log on to thegoan.net @thegoaneveryday SATURDAY JUNE 12, 2021 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday 8 pages PRICE ` 6 Genetics and lifestyle play crucial role in Covid susceptibility: Study 6 The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VI, NO. 353 GOA Congress hits the streets to protest rising prices of fuel 2 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 GOA WRD directed to restrict visitors in Selaulim dam backwaters at Curdi Tika-3: Walk-in vaccine for 18-44 group from Sunday SAWANT FIRM ON 100 PER CENT COVERAGE OF FIRST DOSE BY JULY-END THE GOAN I NETWORK MAPUSA With a resolve to cover 100 percent of the population with the first dose of the Covid jab by July 30, the State government has decided to kick-start Tika Utsav 3.0 from June 13 to vaccinate people in the age group of 18-44. The vaccination programme will be carried out in all panchayats and municipalities in the State in order to reach out to maximum people. “People can just walk-in and get vaccinated in their panchayats or municipalities. I request every Goan not to panic but each one should approach their respective vaccination centres whenever the progamme is scheduled and take the jab,” Sawant said, in IN SHORT >> RVNL to restore water bodies in Guirdolim After agonising May, Goa breathes easy with single-digit Covid toll @ 8 PANAJI: Offering a breather to the much weary medical fraternity and the public in general, the State of Goa witnessed eight Covid deaths on Friday. Of these eight, six were recorded at GMC, one death at South Goa District Hospital and one at Healthway Hospital. With this, the total toll now stands at 2899. There were 423 new positive cases. Howver, the positivity rate has come down to 11.75 per cent as a total of 3599 samples were tested. The active Covid count stands at 5201 and there were 819 recoveries, with the recovery rate at 94.99 per cent. Patients discharged from various hospitals were 76 while the new admissions stood at 50. a public address to the people of the State on Friday evening. Sawant said through the Tika Utsav 3.0, the government will engage with all panchayats and municipalities in the State to reach out to maximum people between the age group of 18-44. “The government is aiming to give the first dose of the vaccination to 100 percent of the people in Goa by July 30 and I am confident we will be able to meet the target. But we need your cooperation. People should come out and take their jab in their respective vaccination centres. Nobody should crowd and go to other panchayats,” he said. The government has prepared a detailed time-table of the vaccination programme even as every panchayat will be vaccinating a maximum of 250 people per day. The chief minister said as part of the Tika Utsav 3, “all persons above 18 years of age will be eligible for walk-in vaccination without any restrictions.” “The drive will be conducted across Goa in 164 locations at Municipality/Panchayat level, and also at 40 permanent locations of DHS,” he said. “People should come and take their first dose in these vaccination centres. Everyone should cooperate with our doctors, para-medical nurses and para-medical staff,” he said. He requested all panchayat members, sarpanchas and karyakartas of political parties to extend their help in making the Tika Utsav successful. Stressing the importance of getting vaccinated, the CM informed that since the government vaccinated the medical, para-medical and frontline workers in the first phase, many of these frontline warriors could work during the second wave without fear. He said in the second phase people above 60 years of age were vaccinated and those >Continued on P5 KOLKATA: Mukul Roy, the BJP’s first import from Trinamool Congress in Bengal, returned to his former party on Friday along with his son, ending weeks of speculation. >> See pg 7 WEATHER >> Max: 26.9 C Min: 23 C Humidity: 94 % TIDES Low: High: 5:32 12:49 18:16 23:32 One part of the Panaji bus stand is bereft of the all-important roof cover given that the State is on alert for heavy rainfall in the coming days. Some of the covers which are hanging precariously can fall on the commuters below leading to injuries. Narayan Pissurlenkar GSPCB raps GMC on waste handling Imposes fine of ` 2,500 and calls for improvement within seven days THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Taking suo moto cognizance of dumping and open burning of garbage at the Goa Medical College Complex, the Goa State Pollution Control Board has imposed a fine of Rs 2500 on the GMC administration. 8 Seafarers at sea over second vax dose, fear for their jobs THE GOAN I NETWORK MARGAO Anxious seafarers on Friday headed to the office of the Deputy Collector, Margao, with documents hoping to get the second dose for Covid early. Sadly, the changes announced in the protocol for vaccination for the seafarers and students going abroad still do not reflect in the portal, with a senior official now saying the changes may fall in place by June 13. A day after South Goa District Collector, Ruchika Katyal, IAS, appointed all the deputy Collectors in the South Goa district as the competent authorities for according permission within their jurisdiction for administration of the second dose of Covishield. As per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), a number of seafarers approached the office of the Deputy Collector, Margao, Jyoti Kumari seeking permission. Sources informed that after the documents were checked THE GOAN I NETWORK Restricted water to Bardez today Mukul Roy does TMC ghar wapsi French Open: Tsitsipas overcomes Zverev fightback to reach first major final With no call letter to show for 2nd vax dose, woman finds herself in soup MARGAO: A woman, who came to Goa from the UK and got stuck here on account of the second Covid wave, said she finds herself in a soup as she has no call letter to get the second dose. She said there are people like her who go to the UK and then hunt for jobs. The government must consider this category of people, she added. >> See pg 2 and verified by the Deputy Collector, the eligible seamen were informed that they will get a call from the office on the day of vaccination of the second dose. Sources informed that the Deputy Collector’s office apparently informed the seafarers that they will be intimated of the date of their second dose vaccination since the changes are yet to reflect in the portal to date. President of Goan Seamen Association of India (GSAI) Frank Viegas made a fervent plea to the government to ensure that the seafarers get the second dose at the earliest. “Our seafarers are anxiously waiting to receive the second dose. They have all received call letters and visas. They are only waiting for the authorities to give them the second dose,” he said. A senior health official, however, pointed out that the state authorities now hope that the changes in the second vaccination dose are expected to get reflected in the portal by June 13. “There is no concrete report that the second vaccination dose will start from June 13, but senior officials were hoping that the changes may finally reflect in the portal by June 13,” the official said. >Continued on P5 Unknown woman kidnaps month-old baby from GMC BLOWN AWAY MARGAO: Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd has agreed to restore the water bodies and sluice gates damaged during the track doubling work in Guirdolim. The WRD has prepared estimates for the restoration work which work out to Rs 2.98 crore. RVNL said the Railways will take up the work and deposit the amount with the WRD. >> See pg 2 PANAJI: There will be restricted water supply to Bardez Taluka on Saturday. According to sources, the restricted water supply is on account of repairs to a major leakage at Peddem-Mapusa on the 1000 mm DI line. 3 SPORTS GSPCB has directed the Goa Medical College administration to implement good waste handling procedures within seven days of its order. The Board has issued detailed instructions on how to handle garbage generated in the hospital premises. “Collection and segregation of waste should be done in a scientific manner with proper handling of the segregated waste,” said Goa Pollution Control Board Chairman Ganesh Shetgaonkar. Shetgaonkar also said that there is a need for the Kundaim Bio-medical facility to be commissioned as early as possible. Presently all bio-medical waste from all government hospitals is been incinerated at GMC and as a result this facility is overloaded. Meanwhile, the cleaning agency Ecoclean and hospital >Continued on P5 OLD GOA A month-old baby boy was kidnapped by an unknown woman from GMC hospital on Friday prompting police to form multiple teams to trace her. Though information was hard to come by from the Agassaim police, who are investigating the case, social activist Rama Kankonkar informed The Goan that the mother of the baby was approached by a woman between 30-35 years and asked her to get a samosa. “The mother handed the baby to the unknown woman and went to buy the samosa. That is when the unknown woman took advantage of the situation and made good her escape with the baby. Later, she hired a motorcycle pilot outside the GMC complex and got down at Panaji bus stand,” he added. Meanwhile, the mother realised that the woman had kidnapped the baby and raised an alarm. “Upon being informed of the incident, I immediately rushed to the GMC and the mother narrated the incident to us, after which the Agassaim police were informed,” Kankonkar said. “The police arrived and on investigation traced the motorcycle pilot who in- DECEIVED & SNATCHED AWAY The mother of the baby was approached by a woman between 30-35 years, who asked the former to buy a samosa The mother innnocently handed the baby to the unknown woman and went to buy the samosa When she returned, the woman was missing with the baby Police investigation found that the woman had taken a motorcycle and travelled to the Panaji bus stand formed that he had dropped the woman at the Panaji bus stand. The police then came to know that the woman went inside and later took another motorcycle pilot from the bus stand,” he added. “The motorcycle pilot at the bus stand informed that he dropped the woman at Teen building, Porvorim, from where she boarded a bus,” said Kankonkar and added that what happened after that was not known, and that the Agassaim police are investigating the incident. Confirming the sequence of events, a police source in- They traced the motorcycle pilot who confirmed that he had dropped the woman at the Panaji bus stand Police said some footages of CCTV cameras have been found and are being scrutinized formed that multiple teams have been formed to trace the culprit and that the police are hopeful of cracking the case. The police source also informed that the two motorcycle pilots were also called by the Agassaim police at the police station to get vital leads in the case. PANAJI REPORTER ADDS: Personnel from police stations across North Goa district and also the Crime Branch have been alerted and joined the investigation of the case. >Continued on P5 Covid relief: EPF now with ` 7-L free insurance cover Paytm, MakeMyTrip, Infosys AGENCIES NEW DELHI o help thousands of people amid the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has recently increased the maximum assurance benefit under the Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance (EDLI) scheme to Rs 7 lakh. “Enhanced social security is sought to be provided to the workers without any additional cost to the employer,” the labour ministry said. The EDLI scheme is a mandatory insurance cover provided to all subscribers of EPF scheme. A nominee gets a lump sum payment of up to Rs 7 lakh in the event of death due to natural causes, illness or accident. All organisations covered under EPF and Miscel- T Govt welcomes suggestions from health experts on Covid-19 NEW DELHI: The Centre on Friday welcomed recommendations by a group of experts that mass, indiscriminate and incomplete vaccination can trigger emergence of mutant strains and that there is no need to inoculate those who had documented coronavirus infection, saying the suggestions will be deliberated upon. In their latest report which has been submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the group of public health experts, including doctors from AIIMS and members from the national task force on Covid-19, had recommended that there is no need to inoculate those who had coronavirus infection and that vaccinating the vulnerable and those at risk, instead of mass population-wide inoculation including children, should be the aim at present. >Continued on P5 laneous Provisions Act, 1952 get enrolled for EDLI automatically. The retirement body recently said in a notification that the minimum death insurance has been increased to Rs 2.5 lakh and the maximum to Rs 7 lakh, from the earlier limits of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 6 lakh, SOCIAL SECURITY The labour ministry said enhanced social security is sought to be provided to the workers without any additional cost to the employer The minimum death insurance has been increased to Rs 2.5 lakh and the maximum to Rs 7 lakh, from the earlier limits of Rs 2 lakh and Rs 6 lakh, respectively respectively. The insurance cover depends on the salary drawn in the last 12 months of the employment before death. The employer and central government contribute to EDLI scheme. It must be noted that an employee does not need to contribute to deposit linked insurance scheme to get the benefits. The claim amount under this scheme is 30 times the average monthly salary in the past 12 months subject to a maximum of 7 lakh. The labour ministry said that the minimum assurance benefit of EDLI will be provided to family members of a deceased employee, who dies while in service, even if he worked in more than one firm in the 12 months preceding his death. “It will benefit contractual/casual labourers were losing out on benefits due to condition of continuous one year in one establishment,” the ministry said. The benefits under Employees’ Deposit Linked Insurance will applicable for three years, effective from February 15, 2020. offer help with vax bookings AGENCIES BENGALURU Paytm, Infosys and MakeMyTrip are among companies seeking approval in India to provide online Covid-19 vaccine bookings, the head of the government’s tech platform said, as the country tries to make it easier for its huge population to book shots. The government relaxed rules last month to potentially allow third-party apps to offer vaccine bookings and has taken back control of procurement from states following delays and shortages. It also faced initial problems with its own vaccine booking platform. Around 15 State agencies and private companies, which alsoinclude Indian healthcare giants Apollo and Max, and online pharmacy 1mg, have asked to be allowed to offer vaccine bookings, R.S. Sharma, head of the government’s panel managing the CoWIN vaccination registration platform, told a news agency. Softbank-backed digital payments app Paytm has more than 100 million monthly active users and MakeMyTrip has 12 million. “It will work in favour of the country, the union of all the entities is better than just one individual platform,” Sharma said. MakeMyTrip CEO Rajesh Magow said the company wanted to help people book their vaccination slots. 1mg said it was waiting for government approvals. Apollo declined to comment, while Paytm, Infosys and Max did not respond to queries. Only 3.5% of India’s 1.3 billion population has been fully immunised against Covid-19 and health officials say the pace will have to ramp up to avoid further deadly surges of the virus, like the one that swept the country in the spring. While much will depend on a pick up in scarce vaccine supplies, experts say more booking options should help. Several software developers have already been using publicly available coding for the CoWIN platform.
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