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NEW DELHI: The central government on Wednesday decided to transfer the incomplete hotel project, Gulmarg Ashok, to Jammu & Kashmir Government as part of its disinvestment policy. “In continuation of Centre’s disinvestment policy, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved transfer of incomplete project of Hotel Gulmarg Ashok, Gulmarg, to the J&K government and Hotel Patliputra Ashok, Patna to Bihar,”Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

While explaining the Centre’s disinvestment policy the Minister said, it had been decided to “lease/sub-lease” the India Tourism Development Corporation Limited (ITDC) hotels/ properties/ units/Joint Ventures (JVs) jointly with the state governments and “where State governments were not agreeing to the proposal”, the properties may be returned to them at its officially valued price. He went on to add that the policy had been formulated keeping in view that “running and managing hotels on professional lines is not the job of government or its entities”.

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MOHALI: Kashmiri students continued to protest inside a college in Mohalli Punjab demanding arrest of culprits who assaulted a Kashmiri student a few days back. Over 200 Kashmiri students assembled in the premises of Adesh Institute of Technology and Management in Mohalli, demanding action against the assailants who attacked a newly Kashmiri entrant inside the college.

 

The students carrying placards accused College administration of trying to hush up the matter. Pertiently, Masroor Ahmed, a resident of Adigam Kokarnag area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district got admission in the college a few days ago. When according to protesting students Masroor, 1st Semester student of BBA came out from hostel to fetch drinking water, he was attacked by unknown youth with knives. Masroor has received multiple injuries in his chest, head and arms.

 

Police has already registered an FIR and investigation is in motion. However, protesting students said that even after the expiry of five days, the culprits have not been arrested. The victim in his police statement has said that one of the assailants was wearing a red turban. A couple of students from the college informed CNS that  they will continue their protest till the assailants are not arrested. 

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NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval to ASHA Benefit Package w.e.f. October, 2018 (to be paid in  November, 2018) with two components as under: - 

      i.        ASHAs and ASHA facilitators meeting the eligibility criteria to be enrolled in social security schemes implemented by Government of India namely, the Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana.

     ii.        An increase in the amount of routine and recurring incentives under National Health Mission for ASHAs under NHM from Rs. 1000/- per month to Rs. 2000/-per month. 

The package entails an expenditure (Central funding) to Rs.1224.97 crore for two years 2018-19 and 2019-20. 

No of beneficiaries:

·         Estimated 1,06,36,701(One crore six lakh thirty six thousand seven hundred one) ASHAS and ASHA facilitators to be covered under Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana.

·         Estimated 9,57,303 (Nine lakh fifty seven thousand three hundred three) ASHAS and ASHA facilitators to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana.

·         Estimated 10,22,265 (Ten lakh twenty  two thousand two hundred sixty five) ASHAs will get at least minimum of Rs 2000/- per month from current Rs1000/- for routine activities. 

Details:

·         ASHAs and ASHA Facilitators to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana (Life Insurance). The eligibility criteria are 18-70 years.Cover is for one-year period stretching from 1st June to 31st May  and benefit is as under:–

      i.        Rs. 2 Lakh in  case of death due to accident 

     ii.        Rs. 2 Lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of both eyes or loss of use of both hands or feet or loss of sight of one eye and loss of use of one hand or one foot

    iii.        Rs. 1 Lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of sight of one eye or loss of use of one hand or one foot 

The annual Premium of Rs 12 per beneficiary will be paid by Central Government. 

ASHAs and ASHA Facilitators meeting the age criteria of 18-50 years to be covered under Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana (Accident insurance). The annual premium of Rs. 330 (average) will be paid by the Central Government.  Cover is for one-year period stretching from 1st June to 31st May and benefit is Rs 2 Lakh in case of death due to any cause.

·         ASHAs will get a minimum of Rs.2000/- per month from current Rs 1000/- per month as incentives for routine activities. This is in addition to other task based incentives approved at Central/State level. 

Implementation Strategy and Targets:

·         The existing institutional mechanisms for the National Health Mission would be utilised to implement the proposed ASHA Benefit package. 

·        Targets:

o    By 31st March  2019- 65 % of ASHAs and ASHA facilitators to be enrolled in social security schemes implemented by Government of India namely, the Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana

o    By 30th October, 2019-100 %  of ASHAs and ASHA facilitators to be enrolled in social security schemes implemented by Government of India namely, the Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBima and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana

o    The increase in the amount of routine and recurring incentives for ASHAs from Rs. 1000 per month to Rs. 2000 per month would be with effect from October 2018 (to be paid in November, 2018).