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A woman with a mission: She safeguards maternal health in Himachal villages
Chamba (Himachal Pradesh) : In spite of advancing years, health worker Kaushalya, whose name roughly translates into "ability to do something well", is showing the light to women in one of the remotest areas of Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh. She has, in fact, dedicated 31 years to propagating institutional deliveries and providing health services like intrauterine contraceptive device and other contraceptive methods.
 
Kaushalya, 58, has been posted at the Kalsuin health sub-centre, 17 km from this town, some 450 km from the state capital Shimla, for the past 28 years.
 
"It's only the self-motivation and my inner spirit that drive me towards someone who's in labour and needs my help. I didn't mind working odd hours and in hostile weather. I love to provide 24-hour maternal healthcare facilities," a beaming Kaushalya told IANS.
 
In her profession as a female health worker, she has performed over 3,000 deliveries and related procedures -- without even a single case of either maternal or child mortality or foetus abortion.
 
At times, she also faces, with determination, the sensitive topic of female foeticide and the bias against the female child.
 
In recognition of her efforts to promote female reproductive health in the area, dominated mainly by the marginal and small farmers, the state government has designated Kalsuin sub-centre in the Churi block as the only "delivery point" in the state.
 
The five-bedded centre, which has a labour room and a baby-care room, has a provision of one male and one female health worker each.
 
According to her, in the past one decade she has conducted over 2,500 institutional deliveries and 257 intrauterine contraceptive device insertions at the Kalsuin centre, which caters to 18 villages with a population of around 2,000.
 
Most of the time she is the lone health worker posted there, despite the provision of a male health worker. There is no provision of a gynecologist or pediatrician.
 
She has handled many emergency cases as the specialist services are far removed from the Kalsuin centre.
 
"I can handle both antenatal and postnatal care," said Kaushalya, who is retiring in December.
 
In 1985, she joined the state health services as a female health worker at Dalli in Chamba district's Bharmour block.
 
Three years later, she was transferred to Kalsuin. At that time, the health centre was functioning from the panchayat building and lacked proper infrastructure.
 
It was because of her efforts that the health centre was shifted to a new building equipped with proper facilities.
 
Kaushalya, who was trained by Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust in reproductive and child healthcare, started midwifery in 1995 by facilitating deliveries at homes. Since 2005, she has been performing institutional deliveries at the Kalsuin centre.
 
Her contribution was recognised by the state government by conferring on her a district-level award in 2010 and a state level in 2011.
 
Himachal Pradesh is the only state in the country where 89.96 percent of the population as per 2011 census lives in rural areas.
 
To appreciate the enormity of Kaushalya's contribution, one only needs to read the latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, which states that Himachal Pradesh has failed to provide 24-hour maternal healthcare facilities at 84 percent of its primary health centres under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
 
Of the 500 primary health centres, only 81 (16 percent) have been upgraded to provide round-the-clock delivery services but none of these had basic obstetric and nursing facilities like availability of a gynecologist, staff nurses and skilled birth attendants, the report said.
 
It said that out of the 500 primary health centres, labour rooms and newborn care units were not available in 308 and 493 centres.
 
During 2010-15, a total of 668,442 pregnant women were registered in the state.
 
Only 354,022 (53 percent) institutional deliveries were ensured in government institutions against the targeted 467,909 (70 percent), the CAG added.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Billionaire Mallya pocketed salary, perks as Rajya Sabha MP
  • Mallya, 61, received Rs.50,000 as Rajya Sabha MP's salary and Rs.20,000 per month as constituency allowance between July 1, 2010, and September 30, 2010
 
Lucknow : Liquor baron Vijay Mallya may be a billionaire, but he did not hesitate to claim amounts as little as Rs.20,000 as perks to which he was entitled to as a Rajya Sabha MP, a reply to an RTI querry has revealed.
 
In response to a Right to Information query by a Bareilly-based activist Mohammad Khalid Jeelani, the Rajya Sabha secretariat disclosed that the liquor baron -- convicted in a dud cheque case and facing a non-bailable warrant for defaulting on bank loans of around 9,000 crore -- regularly pocketed Rs.50,000 per month as a parliamentarian's salary as well as other perks like constituency allowance and telephone reimbursements.
 
Jeelani told IANS that he was "shocked by the findings as Mallya was known for his flamboyant lifestyle -- 'living life kingsize'". 
 
The reply also revealed that while Mallya had not availed of any airfare reimbursements, he happily availed of all other perks and emoluments as member of the upper house of parliament.
 
Mallya, 61, received Rs.50,000 as Rajya Sabha MP's salary and Rs.20,000 per month as constituency allowance between July 1, 2010, and September 30, 2010. He also pocketed the enhanced sum of Rs.45,000 under this head ever since. 
 
The billionaire also drew Rs.6,000 per month toward office expenses in the same period and Rs.15,000 thereafter. 
 
Mallya also raised a bill of Rs.1.73 lakh on calls from his official phone number. Upto 50,000 local calls are free for a Rajya Sabha MP.
 
However, he did not raise any bills against water and power consumptions and medical expenses. 
 
Mallya was elected to the upper house in 2002 as an Independent member from his home state Karnataka with Congress and Janata Dal-Secular support.
 
In 2010, he was re-elected for a second term, this time with the backing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the JD-S. His tenure will end in July.
 
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Param

1 year ago

in no way respecting mr mallya, i did not understand what is wrong with claiming salary & allowances that is part of the job, unless one has deliberately chosen to waive it (like steve jobs).

Dr Anantha K Ramdas

1 year ago

Mallya's flight from India, with a diplomatic passport, raises several points, where a lot of people involved have goofed up at various levels, knowingly or intentionally.

To start with, it must be remembered that Diplomatic or Government passport can and ONLY be used while on a Government assignment. It cannot be used for private visits.

In fact, both these passports have jurisdictional restrictions. To the best of my knowledge, a holder cannot travel beyond 50 miles (in good old days) of the arrival city. In other words, if a holder of the above passports should land in London, he/she first has to register his/arrival with the Indian Mission (if holder of Indian passport); if he/she has to travel outside London (beyond the 50 mile limit), permission has to be obtained via the Foreign Office of the country of arrival.

So it is now hoped that MEA/related office administration must now issue relevant instructions to ensure that the Immigration Officer at the port of exit must be informed well in advance of such a departure so that they are not surprised! The Carrier must also notify the competent authority that a pax with diplomatic/government passport has a booking, say, atleast 72 hours in advance. This can/may be relaxed in case of emergency and for foreign diplomats, accredited to their Missions stationed in the country.

As for Mallya drawing his salaries and perks, will someone stand up and say if he paid taxes on them in the past? If not, is he exempt?

By the way, how and when did he acquire the status of an NRI? This is not clear. Besides, his willingness to increase the "settlement" by almost 50% means, he had this extra amount stashed somewhere!!!

I sincerely trust this episode makes the concerned officials to wake up from their deep slumber!

After 3 years, Infosys still can't fix MCA's system that started cracking under its watch
Infosys took over the Ministry of Corporate Affairs website from TCS to manage but has made a mess of it. The portal and services are still inaccessible on many occasions. Anguished users now want to know can we fix responsibility for the mess?
 
It is more than three year since Infosys Ltd, one of India's top IT companies, took over management of the portal and services offered by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCS). However, almost every other day, company secretaries (CS') chartered accountants (CAs), lenders and shareholders are crying hoarse for not being able to access the site or perform mandatory filing. In addition, there are security issues as well with the MCA portal. The question is why can't Infosys, one of India's most reputed corporate house, still fix the issue that it created? Why are users still facing several glitches for over three years, after Infosys took over management of the MCA portal?
 
In fact, even Amitabh Kant, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NITI Aayog, has blamed Infosys for the MCA malfunctioning. Here is a tweet from Mr Kant… 
 
 
Moneylife highlighted on Thursday (Read: MCA services down, entrepreneurs can't register new company since past many days), how several popular services offered by MCA are down and showing a page not found error. Taking note of the ire on Twitter, Nirmala Sitharaman, the Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, asked one Ravi Kalantri, who has been tweeting on the issue, to contact MCA Joint Secretary KVR Murthy. Following the tweet from the Minister, the MCA page for company registration displayed a message tendering apologies. However, there was no information about when the original webpage and thus the service would be restored.
 
Even as on Friday morning, three out of five top frequently used services on MCA website are still down and are showing a message, "Our apologies... The page you requested cannot be displayed."
 
 
"Register a new company" is among the top five most frequently used services on the MCA website. However, besides this two other webpages, for "Change Company Information" and "Compliance/Approval Filing" are also down. 
 
CA Nikhil Vadia has also highlighted the security issues with the MCA portal managed by Infosys. On 1st April, he sent a message to Ms Sitharaman about inability to access MCA site unless one reduces security to lowest level. Here is his tweet and reply from the Minister...
 
 
However, nothing changed on the MCA site, and it continues to give nightmares to stakeholders. Mr Vadia says, "Even to my tweet the Minister has responded. But nothing is happening. MCA is one of the worst site."
 
Officials from Infosys were not immediately available for comment and we would incorporate their response, as and when we receive it. 
 
Three years ago too, there was a hue and cry about MCA21 portal not functioning following takeover by Infosys from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). (Read: MCA21 is down for a month after a handover of the management by TCS to Infosys. Why?
 
It was supposed to be a simple handover between two of India's best and most reputed IT companies. But the MCA21 portal was down for months. As Moneylife has reported several times in during February 2013 to September 2013, the MCA21, the showpiece of e-Governance and corporate filing portal, which, for the first time had made all corporate filings available online, was found sputtering. 
 
Fed up with a callous ministry and Infosys, a group of CS, CAs, CWAs, lawyers, companies and consultants then started an open petition on Change.org to highlight the issues they are facing everyday due to malfunction of MCA21 portal. The online petition, signed by 1,154 respondents was submitted to Sachin Pilot, the then Minister of Corporate Affairs. 
 
At that time, Binoy Chacko of BG & Associates had said, “The difficulties created by MCA21 results in delays in company and LLP registrations and corporate compliance filings. This is resulting in huge penalty, duplicate fee payments, and waste of professional man-hours across country, delay of application or approval process at Registrar of Companies-ROC and MCA offices. Corporate compliance and governance system have come to a halt.”
 
Later in September 2013, Infosys accepted that there were some problems with MCA21 due to updation of its intrusion prevention system (IPS) signatures. (Read: Infosys explains why MCA21 has issues)
 
An investigation is clearly in order, along with a change in how large IT contracts handed out by the government are structured or auctioned. Failure to deliver as promised must also have consequences. Users, who need to do mandatory filing cannot be kept on tenterhooks due to the failure from service provider's side. Like the stakeholders are punished with penalties for late filing, the service provider also must be asked to face the same music for causing hardship to users. Similarly, if the delays and problems are due to government apathy or the recalcitrance of sarkari officials, that too must have consequences, if it causes undue harassment to a person.
 
 
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Raja Laks

1 year ago

There is so much favoritism and casteism in IT companies, merit is no longer a consideration. Hard working and merit consultants who do not do chamchagiri are branded as "attitude problematics" and are not able to climb upto key positions. These guys keep shifting companies every 2 - 3 years and remain at middle level.
While worthless consultants occupy management level and keep screwing projects.

GOGATE CHANDRASHEKHAR

1 year ago

REALLY WORST SITE TO LOG IN

Mahesh S Bhatt

1 year ago

Thank your Stars these are saved souls who are making in India now they shall not be MAD in India

Nandan Nilekani Tata's all have lost moral values Tata's are recently accused of Hospital Software stealing fined around $900million.

Infy founder was relieved Phaneesh Murthy busy developing USA Markets along with sexual swings flings for $3mill settlement

Paid $ 34mill in H1 B visa scandal

These are ethically best crop of country apna Ratan/Narayan.

But truth is in the article.No quality consciousness.


Mahesh

vnrao

1 year ago

it is not only infosis officials of ministry who always avoid working be also be condemned

Babubhai Vaghela

1 year ago

Right Place for Corrupt Crook Criminal Ex - SAP Vishal Sikka Heading Infosys is Tihar Jail. Lifelong. No Bail.

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