Health Minister Shri J P Nadda reviews JS/AES cases in Tamil Nadu

The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda chairing a meeting with the senior officers to review the preparedness of the Centre and states on H1N1 influenza, in New Delhi on January 05, 2015. The Secretary (Health), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Lov Verma is also seen.

Health Minister Shri J P Nadda reviews JS/AES cases in Tamil Nadu
Assures Central Assistance in managing JE/AES cases in States

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda reviewed the health parameters of Tamil Nadu and implementation of various national health programmes, particularly on vector borne diseases, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), with the Health Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr C Vijaya Bhaskar and officers of the state government, at Chennai on Saturday.

Noting that Tamil Nadu had done well in achieving health indicators for IMR, MMR and in implementing public health programmes, the Health Minister assured all help to the state government for further improving the health services in the state. The Health Minister stated that the central government has released Rs. 2.5 crore each for setting up paediatric ICUs in five districts in the state covering Madurai, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Villupuram and Karur; four of these have already become functional.

Funds to the tune of Rs. 5 crore have also been released for physical and medical rehabilitation centre at Madurai Medical College. The state government has agreed to expeditiously utilise this amount. Noting that JE/AES cases were emerging from other parts of the state, other than the programme districts, the Health Minister has advised the state government to be more vigilant in the other districts and agreed to take three more districts in the JE immunisation programme.

The Minister also stated that a State Cancer Institute has been approved to be set up at in the state, and funds will be soon released.

The Health Minister stated that an inter-ministerial meeting has been called at New Delhi on 7th January 2015 with health ministers from five states of Assam, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and TN to review the JE/AES cases in the states.


Health Minister Shri J P Nadda reviews preparedness on H1N1 Influenza

Directs for ensuring adequate stock of medicines and equipment with hospitals

In a high powered meeting with senior officers of the Dept. of Health & Family Welfare, Health Research, AIIMS, Safdurjung, Dr. RML Hospital, NCDC and officers from Govt. of Delhi and Ghaziabad, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda reviewed the state of preparedness and action taken to deal with H1N1influenza cases, here today.

The Health Minister stated that the seasonal influenza cases are reported every year between Jan-March and decline immediately after the winter season is over. The bout of H1N1 during this period is that of seasonal influenza, the Minister stated. The Health Minister has stated that while there is no cause to panic, the central and state governments should be well prepared. He directed the central and states government to stock up on emergency requirements of medicine Oseltamivir, even though the centre and states have procured the same for their respective use. The Health Minister emphasised on the states having adequate quantity of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, as also diagnostic facilities required for testing H1N1 samples should be ensured.

The Health Minister has advised that the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) network should continue comprehensive and prompt reporting so that the districts/ states requiring more attention can be identified. The Health Minister has advised that the general public should take the necessary precaution such as covering ones mouth during coughing and sneezing, washing one’s hands and avoid coming in touch with anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of the seasonal flu.

Present during the meeting were Shri Lov Verma, Secretary (H&FW); Dr Jagdish Prasad, DGHS; Dr V M Katoch, Secretary (Health Research); Dr B D Athani, Special DGHS; Dr H K Kar, MS, Dr. RML Hospital; Dr P K Julka, Dean, AIIMS; Shri Sudhansh Pant, Jt. Secretary, Dept. of Pharmaceuticals and senior offices of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and NCDC.


MHA proposes to set up Investigative Units on Crimes Against Women

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) proposes to set up Investigative Units on Crimes against Women (IUCAW), in 20% of the districts of each State on a 50:50 cost sharing basis with the states.

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has written to the Chief Minister of the States that there is a need to strengthen various elements of the criminal justice system, namely, Investigation, Prosecution and Trials by courts to deal with the issue of rise of crimes against women.

MHA has proposed to set up 150 such IUCAW units initially on pilot basis in most crime prone districts of each state. Elaborating the IUCAW, the Home Minister mentioned that these units may consist of 15 personnel, preferably five of them women. The states will have full flexibility on whether to create new posts or to designate from the existing strength. Each IUCAW will be headed by an officer of the rank of Additional Superintendent of Police assisted by two DSPs. Out of the total 2250 personnel required for the 150 IUCAWs, 750 will be women. This will involve a total expenditure of 84 crore rupees annually, out of which 42 crore rupees will be provided by the Centre.

Shri Rajnath Singh mentioned that the objective of these units will be to investigate cases referred to them, augment the investigative machinery of the States in relation to the heinous crimes against women, especially Rape, Dowry Death, Acid Attack and Human Trafficking, instill confidence and encourage women to come forward and lodge their complaint and improve the gender ratio in the State Police forces which is adversely impacting effective implementation of the legislations relating to women. Besides, these units will have the additional functionality of proactive policing, intelligence gathering, tackling organized crime, monitoring proper implementation of the legislative provisions, helping awareness generation and promotion of social participation in checking crimes against women.

The Home Minister mentioned that these measures will help in ensuring higher conviction rate in different states to check crimes against women and human trafficking.

Shri Rajnath Singh has also advised the states to set up separate Fast Track Courts to deal with these cases expeditiously. He has also assured all possible assistance to the States in taming the menace of crimes against women.

Shri Rajnath Singh mentioned that though all these issues are State subjects, yet the MHA would like to augment the efforts of the States in this matter.


Press Communique
Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir Appointed Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir High Court

In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 100 of the Constitution of Jammu & Kashmir, the President is pleased to appoint Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, senior most Judge of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court to perform the duties of the Office of the Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir High Court with effect from 05th January, 2015, consequent upon the retirement of Justice Mahesh Mittal Kumar, Chief Justice of the Jammu & Kashmir High Court.

Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India

New Delhi, January 05, 2014


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