Wednesday February 21, 2018

Dengue stings Delhi as govt sleeps under opaque mosquito net

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“One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”

~Joseph Stalin

As Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas awaits a personal call from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Dadri lynching (as a statement made in Bihar rally won’t do), which took place under UP government’s watch, a statistic appears in news items. It says that the dengue cases have crossed 10,000 mark in Delhi, the worst since 1996.

As we know, there is no clear statistics on whether the Aedes mosquito bites Hindus or Muslims, AAP government and leaders in Delhi appear least concerned. Unofficial death toll remains 41 this year as against the official 30. Another big scam that hospitals and government normally play is that they give any other reason for deaths but dengue.

People are said to have died of dengue but the certificate would say something else. Of course, I can quote (the often abused) journalistic sources, but I would rather say it is my wild assumption that it takes place in every hospital under government watch. Moreover, ready to doubt my own journalistic credibility, I am also saying I might be wrong.

Let’s move on and discuss dengue. The AAP government was sworn in on Valentine’s Day this year. It had campaigned raising issues of water logging, health, education, women safety and many more. It won with unheard majority of 67-3 only bettered in Sikkim, in recent times, where there was no opposition in 2009-14 assembly. So much romance, and promises so romantic.

AAP think tank VC and leader Ashish Khetan has given a statement where he claims that the Delhi government is working towards “complete abolition of dengue in the state.” He didn’t stop with this, rather tamed the fascination of us Indians with the word ‘international’, as he said that new measures that were being implemented at “international level” were being examined and reviewed.

What else can you want? The AAP government is planning to send a team to China to meet the scientists involved in the project, as per Ashish Khetan. He also welcomed any research that could alleviate dengue.

Let’s applaud Mr Khetan for the efforts that Delhi is making. The only question is what was the government doing all this long?

Was it not known to them that rainy seasons in Delhi result in dengue outbreak every year? Were they waiting for some Chinese scientists to let them know or did they think the Kejriwal majority should be enough for the Aedes mosquito to leave Delhi as Congress?

They, at least, have a vision as claimed in their Delhi election manifesto (refer to pages 20-21 for health infrastructure). Shouldn’t they be applauded for taking time and writing all those mathematics (in decimal points) on solving health issues?

What can one do when blaming the MCD is easier that the implementation of the mathematics?

The timing of the Khetan’s statement is also appropriate as, irrespective of what the Delhi government does, dengue cases would decline with the onset of winter. AK Gadhpahilay, medical superintendent of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, confirmed the same saying, “As winter arrives, dengue cases will see a decline.”

It is not as if the government is doing nothing. They proposed a 400% hike to the MLA salaries and allowances. They must be doing more things like fixing some 15 lakh CCTV cameras so that the dengue mosquitos are spotted and BJP ruled MCD is blamed on the same bus stop poster, where a part of ₹526 crore advertisement says that they doubled the health budget.

This AAP government could have done better. Water logging remains a painful issue. I believe, Arvind Kejriwal lost the notebook where he wrote the solution to these problems while campaigning.

One more reason comes to mind: Is it due to free clean water to common men? This is ridiculous, but hey, what isn’t?

The delegation to China and complete abolition of dengue sounds great. However, this might just be a time buying tactic before winter arrives and numbers decline. This is not my cynicism, but a valid concern.

The question still remains: what were they doing since the rains and 10,683 cases that came in this year?

The answer is: taking stock of situation; looking for ways to blame anyone but themselves; creating adverts with concerned tone of Arvind Kejriwal appealing the Aedes mosquitos to leave the city on humanitarian grounds; waiting for mosquitos to do a ‘ghar wapasi’ and colour their wings saffron as they ‘lynch’ a Muslim man…

Who knows!

PS: In another news, second death was recorded due to swine flu. We hope some research must be going on in the Delhi government offices.

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Bureaucrat assault case: Dalit, Muslim MLAs targeted, says AAP

According to AAP Party, the matter is hyped just to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, Vikram Kothari and Jatin Mehta

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The whole incident is said to have taken place at Arvind Kejriwal's residence.
The whole incident is said to have taken place at Arvind Kejriwal's residence. Twitter
  • Two AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) MLA’s, Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan were arrested on Wednesday
  • Chief Secretary alleged that AAP MLAs assaulted him in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal late on Monday
  • According to AAP Party, the matter is hyped just to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, Vikram Kothari and Jatin Mehta.

Calling the alleged assault on a Delhi bureaucrat a “conspiracy”, the AAP on Wednesday said that its two MLAs — Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan — were arrested in the case without any inquiry because they belonged to the minority communities of Dalits and Muslims.

Based on the allegation of assault made by Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, the two were arrested without being given a chance to state their version, senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh told the media.

“We have the video footage of what happened at Delhi Secretariat yesterday (Tuesday) when our Minister and his Personal Secretary were attacked by a mob that was incited by the BJP but nothing has been done about it.

Also Read: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

“Words of the Chief Secretary are being treated as gospel truth,” he said, adding the top bureaucrat was making “false” allegations.

Sanjay Singh alleged that provocative speeches were given outside the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday that led to the commotion and beating up of Minister Imran Hussain and his Personal Secretary Himanshu Singh.

According to AAP Party, the matter is hyped just to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, Vikram Kothari and Jatin Mehta.
According to AAP Party, the matter is hyped just to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, Vikram Kothari and Jatin Mehta. Wikimedia Commons

He said under the BJP’s rule in various states, Dalits and Muslims were victims of communal violence.

The Chief Secretary, who has alleged that AAP MLAs assaulted him in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal late on Monday, would have called the police immediately after the incident if he was actually assaulted, the AAP leader said.

“Anybody physically assaulted by someone would immediately call the police. Why didn’t the Chief Secretary do so? The next morning he started making these allegations against our MLAs.

Also Read: Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

On Monday, an emergency meeting was convened to address the issue of 250,000 families who were deprived of food rations due to faulty implementation of Aadhaar.

“I know the conversation that was happening at CM’s residence on the issue of people not getting ration turned into an argument… there was a heated argument but no physical attacks were made.”

Asking why the Chief Secretary’s injury report wasn’t prepared by a doctor on the same day, Sanjay Singh said: “The medico-legal certificate is coming today when the incident happened three days back.”

Today Amanatullah Khan surrendered before the police.
Today Amanatullah Khan surrendered before the police. Facebook

Stressing that this was a BJP-led Central government’s conspiracy against the AAP, Sanjay Singh said: “To be associated with AAP is considered to be a crime by the Centre.

“AAP is always the soft target. The government now wishes to take the attention away from Nirav Modi, (Vikram) Kothari, Jatin Mehta and that is why this thing was brought up.” (IANS)