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June 27, 2001 - June 27, 2001

HDI-2010 plan unveiled, state to spend Rs 4,020cr Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Asianage
Gandhinagar, June 26: The Human Development Index 2010, the action plan for prevention of diseases, was unveiled by health minister Suresh Mehta on Tuesday here at a meeting chaired by chief minister Mr Keshubhai Patel.

A provision of Rs 4,020 crores, including assistance from foreign agencies, will be made for achievement of the targets set in the Human Development Vision 2010 over a period of 10 years, Mr Mehta said.

Chief minister Keshubhai Patel while reviewing the action plan for the year 2001-02, stressed on the need for extensive research, both in the allopathic and ayurvedic treatments for the cure of diseases which are presently beyond their scope.

Mr Patel praised the family welfare measures taken by the health department in the past three years and expressed satisfaction on the achievements of targets by the family welfare department.

Mr Mehta said that the thrust area of the vision document included various measures to tackle the spread of HIV and AIDS and to contain infant mortality rate, mortality rate of mothers and the spread of TB and malaria.

The health minister said that the health services will be further spread to rural areas and added that active cooperation of private health trusts and service-oriented doctors and experts from private sector will be sought to achieve targets.

Mr Mehta also gave details of the commencement of district units of AIDS and other related diseases and for mental health care. Health secretary Mr S.K. Nanda emphasised on the need to strengthen social health services to achieve the targets and for the successful implementation of the human development vision 2010.

Giving details of the health programmes of the state government Mr Mehta said 80.40 lakh children were inspected under school health programmes and four lakh cataract operations were conducted in the state, which is a record in the country.

Mr Patel said it is necessary that proper impetus be laid on concept of eye donations and spoke of means of popularising the concept. The chief minister further called for the need to launch a cleanliness drive in government run hospitals in the state and said the responsibility of running primary and community health services should be handed over to private trusts for effective results.

Mr Mehta gave details of the allocations for the health sector and said Rs 240 crores had been allotted. The health minister stressed on the need for research and development of quality control for raising the consciousness of health services throughout the state. The meeting was attended by economic advisor to the chief minister Mr S.K. Shelat and family planning commissioner Mr S.K. Verma.
Gandhinagar, June 26
The Human Development Index 2010, the action plan for prevention of diseases, was unveiled by health minister Suresh Mehta on Tuesday here at a meeting chaired by chief minister Mr Keshubhai Patel.

A provision of Rs 4,020 crores, including assistance from foreign agencies, will be made for achievement of the targets set in the Human Development Vision 2010 over a period of 10 years, Mr Mehta said.

Chief minister Keshubhai Patel while reviewing the action plan for the year 2001-02, stressed on the need for extensive research, both in the allopathic and ayurvedic treatments for the cure of diseases which are presently beyond their scope.

Mr Patel praised the family welfare measures taken by the health department in the past three years and expressed satisfaction on the achievements of targets by the family welfare department.

Mr Mehta said that the thrust area of the vision document included various measures to tackle the spread of HIV and AIDS and to contain infant mortality rate, mortality rate of mothers and the spread of TB and malaria.

The health minister said that the health services will be further spread to rural areas and added that active cooperation of private health trusts and service-oriented doctors and experts from private sector will be sought to achieve targets.

Mr Mehta also gave details of the commencement of district units of AIDS and other related diseases and for mental health care. Health secretary Mr S.K. Nanda emphasised on the need to strengthen social health services to achieve the targets and for the successful implementation of the human development vision 2010.

Giving details of the health programmes of the state government Mr Mehta said 80.40 lakh children were inspected under school health programmes and four lakh cataract operations were conducted in the state, which is a record in the country.

Mr Patel said it is necessary that proper impetus be laid on concept of eye donations and spoke of means of popularising the concept. The chief minister further called for the need to launch a cleanliness drive in government run hospitals in the state and said the responsibility of running primary and community health services should be handed over to private trusts for effective results.

Mr Mehta gave details of the allocations for the health sector and said Rs 240 crores had been allotted. The health minister stressed on the need for research and development of quality control for raising the consciousness of health services throughout the state. The meeting was attended by economic advisor to the chief minister Mr S.K. Shelat and family planning commissioner Mr S.K. Verma.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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State spent Rs 13.42cr on BADP Wednesday, June 27, 2001

AsianAge
Gandhinagar, June 26: The state government spent Rs 13.42 crores for raising social and economic standards of the people staying at the border under the Border Area Development Plan. The BADP has been introduced for the upliftment of the people staying in the border areas of Kutch, Banaskantha and Patan areas of the state.

Minister of state for home and border security Haren Pandya on Tuesday directed officials of the border security department at all levels to ensure that the development-oriented works in the area is carried on keeping with the budget allocated for the same.

A review meeting on the border security was held here on Tuesday in the presence of Mr Pandya, chief secretary G. Subbarao and was attended by ACS home Dr V.V.R Subbarao and top officials of planning, finance, urban development, water supply, education, social justice and empowerment, agriculture and cooperation, power and petroleum, roads and buildings, health and home departments.

A decision to construct tar roads by utilising finances from funds allocated under the BADP had been taken in view of the lack of funds allocation in this regard during the meeting. Moreover, a decision was also taken to construct houses under the Sardar Aavas Scheme within the border areas with Rs 20,000 being spent from the BADP funds for the purpose.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Rape accused swami gets freedom for lack of proof Wednesday, June 27, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 26: The high court in a recent order released Swami Keshavananda, who was involved in the rape case of Rita Manubhai Shah, in absence of any accurate evidences against him.

Division bench comprising justice B.C. Patel and A.L. Dave disposed the appeal of the state government demanding a life sentence of the accused against the order of session court directing him 10-years of rigorous imprisonment.

Ms Rita Shah was studying and living in the hostel of Sanatan Seva Mandal in Dwarka, Jamangar district, an institution of swami Keshavananda. In her police complaint, the accused said that Keshavanand raped her four to five times.

Other girls of the institution also came forward and registered their complaints against the Keshavananda too. The case of a swami involved in sex scandal had created a sensation in Saurashtra and even in the state.

Additional sessions judge of Jamangar N.S. Vora awarded rigorous imprisonment of 10-years to Swami Keshavanada. The state government had appealed in the high court against the decision of the lower court saying that the 10-years imprisonment is very less and he should be given a life sentence.

However, the Swami Keshavanada had filed a petition in the high court saying that appeal against him should be squashed, as he was not involved in the rape case. Swami Keshavanada had also undergone the imprisonment of 10-years in the meantime.

The high court gave the decision saying that as there were no concrete evidence and the fact that accused had already endure the punishment the appeal against him would be dropped. Advocate for the petitioner was Mr K.J. Sethna and additional assistant government pleader M.A. Buhkari fought the case for the government.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Barot appointed Gujarat Vidyapeeth vice-chancellor Wednesday, June 27, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 26: The Gujarat Vidyapeeth on Tuesday appointed 77-year-old Navinchandra Barot as its seventh vice-chancellor. The deemed university was doing without a vice-chancellor ever since its last vice-chancellor Dr Sushila Nayyar passed away in January this year.

The 22-member Gujarat Vidyapeeth Mandal met earlier in the day to fill in the vacancy and elected Mr Barot unanimously. “Although Majoor Mahajan Sangh’s leader Navin Chandra Barot and Naval Shah, who both are members of the GUM, were the main contenders for the post of vice-chancellor, the mandal elected Barot as the new vice-chancellor after a unanimous decision,” informed one of the officials concerned.

Barot’s association with the Gujarat Vidyapeeth dates back to 1975 when he became a permanent trustee of the deemed university. Gujarat Vidyapeeth’s list of illustrious vice-chancellors includes renowned national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Morarji Desai, Ramlal Parikh and finally Dr Nayyar, who served the post for the shortest period of time.

Dr Nayyar was appointed as the vice-chancellor merely six months prior to her death on January 3. “Severe arguments and disagreement among the Gujarat Vidyapeeth’s trustees with regard to appointment of a vice-chancellor led to roping in of Dr Nayyar from Vardha sometime in October 2000,” sources close to the Vidyapeeth recalled.

A strict Gandhian, who adorns a Gandhi-topi, Barot took to freedom movement sometime in 1942 when he was a student. “After serving in various institutions, including the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, a famous state daily, he finally joined the MMS in 1947.

Since then he has fought for labour rights,” informs an official close to Barot. At present, Barot is the state leader of MMS and the president of Rashtirya Majoor Sangh, which has as many as 75 labour bodies under it.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Study suggests cash doles continuance Wednesday, June 27, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 26: The government must continue cash doles, and the relief and rehabilitation packages that are distributed through ration cards to all houses below the poverty line for six months, especially concentrating on those belonging to the SC, ST and minority communities.

This recommendation was made by the Behavioural Science Centre and Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, after a study undertaken by them. It was further recommended that the government reviews its relief and rehabilitation package, and the time frame for implementation of these packages and priority should be given to repair of wells, irrigation facilities and dams.

There was a felt need for rejuvenation of infrastructure and rural reconstruction. The deputation of a special officer at the taluka level to supervise and monitor relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction operations for the marginalised communities, and the monthly target achievement report should be made public.

The study was done in four worst hit talukas with focus on 20 villages. The study group found that the state government’s activity was not visible, especially in the relief work in the ST and SC section of the village. Moreover, most of the people were not clear about the rehabilitation scheme of the state government.

The major grudge that the people have is that the state government did not include them in the decision making process. The backward communities have lost trust in the Gram Sabha, and feel that these bodies should not be regarded as the sole representatives of the villagers. They also questioned the way the relief amount received from World Bank, Central Government and other sources was used.

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