Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Bihar Chief Secretary acts in compliance with Supreme Court's order in covid death compensation case
Bihar Government informs NHRC: Rs. 3 to 9 lakh paid as compensation to the 49 victims of sexual abuse in a Shelter Home at Muzaffarpur; 19 accused convicted
In a release dated 25 January, 2022, National Human Rights Commission, (NHRC) revealed that it has been informed by the Government of Bihar that it has paid Rs. 3 to 9 lakh to the 49 victims of sexual abuse in a Shelter Home at Muzaffarpur. The action taken report reveals that FIR no. 33/2018 u/s 120B/376/34 IPC r/w sec. 4/6/8/10/12 POCSO Act of Mahila PS, Muzaffarpur was registered 31st May, 2018 and later investigation was transferred to the CBI and after investigation, a chargesheet was filed against 20 accused, out of which 19 were convicted by the Trial Court, Saket, New Delhi.
NHRC had registered the case on the basis of a complaint in the matter dated 29th November, 2018. Besides the Commission, the Trial Court Saket, New Delhi had also recommended compensation to the victims on merits.
NHRC has also been informed that the registration of NGO, which ran the Muzaffarpur Balika Grah was canceled and the premise housing it, was also demolished in compliance of orders of the court. The entire investigation of the case by monitored by the Supreme Court and the trial by the trial court was concluded within a stipulated time period.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
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15 जनवरी को दिल्ली के सिंघु बॉर्डर पर हुई संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा की बैठक में मोर्चे के कार्यक्रम व भविष्य की दिशा पर कई महत्वपूर्ण निर्णय लिये गए। मोर्चे ने घोर निराशा और रोष व्यक्त किया कि भारत सरकार के 9 दिसंबर के जिस पत्र के आधार पर हमने मोर्चे उठाने का फैसला किया था, सरकार ने उनमें से कोई भी वादा पूरा नहीं किया है।
आंदोलन के दौरान हुए केसों को तत्काल वापिस लेने के वादे पर हरियाणा सरकार ने कुछ कागजी कार्रवाई की है लेकिन केंद्र सरकार, मध्य प्रदेश, उत्तर प्रदेश, उत्तराखंड और हिमाचल सरकार की तरफ से नाममात्र की भी कोई भी कार्रवाई नहीं हुई है। बाकी राज्य सरकारों को केंद्र सरकार की तरफ से चिट्ठी भी नहीं गयी है।
शहीद किसान परिवारों को मुआवजा देने पर उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार ने कोई कार्रवाई शुरू नहीं की है। हरियाणा सरकार की तरफ से मुआवजे की राशि और स्वरूप के बारे में कोई घोषणा नहीं की गयी है।
एमएसपी के मुद्दे पर सरकार ने न तो कमेटी के गठन की घोषणा की है, और न ही कमेटी के स्वरूप और उसकी मैंडेट के बारे में कोई जानकारी दी है।
किसानों के साथ हुए इस धोखे का विरोध करने के लिए संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा ने फैसला किया है कि आगामी 31 जनवरी को देश भर में “विश्वासघात दिवस” मनाया जाएगा और जिला और तहसील स्तर पर बड़े रोष प्रदर्शन आयोजित किए जाएंगे।
लखीमपुर खीरी हत्याकांड में सरकार और भारतीय जनता पार्टी के बेशर्म रवैये से स्पष्ट है कि उसे सार्वजनिक जीवन की मर्यादा की कोई परवाह नहीं है। एसआईटी की रिपोर्ट में षड्यंत्र की बात स्वीकार करने के बावजूद इस कांड के प्रमुख षड्यंत्रकारी अजय मिश्र टेनी का केंद्रीय मंत्रिमंडल में बने रहना किसानों के घाव पर नमक छिड़कने का काम है। दूसरी तरफ उत्तर प्रदेश पुलिस इस घटना में नामजद किसानों को केसों में फंसाने और गिरफ्तार करने का काम मुस्तैदी से कर रही है। इसका विरोध करने के लिए संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा लखीमपुर खीरी में एक पक्के मोर्चे की घोषणा करेगा। संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा ने यह स्पष्ट किया है कि “मिशन उत्तर प्रदेश” जारी रहेगा, जिसके जरिए इस किसान विरोधी राजनीति को सबक सिखाया जाएगा।
आगामी 23 और 24 फरवरी को देश की केंद्रीय ट्रेड यूनियनों ने मजदूर विरोधी चार लेबर कोड को वापस लेने के साथ-साथ किसानों को एमएसपी और प्राइवेटाइजेशन के विरोध जैसे मुद्दों पर राष्ट्रव्यापी हड़ताल का आह्वान किया है। संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा देश भर में ग्रामीण हड़ताल आयोजित कर इस हड़ताल का समर्थन और सहयोग करेगा।
कुछ घटक संगठनों द्वारा पंजाब के चुनाव में पार्टियां बनाकर उम्मीदवार उतारने की घोषणा के बारे में मोर्चे ने स्पष्ट किया कि शुरुआत से ही संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा ने यह मर्यादा बनाए रखी है कि उसके नाम, बैनर या मंच का इस्तेमाल कोई राजनीतिक दल न कर सके। यही मर्यादा चुनाव में भी लागू होती है। चुनाव में किसी पार्टी या उम्मीदवार द्वारा संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा के नाम या बैनर या मंच का कोई इस्तेमाल नहीं किया जाएगा। संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा से जुड़ा जो भी किसान संगठन या नेता चुनाव लड़ता है, या जो चुनाव में किसी पार्टी के लिए मुख्य भूमिका निभाता है, वह संयुक्त किसान मोर्चा में नहीं रहेगा। जरूरत होने पर इस निर्णय की समीक्षा इन विधानसभा चुनावों के बाद अप्रैल माह में की जाएगी।
डॉ दर्शन पाल, हन्नान मोल्ला, जगजीत सिंह डल्लेवाल, जोगिंदर सिंह उगराहां, शिवकुमार शर्मा (कक्का जी), युद्धवीर सिंह, योगेंद्र यादव
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Why Resident doctors are agitated, and what ‘Neros’ ought to do even as COVID third wave knocks on the door
Without any comprehension of pandemic planning, govt disrupted supply chain of Resident doctors by postponing NEET PG entrance test from April to September. Supreme Court is yet to give verdict on a judicial challenge
Dr Vikas Bajpai
India’s fight against Covid-19 pandemic has been chequered by systematic patterns of pristine buffoonery, ad-hocism, breathtaking incompetence, deceit, and spectacular failures begging for accountability.
The post facto (after the second wave of the delta variant trumped all records of collective public torment) achievements on the vaccination front are yet to be tested in the coming round of the war against the omicron variant. If one can draw any comfort from it, the one continuity that seems to outsmart this mendacity is that our Nero continues to be as boastful as ever in the midst of all encompassing mendacity.
No war can ever be won when the warriors themselves are sought to be undermined by the generals. The corona warriors, who were once lauded with tali, thaali and rose petals, are now being thrashed by the police on the roads, abandoned as they find themselves in this fight against the pandemic. It is important for the people to understand why the resident doctors in major hospitals of Delhi are on strike.
The successive governments in India, in avid pursuance of the neoliberal economic policies, to serve their benefactors, reduced the public health system in India to all but a skeleton. However, when it came to fighting the pandemic, it is the publicly funded medical college hospitals, and other public tertiary care hospitals which proved to be the bedrock of anti-covid efforts.
It is in this process that we were made aware that sections of the skeletal remains of public health care in the country also had muscle and blood, howsoever emaciated and overworked, in the form of Resident doctors.
Indeed, it were these Resident doctors who bore the brunt of the pandemic onslaught, roughing it out in the emergencies, wards and intensive care units of the big public hospitals even as the generals went behind their fortifications dispensing care online.
The term ‘Resident doctor’ is an omnibus category that moves up from the lowest pedestal of an intern (a doctor at the entry portal whose graduate degree is incumbent upon completing internship postings in various disciplines), non-academic junior resident (i.e. those medical graduates who are not yet into a post-graduate degree course), academic junior residents I, II and III (doctors who are pursuing 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of a post graduate MD / MS degree), and lastly the highest pedestal of senior resident doctors (those who have completed their MD/MS and are pursuing a three year senior residency).
Vacancies at the lower pedestals are created as those at the senior levels either move out having completed the duration of their residency or they move to higher pedestal. In order to keep the patient care going in the medical colleges and the tertiary care hospitals, new recruits need to be drawn into the system every year.
To a large extent, this requirement is fulfilled by the NEET (National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test) Post Graduate entrance test for MD/MS and diploma courses in various clinical disciplines.
Without any foresight or comprehension of pandemic planning, this supply chain was disrupted with the government deciding to postpone the entrance test that was to be held initially on April 18, 2021. The entrance exam was finally held on September 11.
However, despite the result of the same having been declared on September 28, the counselling of the successful candidates and the consequent admissions have been held up due to an ongoing legal challenge in the Supreme Court of India owing to the opacity around the definition of EWS (Economically Weaker Section), a new category for which reservation in admissions has been introduced.
In the meantime, doctors in the final year of post-graduation have passed out, while those in final year now are hard pressed for their exams, which leaves the second year post-graduate students as the only ones left to do much of the clinical work.
This is also the batch which has spent most of their time providing care to the Covid patients irrespective of whether they joined to become anesthetists, or orthopedicians, surgeons or any other specialization. They have had next to little chance to pursue their core discipline, let alone complete their PG thesis.
Having worked 100 to 120 hours a week as the pandemic was felling patients like nine pins, physically and emotionally exhausted, now they have no support in the form of a fresh batch of trainee doctors whom to train for the challenges ahead.
With another wave of pandemic knocking at the doors, and the mandarins, their political masters and the lordships taking their own sweet time in resolving the matters of policy, usurious extraction of labor from bonded resident doctors who need to depend on the tender mercies of the absentee ‘Generals’ for obtaining their degrees seems to be the expedient for providing clinical care in pandemic times.What has been stated above are but the most superficial of the consequences of a situation where monkeys with shaving blades have produced many a bloodied faces – that of the individuals and of the entire health services system.
Only time shall lay bare the more profound consequences of the systematic systemic disruption that owes to institutionalized stupidity that has come to rule the roost in the country.
Before concluding, it must be stressed that the transaction of attrition has not been one sided. With the deliberate whittling away of publicly funded health care, the concept of care has been morphed into coverage, and patients have come to be viewed as consumers of health care; indeed, even as Hindu and Muslim consumers who need be segregated even in health facilities, and terms like corona jihad became new additions to the science of epidemiology.
With the perceived “commanding heights” of medical profession, which at one time rested with the publicly funded medical colleges, shifting to the private corporate hospitals, the spirit to serve the people has been badly mauled by avarice. In the process, the medical profession at large, and its most vibrant section, that of the medical students and resident doctors, which ought to be motivated by superior ideals, acquiesced to the changes wrought in by the ruling elite. The miseries being faced by this section owe in no less considerable terms to this acquiescence.
Its’ time that we be reminded that the ordinary people of India still look up to us; that we are but an integral part of the people; and that we are nothing without the people.
As regards the Neros of the situation, dawning of good sense can never be too late to come.
Available from https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/why-resident-doctors-are-agitated-and-what-neros-ought-to-do-even-as-covid-third-wave-knocks-on-the-door
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Thursday, December 16, 2021
CAG audit report on Bihar (State Finance) for the year ended 31 March 2020 states, "During 2017-18 to 2019-20, an amount of Rs 925.77 crore was collected as Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare (BOCW) Cess, out of which Rs 289.75 crores pertained to 2019-20".
However, the report doesn't tell us how much did Bihar BOCW Board spend on workers' welfare schemes during these years or during the fiscal year 2019-20. Citizens shall compare this language of reporting with the CAG audit report on Bihar (State Finance) for fiscal year 2017-18.
CAG Audit Report on Bihar (State Finance) for 2017-18 stated, "As per information provided by Bihar BOCW Board, their accounts have been finalised only upto 2015-16. There was opening balance of Rs 895.15 crore in April 2017 and Rs 266.46 crore was received as cess in 2017-18".
CAG auditors didn't stop there. The report states, "Out of this, Rs 62.55 crore (5.38 percent) has been spent on workers’ welfare schemes (Rs 61.26 crore) and administrative expenses (Rs 1.29 crore), benefiting 40,740 workers (10.94 percent of registered workers) during 2017-18".
Commenting on how did the Bihar BOCWW Board perform, it states, “Bihar has utilised very less amount (5.38 percent) of the available funds compared to neighbouring states viz. Chhattisgarh (42 percent), MP (14 percent), Uttar Pradesh (seven percent) and Jharkhand (21 percent)”.