Sunday January 20, 2019

Delhi marks second car free day and start of ‘Swachh’ campaign

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By Tarun Pratap

New Delhi: Delhi is observing its second car free day on Sunday, November 22. It is being organized between Dwarka sector 3-13 and 7-9 from 8 AM to 4 PM.

On October 22nd, Delhi had its first car-free day and it had successful results as there was 60 per cent decline in Delhi’s pollution.

The other positive was less traffic. People waste so much of time in traffic which is the extra burden on a working person, especially as the traveling time is not counted anywhere.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged people to be a part of the initiative on Twitter. He also declared that next month car free day will be observed in east Delhi areas and on 22nd January, whole Delhi will have car free day.

Today will also mark the start of ‘Swachh Delhi’ campaign. Its mobile app had received 1500 complaints by the morning.

The app was launched to receive complaints. Delhi will have intense cleanliness campaign from 22nd to 30th November. All a user has to do is upload the picture of garbage wherever he sees and the government will take action.

The pollution in Delhi has been a huge problem and with it, comes the rise of many diseases. The city has been reported as one of the most polluted in the world.

The traffic also is an issue, as traveling in Delhi takes up so much of time even though millions are commuting through the metro.

The number of cars parked in any residential area tells the story. Half of the area of the roads is blocked by the parked cars.

With population increasing all the time, it is natural that personal vehicles would increase. However, there are people who possess way more automobiles than they need. It is also the mark of a high class citizen, and the desire to be at higher social status is one reason for rising number of vehicles.

There has been a push to encourage people for carpooling. While, the concerns regarding environment are the priority, but the saved time is the big bonus.

Climate change has been a big topic in the world. Every little effort makes an important difference and the initiative of the car-free day and Swachh Delhi are good steps from Delhi government. All that is required now is that support from the citizen.

Another requirement is a follow-up from the government. It should not happen that for these 10 days the government shows immense pro-activeness and results are seen, but soon after that, things start running in their old ways again. If a plan is initiated then it should be completely taken care of.

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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)