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Farmers from different unions at a crucial meeting.


Farmers from different unions at a crucial meeting.
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Farmers from different unions at a crucial meeting.

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  • Centre asked five names from SKM for committee on MSP, other pending demands
  • SKM, an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions, has been spearheading the farmers’ movement
  • SKM to hold next crucial meeting to decide future course on December 4

Agitating farmers on Wednesday in a press conference said that they will end their protest only after the government gives written assurance on the pending demands. The development in the ongoing protests has come after 32 farmer unions held a meeting at the Singhu border.

Farmers’ meeting was held after reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Centre had approached them and asked to recommend 5 names for a panel on MSP and other pending issues.

SKM on Tuesday said, “there was a telephone call from the Government of India to a Punjab farmer union leader, wherein the Government wanted 5 names to be suggested from SKM’s side for a committee…however, we have received no written communication and no details are available so far about what this committee is about, its mandate, or terms of reference. In the absence of such details, it would be premature to comment on this issue,” the farmer union added.

The recent developments have taken place a day after both Houses of Parliament passed a Bill to repeal the three contentious farm laws against which farmers have been protesting for a year.

“Today, the Centre has asked for five names from SKM for the committee that will deliberate on the issue of minimum support price (MSP) for crops.


We have not yet decided on the names. We will decide in our December 4 meeting,” Darshan Pal told PTI.

In a statement on Tuesday, the SKM clarified that its meeting to discuss the pending demands and to decide the future course of the farmers’ movement will be held on December 4 instead of Wednesday.

The SKM, an umbrella body of over 40 farm unions, has been spearheading the farmers’ movement against the three farm laws and their other demands, including a legal guarantee for MSP.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that a committee would be formed to take decisions on the subjects of promoting zero budgeting-based agriculture, changing crop patterns as per the changing needs of the country, and making MSP more effective and transparent.

He announced this during his address to the nation in which he also stated that the government has decided to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers for the past year.

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The prime minister had said the committee will have representatives from the Central and state governments, farmers, agricultural scientists and agricultural economists.

On Monday, representatives of farmer unions of Punjab had said an emergency meeting of the SKM has been called on Wednesday to decide the future course of action.

The SKM, however, clarified, “All constituent organisations of SKM will take stock of the situation and decide the next steps of the farmers’ struggle on December 4, as announced earlier.

(With PTI inputs)

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Delhi’s fresh Covid-19 cases drop to 5,760 today, 37% lower than yesterday

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A healthworker takes swab sample of an athlete for Covid-19 test at SDMC Urban Public Health Centre in Daryaganj, New Delhi.

Delhi reported 5,760 fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday and 30 deaths, according to data released by the health department. The active cases tally in the national capital is now 45,140. The Test Positivity Rate (TPR) was recorded at 11.79%.

On Sunday, Delhi reported 9,197 fresh Covid cases and 34 deaths, while the positivity rate dropped to 13.32 per cent, according to data shared by the health department. The health bulletin showed 69,022 Covid tests were conducted in the capital the previous day. The number of daily cases in Delhi has been declining after touching the record high of 28,867 on January 13.

On Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had proposed lifting the weekend curfew and ending the odd-even rule for opening shops, but Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal directed that status quo be maintained on the restrictions till the situation improves further. The LG’s office, however, approved the government’s proposal to allow private offices to reopen with 50 per cent staff. 

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Delhi govt lays down SOPs for COVID-19 cases

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Under the SOPs, labs have been directed to give real-time data within 20 hours to the State COVID-19 Response Centre

Labs giving real-time data to states, segregation of coronavirus patients on basis of districts and assembly constituencies are part of the SOPs laid down by the Delhi government. In an order issued last week, the Health Department stated that it has prepared SOPs for Covid-care centres which also listed out guidelines to be followed for telecalling patients.

Under the SOPs, labs have been directed to give real-time data within 20 hours to the State COVID-19 Response Centre. They have been directed to segregate cases on the basis of districts, assembly names and wards, etc. This data will be published on the integrated management app.

The tele-calling unit of the Covid-centre is responsible for calling up the patient within half-a-hour of testing positive, it said. In case a patient requires admission, the team from the centre has to reach within an hour and facilitate it, the order said. With respect to other positive cases, all will be given visit, in coordination with the CDMO, on the first day itself within four hours and time will be noted on software. 

“A home-visit team will do assessment and physical triage on spot and decide whether patient can be managed in Home isolation as per guidelines or need to be shifted to the Covid facility. In brief patients may be categorized — fit for hospital; fit for CCC; fit for Centre, fit for home isolation or Un-cooperative,” it said.

It also said that the home visit team may consult or facilitate patient for video-calling with Doctor at Covid Care Centre, if required.  The team will coordinate with HI team at Centre for admission / isolation and shall share phone/mobile numbers of Centre, HI team, and Home visit team members and also form a whatsapp group with the positive patient and will be responsible to follow the patient for the 

duration of home isolation.  

There are 61,954 active cases in Delhi, of which 48,356 are in home isolation, according to government data. 

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Covid-19: Bihar govt extend restrictions till Feb 6 amid surge in cases

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Covid-19: Bihar govt extend restrictions till Feb 6 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday reviewed the status of coronavirus infection in the state. After the review meet, the chief minister tweeted “the status of Covid was reviewed. In view of the situation of corona infection, it has been decided to extend all the restrictions currently in force till 6 February 2022.” “All of you are requested to take special precautions and follow the guidelines issued by the government,” he added 

Amid a surge in the number of Covid cases in the state, night curfew was imposed on January 6 from 10pm to 5am till January 21. The decision was announced following a meeting of the crisis management group (CMG) chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar. The government order said that pre-school and classes 1 to 8 will remain closed. However, online classes will continue. The guidelines said educational institutions for Classes 9 to 12 will function with 50% capacity. 4,063 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours in the state. 

Also Read | Delhi reports 12,306 fresh Covid cases today, 10% lower than yesterday

Also Read | Bihar Covid News Update: 87 doctors at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital in Patna test positive

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