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Conference on Environmental & Occupational Health in Patna
This is to cordially
invite you for the Conference on Environmental and Occupational Health in
Patna on December 24, 2012.
The Conference on
Environmental and Occupational Health is being organized in collaboration with
A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna, Centre for Occupational and
Environmental Health, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, ToxicsWatch
Alliance (TWA) and PEACE, New Delhi.
A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, near Golghar, Patna
Date: December 24, 2012
Time: 10.00 onwards
At the conference there
will be presentations from eminent scientists and public health specialists
including experts from India and aboard like Dr Qamar Rahman, Dr Barry
Castleman besides eminent doctors from Patna. There will be case studies on
environmental and occupational diseases from some Gujarat, Maharshtra,
Rajasthan and Jharkhand as well.
Collegium Ramazzini Round Table on
Environmental & Occupational Diseases
Session I (10.30 AM -12.00
Ishwari Prasad, former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
Dr Satyajit Singh, Senior Urologist, Dr. Ruban Group of
Hospitals & Vice- President, Indian
Doctors for Peace and Development
of the cost of environmental and occupational diseases Chairperson’s
address, Prof Ishwari Prasad, former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Irving J. Selikoff Memorial Lecture, Dr Barry Castleman, fellow Collegium
Ramazzini, USA, formerly with World Health Organisation and author, Medical
& Legal Aspects of Asbestos
Keynote Address on 'Toxic
Legacy of carcinogenic fibers, environmental and occupational diseases for
present generation and posterity' Prof. Qamar Rahman, Visiting
Professor, Rostock University Germany, formerly with Institute of Toxicological
Research Centre, Lucknow
Dr P N P Pal, ex-President Indian
Medical Association, Bihar Chapter
Dr Jitendra Kumar Singh, Director, Mahavir
Cancer Sansthan and Research Center
Prof. Ashok Ghosh, Professor-in-Charge,
Department Environment and Water Management, AN College Patna
D M Diwakar, Director, ANSISS, Patna
Dr Shakeel, National Secretary,
Indian Doctors for Peace and Development
Interaction with participants
Purnendu Majumadar Memorial Round Table Session
II (12.00- 3.15 PM)
Justice (Retd) Rekha Kumari, Patna High Court
Dr Qamar Rahman, noted toxicologist
Regime for environmental and occupational diseases in India, Chairperson’s
by Justice (Retd) Rekha Kumari, Patna High Court
Study of Mines Labour Protection Campaign (MLPC), Rana Sengupta, Environmental and Occupational Health Diseases from
Lunch- 1.30 PM-2.15 PM
of Struggle for Occupational Health Rights in Jharkhand, Samir K Carr, Occupational
Safety and Health Association of Jharkhand
Study from Breakthrough Science Society, West Bengal
Study from Bargarh and Sambalpur, Odisha, Amitabh Patra,
Study from Maharasthra, Pralhad Malvadkar
from the struggle in Bhojpur, Bihar
Study from Khet Bachao Jeevan Bachao Jansangharsh Committee of Muzaffarpur and
Dr M K Pandhe Memorial Round Table
Session III (3.15 PM-5.00 PM)
Prof (Dr) Qamar Rahman, noted toxicologist
Shri Arun Kumar Singh, President, All India United
Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Bihar
Chakradhar Prasad Singh, AITUC
Sarovodaya Sharma, CITU
RN Thakur, AICCTU
Shri Arvind Sinha, All India Federation of Trade Unions (New)
Shri Nand Kishor Singh
Shri Satish Kumar, CCI
Shri Jamiruddinji, MCPI
Shri Mahendra, NAPM
Communicating environmental & occupational diseases Session IV (5.00-6.00 PM)
Chair- Dr Barry Castleman, noted environmental health expert
Co-chair: Shri Arun
Kumar, Member, Press Council of India
Summing up and Resolution
Ishwari Prasad, former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)
The 24X7 safe water supply is an euphemism for privatization of water supply. Citizen groups of Patna are wary of Patna water supply project that began as a Rs 800 crore Build–operate–transfer (BOT) project. It was turned into a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) project of Rs 750 crore. The State Government changed the project into an Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) contractand invited bids for the Rs 550 crore project.
A SPV of Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCo) is executing the project under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). BUIDCo invited firms to design, build, operate, manage and maintain the new 24x7 water supply system in Patna.
The consortium of Geo Miller & Company Private Limited and Gammon India Limited has been chosen by the BUIDCo for the job.
Geo Miller has been implementing water supply projects across the country, including water treatment plants in Hyderabad, Bhopal and Udaipur. Gammon India is the same company that has built the admittedly flawed Kosi Mahasetu whose adverse effects has already been recorded and in future too its victims will suffer its consequences.
The promise of 24X7 Ganga water supply is a mirage, residents of Patna in particular and citizens of Bihar ought to be wary of given the fact that DPR for 24 X 7 water supply for 25 Bihar towns is in the offing. These towns areBettiah, Motihari,Saharsa, Sitamarhi, Kishanganj,Katihar, Purnia, Ara, Chapra,Hajipur,Siwan, Aurangabad, Bhabua, Buxar, Sasaram, Bihar Sharif, Jehanabad,Nawada, Rajgir, Shaikhpura, Banka, Begusarai, Jamui,Lakhisarai andMunger
The reported claims of Bihar Urban development and housing minister Prem Kumar about 24X7 supply of safe drinking water to all
households in Patna Municipal Corporation
(PMC) area within the next two years merits rigorous scrutiny.
plant, 25 tubewells
and 72 water towers are proposed to be constructed to supply water to about 16.83
lakh people residing in 72 wards of Patna. A gauge would be used to
measure the supply of 135 litres of drinking
water per person per day and the scheme would ensure supply of 325
million litre of water per day (MLD).
The 47 wards of the northern
part are to receive
220 MLD drinking water treated from the Ganga river from the water
treatment plant that would be constructed at Digha. The 25
wards of South Patna are supposed to get 105.5 MLD of drinking water
It has been reported that the joint initiative by
the central and state governments would see a total expenditure of Rs
548 crore, of which Rs 476 crore would be spent for infrastructure to
water and Rs 72 crore for maintenance over the next 10 years.
of the project has been assigned to a special purpose vehicle (SPV)
company Patna Water Supply Distribution Network
Private Limited under BUIDCo. It is expected to complete the work before April 1, 2014 and the company would be
looking after the maintenance of the project for the next 10 years.
Citizens' groups in Patna and other 25 towns will have to examine the track record of these companies and their performance in other cities of the country.
Mukhiya Rajkumar Paswan killed, so far 34 mukhiyas eliminated in 2 years
Patna, Dec 15 (IANS) A village head (mukhiya) was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Bihar's Aurangabad district, police said Saturday. This is the fourth murder of a mukhiya from Aurangabad in the past few months.
Rajkumar Paswan, village head of
Khudwa panchayat, Obra block, Aurangabad, was killed late Friday night
while he was returning to his village, a district police official said.
Angry over his killing, Paswan's supporters protested, blocked roads and shouted slogans against the local administration.
In November, Sudesh Kumar Singh, mukhiya of the Karma panchayat in Aurangabad was slain by unidentified people.
In March, Chhotu Kushwaha,
mukhiya of the Sonhattu panchayat under the Haspura block was shot
dead. Before that, Arif Khan, mukhiya of Obra panchayat, was killed.
In view of the killing of village heads
with such frequency, a group of mukhiyas approached the district
administration two months ago demanding bodyguards for mukhiyas, a
district official said.
Hundreds of elected
representatives in rural Bihar have sought bodyguards, citing threats
from Maoists, gangsters, criminals and rivals.
Since the panchayat elections were held in Bihar over two years ago, 34 elected heads of panchayats have been killed.
In Bihar, there are 8,442 village
body heads, 8,422 sarpanchs, 1,15,542 panchayat members, 11,534
panchayat samiti members and 1,162 zila parishad members.