Gorakhpur hospital tragedy witnesses 60 deaths in five days

In a shocking incident, more than 60 children have died at Gorakhpur’s state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College and hospital since August 7. Panic struck late on Friday night, as the hospital continuously ran out of oxygen supply; and 30 kids lost their lives in about 48 hours

Infection and disruption of oxygen supply in the paediatrics ward is being termed as the cause of the high casualty toll, however, the hospital and district administration has denied the claims of any oxygen shortage.

Nevertheless, as per ANI, a letter was retrieved from the hospital wherein they were informed about the shortage of oxygen cylinders by the Pushpa Sales, who stopped supply over pending payment.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath has ordered an inquiry and guaranteed to take stringent action against those found responsible. He has sent health minister Sidharth Nath Singh to Gorakhpur to examine the situation. Moreover, the Adityanath government is facing flak from opposition parties for the negligence. BSP chief Mayawati said, “In the wake of such a tragic incident, no amount of criticism would be enough for the BJP government.” Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have also criticized the BJP government in this matter.

Incidentally, in the due course of years, several children have died at BRD Medical College due to medical negligence. As per a report in Hindustan Times, an official data states that 3,000 children have died at the government-run hospital in six years.


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Yogi Adityanath govt. to introduce ‘Amma Canteens’ in UP

Following up on the lines of ‘Amma canteens’ in Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh is all set to open up canteens for poor so that they can get at least one dignified meal per day.

The first such kitchen named ‘Prabhi Ki Rasoi’ will be inaugurated on August 9 in Saharanpur and initially will serve food to 300 poor people. The food given will be free of cost.

Taking about the same, Saharanpur commissioner Deepak Agarwal said that they are mobilizing the civil society and the industry to make this initiative successful, adding that businessmen have been asked to consider pitching in to feed poor and the response has been very welcoming.

According to the Times of India, a committee of 30 people, including officials and civilians will be taking up the charge for running the kitchen.

Agarwal also revealed that two municipal halls in Saharanpur will be used for this purpose and SMC Foods Ltd., a local manufacturer of skimmed milk powder, has offered money for setting up the kitchen.

Further, BJP state spokesperson said that the Yogi Adityanath government will attempt to address poverty and hunger in all possible ways.

Sources: Times of India, http://www.theindiapost.com/latest-news/uttar-pradesh-to-set-up-free-kitchens-on-lines-of-amma-canteens/“>The India Post

UP Government makes marriage registration compulsory for residents

On August 1, 2017, the Uttar Pradesh government passed a motion, making marriage registration compulsory for all the residents, irrespective of their religion. The meeting headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath accepted the Uttar Pradesh Marriage Registration Rules-2017, which imposes penalties for delay in the registration.

Provisions have also been made for the couples to file online. The Aadhaar number of the husband and wife will have to be provided in the application form. However, those who fail to make the registrations on any medium available, are liable to a penalty of Rs 10 and Rs. 50 per year thereon.

According to reports in Hindustan Times and Times of India, people from the Muslim community have raised their objection to this rule, stating that the Islamic marriage contract should not have photographs of the couple. Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said “Yes, they made such a demand because the nikahnama does not carry images. But if photographs can be submitted to procure documents such as Aadhaar cards, I don’t see why the same cannot be done for marriage registration.”

In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision, the central government had made marriage registration compulsory across India in 2006. But Uttar Pradesh was among the two states that failed to implement this rule at that time.



Samajwadi Leaders Resign from Party; gives a jolt to the already shaky foundation

In a surprising turn of events, Samajwadi MLCs Yashwant Sinha and Bukkal Nawab tendered their resignations from the party. This move has caused a major setback for the already politically volatile atmosphere within the Samajwadi party.

Nawab cited Akhilesh Yadav’s confrontation with his father as the reason for his resignation from the party. “I am feeling very suffocated since last one-year. It is clear that when he (Akhilesh) is not with his own father then how can he be with the people”, Deccan Chronicle quoted Nawab saying.

After his resignation, Bukka Nawab told ANI, “Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is doing good work and PM Modi has given a good slogan of ‘Sabka sath, sabka vikas’. If they invite, then I might go with BJP. Yogi is also doing a good job in the state; at least there has not been any scam yet.”

Nawab went on to say that more people might resign from the party.

With these resignations, it will be easy for the Uttar Pradesh chief minister to become a member of the legislative assembly. He will not have to contest an election to become a member.

Sources: ANI, TOI, Deccan Chronicle

UP govt. to launch All Women Pink Buses

In order to promote safe travel options for women, the Uttar Pradesh government will soon bring out Pink air-conditioned buses, an official said on Monday, July 24.

The fund for 50 buses has been sanctioned by the Union government’s Ministry of Women and Child Development from its Nirbhaya Fund. The staff including the conductor in these buses will be women, reported First Post. This step by the government will in turn create job opportunities for women.

These buses will also have a panic button for emergencies and this step by the government will create job opportunities for women.

The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) authorities on July 21 made a presentation for the introduction of these buses for ministry officials. The ministry then permitted the state government to buy buses and insisted them to install CCTV cameras in them.

In 2013, the Government of India announced Nirbhaya Fund worth Rs 1000 crore. This fund was used to insure safety of women by installing CCTV cameras at various railways stations. It was also used to support gender sensitisation.

Nirbhaya Fund came after the 2012 gang rape case, in which a girl, referred to as Nirbhaya was brutally raped which had led to countrywide repercussions.

Sources: Indian Express, First Post

NGT imposes fine of Rs 50,000 on dumping goods with 500m of Ganga

In its 543-page document, National Green Tribune (NGT) on Thursday announced a fine of Rs 50,000 on dumping waste within 500 metres of the stretch Haridwar (Uttrakhand) and Unnao (Uttar Pradesh) in order to rejuvenate river Ganga. Demarcating it as the ‘No-Development Zone’, an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river between the two places, this judgement came after environmental activist MC Mehta submitted his plea before the NGT and demanded an inquiry by the CBI to check the allocation of money used to spent on the cleaning of the river by the government.
The bench headed by Justice Swantanter Kumar passed this judgment and resolved to halt funds used for cleaning Ganga. According to PTI, Mehta also added that a CBI inquiry or a CAG audit it essential to check how funds are being spent. The government has already invested Rs 7,000 crores for cleaning the river.
Following the decision, the NGT has announced a special committee to supervise this new zone, as both the areas lie in two different states. Further of cleaning of river Ganga, is divided into three phases. It also ordered concerned authorities to finish the ongoing setting up projects of treatment plant within two years, reported Indian Express. Moreover, it directed the government of the two states to formulate guidelines for religious activities that take place on the ghats and tributaries of Ganga.

Three Hindu Yuva Vahini activists arrested on rape charges

Three activists from the Hindu Yuva Vahini were arrested on June 27, 2017, in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh on charges of gang-rape and the assault.

The incident took place because of an altercation over playing of loud music between Deepak and Avinash, said Rohit Sajwan, Superintendent of Police (City). During the dispute, Avinash gathered his friends who belonged to HYV and barged into Deepak’s house, where they allegedly gang-raped a woman present in the house. Deepak arrived later with his brother Gaurav and supposedly beat up Avinash. After this, Deepak handed Avinash over to the police authorities.

The regional president of HYV, Jitendra Sharma and city unit president Pankaj accompanied by other HYV activists reached the police station to stage a protest. Also present at the police station was BJP city unit chief Umesh Katharia. Katharia was allegedly attacked by HYV activists and Sub-inspector Mayank Arora was also beaten after which he filed an FIR against Avinash, Jitendra and Pankaj. A second FIR was filed by the lady against the three men mentioned above and a fourth person, Anil Saxena, for gang-raping her. The police stated that Avinash, Jitendra and Pankaj have been arrested.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini, founded by Yogi Adityanath, is known to be devoted to its Hindutva ideology. Since its inception, it has been been sporadically embroiled in controversy over inciting riots and other communal violence.


Sources: Hindustan Times, The Hindu