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New Delhi: The coverage of Border Area Development Programme (BADP) has been extended while it has also been decided to include more schemes under it to meet the special development needs of people living in remote areas, an official statement said on Wednesday.

The home ministry’s department of border management has issued modified BADP guidelines under which the coverage of the programme has been extended to cover all the villages located within 10 km of the international border, irrespective of the block abuts the border or not, it said.

Priority will be given to those villages which are located within 10 km of the border and villages identified by the Border Guarding Forces (BGF) will get top priority.

The release said that representatives of some more union ministries including rural development, sports and youth affairs, health and family welfare and human resource development have been made members of the empowered committee for BADP.

“The list of schemes permissible under BADP has been expanded to include schemes or activities relating to Swatchhta Abhiyan, skill development programmes, promotion of sports activities, rural tourism, protection of heritage sites, construction of helipads and skill training to farmers for use of modern techniques in farming,” it said.

It said that the programme also includes specific schemes such as composite development of at least one village of sizeable population as model village, construction of toilets in schools and warehouses for food grains.

Being implemented in 367 blocks in 104 districts of 17 states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal – the BADP, started in 1986-87, seeks to improve the infrastructure in border areas through convergence of central, state and local schemes.

The funds under BADP are provided to the states as “non-lapsable special central assistance”.

It was started for areas bordering Pakistan but was subsequently extended to all other land border areas.

(IANS)

 

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New Delhi: Dengue may be on the wane in the capital but patients who were victims of the deadly mosquito-borne disease that till some weeks had the capital in its vice-like grip blame medical negligence and lack of civic awareness for the post-monsoon blight every year.

The total number of dengue cases in the capital has crossed the 12,500 mark, with 32 deaths, municipal authorities admitted earlier this week.

“I was feeling a bit under the weather with high fever and vomiting and suspected dengue infection but the attending doctor at a government hospital prescribed me some general medicines and asked to visit OPD the next day. By the next morning, my condition turned critical and I was rushed to the hospital,” Mahesh Sharma, a resident of south Delhi, told IANS.

“The attending doctor did not take the matter seriously, he claims. “I had severe allergy on my palms which were symptoms of dengue,” Sharma added.

“On my fourth visit to the hospital, one of the doctors advised me to do some tests. The results came in and I was diagnosed with dengue but by then, I was severely affected with the deadly disease,” he pointed out.

Patients feel that the dengue treatment at government hospitals is mediocre when compared to private clinics. The casual attitude and callousness on the part of some doctors in government health centres – especially in the rural areas – make matters worse.

“Unlike city dwellers, we do not have access to the cutting-edge healthcare. We cannot afford to travel to urban areas for treatment or go for expensive tests. Most of the time, we leave the fate of the dengue patients to god,” narrated a farmer from a remote village in Uttar Pradesh.

People in the remote areas do not even have basic information about the symptoms of this disease.

“Every year, we have this alarming situation and the government alone cannot be expected to do everything for us. Unless we remain vigilant in our own colonies and ensure water is not collected anywhere and ensure regular spraying of insecticide is done by civic bodies, such diseases cannot be defeated,” Rachna Kucheria, a general physician practising in Delhi, told IANS here.

Last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a nationwide cleanliness campaign or Swachh Bharat Mission.
“But it should not become a mere PR exercise. The state and the people should be practical and strive together to defeat this deadly disease,” Kucheria added.

According to the statistics collected till October 17 by the areas under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, they have recorded 2,659 dengue cases — the highest in Delhi — while areas under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation have recorded 1,551 cases. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation recorded 2,638 cases. The areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council recorded 197 cases.

The official toll of dengue in the capital stood at 32, but the unofficial deaths confirmed by various hospitals stood at 85.

The first dengue-related death in the capital was recorded on August 5.

(Shamshad Ali, IANS)