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Uttarayini, a popular festival of the Uttarakhand and its inhabitants living in and outside the eighteen year old state in various metropolises, cities and towns, including the interior villages have been celebrating it for centuries.

This festival is celebrated every year on 14th of January as a symbol of unity, amity, peace and harmony. People gather together in fairs and socio cultural functions on this occasion and enjoy the festival by wearing regional cultural and folk attires and perform on stage or congregations called Uttarayini Kauthig.

In Delhi too it was celebrated with much fan fare in various parts where Uttarakhandi population is cohesive and densely populated. The capital city of India Delhi comprises of large number of Kumaonies and Garhwalies, perhaps 25 lakhs at the minimum, may be even more. The Uttarakhandies are second in population in terms of a cohisively credible population after the inhabitants of Bihar and UP known as Poorvanchalies.

The Purvanchalies and Uttarakhandies are therefore considered to be a credible vote bank for both the Congress and BJP and now the AAP has been succesful in making inroads into the Uttarakhandi vote bank in Delhi. While the prominent festival of the Bihar community in Delhi called CHAT PUJA is being celebrated with full fanfare in all the Bihari dominated constituencies and areas of Delhi with the governmenral support of the previous Congress and now AAP governments since long, the Uttarakhandies too are lucky to have acknowledged the attention of Arvind Kejrival government which has this year officially financed 33 to 72 Uttarayini programmes in Delhi being celebrated on 14th January, 2018 in about 75 places all over the capital city.

The AAP government has allocated the organisers of each Uttarayini function a consolidated budget ranging from 1 lakh to 2.5 lakhs enabling them entertain the local Uttarakhandies of Delhi. It is learnt that this move of the AAP government would help AAP make inroads in the sizeable Uttarakhandi vote bank of the capital city. It may be recalled that during the last assembly election the AAP has not allocated a single ticket to an Uttarakhand candidate and had annoyed the community to a great extent.

But by financing Uttarayini on a vast scale this time it has definitely won the hearts of the people of the Himalayan state living in Delhi.
The below Uttarayini function however has not been financed by AAP.

The government is currently planning to create a secure communications ecosystem for its officials.

Government has provided more than 500 customised Google Pixel phones with Reliance Jio SIM cards to senior bureaucrats for “secure communication.” These phones were distributed two months ago. The phones run on Android OS and have a pre-stored directory that contains the number of all the officials above the rank of joint secretary.

The government already uses RAX, which is a fixed landline secure communication network. When the NDA government came to power in 2014, the number of RAX lines was increased from 1,300 to 5,000.

But being a landline connection RAX suffered a limitation of reach; the new mobile phones will ensure communication even if an officer is out of office. They have also been customised to suit the security needs of officials. However, an official said that, many officials are not using these phones and they are kept as “showpieces.” According to him, if you call up any of the pre-stored numbers, seldom anyone picks up. This is because they generally prefer to talk on the office landline.

Recently, CERT-IN or the Computer Emergency Response System- India, which is the cyber security arm of the government, has sought details of the security process followed by over 30 handset firms selling mobile phones in the country.

CERT-IN DG Sanjay Bahl has said that security measures must be developed and applied to smartphones from security in multiple layers of hardware or software to the dissemination of information to users.

The government is currently planning to create a secure communications ecosystem for its officials, particularly for those who are working in sensitive sectors like defence, telecommunication and intelligence. The Ministry of Electronics and IT is also working on a framework to secure not only mobile phones, but also emails of the government officials.

A government presentation on vulnerabilities of mobile said that in November 2016, a security firm Kryptowire has raised concerns over a Chinese firm which is transmitting personal data of the customers, including contacts and texts, to servers in China.

The mobiles are playing a crucial role in achieving goals of digital India and have already achieved an impressive penetration of 65% to 75% in the country. Today, these devices hold valuable information of users while at the same time empowering them to interact with their surroundings in innovative ways. Citizens have placed their trust in the convenience and productivity that these devices offer.


 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?


Approximately 70% of India’s population is engaged in agriculture. But, do you really think Agriculture is a successful activity every time? Well, no! It has proved to be a life-taker of millions of farmers in our country. So, what according to you are the major factors encouraging the farmers to take such a stringent step? Hunger, family issues, debt, unsupportive weather conditions and also the change in the various government policies have proved to be the reason behind the deaths of farmers.

More than what they earn every month was spent on clearing off the previous debt claimed on them. Their family was dying of hunger but the first priority for them always needed to be the debt payment. The cost of cultivation has been high for the farmers but on the other hand, the returns that they get are too low. They are never able to compensate on this. Even, the moneylenders charge double rate of interest on the debt and at the end what do they get? They only get to listen their name being responsible for an agrarian’s suicide.

According to the records, over three lakh agriculturists have been in the news due to their suicides from 1995. Undoubtedly, the crisis has always been faced by our agrarian community but this problem is just deepening day by day. This just has to be looked upon and taken care of. Our country can’t let the deaths of farmers happen as they are the ones who are letting a common person survive. They are the breadwinners of their family and also our families if they won’t cultivate we won’t eat and thus won’t survive. Agriculturists do everything to let us and our family eat but what do we give their families in return? We return them their dead bodies. Ever thought what would happen to a woman seeing his husband hanging with a fan or what would happen to the children seeing their father’s body hanging with a fan? Moneylenders truly have to stop this scariest system of loan payment. Just see their condition, feel some pity and let them pay back only your loan and not the double rate of interest fatal for their lives.

Unfortunately, the Agricultural market structure is so bad in functioning that the farmers are even failing to perceive the actual returns they are worthy of. What was the Agriculture Produce and Market Committee meant for? It was meant to ensure the fairest of the fair prices to the farmers, and what is it doing? Just ruining their families, their lives. The corrupt middle men are the real spoilers of this whole system. They just buy the produce in the rates lesser than what our agrarian deserve.

This depressing trend needs to be discouraged and thus, stopped anyhow. Taking a farmer’s life doesn’t stand out to be the solution of any of the problems in our agriculture system. Policy’s reorientation needs to be done, various reforms have to be introduced having a sole purpose of the betterment of farmers in our nation. Farmers really need our help. They need some financial help and our Government needs to do this no matter what.