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The Odisha government on Thursday signed an MoU with Prasanti Medical Services and Research Foundation (PMSRF) for the extension of free cardiac treatment services to the poor and needy children of the state for the next two years at Satya Sai Heart Hospital in Ahmadabad.
The hospital was roped in on November 18, 2018, for providing free cardiac services to the children of Odisha with cardiac ailments.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Supreme Court judge Vineet Saran, Orissa High Court (HC) Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq, former Chief Justice of Orissa HC Kalpesh Jhaveri, and Health Minister Naba Das were present on the occasion.
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All pre and post-operative care of patients at the hospital, including medicines, stents, coils, etc are borne by the foundation.
The transport assistance is provided by the state government to the patients along with escorts referred to PMSRF, as per their eligibility under different government schemes implemented in the state, said a statement.
Till now, 1,019 children have undergone cardiac surgery and cured of their heart ailments.
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The next batch of children with cardiac ailments will be sent for treatment soon after a brief pause due to the Covid situation, said the statement.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that his government is committed to making all efforts for fulfilling the healthcare needs of the people, especially the under-privileged and the under-served, in an equitable, accessible, affordable, transparent, and time-bound manner.
One such remarkable step in this direction has been to ensure that the poor people of Odisha get free cardiac treatment and are given a new lease of life, he added.
Chief Minister commended the foundation for its commitment to serve humanity.
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In appreciation of this effort, the state government is renewing the MoU to ensure that the poor people in our state continue to receive this critical health service, he added.
Supreme Court Judge Justice Vineet Saran described Odisha as his second home.
It’s his privilege to work anything for the state, he added.
It may be mentioned here, it was Justice Vineet Saran who introduced the PMSRF to Odisha.
Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Justice Mohammad Rafiq appreciated the selfless, charitable commitment of the Odisha government and the Satya Sai Heart Hospital.
He said that there is no higher religion than service to humanity.
Justice K.S. Jhaveri said that Odisha is very close to his heart. (IANS)
Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan feels manual scavenging is an unconstitutional act and has pledged to join any campaign that works for the benefit of such workers.
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“Events of the day move you beyond words … manual scavenging is an unconstitutional and illegal act .. yet .. it exists and they that work, suffer inhuman existence… Will join any campaign that works for their benefit .. have pledged,” Big B tweeted on Wednesday.
He expressed similar views on his blog, too. “There are times when the events of the day seem to last longer than what they were meant to be .. the strength and the agony of them that live and serve in inhuman conditions and environs .. who get the discrimination of society .. who labor in conditions that are humiliating yet for the presence and existence, they suffer .. because having a roof and feeding the family is their prime objective… I am unable to contend with this so shall end here .. with the hope and prayer that the end for them that live in extraneous circumstances is of a brighter and existent life as humans,” he wrote.
On the work front, the actor, who turned 78 on Sunday, has a lot to look forward to. He will be seen in Nagraj Manjule’s “Jhund”, the Emraan Hashmi co-starrer “Chehre”, and Ayan Mukerji’s action fantasy drama “Brahmastra”, co-starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy, and Telugu superstar Nagarjuna. Big B will also star with Deepika Padukone and Telugu superstar Prabhas in a multilingual mega-production for the big screen. The yet-untitled film is slated to release in 2022. (IANS)
BY NEHA HEGDE
We often knowingly or unknowingly think in a way where the opinion about poverty is that poverty is destined to be. Maybe we are used to these kinds of discussions where we just try to accept that poverty is a part of our country and never really had an urge to overcome it. The biggest problem is accepting that problems will always exist and we can’t do anything about it. This conclusion is actually dangerous, maybe not as an individual but as a whole, it will have effects on society.
The sheer scale of human suffering leads one to naturalize it. It is hard for an individual to bring change, we just expect someone else to do it, perhaps, the state to do it. If we talk about the opportunities, we have denied it as their right and subjected them to violence giving reasons for laziness and irresponsible behavior.
When we think poverty is meant to be, then eradicating it, is the last thing possible. The neo-middle-class and the upper class of this society ought to share their privileges instead of taking them granted. Sharing here doesn’t mean that they lie on a pedestal, it just means that there must be no hierarchy.
How Poverty is Defined in Our Nation?
There is a flaw in how poverty is defined. We have two committees that have reported about poverty in India.
|Suresh Tendulkar Committee||Rangaraj Committee|
|Total no. of poor||269 million||363 million|
If a person earns as per the above table then he or she is not poor according to the respective committee reports. The so-called committees appointed to report use the word “normative” and estimate that this expenditure is adequate to live in a household.
We have many voluminous learned reports, we have seen recurring planning and budgeting for decades now. It’s the 21st century, we still have people striving for basic living.
Let us take the case where a person earns Rs 47 per day which constitutes up to Rs 1410 per month in an Indian city today, for any roof over someone’s head in a slum of a metropolis will cost a minimum of Rs 1000 to Rs 1200 per month. With the remaining amount a kilogram of rice costs Rs 20-30, Vegetable cost for a week even if it is the most basic then it will be up to Rs 200. Milk being Rs 21 per liter is out of the discussion. Where is the basic nutritious food which every human deserves? A single bus ticket will cost Rs 10 -15. What about education? What about healthcare?
Overall, what about a basic plain life with human dignity?
The Practice of Manual Scavenging
Our nation has the time, intellectual, budget, etc to accomplish Space Missions and other Technological advancements but still practices sending men into the drainage. 2019 saw the highest number of manual scavenging deaths in the past five years. 110 workers were killed while cleaning sewers and septic tanks. The degrading of human dignity is not a new thing in India.
India’s poor face many exiles. They are uprooted from the consciences of the people of privilege, from our cinema, television, and newspapers, from the priorities of public expenditure and government, from debates in Parliament and offices, from institutions that could offer them some basic security through education, healthcare, and social security. And, they are exiled from the hope that their children or their grandchildren will one day escape a life of back-breaking toil and social humiliation. This last one is the most profound of their exiles.
Children from poorer households in India consistently experience educational disadvantages as compared to their wealthier peers, say researchers, adding that the girls are more adversely affected than boys.
The research team from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Birmingham in the UK, said their findings highlight the limitations of the current education policy and called for more comprehensive reform.
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“Despite recent policy reforms in boosting enrolment rates and improving access to education, there are still substantial gender- and wealth-driven disparities affecting the educational progression of young children in India,” said study researcher Nicholas Vasilakos from UEA.
For the findings, published in the British Educational Research Journal, the research team used data from the ‘Young Lives’ longitudinal survey to analyse the effect of socioeconomic conditions and gender on the educational performance of young children in India.
Data was drawn from standardised scores on two cognitive tests: the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) and a maths test, and the researchers looked at results from 951 children from the regions of Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Telangana.The results showed that children from wealthier households consistently outperform their less-affluent peers.
According to the researchers, there are also significant gender differences in the way household wealth affects the educational performance of children. Specifically, boys born into wealthier households perform considerably better in maths than those from worse-off economic backgrounds.
The effect of wealth on the PPVT – which measures verbal ability and general cognitive development – is stronger for girls than it is for boys, the study said.
“We also find that high caregiver aspirations are positively and significantly associated with better performance in math, for boys but not for girls,” the study authors wrote.
Children from wealthier households have fewer constraints – such as the cost of books, school fees or uniforms – and no need to work for income or perform household chores, as their less-affluent peers often must.
Additionally, children from poorer households may only have access to substandard schools and resources, and less parental support with their education.
The researchers noted that these kids are also more susceptible to adverse economic shocks, which may in turn force parents to make choices about which child to send to school or indeed, to choose between work and education. (IANS)