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Misleading Advertisements
Advertisements concerning drugs are regulated under the provisions of Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954 which is administered by the State Governments. Further, advertisements telecast on TV channels are required to adhere to the Advertising Code prescribed under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules framed thereunder. Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), a self regulatory body of advertisement industry, has set up Consumer Complaints Council to deal with advertising content and decide on complaints against advertisements making misleading, false and unsubstantiated claims. ASCI had informed the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting that some channels carried out some objectionable advertisements that made unsubstantiated claims and also violated provisions of Drugs & Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954. Accordingly, an advisory was issued by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting advising all TV channels not to telecast advertisements which were found to be violating provisions of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994; ASCI Code and also Drugs & Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

To undertake comprehensive monitoring of the quality of advertisements pertaining to Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathy drugs in print & TV media, the Ministry of AYUSH has signed an MoU with ASCI. Thereafter, ASCI has taken up suo-moto monitoring of the ASUSH drugs related advertisements and the defaulters are being advised to either modify or withdraw such advertisements. Those who do not comply with such advice are reported to the concerned State Licensing Authorities for taking action in accordance with the legal provisions of Drugs & Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisement) Act, 1954 as well as Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made there under.
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.
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Use of Plastics in Food Packaging Industry
Plastic packaging materials that come in contact with food products can lead to migration of some chemical substances such as residual monomer, additives, plasticizers, pigments, etc., to food when exposed to different temperatures over a longer duration. Conscious of this fact, the Government encourages use of other packaging materials such as jute for packaging food items, where feasible. All food items cannot, however, be packaged in such alternate materials. Plastic in different forms has, in view of its ability to protect products and extend shelf life, prevent spoilage and contamination, ensuring better storage and sealing aroma, etc. emerged as a widely used material for packaging and storing food. The plastic material is also temper proof and reduces the chances of adulteration, is corrosion resistant and in most cases, chemically inert. 
Keeping the above in view, the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 prescribe Indian Standards for containers made of plastic material of graded specification for packing or storing of food items. These are based on the Bureau of Indian Standards specifications, which also lay down limits of migration of toxic elements. The use of plastics for packaging food in conformity with specified standards is considered safe in the context of contemporary scientific knowledge. 
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has conducted a study jointly with Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) and National Test House (NTH) to determine the migration of chemical contaminants and heavy metals from packaging into food. IIP was given the responsibility to undertake the study on chemical contamination from packaging material used for packaged food items, focusing majorly on plastics, paper and other materials. IIP has analysed 1250 samples. National Test House was given the responsibility to undertake the study on chemical contamination from loose packaging material, including paper cups, plates, plastic cups, carry bags and allied materials. NTH has analysed 1760 samples.
 Opinion regarding safety of plastic very widely and a scientific consensus on the issue is yet to be reached. However, the way forward is to judicially use all available scientific knowledge and technology to mitigate the adverse effects that may emanate from migration of chemicals from packaging material to packaged food and evolve innovative techniques for use of recycled packaging material in an environment friendly manner.
The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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Doctors in Government Hospitals
Health being a State subject, the responsibility for improving the functioning of the State Government hospitals is under the jurisdiction of respective State Governments. The information in respect of State Government hospitals is not maintained centrally.

So far as Central Government hospitals under the administrative control of this Ministry is concerned, based on the requisitions received from various Government Hospitals/Institutes/Units, posts are encadred as per norms in Central Health Service (CHS) thereby increasing the number of sanctioned posts of doctors.

Insofar as the three Central Government Hospitals in Delhi viz. Safdarjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College & Associated Hospitals are concerned, performance of these hospitals regarding patient health care services is regularly monitored by the Hospitals/Government. The day to day activities in these hospitals, like sanitation, patient flow, hospital infection control practices, attendance of staff, etc. are supervised by the Medical Superintendents/Additional Medical Superintendents as well as by the Supervisory staff to maintain hygiene and sanitation. 

Status of functional and non-functional equipments is regularly monitored. In order to provide state-of-the-art facilities and basic amenities to the patients, latest high-end Test machines/equipments are procured by these hospitals as per the need arising from time to time.

Besides the above, several steps have been taken by the Government to improve the overall satisfaction of the doctors working in Government Hospitals:-

(i)                 Enhancement of retirement age in all four sub-cadres of
Central Health Service (CHS) to 65 years w.e.f 31.05.2016 to retain the talent.

(ii)               Introduction of time-bound promotions for doctors under Dynamic Assured Career Progression (DACP) Scheme, upto Senior Administrative Grade (SAG) level.

(iii)             The duration of study leave to pursue higher studies/research work has been increased to 36 months for CHS officers instead of 24 months in other cases.

(iv)             The benefit of Non-Functional Upgradation (NFU) has been granted to CHS doctors.

(v)               The Ministry has started Foundation Training Programme (FTP) for newly recruited CHS Officers.
(vi)             Electronic submission of Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) on Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window (SPARROW) software has been introduced for CHS.
(vii)           Counseling pattern has been introduced for recruitment in GDMO sub-cadre.
(viii)         Annual Preventive Health Check-Up introduced for doctors over 40 Years of age.

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Sh Jagat Prakash Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.
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