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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

24 Jun 2020
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Former IAS questions Corona strategy: UP police lodges FIR

UP Police registered a case against a former IAS officer after he questioned the state government’s coronavirus strategy on his Twitter account. The FIR lodged against Surya Pratap Singh (IAS:1982) who retired in 2015, says his tweet has wrong facts and misinformation and has led to an atmosphere of fear among the public at large.

The case has been registered on the complaint of the in-charge of secretariat chowki, Subhash Singh, on June 11 at the Hazratganj Kotwali for giving false information about government efforts against the infection.

The former bureaucrat had tweeted “after CM Yogi’s Team 11 meeting, did the chief secretary scold some of the DMs who conducted more corona tests to ask ”why working in so much speed, do you want to get some prize that you are shouting corona corona” @ ChiefSecyUP please clarify? Is no test = no corona Uttar Pradesh”s strategy?”

However, soon after FIR was lodged, Singh again tweeted that an “unconfirmed news” is coming from the media that the government has filed a case against him.

13 Jun 2020
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PM Modi pledges $15 million to GAVI

By IndianMandarins 24 Jun 2020

While addressing the virtual Global Vaccine Summit hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged $15 million to the international vaccine alliance -- GAVI. Business leaders, UN agencies, civil society, government ministers, Heads of State, and country leaders of over 50 nations participated in it.

PM said that India stands in solidarity with the world in these challenging times. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the limitations of global cooperation and that for the first time in recent history, mankind faces a clear common enemy. Referring to GAVI, he said, “It is not just a global alliance but also a symbol of global solidarity and a reminder of that by helping others we can also help ourselves.”

India with a vast population and limited health facilities understands the importance of immunization. One of the first programs launched by his government was Mission Indra Dhanush, which aims to ensure full vaccination of the country’s children and pregnant women, including those in the remote parts of the country. 

India has added six new vaccines to its National Immunization Programme. India had digitized its entire vaccine supply line and developed an electronic vaccine intelligence network to monitor the integrity of its cold chain. India is also the World’s foremost producer of vaccines and that it is fortunate to contribute to the immunization of about 60 percent of the World’s children.

The PM said that India recognizes and values the work of GAVI, that is why it became a donor to GAVI while still being eligible for GAVI support. Prime Minister said India’s support to GAVI is not only financial but that India’s huge demand also brings down the Global price of vaccines for all, saving almost $400 million for GAVI over the past five years.

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Former IAS questions Corona strategy: UP police lodges FIR

By IndianMandarins 13 Jun 2020

UP Police registered a case against a former IAS officer after he questioned the state government’s coronavirus strategy on his Twitter account. The FIR lodged against Surya Pratap Singh (IAS:1982) who retired in 2015, says his tweet has wrong facts and misinformation and has led to an atmosphere of fear among the public at large.

The case has been registered on the complaint of the in-charge of secretariat chowki, Subhash Singh, on June 11 at the Hazratganj Kotwali for giving false information about government efforts against the infection.

The former bureaucrat had tweeted “after CM Yogi’s Team 11 meeting, did the chief secretary scold some of the DMs who conducted more corona tests to ask ”why working in so much speed, do you want to get some prize that you are shouting corona corona” @ ChiefSecyUP please clarify? Is no test = no corona Uttar Pradesh”s strategy?”

However, soon after FIR was lodged, Singh again tweeted that an “unconfirmed news” is coming from the media that the government has filed a case against him.

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Employees Union accuses SAIL management of COVID mishandling?

By IndianMandarins 13 Jun 2020

SAIL Employees Union (Corporate office) has accused SAIL Chairman of mishandling the COVID-19 situation in the organization and has demanded an inquiry into the death of one the senior officials Atul Srivastava, Director (Personnel). The Union demanded that responsibility must be fixed for criminal negligence in the matter.

General secretary of the union Raj Solanki alleged that instead of acknowledging the fact that there has been gross negligence by SAIL management in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an attempt to cover up the matter surrounding the unfortunate demise of Srivastava. There have been numerous instances of recklessness on part of the chairman’s office.

Despite the fact that over 40 senior officials at SAIL headquarter were tested positive for COVID-19 SAIL officials were asked to attend office and on failing to do so, they were threatened to be issued an official note of displeasure. Solanki writes, “We demand that an independent inquiry in the death of late Shri Atul Srivastava is conducted at the earliest.” The unfortunate part was that instead of facing reality, facts were suppressed by the higher offices of SAIL.

Solanki writes, “In the press release regarding the death of director (personnel) which was hurriedly circulated even prior to informing the family members of the deceased, it has been mentioned that the deceased was diagnosed COVID negative while we all know that he along with most of the directors of SAIL and senior officers in Chairman’s secretariat had been diagnosed COVID positive by Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi a few days back. In fact, there is a clear attempt to suppress facts and there is a deliberate attempt to show the death of Late Shri Srivastava as a death due to natural causes. Further, we come to know that the death certificate issued by concerned agencies has also mentioned that the deceased was COVID positive.” 

Reportedly, Srivastava’s last rites took place in Punjabi Bagh crematorium which is specially designated for death occurring due to COVID infection in Delhi.

Though SAIL Employees Union (Corporate office) issued a press note registering its viewpoint several senior public-sector officials say that this was not the right way and right time for such move which discourages the industry management. COVID-19 management, SOPs, and protocols are as important as keeping the industry and economy running for the sake of people, employment, economy, and business eco-system.


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WHO: Dr Harsh Vardhan set to take charge as Chairman of Executive Board

By IndianMandarins 20 May 2020

Amid COVID-19 pandemic taking its tool on the world and the role of WHO in question in handling the matter, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is all set to take charge as the chairman of the WHO Executive Board on May 22. Vardhan would succeed Dr Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, currently the Chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board.

 

The 194-nation World Health Assembly has signed the proposal to appoint India’s nominee to the executive board. It was just a formality after WHO’s South-East Asia group had unanimously decided last year that India would be elected to the executive board for a three-year-term beginning of May.

 

Vardhan would be elected at the Executive Board meeting of the World Health Organisation on May 22. The post of chairman is held by rotation for one year among regional groups and it was decided last year that India’s nominee would be the Executive Board chairman for the first year starting on May 22, 2020.

 

It is not a full-time assignment and the minister will just be required to chair the Executive Board’s meetings. The Executive Board is composed of 34 individuals technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a member state elected to do so by the World Health Assembly.

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No gyan ki baat, only kam ki baat!

By IndianMandarins 19 May 2020

Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment Rajiv Kumar Gupta (IAS:1986:GJ) is being widely appreciated for his go-getter approach. He was made overall in-charge of Ahmedabad city for CIVID-19 management after the Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra, in the first week of May, put himself under isolation apprehending COVID infection. 


A sharp decline in active COVID-19 cases in Gandhinagar city from 4.25% to 1.75% in May first week was an outcome of certain proactive professional measures like roping in private hospitals; augmenting bed capacity for COVID treatment and isolation; announcing a set of “immediate measure” to control viral spread; issuing IDs to enlisted vegetables and fruit vendors etc.


What was noticed more loudly was his strategy of ascertaining more clarity in decisions and set of guidelines. Documents on decisions, guidelines, COVID protocols were released and disseminated in public on a daily basis. Gupta regularly released his videos informing people about revised guidelines, a fresh set of decisions which were widely appreciated so much so that some media-persons based out of Ahmedabad city said that Gupta’s regular release of videos mirrored his administrative skills as he talked business and spoke to the point i.e. “No gyan ki baat only kam ki baat”.

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Delhi police ACP posted at Rashtrapati Bhawan tests COVID-19 positive

By IndianMandarins 18 May 2020

With the largest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases in the country of over 5000 cases, a 58-year-old ACP of Delhi police posted at Rashtrapati Bhawan has been tested positive for the coronavirus following. On these five police personnel have been quarantined.

Fortunately, the ACP was posted at Rashtrapati Bhawan Police Lines which is away from the Rashtrapati Bhawan core area that comprises residential premises of the president. ACP was tested and isolated on May 13. Five other personnel who came in contact with him were also quarantined as a precautionary measure.

The ACP tested positive for the virus was asymptomatic. He was in isolation since May 13 and has been admitted to a private hospital. He was responsible for duty deployment, administration and management of personnel within the Rashtrapati Bhawan premises.

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COVID, Kerala and international media: Heroes behind K-factor?

By Rakesh Ranjan 12 May 2020

As of 8:00 AM on May 12, 2020, seven new coronavirus cases were reported in Kerala making the total number of active cases at 27 of the total 520 cases with 493 recovered and four dead.


Leave aside the tally in Maharashtra, Delhi, UP and Gujarat even active COVID-19 cases in Kerala’s neighboring states Tamil Nadu stands at 7204, Andhra Pradesh at 1980 and Karnataka at 848 put Kerala in altogether a different league as far as COVID management is concerned.


There are several states but only a few of them actually ‘walked the talk’ in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts made by the Kerala Government, led by Chief Minister P Vijayan, to check the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has won accolades from across the globe. Kerala's Health Minister K K Shailaja too was applauded for sensing the pandemic well before the time.


Over 35 international media outlets including the BBC and The Guardian praised Kerala's COVID resistance so much so that it was termed as ‘The K factor in the fight against coronavirus in India’. The Washington Post has underlined that the Communist state flattened its Covid-19 curve. The MIT Technology Review made the headline ‘What the world can learn from Kerala about how to fight COVID-19’. AlterNet USA wrote ‘An often-overlooked region of India is a beacon to the world for taking on the coronavirus.'


Certainly, Kerala’s investments in education and public health pay a dividend but the encouraging figures/tallies are said to be the outcome of timely and strategic decisions and collective will-power of the state leadership, its administration, and public awareness.


Indianmandarins.com tried to explore the whole bunch of civil servants who are said to have made the mark which is being termed as a K-factor throughout the pandemic.

 

Dr Rajan Khobragade (IAS:1993), Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare; Bishwanath Sinha (IAS:1992), Principal Secretary SC/ST and LSGD (Urban); K R Jyothilal (IAS:1993) Principal Secretary, GAD/Transport; Dr K Ellangovan (IAS:1992), Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce are among a few senior IAS officers being talked about their proactive role and administrative acumen to deal with the crisis. The state government specially roped in Bishwanath Sinha to coordinate all the activities connected with the repatriation of the residents of Kerala stranded in other states dues to lockdown. Sinha is assigned to design SOP for such repatriation as per the guidelines issued by the MHA and has been managing the arrangements of trains singularly. Further, Dr Elangowan Principal Secretary, NORKA has been handling the repatriation of Keralites stranded in foreign countries.

 

For example ‘Tiranga vehicle’ launched by Pathanamthitta DC Nooh P Bawa (IAS:2012) initially became the symbol of Kerala’s preparedness in the fight against COVID-19. Designed for rapid screening of symptoms was widely recognised for its mobility and strategic utility as it helped to reduce the risk of exposure of health workers as they go out to screen people with minimum risk of exposure.

 

Besides state’s past handling of Nipah virus cases with which only Kerala was affected, all District Collectors especially Jafar Malik (IAS:2013), Malappuram; Suhas S (IAS:2012), Ernakulam; Gopalkrishnan K (IAS:2013), Thiruvananthapuram; Dr Adeela Abdulla (IAS:2012), Wayanad. Several Sub Collectors like Dr Vinay Goyal (IAS:2016); Snehil Kumar Singh (IAS:2016), Arun K Vijayan (IAS:2016), Asif K Yusuf (IAS:2016) and several other budding civil servants are said to have been playing a crucial role on the ground. Vijay S Sakhare (IPS:1996), IG and Special Officer for, COVID-19 prevention, Kasaragod, R Mohan PS to CM, M Sivasankar (IAS:1995), Secretary to CM; Dr Navjot Khosa (IAS:2012), MD, KMSCL are among another lot of senior civil servants being seen as a factor in the K-factor.

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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