Tuesday March 26, 2019

Dengue deaths in Delhi: Govt in action

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Dengue, a viral infection, is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. Initial symptoms of this infection include fever and joint pain.

With the increase in dengue deaths around the city and lack of proper medical facilities in the government hospitals, the Delhi Government has finally come into action.

On Friday, the government decided to immediately add 795 hospital beds in the national capital by granting temporary registration to 48 new private hospitals and nursing homes for three months to tackle the increasing number of dengue cases.

An official statement quoted Health Minister Satyendar Jain as saying that the government was willing to take help from all quarters in dealing with the dengue situation in the national capital.

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Working on the directions of the minister, the department of health issued an order which said: “The concerned hospital authority will have to ensure that only medically sick patients, and fever cases suspected of having dengue and its complications may be admitted to the hospital.”

The hospital authorities have to ensure that they have adequate manpower, equipment and that other accessories are stocked and available to take care of admitted patients.

“The tariff of these temporary beds will be 50 percent less than the respective hospital’s specified charges for the lowest category of economy category patients,” the statement said.

The statement added that none of the hospitals granted temporary registration or conducted any OT and Labour Room procedures till they were inspected by the competent licensing authorities and were given regular clearance.

In the same direction, the Delhi government would also open 50 fever/dengue clinics from Monday to meet the high demands.

“Delhi Govt is going to open 50 speciality fever/dengue clinics from Monday. These will open from 7 am to 9 pm daily,” Jain tweeted.

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According to Delhi government officials, these fever/dengue clinics would be opened in dispensaries located across the city so that immediate medical aid could be provided to everyone.

“These fever/dengue clinics will be opened at the dispensaries of the Delhi government. Doctors will remain present at these clinics to treat patients suffering from fever in the respective area,” a government official told IANS.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Aam Aadmi Party legislators at his residence on Friday evening and discussed the dengue situation.

He asked the legislators to keep their constituencies in check for the availability of medicines, test kits and cleanliness in hospitals.

“Talk to the people and ask them not to panic and keep calm. Tell them to have as much fluid as they can and make them aware about dengue. Keep a check on the availability of medicines and testing kits in the hospitals,” he said.

On cases of refusal by hospitals, the chief minister said such incidents should be reported to the government, and stern action would be taken.

He also asked the legislators to talk to municipal officials and get fogging done in their areas.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who was also present in the meeting, told the legislators: “There is no dearth of fogging machines. Talk to the concerned people, keep chasing them and get the fogging done.”

In addition, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the central government to fight the dengue menace together, setting aside the political rivalry.

kejriwal--621x414“My request to the central government is: Can’t we fight on these issues after two months? Let us fight dengue for now,” Kejriwal said, commenting on the Lt Governor’s latest memorandum to the officers, and adding that he has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi making the request.

The chief minister said that he had received “a memorandum from LG (Najeeb Jung), saying that he had issued instructions (received) from the central government”.

In his letter addressed to the prime minister, Kejriwal said, “All the ministers and the employees of the government are working round the clock in fighting dengue…”

“…I request you with folded hands not to spread confusion amongst Delhi government employees by asking them not to follow elected government’s order. Allow them to work together as a team,” Kejriwal wrote in his letter.

Kejriwal’s comments came a day after Lt Governor Jung sent a memorandum to all officers posted with the Delhi government, including officers of All India Services, heads of departments, and others.

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“The government of India has taken note of the current constitutional position in Delhi and major instances of violation of the constitution, law and rules,” the memorandum said.

It said that change in the pay structure of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service officers according to the government of India was “illegal and ab initio void”.

The memorandum also added that if any officer complied with the “illegal” orders, disciplinary action and recovery of financial loss caused to the government would follow.

“The orders declared illegal by the government of India should not be complied with. Should any officer choose to do so, both disciplinary action for compliance of illegal orders, and recovery of financial loss caused to the government as a result of such action, would follow,” it said.

Kejriwal’s move to write to the prime minister drew sharp reactions from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay said Kejriwal should shed the path of confrontation on administrative matters and work for the development of the city.

“Kejriwal’s manifesto did not carry a starred line that the conditions of constitutional changes apply before delivery of promises. CM should stop fooling people of Delhi,” Upadhyay said here at a press conference.

The BJP demanded the Delhi chief minister to stop resorting to rhetoric of confrontation statements which he had been doing for the last seven months and should concentrate on people’s aspirations for development.

“Former Delhi CMs have run the government under the same administrative guidelines as they exist for Kejriwal but never has Delhi seen such confrontation. Despite constrains, they worked and brought development to the city,” Upadhyay said.

Vijender Gupta, BJP leader and the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Vidhan Sabha, termed Kejriwal’s letter to Modi as mischievous in nature and diversionist in intent. He asked Kejriwal not to play politics on such a serious issue of outbreak of dengue in Delhi.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Are There Enough Jobs In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Led India?

“More young people are entering the labor force, millions want to leave agriculture but can’t find construction work because construction activity has slowed down because the investment rate in the economy has slowed down.”

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Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party dismisses concerns about the job data saying it does not capture the real picture because it focuses only on the 15 percent of Indians who work in the formal economy. Pixabay

For people streaming in from rural areas around New Delhi, the first stop is a collection of busy city intersections where contractors select daily wage labor from the crowds of young and old waiting every morning to get work.

Many standing at these intersections say they get work for barely half the month. “I have the ability to work hard. I never turn down any work. But I would prefer to get a cleaner, permanent job,” says 29-year-old Tek Chand. “The problem is one day I have money to buy rations, the next day I don’t.” Like millions of others, he migrated from his village three years ago to seek work and a better life in the city.

FILE - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives with his cabinet colleagues on the opening day of the budget session of the Indian Parliament, in New Delhi, Jan. 31, 2019.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives with his cabinet colleagues on the opening day of the budget session of the Indian Parliament, in New Delhi, Jan. 31, 2019. VOA
As India prepares for general elections on April 11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being attacked by opposition parties for failing to make good on a promise he made in 2014 to create millions of jobs for India’s huge young population. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party rebuts that criticism and says India is generating new opportunities as it becomes one of the world’s fastest growing major economies.

Job creation is a massive challenge for a nation with one of the world’s youngest populations — half the country’s 1.3 billion people are under the age of 25.

Recent data shows that joblessness has soared to record high levels. Opposition parties have made joblessness one of their principal election planks and have accused the prime minister of failing the estimated 8 to 10 million young people who enter the workforce every year.

The independent Mumbai-based Center for Monitoring Indian Economy estimates that unemployment reached 7.2 percent last month and that 11 million jobs were lost in 2018. With a working population of 500 million, that translates into more than 30 million people waiting for jobs. An unpublished official survey that showed unemployment at a 45-year-high has also been widely quoted by Indian media.

India's main opposition Congress party President Rahul Gandhi speaks during a public meeting at Adalaj in Gandhinagar, India, March 12, 2019.
India’s main opposition Congress party President Rahul Gandhi speaks during a public meeting at Adalaj in Gandhinagar, India, March 12, 2019. VOA

On the campaign trail, the head of the main opposition Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi, who is seen as Modi’s principal challenger, talks repeatedly about a “jobs crisis.”

“Our government is refusing to accept that we have a massive crisis and potential disaster in front of us,” Gandhi told a group of university students in New Delhi recently, many who will be first time voters.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party dismisses concerns about the job data saying it does not capture the real picture because it focuses only on the 15 percent of Indians who work in the formal economy. It points to a recent industry report that jobs have been created in the medium and small sectors.

The BJP says millions of people have found work in the transport and infrastructure sectors or as delivery boys in booming online businesses as India becomes one of the world’s fastest growing major economies. They point out that the issue is not jobs but livelihoods, and point to millions of people who are not counted in job data.

They are self-employed people like cab owner Chain Pal Singh. As the app based taxi business boomed, Singh’s friend, who operated a cab, persuaded him to quit his job and take out a loan to buy a car. His decision has paid off — in four years he has earned enough money to invest in two more cabs.

Singh says he is much better off than when he held a job. “I used to earn about $225 dollars a month. Now in some months I can earn almost double that amount. Its beneficial for me.”

Following defeats in key state elections in December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told parliament last month, “This truth has to be acknowledged. The unorganized sector has 80 to 85 percent of the employment.” He pointed to millions of commercial vehicles sold in recent years and questioned if they had not generated jobs for drivers.

Economists admit India’s large informal sector has made it difficult to calculate employment, but they say joblessness or underemployment remains the country’s biggest challenge. While scarcity of jobs is not a new problem, two disruptive economic steps in the last two years exacerbated the problem.

In 2016 a sweeping currency ban meant to tackle the problem of illegal cash, dried up jobs as it created huge currency shortages, particularly in small businesses and in the countryside. A poorly-implemented tax reform known as the Goods and Services Tax a few months later was another blow to businesses.

Meanwhile, Modi’s “Made in India” campaign, which aimed at making India a manufacturing hub like China, has made a slow start and sluggish labor-intensive sectors cannot cater to growing numbers of job seekers.

“We can’t keep patting ourselves on the back that we are the fastest growing economy specially if all these other indicators are not growing at a rate that will absorb the growing labor force,” says Santosh Mehrotra, a human development economist at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

“More young people are entering the labor force, millions want to leave agriculture but can’t find construction work because construction activity has slowed down because the investment rate in the economy has slowed down.”

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He points out that exports, another sector that created a number of jobs has also not been performing well.

As the campaign heats up, the opposition will try to keep the spotlight on jobs, or lack of them, even as the BJP tries to focus on national security following a recent confrontation with Pakistan. The final verdict on whether to give Prime Minister Modi a second term in office will be delivered by millions of voters when they cast their ballots. (VOA)

One response to “Are There Enough Jobs In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Led India?”

  1. If the employment picture is bleak despite the construction of so many more Kilometers of roads, railways, air ports, bridges, toilets and other infrastructures compared to the five or even ten years of UPA government, imagine where we would be if we had UPA III government .