Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Declaration of Ninth Point of Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan - 2012

9th Point of Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan - 2012
- Implementation of the Panchayat Extension to Schedule Areas (PESA) all over Gujarat for the development of tribal areas

- Congress will make sure proper constitutional allotment of budget for Tribals, ST, minorities, OBC and economical backward classes, unlike the current Gujarat government.

- Strict application of Forest Act, improved education, irrigation, allotment of land to tribal residents, setting-up of government hostels and boarding facilities as well as rapid re
habilitation of families displaced due to Narmada Dam scheme

- Congress will abolish the trend of hiring people from a particular community for cleaning human faeces. Cleaners will be hired directly from municipalities. There will be no degradation of human life.

- More than 26,000 vacant reserved jobs will be filled immediately by Congress, which have been left vacant even after Gujarat High Court’s orders. 2% reservation for Valmiki community in PTC will be restarted.

- Special programs for empowerment of women, providing financial assistance and protection of families will be launched.

- Congress will accept the recommendations of the Renke Commission for the betterment of OBC and other castes which has been kept under review by the Central government.

- Congress will also provide special assistance to communities who earn their livelihood by entertaining people and help them settle.

- Artisan communities will be able to get the worth of their creations and special tax relief scheme will be introduced.

- Recommendations of Sachar Committee for the betterment of Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs will be implemented in Gujarat. The 15-point program by the Prime Minister will also be strictly implemented.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Sixth Point of ‘Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan – 2012′: Empowering the educational sector

The Sixth Point under “Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan-2012” is dedicated for the betterment of today’s education in Gujarat. We declare that if Congress is voted to power, many constructive perks will be offered to the people of Gujarat including laptops to all the students after Standard-12, Government boys and girls hostels in urban areas, sports complexes at Taluka level, establishment of a University in Tribal area, no sanction for school without play ground and library, constitution of a special “Vidya Nidhi” for scholarship to poor and middle class students studying in Self-financed colleges, democratic elections of school and college students unions and bringing enactment of special Act for payment of full salaries to teachers of private educational institutions.
Free laptops will be distributed to all the students after standard 12th till post-graduation so as to improve level of education from primary to University level and to enable student of Gujarat to compete globally by keeping them equipped with knowledge of computer and information technology. The graduate candidates having knowledge of I.T. and computer skills are in demand world-wide so far as employment opportunities are concerned; this facility will be able to make them competent, globally.
No school will be granted sanction without playgrounds and library. At present, the Chief Minister of Gujarat is cheating youth of Gujarat under the guise of his stunts labeled with ‘Khel Mahakumbh’, under the ridiculous slogan “PlayGujarat, Win Gujarat”. Out of total 80 sportspersons from India participated in London Olympics, 20 were from the state of Haryana and out of total 6 medals begged by India, 4 went to the Haryana’s sportspersons. Following the Haryana pattern, centers will be established at particular cities for different sports and world-level sportsmen will be trained through comprehensive training. Sports complexes will be established at Taluka-level for indoor and outdoor games. “Gujarat Olympic Academy” will be established for motivating the youth of Gujarat for participating and competing in national and international sports events. Coaches from abroad and from within the country in addition to the infrastructure facilities would be made available.
For providing accommodation facilities to the students who come to metro cities from rural areas for pursuing their higher studies, arrangements will be made by construction separate hostels for boys and girls at the cost of Government for their lodging and boarding at reasonable charges.
The Congress leaders stated that during last 17 years B.J.P. rule, educational institutes who are looting under the guise of self-financed education institutes have been encouraged. In such institutes, standards of fees fixed is beyond reach of middle class student. For the purpose of extending assistance of such students from poor and middle class families, a special “Vidya Nidhi” would be constituted from which Congress’s State Government would assist the students pursuing their studies in self-financed colleges. No student will have to abandon his study due to financial crisis. Fees of 30% of poor and middle class students studying in self-financed colleges will be paid from this Vidya Nidhi.
About 55% of vacancies in Government Colleges of technical education and about 60% vacancies in higher education will be filled in immediately. Industrial Training Institutes would be modernized and manpower would be trained following the needs of industries. Skill Development Corporation will be established on the pattern of National Skill Development Mission.
A new university will be established for providing students in Tribal areas to ensure higher education opportunities at their doorstep.
Teachers working with private schools and colleges are being exploited by paying them meager salaries. For ensuring full wages to such teachers, a special Act would be enacted so as to see that such teachers can impart quality education in such institutions.
Students from rural areas come to urban areas for attending schools and colleges, however, there is no availability of adequate transportation facilities of S.T. Buses for them. Today, most of the S.T. buses are engaged in political extravaganza of the Chief Minister. Congress Government will make special arrangements of “Student Special Buses” during school-college timings.
University Grants Commission norms will be followed for administration of Universities. The practice of nepotism will be discontinued in appointments of Vice Chancellors. For enhancing scope of education, model schools and model degree colleges will be established at every Districts. “Nayi Talim Board” will be constituted in the State for management of institutions functioning in the State on the model of Nayi Talim and Gandhian thoughts and provision for special grants for such institutional functioning at present for their management.
Appointment of adequate number of teachers in primary schools also for quality education including English language to the poor and middle class students in Government schools, one English teacher for each school and in private primary schools of high standards also, the rule for admission to middle class families on 25% of seats free of cost will be enforced as per Right to Education Act, 2009
enacted by the Government of India. For easy availability of education loans, efforts will be made to coordinate with the Nationalised banks and cooperative banks. Pre-metric scholarship is not being extended to the minority students in the State for long time; once Congress is voted to power in the State, Pre-metric scholarship scheme will be implemented fully in the State and will be made effective from retrospective effect.
Since British rule, elections of student unions of University and Colleges are being conducted in democratic way. So as to inspire values of democracy and develop qualities of patience since from their age of students, elections of student unions in Universities and Colleges will be conducted in democratic ways.
There has been no consistent policy in the State so far as education is concerned. Anomalies are being created by modifying admission rules every year. Due to various affairs and festivities, teachers in Gujarat remain busy with activities other than imparting education, as a result of which there is decline in enrolment of students in primary and secondary education in Gujarat. In Educational Development Index, Gujarat is ranked at 8th out of 20 States. Similarly, out of 20 States, Gujarat is ranked at no.12 in respect of school-going children in the age group of 5 to 14 years whereas, in the age group of 15 to 19 years, the Gujarat is at the bottom – at no.18 in the charge. There has been a steep decrease in the ratio of education in girl students in standard 8 to 12 after passing standard 7.
This is just an outline of what should have been offered to the people of the state. They are being cheated in the name of promises and high fees. Growth of a nation depends upon the development of each and every citizen, rich or poor. A good government tends to every person’s needs and that is what we intend to achieve.
Jai Hind!

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee Cultural Committee organizes

A Special Program to pay Tribute to the first superstar of Bollywood and former Congress MP
Yeh Shaam Mastani.....

Action king Dineshkumar

Accompanying Artists: Girish Kavishwar, Neelu Dave, Dimple Pancholi, Bharat Nanda, Kusum Malviya

Orchestra: Paresh Kadiya

Announcer: Arvind Shukla

Dance Choreography: Nikita Gandhi

Supported by:
Gamaji A Thakor, President - Kalol District Congress Committee
Armarsinh R Solanki, Secretary (Protocol), Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee
V. V. Rabari, Chairman - Maldhari Cell, GPCC. (IPS retd.)
Prakash Gurjar, Vice President Gujarat Pradesh Youth Congress
Pankajsinh Vaghela - Spokesperson, Ahmedabad district congress Committee
Kailash Gadhvi - chairman, chartered Accountant cell

Chief Guest:
Shri Arjunbhai Modhwadia, President, GPCC

Guest of Honour:
shri shaktisinh Gohil, CLP Leader

Dt. 7-9-2012, Friday, 9:00 PM, Place: Townhall

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Better medical services … just a vote away!

Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee leaders today, announcing fifth point under their “Gujarat Praja Vikas Darshan-2012” program, which concerns to health of people of Gujarat, stated that instead of taking care of general health of people of Gujarat, the present B.J.P. Government has taken enough care of treasury of millionaires and has made worse condition of Government Hospitals of general health of common people. If Congress party is voted to power, it will constitute Gujarat Medical Service Corporation (GMSC) as an autonomous body and will ensure availability of life saving drugs at free of cost and will make available the medicines in generic form at every hospitals. Treatment of diseases like cancer, heart problems, kidney problems which has become very expensive, will be provided to the middle class people at free of cost and at negligible charges. Health Insurance Scheme will be introduced for middle class people with public private partnership model and premium for insurance cover upto Rs.30,000/­shall be borne by the State Government and for additional insurance cover, it will resort to public partnership.
Government hospitals are in dilapidated conditions. Posts of doctors or nursing staff in village Community Health Centers and Primary Health Centers are vacant. Earlier, when Congress was in power, all treatment was being provided free of any charge at those Health Centers whereas the present B.J.P. government has made all health-related services dearer. Only BPL families are being provided treatment without any charge with the aid of Government of India whereas patients of cancer, heart problems and kidney problems are being issued bills for one lakh-two lakh of rupees. There are several instance of death which resulted due to lack of money for treatment.
If the Congress is voted to power, like in Rajasthan, it will also followRajasthan’s Congress Government and constitute Gujarat Medical Service Corporation (GMSC). In Gujarat, drugs are 15 time costly due to purchase of branded medicines for benefit of drug manufacturers. If those medicines are purchased in generic form, the medicine costing Rs.30,000 can be procured for just Rs.3000/-. The ensuing Congress Government will open stores for generic medicines at all Government hospitals and dispensaries. Due to this arrangement, standard quality medicines will be available and it would cut expenditure on treatment upto 70%. The survey conducted by National Sample Survey Organization revealed that after this arrangement of generic medicines, the medicines of same quality which was priced at Rs. 3,187 could be made available at only Rs. 255 in Rajasthan. Moreover, about 250 essential drugs as suggested by the World Health Organization would be made available free of cost. Civil Hospitals, Primary and Community Health Centers of the State will be modernized and doctors and para-medical staff will be recruited with full wages.
At present, storage and testing of blood at Government Hospitals are being carried out through traditional methods as a result of which, health of poor and middle class patients jeopardized. Recently, about 24 child patients of thalassemia were infused HIV infected blood which was tested through old technique. This blood was found to be HIV positive later on. This caused embarrassing situation for entire Gujarat. The lives of innocent children were endangered. According to present technology, blood is being passed through serological test and result of such test can be obtained after 17 to 60 days which is considered to be a very long window period. This technique would be replaced with Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) which is DNA test of blood directly and this would ensure safety of every citizen of the State so far as all issues concerning blood infection is concerned due to making available this world class test.
All efforts would be made towards direction of ensuring that “Prevention is better than cure”. For this purpose, Yoga, gym and naturopathy would be given priority. Yoga centres, gymnasiums and naturopathy centres would be opened at parks and public places. Alternate therapy systems like Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani would be strengthened.
Health of treasury of capitalists have improved thousand times more during the last 17 years Bhartiya Janta Party rule, however, health of the people of Gujarat has worsened badly. So far as expectancy of life is concerned, Gujarat is ranked at 8th in entire country with expected life of 64 years in Gujarat. States like West Bengal, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh are leading in this chart. Kerala is at top with 74 years expected life. So far as infant death ratio is concerned, Gujarat is at 7th rank with 50 deaths of infants per thousand in 0-1 age group whereas said figure is 12 in Kerala, 31 in Tamilnadu, 33 in Maharashtra, 35 in West Bengal, 41 in Punjab and 45 infant deaths per thousand is recorded in Karnataka. In case of death of delivering mothers, Gujarat is at 8th rank with rate of death of 14.8 per 10,000 deliveries. In case of birth rate, Gujarat is the 9th ranked most population increasing State with 22.6 birth per thousand population. In birth rate of girl child, with increase of just 3 girl child birth rate during last 10 years, Gujarat is the tail ender State ranked at 8th. In Gujarat, there were 883 girls as against 1000 boys in 2001, against which the birth recorded of girls were 886 in 2011. Thus, during last ten years, just 3 girl child birth could be increased compared to which, the States like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Tamilnadu could increase the number of girl child birth by 48, 11, 10, 4, respectively.
About 55.3% women of the State are suffering from anemia hence Gujarat has been ranked at 17th in the list of States so far as health of women in the State is concerned. Though Government of India generously grant millions of rupees for health of children and women, Gujarat has been ranked to 13th with rate of institutional deliveries with 56.5% and is at 14th rank so far as safe deliveries are concerned with 62.1%. About 23.50% children of the State are victim of malnutrition and 45% children are with weight less than average. Human health in the State is worrisome.
Gujarat has remained at the end of chart so far as per capita expenditure on health is concerned, which is at Rs.270/- per person whereas said rate is Rs.1611 in Mizoram, Rs.1446 in Sikkim, Rs.1149 in Goa, Rs.884 in Himachal Pradesh, Rs.471 in Assam, Rs.454 in Kerala, Rs.328 in Jharkhand, Rs.293 in Uttar Pradesh. The Modi Government which has been very generous in draining exchequer with grant of Rs.33,000 crores to Tata and Rs.9100 crores to Essar, has no money to even spend Rs.500-1000 per person on their health. If Congress is voted to power, additional budget will be allocated on Health so as to meet with national norms for per capita expenditure on health.
Had the Bhartiya Janta Party Government paid little attention towards health of our children, our mothers or common people, our brothers-sisters or children would not have been put into such a shameful condition as they are facing today.

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