New Delhi,18/04/19:Mega-star Amitabh Bachchan once disclosed at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmadabad about his not advertising for cola-drinks after a school-student at Jaipur drew his attention about harmful ingredients in cola-drinks. It is significant that cola-companies voluntarily stopped selling cola-drinks in schools worldwide in view of increasing obesity in school-going children. Indian government should also not only ban advertisements but even sale of cola drinks in the country. Earlier also, soft-drink manufacturers were asked to remove an oil from their products which was found to be harmful for health.
It is time that Union government, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) and soft-drink manufacturers should revive drinks like old and famous rose-flavoured ones, which can not only replace cola-drinks in India but even dominate global-market by breaking monopoly of harmful cola-drinks in tune with Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Make in India’ concept. It will rather earn foreign-revenue for the country rather than Indian money being drained out to multinational cola-manufacturers.
New Delhi,17/04/19:Debt-stricken Jet Airways has suspended all of its operations on Wednesday after failing to secure emergency funding from lenders.
In a statement, the company said, since no emergency funding from the lenders or any other source is forthcoming, the airline will not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep the operations going.
Jet Airways has informed the DGCA and the Ministries of Civil Aviation and Finance and other relevant government institutions, of this course of action.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Civil Aviation has said DGCA and other regulators are monitoring the situation carefully to ensure that all existing rules regarding refunds, cancellations and alternate bookings are followed strictly.
In a series of tweets, the Ministry said, the bank-led resolution process is still underway and it is expected to end by 10th of next month.
During this time, the Ministry will support the resolution process within the existing legal and regulatory framework.
The Ministry said, any passenger complaints or issues should be promptly reported to the Air Sewa portal or mobile app and the Ministry will follow up immediately.
Civil Aviation Secretary will convene separate meetings with airport and airlines tomorrow to coordinate and address any emerging issues on capacity, slots and passenger convenience.
New Delhi,17/04/19:World Health Organization WHO has also established that even essential drugs in India with lowest printed Maximum-Retail-Price MRP are exorbitantly priced over manufacturing-cost followed by abnormally high trade-margin between ex-factory price and MRP.
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority NPPA is considering capping of profit-margins of 73 more drugs but leaving out many more again. It is beyond understanding why and how NPPA does not have a profit-formula uniformly for all drugs at a time when even generic medicines considered to be a cheaper version of respective branded medicines have exorbitant trade-margins of several hundred percent. Competition Commission of India CCI and Central Information Commission CIC have taken cognizance of serious issue. There are many medicines where different drug-manufacturers take undue advantage of their brand-popularity with prices of same medicine differing several times according to brand-popularity thus establishing extra-ordinary high profit-margins of even drug-manufacturers.
NPPA should fix maximum profit and trade margins over manufacturing cost for all medicines rather than differentiating by having various categories of medicines where price-regulation is applicable only for some limited drugs. Price-revision of any medicines must be allowed only once in a year say on First January only unless approved as special case by NPPA. Gimmick packaging other than in units of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 gms, mltrs or units must not be allowed unless approved by NPPA for dose-wise administration. Rule should be to emboss or print name of medicine in a manner that name is there on every capsule or tablet thus ruling out possibility of wastage of drug in case name-portion of strip is consumed.
BANK OF BARODA SHOULD INTRODUCE SEVEN-DAY PER WEEK WORKING AFTER MERGER OF DENA BANK AND VIJAYA BANK WITH REDUCED NUMBER OF BRANCHESMonday, 15 April 2019 03:08 Written by odishabarta
New Delhi,14/04/19:Bank of Baroda should initiate process of merging nearby small branches of erstwhile Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank into the nearing bigger branch after merger on 01.04.2019 for a drastic cut in useless overheads, rent, salaries and other expenses. Surplus staff available after reduction of number of branches should be better utilised for unique seven-day per week working without any weekly or public holiday by providing two weekly-offs by rotation or by mutual consent amongst employees with bank-services taken as essential services like air, road or rail travel. Already some small private banks have started giving such seven-day per week banking.
Thereafter even two-shift banking from 8 am to 8 pm can be started initially in select branches. Such a unique initiative will make public rush towards Bank of Baroda for their banking-needs, making Bank of Baroda the biggest bank in India replacing State Bank of India. Success of merger will make central government to ahead to complete plan of merger of other small public-sector banks in select anchor banks.
New Delhi,14/04/19:There are reports that certain persons entitled for free rail-pass with a companion like even aged freedom-fighters misuse facility of taking one companion along with them free in railway-trains. They reserve berths for two including themselves, and then sell free rail-pass of the companion to other at some discounted price.
Railway Board should devise mechanism to prevent such misuse. It can be made compulsory to submit ID proofs of the entitled one and the accompanying companion with signatures while getting free rail-passes. Original ID proofs by both the entitled one and the accompanying companion should be made compulsory to be carried while travelling along with another set of photo-copies which should be got signed before the Train-Ticket-Examiner TTE while checking the rail-pass during the journey. Facility of free-rail-pass should be withdrawn immediately if being found being misused.
Parliamentarians should be reimbursed for rail-travel only on submitting proof of actual rail-travel verified by the TTEs to avoid multiple reservations in different trains for a single journey. Cost of un-availed reserved rail-berths or seats should be deducted from their salaries or pensions of Parliamentarians. Free entitlement of rail-travel including for Parliamentarians and those travelling at government-expense including for those in public-sector-undertakings should only be for two-tier air-conditioned rail-travel rather than for first-class air-conditioned class or above.
Rights Groups submitted report to UN
Bhubaneswar,09/04/19:Rights Groups alleged that despite the enactment of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 in India, which provides for a barrier-free environment, persons with disabilities belonging to religious and ethnic minorities in India continue to face disproportionate levels of poverty, lack of access to education, employment, harassment in public places, in travelling and barriers in political participation.
A report prepared by Centre for Sustainable Use of Natural and Social Resources (CSNR), Bhubaneswar and Minority Rights Group International (MRG) is being reflected by the unequal access to Government schemes and programs for PWD in this section. Basing on the findings of the report, rights groups and human rights defenders have urged UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for consideration of these and other issues related to this category at its 11th pre-session on 11th April 2019 .
The reports says, “Women with disabilities from marginalised religious and ethnic minorities who are victims of sexual violence face significant challenges at each stage of the process of accessing justice, including barriers to registering complaints, delayed investigations and failure to arrest the accused.”
The Report observed that religious minorities especially the Muslims in India have been increasingly socially and economically marginalised on the whole. For instance India’s revised Haj policy 2018-2022 announced in December 2017 retained the clause barring persons with disabilities from undertaking Haj pilgrimage using language offensive and derogatory in nature by calling persons with disabilities as “crippled” and “lunatic.”
The report contains recommendations which show that despite the progress made in reforming disability legislations in India in recent years, immediate priority needs to be given to the recommendations such as a centralised and detailed database for all Indian States pertaining to persons with disabilities belonging to dalits, adivasis and minority communities and establishment of an autonomous body for implementing and monitoring the CRPD and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPWD) Act, 2016 to achieve better outcomes in the areas of education, employment and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities.
The activists groups also demands to formulate explicit provisions for access to health services for people with disabilities from weaker and minority sections in all flagship programmes like National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) etc.
“The government should spread awareness amongst people with disabilities, their families, medical professionals, and so on regarding the right to integrity of people with disabilities as a human rights issue and how their status as a person with disability belonging to a minority or indigenous communities compound their experience of discrimination”, the report said.
Press Release by;Akhand
New Delhi,05/04/19:It is a matter of concern that public-sector BSNL is running under heavy losses now planning for VSNL of its employees after public-sector company failed to pay regular salaries to its staff. It is surprising that while private players like JIO are earning profits even after offering economical tariffs, BSNL is not able to retain or increase its client-base thus turning BSNL as a loss-generating company for public-exchequer.
BSNL should be better wound up like some very popular public-sector companies of earlier times HMT and IDPL. Central government should also study how public-sector companies run at heavy losses to the tune of their winding-up while shares of private companies in the same field witness regular jumps indicating heavy profits. Rather public-sector companies with all government-support and not required to pay under-table payments like an evil usually necessary for private operators.
CORPORATES SHOULD ADOPT COLONIES OF HINDU REFUGEES FROM PAKISTAN IN COLLABORATION WITH CENTRAL AND DELHI GOVERNMENTS
New Delhi,29/03/19:It refers to media-reports about miserable living conditions of Hindu refugees from Pakistan now settled in Delhi like in colonies near Majnu-ka-Teela and Adarsh Nagar.
Union Minister of External Affairs has recently taken up matter of forcible conversion and marriage of Hindu girls in Pakistan. It is but natural that Hindu refugees from Pakistan did not leave their homes in Pakistan willingly, rather they had to do so under compulsion.
Corporates including from public-sector have to compulsorily spend two-percent of their income on social-welfare. Central government should issue a press-release whereby it may be made clear that spending on welfare and living of Hindu refugees from Pakistan will be allowed under CSR. If private corporates do not come forward to spend CSR funds on these refugees, then central ministries can direct Public-Sector-Undertakings under them to do so from their CSR funds including construction of flats. Corporates can even arrange jobs for these refugees where Hindus in Pakistan face sufferings because of wrong policies of Indian political rulers crowned at time of independence. Religious bodies and Non-Government-Organizations NGOs should also take steps that these Hindu refugees may enjoy a human life full of joy and satisfaction.