Bengal seeks help from Army to restore infrastructure
- The West Bengal government on Saturday sought help from the Army for restoration of Essential Service Damaged by the Cyclone Amphan
- Thousands of trees have fallen in Kolkata alone, blocking roads and disrupting power supply by this, several areas have remained without power for over two days.
- The State’s Home Department tweeted, “GOWB mobilizes maximum strength in unified command mode on 24×7 basis for immediate restoration of essential infrastructure and services asap. Army support has been called for; NDRF and SDRF teams deployed; Rlys, Port & private sector too requested to supply teams and equipment”.
- The government added that drinking water and drainage infrastructure were being restored fast and the Public Health Engineering Department was asked to supply water pouches in gap pockets.
Airlines make Aarogya Setu mandatory
- All airlines have made the government’s contact tracing app Arogya setu mandatory pre-requisite for booking a flight despite concerns over privacy and data surveillance due to ambiguities in the Centre’s guidelines for resumption of air travel from May 25.
- IndiGo, the largest airline in the country, which will operate 450 airlines to begin with, requires passengers to “download the Aarogya Setu app on your phone to be able to fly”.
- Vistara, SpiceJet and AirAsia India, too, announced similar measures.
- Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri clarifying, “If you don’t have the app or the phone instrument is not compatible, it doesn’t mean you will be deprived of air travel. You will be given a self declaration form to fill.”
Extend loan automatically to all eligible borrowers without fear of 3Cs: FM Sitharaman to banks
- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said banks have been asked to extend loans automatically to eligible borrowers without fear of 3Cs — CBI, CVC and CAG.
- She said clear instructions have been given in a meeting with CEOs and MDs of public sector banks and financial institutions that the banks should not be scared to extend loans as 100 percent guarantee is being given by the government.
- It is being said that the genuine bonafide decisions in the banking sector are being impacted because of the worry of undue harassment by 3Cs–Central Bureau of Investigation, Central Vigilance Commission and Comptroller and Audit General.
- During the meeting with bankers, the Finance Minister said it was emphasised that the loans should be sanctioned in a simple manner and if possible digitally to avoid any physical contact.