Covid-19: Cabinet nod to ordinance to protect healthcare personnel from attacks
Wednesday, 22 April 2020 Against the backdrop of attacks on healthcare personnel fighting coronavirus, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making acts of violence against them as cognizable and non-bailable offences, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.He said the proposed ordinance also provides for compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to property.
As India fights Covid-19 pandemic, Hindustan Times’ National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury speaks to Dr Sumit Ray, Head of ICU, Artemis Hospital to get his view on the healthcare ordinance. Dr Ray says that the attacks on healthcare workers are due to mistrust. "We need more PPEs and more...
Union Minister G Kishan Reddy visited DRDO-built COVID Hospital near Air Force Station in Delhi on July 05. CM Arvind Kejriwal also visited the COVID hospital. Speaking on it, CM Kejriwal said, "For now, there is no scarcity of hospital beds, we have over 15,000 beds out of which 5300 are occupied. There is a paucity of ICU beds. If there is any spike in COVID cases, these ICU beds are very critical for us." The DRDO-built Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital in Delhi Cantonment is the temporary hospital structure. The hospital will have 1,000 beds including 250 ICU beds.
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is the nodal agency to operate the 10,000 bedded Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre and Hospital at Radha Soami Beas in Chattarpur. At the inaugural ceremony, DG of ITBP, SS Deswal said, "Our doctors, nurses and paramedic staff will take care of this COVID-19 care facility. ITBP has experience of several months in handling COVID patients. Initially, ITBP was deployed at quarantine centres. We are also running a 200 bedded centre for the forces in Noida. We are confident to handle any number of patients here." As per the last bulletin of Delhi Health Department, Delhi has a total of 97,200 COVID-19 cases including 68,256 recovered cases and 25,940 active cases.
Lt Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal visited Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre at Radha Soami Satsang Beas in Chattarpur on July 05. He inaugurated the 10,000 bed-facility for COVID-19 patients at the centre and also inspected the facility at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas. The entire facility at the centre is air-conditioned with all the basic amenities. The cases of coronavirus have crossed 94,000-mark in the national capital
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on June 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted he was 'shocked' by Rajput's demise. Union Minister Smriti Irani mourned actor's death on micro-blogging site. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also paid his deepest condolences to Rajput family. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also took to twitter to express his grief. Rajput gained prominence for his acting in movies like 'Chhichhore', 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story'.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired Union Cabinet meeting in the national capital on June 03. The meeting took place at Prime Minister's Office, 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari attended the meeting. Union Ministers RS Prasad, Smriti Irani and Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank also attended the meeting in Delhi.
Union Cabinet on June 01 approved Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debts for stressed Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). "This will benefit 2 lakh stressed MSMEs," said Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar.
While speaking to ANI in Bhubaneswar, the Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha, Pradeep Kumar Jena spoke on cyclonic storm 'AMPHAN'. He said, "Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur and Ganjam may be affected due to the cyclonic storm. The Chief Secretary has requested Union Cabinet Secretary to consider suspending 'Shramik Special' trains from May 18 for three days in the coastal areas.c Odisha government has urged Central Government to suspend Shramik Special trains passing through its coastal area due to cyclone.
On the occasion of sixth International Yoga Day, several union ministers performed yoga on June 21. Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi performed yoga in Delhi. Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan performed yoga with his family in Delhi. Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel also performed yoga at Delhi's Purana Qila. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar also performed yoga in Delhi. Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH Shripad Naik performed yoga in Goa's Panaji. Meanwhile, Member of Parliament of Lok Sabha, Pragya Singh performed yoga in MP's Bhopal.
Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar announced 'urban forest' program on World Environment Day. Javadekar said, "India has been able to preserve 8 percent of world's biodiversity. This is no small feat. India has been able to prove that here is a country that can preserve despite constraints. We have decided to launch 'urban forest' program in 200 corporation cities of India. I appeal to all city corporations to map the forest land and degraded land in cities and if that is reserved for creating urban forests, then, it will become a people's movement."
World Environment Day is being celebrated on June 05. Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar and Minister of State for Environment, Babul Supriyo planted the sapling. Union Minister Anurag Thakur planted a sapling on occasion of Environment Day.
In view of the recent attacks on health workers in the country, Modi government has passed an ordinance making such acts cognizable and non-bailable. People guilty of attacking healthcare workers now..
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India has made any attack on a doctor or healthcare worker a punishable offence, with the act inviting a 7-year jail term. This tough ordinance was brought in even as healthcare workers face violence..
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