• Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed on May 31, 2021 that the makers of the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V, have assured to send a consignment to the national capital after June 20. • Kejriwal said that right now the vaccines are being imported and a part of the doses being imported will be provided to Delhi. The manufacturing of the Russian vaccine will begin in India in August. • Russia's Sputnik V had recently received emergency use approval from the Subject expert committee (SEC), making it the third COVID-19 vaccine to get clearance in India. • Currently, the vaccine is being imported to India by Dr Reddy's Laboratories and will be manufactured locally by the pharmaceutical major in the coming months. Andhra Pradesh passes order to set up 30 skill development colleges, 1 university • The Andhra Pradesh government has passed an order to set up one skill development university and 30 skill development colleges across the state. • It has accorded administrative sanction to the State Skill Development Corporation for the same. • The state will set up one college in each of the 25 parliamentary constituencies and one each in IIITs across the state and one in Pulivendila, Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy's constituency. • Each skill college will have a capital expenditure of Rs 20 crores. Sixth batch of Rafale fighter aircraft arrives in India • The sixth batch of Rafale fighter aircraft landed in India on May 27, 2021 after taking off from France. • The sixth batch comprises three Rafale jets. The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon begin flying operations of the second squadron of Rafale fighter planes in Hashimara, West Bengal. • The fifth batch of Rafale fighter aircraft comprising four planes had arrived in India on April 22 after flying a distance of 8,000 km from the Merignac Air Base in France. • India had ordered a total of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from France in September 2016. Andhra Pradesh increases punishment for hospitals charging an excessive fee • The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government on May 28, 2021 increased the punishment of private hospitals for charging excessive fees from patients. • The government issued a new order that states that if the hospital is found to be charging more than the prescribed rate, then it will be levied 10 times the additional amount. The repeated offenders will be prosecuted. • If any hospital or clinical establishment is found to be repeating the same, it will be prosecuted as per the provisions of IPC. Odisha to include disaster & pandemic management in school, college curriculum • Odisha's Council of Ministers adopted a resolution on May 29, 2021 to include disaster and pandemic management as a part of the curriculum for every high school and college student. • The resolution stated that it is a futuristic decision. The state government aims to trains its people to know how to deal with known emergencies and how to respond to situations where the outcome cannot be predicted. • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik aims to make Odisha a leading state in disaster preparedness, be it biological or climatic.
🛑West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, an IAS officer of the 1987-batch was to retire on May 31, 2021, but the Chief Minister of West Bengal gave him an extension of three months. However, the Centre has asked WB Chief Secretary Bandyopadhyay to report on Monday for central deputation which the officer has skipped. Read how civil servants are granted an extension, how is central deputation conducted, and what if an officer does not comply with the central deputation order? • The West Bengal government on May 25, 2021, had issued an order stating that Bandyopadhyay’s services will be extended for another three months in the interest of public service. The order was issued with the Centre’s approval dated May 24. • The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) on May 28, 2021, wrote to Bandyopadhyay that the placement of the services of Bandyopadhyay with the Government of India with immediate effect has been approved by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet. The committee has requested the state to relieve the Chief Secretary immediately and ask him to report on May 31, 2021. • The extension of services of officers of the All India Services including IPS is governed by Rule 16 (1) of the All India Services (Death-cum-Retirement Benefit) Rules, 1958.
• As per this provision, an officer retires from the services on attaining the age of 60. However, an extension of up to three months is permitted with approval from the Centre for officers that are dealing with budget work or working as a full-time member of a Committee which is to be wound up shortly in the public interest. • In the case of an officer serving as Chief Secretary, the extension can be up to six months on the recommendation of the State government with approval from the Centre. • Every year, the Centre selects officers from an offer list of officers of the All India Services (IAS, IPS, IFS) that are willing to go on Central deputation. • According to Rule 6 (1) of the IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954, ‘A cadre officer may, with the concurrence of the State Government concerned and the Central Government, be deputed for service under the Central Government or another State Government or under a company, association or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, which is wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the Central Government or by another State Government. • In case of a disagreement, the Central government will decide the matter and the State Government or State Government concerned will abide by the decision of the Central Government. • The IAS (Cadre) Rules state that in case of a disagreement between the Centre and State Government, the final will of the Centre shall prevail. • The rules do not specify if an officer does not comply with the central deputation order or if the state does not relive an officer. In such cases, however, the Central Government cannot take any action against IAS, IPS, or IFS officers serving in their state cadres. • The Rule 7 of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969, states that ‘the authority to institute proceedings and to impose penalty shall rest with the State Government, if an officer is serving in connection with the affairs of the State, or is deputed for service in any company, association or body of individuals, whether incorporated or not, which is wholly or substantially owned or controlled by the Government of that State or in a local authority set up by an Act of the Legislature of that State”. • In Bandyopadhyay’s case, the state government has refused to relieve him for central deputation. Mamata Banerjee on May 31, 2021, wrote a letter to PM Modi requesting to reconsider the order of Bandyopadhyay’s central deputation while stating her shock over the Centre’s recall of Bandyopadhyay after granting approval for his extension. 🛑The world's first Nano Urea Liquid for farmers across the world was introduced by the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) on May 31, 2021. IFFCO made the big reveal during its 50th annual general body meeting held in the online-offline mode in India on May 31, 2021. According to IFFCO, the Nano Urea Liquid has been indigenously developed after several years of research by its scientists and engineers through a proprietary technology that was developed at Nano Biotechnology Research Centre, Kalol in line with 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' and 'Atmanirbhar Krishi'. #IFFCO introduces the world’s 1st Nano Urea Liquid. Developed indigenously by IFFCO's scientists and engineers the product takes its inspiration from the Prime Minister's call for reducing the use of Urea in the soil
Urea that is produced from nano-technology to improve the efficiency of the nutrients of the crops is called as nano urea. The nano urea liquid will replace conventional Urea and it can curtail its requirement by at least 50 percent. The Nano Urea Liquid has been found to be effective and efficient for plant nutrition, which increases production with improved nutritional quality. According to IFFCO, the nano urea liquid will also have a positive impact on the quality of underground water, very significant in reduction in global warming with an impact on climate change and sustainable development. The introduction of nano urea liquid is significant as its use by farmers will boost balanced nutrition program by reducing the excess use of Urea application in the soil. It will help make the crops stronger, healthier and protect them from the lodging effect. Excess urea not only causes environmental pollution but also harms soil health and makes plants more susceptible to disease and insect infestation, delaying the maturity of the crop and resulting in production loss. • The Nano Urea Liquid will be cost-effective as it will be cheaper and it will help in increasing farmers' income. • Nano urea contains 40,000 ppm of Nitrogen in a 500 ml bottle, which is equal to nitrogen nutrient impact provided by one bag of conventional Urea. • This will not only reduce the input cost of farmers but also due to its small size, it will also significantly bring down the cost of logistics and warehousing. • The 500 ml bottle of Nano Urea will be priced at Rs 240 for the farmers, which is 10 percent cheaper than the cost of a bag of conventional Urea. IFFCO had conducted around 11,000 farmer field trials (FFT's) on more than 94 crops across India to test the efficacy of nano urea. The recent countrywide trials were conducted on 94 crops, which showed an average 8 percent increase in yield. • The production of Nano Urea Liquid will commence by June 2021, informed IFFCO. The commercial rollout will start soon thereafter. • IFFCO has planned a massive countrywide campaign exercise to demonstrate and train the farmers about its usage and application. • Nano urea will be primarily available to farmers through its cooperative sales and marketing channel apart from its sale on IFFCO's e-commerce platform.