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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

24 Jun 2020
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Union Health secretary directs state and UTs to ensure timely salary of health workers

Union Health secretary Preeti Sudan has directed all states and union territories to ensure timely payment of salaries to doctors and healthcare workers engaged in treating COVID-19 patients warning action against hospitals and authorities for non-compliance of the order.
The order by Union Health Ministry comes a day after the SC asked the government to issue directions to states for payment of salaries and providing necessary quarantine facilities to doctors and healthcare workers involved in treating COVID-19 patients.
“…it is hereby directed that the states and UT administration should ensure that salaries of doctors and health workers doing COVID-19 related duty shall be released on time,” says the order issued by Union health secretary Preeti Sudan.
The Chief Secretary of states/UTs have been asked to ensure compliance of this order by all concerned, violation of which will be treated as an offense under the Disaster Management Act read with the IPC, and action is taken accordingly against defaulting hospitals/institutions/ authorities.

19 Jun 2020
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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

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Union Health secretary directs state and UTs to ensure timely salary of health workers

By IndianMandarins 19 Jun 2020

Union Health secretary Preeti Sudan has directed all states and union territories to ensure timely payment of salaries to doctors and healthcare workers engaged in treating COVID-19 patients warning action against hospitals and authorities for non-compliance of the order.
The order by Union Health Ministry comes a day after the SC asked the government to issue directions to states for payment of salaries and providing necessary quarantine facilities to doctors and healthcare workers involved in treating COVID-19 patients.
“…it is hereby directed that the states and UT administration should ensure that salaries of doctors and health workers doing COVID-19 related duty shall be released on time,” says the order issued by Union health secretary Preeti Sudan.
The Chief Secretary of states/UTs have been asked to ensure compliance of this order by all concerned, violation of which will be treated as an offense under the Disaster Management Act read with the IPC, and action is taken accordingly against defaulting hospitals/institutions/ authorities.

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Bhalla as Home Secretary; special tasks to SCL Das and SS Yadav for COVID-19 management

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2020

On repatriation from Central deputation, Bhupinder Singh Bhalla (IAS:1990:UT) was on Wednesday late evening posted as Principal Secretary (Home), Government of National Capital Territory Delhi (GNCTD). Prior to this Bhalla was working as Additional Secretary in the Union Commerce Ministry. 

Further, S C L Das (IAS:1992:UT) and S S Yadav (IAS:1995:UT), who were on 14 June attached with GNCTD to assist the Lt Governor and Chief Secretary of Delhi in the management of COVID-19 situation in Delhi, have been assigned with specific assignments. 

Accordingly; S C L  Das has been assigned with the responsibility of handling the ‘capacity augmentation of medical infrastructure and medical personnel’ whereas S S Yadav will be handling the ‘Community surveillance, management of containment zones, response systems and coordination with district administration’.

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IRS officer commits suicide for the fear of infecting family with Corona

By IndianMandarins 15 Jun 2020

There are many who fail to bear the stress of life and after Shushant Singh Rajput a 56-year-old IRS officer allegedly killed himself by drinking an “acid-like substance” in his car in Delhi’s Dwarka area on June 14. 

A suicide note recovered from his car mentioned that he feared that he might “spread Covid-19” to his family and does not want them to suffer because of him. He had got himself tested for Covid-19 a week ago and the report came out negative but he was scared that his family might get infected of the deadly virus because of him.

Initial investigation suggested that he drank “an acid-like substance” sitting inside his car and also left a suicide note in which he mentioned that he was killing himself “as he feared that he might spread coronavirus.”

He seemed very upset with the situation around and feared his family might get infected with the deadly virus too. The case is under investigation and police will talk to other family members regarding it.

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TN appoints Radhakrishnan as new health secretary replacing Beela Rajesh; two more officers may be transferred?

By IndianMandarins 13 Jun 2020

The Tamil Nadu government has appointed revenue administration commissioner J Radhakrishnan (IAS:1992:TN) as new health secretary transferring Beela Rajesh (IAS:1997:TN) to the commercial taxes and registration department after the state’s data on death toll figures came under the scanner.

The move also comes at a time when a multi-disciplinary team appointed by the Centre to study the state’s low mortality rate, among other parameters, is expected to submit its report to the health ministry after visiting Tamil Nadu’s seven worst affected districts, including Chennai earlier this month.

Radhakrishnan was appointed as Special Nodal Officer for Greater Chennai Corporation to coordinate coronavirus related issues with the civic body chief on May 1. The 53-year old officer, a veterinary doctor was Rajesh’s predecessor.

In wake of growing Criticism of TN government over failed Chennai Covid 19 control, these postings are being seen as something controversial. If some well-placed sources are to be believed two more officers, Chennai Municipal Corporation Commissioner G Prakash (IAS:2000:TN) and Chennai Police Commissioner A K Vishwanathan (IPS:1990:TN), may also be held responsible for COVID-19 management and may be transferred as well.

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Former IAS questions Corona strategy: UP police lodges FIR

By IndianMandarins 13 Jun 2020

UP Police registered a case against a former IAS officer after he questioned the state government’s coronavirus strategy on his Twitter account. The FIR lodged against Surya Pratap Singh (IAS:1982) who retired in 2015, says his tweet has wrong facts and misinformation and has led to an atmosphere of fear among the public at large.

The case has been registered on the complaint of the in-charge of secretariat chowki, Subhash Singh, on June 11 at the Hazratganj Kotwali for giving false information about government efforts against the infection.

The former bureaucrat had tweeted “after CM Yogi’s Team 11 meeting, did the chief secretary scold some of the DMs who conducted more corona tests to ask ”why working in so much speed, do you want to get some prize that you are shouting corona corona” @ ChiefSecyUP please clarify? Is no test = no corona Uttar Pradesh”s strategy?”

However, soon after FIR was lodged, Singh again tweeted that an “unconfirmed news” is coming from the media that the government has filed a case against him.

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Employees Union accuses SAIL management of COVID mishandling?

By IndianMandarins 13 Jun 2020

SAIL Employees Union (Corporate office) has accused SAIL Chairman of mishandling the COVID-19 situation in the organization and has demanded an inquiry into the death of one the senior officials Atul Srivastava, Director (Personnel). The Union demanded that responsibility must be fixed for criminal negligence in the matter.

General secretary of the union Raj Solanki alleged that instead of acknowledging the fact that there has been gross negligence by SAIL management in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an attempt to cover up the matter surrounding the unfortunate demise of Srivastava. There have been numerous instances of recklessness on part of the chairman’s office.

Despite the fact that over 40 senior officials at SAIL headquarter were tested positive for COVID-19 SAIL officials were asked to attend office and on failing to do so, they were threatened to be issued an official note of displeasure. Solanki writes, “We demand that an independent inquiry in the death of late Shri Atul Srivastava is conducted at the earliest.” The unfortunate part was that instead of facing reality, facts were suppressed by the higher offices of SAIL.

Solanki writes, “In the press release regarding the death of director (personnel) which was hurriedly circulated even prior to informing the family members of the deceased, it has been mentioned that the deceased was diagnosed COVID negative while we all know that he along with most of the directors of SAIL and senior officers in Chairman’s secretariat had been diagnosed COVID positive by Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi a few days back. In fact, there is a clear attempt to suppress facts and there is a deliberate attempt to show the death of Late Shri Srivastava as a death due to natural causes. Further, we come to know that the death certificate issued by concerned agencies has also mentioned that the deceased was COVID positive.” 

Reportedly, Srivastava’s last rites took place in Punjabi Bagh crematorium which is specially designated for death occurring due to COVID infection in Delhi.

Though SAIL Employees Union (Corporate office) issued a press note registering its viewpoint several senior public-sector officials say that this was not the right way and right time for such move which discourages the industry management. COVID-19 management, SOPs, and protocols are as important as keeping the industry and economy running for the sake of people, employment, economy, and business eco-system.


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The government wants work from home guidelines expeditiously completed

By IndianMandarins 11 Jun 2020

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis stretching long, Union Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh has asked his officers of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) to expeditiously complete ‘work from home’ guidelines for central government employees.

The department has been asked that all necessary consultations with line ministries or departments in this regard may be completed on a priority basis. The timely issue of WFH guidelines would benefit employees of the central secretariat in adhering to the prime minister’s call for “Do Gaz Doori” and social distancing.

Singh will address the e-Office workshop for northeast states on June 12 with the objective to create digital state secretariats in Northeastern states of India. The progress of e-Office in 75 central ministries/ departments enabled the creation of a digital central secretariat which ensured that work from home was possible in the COVID-19 lockdown period.

The implementation of e-Office in state secretariats of Northeastern states will result in the creation of paperless state secretariats in a time-bound manner where officers would be empowered with virtual private networks, digital signature certificates and promote less contact governance.

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