PANDEMIC

maharashtra-hands-over-five-of-its-hospitals-to-four-ias-officers

Maharashtra hands over five of its hospitals to four IAS officers

In a seemingly desperate move, the Maharashtra government has deputed three IAS officers to three major civic-run hospitals in the city for effective management of the outbreak. The responsibility of Nair Hospital has been given to Madan Nagargoje (IAS:2007) while Ajit Patil (IAS:2007) will oversee the functioning of KEM Hospital. Balaji Manjule (IAS:2009) has been deputed to Sion Hospital.

State chief secretary Ajoy Mehta deputed the IAS officers for effective control and management of these hospitals, which are handling most of the coronavirus cases.

The responsibility of state-run GT Hospital and JJ Hospital has been given to Sushil Khodvekar (IAS:2011) apart from this, who is deputy secretary in the school education department. Mumbai, one of the top coronavirus hotspots in the county, has so far recorded nearly 42,000 positive cases and around 850 deaths.

22 May 2020
spiritual-column-gita-acharan-10

Spiritual Column: Gita Acharan-10

The Gita contains many master keys which have the capacity to open up many doors and bypass hurdles we face in the path of self-realization.  One such master key is to see yourself in others and others in you. Krishna implores us to realize that its HIM in all of us and he is hinting at the un-manifested (form-less). Krishna elsewhere asks us to raise ourselves to bow to a donkey or a thief as if we are bowing to the LORD.

Based on the inputs brought in by the senses, our minds are programmed to divide and judge situations into safe/pleasant or unsafe/unpleasant. This is necessary and useful to protect us from imminent dangers. Like any technology, the mind is double-edged too, and crosses its mandate, to become our master. This is essentially the birthplace of Ahankaar . What this master key says is to make the mind a slave to minimize division/judgment so that cohesion/unity appears. No complex physical entity, including our body can survive without this cohesion.

When we use this master key, we develop compassion for others and raise awareness about ourselves. The best way to realize this is to start with a person whom we consider a foe, for whatever reason and see that person as the LORD. Certainly it is difficult as many unpleasant memories and feelings are attached to them and with the time that unpleasantness melts to give way to joy. In fact there must have been situations where all of us have done this and we just need to put it into practice more often. 

Awareness (about self) and Compassion(for others) are the two oars of the boat to row in the path given by the Gita, towards shores of the inner self.

Once we understand this, could we see Lord Krishna in Corona !

(Author K Siva Prasad is 1993 batch IAS officer, Punjab cadre)

03 May 2020
maharashtra-hands-over-five-of-its-hospitals-to-four-ias-officers

Maharashtra hands over five of its hospitals to four IAS officers

By IndianMandarins 22 May 2020

In a seemingly desperate move, the Maharashtra government has deputed three IAS officers to three major civic-run hospitals in the city for effective management of the outbreak. The responsibility of Nair Hospital has been given to Madan Nagargoje (IAS:2007) while Ajit Patil (IAS:2007) will oversee the functioning of KEM Hospital. Balaji Manjule (IAS:2009) has been deputed to Sion Hospital.

State chief secretary Ajoy Mehta deputed the IAS officers for effective control and management of these hospitals, which are handling most of the coronavirus cases.

The responsibility of state-run GT Hospital and JJ Hospital has been given to Sushil Khodvekar (IAS:2011) apart from this, who is deputy secretary in the school education department. Mumbai, one of the top coronavirus hotspots in the county, has so far recorded nearly 42,000 positive cases and around 850 deaths.

spiritual-column-gita-acharan-10

Spiritual Column: Gita Acharan-10

By K Siva Prasad 03 May 2020

The Gita contains many master keys which have the capacity to open up many doors and bypass hurdles we face in the path of self-realization.  One such master key is to see yourself in others and others in you. Krishna implores us to realize that its HIM in all of us and he is hinting at the un-manifested (form-less). Krishna elsewhere asks us to raise ourselves to bow to a donkey or a thief as if we are bowing to the LORD.

Based on the inputs brought in by the senses, our minds are programmed to divide and judge situations into safe/pleasant or unsafe/unpleasant. This is necessary and useful to protect us from imminent dangers. Like any technology, the mind is double-edged too, and crosses its mandate, to become our master. This is essentially the birthplace of Ahankaar . What this master key says is to make the mind a slave to minimize division/judgment so that cohesion/unity appears. No complex physical entity, including our body can survive without this cohesion.

When we use this master key, we develop compassion for others and raise awareness about ourselves. The best way to realize this is to start with a person whom we consider a foe, for whatever reason and see that person as the LORD. Certainly it is difficult as many unpleasant memories and feelings are attached to them and with the time that unpleasantness melts to give way to joy. In fact there must have been situations where all of us have done this and we just need to put it into practice more often. 

Awareness (about self) and Compassion(for others) are the two oars of the boat to row in the path given by the Gita, towards shores of the inner self.

Once we understand this, could we see Lord Krishna in Corona !

(Author K Siva Prasad is 1993 batch IAS officer, Punjab cadre)

epidemic-intelligence-and-disease-surveillance-looking-beyond-covid-19

Epidemic intelligence and disease surveillance: Looking beyond COVID-19

By IndianMandarins 25 Apr 2020

Former Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh and former Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Vineet Chaudhary (Retd IAS:2002:HP) has shared his insight about COVID-19 pandemic that delves into the post-COVID-19 scenario:-

The more I read about this lockdown, the more it reminds me of the labyrinth (Chakravyuh) of Mahabharat. Like Abhimanyu, we can walk into it but don’t know how to get out of it.

I was flipping through my notes of bird flu and swine flu days. Spread and mortality from swine flu in the country was similar if not higher. Yet in all review meetings at that time, health ministry among other things repeatedly stressed that economic disruption had to be minimised. There was community spread of swine flu and even now cases occur on a regular basis. We seem to have forgotten that it was also a pandemic and also the lessons learnt from the containment strategies deployed then.

One may well argue that since no cure is known for COVID 19, a lockdown was inevitable. Well in the case of a Novel Coronavirus, it is a fact that no known cure is available. So one has to always be on alert for such an outbreak anywhere in the globe and launch appropriate containment measures at an appropriate time before it becomes a crisis. I concede that it is difficult to maintain such a vigil in light of limited resources and competing demands from other killer diseases and infections. Unfortunately, there can be no short cuts to preparedness and pandemics will continue to revisit the world. Strengthening of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme has been a non-starter and so has been the epidemic intelligence training programme. Long term measures are the need of the hour to cope with pandemics and not knee jerk responses.

fir-against-ias-officer-for-not-joining-duty-he-claims-he-resigned-in-2019

FIR against IAS officer for not joining duty; he claims he resigned in 2019

By IndianMandarins 25 Apr 2020

The police have registered FIR against Kannan Gopinathan for not joining duty as directed by the government amid coronavirus pandemic however the officer resigned from the IAS in August, 2019. The FIR has been registered under the Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act against him on April 21, 2020 at Moti Daman police station in the Union territories of Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Union Territory’s administration on 09 April had sent a communication to Gopinathan, asking him to join duty on the ground that his resignation had not been accepted yet.

The officer is also facing a charge under section 188 of the IPC for refusing to obey a government order. Gopinathan, who hails from Kerala, had quit the service over ‘denial of freedom to the people of Jammu and Kashmir’.

Gopinathan termed the letter as an act of harassment and refused to join duty, saying that he was ready to offer his services amid the COVID-19 crisis as a common citizen. He had submitted resignation to the Union Home Ministry on August 21 following the imposition of restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir after the scrapping of its special status.

namo-govt-appears-keen-to-start-limited-economic-activity-

NaMo Govt appears keen to start limited economic activity?

By IndianMandarins 13 Apr 2020

The Centre appears keen to strike a balance between extending lockdown and restart economic activity as back to back meeting is taking place to discuss every minor detail to implement the government plan that the PM will explain on April 14 at 10 am.

PM Modi is well aware of people being his side and economy downward sliding with GDP predicted to be between 1.5 to 2.5, restarting economic activity could be the only option.

Two letters issued -- one by secretary DPIIT Dr. Guruprashad Mohapatra (Union Secretary, DPIIT)  and another by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla -- clearly indicate the government wants to start some of the industrial and business activities by taking every safety measure and home ministry requesting every stakeholders to cooperate in this.

Reportedly, the government is also trying to fathom the response of the people by their reaction. The government is preparing itself to bring laborers back to work in factories and in the industry by special trains and vehicles as there are many industries that need to be started.

Letter from DPIIT secretary enlists in detail about industries that can be started. There is every detail about the industry that can be started which indicates that the government started early preparations.

There is a devil and deep sea like situation for the PM but the government has to look from limited options with it. Most of the ministers are in the office with their officers, the intention of the government seems to be clear but let's wait what PM has in mind.

covid-19:-force-majeure-clause-likely-to-prove-handy

COVID-19: Force Majeure clause likely to prove handy

By IndianMandarins 09 Apr 2020

With the government battling to fight coronavirus pandemic on every front, the decision of Union Finance Ministry issuing an office memorandum on February 19, 2020 could prove too handy. It is clarified in this about Force Majeure Clause in the government procurement process of goods through different ministries, agencies and departments in the light of a potential breach of contracts arising out of the spread of COVID-19.

In the Manual of Procurement of Goods 2017, para 9.7.7 makes it very clear that circumstances included Under Force Majeure Clause contain an act of God or incidence such as war, strikes, riot, crimes and natural calamity, etc. In such a situation the two contracting parties get free from contractual obligations subject to necessary legal formalities.

It clearly includes COVID-19 into the definition of Force Majeure Clause as a natural calamity and this could be invoked wherever it is considered appropriate. It also clarifies that the existence of Force Majeure Clause in the contract does not give excuse to parties non-performance entirely but only suspends for the duration of the existence of the Force Majeure Clause. The firm has to give notice of Force Majeure Clause as soon as it occurs and it cannot be claimed ex post facto that is after happening of the event.

It also makes it clear that if performance in whole or in part or any obligation under this contract is prevented or delayed by any reason for a period exceeding 90 days weather party may have the option to terminate the contract without any financial repercussion on either party.

Force Majeure Clause in standard form does not include pandemic like coronavirus which is new for the purpose of the contract or any legal obligation. In the prevailing circumstances where there has not been any precedence of the spread of coronavirus, the government clarification will be an added advantage to interpret Force Majeure Clause in terms of government clarification and in terms of the basis of parity it should be made applicable.

(By M K Pandey, Advocate, Supreme Court)

caruna:-ias-and-ips-officers’-initiative-against-covid-19

CARUNA: IAS and IPS officers’ initiative against COVID-19

By IndianMandarins 06 Apr 2020

Associations of civil servants formed an initiative called “Civil Services Associations Reach to Support Natural Disasters” (CARUNA), a collaborative platform to support government efforts to fight Corona Virus.

The platform is to be represented by IT professionals, industry leaders, NGO along with IAS and IPS officers. The initiative has been being launched.

As civil servants are spread out all over the country, CARUNA is an ideal platform to assist and supplement government efforts by means of generating a database of information about migration, medical equipment, ventilators, masks, essential supplies, augmenting human resources, facilitating supply chain, information dissemination, public awareness and welfare measures, etc.

government-getting-ready-with-its-post-lockdown-plans-

Government getting ready with its post lockdown plans?

By IndianMandarins 06 Apr 2020

Unlocking of the lockdown in the country is likely to take place in a staggered manner as districts with no coronavirus cases would be the first to be unlocked. Many districts in the country that have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, lockdown in those areas would continue for some time more until it is brought under control.

A separate strategy is made for post lockdown with focus on to ensure that spread is under control. The government plans to divide hot spots into the quarantine and a buffer zone. The quarantine zone would focus on areas where there are a large number of cases. The buffer zone will include certain blocks or districts around it. The buffer zones would be decided by the authorities on a case to case basis.

Union Health Ministry is putting in place measures to ensure that the coronavirus does not spread further following the nation-wide lockdown coming to an end. Post lockdown that will end on April 14, the focus would be on the hotspots and densely populated areas.

Officials are taking a cue from the 2009 outbreak of H1NI, which had a bigger impact on well-connected cities when compared to smaller towns and villages with a lower population. The containment efforts would be extremely strong in the hotspots and the lockdown would not be lifted suddenly in such areas.

Some of the states may extend lockdown straight away. Health Ministry is concerned about the community transmission of the coronavirus that is saying the outbreak is still under control and has not reached the community transmission stage as yet.

free stat counter

Indianmandarins.com, an initiative of New Media Network, is a multi-media initiative for the fast and real-time dissemination of news and information related to civil services, central PSUs and other institutions that play a critical role in governance, administration, corporate governance, and public life in India. We aspire to provide our esteemed readers with news breaks and situation analysis in the above-mentioned domain of operations. Currently, we are available at www.indianmandarins.com. We are now planning to branch off into print publication and few other related business initiatives.