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Punjab gets NHRC notice over public health centre

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New Delhi, The NHRC on Monday issued notice to the Punjab government over a reported move to shut down Moga Public Health Centre due to absence of power supply and sought its response within two weeks.

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Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report that the Primary Health Centre (PHC) at Sekha Kalan Village in Punjab’s Moga district has been operating without power for 21 years, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notice to Vini Mahajan, Punjab’s principal secretary, health and family welfare.

“According to the media report, after efforts to restore power supply to the PHC failed, the health department in Moga asked the state government to close it as it was difficult for doctors and paramedical staff to work there,” the NHRC said in a statement.

“The commission has observed that the contents of the media report, if true, raise the serious issue of violation of human rights of villagers. The state government has been given two weeks to respond,” it added.

According to the report, the health center was set up to cater to medical requirements of people living in 12 nearby villages.

(IANS)

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Punjab Bans Online Delivery of Food without Hygiene Rating

Punjab to ban online food without hygiene rating

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Delivery man Ujjwal Singhal working with the food delivery app Swiggy carries an order to a customer in New Delhi, India, Feb. 6, 2019. (Representational image). VOA

Punjab is going to ban online delivery of food without hygiene rating, Health Minister Brahm Mohindra announced on Thursday.

The decision was taken under the ‘Tandarust Punjab Mission’.

Mohindra has issued directions to all online food order and supply companies to display the hygiene rating of the food business operators registered with them.

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Delivery men working with the food delivery apps Uber Eats and Swiggy wait to pick up an order outside a restaurant in Mumbai, India, Feb. 6, 2019. VOA

Giving three months for compliance, the Minister said after the deadline no online food order will be delivered in the state without the hygiene rating.

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Commissioner Food and Drug Administration K.S. Pannu said the online food companies take orders from consumers and deliver it after procuring the hygiene rating from the Food Business Operators associated with them. (IANS)