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A Year in Power: BJP plans to counter opposition onslaught
Modi too is expected to visit his adopted village, Jayapur, in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, possibly on May 26
 
In a move to counter opposition parties' attack against the Modi government, the Bharatiya Janata Party is planning a major outreach programme involving its ministers and members of parliament.
 
According to party insiders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all his ministers and BJP parliamentarians to visit their Lok Sabha constituencies and adopted villages, soon after the budget session of parliament ends on May 8. The National Democratic Alliance government completes its first year in office on May 26.
 
BJP's South Delhi MP Ramesh Bidhri told IANS: "We have been asked to visit our constituencies after the budget session. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has been spreading misinformation against the government and we will aim to counter this."
 
He said each MP will go to his or her constituency and apprise the people of the pro-poor steps taken by the government. "A Jan Sampark Abhiyan - a campaign to contact people - will be carried out to inform the people as to how misleading Rahul Gandhi's propoganda has been," he said.
 
The ministers have also been asked to spend at least one day between May 12 and 30 in the village each has adopted under the government's Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY), a party official who did not want to be identified told IANS.
 
Modi too is expected to visit his adopted village, Jayapur, in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, possibly on May 26.
 
This would be his second visit to the village as prime minister, party sources said.
 
The decision to start this campaign has been taken following the opposition's attack on the government, and its bid to paint the government as anti-poor and pro-corporate, the source said.
 
Rahul Gandhi, who has struck an aggressive stance after returning from a two-month long sabbatical, has apparently been able to make a dent in the image of the Modi government, calling it a "suit-boot sarkar", feel some party insiders.
 
During the stay in their constituencies or adopted villages, BJP MPs and ministers have been asked to talk about all the programmes that have been launched by the Modi government to help the poor.
 
Added to this will be the three social security schemes that Modi is scheduled to launch on May 9 in Kolkata. These include Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna and Atal Pension Yojna.
 

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B. Yerram Raju

2 years ago

A man in hurry is bound to falter. Why do i say this? The target setting for any scheme - e.g., PMJDY where over 10mn accounts are opened or the Bima Yojana schemes proposed to be launched again with the assistance of bank schemes where Bankassurance failed - typically end up with large numbers of accounts riddled with inefficient execution and lack of supervision. If something can be achieved in a jiffy why did financial inclusion not succeed for the last 9 years? Specific well articulated, well implemented and well monitored strategies are the need of the hour. Publicity oriented goals proved earlier a disaster for carrying social benefits to the intended and would continue to be so in future.

India loses $9.8 billion every year due to disasters
India suffers losses of $9.8 billion every year owing to multi-hazard disasters as 58.6 percent of its land is prone to earthquakes and 8.5 percent vulnerable to cyclone, as per a UN estimate.
 
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction's (UNISDR) Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2015, a risk profile of India, estimates that average annual loss (AAL) from multi-hazard disasters in India is to the tune of $9.8 billion per year.
 
According to a home ministry report citing the urban development ministry-sponsored Vulnerability Atlas of India, the country is vulnerable to various types of disasters - 58.6 percent of its land is prone to earthquakes, 8.5 percent is vulnerable to cyclone and 5 percent vulnerable to floods.

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Fortis sells Singapore facility to Fullerton for $83.5 mn
Leading healthcare delivery provider Fortis on Monday announced sale of its Singapore-based healthcare services facility RadLink-Asia Pte Ltd to Fullerton Healthcare group for $83.5 million (Rs.531 crore).
 
"The significant value we have created in our international healthcare businesses is being unlocked and will be ploughed back to strengthen our growth in India," Fortis Healthcare chairman Malvinder Singh and vice-chairman Shivinder Singh said in a joint statement released from Gurgaon.
 
The deal is expected to be completed by May 12.
 
The Singapore-based Fullerton group provides corporate healthcare solutions in the Asia-Pacific region through 130 clinics across the region with a global network of 1,000 doctors and nurses.
 
"The divestment of this last major international business is in line with our strategic decision to intensify our focus on our core hospital and diagnostics business in India," the statement said.
 
J.P. Morgan and Religare Capital Markets are financial advisors to Fortis for this transaction.
 
Fortis provides its healthcare services across India, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius and Sri Lanka with 55 facilities having about 10,000 beds and 270 diagnostic centres.
 
The RadLink is a subsidiary of Fortis' Singapore subsidiary.
 
The deal at a lower price comes after Fortis failed to sell the facility to Medi-Rad Associates Ltd, a subsidiary of the Malaysian firm IHH Healthcare Berhad in September 2014 for $109 million (Rs.660 crore) after the Competition Commission of Singapore raised concerns over the acquisition process.
 
Fortis earlier withdrew its healthcare services from Hong Kong, Australia and Vietnam, selling its assets in the region.

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