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.



Highly explosive PETN found in UP assembly

Yogi Adityanath, the CM of Uttar Pradesh, has called for an investigation by National Investigative Agency after 150 grams of white powder, identified as an explosive was found in the state assembly.

This powder was found close to Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Choudhry’s seat during a routine security sweep. As soon as the material was brought into notice, the security officials took it and sent it to a forensic lab for analysis. Post analysis, the laboratory has said the powder is a plastic explosive, PETN (Pentaerythritol tetra-nitrate), reported The Times of India.

“500 grams of the PETN is enough to blow up the entire Vidhan Sabha, and this was 150 grams. It is apparent that there has been mischief and such people should be exposed,” said the Chief Minister, as reported by Hindustan Times. He also said that in an assembly where ministers should discuss issues of development, they are forced to discuss their our own security.”

In light of this incident, Adityanath has called for a series of security measures for the country’s largest assembly, which included a ban on mobile phones in the house. 

Source: Hindustan Times, Times of India

UP in fiscal deficit after Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court order banning all liquor shops within a radius of 500 meters of national and state highways proved to be very costly for UP as they suffered a fiscal deficit of Rs 5000 crores.

UP Excise Minister Jai Pratap Singh told PTI that the excise department could generate only Rs 14000 crore out of the targeted Rs 19000 crore in the fiscal year of 2016-17 which ended on March 31, 2017.

The court order that was passed on December 15, 2016, affected 8591 liquor shops in Uttar Pradesh, which has resulted in this disastrous turnover. Out of the 8591 stores, 2000 shops are yet to be relocated and 3000 owners are yet to give up their license.

The minister also informed that the Yogi Adityanath government is also working on a new excise policy which may introduce a system of bar code on each bottle to check black marketing.

The government currently is also taking initiatives for going cashless, Singh mentioned that the government will soon ask the liquor stores to install point-of-sale machines. He also admitted to the fact that this initiative will face a lot of challenges in the rural areas but they will try their best to pursued them and provide them with infrastructure.

The new policy will also seek to unravel all rackets involving liquor syndicates.


Sources: NDTV, DNA

Yogi Adityanath unveils book highlighting UP Government’s achievements in 100 days

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, released a booklet highlighting the BJP government’s achievements in 100 days and narrated the initiatives it began since assuming office. He also made use of this occasion to mock the previous governments for the lack of development.

The booklet released at a press conference on June 28, 2017, named ‘100 din vishwas ke’, spoke about the formation of anti-Romeo squads that instilled a sense of security to the women of the state and the farm loan waiver that will relinquish the debt of Rs 36,359 crore and provide relief to thousands of agrarian families. He assured that the pressure of waiving off the loans wouldn’t hinder the development projects of the state.

Adityanath stated that his government functions without any sort of discrimination. He noted that the state’s economy was dependent on agriculture therefore giving issues related to farmers higher priority.

The CM also mentioned some of his recent initiatives including ‘Mukhbir Yojana’, 181 Women Helpline and Anti-Land Mafia website. He declared that January 24 will be celebrated as Uttar Pradesh Day every year. The CM undertook a bulk of responsibilities at his first public meeting, at Gorakhpur in March and has implemented most of them effectively. However, the Congress slammed his government for being unable to evolve law and order in the state and being ineffectual in executing the promises made by the BJP government in UP.


Sources: The Indian Express, The Hindu

Centre rules out farmers’ loan waivers, asks States to fund it themselves

Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, has stated that the Centre will not provide any farm loan waivers. He further ascertained that the Centre will adhere to its fiscal targets. “I have already made the position clear that states which want to go in for these kind of schemes (farm loan waivers) will have to generate them from their own resources”, he said.

This statement comes after Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra governments announced loan waivers to the state farmers. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, delivered on his poll promise by waiving off farmer loans worth Rs 36,359 crore in April this year. Following similar demands, Maharashtra followed suit by waiving off loans of marginal farmers worth around Rs 35,000 crores. On June 20, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh announced crop loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh for small and marginal farmers with less than five acres of land, and another Rs 2 lakh for marginal farmers with larger pieces of land.

Jaitley further stated that he would not comment on the loan waivers by the states, having made the Centre’s decision clear on June 12, 2017. He directed the states to find their own resources to fund such schemes and that the states should not expect any assistance from the centre.

The UPA government previously had waived farm loans worth Rs 74,000 crore in 2008.


Sources: The Hindu, Livemint