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Arvind Kejriwal asks ministers for plans to deter corruption

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New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday asked five ministers, including his deputy Manish Sisodia, to submit action plans for uprooting “scourge of corruption” from their departments within one week.

The chief minister made the announcement a week after CMS-ICS revealed that at 45 per cent, Delhi people believe that there has been a decrease in the corruption in state government-governed services, but there are some departments where corruption has been found evident.

Mr Kejriwal has written to Education and Revenue Minister Manish Sisodia, Health and Power Minister Satyendar Jain, Transport Minister Gopal Rai, Water Minister Kapil Mishra and Food & Supplies Minister Imran Hussain.

“It is requested that a detailed action plan may be drawn to uproot the scourge of corruption from the departments under your charge, focusing especially on the critical areas pointed out int the CMS-India Corruption Study-2015 report. I look forward to receive the action plan within one week,” Mr Kejriwal said in his letter to all ministers.

The chief minister stated that the critical areas of concern with respect to departments have been identified as – getting a new driving license and commercial driving license, renewal of driving license, getting new ration cards, paid more but got less quantity of entitled food grains, deletion/addition of names in the ration card.

The areas pointed by Mr Kejriwal also include – getting beds in hospitals and new electricity connection, availing of diagnostic services, getting of water tankers from Delhi Jal Board, installation of piped water supply, admission in government school of choice and private schools under EWS category, installation of shop and vending unit, getting of birth and death certificates etc.

A study report released on October 21 had stated that 45 per cent respondents said that corruption in state government-governed services has decreased, while 20 per cent of them felt it had increased in one last year.

The report also stated that “nearly 30 per cent of Delhi households had paid a bribe at least once during the last 12 months and nearly 45 per cent of these households belonged to lower income groups,”

Driving license, Department of Transport is identified by households in Delhi as the most corrupt (26 per cent), followed by electricity/ water supply (2 per cent each).

“Teh bazari/ hawking permit is identified as most corrupt (32 per cent) while sanitation, garbage collection as least corrupt (8 per cent),” it had added.

(Source NDTV)

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Vaccination Not Forced on Children: Delhi Health Authorities

The prime target, according to the Ministry, is immunising children in the pre-schools, school children from both government and private institutions and those out of school

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Vaccination not forced on children: Delhi health authorities. Flickr

The measles and rubella (MR) vaccination programme, which was deferred following an intervention by the Delhi High Court, does not override the consent of students, said state’s health authorities for the campaign.

“It is totally wrong to say that vaccination was administered without consent. Though there has never been the process of seeking permission for any vaccination from guardians, people are free to refuse vaccination as we don’t force anyone,” Dr Suresh Seth, Delhi programme chief for immunisation told IANS on Wednesday.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday deferred implementation of the “Measles and Rubella (MR) Vaccine Immunisation Campaign”, saying that vaccination cannot be administered “forcibly” and without the consent of parents.

The court’s order came while hearing pleas by parents of some minor students at city’s schools alleging that the MR campaign is a “violation of the fundamental rights” of the students as their consent had not been taken.

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A child receives a vaccination shot at a hospital in Rongan in China’s southern Guangxi region on July 23, 2018. VOA

“We will comply with court’s orders. Our preparations are same and will start the very next day the high court gives clearance for the campaign,” Dr Seth said.

The Delhi Health Department will also share inputs with the Health and Welfare Family Ministry, which has been asked by the high court to respond by January 21.

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The measles and rubella vaccination campaign was scheduled to begin in the national capital from January 15, aiming at immunising nearly 55 lakh children in the age group of 9 months up to 15 years across 11 districts of Delhi.

The prime target, according to the Ministry, is immunising children in the pre-schools, school children from both government and private institutions and those out of school. (IANS)