log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SATURDAY MAY 23, 2020 GOA Boat owners willing to retain labour with 50 pc salary, food and shelter 2 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) 8 pages PRICE ` 6 VOLUME V, NO. 334 GOA Govt can designate any hotel as quarantine centre in State: BJP 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 BUSINESS RBI cuts interest rates, extends loan moratorium for 3 months Operation termination at GMC, 14 nurses lose jobs NO PROPER PROCEDURE FOLLOWED WHILE GRANTING EXTENSION OF CONTRACT, SAYS GOVT ORDER THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The move comes as a surprise with interviews being scheduled just a day later to induct nurses at the Covid Hospital in Margao, which is allegedly facing staffing issues due to the unwillingness of many experiences and trained staffers to join duty The letter dated May 20, under secretary (health) Trupti Manerkar has directed the director of administration at GMC to comply within seven days with “the decision of the government to terminate forthwith the extension of contract of below mentioned 14 nurses which was done without following proper procedure.” GMC has been asked to clear the pending salaries of these nurses for the period for which they were employed. IN SHORT >> 14 killed as Pak plane crashes in residential area KARACHI: 14 people have died when a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane with 107 people on board crashed into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport here on Friday, officials said. Flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir, just a minute before its landing, they said. >> See pg 7 46 stranded Goans are arriving today PANAJI: Some 46 Goans, including 12 scientists who were on an Antarctic mission and seafarers from the MSC Orchestra cruise liner, are being brought in from Mumbai and expected to arrive on Saturday. All 46 were part of a group of 79 Indians who flew down from South Africa and landed in Mumbai early Friday .>> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: 34.5 C Min: 27.5 C Humidity: 75% TIDES Low: 04:54 17:24 High: 11:57 22:58 1 Director of administration at Goa Medical College told to comply within seven days with the decision of the government GMC has been asked to clear the pending salaries of these nurses for the period for which they were employed 2 The letter further explains that “if required, nurses are to be appointed afresh by following proper procedure.” The department has also said that responsibility needs to be fixed on officers who permitted this irregularity. Incidentally, the letter is in response to a query raised by GMC on April 13 about the dis- 3 The letter further explains that “if required, nurses are to be appointed afresh by following proper procedure” parity in pay structure of the staff nurses working on contractual appointments. While the letter appears to be a routine staffing decision, it has raised eyebrows because the health department on May 21 interviewed nurses to fill freshly advertised vacancies at the Covid Hospital in Margao, positions that not ALL'S NOT WELL? The move comes as a surprise with interviews being scheduled just a day later to induct nurses at the Covid Hospital in Margao Questions are being raised over decision to induct 20 fresh nurses to work at a sensitive institution while firing 14 experienced staffers. many look to fill owing to the lack of institutional quarantine facilities offered to the medical staff upon completion of their mandated duty period. The step is also being linked with a decision of Laxmikant Parsekar-led BJP government in 2014, wherein the health department led by the Govt turns heat on water consumers; tariff hiked THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Despite assertions that it will not be implemented amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the notification hiking water tariffs issued earlier this month, were notified in the State's official gazette. The notification increases tariff for water supply to all categories of consumers, including domestic. For the domestic connections, up to 15 cubic meters of consumption is proposed to be charged at the rate of Rs 3.50 per cubic meter. In the next slab of consumption between 15 and 25 cubic meters, the consumer will be charged at Rs 9 per cubic meter and at Rs 15 per cubic meter for consumption between 25 and 50 cubic meters. Consumption above 50 cubic meters will be charged at the rate of Rs 25 per cubic meter. Both Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and PWD Minister Dilip Pauskar had asserted that the new tariffs will not be implemented anytime soon due to the Covid-19 pandemic after the move was severely criticized by the Opposition. Pauskar in fact had said that the notification got mechanically issued as part of the routine post-budgetary bureaucratic exercise and will be kept in abeyance. PARSEKAR FACTOR The step is also being linked with a decision of Laxmikant Parsekar-led BJP government in 2014 The health department then led by Parsekar had increased the seats at the Goa Nursing College from 50 to 100 then Chief Minister Parsekar had increased the seats at the Goa Nursing College from 50 to 100. As there was a shortfall of nurses at the GMC, all the newly trained nurses were recruited on contract basis at GMC and under the Directorate of Health Services, a >Continued on P5 8 IPL shouldn't take precedence over T20 World cup: Border Logistics on test today as 19,000 answer SSC exam THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (GBSHSE) will be faced with its first big challenge in the conduct of the ongoing Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) on Saturday when more than 19,000 students will turn up to answer their English paper, the compulsory first language subject. With physical distancing, hand sanitizing, wearing face-masks and thermal scanning of each and every student-candidate as well as personnel involved in physical conduct of the exam made compulsory, the officials of the Board said it will be challenging but every detail of providing the logistics has been meticulously planned. Thus far, examination in two papers have already concluded on Thursday and Friday but the Boards machinery had not been stretched as much as it will be on Saturday since both the subjects were optional - pre-vocational and BIG CHALLENGE TODAY Thus far, examination in two papers have already concluded on Thursday and Friday but the Boards machinery had not been stretched as much as it will be on Saturday since both the subjects were optional - pre-vocational and those under the National Skill Development Framework (NSDF) LAST TWO DAYS HSSC EXAMS CONCLUDE 1,951 Students turned up 1,392 class XII students on Friday to write their NSDF answered the last paper subject paper bringing the curtains down 344 Appeared on Thursday on this year's Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) which was day one of the examination SSC exam those under the National Skill Development Framework (NSDF). On Friday, 1,951 students turned up to write their NSDF subject paper while earlier on Thursday which was day one of the SSC exam, just 365 were slated to write the pre-vocational subject paper but 344 had actually turned up. Meanwhile 1,392 class XII students answered the last paper bringing the curtains down on this year's Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) examination. The SSC and HSSC examination schedules of the GBSHSE got disrupted after Goa and India locked down in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While several papers of the HSSC exam had already concluded when Goa locked down on March 22, the SSC exam was to begin in early April but was put off. >Continued on P5 CHALO UTTAR PRADESH SHELL OUT MORE For the domestic connections, up to 15 cubic meters of consumption at Rs 3.50 per cubic meter Between 15 and 25 cubic meters, the consumer will be charged at Rs 9 per cubic meter Rs 15 per cubic meter for consumption between 25 and 50 cubic meters. Consumption above 50 cubic meters will be charged at the rate of Rs 25 per cubic meter "The notification issued on May 12 will not be implemented anytime soon,” Pauskar had said, although tariffs had not been revised for nearly five years. Several Opposition politicians had slammed the government for the move to hike water consumption tariffs amidst the chaos spewed by the evolving Covid-19 pandemic. Former Deputy Chief Minister Sudin Dhavlikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) had questioned the rational of implementing the hike in the current difficult times both for business as well as common citizens. Dhavlikar, who has held the PWD portfolio for many years in the past, had also called for 'civil disobedience' of sorts and appealed to the people to protest and not pay their full bill amounts. He had alleged that the new tariffs had hiked costs by nearly 50 per-cent and warned that small hoteliers will be economically maimed. The Leader of Oppostion Digambar Kamat had taken to micro-blogging site Twitter to slam the government. "After getting badly hit by #CovidLockdown #EconomySlowdown Common Man waiting for 'Relief' is rewarded with 'Hikes in Tariff' " Kamat had tweeted. He also added in his tweet that the Goa chief minister should rollback the hike in water tariffs as well as the increase in petrol-diesel VAT rates and excise duties on liquor. Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party had also joined the chorus against the government and termed the hike in tariffs condemnable. In one of the biggest exodus of migrants in a single day, thousands lined up at the Margao railway station to catch Shramik Special trains for Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (Report on pg 3) Santosh Mirajkar Govt mulls ZP polls after Board exams THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI The government is mulling over to conduct Zilla Panchyat elections after the ongoing Board examinations for Std X and Std XII. After the announcement of Janata Curfew by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March this year, the Goa government had posponed the zilla panchayat elections in Specific OCI cardholders can now visit India AGENCIES WHO ARE ALLOWED ENTRY NEW DELHI he central government on Friday allowed certain categories of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders, who are stranded abroad due to coronavirustriggered lockdown, to come to the country. According to a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order, those allowed to travel to India include OCI cardholders who wish to come to the country on account of family emergencies. Minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards, couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in Minor children born to Indian nationals abroad and holding OCI cards Couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India University students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India India, and university students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India have also been allowed to visit the country. The government is currently undertaking a special operation under the name of 'Vande Bharat Mission' to bring back stranded Indians from abroad. A nationwide lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 for 21 days in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic. It was first extended till T 7 SPORTS May 3 and again till May 17. The lockdown has now been extended till May 31. On May 7, the MHA issued an order prohibiting international travel to and from 107 immigration check-posts until further orders. The travel restrictions would not apply to any aircraft, ship, train or any other vehicle deployed for bringing back the specific categories of OCI cardholders who are stranded abroad. The OCI scheme, operational since December 2005, provides facilities like life-long visa, exemption from registration with Foreigners Regional Registration Office and parity with NRIs in economic, financial and educational fields except purchase of agricultural properties, political and public employment rights. Government had earlier on May 5 ordered that the right of multiple-entry, life-long visa facility for visiting India for any purpose granted to persons registered as OCI shall continue to be kept in abeyance till the prohibition on international air travel of passengers from/to India is lifted by the Government of India. The Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) is an immigration status permitting a foreign citizen of Indian origin to live and work in the Republic of India indefinitely. The OCI was introduced in response to demands for dual citizenship by the Indian diaspora, particularly in developed countries. Following benefits accrue to an OCI: Multiple entry, multi-purpose lifelong visa to visit India. Out of the total 50 constituencies, 14 are reserved for Other Backward Classes, six for Scheduled Tribes and one for Scheduled Castes the State which was otherwise slated for March 22. All nominated 203 candidates had finished campaigning with only a day left for casting of votes before it was called off. "Zilla Panchayat election issue was discussed during the recent meeting of the MLAs. We will think of going ahead with ZP elections without any problem once board exams are over," said Panchayat Minister Mauvin Godinho. It will be a Hurculean task for the government if it decides to ahead with conducting of the elections in the wake of adherence to social distancing norms following the Covid pandemic scare. There are 8.91 lakh voters and around1237 poling booths across 50 constituencies. When asked about the huge task in conducting the polls, the Panchayat Minister said that the Cabinet would decide about election process. "The election process will continue from the point where it stooped," Mauvin further elaborated. 9 overcome virus attack; Goa tally declines to 38 TWO MORE POSITIVE CASES; NUMBERS MAY INCREASE THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Goa’s active Covid-19 cases came down to 38 with the discharge of nine patients from Covid Hospital (ESI Hospital), Margao on Friday. The Health Department has declared that only two new cases have been confirmed on Friday. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Goa stands at 54. The number is likely to increase further as three oral swab samples, which turned positive on the Truenat test, are presently GOA'S COVID FUND STANDS AT OVER `9 CR; `4 CR SPENT PANAJI: Revenue Secretary Sanjay Kumar disclosed that Goa’s Covid Fund has received over Rs nine crore so far. “We had received Rs nine crore till a few days ago when I checked. Of this, Rs four crore has been spent. A major amount has gone to hiring buses from Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd and on relief material for the migrant workers housed at shelter camps,” he stated. awaiting confirmation at the virology laboratory of Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim. Briefing the media, Health Secretary Nila Mohanan said, “Of the two fresh cases recorded in Goa today, one was a >Continued on P5
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