Latest news updates live, October 21, 2021: Union Minister Anurag Thakur addresses the cabinet briefing today. The Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a number of important decisions, including increasing the cost allowance (DA) by 3% with effect from July 1, 2021. This will benefit more than 47 lakh central government employees.Read also – 7th salary commission: Madhya Pradesh announces Big Diwali Bonanza, increases cost allowance by 8% for state employees
The DA for central government employees has now increased from 28 percent to 31 percent. It will also benefit retirees, Thakur said. Also Read – UPSC Launches Toll-Free Applicant Helpline, Check Number & Other Details Here
Union Minister Thakur congratulated everyone on reaching the 100 crore vaccination mark. “We managed to do this despite an atmosphere of apprehension,” he said during the cabinet briefing. Also Read – Ananya Panday Leaves BCN Office After Summons in Drug Investigation | Live updates
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today inaugurate the Infosys Foundation consisting of 806 beds of Vishram Sadan at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on the Jhajjar campus of AIIMS in New Delhi. According to the press note released by the Prime Minister’s office, Prime Minister Modi is expected to speak after the inauguration. The 806-bed Vishram Sadan is part of Infosys corporate social responsibility, to provide air-conditioned accommodation facilities to caregivers of cancer patients, who often have to stay in hospitals longer, the press release said. It was built by the Foundation at a cost of around Rs 93 crore. It is located close to the hospital and NCI OPD blocks. Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister of Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar and Infosys Foundation Chairman Sudha Murthy will also be present on the occasion. In the meantime, India is expected to cross the 100 crore or 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine mark on Thursday, nine months after the start of the national vaccination program to protect citizens against coronavirus disease. And the central government has planned a series of events to mark the occasion.