Health Minister directs High Level team to support State Govt in Badwani case

Health Minister directs High Level team to support State Govt in Badwani case

Under the directions of the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda, a high level team of doctors has been directed to leave for Badwani, Indore for supporting the state government of Madhya Pradesh to enhance their capacity in addressing the cases in the recent episode where some persons are reported to have lost their eye sight in a health camp where cataract surgeries were performed. The Health Minister Shri J P Nadda stated: “A central team of doctors will help the patients fearing loss of vision after surgery at an eye camp”.

 The central team consisting of six senior eye surgeons/doctors from AIIMS will reach Indore tomorrow. The team consists of Dr Atul Kumar, Dr Sudershan Khokhar, Dr Raghav, Dr Talvir Sidhu, Dr Tejaswini, and Dr Abhishek Sameer.


NCMC reviews the rescue and relief operations in Tamil Nadu floods

The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met today under the Chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary, Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha to review the flood situation in Tamil Nadu. The Cabinet Secretary took a detailed review of the flood situation including the rescue and relief measures undertaken by Tamil Nadu government and assistance provided by central government.

 Chennai did not experience heavy rainfall since yesterday and the flood waters are receding. NDRF, and Armed forces sent by Government of India have rescued more than 28000 persons. As the need for rescue has come down, the 50 NDRF teams and 13 army columns deployed are now more pressed into relief services rather than rescue. Road connectivity has been restored. City bus service is functioning. Power supply has been restored to more than 90% of the city. Railways continue to operate special intra-city and outstation services. Normal service is expected to begin from Monday. Restoration of Chennai airport is on the way and will be completed in a day or two. Meanwhile the operation of the civilian flights from the Naval Air Base in Arakonam is continued.

 As telecom services are not fully functional, the Cabinet Secretary has directed that necessary steps should be taken to restore the same at the earliest. Tamil Nadu government will hold a meeting with telecom service providers today to sort out the issues. To make the POL products available, Ministry of Petroleum will facilitate the same.

 Seven truck loads of dry ready-to-eat food provided by Ministry of Food Processing Industries have already reached Chennai and 20 are on the way. Railways supplied 2 lakh bottles of drinking water and 2 lakh more will be provided. Three naval ships carrying relief materials also have reached Tamil Nadu.

 The Chief Secretary, Tamil Nadu informed that a massive cleaning operation is being undertaken to prevent epidemics and spread of diseases. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will send a high level team to assess the situation in Tamil Nadu and to provide help. It was agreed that Post-Flood dos and don’ts prepared by NDMA should be widely publicized to educate people. NDMA also suggested that TN government should take steps to mark the HFL (High Flood Level) in all places to enable preparation of a future Mitigation and Preparedness plan.

 Chief Secretary Tamil Nadu thanked Government of India for providing necessary help in Emergency Response to face this worst ever disaster in Chennai.

 Ministries and agencies concerned with relief and rescue such as MHA, NDMA, HQ IDS, Power, Railways, Health and Family Welfare, Petroleum, Air force, Food Processing attended the meeting. In addition the Principal Resident Commissioner of Tamil Nadu was also present in the meeting. From Tamil Nadu, the Chief Secretary, Relief Commissioner, Home Secretary and other officers dealing with response also attended the meeting through video conference facility.

Rajya Sabha Business Advisory Committee allocates time for GST and Real Estate Bills
 Government proposes 4 more Bills in Lok Sabha and 7 in Rajya Sabha as 3rd week of Winter session begins tomorrow

 Two Bills passed by Lok Sabha so far

                Government has proposed a heavy legislative agenda for consideration and passing by both the Houses of Parliament as the third week of current Winter session of Parliament begins on Monday, the 7th of December, 2015. This includes four more Bills in the Lok Sabha in addition to the two Bills already listed and 7 Bills in the Rajya Sabha wherein 3 Bills are already listed in the Business of the House.

                GST Bill and the Real Estate Bill were on the list of Government Business in the Rajya Sabha during the week commencing Monday, as per the Statement made by the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in the House on Friday, the 4th of December, 2015. The Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha has allotted a time of 4 hours for the GST Bill and 2 hours for Real Estate Bill. Select Committees of the House  have already submitted their reports on these two Bills which are pending for further consideration and passing by the Rajya Sabha.

                Legislative agenda for consideration and passing by the Lok Sabha :

1.Further consideration and passing of the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salary and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015 on which discussion has already begun;

2.The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (already listed)

3.The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill,2015

4.The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill,2015

5.The Industries (Regulation and Development) Amendment Bill,2015

6.Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill,2013 (after it is passed by Rajya Sabha).

                In addition, discussion and voting on Supplementary Demands for Grants (General) for 2015-16 and Demands for Excess Grants(General) for 2012-13 is also proposed to be taken up in the Lok Sabha.

                Legislative business proposed to be taken up in Rajya Sabha:

1.Further consideration and passing of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013, on which discussion has begun

2.The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill,2015, as passéd by Lok Sabha (already listed)

3.The Whistle Blower Protection (Amendment) Bill,2015, as passed by Lok Sabha (already listed)

4.The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill,2015, as passed by Lok Sabha

5.The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill,2014 as passed by Lok Sabha and as reported by Select Committee of Rajya Sabha (GST Bill)

6.The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill,2015, as passed by Lok Sabha

7.The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill,2015, as passed by Lok Sabha

8.The Repealing and Amending (Third) Bill, 2015, as passed by Lok Sabha;

9.The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill,2013, as reported by Select Committee of Rajya Sabha; and

10.Th Child Labour (Protection and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012.

                Non-legislative business which could be taken up in Lok Sabha next week include discussion on drought situation in the country, price rise and India’s relations with neighbouring countries. The same in Rajya Sabha could be the situation in Nepal and India-Nepal relations and price rise. Discussion on Nepal situation was converted from Calling Attention of the Government to a short duration discussion as per the will of the Upper House on Friday.

                Legislative business transacted so far during the current Winter session was passing of two Bills viz., The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 in the Lok Sabha. The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was the lone Bill to be introduced in the lower house while no new Bill was introduced in the upper house.

                Other business transacted so far include a two day discussion on ‘Commitment to the Constitution as part of the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr.B.R.Ambedkar and adoption of Resolutions unanimously by both the Houses where in the Members affirmed their commitment to the ideals and values of the Constitution and to build a strong Republic. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi replied to marathon discussions in both the Houses.

                Both the Houses also discussed situation arising out of heavy rains and floods in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the country to which the  Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh replied.

                In addition, Lok Sabha discussed the situation arising out of incidents of intolerance which was replied to by the Home Minister.


December 5,2015


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