyover project to link Teynampet and Saidapet bus terminus in Chennai. Continued on: P4 rale and motivation mechanism for every combatised force. Yet, a candidate joining BSF at the bottom of the pyramid can consider himself lucky if he becomes a head constable after 21 long years of service. For, not all constables of the 2000 batch have picked up head constable ranks. At present, a constable takes more than 32 years to become an assistant sub inspector and 36 years for promotion as sub inspector. Very few reach the inspector rank. “Reaching the rank on an assistant commandant is a rarity said sources. ,” Continued on: P7 e x p r e ss r e a d State got 2,222MW via wind power in one day Chennai: To conserve coal stock at thermal plants in Tamil Nadu, Tangedco has decided to stop operating a few of its thermal units during day time. Accordingly, three units in Mettur thermal plant and four units in Thoothukudi plant were temporarily shut on Sunday. The seven units have a combined capacity to generate (210X7) 1,470MW of power. The Stateowned power utility got 2,222MW through wind power and 1,024 MW through solar power on Sunday | P5
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