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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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Union Health secretary directs state and UTs to ensure timely salary of health workers

Union Health secretary Preeti Sudan has directed all states and union territories to ensure timely payment of salaries to doctors and healthcare workers engaged in treating COVID-19 patients warning action against hospitals and authorities for non-compliance of the order.
The order by Union Health Ministry comes a day after the SC asked the government to issue directions to states for payment of salaries and providing necessary quarantine facilities to doctors and healthcare workers involved in treating COVID-19 patients.
“…it is hereby directed that the states and UT administration should ensure that salaries of doctors and health workers doing COVID-19 related duty shall be released on time,” says the order issued by Union health secretary Preeti Sudan.
The Chief Secretary of states/UTs have been asked to ensure compliance of this order by all concerned, violation of which will be treated as an offense under the Disaster Management Act read with the IPC, and action is taken accordingly against defaulting hospitals/institutions/ authorities.

19 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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Union Health secretary directs state and UTs to ensure timely salary of health workers

By IndianMandarins 19 Jun 2020

Union Health secretary Preeti Sudan has directed all states and union territories to ensure timely payment of salaries to doctors and healthcare workers engaged in treating COVID-19 patients warning action against hospitals and authorities for non-compliance of the order.
The order by Union Health Ministry comes a day after the SC asked the government to issue directions to states for payment of salaries and providing necessary quarantine facilities to doctors and healthcare workers involved in treating COVID-19 patients.
“…it is hereby directed that the states and UT administration should ensure that salaries of doctors and health workers doing COVID-19 related duty shall be released on time,” says the order issued by Union health secretary Preeti Sudan.
The Chief Secretary of states/UTs have been asked to ensure compliance of this order by all concerned, violation of which will be treated as an offense under the Disaster Management Act read with the IPC, and action is taken accordingly against defaulting hospitals/institutions/ authorities.

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Rajasthan achieves one of the highest recovery rates in the country

By IndianMandarins 18 Jun 2020

As per state government’s official data and several media reports, the recovery rate of COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan has crossed 77% for the first time whereas active cases continue to be below 3000. The number is 2762 as of June 17 evening. When asked about the reasons for the encouraging trend Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Rohit Kumar Singh (IAS:1989) said;  “Aggressive testing leading to early detection of cases combined with quality healthcare has helped Rajasthan achieve one of the highest recovery rates in the country. Mission LiSa has enabled us to identify high risk and vulnerable cases earlier than usual again contributing to higher recovery and comparatively less mortality.”

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Bhalla as Home Secretary; special tasks to SCL Das and SS Yadav for COVID-19 management

By IndianMandarins 17 Jun 2020

On repatriation from Central deputation, Bhupinder Singh Bhalla (IAS:1990:UT) was on Wednesday late evening posted as Principal Secretary (Home), Government of National Capital Territory Delhi (GNCTD). Prior to this Bhalla was working as Additional Secretary in the Union Commerce Ministry. 

Further, S C L Das (IAS:1992:UT) and S S Yadav (IAS:1995:UT), who were on 14 June attached with GNCTD to assist the Lt Governor and Chief Secretary of Delhi in the management of COVID-19 situation in Delhi, have been assigned with specific assignments. 

Accordingly; S C L  Das has been assigned with the responsibility of handling the ‘capacity augmentation of medical infrastructure and medical personnel’ whereas S S Yadav will be handling the ‘Community surveillance, management of containment zones, response systems and coordination with district administration’.

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IRS officer commits suicide for the fear of infecting family with Corona

By IndianMandarins 15 Jun 2020

There are many who fail to bear the stress of life and after Shushant Singh Rajput a 56-year-old IRS officer allegedly killed himself by drinking an “acid-like substance” in his car in Delhi’s Dwarka area on June 14. 

A suicide note recovered from his car mentioned that he feared that he might “spread Covid-19” to his family and does not want them to suffer because of him. He had got himself tested for Covid-19 a week ago and the report came out negative but he was scared that his family might get infected of the deadly virus because of him.

Initial investigation suggested that he drank “an acid-like substance” sitting inside his car and also left a suicide note in which he mentioned that he was killing himself “as he feared that he might spread coronavirus.”

He seemed very upset with the situation around and feared his family might get infected with the deadly virus too. The case is under investigation and police will talk to other family members regarding it.

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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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Reward time: Modi-Shah may reward Ladakh MP Namgyal

By IndianMandarins 12 Jun 2020

Cabinet reshuffle is on the cards anytime soon but it is delayed because of the prevailing COVID-19 situation but the most interesting aspect of this is that in this reshuffle Ladakh MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal may find a place as a state minister which will be a very important move by the government.

The government appears to be giving representation from Ladakh which was neglected from ages with the only focus on the Valley by the successive governments. People say Namgyal’s induction will serve many purpose. Ladakh will get representation; a vocal and articulate young leader will be given his due; it will help to develop the neglected region for years; the dominance of Valley will be over; and the BJP will reach out to remote areas by giving representation to the region. Some say this will also be staring at China with whom India is in a stand-off in the region.

There are many other names that will be included and dropped but Namgyal’s induction will definitely be not only interesting but important for the government. The young leader had win hearts of leaders of the party during 370 debate in Parliament especially Union home minister Amit Shah.

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