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 It sounds irritating and extremely worrisome that despite our prime minister Narendra Modi’ s best efforts to massively bring down the rates of stents used in the private and government hospitals to release the jam or squeezed heart arteries allowing the smooth flow of blood to heart chambers and saving the  cardiac patients lives’, majority of the private and high profile hospitals are still charging too high rates and harassing poor and middle class patients. Some of the  hospitals are charging the package starting from three laths or more while some 2.20 lac to start with for bypass surgeries. The point is where would the poor and lower middle class patient go? The condition of majority of the government hospitals in the capital is not good in the sense that they are over crowded and the waiting list of cardiac surgical patients is too long. By the time their turn arrives the cardiac patient for want of early surgery dies. Some of the patients of the marginalized classes are either unaware of the consequences of severe heart ailments while many compromise to lead a risky life due to non availability of requisite funds. The fact of the matter is that majority of the government hospitals all over the country are ill equipped with the facilities of cardiac surgeries, surgeons and necessary hi tech equipment s to conduct these operations. And as a result people from all over the country suffering from heart ailments throng the metropolis like Delhi, Mumbai and South for cardiac surgeries selling their properties or even seeking loans on heavy interests from the private money lenders. In Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences the waiting list is too long and takes more than a year for surgery. Hundreds of thousands of cardiac patients with their families could be seen living in bus stand shelters, Metro vicinity and the nearby parks who come to Delhi from far flung areas and states but could not go back due to paucity of funds and long wait for surgery. This overcrowding of government hospitals help the private heart institutes of Delhi and NCR who exploit the situation to their advantage and charge heavily from such distressed patients whose cardiac condition does not allow for further wait as surgery like bypass, open heart and provision of stents is required urgently keeping in view the extensive blockage of the heart arteries. The private hospital authorities have no reason to be compassionate. They want one hundred percent full payment to be  deposited either in cash or in the form of draft, failing which they take no time to turn out the patient even if he or she is dyeing or groaning with acute pain. The government of the day should seriously emphasize on building more and more high specialized hospitals that are able to treat maximum number of patients suffering from critical illnesses including conduction of heart surgeries at extremely cheaper rates so as to serve the maximum patients thronging Delhi, Mumbai and Southern India for the highly expensive surgeries in private hi tech hospitals which  are actually the privilege of the only rich and affluent these days.  The government should also exercise checks on private hospitals of Delhi and NCR stringently and ask them strongly to lower the packages of stents and heart surgeries in the near future. If need be special checks and audit of these hospital should be conducted  at regular intervals and the central and  state governments concerned should tie up with them to ensure that maximum number of poor patients requiring urgent surgeries belonging to the respective states, are taken care of, forthwith. In foreign countries it is primarily the responsibility of the state to ensure that each and every patient is taken care of , in however critical state, he or she is?  But the Delhi government in fact deserves to be complimented for its recent pro people decision under which good number of hospitals have been brought under the purview of the economically deprived people of Delhi who can get treatment and surgeries of critical illness done in several high profile private hospital provided they procure the income certificate of less than one lac rupee annual income from the area SDM on genuine grounds and submit the same along with other adequate residential proofs to the department of Arogya Nidhi under the jurisdiction of government of Delhi at a stipulated time frame. The other state governments of the country should follow suit. What do you say friends?

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Forest fires of Uttarakhand result in raising the temperature of the hills !

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The massive fires in the forests of the hills of Uttarakhand has not only created havoc to its precious wild life, flora and fauna, the timber, green trees and the soil including damage to the catchment areas killing the pivotal water sources, it has also resulted in enhancing the temperature of the summers to 41 degree celsious in towns like Dehradun and 29/ 35 degree celsious in the interior hills termed to be the summer destinations which used to remain pleasent and pretty cool.

What is more worrying is the fact that the fire which has started from Pauri forests or the adjoining hill districts has now engulfed the forests of Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag and even Uttarkashi and the pictures of deers, cows, calves n roasted condition ging viral in facebook, though not yet authenticated as from which areas these pictures of dead animals in forest forest have been procured from.

Even in the stretches of Kotdwar jungles this ravaging fire have spread. According to the latest new reports, the expeditiously ravaged forests by massive fires which is still continuing due to the air pressure has also led to increase in the temperature of the hill areas particularly the towns and cities already under the influence of global warming.

Though the staff of the forest division are trying their best to didge the fire through whatever minimum means they possess but the magnitude of the fire has now gained such a tremendous proortion that its not within the reach of the limited staff of the forest departmentdevid of the lated hi tech technical facilities and equipments.

The only and the best way, though highly expensive is sprinkling of water over the forests fires through helicopters as done in countries abroad as depending on natural rains would be an extremely risky and dangerous proposition.

It may be recalled that UK had rain deficit of 68%. And Pauri Garhwal is already reeling under 82% rain deficit since Dec, Jan months. Therefore the entire forest cover has gone dry thus enraging widespread fire on a rapid scale. Decrease in rain increases temperatures and results in forest fires.

Moreover, it has been a tradition of burning the dry grass during summers expecting the birth of new grass after monsoon for fodder of animals. And in this immature exercise the entire jungles are put on fire causing irreperable damage to the flora and fauna and the wild animals on a vast scale. Some disgruntled elements also do it deliberately pre strategically and conspiratorially for various vested interests.

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DELHI REELING UNDER DRINKING WATER CRISIS ! CONGRESS PROTESTS IN VARIOUS DELHI LOCALITIES

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As the increasing temperature having reached 44 degree celcius in Delhi yesterday and sun over the earth’s equater this summer, the capital of India, Delhi is confronted with acute water shortage in various parts of Delhi, compelling Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee volunteers under the leadership of Ajay Maken protest in different areas denouncing the AAP government for its inefficiency and ignorance in countering the water shortage problem and accused the Delhi Jal Board authorities of allegedly selling water tankers meant to be supplied to Delhi localities ,govt and private colonies and resettlement colonies of Delhi in league with the tanker mafia to five star hotels and the rich living in farm houses, thus minting huge profits.

The inhabitants of the resettlement and unauthorised colonies, the peoole of JJ clusters and even residents of government colonies are the worst sufferer during the peak Summer season in May and June.

Delhi has a population of about 1.50 crores and 60 percent of the population lives in resettlement and unauthorised colonies.

This vast chunk of this population either banks on submersibles by retrieving the under ground water or depend on water supplied through private or Delhi Jal Board tankers as regular pipelines of Delhi Jal Board have not been laid in majority ofthe colonies.

There is a huge tanker mafia active in Delhi Jal Board says Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken who siphons off the major share of the Delhi people by arbitrarily and cladestinely supplying it to Five and three star Hotels, high profile restaurants and farm houses against gigantic profits.

Water shortage in Delhi is increasing year after year as the the population of the capital has increased manifold. The shortage of rains, non existent of water conservation techniques to conserve rain water and fastly depleting underground water reserves in Delhi has further added to the wows of the over populated Delhi.

Currently Haryana and to some extent Uttarakhand is quenching the thirst of Delhites and the purification of water through affluent treatment plants of several Delhi drains and badly polluted Yamuna contributing further to cope with the situation additionally.

It may be recalled that Delhi being the capital requires lot of water in contruction activities and other related works like gardening, washing cars, and for general consumption.

The rich and elites have illegally and arbitrarily dug tubewells inside their vicinity in farm houses and private localities giving rebuff to the laws and restriction norms of the Central Ground Water Commission compounded with hundreds of thousands of new borings coming up every year in Delhi, thus resulting in massive depletion of ground water level.

If this would be the spate of retrieving water from the underground sources the time is not far when the Delhites will acutely suffer for want of drinking water.

Heavy and credible checks on the right usage of water and its conservation during rainy seasons by the government agencies is the mandatory need of the hour. What’s your take friends?

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In UTTARAKHAND CM’ DISTRICT INHABITANTS STILL SUFFER FOR WANT OF ROADS, PREGNANT Women being ferried on temperory make shift Palki after covering 5 kilometre steep height

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The people in the district from where the chief minister Uttarakhand primarily hails are suffering from acute problems of health and subsequent non availability of timely treatment in the absense of metalled roads in certain villages and areas of Pauri Garhwal despite the fact that the government of Uttarakhand and its PWD wing claims to have covered majority of the Uttarakhand villages with adequate motorable roads and other health related facilities.

But the relentless struggle of more than three weeks of the inhabitants of Ghandiyal, Pali and Dangi villages under the jurisdiction of Pauri Garhwal district in KALJIKHAL BLOCK from where hails the Uttarakhand chief minister unambiguously speaks of the fact as to how severely thousands of inhabitants of these villages and the surrounding areas are suffering in the absence of roads connecting them to the town and the capital through which they can expeditiusly redress their several health, education, employment and food related grievances.

Its really the sorry state of affairs of the successive Congress and BJP governments that have ruled Uttarakhand during the last 18 years but never had the time and vision to provide roads to these villages despite the fact that these villagers have been duly exercising their franchise and electing governments of their choice. This is why in view of the lack of motorable roads and other avenues such as lack of medical treatment, quality education and jobs the people of majority of the interior villages were constrained to migrate to towns, cities and metropolises during the last 70 years after independence with over ten lakhs officially making exodus to plains during the last two decades as per the latest statistics of the newly established Migration Commission of Uttarakhand.

The picture below showing the four youths carrying a six month pregnant ill women groaning in pain on a temperory make shift arrangement walking five kilometres on a steep pathway full of potholes in order to reach the main road from where she was ferried to hospital in a private taxi as 108 mobile ambulances are rarely seen in the interior hills. According to the leader of the protesting villagers demanding the construction of Ghadiyal- Pali- Dangi motorable road Jagmohan Singh Dangi, who’s also an awakened journalist, the villagers have been approaching the authrities for the past several years requesting them to fulfill their demand of a motorable road connecting several villages of the Pauri Garhwal district but of no awail.

Now they have been constrained to raise their voice in the form of relay hunger strike, sit in Dharna and protest demonstrations. Lets see whether the current government of the BJP having a resounding majority of 57 MLAs really comes to the rescue of these suffering villagers or betrays them with false assurances again. What’s your take friends?

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