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AIIMS RISHIKESH ENHANCES RATES OF VARIOUS PROCEDURES, PATIENTS LEAVING

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These pictures are of the inner sections of OPD almost completely devoid of patients of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh a brand new gigantic hospital at par with the standards of AIIMS, New Delhi constructed just a few years ago, though an autonomous medical institution, but under the jurisdiction of the Union ministry of Health, government of India. The pics have been sent to me by a friend of mine, a social activist n scribe Anurag Dhaundiyal with a request to share them but I thought to write on it. As per the information send to me on whatapp Anurag like other responsible citizens is badly concerned about the sorry state of affairs of this prestigious hospital AIIMS which by now could have treated hundreds of patients at reasonable, rather on freeship basis than giving such a pathetic lonely look, entirely devoid of patients due to the lackalustre and complacent attitude of the administration and the senior bosses. What makes the situation and reputation of this institute more worse and anti poor is the fact that AIIMS RISHIKESH having come into existence with the sole motive of providing free and on expenditure within the reach of a common and under privileged patients has now quadrupled the rates of surgeries, beyond the reach of the local patients and almost at par with the private hospitals. The message from Mr. Anurag says: Today I visited AIIMS, Rishikesh for someone’s addmision and was shocked to see the full ward premises completely empty. Last night most of the patients had left the wards when they noticed that the Director of this AIIMS has increased the price of its procedures by more than 200%. Previously the surgeries which used to be free are now costing at par with the private hospitals. Anurag Dhaundiyal said that he was shocked to see several patients who can’t afford these exorbitant rates of surgeries were constrained to leave the hospital without getting themselves treated. Is this the objective of AIIMS Rishikesh for which it has been established after spending millions of rupees, questions furious and disturbed Anurag. He further writes: The institute is known to provide high-end medication to people who are below poverty line, senior citizens who are retired and people who can only afford government medical institutes, I am here attaching the empty ward pics and am really shocked and devastated to see what our govt is doing in his matter. He asks: Is it that only the prise tags of AIIMS, Rishikesh has been revised and not of any other place? We have been told by the doctors that they are themselves not aware of these changes. They have been told to implement these new rates from now onwards. The doctors said that they are not in favour to ask exorbitant prices from the poor patients. And may soon go on strike protesting against these arbitrary and exorbitant rates of treatments.
This is really shocking as the primary objective of opening AIIMS is various parts of the country including Rishikesh, Uttarakhand is to help provide free and cheap treatments to the people of the poor and lower middle strata of the state and also in order to reduce the influx at AIIMS DELHI which is already over filled with patients from all around the country including (from) abroad. The AIIMS Rishikesh was sanctioned during the BJP led NDA rule while Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister. Today, Uttarakhand is bereft of good government hospitals and as a result, the majority of the patients either pay heavily to private hospitals at Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital or Almora or go to Delhi for surgeries and treatment of critical illnesses. The patients belonging to the under privileged and weaker sections of the society have no option but to be at the mercy of these ill equipped government hospitals having no provision of surgeries of critical illnesses like cardiac complications etc. The political VIPs and government employees are empanelled with hi tech private hospitals n have not problems as such. Only the poor and the under privileged suffer. The rich and the affluent go to Delhi. The Fortis and Max are therefore earning handsomely due to the pitiable conditions of government hospitals in the entire Uttarakhand and the governments don’t give any heed in this regard. The point is what’s the use of spending hundreds of crores on AIIMS RISHIKESH if it’s of no use for the poor, economically deprived and marginally classes of the state of Uttarakhand.
SUNIL NEGI, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

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Cloud bursts and heavy rains in Uttarakhand have created havoc.

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The unfortunate incidents of cloud bursts in various parts of Chamoli and Pithoragarh districts and the incessant pouring of heavy rains have created havoc in the hill state with Yatra Road blocked at various points due to heavy lanslides and subsequent casualties.

During the monsoon reason in particular, every year, the high stream areas near Kedarnath in Chamoli district and Pithoragarh incidents of cloud bursts and heavy landslides not only result in creating bottlenecks for the local villagers but to the pilgrims as well as most of the roads are blocked with heavy landslides and subsequent deaths including heavy loss to proerties and animals.

During the last two months several fatalities have occured due to the incidents of cloud bursts. The schools have been closed and in some areas the isolated villages which have been entirely cut from the rest of the world are complelled to face hardships pertaining to lack of food, medical facilities and other requirements. In Chamoli district wome and school going children are constrained to cross the river through ropes or on a single tree trunk temperorily made as the makeshift bridge without any support or pillar that claimed the life of a local resident. However this tree trunk was later on withdrwan by the SDM and the people were asked to walk 15 kilometer distance on foot to reach on the other side of the river. So disgusting.

The picture below is of the inhabitants of the last village of Chamoli district under Deval block which has suffered extensive damage de to heavy and excessive rains.

The name of this affected village is VANI and the block is Deval under the Chamoli district. Due to the extensive damage in this block by way of the complete damage of the local bridge and the road that got swept away in the flood caused by the torrential rains has resulted in the isolation of the village inhabitants confronted with shortage of ration, vegetables and the requisite medical facilities.

In the picture one can see how the dedicated villagers of the isolated Vani Gaon at the border area are themselves trying their best to clear the way of the huge debris of the swept away heavily damaged road leading to their village putting their own lives to risk.

Meanwhile, according to the meteorolgical department alert has been issued in Uttarakhand for the heavy rain during the incoming three days.

Just a few days ago Dehradun also witnessed a heavy and torrential rains resulting in heavy loss to property.

Similarly, on last Thursday in the Neeti valley near the Indo China Border in Chamoli district in Jhelum village heavy damage was done to houses and property.

As a result majority of the monsoon rivulets are badly flooded and are on high tide. Due to the heavy landslides and the subsequent over accumulation of silt in a local rivulet/ drain known as Tamak Naala about half a dozen of villages have lost connection with the district headquarter.

About six persons that included two children and 4 labourers lost their lives after having been buried under the huge mud silt. The local people and the disater management authorities have retrieved the corpse of the one and a half year old child and his mother while other dead bodies are being retrieved.

The Joshimath Malaari Highway connecting the Indo China border areas was also blocked as a result of the heavy lanslides. This resulted in the blockade of movement of the villagers of Neeti village near Badrinath temple and the BSP ITBP troopers as well guarding our border at minus degree temperature.

It may be recalled that due to the heavy and excessive rains and incidents of cloud bursts in the Jhelum Rivulets’ front upper portion in the Neeti Valley, heavy boulders and lanslide blocked the Mallari highway creating complete bottlenecks for the border villagers and the BSF and ITBP troopers guarding the sensitive Indo China border.

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BUS FALLS INTO A DEEP GORGE IN CHAMBA DHARASU MOTOR ROAD IN TEHRI, GARHWAL, 14 KILLED, 16 INJURED GRIEVOUSLY

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It seems that the land of abode of Gods, Uttarakhand is cursed and its because of this perhaps that fatal accidents after accidents and eclogical disasters are claiming hundred of thousands of lives. It seems as if there is no authority or government to prevent such mishappenings or at least lessen them.

In 2013 June while the gigantic ecological disaster has claimed thousands of lives with little or total unsatisfactory relief there of despite so much of the futile and false claims by the successive governments having ruled the state for the last 18 years after the new himalayan state having come into separate existence. Not only this but the incidents of fatal accidents and man eater attacks are still on the rise unabatedly.

On 11th July the state witnessed a most anguishing and shocking accident in Naini Daanda Block of Garhwal when an overloaded bus turned down and fell 65 metres below in a gorge killing 48 persons on the spot due to the imbalancing of the bus in view of an unrepaired road with a large and deep pot hole. Two other accidents occured on the same day followed by the falling of some MAX vehicles and a bus. Several other incidents followed thereafter as well.

The government of the state and the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the accidental site, went to the local hospital to see the injureds, declared a compensation of 2 lakh rupees to each of the bereaved families of the dead passengers, transferred the Commissioner and DIG of Garhwal range, suspended few officers and the situation is still to square one with no improvement in the fatal accidents whatsoever,  to the utter dismay, surprise and shock of one and all.

According to the latest news report pouring in from Garhwal Uttarakhand just today i.e. on 19th July yet another accident has occured on Chamba Dharasu Motor Road in Tehri Garhwal killing 14 people on the spot with 16 people having suffered serious injuries.

The Uttarakhand roadways bus carrying good nunber of passengers fell into the three hundred metres deep gorge killing 14 people on the spot. The helicopter services have been lifting the injureds to the hospitals and the dead bodies are being retrieved by the police and disaster management authorities with the help of the locals. Orders have also been issued fora magisterial enquiry into this entire episode.

The point is why are so much accidents happening in the Garhwal and Kumaon divisions of Uttarakhand and why is it that no credible actions or initiatives are being taken by the government to rectify this trend.

The time has come now that the chief minister of the state should convene an urgent meeting on coordinated pattern with the police, traffic, PWD, transport, health, disaster management wing and other concerned departments to find a concrete, credible and healthy technical way out to avert these increasing accidents in the hills which have by now claimed hundreds of innocent lives.

The government should also devise a suitable fund for financially compensating the bereaved families of the deceaseds and the injureds in these fatal accidents.

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Twenty labourers feared dead under the collapsed illegal six floor building in Noida. 9 bodies retrieved so far

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An illegal under construction six floor building was on Tuesday in Noida known as Shahberi building has collapsed killing near twenty persons of some families who are still under the debris being cleared by the Noida authorties as well as the NDRF. Most of those killed are the labourers.

So far about nine bodies have been retrieved from beneath the huge debris of the collapsed building. The 6 floor Shahberi building and many such buildings are being arbitrarily and illegally build in Noida and greater Noida allegedly in league with the corrupt officials of Noida authority and the local police without getting the proper building plan duly passed.

Many such building without the official sanctions of the Noida authority are coming up seamlessly with the sole intent to earn heavy profits by the builder mafia thus risking the lives of the occupants and the labourers in most of the under construction buildings.

In the Shahberi building matter that collapaed like the pack of cards killing about twenty or even more persons, the builders concerned have not followed the adequate building norms and had used substandard material with no solid pillar support to the building.

There is tremendous corruption in the Noida Authority with the builders having their fullest say after allegedly bribing the officials of the building department.

Hundreds of such six or more floor risky buildings have come up by the builders with the intent to earn handsome profits in clandestine collaboration of the corrupt officials of the authority.

The question is : are the lives of the occupants or the labourers and their poor families so cheap that they can be led to death trap at any point of time.

In the Shahberi building collapse case several families have been wiped out. There is no pronouncement of any suitable compensation for the deceaseds’ particularly the only earning members of the aggrieved poor families.

The builders are still at large and the Noida police has registered cases against the erring builders against the necessary sections of the law.

There is tremendous anger, disenchantment and frowned tempers against the killer builders and people are demanding stringent punishment for them.

But will our system really punish the guilty under the strictest sections of the law is a moot question.

Yogi Adityanathji, people are dying under your rule and you are watching silently. Do something to punish the guilty and adequately compensate the victims and the bereaved poor families financially as well.

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UTTARAKHAND’S INTERIOR HOSPITALS NEED ICUs AS WELL AS GOOD NUMBER OF DOCTORS TOO ! INITIATIVE OF BALUNI LAUDABLE

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After the hue and cry on account of the most tragic and dreaded accident in the Naini Danda block of districtPauri Garhwal on 1st of July that claimed 48 precious lives of passengers travelling in an overloaded bus carrying more than double the capacity, the newly elected youthful journalist turned MP from Garhwal in the upper house Anil Baluni has come forward with a constructive proposal to establish intensive care units (ICUs’) in various interior hospitals of Pauri Garhwal district to start with, in order to provide timely, adequate and emergency medical treatment / resustication to the patients suffering from various critical illness like cardio vascular deseases as well as the accidental victims before shifting them to fully equipped bigger government hospitals at Dehradun or Delhi for further medical care leading to their survival.

The Rajya Sabha MP from Garhwal and the BJP’s national media incharge stationed at New Delgi Anil Baluni has offered adequate funds from his annual member of parliament’s lad fund allocated to every law maker from the union government’s financial coffers.

Baluni said : whether the fellow party MPs’ from Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha contribute in this regard or not but he will allocate his maximum MP lad fund from the present year’s financial quota to the quota of coming years to ensure that majority of the interior hospitals of Pauri Garhwal district are adequately equipped with the ICUs and ventilators to enable timely resustication to the critically ill patients who require immediate oxygen and functioning of lungs to survive at the time of critical situations when their heart goes sinking due to various cardilogical complications.

There had been hundreds of cases in the past that patients suffering from critical illnesses give up on the way while being carried to good hospitals in Dehradun or other cities of Uttarakhand including Delhi for want of critical respiratory care in the absense of not a single ICU in any of the district hospitals.

While the initiative of RS MP Anil Baluni and his intent to help the needy patients living in the interior villages is definitely highly appreciating and a welcome initiative but sounds bit impractical as the BJP currently has governments in both the Uttarakhand state as well as the centre.

There is, as such, no dearth of central financial assistence to the health sector of the himalayan state if the government led by prime minister Narendra Modi is really serious for the welfare and well being of the people of Uttarakhand. It can allocate a substantial fund from the centre of few crores to set up these ICUs’ and ventilators in majority of the Uttarakhand hospitals bereft of these facilities for the last 18 years.

Why is it that an MP of Rajya Sabha having a meagre budget has to singularly come forward with this healthy proposal and why not the state government, the union government and other 6 MPs’ not coming forward to do the needful in their respective parliamentary constituencies.

The majority of government hospitals in Uttarakhand, whether in the interiors of various district headquarters, are lacking high number of doctors as well as various medical aids and equipments like beds, ultrasound machines, X Ray equipments, medicines and doctors.

Several hospitals are running under the guidance of pharmacists in the interior villages which unambiguously speaks of the sorry state of affairs in the health sector of Uttarakhand. To prove home the point even the 250 bedded newly constructed private charitable hospital constructed by Hans Foundation at Satpuli with several hundred crores has merely three doctors despite its being the hi tec state of the art hospital.

It’s not that the successive governments have not been trying hard to ensure that doctors are stationed in the interior villages in good numbers but despite getting heavy perks our medical practitioners prefer to start their own private clinics or nursing homes to mint excessive money than to serve the poor masses in the interior or district hospitals of Uttarakhand.

Just take the case of Pauri district government hospital where during the undivided Uttar Pradesh there were 22 doctors of repute but today after the formation of separate Uttarakhand state there are hardly three doctors most of whom are on leave or absense.

The crux of the story is : the people of Uttarakhand do need ICUs and ventilators like life saving machines but the presence of adequate number of doctors is the first and foremost priority. In Uttarakhand one can find good number of private hospitals minting heavy profits, the reason being our government hospitals are badly and ill equipped having dearth of life saving equipments and doctors. However, despite all this, the initiative of Anil Baluni is highly appreciative and needs a standing ovation.

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UPHILL TASK AHEAD FOR CM UTTARAKHAND TSR TO CONTROL INCREASING ACCIDENTAL CASUALTIES/ COMMISSIONER AND DIG TRANSFERRED

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After facing tremendous opposition and hue and cry from the cross section of the people and the media, finally the chief minister of Uttarakhand has relented and exhibited stern posture towards the senior nost bureaucrats of Garhwal Uttarakhand holding them responsible for negligence and complacense towards the tragic accidental casualties at Nainidaanda block, which shockingly claimed 48 precious lives of innocent commuters on 1st of July sending shock waves in the entire himalayan state and the country. Showing tremendous seriousness in the whole episode after declaring compensation of rupees two lakhs to each of family of the deceased and visiting the severly injured at DHUMAKOT hospital the deeply concerned T. S. Rawat has without wasting anytime transferred the Garhwal range commissioner Mr. Jawalkar and Deputy Inspector General of Police Pushpak Jyoti else where in order to pacify the anger and annoyance of the common masses.

 

He also held Transport Tax Officer Nihal Jha and Dhuma Kot Police Station Incharge Mr. Kathaith directly respinsible for the lapses and transferred them from their present positions. This is perhaps for the first time that the chief minister Rawat has shown guts to take these hard decisions after this massive tragedy of Nainidaanda block that claimed 48 precious lives. There have been over 60 or more deaths in the entire state in various accidents this month in different localities given an unambiguous impression that negligence and complacense at the level of the erring drivers and the officials of the concerned departments have been the core reasons behind these tragic happenings.

Though accidents had been occuring in the Uttarakhand state since a long time especially during the Yatra seasons in view of the heavy traffic movement, over loading of buses, uncontrolled fast driving, existence of pot holes on the roads and several other reasons like drivers in inebriated conditions etc but never had there been such a huge casualties as was in the case of the NAINIDAANDA block accident killing 48 passengers on the spot in a single go. Even the prime minister of the country Narendra Modi and the union home minister have issued statements expressing their grief and condolences towards the bereaved families thus compelling the state administration to gear itself up to counter the critical situation by announcing immediate compensation of Rs two lakh each to the families of the deceaseds’ and holding the commisioner Garhwal range and DIG responsible for various lapses thus transferring them elsewhere.

A magisterial enquiry has also been ordered in this episode to find the actual reasons behind the accident and holding officials responsiblefor utter negligence and failure to perform their requisite duties. Meanwhile about nine bodies of the deceaseds of this accident have been consigned to flames and the rest are in pipeline after the completion of necessary technical formalities like post mortom etc.

While we extend our heartfelt condolences to bereaved families we are of the strong opinion that had the government been seriously concerned and shown vigilance as it has now, such accidents could have been be avoided and averted quite before. The transferred Commisioner of Garhwal range Jawalkar will temperorily look after the charge of Tourism and some other departments whereas Pushpak Jyoti would be incharge of SIT as its DIG. Shailesh Bagoli has taken charge as Garhwal Commisioner and Ajay Rautela would be the new DIG in place of Pushpak Jyoti.

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UK CM’s gesture to reach the accidental spot was appreciable but had carried senior doctors and medicines than the BJP leaders

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The most tragic and horrendous accident that occured in Nainidaanda Block on 1st of July is the most harshest of the tragedy ever witnessed in whole of Uttarakhand with 48 innocent lives meeting the most anguishing end never ever expected for the negligence of the few.

After all, a question being asked is ! What was the fault of these innocent passengers? We may blame the driver, who himself has lost his own life, but the moot point is, what about those officers and their subordinates in the civil and transport administrative departments including the traffic police on whose shoulders lies the primary responsibility of check and regulate the entire transport system in entire Uttarakhand in order to avoid overloading of buses and to regulate and check if the driver of the bus is genuinely obeying or duly following the traffic norms for the safety of the commuters and the passengers.

In Uttarakhand if we actually see the past and present record of the officers on duties either in transport, health and in police departments including in traffic, one will be amused to learn that they are all enjoying the hefty perks than being committed towards the responsibilities assigned to them.

It’s literally a comfort zone to be in, as a government employee in Uttarakhand whether you are a District Majistrate, SDM or in any other department that matters. The moot point is, the government of the day is hardly responsive to the increasing accidental cases and subsequent casualties thereafter but wants to simply subside disastrous deaths by merely paying a meagre compensation of Rs 2 lakhs each to the deceaseds’ family and putting the hugest tragedy at rest.

Just imagine, what would be the fate and condition of the bereaved families who have lost their sons, daughters, wives, brothers, sisters, parents and the sole earning member of the family.

Can the government of the day bring back the precious lives of these deceaseds’ whose families have lost their most loving ones and the bread earners. Would the financial aid of merely rupees two lakhs is enough for the life long sustenance who’ve lost their precious lives because of their ill fate or the deficiency of the system.

Does it not sound shocking that after the sad and the most shocking demise of 48 innocent passengers the chief minister of Uttarakhand hires a chopper with lakhs of rupees as its fare, supposed to be of the tax payers’ money and visits the accidental site near the Gweel village in Nainidaanda block for no use and relevance and takes with him the education minister Dhan Singh Rawat and the State BJP chief Ajay Bhatt who literally have no role to play in this whole tragic and traumatic episode except to take maximum media miliage and political advantage.

The moot point is that instead of accompanying these two political persons had the chief minister carried with him the senior most doctors or the best possible medicines or medical equipments required for the urgent treatment or diagnosis of the severely injured persons addmitted in the Dhumakot hospital it would have been more better and fruitful than carrying these politicians who were of no use and relevance in this episode except deriving political and media advantage.

However, we appreciate the gesture of the chief minister to go to the hospital and learn about the well being of the injured.

But this attitude unambiguously speaks of the fact as to how non serious was the Uttarakhand government was about this serious matter.

The fact of the entire development is: the politicians and the bureaucrats of Uttarakhand hardly care for the peoples’ lives and they are rated as just peanuts or non entities. There have been several hundred deaths in road accidents in Uttarakhand and the chief minister or the concerned ministers have never visited the accident spots nor ever paid adequate compensation to the bere aved families except the one happened in Nainidanda block and that too because the prime minister of the country and home minister have issued statements condoling these traumatic and tragic deaths and assured for the all possible help whatsover by the union government. What’s your take friends? .

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CM TRIVENDRA RAWAT REACHES THE ACCIDENTAL SPOT, ANNOUNCES 2 LAKHS COMPENSATION TO EACH OF THE BEREAVED FAMILY

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The prime minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief over the deaths of several bus commuters in Garhwal Uttarakhand and have assured of all possible help to the bereaved families.

The prime minister has expressed his grief and condolensces by tweeting in his twitter handle this afernoon.

After the news started appearing like wild fire in the entire electronics and print media the state Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has taken a very serious note of the anguishing situation that claimed 48 lives and has left for the accident spot in an official chopper to see for himself the circumstances leading to this critical accident.

The chief minister has also announced the monetary compensation of Rs. two lakh each to the bereaved families of those dead though the amount seems to be too meagre for the lives lost in this fatal accident.

Meanwhile, orders for the detailed and indepth enquiry has also been issued in this regard. It may be recalled that the bus possessing the sitting capacity of merely 28 was badly overloaded and it seems that the driver had lost the balance.

Even the chief minister TS Rawat has accepted on camera that the majority of the accidents in Uttarakhand are happening due to the over loading of private buses and his government would ensure that this trend is averted in the near future.

During the last two years there have been rapid increase in the accidents of heavy vehicles in Uttarakhand but the transport department of the state has been extremely complacent and untrust worthy towards the passengers as they never penalised any bus operator or the drivers for such fatalities nor have they initiated any efforts to avert these fatal accidents.

It seems as if there is literally no administration functioning in the state. In this particular case the entire state’s political and administrative appratus including the chief minister has come into action after prime minister Narendra Modi personally intervened in the matter and expressed his grief and condolences through tweet including financially helping the bereaved families.

The traffic in the Char Dham Yatra Marg has tremendously increased in Uttarakhand and the speeding traffic of the outsiders not exactly knowing the geography of the routes and not well versed with hilly roads as well, are also also responsible for such fatal accidents.

The blind turns of hilly roads are devoid of strong iron railings and the transport department is also lacking putting indication boards and hoardings in majority of the hilly routes resulting in the tourists not able to have exact idea about various road indicators.

These days Uttarakhand is the victim of severe road accident fatalities as well as the maneater attacks but little seem to have been done to provide relief to its inhabitants in both the above contexts.

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48 DIE AS THE ILL FATED BUS FALLS IN A 45 METRE DEEP TRENCH IN GARHWAL, UTTARAKHAND

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There is an extremely shocking news again in the accident prone Garhwal, Uttarakhand where a bus full of passengers fell in a 65 metres deep trench after the ill fated driver lost the control of the bus. About 48 persons are believed to have died on the spot after having been grievously wounded and bodies being mutilated after repeated fall against the rocks and trees. The bus full of about more than 60 passengers was heading towards Ram Nagar from Pauri Bamnaunisain.

The unfortunate driver of the ill fated bus however lost the control near Gweel village and fell into the deep trench killing 48 commuters on the spot while seriously injured several others. The area of the accident falls under Nainidanda block of Garhwal, Uttarakhand. The police and the national disaster relief force task force have been hurriedly disptached to the accident spot and the dead bodies are being retrieved.

The 12 grievously unjured have been shifted to the nearby hospital in Dhumakot for immediate treatment. The exact cause of the death has however not been revealed by now as an inquiry has been ordered to seek the reasons behind the cause of the death. It may be recalled that the unfortunate incidents of road accidents particularly of overcrowded buses are on the increse in Uttarakhand.

There is an accident on every third day in Uttarakhand with several casualties. The reason behind these accidents is usually the buses being overcrowded. In the above case as well the private bus having the capacity of merely 28 numbers was over crowded and may be one of the reasons for the driver losing the control due to its having become imbalanced.

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EIGHTH DAY FAST UNTO DEATH to demand end to illegal mining in Ganges. Govt least concerned.

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In order to save the pious Ganges from the incessant pollution and increasing illegal and arbitrary massive scale mining on the banks of the Ganges falling under the jurisdiction of Uttarakhand periphery, a septuagenerian Saint of Haridwar, Uttarakhand is on an indefinite hunger strike at Maatra Sadan Ashram in Haridwar demanding immediate ban on illegal or licenced mining leading to gigantic profits to the mining mafia allegedly conducting the business unabatedly in collaboration with those at the administrative and political helm in Uttarakhand.

Today was the eighth day of the saffron clad septuagenerian saint’s fast unto death who is demanding total ban on mining in the Ganges being arbitrarily carried out since long despite infinite protests by the environmentalists, social activists and the regional political parties but of no awail.

According to the saint Gyan Swaroop, the massive and unprecedented mining in the Ganges has resulted in affecting and creating bottlenecks in the smooth and seamless flow of this pious river thus leading to environmental degradation and playing with the natural flow since ages.

It may be recalled that two years ago similarly another prominent saint of Haridwar Swami Nigmanand died after undertaking 74 days hunger strike demanding permanent ban on illegal mining.

In the meanwhile neither the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat nor any of his cabinet colleague or the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has taken note of this indefinite hunger strike of this fasting septuagenerian saint despite the fact that on 27th/ 28th June the veteran RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was in Haridwar in a meeting of all the eminent saffron clad saints convened by him to discuss issues pertaining to cleaning of pious Ganges and matters relating to spiritualism and propagation of their traditional thought process of Hinduism.

The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited Haridwar today to seek the blessings of RSS chief and said on TV cameras that it was merely a courtsey call and nothing else but did’nt get the time to meet the saint on indefinite hunger strike.

While speaking to the scribes saint Gyan Swaroop said that he will not relent and rather prefer to die for the cause of clean Ganga and demanding immediate stoppage to the massive illegal mining in and on the banks of the pious river.

Sounds shocking that despite the prime minister Narendra Modi’s flagship programme of cleansing the Ganges and his special impetus on completing the clean Ganga project at the earliest the political CEO of Uttarakhand or his cabinet colleagues or the RSS chief had no time to visit Matra Sadan and appeal to the fasting saint to give up the 8th day indefinite hunger strike.

It may be recalled that the prime minister Narendra Modi had always been deeply concerned about cleaning the highly polluted Ganga and has even made a separate Ganga Rejuvenation ministry with a whopping budget of about 20000 crores.

Not only this but the previous Congess government led by Harish Rawat also suffered a severe defeat (blow) on account of the government allegedly favouring the mining mafias despite a widespread opposition from the people of the state as well as the BJP which was in the opposition then.

Sources reveal that majority of the mining contracts have allegedly been offered or sanctioned to contractors close to the politicians at the helm or to their near and dear ones’. The mining is so rampant that the natural resources are being extracted at free of cost but being sold for construction activities in and outside the state earning handsome profits thus affecting badly, the seamless flow of the river serving the entire country and its populace for drinking and irrigational purposes.

The moot point is : Would the saint on infinite hunger strike at Matra Sadan, Haridwar meet the same fate as was the fate of Swamy Nigmanand two years ago? A big question mark indeed.

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India produces a collosal 15000 tons of plastic waste, a greatest health hazard! Let’s give up plastics

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The metropolitan cities of the country are becoming excessively overcrowded and so are other towns and cities of various states of the country.

The need for survival and non availability of job avenues compell them to throng these cities, towns and metropolises in uncontrollable numbers leading to overcrowded plains and hence excessive pollution.

The fastly depleting underground water table due to excessively enhanced water consumption and irregular rains due to global warming including massive withdrawal of underground water through electronic pumps by one and all have added to the problem multiply with no or negligible efforts or initiatives for warer conservation.

But despite all this, the uninterrupted and rampant use of plastic all over the country has assumed gigantic proportions and infinitely added to the already existing pollution woes.

India today is the highest consumer of the plastics amongst the countries of the globe despite Delhi and 17 other states having already banned the use of plastics.

The massive use of plastics through pakaging of food stuff, oils, garments, eatables, water and in other forms like plastic plates, spoons, cups and even water packets n thermocol etc in marriages and other homely functions nationally have become the hugest nuisance for the society and its population.

It’s usually said that a bottle of plastic takes over three hundred protracted years to vanish or perish and its hard plastic lids about 500 years and by the time if the use of these plastics would not be strongly countered and checked by the alternative use of soluble or perishable paper bags or jute bags compounded with the use of bamboo items etc our rivers and open drains including oceans may get converted into huge mounds or mountains of plastics.

What is more disturbing about this increasing menace is the fact that plastic production is a multi billion dollar industry worldwide with multinational companies and indigenous corporates in collaboration, earning extremely handsomely at the cost of the peoples’ health.

Lot is being said and talked about the emissions of green house gases destroying the ozone layer at the international forums but literally nothing is being talked about the rampant and uncontrollable use of plastic globally and there producers are none other but all those very countries who talk so much about lessening the green house emissions including our own politicians sitting at the helm of affairs.

Just implementing laws to ban plastic would in no way resolve this vexed issue playing with the environmental health of all the developed and developing countries of the globe but what we exactly needed is a global campaign against this dreaded menace to mobilise, awaken and enthuse populations to themselves desist from using plastics in their daily life and routine thinking considering it as the worst kind of cancer that is perrcolating expeditiously into our daily lives and the system that needs to be checked and countered extremely fast and with a duty oriented perception.

Let’ s talk of Maharashtra in this context. It has banned the use of plastic just yesterday through a legislation and Delhi did more than five years ago under the leadership of the then chief minister Shiela Dikshit imposing a heavy fine of Rs. 5000 on anybody using plastic.

But shockingly there is not an inkling of the terror of law on this count and even today the capital city of India is one of the hugest consumers of plastic as is Maharashtra, its economic capital Mumbai and several other states of the country, even those states which had banned the use of plastic quite before.

According to an editorial in HT quoting the report of the Central Pollution Control Board the Maharashtra government has enough reason to ban plastic : the state generates 1, 200 tonnes of plastic waste every day and Mumbai alone generates a collosal 500 metric tonnes which accounts for merely 10% of its total waste.

In contrast the Indian cities generate 15000 tons of plastic waste everyday of which 9000 tons is collected and processed/ recycled while the remaining 6000 tons go into the drains, blocking their incessant n seamless flow thus badly polluting the rivers into which these drains finally flow their highly toxic waste including in open streets, dumps and landfills.

So finally what’s the alternative to get rid of this huge menace that’s playing with the peoples’ health and environment. The answer is: our scientists should invent and innovate the credible alternatives to the use of plastics that are cheap and perishable and educating people creating in them the credible awareness to themselves, give up plastic though phasewise are some of the best alternatives.

The government should also stop the plastic production used in consumer durables phase wise, thus simultaneously producing the alternative materials to compensate for the shortage of plastics but with eco friendly alternatives, ofcourse. What’s your take friends?

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