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April 7, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine registration for healthcare, frontline workers resumes at government centres

Health: Two days after the Government of India directed states to stop all fresh registrations citing fraudulent entries, the process of COVID-19 vaccine registrations for healthcare workers (HCW) and frontline workers (FLW) has resumed. The new registrations can, however, only take place at government vaccination centres.

This applies to healthcare and frontline workers between the ages of 18 and 44 years.

In a letter to the states, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan wrote, “Onsite registration facility for genuinely leftover HCWs/FLWs will henceforth be available only in the government CVCs”.  He added that they will have to produce a copy of their employment certificate in addition to their photo ID.

On Saturday, Bhushan had asked states to stop fresh registrations citing an inexplicable 24 percent rise in the HCW database in a short period of time, noting that these were likely to be registrations of ineligible individuals.

“A pandemic, an infodemic, and the fear of vaccination.” Read this article to know more.

April 9, 2021

Over 56 lakh people in Karnataka received work under NREGA in 2020-21

Livelihoods: As many as 56.87 lakh workers completed 100 days of employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in Karnataka in FY 2020-21 as compared to 41.09 lakh workers in FY 2019-20. This is an increase of 38.4 percent.

While the number of works undertaken during FY 2020-21 was 8.66 lakh—much higher when compared to 2.37 lakh number in FY 2019-20, the number of works completed was lower at 1.42 lakh against 1.8 lakh in FY 2019-20.

A sum of INR 5.9 crore was spent by the government to provide jobs under the scheme in the last financial year, while the amount spent on providing wages stood at INR 3,970.94 crore. On April 1st, 2021, the state government revised the daily wage for NREGA workers from INR 245 to INR 289.

Read this article on how NREGA fared during lockdown.

April 9, 2021

Government to invest more than INR 1 lakh crore this year to ensure tap water supply to rural homes

Water & Sanitation: The government’s Jal Jeevan Mission which plans to provide a household tap connection to every rural home by 2024, has received a central grant of INR 50,011 crore for FY 2021-22. There is also an additional INR 26,940 crore assured fund available under the 15th Finance Commission. These are ‘tied-grants’ to rural local bodies and Panchayati Raj institutions that match the state’s share of funding to water and sanitation. As a result, more than INR 1 lakh crore is available for this key mission.

Prior to disbursing funds, a committee chaired by Secretary, Department of Drinking Water Supply (DDWS) and comprising members from different central ministries, and NITI Aayog, scrutinises the proposed annual action plans submitted by the various states and union territories.  Once this is done, funds are released throughout the year and regular field visits and review meetings are held with the states to ensure implementation of plans.

During implementation, states have been asked to prioritise water quality-affected areas, villages in drought prone and desert areas, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe majority villages, the 117 Aspirational Districts, and the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana villages.

Read this article on why we need to rethink equitable access to water and sanitation to build resilient communities.