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PM tries to make crisis into opportunity yet again: Announces Rs 20 lakh cr stimulus

In the longest address so far, the PM has given a roadmap not only how to fight COVID-19 but how to survive this pandemic on economic front as well when he announced a special economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore. This is nearly 10 percent of the GDP of the country. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman would provide every detail of this special economic package. But in the PM’s speech, there are some important takeaways:


1) India looking for ways and means to become self-reliant. To understand it better, when COVID-19 crisis erupted not a single PPE kit was manufactured in India, only a few N-95 masks were available. Today, two lakh PPE kits and two lakh N-95 masks are manufactured in India.


2) Self-reliance of the country will have five pillars -- economy, infrastructure, technology-driven system, vibrant demography and demand.


3) Economic package will amount to Rs 20 lakh crore that is nearly 10 percent of the GDP.

4) The PM has urged people to be 'vocal about local' in this hour of crisis. He also asked people to buy more local products.


5) The PM also talked about supply chain linking to local products and market and making them so huge that they even grow to compete in international market.

All these announcements were made by the PM after seven-hour long marathon meeting with CMs of several states including Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal most of them seeking an extension of the coronavirus lockdown.

13 May 2020
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Shah’s illness and his differences with Modi: More into the virtual world than real!

This is something that has been in the air for quite some time about the schism between PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the later suffering from some very critical ailment. Many tweets and news video clips did rounds in social media even in the last couple of days.

 

Shah on Saturday (May 9, 2020) released a statement saying that “rumors about his ill health are wrong.” He further stated that he was “completely healthy” and is not suffering from any disease.

 

Actually the recent tweet by one independent journalist and political activist Vijaylakshmi Nadar about Shah was not only in a bad taste but also surpassed every limit of journalistic ethics and civic decency when she tweeted wishing his illness to end conclusively and that is something she wants to celebrate. There were many cohorts to Nadar.

 

It goes on with PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah falling apart and Shah might be divested from Union Home ministry anytime the PM finds suitable. This speculation has been rife for long and even faces stepping into the shoes of Shah have been discussed in social media and by Youtubers who named from Nitin Gadkari to Ajit Doval to Yogi Adityanath to many other for the coveted post.

 

To put it in perspective, the entire media fraternity failed to get even inkling of the news that S Jaishankar will be inducted in the cabinet as an external affairs minister in Modi’s second term as PM. So when will cabinet reshuffle happen and who all will be the new ministers and if Shah will be replaced is known to only and only Modi. There should not be any confusion about it.

 

Now, one must understand that Modi-Shah stayed together in their thick and thin and the most important aspect of their long-lasting understanding has been that Shah never crossed Modi’s path and did that much only whatever was asked him to do. So differences emerging between them is nothing more than speculation and wishful thinking of Modi-Shah detractors who are checkmated by duo’s moves.

 

Though, there are certain arguments that endorse their differences like he became more popular after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and passage of triple talaq bill in Parliament. Both the leaders were not on the same page as far as NRC is concerned and spoke in different voices on the issue. Moreover, the passage of CAA has brought to Shah in the league of Sardar Patel rather some say he will go down in the history books as the best home ministers the country ever had.

 

Hold on! Shah was made to stay at former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Ashok Road residence on Modi’s intervention, he was made general secretary of the party with the blessings of Modi and brought to the government from the party as he knew that only he can execute his plans without any if and but and in toto with Rajnath Singh’s tenure proving to be a complete dud as Home Minister.

 

Amid all these talks, some activities are visible as generally, Shah avoids even informal interaction with media unless it is mandated, necessary, and asked by his high command (Modi). Ever since speculation about his ill health started doing round, his picture about meeting with Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh delegation was released in media and also he expressed his concern and grief about laborers behind mowed down by the goods train and now his statement.

 

He is working till late at night every day. So one caution that must be mentioned that sometimes eerie silence like this leads to some storm herein some political storm!

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan)

09 May 2020
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PM tries to make crisis into opportunity yet again: Announces Rs 20 lakh cr stimulus

By IndianMandarins 13 May 2020

In the longest address so far, the PM has given a roadmap not only how to fight COVID-19 but how to survive this pandemic on economic front as well when he announced a special economic package of Rs 20 lakh crore. This is nearly 10 percent of the GDP of the country. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman would provide every detail of this special economic package. But in the PM’s speech, there are some important takeaways:


1) India looking for ways and means to become self-reliant. To understand it better, when COVID-19 crisis erupted not a single PPE kit was manufactured in India, only a few N-95 masks were available. Today, two lakh PPE kits and two lakh N-95 masks are manufactured in India.


2) Self-reliance of the country will have five pillars -- economy, infrastructure, technology-driven system, vibrant demography and demand.


3) Economic package will amount to Rs 20 lakh crore that is nearly 10 percent of the GDP.

4) The PM has urged people to be 'vocal about local' in this hour of crisis. He also asked people to buy more local products.


5) The PM also talked about supply chain linking to local products and market and making them so huge that they even grow to compete in international market.

All these announcements were made by the PM after seven-hour long marathon meeting with CMs of several states including Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal most of them seeking an extension of the coronavirus lockdown.

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Shah’s illness and his differences with Modi: More into the virtual world than real!

By Vinod Kumar Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan 09 May 2020

This is something that has been in the air for quite some time about the schism between PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the later suffering from some very critical ailment. Many tweets and news video clips did rounds in social media even in the last couple of days.

 

Shah on Saturday (May 9, 2020) released a statement saying that “rumors about his ill health are wrong.” He further stated that he was “completely healthy” and is not suffering from any disease.

 

Actually the recent tweet by one independent journalist and political activist Vijaylakshmi Nadar about Shah was not only in a bad taste but also surpassed every limit of journalistic ethics and civic decency when she tweeted wishing his illness to end conclusively and that is something she wants to celebrate. There were many cohorts to Nadar.

 

It goes on with PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah falling apart and Shah might be divested from Union Home ministry anytime the PM finds suitable. This speculation has been rife for long and even faces stepping into the shoes of Shah have been discussed in social media and by Youtubers who named from Nitin Gadkari to Ajit Doval to Yogi Adityanath to many other for the coveted post.

 

To put it in perspective, the entire media fraternity failed to get even inkling of the news that S Jaishankar will be inducted in the cabinet as an external affairs minister in Modi’s second term as PM. So when will cabinet reshuffle happen and who all will be the new ministers and if Shah will be replaced is known to only and only Modi. There should not be any confusion about it.

 

Now, one must understand that Modi-Shah stayed together in their thick and thin and the most important aspect of their long-lasting understanding has been that Shah never crossed Modi’s path and did that much only whatever was asked him to do. So differences emerging between them is nothing more than speculation and wishful thinking of Modi-Shah detractors who are checkmated by duo’s moves.

 

Though, there are certain arguments that endorse their differences like he became more popular after the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and passage of triple talaq bill in Parliament. Both the leaders were not on the same page as far as NRC is concerned and spoke in different voices on the issue. Moreover, the passage of CAA has brought to Shah in the league of Sardar Patel rather some say he will go down in the history books as the best home ministers the country ever had.

 

Hold on! Shah was made to stay at former Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s Ashok Road residence on Modi’s intervention, he was made general secretary of the party with the blessings of Modi and brought to the government from the party as he knew that only he can execute his plans without any if and but and in toto with Rajnath Singh’s tenure proving to be a complete dud as Home Minister.

 

Amid all these talks, some activities are visible as generally, Shah avoids even informal interaction with media unless it is mandated, necessary, and asked by his high command (Modi). Ever since speculation about his ill health started doing round, his picture about meeting with Bharatiya Majdoor Sangh delegation was released in media and also he expressed his concern and grief about laborers behind mowed down by the goods train and now his statement.

 

He is working till late at night every day. So one caution that must be mentioned that sometimes eerie silence like this leads to some storm herein some political storm!

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla & Rakesh Ranjan)

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Government denies any other cut in Center’s allowances

By IndianMandarins 29 Apr 2020

The government has denied that it has suspended other allowances of its central government employees after freezing dearness allowance (DA) hike. Some of the media reports claim that the government has suspended allowances likes LTC, leave encashment, OTA and medical reimbursement of central government employees.

PIB Fact Check said there is no such proposal of the government to cut the various allowances like LTC, Leave Encashment, OTA, Medical reimbursement etc. It said that the report claiming such a cut is wrong and baseless. It also said that payment of these allowances will continue to be made as per the applicable parameters.

Union Finance Ministry said, “There is no such proposal in various allowances including LTC, Leave encashment during LTC or Leave encashment on retirement, OTA and medical reimbursement, as admissible under the existing orders, has either been considered or under contemplation at present. These payments will be continued to be paid as per existing norms.”

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Congress goes more aggressive against Modi; govt remains unfazed

By IndianMandarins 28 Apr 2020

Congress is constantly putting pressure on the Modi government whether it is on ramping up testing or Rs 1 lakh crore package for MSME sector or asking some measures for migrant labourers or accusing a scam in rapid test kits. But the government is working in its own way unfazed with suggestions and criticism. Moreover, people appear to be in no mood to pay attention, despite more aggression shown by the Congress.

Now former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has come up with allegations of a scam in the supply of rapid test kits to the government to detect coronavirus cases saying it was unbelievable that people were indulging in profiteering from suffering people. Gandhi requested the PM to take immediate action to bring the culprits to book.

Gandhi tweeted: “That any human being would try and profiteer from the immeasurable suffering of millions of his brothers and sisters is beyond belief and comprehension. This scam is an insult to every Indian. I urge the PM to act swiftly to bring the corrupt to justice.”

Earlier he requested the PM to clear ‘bottlenecks’ and ramp up coronavirus testing in the country holding the PM responsible for this delay in the same breath. He said: "Random testing is the key to beating the virus".

India has to scale up COVID-19 testing from present 40,000 to one lakh per day. Experts agree that mass random testing is the key to beating Corona. In India, a bottleneck is stopping us from scaling testing from the current 40,000 per day to 1 lakh tests a day, for which test kits are already available.

Sonia Gandhi demanded a special package for the MSME industry with former Union defence minister A K Antony and former Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal having their own sets of demands from the government. This could be a good tactic on part of the Congress to keep the government on toes.

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Govt freezes DA of Centre’s employees and pensioners till July 21

By IndianMandarins 23 Apr 2020

The government has frozen inflation-linked increase in salaries and pension of over 1.1 crore central government employees and pensioners. The decision has been taken to generate around Rs 76,000 crore to deal with coronavirus outbreak.


The decision will be effective from January 1, 2020 and remain applicable till July 2021. This would encourage many state governments to freeze salaries for employees, after some had already announced wage cuts. Last month, the Centre announced a 4 per cent rise in DA for its employees and pensioners with retrospective effect from January 2020 costing Rs 27,100 crore in the current financial year beginning April. The order has also been withdrawn.


By these measures, the government is expected a total savings of more than Rs 70,000 crore from an 18-month freeze. The central government has nearly 48 lakh employees and 65 lakh, pensioners. The PM had already announced a 30 per cent cut in salaries for central ministers, the president and members of parliament and froze discretionary spending by lawmakers for two years.

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New ordinance: Modi’s masterstroke?

By IndianMandarins 06 Apr 2020

Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has approved an Ordinance in which allowances and pension of all MPs will be reduced by 30% for a year. MPLAD fund too has been temporarily suspended for two years which would now go to the Consolidated Fund of India in the fight against coronavirus.

Following the decision Union Home Minister Amit Shah also thanked President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Governors for voluntarily deciding not to take 30 percent of their allowances for one year.

If one goes by the reactions of a large section (including social media) of the society Union Cabinet’s decision is being seen as Modi’s master-stroke. The decision once again catapult his popularity among the masses. Probably the decision also decodes Modi’s intent to meet former Presidents, PMs and some other leaders including CMs.

At one end it is being seen as if Parliament of the world's largest democracy stands together in these challenging times. But on the other end a large section of taxpayers and the public is welcoming the move for reasons in public life. There are also who believe that most of the funds were either improperly utilized or remained unutilized. There is a section that might say it will impact development in the far off areas.

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E-office becomes strongest helping hand to keep work going

By IndianMandarins 26 Mar 2020

With the bare minimum that is just 5 per cent government officers still coming to office, the rest are working from home with the help of Centre’s e-office tool that was developed way back in 2014-15.

E-office software was developed to accelerate movement of files in the offices through bureaucracy to make them accountable. The tool has now become the lifeline of the government as the country is giving a brave fight to coronavirus outbreak.

This is helping to create government files online and uploading scanned letters. The e-office is mandated not only to replace physical files but also to keep a tab on which officer is sitting on a file for how long.

The system also allows colour coding to ascertain priorities, if any file needs immediate clearance it is marked red. With travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place, the government’s e-office is busier than ever. While decisions are pushed through digital files, consultations happen through video-conferencing.

Almost 70 per cent inter-ministerial video conferences or files are related to Covid-19. Officials working from home, the e-office can be accessed through a VPN provided by the National Informatics Centre, which manages the entire e-office.


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PM interacts with pharma companies on corona outbreak

By IndianMandarins 22 Mar 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, held a video conference with representatives of pharmaceutical companies. He told the pharma companies that in view of coronavirus crisis, it is imperative to boost production of all essential pharma commodities. The pharma companies assured the PM that India has enough supplies of all the essential pharma commodities and there is no reason to worry.

Chemists and pharma companies further assured the PM that they will work on this crisis with the Govt with a 24×7 supply chain. They expressed their resolve to serve the nation at any cost.

(By Neha Sharma)

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