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Goa to ban plastic items from government offices
Plastic cups and other plastic cutlery will soon be banned from Goa government offices and functions conducted by the state government.
 
A circular to the effect will be issued later this week, a senior government official said, adding that chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had given his consent to the move at a meeting of the Goa State Environment Protection Council called on Monday at the Raj Bhavan.
 
Goa Governor Mridula Sinha is the chairperson of the council.
 
"The governor during the meeting had suggested that the eco-friendly move would help drive home the message of cutting down on the use of plastic as far as government employees is concerned.
 
"The chief minister has accepted the suggestion and assured the governor that a formal circular to the effect would be issed this week," said the official, who was present at the meeting.
 
"To begin with, plastic cups, spoons and other forms of cutlery will be banned from use. More and more plastic and environment-unfriendly items will be added to the ban-list," the official said.

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Narendra Doshi

2 years ago

wish a strong implementation of a badly needed initiative.

Delhi resident doctors call off their strike
Over 20,000 resident doctors, who were on strike over a slew of reforms, late Tuesday called off their strike after a meeting with the union health ministry officials.
 
The doctors will resume their duties from Wednesday morning.
 
"We have called off the strike as we have been given proper time-frame within which the government will fulfil all our demands," Pankaj Solanki, Presdent of the Federation Of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) told IANS. 
 
FORDA is an association of doctors of 25 Delhi-based government hospitals.
 
Asked if the doctors would return back on strike if the demands were not fulfilled, Solanki said: "This time we have been given proper time-frame and we are pretty sure that they will implement the demands as they would not want patients to suffer again."
 
The meeting between the health ministry officials and FORDA representatives was chaired by Health Secretary B.P. Sharma.
 
Over 20,000 resident doctors from 25 government hospitals in the city went on an indefinite strike on Monday, demanding adequate stocks of life-saving drugs, security at work place, fixed duty hours and timely payment of their salaries.
 
The doctors had went on strike in February too after which the Delhi government had assured them of better working conditions. 
 

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'Housing for All scheme will fail without release of land'
The Narendra Modi government's 'Housing for All' scheme will remain unrealised without massive efforts to unlock non-essential lands being held by state-run units, speeding up approvals and financial empowerment of the poor, US real estate services firm JLL's Indian arm said on Tuesday.
 
"This will require massive efforts to recognise and delineate the non-essential lands currently being held by large government bodies such as Indian Railways, ministry of public enterprises, port trusts and department of heavy industries," JLL India chairman Anuj Puri said in a statement here, indicating the need to build 20 million homes to achieve the scheme by 2022.
 
"Unlocking such lands while speeding up the approval process and creating incentives for private sector participation are all needed as part of a large, coordinated effort if we are to realise the vision of Housing for All by 2022," he said.
 
"To create housing for these urban poor, the only solution lies in the unlocking of land in the urban areas. The kind of housing supply that the government is targeting seems out of the question if appropriate lands are not made available," he added.
 
Under the scheme, the government seeks to make the houses in urban areas, mainly to service the urban poor.
 
"This scheme aims to provide the urban poor with the financial muscle to buy affordable houses. By providing an interest subvention/subsidy scheme, the government is allowing access to cheaper structured finance to such low-income categories," said JLL India.
 
Puri also pointed out that though the scheme provides homes to slum-dwellers at no cost through a public-private partnership (PPP) slum rehabilitation project, it offers no concrete solutions for the urban poor not residing in a slum and who want to own a house in a metro city.
 
"Though the loan amounts have been increased, his income levels may not qualify him for the loan disbursal amount that is high enough for him to buy a house in the current scenario, when housing prices are high," he said.

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Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

2 years ago

Even if land is released, infrastructure to build the houses is inexistant.
In Mumbai, to build houses to some 30 lakh family, our roads, water and drainage system is not sufficiently enough to cater all the houses of just 300 sq.ft.carpet area.
There is no accountability in allocation of houses to homeless people. In the year, 1987, on the occassion of centenary of Indian National Congress, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi Announced Rs100 crores for redeveloipment of slums from Dahravi. Those who got their new houses, soon after their allottment sold them to others, ans again shifted to new slums in Dahrvi itself.
Several MHADA's houses which were allotted to mill workers, after they were allotted to them, they sold their houses and continued to stay in rental dwellings til their retirement (or till mill strike in year 1982), and left for their native place.
So long as there is no accountability in allotment of houses, our honourable PM cannot get his scheme of houses to all by year 2022 can be fulfilled.

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