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Oxygen Shortage : Hospitals Should First Approach GNCTD Nodal Officer, Says Delhi High Court

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first_imgNews UpdatesOxygen Shortage : Hospitals Should First Approach GNCTD Nodal Officer, Says Delhi High Court Shreya Agarwal23 April 2021 7:23 AMShare This – xWith two more hospitals moving the Delhi High Court for medical oxygen for Covid-19 patients citing shortage, the court today directed that the hospitals and nursing homes must exercise the option of approaching the Nodal Officer of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, before approaching the court – even as the Delhi Government alleged that red tapeism was being practiced by the Central Government in dealing with the issue.However, the court has requested for instructions to be issued in respect of these two hospitals.The court passed the order in an urgent hearing of pleas moved by the Batra Hospital and Medical Research Centre and Brahm Healthcare.The matter was being heard by the Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli, who were informed by the centre on the issue that “a system” was already put in place by them for the problem, and that the same could be utilized by those facing any shortage. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Centre denied the allegations of red tapeism leveled by Sr. Adv. Rahul Mehra appearing for the AAP-led Delhi Government.Mehta submitted to the court that, “The Home Secretary is in touch with every Chief Secretary on Whatsapp. There is no red tape-ism.”Mehra informed the Court that although allocation had been done of oxygen for Delhi hospitals, the government was facing logistical problems including those of transportation which was delaying supply of oxygen despite allocation.He said, “In 3-4 days we will start getting oxygen from West Bengal and Odisha.”Earlier, the court was also intimated that some oxygen supply tankers were held up by local authorities in Haryana, who were not allowing transportation to Delhi.Responding Mehta said that, “The Hon’ble Prime Minister has impressed upon all the Chief Ministers to ensure that supply of oxygen is uninterrupted.”He elaborated that, “There is a system in place by Central Government. There is a Nodal Officer appointed by Delhi and every other state government also.”Saying that “various Secretary level people are already involved in the matter”, he added that the government has already given the name, number and details of the Nodal Officer to the concerned authorities.Upon the request of Sr. Adv. Mehra, the court has also added details of the concerned officers in its order.Citing the huge demand by hospitals and nursing homes, the court also said that the Delhi Government may have more officers dealing with the issue.Adv Priyadarshi Manish appearing for one of the hospitals submitted that the Nodal Officer “is not responding to the phone call. I’ve been aware of this number since Apr 22. The ground reality is totally different.”Justice Sanghi said to this, “Not just one number, there may be circulated 3 or 4 more numbers.”Mehra stressed that there has been a deficit of 100 MT of oxygen allocated but not supplied to Delhi, adding up everyday. Therefore, he made requests for allocation from nearby-Dehradun.Mehta again redirected this request to the concerned officers, stating that, “Every decision is dynamic. Nothing is cast in stone.”He said, “It appears to be a good decision but instead of my responding let some responsible officer be approached.”Responding, Mehra argued, “I’m glad that the suggestion seems good but the allocation is being done by the Empowered Group, not at the lower level.”The court then directed the Delhi Government to approach the Empowered Group with the reallocation suggestion.The court has noted that the Chief Secretary, Delhi Government would be making a re-allocation plan which would be sent to the concerned officials of the Centre, and directed that it may place it before the Centre and the committee without any delay. The Empowered Group is directed to examine it at the earliest.Further, the Court has also suggested usage of CNG cylinders for interim arrangement, in the shortage of cryogenic tanks, and directed the centre to examine this aspect and its feasibility.Lastly, the Court also sought to know about installation of oxygen generators, and pointed out that all aspects ruled about so far on these cases must be covered and compliances must be submitted to them in a tabulated format.The case is now listed for Apr 26.Click here to read/download the orderTagsDelhi High Court Covid-19 Delhi Government Justice Vipin Sanghi Justice Rekha Palli Oxygen Shortage Next Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus: What grants are available to bakeries?

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first_imgGary Hemming, commercial lending director at finance broker ABC Finance, outlines the ways a bakery might access financial supportThe coronavirus pandemic has caused massive issues to business owners around the world. Companies have been hit hard, especially with the closure of non-essential businesses.As more detail is released daily, understanding what support is available to you and your staff can be tricky. In this guide, I will break down the options available through grants and government support, in addition to opportunities to borrow through the commercial finance market.Government grants and supportSmall business grant fundingFor businesses that currently qualify for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR), a grant of £10,000 will be paid automatically through the local council.You don’t have to apply for this grant, your local authority will contact you in early April with details, with payment expected shortly after.If you have any questions about whether you will qualify for this grant, you should contact your local authority – you can find their contact details through the government’s website.Grants for larger businessesFor businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000 that are classed as a retail business, you are eligible for a £25,000 grant.Retail businesses are classified as shops, restaurants, cafés, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues.As with the small business grant, no action is required, you will be contacted by your local authority with further details.If you cannot wait for the grant, won’t qualify and need funds, or you require further funding, you may be eligible for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeTo protect the jobs of workers who would otherwise be laid off during the crisis, the government has launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Through the scheme, the government pays 80% of these staff’s wages, initially for three months, although extending it has not been ruled out.Further details are to be released, although, for your staff to qualify, you must classify them as a ‘furloughed worker’. HMRC must then be informed through a portal, which is currently being designed.It is up to the employer whether they pay the additional 20% of the worker’s wages. Once produced, pay can be backdated to 1 March.For further information on the government support schemes visit the business support website.Borrowing moneyBusiness loansBusiness loans can be arranged on a secured or unsecured basis. Unsecured business loans don’t require a charge over a property, whereas secured loans do.Unsecured loans can be arranged on the following basis:•             Borrow from £3,000-£500,000 – or up to £5m through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)•             Terms from 6-60 months•             Complete in 5-7 days80% of CBILS-qualifying loan amounts are guaranteed by the government, meaning the lender will be reimbursed if you fail to keep up repayments. In addition, the first 12 months’ interest is paid by the government and lenders are instructed to judge a business by its previous performance and future viability, with current issues looked at sympathetically.Secured business loans work as follows:•             Borrow from £26,000 with no maximum loan•             Terms up to 25 years•             Complete in around 14 daysSecured business loans may benefit from slightly more relaxed criteria, due to the additional security offered by way of your property.Business revolving credit facilitiesRevolving credit facilities allow you to borrow and repay funds as required, with no real upper or lower limits on facility sizes. The most well-known facility is the overdraft, although many lenders offer standalone facilities managed through online portals.Some revolving credit facilities qualify for CBILS and can have the first 12 months’ interest covered by the government.Completion can take place very quickly, often in two to three days.Asset refinanceWhere your business owns solid assets, such as commercial kitchen equipment, you can raise finance against them using asset refinance. These facilities can work much like a loan, or as a sale and leaseback.As security is offered, you may benefit from a lower rate than those offered through an unsecured loan, and more flexible criteria.These facilities can often be completed in 7-10 days.Commercial mortgagesCommercial mortgages can be used to raise capital against your business premises, up to a maximum of 75% of the property value.The rates offered are usually very low, terms are available up to 25 years and the criteria are flexible, depending on the lender chosen.Commercial mortgages do come with set-up costs for valuation and legal fees and can take around 8 weeks to complete, so aren’t ideal where funds are needed urgently, or cash flow is very poor.Bridging loansWhere funding is needed quickly and must be secured against property, a bridging loan can be used to finance your requirement quickly.Bridging loans can be arranged up to 70% of the value of commercial properties and can be taken for up to 36 months, although 12-18 months is more common. Monthly interest costs can often be rolled into the loan.Applications are based on the security offered and your planned exit route (your method of repaying the loan), with accounts and credit history being less of a concern.Funding can be arranged in 7-10 days and they can be an ideal temporary solution while you wait for a commercial mortgage to complete.last_img read more

Man City v Real Madrid clash finally gets UK government nod

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first_img Read Also: Eagles star sets new Premier League record All qualified sides will then head to Lisbon for a special ‘Final 8’ version of the competition, with quarter final, semi final and final matches played as one off games. The winner of the clash will face either Lyon or Juventus in the last eight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However, a Sky Sports report claim a statement from the UK Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport, confirmed exemptions will be made, including for the travelling Real Madrid delegation. “Exempted individuals will live in ‘bubbles’, behind closed doors. “This applies to sports stars, event officials, coaches, medical staff and relevant media figures.”Advertisement Manchester City are currently leading the two legged tie, after goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus secured a 2-1 win away in Madrid back in February. UEFA granted permission for all remaining last 16 second legs to be played at their originally designated grounds, with Barcelona set to face Napoli at the Camp Nou on August 8.center_img Manchester City vs Real Madrid’s Champions League last 16 second leg clash will go ahead as planned on August 7. At the last count, the UK Government imposed a 14-day mandatory quarantine for anyone arriving into the UK from Spain, according to a change in coronavirus public health guidelines. Loading…last_img read more