Jashpurnagar: The national executive meeting of Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram was held from February 16 to 23. The meeting was inaugurated by Kalyan Ashram president Shri Jagdeoram Oraon, vice presidents Shri Kripa Prasad Singh and Smt Neelima Patte, general secretary Shri Chandrakant Deo and Kalyan Ashram founder member Dr PD Sapre. A total of 206 workers from different parts of the country attended the meeting.
Since the term of the existing executive had expired Dr PD Sapre, as returning officer, conducted fresh elections and declared the new team. The newly elected team includes Shri Jagdevram Oraon as president, Shri Kripa Prasad Singh and Smt Nilima Patte as vice presidents, Shri Vishnukant as general secretary, Shri Ramlal Soni as joint general secretary and Shri Arjundas Khatri as treasurer. Shri Atul Jog is organising secretary, while Smt Madhavi Joshi, Shri Somyajulu, Shri Birbal Singh, Shri Prakash Kale, Shri Ramchandra Kharadi (Rajasthan), Shri Tajom Tasung (Arunachal Pradesh) were elected as executive members.
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Promoting indigenous science
Jaipur: Rajasthan unit of Vijnan Bharati and MNIT jointly organised a three-day Science Fair at Malaviya Technology Institute from February 26 to 28. Inaugurating the Fair, Vijnan Bharati organising secretary Shri Jayant Sahasrabuddhe said the Vijnan Bharati is promoting indigenous science knowledge all over the country. Referring to eminent scientist of the country Dr CV Raman after whom the Science Day is observed all over the country on February 28, he said Dr Raman was of the view that science plays a very big role in development of the country.
Dr CVR Murthy, director of IIT Jodhpur stressed on development of technology in the country on large scale. He emphasised on sharpening the skills of the students in the field of science and technology. Dr Udai Kumar Yagareddy, director of MNIT, underlined the need to search and promote talent from rural areas. Shri Ramcharan Bohra, MP, focused on the development of agriculture. Smt Manan Chaturvedi, chairperson of Women and Children Commission and many other eminent personalities also addressed. n
SJM for price caps on medical devices
New Delhi: Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has urged the Central Government to instruct the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to fix the prices of medical devices, which are already notified as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and Rules. It also sought revamping of the DPCO 2013 to remove loopholes and introduce a cost-based price fixation. The SJM asked for fixing the cost of treatment by fixing the charges of procedure, and fixed cost of treatment such as diagnostics services, consultation charges and equipment cost. The SJM also sought investigation into the anti-competitive practices followed by some hospitals in pricing of medicines and medical devices under Section 19(i)(b) of the Competition Act.
The SJM said it is not the manufacture, but the corporate private hospitals, which are benefiting due to lack of regulation on prices. Since majority of the population goes to private hospitals, there is a duty of both the central and state governments to take measures to ensure access to healthcare, a constitutional obligation. Another major area of overcharging as per the NPPA analyses is the diagnostic charges. n
Shri Guruji Puraskars presented
Pune: Jankalyan Samiti Paschim Maharashtra presented Shri Guruji Puraskars to various personalities for their outstanding work at Yashwantrao Chavhan Auditorium. Shri Chevang Narmel from Ladakh was honoured for his outstanding work in the field of environment protection. Similarly, Smt Jyoti Pathania of Pune was honoured for her outstanding work in women empowerment. RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Suresh Soni and state president of the Samiti Dr Ravindra Satalkar presented the Puraskars. Each Puraskar consists of Rs one lakh, coconut and citation.
After presenting the Puraskars Shri Soni said every section of the society has different problems and the people working for redressing them definitely need applause. Shri Chevang Narmel said he understood problems of the people when he joined building of roads, bridges, dams and canals in many areas of Ladakh. He said the region is highly inaccessible but he could resolve many problems of the people through technology. Shri Narmel has created an artificial glacier at the height of thousands of meter and it now provides water to the farmers during summers. The dam created for this purpose is looked after by the local people. Smt Jyoti Pathania has been working for women empowerment since 1992.