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News of the Day – 06 June 2019
- June 6, 2019
- Posted by: Shivam
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PM Modi to head Cabinet committees on growth, employment
To address the twin problems of sluggish economic growth and rising unemployment, the government has constituted two Cabinet committees to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The five-member Committee on Investment and Growth consists of Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari and Railways Minister Piyush Goyal.
This committee will be a focussed group to take measures to bring investments and spur growth in the critical sectors including infrastructure, manufacturing and agriculture, as the economy is passing through a highly volatile period. The government also set up a 10-member Cabinet committee for Employment and Skill Development. Employment data for 2017-18, released on May 31 after the Lok Sabha elections, said India‚Äôs unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in the period, the highest¬†in 45 years. In addition to the Prime Minister, the committee includes Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Railway Miinister Piyush Goyal, Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‚ÄėNishank‚Äô, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister Skill and Entrepreneurship Mahendra Nath Pandey and Ministers of State Santosh Kumar Gangwar (Labour) and Hardeep Singh Puri (Housing and Urban Affairs).
The panel on employment is one of two Cabinet committees set up to spur economic growth and rackle unemployment. With the GDP falling to 5.8% in the last quarter of 2018-19, lowest in¬†last five years, the committee on economic growth will prepare a road map to bring the economy back on the growth trajectory. The GDP growth for 2018-19 was 6.8 %, against the target of 7.2 %. The¬†fall¬†in growth is result of dip in the performance of the core sectors of the economy, as the eight core sectors ‚ÄĒ coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity ‚ÄĒ recorded a growth of just 2.6 % in April, compared with 4.6% in the same month last year. As per figures released by the government, the country‚Äôs economic growth saw the third straight fall in quarterly growth, raising concerns about the slowdown even as the BJP-led NDA government is beginning its second term following a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha polls. Similarly, employment data for 2017-18, released on May 31, brought out that India‚Äôs unemployment rate rose to 6.1% in the said period, which is the highest in 45 years.
Nipah case: 7 in isolation and 314 quarantined in Kerala
A total of 314 people have been quarantined and placed under observation for having been in immediate contact with the 23-year-old youth from Vadakkekara in Paravur in northern Ernakulam, who has been diagnosed as having contracted the Nipah virus. Authorities at a private hospital in Kochi where he is under treatment said he was stable and taking food. Two more persons were admitted to the Government Medical College (GMC), Ernakulam, on Wednesday, taking the numbers of suspected Nipah infections to seven. Samples collected from all the patients in the isolation ward of the GMC have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) labs at Alappuzha and Pune. Human monoclonal antibodies, considered effective in treating the zoonotic virus infection, have been brought to Kochi and would be administered to those admitted to the isolation ward, after results of the laboratory tests become available. Ernakulam District Collector K. Mohammed Y. Safirulla, in a bulletin, said the district administration had ensured all measures were in place to ensure prevention and spread of the infection.
Dr. Balamurali from the NIV at Alappuzha, and Dr. Rima Sahay and Dr. Anita from the NIV at Pune, reached the district on Wednesday. A six-member team of Central experts led by Dr. Ruchi Jain, Joint Director in the Union Health Ministry, visited the Vadakkekara Panchayat in the Paravur taluk. A team led by Dr. Tarun of the National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) trained doctors and health workers in handling the situation. The surveillance call centres for Nipah tracking and sensitising the public received 372 calls, a communication issued by the Collector said. Besides 1077, a new line, 0484-2425200, has been added to the call centre. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to reach Kochi on Thursday to review the situation. Earlier on Wednesday, Health Minister K.K. Shylaja, reviewed the situation. It was decided that there was no need to postpone reopening of schools, as the situation was well under control.
‚ÄúAdequate stock of Ribavirin is available in the district. A viral transport medium for sending samples is also ready. That apart, there are sufficient numbers of N95 and three-layer masks,‚ÄĚ the communication said. The District Collector has issued instructions to the animal husbandry department to monitor the health condition of livestock and to immediately report back in case of any animal showing Nipah-like symptoms. The Labour Department carried out inspection at migrant labour camps in the district and issued notices to those found to be unhygienic. Safety precautions were being maintained while transporting body fluid samples, and people with suspected Nipah infection in ambulances. Three-layered N-95 masks have been stocked, the District Collector said in his statement.
Source ‚Äď¬†The Hindu