Cabinet approves BharatNet implementation through PPP Model in 16 States with optical fibre connectivity to all inhabited villages

Union Cabinet decision via PIB India:

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today accorded approval for revised implementation strategy of BharatNet through Public Private Partnership mode in 16 States of the country. 

BharatNet will now extend upto all inhabited villages beyond Gram Panchayats (GPs), in the said States.  The revised strategy also includes creation, upgradation, operation, maintenance and utilization of BharatNet by the concessionaire who will be selected by a competitive international bidding process.  The estimated maximum viability gap funding approved for the above PPP model is Rs. 19,041 crores.

The States covered under the Cabinet approval today are Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. An estimated 3.61 lakh villages including GPs will be covered. 

The Cabinet also accorded in principle approval for extending BharatNet to cover all inhabited villages in the remaining States and UTs.  Department of Telecommunication will separately workout the modalities for these (remaining) States/UTs.

The PPP Model will leverage Private Sector efficiency for operation, maintenance, utilization and revenue generation and is expected to result in faster roll out of BharatNet. The selected concessionaire (Private Sector Partner) is expected to provide reliable, high speed broadband services as per pre-defined Services Level Agreement (SLA).

Extension of reach of BharatNet to all inhabited villages with reliable, quality, high speed broadband will enable better access of e-services offered by various Central and State Government agencies. 

It will also enable online education, telemedicine, skill development, e-commerce and other applications of broadband. It is expected that revenue will be generated from different sources including proliferation of broadband connections to individuals & institutions, sale of dark fibre, Fiberization of mobile towers, e-commerce etc.

Proliferation of broadband in rural areas will bridge the rural-urban divide of digital access and accelerate the achievement of Digital India. The penetration and proliferation of broadband is also expected to increase direct and indirect employment and income generation.  The States where PPP Model is envisaged, will facilitate free Right of Way.

BharatNet PPP Model will bring in following consumer friendly advantages:

(a)   Use of innovative technology by the Private Sector Provider for the consumers;

(b)   High quality of service and Service Level to consumers;

(c)   Faster deployment of network and quick connectivity to consumers;

(d)   Competitive tariffs for services;

(e)   Variety of services on high-speed broadband  including Over the top (OTT) services and multi-media services as part of packages offered to consumers, and

(f)    Access to all online services.

PPP Model in this critical infrastructure of Telecom is a novel initiative. The Private Sector Partner is also expected to bring an equity investment and raise resources towards capital expenditure and for operation and maintenance of the network.  Hence, the PPP Model for BharatNet will enhance efficiency, quality of service, consumer experience and leverage private sector expertise, entrepreneurship and capacities for accelerating achievement of digital India.  This will be in addition to substantial savings of public money.

COVID-19 in children is often asymptomatic and seldom requires hospitalization: Dr. V. K. Paul, Member, NITI Aayog

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

Government of India has been at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccination forms an integral component of the five-point strategy of Government of India to fight the pandemic (including Test, Track, Treat and COVID Appropriate Behaviour).

During the COVID-19 second wave in the country, several questions have been raised in the media regarding higher vulnerability of children to get adversely impacted by COVID-19 during the subsequent waves, if any.

Experts have allayed these fears and apprehensions on several platforms.

Dr. V. K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog at the Union Health Ministry’s media briefing on COVID-19 on 1st June 2021 had informed that adequate arrangements are being made in terms of healthcare infrastructure in order to provide effective care and treatment to children who may get infected.

He had further said that COVID-19 in children is often asymptomatic and seldom requires hospitalization. However, it is possible that a small percentage of children who get infected may need hospitalization

During the media briefing on COVID-19 held on 8th June 2021, Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi stated that there is no data, either from India or globally, to show that children will be seriously infected in subsequent waves.

Giving further clarification on the issue he said that healthy children recovered with mild illness without need for hospitalization while the ones admitted in the hospital due to COVID19 infection during the second wave in India either had co-morbidities or low immunity

Dr N K Arora, Chairperson of the COVID-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) had stated on 25th June 2021 that Covaxin trials have been started on children aged between 2 – 18 years and the results for the same will be received by September to October this year.

He said that children may catch the infection, but they will not get seriously ill.

Keeping in mind the preparedness that is required to keep the children safe and healthy during subsequent COVID-19 waves, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines for ‘Management of COVID-19 in children (below 18 years) on 18th June 2021.

The document provides detailed guidance on symptoms, various treatments, monitoring and management including Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), advice for using masks etc.

The Union Health Ministry and various experts have regularly emphasised the need for COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) for children as well as adults to break the chain of transmission of the virus.

Witnessed illegal mining first hand near Beas bridge: Sukhbir Singh Badal

Sukhbir Singh Badal – President, Akali Dal:

Sand mafia has overtaken the State. Witnessed illegal mining first hand near Beas bridge which threatens the lifeline of Majha besides eroding river banks & destroying farmer fields.

Capt Amarinder has given an open license to mafia & Cong MLAs to loot Punjab to save his chair. Hundreds of trucks were engaged in illegal mining when I reached the Beas river bank along the main highway.

Mining mafia has no fear of the law. They have put pipelines on floaters & use fork cranes to mine sand. Rang up police officials but no one came to spot for 2 hours.

Villagers say police come every day but to collect bribes from mafia elements. Right from Capt Amarinder to Sukh Sarkaria as well as local DC & SSP should tell Punjabis why they are allowing this brazen loot. SAD demands arrest of mafia kingpins Ashok Chandak & Rakesh Chaudhary.

Spoke to Vijay Rupani ji. Urged him to file FIR, arrest the culprits: Arvind Kejriwal

Spoke to Vijay Rupani ji.

Urged him to file FIR, arrest the culprits, ensure strong action against culprits and ensure protection of AAP leaders and workers.

“If people like Isudan Gadhvi and Mahesh Savani are being attacked openly in Gujarat then no one is safe in Gujarat.”

Arvind Kejriwal – Chief Minister, Delhi

Covid cases in Karnataka are holding around 3k: Dr Sudhakar

Covid cases in Karnataka are holding around 3k:

  • New cases in Karnataka: 3,382

  • New cases in Bengaluru: 813

  • Positivity rate at 1.97%

  • Daily deaths: 111 (BLR- 11)

  • Active cases in Bengaluru: 43,698

  • Active cases in rest of State: 32,807

  • Tests today: 1,71,112
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri at Sunrise

This deep sense of feeling that, ‘I am blessed’ can help you overcome any obstacles in life. it gives you courage and confidence and it will open you up for grace to pour in :

Average daily doses delivered from 21st June’21 to 28th June’21 is 57.68 lakh: Union Health Ministry

PIB India:

Continuous decrease in cases since India reported a peak on 7th May Almost 91% decline in cases since the highest reported peak in daily new cases

Continued & sharp increase in cumulative recovery rate across the country. Consistent increase in recovery rate since 3rd May – it currently stands at 96.9%

COVID19 Vaccination coverage (as on 29 June’21 at 2:30 PM)

Healthcare workers – 1.74 crore doses

Frontline workers – 2.70 crore doses

People above 45 yrs – 19.57 crore doses

People aged 18-44 yrs – 9.10 crore doses

Total doses administered – 33.11 crore

Total vaccinations done April’21 – 8.99 crore doses

May’21 – 6.10 crore doses

June’21 till date – 10.75 crore doses.

Average daily doses delivered from (21st June’21 to 28th June’21) is 57.68 lakh

Total vaccination coverage from 1st May 2021 to 24th June 2021

Rural areas: 9.72 crore (56%)

Urban areas: 7.68 crore (44%)

India has taken a distinct lead in total vaccine doses administered in the World.

As of today we have administered 33,11,14,286 vaccine doses

51 cases of Delta Plus Variant have been reported in 12 States – MP, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Rajasthan, Jammu, Karnataka, and Haryana (Data as of June 28)

Moderna, the first international vaccine in India: Dr VK Paul

Moderna, the first international vaccine in India

No bridging trials in India for MODERNA vaccine

Storage at -25 to -15, for 7 months

Normal storage after vial is opened is 30 days

Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, NITI Aayog

Atmanirbhar Krishi APP Launched by the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, GOI

PIB India:

There is a wealth of information carefully curated by various departments of the government, which can be very relevant to the farmers but on different platforms and not in a manner comprehensible to them.

A component of Kisan Mitr, a national digital platform that caters to farmers, focuses on filling this gap by combining data from various government ministries/departments like Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC), and others and making it available to the farmers through the Atmanirbhar Krishi app.

“The Government of India has seamlessly worked to have a robust system to support local manufacturing, market and supply chain, and empower farmers and migrant workers, two sections that were disproportionately affected during the pandemic.

With the Atmanirbhar Krishi app of the KisanMitr initiative, farmers will have in their hands, evidence-based information generated by our research organizations like IMD, ISRO, ICAR, and CGWA.

This information, when used by the farmers to make decisions on cropping patterns, mechanization of small farmers’ holdings or stubble burning, will ensure that decisions are made factoring in the importance of sustainability of water and environment, and judicious use of resources. An app available on a basic phone with information in a language comprehensible to farmers will also enhance inclusivity during the decision-making process,” Prof. K. VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India said during the launch of the app.

The Atmanirbhar Krishi app was created to equip farmers with actionable agricultural insights and early weather alerts. Data related to soil type, soil health, moisture, weather, and water tablewere aggregated and analysed to generate personalized insights related to crop selection, fertilizers requirements, and water needs for each farmer at the farm-holding level.

The app was envisioned in 5 stages:

  1. Data aggregation
  2. Building centralized insights
  3. Enable local expertise (KVK) supported interactions and insights
  4. Deriving Machine Learning inferences
  5. Continuous improvement

Salient features of the app:

  1. The data has been made comprehensible for farmers by simplifying the language. The app is also available in 12 languages.
  2. The Android and Windows versions of the app are available on Google Play Store and are free of cost for farmers, start-ups, KVKs, SHGs, or NGOs to use.
  3. Considering the connectivity issues in the remote areas of the country, the app has been designed to work on minimal bandwidth.
  4. The app does not collect any inputs from the farmer. It relies on the geo-location of the farm to provide relevant data (see figure). Data relevant to another location can be collected by entering the PINCODE of that area.

In the currently live Stage 1, the Atmanirbhar Krishi app brings together data relevant to the farmer and his farm, from various agencies and departments of the Government of India (Table 1).

The launch of the app was lauded by Dr. U. S. Awasthi, MD and CEO, Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative(IFFCO). “The Atmanirbhar Krishi App is a great initiative by the Government of India which provides realtime useful and appropriate information to farmers digitally,” he said.

Indian CST is happy to play its part in the digital Transformation in the country and spreading the culture of excellence through this National Digital Repository hosted at CSIR Fourth Paradigm Insitute (CSIR 4PI), Bengaluru,” said Raja Seevan, Founder Trustee of the Indian Centre for Social Transformation, one of the major stakeholders in the development of this app and KisanMitr.

KisanMitr was developed by Indian Centre for Social Transformation, a Bengaluru-based Public Charitable Trust.

ICST’s platform epashuhaat launched on 26th November, 2020 for improvement of indigenous milch cattle was repurposed to create KisanMitr.

Shedding light on what this app means for Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in India, Dr. A. K. Singh, Deputy Director General, ICAR said, “The Atmanirbhar Krishi App by aggregating data on soil health, water table and weather, will facilitate KVKs to interact with farmers more specifically as per the existing ground realities. KVKs may also integrate the information available with them on existing cropping systems and agronomic practices while interacting with farmers.

Tech Mahindra Makers Lab team has designed and built the Atmanirbhar Krishi App. Nikhil Malhotra, Global Head – Makers Lab, Tech Mahindra, said, “Agritech is an important focus area for Tech Mahindra and as a leading provider of digital transformation, we are focused on effective use of digital tools and technologies to improve the productivity of  agriculture sector which is India’s largest livelihood provider. In line with our NXT.NOW charter, we are leveraging research and innovation to bring this easy to use and informative app to the farmers of India to empower them and thereby take part in scripting India’s digital growth story.”

Watch the demonstration and find out more about the Atmanirbhar Krishi App in this video: 

Debt-burdened or cash-starved businesses do not want more credit, they need non-credit capital: P Chidambaram

Some elementary truths:

Credit guarantee is not credit

Credit is more debt.

No banker will lend to a debt-ridden business

Debt-burdened or cash-starved businesses do not want more credit, they need non-credit capital

More supply does not mean more demand (consumption)

On the contrary, more demand (consumption) will trigger more supply

Demand (consumption) will not grow in an economy where jobs have been lost and incomes/wages have been reduced

The answer to this crisis is to put money in the hands of the people, especially the poor and lower middle classes

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari calls for creation of Ratings system for MSMEs and Dashboard for effective monitoring of schemes

Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises:

Minister for MSME and Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has called for creation of ratings system for MSMEs and Dashboard for effective monitoring of MSME schemes.

Addressing a webinar by Chamber of Indian MSME, CIMSME, he said simple and transparent methodology should be evolved to give ratings to MSMEs having good turnover, GST records to enable them to get finances from the banks and institutions.

The Minister said the whole world now wants to invest in Indian industry and with effective rating system MSMEs can get good investment from abroad.

Shri Gadkari proposed setting up of dashboard for monitoring schemes to prevent delays in decision making.

He asked SIDBI to take decisions within three months and provide support. The Minister said MSMEs have an important role to play in achieving Prime Minister’s vision of Atamanirbhar Bharat.

Shri Gadkari said it is time to make our system transparent, time bound, result oriented and performance oriented and help appropriate entrepreneurs with good track record.

He emphasized on working together in an integrated manner and not in silos. Shri Gadkari said new thinking, out of box ideas ,new technology and research in agricultural, rural and tribal areas is very important for employment generation.

The Minister said MSMEs contribute nearly 30 percent to country’s GDP and provide employment to more than 11 crore people which in terms of volume is second after the agricultural sector.

Govt should realise that it needs to act on strategic advise of defense experts with experience of modern warfare: RS Surjewala

RS Surjewala – General Secretary, Congress:

Armed Drones attack are a real threat to security forces & Govt establishments.

A credible & comprehensive policy and measures are the need of hour to tackle attacks by the Pak based terror outfits, backed by the infamous ISI, instead of mere circulars & amendments of rules.

Hope BJP Govt is aware of the ISI & Pak based terror outfits using -:

• Chinese Hexacopter’s and drones to drop arms across the border, gifted by China to Pak for use in CPEC.

• Sale of 50 Wing Loong II armed drones by China to Pakistan for high altitude areas.

Hope BJP Govt is aware that -:

• MP’s have repeatedly raised the issue of drones attack through Parliamentary Question No. 2645 (9th July, 2019), No. 2332 (5th March, 2020), No. 1425 (20th Sept, 2020).

The entire Nation stands as one with our security forces & Govt to repulse such attacks.

But Modi Govt should realise that it needs to act on strategic advise of defense experts with experience of modern warfare rather then rely upon mere headlines management.

Asia’s longest and world’s fifth longest High Speed Track for automobiles, NATRAX, inaugurated today

Many projects in the railways, highways etc. which were languishing for years are today getting completed because of the strong political will. NATRAX- the high speed track completed and inaugurated today is another example that shows how Modi govt. works.

Prakash Javadekar – Union Minister

Ministry of Heavy Industries:

Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Prakash Javadekar today inaugurated NATRAX- the High Speed Track (HST) in Indore which is the longest such track in Asia.

NATRAX, developed in an area of 1000 acres of land, is a one stop solution for all sorts of high speed performance tests for widest categories of vehicles from 2 wheelers to heavy tractor trailers.

Speaking at the e-inauguration of the world class 11.3 km High Speed Track, Shri Javadekar stated that India is destined to become a hub of automobiles, manufacturing, and spare parts.

The Minister said, we are fast moving towards an ‘AatmaNirbhar Bharat’ and all round efforts are being made in this direction.

He said, his ministry is committed to fulfil Prime Minister’s dream of ensuring that India becomes a hub of auto manufacturing. He said, expanding automobiles and manufacturing industries will help generate the employment.

The Minister further said that projects in railways, highways and waterways which were languishing for years are today getting completed because of the strong political will.

A lot of atrocities have been faced by women. If the women are not safe, what sort of governance are the people of West Bengal receiving from TMC? : JP Nadda

BJP National President JP Nadda addressed the BJP Bengal State Executive Meeting. Excerpts via BJP India:

The BJP has covered a long distance in Bengal in a very short span of time. We had won just 2 LS seats in 2014, and had got 18% votes. In 2016 Vidhan Sabha polls, we had won just 3 seats and 10.16% vote share.

In 2019, we won 40.25% votes and 18 seats out of 42 in the Lok Sabha elections. In the recently concluded Vidhan Sabha elections, our vote share was 38.1% and we got 2.27 crore votes, winning 77 seats!

In the next 5 years, the BJP will take another big leap and will form the government in the next elections. We will fulfil this vision.

TMC did unprecedented political violence after winning the polls!

1,399 properties of our workers have been destroyed.

676 incidents of loot have taken place.

108 families have received threats.

Our offices in Arambagh and Bishnupur have been burnt down by TMC. All of this happened under a female CM. A lot of atrocities have been faced by women.

If the women are not safe, what sort of governance are the people of West Bengal receiving from TMC?

West Bengal Police has remained a mute spectator. Aadhar Cards and Ration Cards of BJP workers have been taken away. The Bengal violence clearly shows a failure in administration, according to the High-Powered Committee.

The budget on agriculture was Rs 1.21 lakh crore; today it stands at Rs 2.11 lakh crore. 10 crore farmers have been given Rs 1,36,000 crore under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi.

Met Haryana CM, discussed improving interstate metro connectivity between Haryana & Delhi: Hardeep Puri

Hardeep Puri – Union Minister:

Met Haryana CM Sh ML Khattar Ji & my friend & colleague Sh Rao Inderjit Singh Ji.

We discussed issues pertaining to urban transport infrastructure in Haryana & improving interstate metro connectivity between Haryana & Delhi.

Also requested Hon’ble CM for speedy adoption & enactment of Model Tenancy Act 2021 in Haryana.

Sri Sri at Sunrise

Make your desire bigger. Desire for the highest. Don’t go for anything smaller. Then divine love dawns in you :

Result linked Power Distribution Scheme and streamlined processes for PPP projects and Asset Monetisation demonstrates our Govt’s continuing commitment to reforms: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi:

Measures announced by FM N Sitharaman today will enhance public health facilities, especially in under-served areas, boost private investment in medical infrastructure and augment critical human resources. Special focus is on strengthening healthcare facilities for our children.

Importance has been given to helping our farmers. Multiple initiatives have been announced which reduce their costs, increase their incomes & support greater resilience and sustainability of agricultural activities.

Further support has been announced for our small entrepreneurs & self-employed persons, to enable them to sustain their business activities & expand them further.

Several initiatives, including financial assistance are being taken to help those linked with tourism. The measures will help to stimulate economic activities, boost production & exports and generate employment.

Result linked Power Distribution Scheme and streamlined processes for PPP projects and Asset Monetisation demonstrates our Government’s continuing commitment to reforms.

India achieves another milestone in COVID19 vaccination and overtakes USA in total number of COVID Vaccine doses administered

Ministry of Health:

India has achieved another milestone in its COVID19 vaccination drive as it overtakes USA in terms of the total number of COVID vaccine doses administered.

India’s COVID Vaccination drive started on 16th Jan 2021, whereas the COVID vaccination in USA started on 14th December 2020.

India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 32.36 Crores yesterday. A total of 32,36,63,297 vaccine doses have been administered through 43,21,898 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. 17,21,268 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21 June, 2021. The Union Government is committed to accelerating the pace and expanding the scope of COVID19 vaccination throughout the country.

India has reported 46,148 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Less than 1 lakh Daily New Cases have been reported for 21 continuous days now. This is a result of sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs.

India has also been witnessing a continuous fall in its active caseload. The country’s Active Caseload stands at 5,72,994 today.

A net decline of 13,409 is witnessed in the last 24 hours and active cases are now only 1.89% of the country’s total Positive Cases.

As more people are getting recovered from COVID-19 infection, India’s Daily Recoveries continue to outnumber the Daily New Cases for 46 consecutive days now. 58,578 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours.

More than 12 thousand (12,430) recoveries were reported during the last 24 hours as compared to the daily new cases.

Out of the people infected since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,93,09,607 people have already recovered from COVID-19 and 58,578 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours. This constitutes an overall recovery rate of 96.80%, which is showing a sustained increasing trend.

With substantially ramped up testing capacity across the country, a total of 15,70,515 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours in the country. Cumulatively, India has conducted over 40.63crore (40,63,71,279) tests so far.

While on one side testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed. Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.81% while the Daily Positivity rate stands at 2.94% today. It has remained less than 5% for 21 consecutive days now.