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New Delhi,06/05/19:As his constituency Amethi went to the polls on Monday, Congress President Rahul Gandhi was conspicuous by his absence, providing a handle to his rival Smriti Irani of the BJP to declare him a “missing MP”.
Gandhi, a sitting member of the Lok Sabha from this high profile constituency of Uttar Pradesh, is seeking re-election for the fourth time.
The constituency, which elected Gandhi in 2004, 2009 and 2014, went to the polls along with 13 others in the state in the fifth phase on Monday.
While balloting was underway in his constituency, Gandhi held a rally in Haryana’s Bhiwani.
On the other hand, Irani, a Union Minister who is making her second bid to wrest from Gandhi his family bastion seat, was active in the constituency through the day.
A Congress member, on condition of anonymity, tried to justify the party President’s absence in his own constituency during polling, saying that before being an MP, he was the chief of the party and his responsibility included major party activities across the country.
Irani called the Congress President “laapata sansad” (missing MP), pointing out that the sitting MP did not visit the constituency even on polling day.
She told reporters here that Gandhi had cheated the people of Amethi on election day. “I didn’t know that he (Gandhi) could be so arrogant that he won’t turn up in Amethi even on the polling day.”
She also alleged booth capturing in her constituency.
Gandhi and Irani are locked in a direct contest as the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance did not field their candidate from Amethi.
Gandhi is also contesting from Kerala’s Weaned Lok Sabha constituency, which went to the polls in the third phase on April 23.
Amethi, a Gandhi family stronghold, witnessed one of the most high-profile contests in 2014 when Gandhi defeated Irani by more than one lakh votes. The Congress President has retained the seat ever since his mother Sonia Gandhi vacated it for him in 2004.
By;M. Santosh Kumar Patra
Bhubaneswar,06/05/19:Now and then the country will sustainnaturally only by the means of solidarity, peace, and integrity. It is possible only when the population of the countrymeet wellbeing equally. Human well can only be established, when all people receive equal opportunities for physical, social and mental health and quality education. Fundamentally everybody should live in absence of disease and morbidity and Education ensures development across generations and establishes solidarity in the fraternity. In a decent democracyitis imperative that wellbeing of health requirebetter and quality government support and research based efforts on scientific, sociologic and physiologic aspectsof public health and education. Education without quality is wasting of resources of the country and killing the time of thousands of our children. Schooling without learning is a sin; the government should ensure it equally, qualitatively and universally. Keeping in the same spirit the right to Education Act 2009 reserves equal opportunities legitimately to all children but not all children, specifically the tribal, Dalit and Minority receives it equally. Yet the Right to Health not capture a space in the constitution, but it does not restrict citizen to claim the rights. The Constitution also incorporates provisions guaranteeing everyone’s right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. Article 21 of the Constitution guarantees protection of life and personal liberty to every citizen. Going a head the supreme court of India ratified health is integral to the right to life and the government has a constitutional obligation to provide health facilities to all citizens. Failure of a government hospital to provide a patient timely medical treatment results in violation of the patient’s right to life thus the Court has upheld the state’s obligation to maintain health services with certain standard norms.
The government needs to take affirmative and radical steps in improving quality access to health care and education as standards ratified in the constitution. As part of concurrent list political parties just not announce popular schemes to bag the vote but also announce high standard commitments on Health and Educating. And the commitments not just limit in construction of school building and scholarship for meritorious children.
Why claiming for better quality education and health is not bad, on this debate the popular citizen perspective on health and education would be the human capital development and in the progressive perspective, progress in health and education the counts the result outcomes against Human Development indices. This measurement relying on three indicators (Life Expectancy, Education and per capita Income), of which two are on health and education. The third one is pertinently interdependent on these two indicators. In spite of focussing on other aspects of development, political parties should also focus on strengthening the basic foundational and development needs of our children, adolescent and youth of the country. Over many decades no symbolic development in health and education is being realised in the country, only few accessing quality education elements and many are lagging behind.
Since several decades the state of health at primary health care and primary education at school levelis not delivering the principle deliverables related to access, quality, free and compulsoryprovisions. In health people spending their hard earnings to access health care and in education many schools does not meet the basic elements of Right to Education, according to governments own data the basic RtE norms are fulfilled only in 12.6 percentage schools at the country leveland the percentage is abysmally low with 6.7 %in Odisha. As per the TMST report, in Odisha, total estimated out of pocket spending (OOPS) on all types of medical care was `27.55 billion. The share of OOPS was around 80% which was much higher than the national average i.e. 70%. Of the entire OOPS, medicines are having the major share in public hospitals (India: 66.5%, Odisha: 62%). Besides this, thelife expectancy in Odisha is lower than the average years of national level. India counts its survival years at 67.9 and People of Odisha survive till the age of 65.8 years. Crude death rate also at highest level, at the national level the CDR in India is 6.5, the Odisha average stands at 7.6 in number. OOP expenditure per delivery in public health facility is estimated up to Rs. 3,198 in India and families in Odisha spend rupees up to 4,225.
Children stay out of school is very high in many parts of the country, as per the recent survey by W&CD and mission Shakti of Odisha in 2018 claimed that 55,868 girls in the age group of 11-14 years stay out of school.The DISE data shows gradual decline in dropout rates but in absolute term there are many children stay out from school. In accordance with the direction of the Hon’ble High Court, the School and Mass Education Department conducted a house-hold survey to identify all children in the state up to the age of 14 years and to ensure that they get facilities as per the RTE Act, 2009 and the Rule, 2010. From this survey, it is ascertained that 41,656 children found out of the school in the state during 2016-17. The number rise up high if calculated against the transit rate up to class eight.
The figures are absolutely worrying, adding to the access norm, the provisioning of teacher, doctor, paramedics in Education and Health is abysmally low as compared to the national standards norms, the country need near to 5 lakh doctors as per the WHO norm of one doctor to 1000 population, each year more than 67 thousand students join MBBS course, it would have resolves way back in one decade if all trained doctors retained. It is unfortunate that doctor education is largely managed by tax payer’s money. Showing different reason many training doctors are leaving the country and few don`t serve in public hospitals. Many alsodo not show interest to go and serve in CHC and PHC level. If companies, private and foreign nations drain our doctor, how is it possible to accommodate the public health standards of the nation and it would be very difficult to discharge justice without appropriate doctors retention policy.
After implementation of RtE Act, it is mandated that schools less than 60 student will get two teachers and proportionately more if the number of pupil is increasing. Most recent numbers for 2015-16 revealed that there were 97,273 single teacher schools in the country at the primary, upper primary and secondary levels which is about 8.8% of the total such schools in the country. Of these the largest numbers were in primary schools which is 81,893 such schools account for 83.6% of the total single teacher schools. 14,851 or 15.2% single teacher schools were at the upper primary level and 1,179 or 1.2% were at the secondary level. As per 2016, OPEPA (Odisha Primary Education Program Authority) data more than 1991 primary schools are managed by single teachers.
There is an acute shortage of health specialists in rural areas. In 2012, according to the World Bank, India had 0.7 doctors per thousand people. In contrast, the United Kingdom had 2.8 doctors per 1000 persons and China had 1.8 doctors per 1000 persons.
In terms of spending, the amount India spends on public health per capita every year is Rs 1,112, less than the cost of a single consultation at the country’s top private hospitals. That comes to Rs 93 per month or Rs 3 per day.At 1.02 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP)–a figure which remained almost unchanged in nine years since 2009–India’s public health expenditure is amongst the lowest in the world, lower than most low-income countries which spend 1.4 percent of their GDP on healthcare. In education the government spends around 27 thousand rupees to a school manged by the central government, which is meant for privileged classes of the society, in the same country the governmentis spending only 3 thousand rupees per student in schools where the most marginalised children’s are studying. The variance intentionally or unintentionally restricts many to access fair education and health opportunities. This is a gross violation and weakensthe principle of equity and equality.
The hue of uncared intention towards education and health manifests unhappiness and anger among the most deprived sections of the country. In order to strengthen the democratic function democracy represented by political institutions should ratify affirmative actions. The affirmative actions should be there in formulation of manifesto and election campaign. Moreover their vision statements should spell high order standards on education and health to all.
Parties should also take utmost care in addressing inequality issues and ensure access, availability, and quality.Adequate health and Education Services has to be delivered on free to all and maintain universal norms without undermining the provisions articulated in the Acts.
In April 2019 citizens of the country is casting votes to form government for the 17thLokSabha and state assemblies in few states, keeping this opportunity in mind demands political parties should do affirmative commitments on the below stated public demands on health and education
1) Frame fair legislations on health and include the same in the ambit of rights in the constitution
2) Allocate adequate resources from a current trend of low spendingto 3 % GDP to health and 6 % GDP to Education.
3) Strengthening public health and education systems.
4) Odisha state government should bring state policy on education and
5) Ensure implementation of RtE norms at school points in letter and spirit.
6) In Healththe public health standards should be installedat all levels with basic focus on recruitment of doctors, paramedics andregularisationof the existing man power engaged in health and education work at different points.
It is high time now to regulate private providers and the private institutions as they charge arbitrary costs on service users, patients and parents. In many cases it has been noticed that the private providers are violating the ethical treatment protocols of government.
Nevertheless the government should also amend the accountability framework and make institutions and individuals more accountable on service delivery, its quality and ethics.
Countries those perform better human development outcomes have taken sufficient measures in health and education and sustained the growth adequately. Therefore political parties must promise high standard assurances on health and education without waiting users to knock the door. Hence the current commitments only by few parties in the manifesto and political campaign does not enshrining the rights of people, the same has to be displayed by all parties, supremo’s and office bearers of political parties. All political parties should talk now on health and education and not just limit their optimistic announcement of popular cash transfer schemes.
Writer is a Social Worker based at Bhubaneswar
Talcher,06/05/19:A team of doctors and para medical staff of NTPC Kaniha hospital led by Dr R K Mishra ,CMO was today released to report at NTPC Eastern Region II Region Headquarter ,Bhubaneswar. The team assigned for Fani Cyclone Medical Relief by NTPC. After reaching Bhubaneswar, the medical team will report to different places of relief as directed.
The team of doctors with essential medical accessories and medicines in a vehicle was dispatched by flagging off by Chief General Manager, Ramesh Babu V in presence of N S Rao ,GM(O&M) and senior officials.
NTPC Kaniha took the first initiative to send a medical team as relief to the effected people from Fani Severe Cyclone, which has created huge damage in coastal region of Odisha including Capital Bhubaneswar. The team included Dr.D R Soren ,Dr Jugant Kishore ,Dr J Satpathy & two pharmacists.
The station plans to send another medical team in the coming days for medical support to the people suffering from cyclone.
Ganjam(Beguniapada),05/05/19:In an illicit relationship the wife with two others arrested in connection to Murder under Beguniapada police limit.
According to source one married house wife Sugyani Mehena of Village Chandapalli under Beguniapada having illicit affair with Panu Mehena and Kailash Mehena since long.
By taking the opportunity the absence of her husband Sudam Mehern Sugyani having freedom to engage her for such activity and close affair with the duo. Here we quoted Sudam Mehena was out of station for maintenance of livelihood.
Many times the Mother in Law of Sugyani had witnessed the activity of her daughter in law with the Panu and Kailash an awkward position.
Getting the information from Mother Sudam Mehena came to village and heard all about the matter and lost metal balance.on 2nd may he had a fight with his wife in relating the issue as a result Sudam got injured being attacked by his Wife Sugyani and fan Panu Mehena and Kailash Mehena with chopper and sword. Than Sudam Mehena got deep injuries on his head and back, In critical condition he was sent to Sumandala local Hospital than shifted to MKCG Hospital Berhampur .
Finally Damodar Mehena the younger brother of Sudam register a FIR at Beguniapada Police station.
After the complaint the Kodola IIC Dillip Sahu and OIC Beguniapada Dipti R Begera started investigated and arrested Ms Sugani Mehena and other duo Panu Mehena and Kailash Mehena.
According to Police all the culprits forwarded to court and case has been registered vide the case no 113/19, u/s.IPC 341/323/325/307/294/,506 and 34.
Bhubaneswar,05/05/19:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced relief and financial assistance for those who have been affected by Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm FANI in the state.
As per the announcement, all families covered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in extremely severely affected districts of Puri and parts of Khurda will get 50 kg of rice, Rs 2000 and polythene sheets.
Families covered under the NFSA in severely affected areas of Khurda district will receive additional one-month quota of rice, Rs 1000 and polythene sheets.
Similarly, in moderately affected districts of Cuttack, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur, affected families will receive additional one-month quota of rice and Rs 500.
In all the affected districts, people will receive one month of additional pension and house building assistance as per relief code i.e. Rs 95,100 for fully damaged structures, Rs 5,200 for partially-damaged structures and Rs 3,200 for minor damages.
Houses completely damaged will be reconstructed under housing schemes expeditiously and loss of agricultural & horticultural crops, animal resources, fisheries will be assessed and compensated accordingly, the CM said.
Plantation of trees will be taken up in mission mode soon after relief & restoration, he added.
Gajapati/Berhampur,05/05/19:The Gajapati Police busted a sex racket operating in Hotel “Indra Lodge “under Paralakhemundi Model Police Station in Odisha.
Getting the instruction from SP Sarah Sharma the IIC,Bibekananda Swain with his team rush in to the spot
The police have arrested four persons for allegedly running the flesh trade in the locality.
The cops rescued three women belonging to West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and one from local from the spot at 3.30 PM on dated 05/05/19.
Acting on a tip-off, the Model Police Station, Paralakhemundi lead by IIC,Bibekananda Swain conducted raids a on the Hotel “Indra Lodge” situated at Main Bazar Chowk and busted the fleshy tissue Sex racket.
During the raid Police have also seized Cash Rs 3830/- and three Mobile sets from the possession of the accuse persons.
The accuse persons are identified as Suvendu Karmakar of West Begal a staff of JITM Paralakhemundi,Subash Jena a local guy,M.Shankar Rao from Andhra Pradesh and Biswanath Bebarta the Owner cum Manager of the Hotel a resident of Paralakhemundi
Police registered a case under relevant Sections under Prevention of Immoral Trafficking Act, 1956.
Further investigation into the incident is underway, IIC Swain said.
PURI,05/05/19:Cyclone Fani has left behind a trail of destruction in several parts of Odisha. While the cyclonic storm has caused extensive damage in Khurda and Puri districts, Cuttack, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts have been moderately affected.
As per the data from State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC), Bhubaneswar, nearly 30 lakh electricity consumers have been affected by the extremely severe cyclonic storm.
As many as 19 (132 KV towers), 2 (400 KV towers), 200 (33 KV/11 KV HT Poles), 10,000 (11/0.4 Distribution Transformers) have been extensively damaged.
In Puri district the cyclone has caused extensive damages to all kutcha houses. Structures of temporary street vendors have been completely damaged. 160 persons have been injured and admitted to hospital for treatment.
Several trees have been uprooted resulting in disruption of road communication in Khurda and Bhubaneswar.
In Bhubaneswar, power supply has been affected due to uprooting of electricity poles, damage to substations and transmission lines.
Bhubaneswar,05/05/19:Considering the huge loss caused by the cyclone FANI, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Sunday ordered an immediate contribution from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to the Government of Odisha.
Taking stock of the progress made in the ongoing relief and restoration works in the districts affected by the cyclone, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister ordered a sum of Rs 10 crores from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to the Government of Odisha.
The Odisha Chief Minister took to his Twitter handle and urged to help rebuild precious lives with the online contribution to Chief Minister Relief Fund.