Tuesday August 20, 2019

Gorakhpur Tragedy: Infant Deaths, Principal of Gorakhpur Medical College Rajeev Mishra Resigns

Death of 30 Infants, all that happened in Gorakhpur Tragedy

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Infant deaths in Gorakhpur Tragedy. Pixabay
  • Mishra was suspended due to his irresponsible act of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders
  • The guilty will not be spared and the government would act cruelly
  • Adityanath also held a review meeting of healthcare

Lucknow, August 13, 2017: Gorakhpur Tragedy took many turns, the principal held responsible for the deaths due to lack of oxygen cylinders resigned, then Sidharth Nath Singh, Anupriya Patel, and Yogi Adityanath spoke on the serious issue and showed their concerns to the children’s families who suffered.

Dr. Rajeev Mishra, Principal, Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh who was suspended after the death of 30 infants (within a span of 48 hours) since August 10, resigned yesterday from the post.  The principal, Rajeev Mishra in his letter to the Director General of Medical Education and Training said that he has tendered his resignation from the post and takes the moral responsibility for the recent death of 30 children admitted to the hospital’s pediatric ward.

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UP Health Minister, Sidharth Nath Singh confirmed the resignation of Mishra from the post of the BRD medical college principal. According to PTI report, he said, “Yes, he has resigned. But no good, because we have already suspended him and initiated inquiry of his misdoings.” Sidharth Nath Singh and  UP Medical Education Minister Ashutosh Tandon said that Mishra was suspended due to his irresponsible act of allegedly delaying payment to the supplier of oxygen cylinders.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel said that the guilty will not be spared and the government would act cruelly and with a firm hand in order to punish callous officials responsible for it.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke on the Gorakhpur Tragedy and said that he had started the fight against Encephalitis in Gorakhpur.  His thoughts are with grieving families. Adityanath has toured the hospital twice since becoming chief minister.  He said, “We will be getting a detailed report on the cause of deaths. Not all of them were due to lack of oxygen. We have constituted a committee to be led by the chief secretary to inquire the role of oxygen supplier in the incident.” Following this incident, a Candle light march was held yesterday at BRD Medical College.

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Gorakhpur DM Rajeev Rautela said that 17 children have died in the neo-natal ward, 5 in the ward meant for patients suffering from acute encephalitis syndrome and 8 in the general ward. He denied the children’s death due to lack of oxygen though confirmed that indeed there was a shortage of liquid oxygen at the medical college and due to non-payment of Rs 70 lakh, the vendor supplying oxygen stopped the supply. He further added that part payment of Rs 35 lakh has been made to the vendor and that he had been requested not to disrupt the oxygen supply.

Adityanath also held a review meeting of healthcare, among other things. The father of an infant from Padrauna told media that there was an acute shortage of oxygen and accused authorities are lying to the media. “I am ready to hear the worst about my child,” he said amid flowing tears.

Another worried father, Deep Chandra belonging to Basti district also echoed similar sentiments and said that for the last 48 hours, there was no oxygen supply and the children admitted here at the hospital were left to die despite prayers and requests to the officials of the medical college. Dozens of children admitted to the hospital are hanging between life and death situation and in absence of proper treatment, medicines, and oxygen, they have lost hope, said many others.

– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08


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Make in India Most Beneficial For Mobile Manufacturers

How mobile manufacturing made the most of 'Make in India'

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India is today the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world after China. Pixabay

From just two mobile phone manufacturing units in 2014 to 268 mobile handset and accessories manufacturing units in 2019 which has led to 95 per cent of mobile phones sold in the country being produced domestically, the star in India’s “Make in India” story is indeed shining.

In fact, India is today the second-largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world after China. “India has achieved tremendous success in mobile phone and component manufacturing in the last four years with more than 95 per cent of domestic consumption now being produced in India,” Pankaj Mohindroo, Chairman, India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA), told IANS.

“Our domestic market viz-a-viz domestic manufacturing is saturated and we have set our sights on a target of Rs 7.7 lakh crore of exports by 2025,” he added. According to a survey conducted by mobile industry body ICEA, the 268 mobile handset and accessories manufacturing units employ about 6.7 lakh people.

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In India, 268 mobile handset and accessories manufacturing units employ about 6.7 lakh people. Pixabay

So today the phones that most Indians hold in their hands are made in India, thanks mainly to schemes such as Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) to provide financial incentives across the ESDM value chain to compensate for cost disability in manufacturing and Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC).

Launched in 2012, the M-SIPS, provides capital subsidy of 25 per cent for electronics industry located in non-SEZ (Special Economic Zone) areas and 20 per cent for those in SEZ areas.

The Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC) scheme, which was also launched in 2012, encouraged entities, including state governments, to provide good quality infrastructure within a cluster.

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Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the new hub of mobile manufacturing in the country over the past few years. Pixabay

Under the scheme, 50 per cent of the project cost for Greenfield Electronics Manufacturing Clusters and 75 per cent for Brownfield Electronics Manufacturing Clusters is given as grant. Due to the focus on “Make in India” and “Digital India” programmes, Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the new hub of mobile manufacturing in the country over the past few years.

In July 2018, Samsung launched the world’s largest mobile factory in Noida. The new facility was set up with the aim of doubling its capacity for mobile phones in Noida from 68 million units a year to 120 million units a year, in a phase-wise expansion to be completed by 2020.

Besides Samsung, most Chinese smartphone makers which now dominate the Indian market – Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo — also produce their phones in the country. Apple has already started the assembling of iPhone 7 at its supplier Wistron’s facility in Bengaluru. Production of cellular mobile handsets in volume terms reached 225 million units in 2017-18, as compared to production of 60 million units in 2014-15.

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The National Policy on Electronics 2019 has set the aim of promoting domestic manufacturing and export in the entire value-chain of ESDM (Electronics System Design and Manufacturing) for economic development to achieve a turnover of Rs 26 lakh crore by 2025. This will include targeted production of one billion mobile handsets by 2025, valued at Rs 13 lakh crore, including 600 million mobile handsets valued at Rs 7 lakh crore for export.

India currently has over 450 million smartphone users. The number of smartphone users in the country is expected to reach 859 million by 2022, according to an ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study. (IANS)