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Record production of food grains in 2016-17:Radha Mohan Singh

NNWN/ New Delhi, 2017-07-14

Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that  there has been a record production of food grains in 2016-17 and all previous records were broken.Singh said as per the Third Advance Estimates food grain production in the country has increased to 273 MT in 2016-17, oil seeds to 32.5 MT, and sugarcane to 306 MT.  Fruits and Vegetable production has increased to 287 MTs, according to the Second Advance Estimate. He was speaking at the National Summit on Smart Agriculture Marketing Solutions to Double the Farmers Income organised in Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry FICCI in Delhi on Friday. 

 

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NNWN / New Delhi,2017-06-28

कार्मिक और प्रशिक्षण विभाग ने स्वच्छता पखवाड़ा के अंतर्गत आज यहां राममनोहर लोहिया अस्पताल के परिसर में स्वच्छता अभियान में हिस्सा लिया। विभाग के उप सचिव श्री सुरेश कुमार और अपर सचिव श्री राजेश्वर लाल के नेतृत्व में करीब 50 कर्मियों ने अस्पताल के प्रशासनिक खंड से जुड़े पार्क में स्वच्छता अभियान में हिस्सा लिया।

स्वच्छता पखवाड़ा के अंतर्गत डीओपीटी विभिन्न गतिविधियां चला रहा है। पेयजल और स्वच्छता मंत्रालय द्वारा स्वच्छता पखवाड़ा 16 जून से 30 जून 2017 तक चलाया जा रहा है।

स्वच्छता अभियान के दौरान कचरे के 9 पैकेट एकत्रित किये गये इनमें अधिकतर पेड़ों के पत्ते और प्राकृतिक तरीके से सड़ने वाला सामान था। इसके अलावा कुछ मिला जुला कचरा भी एकत्र किया गया। कचरे के सभी पैकेट अस्पताल प्रशासन के प्रभारी को खाद बनाने सहित उसके उचित इस्तेमाल/निपटारे के लिए सौंप दिये गये।

 

NNWN / Shimla, 2017-05-12
 
केंद्रीय स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य एवं परिवार कल्‍याण मंत्री जे .पी. नड्डा ने आज मंडी में देश के सार्वभौमिक टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम (यूआईपी) में न्‍यूमोकोकल कंजुगेट टीका (पीसीवी) लॉंच करने की घोषणा के अवसर पर कहा कि ‘टीका से बचाव वाली बीमारियों से देश में किसी भी बच्‍चे की मृत्‍यु नहीं होनी चाहिए‘ यही हमारी सरकार का लक्ष्‍य एवं प्रतिबद्धता है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि हम शिशु मृत्‍यु दर को कम करने एवं अपने शिशुओं को स्‍वस्‍थ भविष्‍य उपलब्‍ध कराने के प्रति‍ वचनबद्ध हैं। भारत के टीकाकरण कार्यक्रम में इसे एक ऐतिहासिक क्षण तथा एक उदाहरण देने योग्‍य कदम बताते हुए केंद्रीय स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य मंत्री ने कहा कि सरकार बच्‍चों में मृत्‍यु दर एवं रुग्णता दर को कम करने के प्रति प्रतिबद्ध है। उन्‍होंने कहा कि रुटीन टीकाकरण को मजबूत बनाना भारत के बच्‍चों में एक अनिवार्य निवेश है तथा यह देश का स्‍वस्‍थ भविष्‍य सुनिश्चित करेगा।
 
पीसीवी बच्‍चों को निमोनिया एवं मेनिनजाइटिस जैसी न्‍यूमोकोकल बीमारियों के प्रचंड रूपों से सुरक्षा प्रदान करती है। वर्तमान में यह टीका पहले चरण में हिमाचल प्रदेश एवं बिहार एवं उत्‍तर प्रदेश के कुछ हिस्‍सों के लगभग 21 लाख बच्‍चों को दिया जाएगा। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी  की टीका से बचाव वाली बीमारियों से बच्‍चों की जान बचाने की प्रतिबद्धता को दुहराते हुए नड्डा ने कहा कि सरकार ने कुल टीकाकरण की दिशा में उल्‍लेखनीय कदम उठाए हैं।  मिशन इंद्रधनुष के तहत अभी तक 2.6 करोड़ से अधिक लाभार्थियों का टीकाकरण कराया जा चुका है।
 
स्‍वास्‍थ्‍य मंत्री ने यह भी कहा कि ये सभी टीके निजी क्षेत्र में न केवल भारत में बल्कि दुनिया भर में कई वर्षों से उपलब्‍ध थे। श्री नड्डा ने कहा कि ‘निजी क्षेत्र में ये टीके केवल समृद्ध वर्ग के लिए ही सुलभ थे, यूआईपी के तहत उन्‍हें उपलब्‍ध कराने के जरिये सरकार  निर्धन एवं वंचित वर्गों के लिए भी समान रूप से उनकी उपलब्‍धता सुनिश्चित कर रही है।’ 

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EXCLUSIVE Anju Grover/ Ludhiana, 2017-06-15

One of India’s wealthiest and fastest growing state Punjab has several successful stories of sanitation rules in schools under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Many government run primary and secondary schools in different districts of Punjab have got some of the best toilet facilities resulting in an increase in the enrolment of students in schools.  Kapurthala district’s Amritpur based government high school is a case in point.. The school witnessed a 25 percent increase in new enrolments and a substantial decrease in dropout rate after the school got separate toilet blocks for boys and girls. The School principal Varinderpal Singh is happy that his school has the best toilets in the entire district that got it a distinct recognition.

“ NGO Sach and HDFC bank limited had constructed toilets for boys and girls in April 2015 and handed over to us. Ever since , the presence of children including girls, has increased. There has been an increase in the enrollment of children in our school this year.  The district officials who visited us few months ago conceded that the construction of new toilets has boosted the image of school in the entire area. In fact, our school has become a model school in this area”. ‘ Virendra Pal Singh, principal , government high school. “ With the construction of separate toilets for the girls has improved the enrollment of students in our schoo”, stated Amritkaur, class 9 student, government high school. Another student said that girls used to face difficulty in using toilet in winter, summer and rainy season as there was no roof over the toilet. Also the water facility was inadequate. But new toilets have proper water facility and have rooftops.”Impressed by the facilities and cleanliness, I ensure that toilet at home looks clean and hygienic”, Payal, class seven student.

Adjacent to Amritpur school is the village primary school where a separate toilet for the boys was built. Earlier, the boys would relieve themselves in the open.  But now, the improved hygienic conditions have given both teachers and students a reason to cheer. “ The old toilet had urinal which was much more than my height and I had difficulty in using urinal. The new toilet has urinal which is of my height and hence I can use it easily”, said Karan Vir Singh, class 7th student. “We have got separate toilets for boys and girls and the direction of these toilets is such that girls no longer feel shy in going to toilets”, Savita Handa, school teacher.

More students have also been attracted by newly constructed toilets in Darapur based government high school in Moga district. They peddle their way to the school with confidence now. They come to school, spend time in class rooms and play in the school campus every day.  Till one year back, this picture was a little different. “ We have constituted toilet monitoring committees comprising of teachers and students to ensure that new toilets are properly maintained. Students do not face difficulty in using these toilets. The water facility is available etc”, said a computer teacher.

Rural sanitation is more than building just a toilet. Sach and HDFC have constructed toilets while taking into account several factors for toilets to become user friendly. These factors were affordability, space in the school, geographical conditions – soil/water table, cultural habits, availability of water/scarcity of water and availability of skilled or semi skilled manpower.Also these toilets provide privacy for ablution, especially keeping in mind women and adolescent girls.

The construction of 181 sanitation units in 124 schools of Punjab’s ten districts has completely changed the narrative around inadequate sanitation facilities in schools resulting in diseases, dropouts at early stage and girls missing the classes. These toilets have been constructed by a Delhi based NGO Society for Action in Community Health or SACH with support from HDFC Bank Ltd through Corporate Social Responsibility initiative or CSR under Swachh Bharat Mission. Pradeep Kumar Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner, Ludhiana district, appreciated the role of Sach and HDFC for constructing toilets in his district. According to him, this effort has contributed significantly in promoting cleanliness among the students and teachers.

All the sanitation units are children friendly with technical specifications and height of fittings and fixtures suiting their needs. For example, the height of wash basins and urinals are at a height where children can access them easily.  

Following the  construction of these sanitation facilities are the most vital part of schools infrastructure, SACH launched  a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene or WASH project which had overpowering effect on the students regarding safe sanitation practices and behavioral change among them.

Central to this huge initiative is exclusive WASH modules prepared by SACH for the various stakeholders such as students, teachers and the community resource persons. The modules aim at inculcating safe sanitation habits in students, teachers and the community with focus on upkeep and maintenance and proper use of toilets, their monitoring and personal hygiene.  At a time when India is striving to be open defecation free, the enormous efforts put in by SACH and HDFC Bank Ltd through School Sanitation Project and WASH activities will go a long way towards achieving this long cherished goal.

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