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ESIC's decision to open medical colleges ill-planned: CAG
The decision by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) to open medical colleges was ill-planned and no due diligence was done, the Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG) revealed on Friday.
 
The organisation also did not have any concept paper or project report to assess the viability of opening medical colleges or alternatives to cope up with the shortage of medical personnel in the ESIC hospitals, the CAG said. 
 
The revelation, which is part of a special report of CAG on ESIC, further said the number of sites selected for opening of medical colleges was disproportionate to the requirement of medical personnel.
 
"Due diligence, if any, carried out to ascertain the number of colleges required to be opened to fulfil the further requirement of doctors and other paramedical staff was not available," said the report presented in parliament.
 
"Due to no-uniformity in clauses in agreement with architectural consultants, ESIC was liable to pay extra consultancy fees Rs.24.68 crore. There were time and cost over-runs in majority of the medical education projects," said the report.
 
"Only 14 percent of the students passed out from post graduate institutes (PGI) joined the ESIC hospitals which indicated that the strategy of opening medical colleges for filing the vacant posts failed. 
 
"The decision to exit from this endeavour was only an exercise to limit the sunk losses and further liabilities." 
 
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SKRISHNAN

2 years ago

Reference CAG's Report on ESIC Hospital Project:
One wonders about the decision making process in such cases. Are there not Financial Advisers both in the organisation and the Ministry concerned, presumably the Labour Ministry, who should have been involved in the decision making process?!
How could they have allowed such a major proposal without even a Concept Note or a Project Report?!
Ultimately with only 14% joining the ESIC it is nothing short of a tragedy, if not a laughable joke! One wonders whether responsibility will ever be fixed, for such a monumental blunder!
S. Krishnan, IAAS (Retired)

Sabarimala temple's revenue dips after Chennai floods
There is a considerable drop in revenue of the famous Sabarimala temple due to the floods in Chennai, an official said on Friday.
 
Prayar Gopalakrishnan, president of the Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) which manages temples in the southern district of the state, said the temple suffered a loss of around Rs.15 crore compared with the same period last year. 
 
While in 2014 it had got Rs.108 cr by this time, the revenue collected in this season amounts to Rs.93 crore only.
 
"The floods in Chennai have been the main reason behind the drop as number of devotees from Tamil Nadu has dropped significantly," Gopalakrishnan said.
 
This year, the peak season began on November 17 and ends on January 14, 2016.
 
Situated on the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, Sabarimala temple is four km uphill from Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, 100 km from the state capital.
 
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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

2 years ago

Let Shabarimalai Temple Board, donate few lakh rupees to rehabilitate their flood affected devotees of Chennai, out of Temple fund.

Facebook blocks messages promoting terrorist propaganda
Facebook blocks a million messages every week that promote terrorism or radical ideologies, said executive director of UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Jean-Paul Laborde.
 
"We must learn to move through social networks at the same speed or faster than terrorist organisations," Efe quoted Laborde as saying on Thursday.
 
He said this while addressing a meeting on balance between protecting citizens and maintaining their online privacy, which according to Laborde is "a great challenge" for law enforcement, civil society and private companies.
 
"We must find the balance between ensuring freedom and privacy online, but at the same time it is necessary to protect the lives of all citizens of the world," said Laborde.
 
"One area in which we must first defeat terrorist organisations such as Islamic State is the internet and social networks," he added.
 
To achieve these goals new relationships and connections must be forged between civil society, UN members and private enterprises like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter that control exchange of information online.
 
"Private companies do not want to look like the bad guy and are doing much to help," said Laborde and added YouTube cancelled at least 14 million videos of terrorist propaganda in the last two years.
 
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