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Naidu says Modi and Kejriwal should not become political enemies

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should not become “enemy” in politics, union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu said on Sunday.

“…we need to respect people’s mandate to Modi and Kejriwal and should not become enemies in the politics, but instead focus on development,” Naidu said at the launch of ‘Swachh Delhi Abhiyan’, a campaign for cleaner Delhi.

Speaking at the launch of the campaign here, Kejriwal and Naidu stressed on mutual cooperation between the central government and the Delhi government for better results of the campaign.

On the occasion, Naidu gave away a cheque of Rs.96 crore to the Delhi government, which is intended to be spent on the cleanliness in the city.

Kejriwal said there had been a “lack of political intention” on the issue of cleaning the city.

“We will form an autonomous institution for the Yamuna cleaning, which will have all the powers to address the need. All efforts will be made jointly to fight Delhi’s garbage,” the chief minister said.

Also present on the occasion were the mayors of North, East and South Delhi Municipal Corporations.

Earlier on Monday, Kejriwal launched ‘Swachh Delhi’ app that enables residents to apprise authorities with pictures of garbage, while announcing Swachh Delhi Abhiyan from November 22 to 30.

(IANS)

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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)