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PIB News Analysis 28th March, 2020

1. Appeal to generously donate to ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund)’

  • Keeping in mind the need for having a dedicated national fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation, like posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide relief to the affected, a public charitable trust under the name of ‘Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund’ (PM CARES Fund)’ has been set up.
  • Prime Minister is the Chairman of this trust and its Members include Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister.
  • Citizens and organisations can go to the website pmindia.gov.in and donate to PM CARES Fund using following details:
    • Name of the Account : PM CARES
    • Account Number : 2121PM20202
    • IFSC Code : SBIN0000691
    • SWIFT Code : SBININBB104
    • Name of Bank & Branch : State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch
    • UPI ID : pmcares@sbi

2. Agriculture-Farming and allied activities exempted from Lockdown

  • This will also ensure uninterrupted harvesting of crops.
  • Under the 2nd Addendum issued by the Union Home Ministry the following categories have been exempted from the lockdown:
    • Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations;
    • ‘Mandis’ operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee or as notified by the State Government;
    • Farming operations by farmers and farm workers in the field;
    • ‘Custom Hiring Centres (CHC)’ related to farm machinery;
    • Manufacturing and packaging units of fertilisers, pesticides and seed; &
    • Intra and Inter-State movement of harvesting and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture/horticulture implements
  • This decision has been taken with a view to facilitate unhindered activities related to agriculture and farming so as to ensure essential supplies to the common man and that the farmers and common people do not face any difficulty during the lockdown.

3. GeM takes a number of initiatives for procurement of goods and services by Government departments in the fight against COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Government e-Marketplace (GeM) is a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • GeM, which operates a dynamic, self-sustaining and user friendly portal for procurement of goods and services by Government offices, has taken steps to enable quick, efficient, transparent and cost-effective purchases in this hour of need.
  • GeM is a completely paperless, cashless and system driven e-market place that enables procurement of common use goods and services with minimal human interface.

4. National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC) launched

  • The project CoNTeC, an acronym for COVID-19 National Teleconsultation Centre, has been conceptualised by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and has been implemented by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.
  • CoNTeC has been made operational at AIIMS with a view to connect the Doctors across the country to AIIMS in real time for treatment of the COVID-19 patients.
  • Doctors would be available in the facility 24X7 and to keep it operational 24 hrs.
  • The boarding and lodging facility is also made available for the Doctors manning it.
  • The CoNTeC is a Telemedicine Hub established by AIIMS, New Delhi, wherein expert doctors from various clinical domains will be available 24×7 to answer the multifaceted questions from specialists from all over the country.
  • It is a multi-modal telecommunications hub through which 2 way audio-video and text communications can be undertaken from any part of the country as well as the world at large.
  • The modes of communication will include simple mobile telephony as well as two way video communications, using WhatsApp, Skype and Google Duo.
  • The CoNTeC is also fully integrated with the National Medical College Network (NMCN) to conduct a full fledged Video Conference (VC) between the 50 Medical Colleges connected through the NMCN with its National Resource Centre located at SGPGI, Lucknow.
  • A single mobile number (+91 9115444155) can be dialled from anywhere in the coutnry/world by COVID-19 treating doctors to reach the CoNTeC
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