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Panel set up by PMO to mitigate COVID-19 and restore normalcy after 21 Days Lock Down

On March 29, 2020 the Prime Minister Office constituted a high-level panel to restore normalcy after 21 days of normalcy. The high-level committee is to suggest measures to improve health-care, reduce miseries and put the economy back on track.

Highlights

The committee is to work under the chairmanship of P K Mishra, principal secretary of the Prime Minister. The committee will have separate task forces. Each group is to have 6 members. In all 20 secretaries and 40 other officials have been employed.

Economic Affairs

The “Economy and Welfare” panel will work under the Economic Affairs Secretary. The panel has been tasked to bring out solutions to the issues caused in formal and informal sectors that are hit hard due to COVID-19. It will also suggest special welfare schemes targeting the poor that has suffered a lot due to the virus

Health

Another working group has been constituted under the leadership of Niti Aayog member V K Paul. The team is to suggest measures to keep the supply of medical equipment, medicines continuous and also ensure hospital availability. It will also work towards increasing the number o trained medical professionals.

They will also focus on research and development.

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Supreme Court Extends Deadline of Transition from BS IV to BS VI

With the Nation-wide Lock Down to contain the spread of Corona Virus, the Supreme Court extended transition from BS IV to BS VI by 10 more days. Initially the deadline was March 31, 2020. However, the order does not apply to the National Capital Region.

Highlights

The order comes after the Federation of Automobile Dealers Association moved to the Supreme court to relax the deadline to sell their stocks of BS IV vehicles. According to the petition filed by the association, currently there are 7 lakhs unsold two wheelers, 12,000 commercial vehicles and 15,000 cars of BS IV standard.

BS VI Standard

The BS VI standard emits five times lesser than that of BS IV standard. The major upgrade that is being brought in BS VI standard is in terms of fuel. A BS VI vehicle should use BS VI fuel. The BS VI fuel has five times lesser Sulphur. Also, the nitrogen oxide levels for BS VI petrol and diesel engines are to be brought down by 70% and 25%.

The Bharat Stage Emission norms were brought in 2000 based on European Emission standards. The standards are set by the Central Pollution Control Board.

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