Death monitoring committees submit report to CM Arvind Kejriwal, CM directs Health dept to bring deaths to zero*
*Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had set up four committees to analyze the high mortality rate in 10 Covid-dedicated hospitals*
*Health department had sent a checklist to Delhi hospitals on July 16 whose implementation further decreased the death rates*
*CM Arvind Kejriwal is personally monitoring every critical patient*
*Delhi govt to implement various suggestions given by the four committees to reduce the death rate in hospitals*
New Delhi: *5th August 2020*Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday convened a meeting with the committees which were constituted last month to inspect the 10 hospitals (government and private) in the city with the highest mortality rate, and give hospital-wise recommendations on following standard operating procedures and protocols. In the meeting, each of the four committees submitted their reports and presented recommendations to CM Arvind Kejriwal, to induce measures for the betterment of COVID patient care services and reducing mortality of COVID patients in the hospitals.
CM Arvind Kejriwal reiterated on Wednesday that all steps should be taken to bring deaths to zero. During the inspection by the committees, it was found that the death rate in all these hospitals has decreased as compared to earlier. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is personally monitoring all critical COVID-19 patients. Due to the direct intervention of the Hon'ble Chief Minister, immediate steps have been taken to reduce the rate of deaths in Delhi. On July 16, a checklist was sent by the Health department to the hospitals for Covid patient management which further helped reduce deaths due to Covid. As a result, the deaths in Delhi have come down to just 11 today.
The committees were constituted on July 30 as a part of CM Arvind Kejriwal's efforts to reduce the death rate in the city. Various government and private hospitals such as Lok Nayak Hospital, GTB Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Max East & West, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, RML Hospital, Jaipur Golden Hospital, Sir Balaji Action Medical Institute, Escorts, and St. Stephen's Hospital are being inspected by the committees. On the suggestions of the committees post their inspections of the hospitals, measures to contain the ward deaths and provide the best services to the COVID patients in the hospitals will be taken on behalf of the Delhi government.
Following the inspection at various government and private hospitals in Delhi, each of the committees proposed suggestions on reducing the mortality rate in the hospitals. Some of the key suggestions proposed in the meeting were:
*GTB Hospital*
- COVID wards to be equipped with HFNO/ BiPAP machines for early intervention
- Early recognition and transfer of sick patients to ICU
- Increase use of Convalescent Plasma early in the disease process
*Safdarjung Hospital*
- Early warning scorecards should be used to ensure prompt detection and shifting of patients from the wards to the critical areas
- High-risk cases should be transferred to ICU/ HDU at the earliest sign of deterioration on the basis of N/L ratio, qSOFA, raised inflammatory markers/ Trop T.
- Number of COVID ICU beds may be increased in case there is a second wave
*Lok Nayak Hospital*
- Early warning scorecards should be used to ensure prompt detection and shifting of patients from the wards to the critical areas
- High-risk cases should be transferred to ICU/ HDU at the earliest sign of deterioration on the basis of N/L ratio, qSOFA, raised inflammatory markers/Trop T.
*Sir Ganga Ram Hospital*
- Early detection of complications in patients on prolonged ventilation and management accordingly
*Sir Balaji Action Medical Institute and Jaipur Golden Hospital*
- Early application of HFNC is desirable and will help in improving patient outcome
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*DDC to carry out a detailed study on measures to improve Delhi government’s revenue base*
*Delhi has among the higher per capita incomes in the country, but holds 19th position in terms of own tax revenue to GSDP ratio: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
*Dy CM Manish Sisodia directs DDC to do a detailed study to improve the revenue base of Delhi*
*DDC should suggest short & long-term measures to improve the revenue base of Delhi: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
*DDC to consult leading experts and organisations in public finance to carry out the study*
NEW DELHI : 05 August, 2020-Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of Delhi Shri Manish Sisodia on Wednesday directed the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi (DDC) to prepare a detailed study to improve the revenue base in Delhi. Shri Sisodia said that DDC should suggest short & long-term measures to improve the revenue base of Delhi. He also directed that the DDC should consult with leading experts of the field and relevant organisations working in public finacne to carry out the study.
*The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on government revenues: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
"The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has put a huge strain on government revenues in the NCT of Delhi and therefore all-out efforts need to be made towards revenue augmentation so that the government is able to undertake all necessary works and programmes for the welfare of people of Delhi," Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia noted.
*Delhi has among the higher per capita incomes in the country, but holds 19th position in terms of own tax revenue to GSDP ratio: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia cited data from Delhi’s Economic Survey 2019-20 to note the sope of improvement in Delhi’s revenue base. As per the Economic Survey, though Delhi is one of the highest per capita income states in the country, its position is 19th in terms of own tax revenue as % of GSDP (4.73%) during 2018-19. The Tax Revenue as % of GSDP in 2019-20 are Uttar Pradesh 9.1%), Kerala (7.7%), Rajasthan (7.2%), Maharashtra (7.1%) and Andhra Pradesh (7.0%)." Looking at Delhi’s trend itself, its Tax Revenue to GSDP was 6.18% in 2019-10, which reduced to 5.38% in 2014-15 and further reduced to 4.73% in 2018-19. In comparison, the average Tax Revenue for all states as a % of their GSDP was 5.94% in 2009-10, which increased to 6.25% in 2014-15 and further increased to 6.69% in 2018-19 (Details in the attached table below).
*DDC should consult with leading experts and organisations in public finance to carry out the study: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
Directing the DDC to conduct the study he noted, "There is scope for improving tax to GSDP by improving the revenue base. DDC may carry out a detailed study on all contributing factors by analysing all relevant tax-related data of GNCTD and suggest at short and long-term measures that need to be taken to improve the revenue base in GNCTD. DDC should consult with leading experts of the field and relevant organisations in public finance to carry out this study so as to present a holistic analysis of the current situation and improvement measures that hold the maximum potential." He directed the DDC to present its findings within two months.
*Delhi govt's early call for opening the economy and a robust healthcare strategy has set the right conditions for an economic revival: Jasmine Shah*
Commenting on this development, DDC Vice Chairman Shri Jasmine Shah said, "Delhi government's early call for opening the economy and a robust healthcare strategy has set the right conditions for an economic revival. The DDC will perform a rigorous study on the improvement of the revenue base of Delhi. We will involve the field experts to perform this study. Today, the Delhi model of fighting against COVID-19 has become a model for across India and we are confident that with time and a proper strategy, we will be able to overcome the revenue deficit too."
In a bid to improve Delhi’s revenue deficit situation, the Trade & Taxes Department of Delhi government under the directions of Finance Minister & Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia has started analysing the return filing status of taxpayers registered under GST. Yesterday, Shri Sisodia held a meeting with the officials of the department where it was presented that around 15000 taxpayers were analysed and nearly 970 taxpayers have not filed returns for 2020-21 from January to March. The Delhi government has also found that this year nearly 10800 companies paid lesser or zero tax from January to March. Taking cognizance of these findings the Delhi government has prepared a list of defaulters. Deputy CM Shri Sisodia has appealed all the companies to immediately deposit the taxes. He also said that the Delhi government will take stringent actions against the defaulters. The Delhi has till now evaluated 15,000 companies but in the future evaluation of 7 lakh companies registered under GST will be done. The Delhi government will take strict action against all the defaulters after the evaluation.
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*Three-day trial of e-ticketing system in Delhi government buses begins from today*
*Transport department is going to introduce e-ticketing system to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in buses: Kailash Gahlot*
*- Trial of e-ticketing system in all the cluster buses of route number 473 will take place from August 5 to 7*
*- Passengers can take an e-ticket after boarding the bus through mobile app*
New Delhi: 05-08-2020-Delhi Transport department has started today the public trial of e-ticketing system in all buses on route no. 473. The trial will continue till 7th August. Adequate publicity was made in all the buses of the route no 473 to inform and apprise the commuters about how to download and use use a mobile app and to buy a mobile ticket. All the conductors were given online training to assist the commuters during the trial by the team of IIIT Delhi.
Delhi’s Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot had constituted a Task Force under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner (cluster) for timely coordination and implementation of exploring the options of contactless mobile ticketing inside DTC and Cluster buses so that no physical contact between conductor and commuter took place due to exchange of cash or ticket. On the recommendation of this Task Force, the Transport Department had decided to conduct a public trial of the mobile contactless ticketing system.
*Any commuter can avail this contactless ticketing facility by downloading an app*
Any commuter can avail this contactless ticketing facility by downloading a special app developed with the technical support of IIIT Delhi for this project - Chatr. To download the App, the user has to search for ‘Chartr’ app on play store and download the app or the user can send ‘Hi’ on whatsApp to 9910096264, the user will get the app URL. Ticket booking can be done in two ways. In case a user know the ticket fare, he/she can open the app and click on “BY FARE”, scan the QR Code of the bus, select Buy New Ticket and choose the payment option to get the ticket. In case a user know the route, source and destination, he/she can click on “By Destination”, select the Bus Route and Source stop, select Destination stop, click on Buy and Scan Bus QR code and Choose the payment option to pay and get the ticket.
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