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Power ministry objects to article on achievements, IndiaSpend stands by its conclusions
The power ministry has disagreed with a Fact Checker article authored by Manoj K carried by IANS under the title "Power ministry: series of false claims, marginal improvements" on July 24.
 
Fact Checker is part of IndiaSpend, which calls itself a public-interest journalism platform, basing its story on data.
 
"The story" by Fact Checker, says the ministry in a note, "presents several distorted and incorrect facts to the reading public , which have been incorporated in the story without verifying it from officers of the ministries of power, coal and new and renewable energy."
 
IndiaSpend says "it has not done anything wrong."
 
Following is the ministry comments about the story and IndiaSpend (FactChecker) response.
 
Power ministry: The Fact Checker article tries to do a fact check on the performance of power, coal and new & renewable energy ministries but fails to pay heed to the cautionary call of "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." Instead of checking facts, the article delves into semantics and makes glaring mistakes even where it tries to quote facts. A systematic record correction is called for: 
 
1. Highest-ever growth in Power Generation Capacity.
 
Power ministry: 22,566 MW of power generation capacity is the highest-ever growth in power generation capacity in a single year. Unable to counter this basic fact, the article tries to divert attention to "comparable" but lower growth in other years and then tries to change the definition of the parameter from growth in capacity to "growth in growth" in capacity. As they say, when you can't ’core a goal, move the goal post.
 
Manoj K (FactChecker): We have not contested the figure of 22,566 MW in 2014-15 as being the highest capacity addition. What we did contest was that it was the "highest ever growth in a single year", as the ministry's own tweet claims. The highest-ever growth year-on-year in capacity addition occurred in 2011-12, as the ministry's own data shows 
 
2. First time in Indian history, a trillion units produced
 
Power ministry: Again, the above fact is absolutely correct. The growth in power generation was 8.4 percent in the last year which was also the highest number in the last 20 years. So in both absolute and percentage growth terms, records were set. The fact that both the above numbers are mentioned in the report card, but the growth number has been omitted and twisted in the article, shows the extent of cherry picking and misrepresentation in the so called fact-check.
 
Manoj K: Nowhere have we contested that these one trillion units were generated. We only said, very clearly, this was a marginal improvement, 3.39 percent, over the previous year. We have not referred to the figure of 8.4 percent increase in power generation at all.
 
3. Lowest ever power deficit
 
Power ministry: Once again, nobody can find any error in the fact that last year's power deficit of 3.6 percent was the lowest ever. The fact check again descends into an opinion check by not disputing the central fact but by opining on the comparison vs previous years (where also there was a 15 percent reduction vs the last year - 3.6 vs 4.2)
 
Manoj K: We have not contested that the 3.6 percent deficit was the lowest ever. We have clearly pointed out that this was part of declining trend, with a marginal improvement over the previous year.
 
4. Significant increase in wind and small hydro capacity
 
Power ministry: In both wind and small hydro (as well as in overall renewable generation), actual capacity addition was higher than the target last year. Significance of last year's performance can be gauged from the fact that this was also the first time ever that renewable capacity addition targets were exceeded in all three - solar, wind as well as small hydro. Again, nowhere there is a claim that this was the highest ever capacity addition in wind or small hydro (in solar it was), but the facts again never deter the fact checker. 
 
Manoj K: We disputed only one fact: that this was a "significant increase" in capacity addition of wind and small hydro projects, which it is not. We have made no reference to targets or actual capacity. The ministry's own data show that greater capacities were added in 2010-11 and 2011-12 (wind) and 2011-12 (small hydro). The ministry focuses only on capacity addition over the previous year, which is exactly our point.
 
5. Four year record in coal output 
 
Power ministry: The article says "coal production of 494 MT in 2014-15 is less than the coal production during each of the previous five years". This is the most egregious "fact check" where perhaps out of frustration at not having been able to prove a single fact wrong, wrong facts are being presented. The article confuses the output of Coal India Ltd. (CIL) with the output of the coal industry and comes out with absurd conclusions. The facts are as follows: India's coal production grew at 8.3 percent last year, the highest growth in 23 years. CIL production itself grew by 32 million tonnes which was higher than its aggregate production tonnage growth in the previous four years. 
 
Manoj K: We did not confuse Coal India Ltd (CIL) production with the coal industry's production. It is the ministry that appears to have done so. The graphic put out by the ministry (above) makes no mention that "coal production" refers only to Coal India Ltd (CIL).
 
The government adds: As can be seen above, the ministries of power, coal and new & renewable energy have systematically worked towards many record breaking achievements and launched several foundational initiatives towards "realizing Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji's vision of 24x7 affordable power for all."

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BHASKAR SHARMA

2 years ago

It seems The author of the article has a prejudice and may have a hidden agenda to propagate. Better discretion is required by the readers to judge when such articles appear. But how anybody can know when they read article that something is amiss in the first instance ? Ministry seems to have done the right thing by countering the facts in the article.

After taking Hippocratic Oath, doctor practices hypocrisy; gets 45 years in prison
When in doubt, we should not hesitate to ask questions, and if the doctor is evasive in giving answers, we should be extra cautious while dealing with such doctors
  
In a shocking incident of hypocrisy, cheating and Medicare fraud, a doctor from Detroit, US, has been sentenced to 45 years in jail for intentionally prescribing over 9,000 unnecessary injections and infusions to at least 553 patients over a six-year period as per the report in Newsweek dated 10 July 2015. These treatments amounted to nearly $35 million in insurance billings. 
 
As per the media report, Dr Farid Fata, a 50-year old haematologist-oncologist of Detroit, Michigan pleaded guilty to giving cancer treatments to misdiagnosed patients, telling some that they had a terminal blood cancer called multiple myeloma and giving them unnecessary chemotherapy treatment in order to claim millions in health insurance. The court held that Dr Fata administered stunning doses of the strong and expensive drug ‘Rituximab’ to his patients exposing them to life threatening conditions. Newsweek further reported that the drug, which is usually given up to eight times for aggressive lymphoma was given to one patient 94 times and another 76 and in all Dr Fata gave out over 9,000 unnecessary injections. He kept a tight leash on information by denying patients access to their full medical files—preventing them from being able to effectively seek a second opinion, the report said.
 
Dr Fata, a naturalized citizen of US, originally a native of Lebanon, was a trusted oncologist in the community. He was trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York and founded Michigan Hematology and Oncology Inc, the state's largest private cancer practice at the time of his arrest. This is, therefore, a heinous example of misusing the trust and confidence of the patients by one of the noted medical practitioners, who out of sheer greed and aggrandizement cheated on the innocent patients who suffered incalculable harm physically, emotionally and financially as well. 
 
Dr Fata pleaded guilty to 13 counts of Medicare fraud, one count of conspiracy to receive payments and two counts of money laundering. He was forced to forfeit $17.6 million that he had amassed from Medicare and private insurance companies. Fata reported to have delivered an emotional apology in court as he was sentenced to over four decades in prison.
 
According to CNN,  Dr Fata turned to face those who were at his sentencing and apologised saying: “I have violated the Hippocratic oath and violated the trust of my patients. I do not know how I can heal the wound. I do not know how to express the sorrow and the shame.”
 
As per the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Hippocratic Oath, ethical code attributed to the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, adopted as a guide to conduct by the medical profession throughout the ages and still used in the graduation ceremonies of many medical schools. In the oath, the physician pledges to prescribe only beneficial treatments, according to his abilities and judgment; to refrain from causing harm or hurt; and to live an exemplary personal and professional life.
 
In stark contrast to this ethical code, Dr Feta brazenly and with criminal intent totally abdicated his professional responsibility and practised hypocrisy with monstrous effect on the hapless patients. The Federal prosecutors called the doctor the “most egregious fraudster in the history of this country,” saying that for Dr. Fata “patients were not people. They were profit centres.” 
 
What lessons to learn from this horrid incident?
Though this happened in United States, human nature being what it is, we can learn several lessons from this horrid incident:
  1. Firstly, it is not desirable to have implicit faith in any one physician, whatever be his qualifications and popularity. When in doubt, we should not hesitate to ask questions, and if the doctor is evasive in giving answers, we should be extra cautious while dealing with such doctors.
  2. It is always advisable to take a second opinion when the sickness is unusual to ensure that the proposed treatment is on right lines, and decide on the course of treatment based on our own best of judgement in consultation with our family.
  3. In the words of Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee, “A good doctor is one who knows how to treat patients; a better doctor is one who knows when to interfere in the patients’ problems. But the best doctor is one who knows when NOT to interfere with patients. Patients need the full of empathy of the best doctors.”  We should, therefore, try to identify the best doctor of the type described above and go to him, if we are lucky to find one. 
However, I must admit that when one is both physically and mentally down with undiagnosed sickness, all these lessons do not hold water, and as it is said ‘experience is the best teacher’ when chips are down. 
 
(The author is a financial analyst, writing for Moneylife under the pen-name ‘Gurpur’.)
 

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Sanjay Shah

2 years ago

Dear Editor
Why does this article belong to a site like Moneylife. It is neither about finance nor about India. I think you should respect the reason of subscriber being here on this site.
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Sucheta Dalal

In Reply to Sanjay Shah 2 years ago

One half of our name -- Moneylife -- is about life. This is about the life part of moneylife and the article has been hugely appreciated.
In fact, articles by Prof Hegde, mentioned here, have their own fan following both in the magazine and online.

We also plan an occasional series on Healthcare related issues by Mr Ramesh Arunachalam.

So please get ready for more. The online edition is FREE, without subscription and if you do not want to read about these issues, there is nothing to stop you from skipping the article.
Even if you are a paid subscriber of the magazine, please skip the page.

Please respect the editor's decision on these issues.

MG Warrier

In Reply to Sucheta Dalal 2 years ago

Nothing to worry. Some protest and dissent can be accommodated. Moneylife has all along been giving a mix of money, life and matters concerning life. This website gives news, analyses and well-researched articles in addition to news and views from within the country and outside. The criticism has come perhaps because of the individual's 'attachment' to moneylife! Once the idea that this is a newspaper plus magazine (Two-in-one) dedicated to percolation of infirmation and knowledge sinks, reader will have less problem.

subramanian dharmarajan

In Reply to Sucheta Dalal 2 years ago

completely agree.the name moneylife itself is a hint that this magazine and its owners care about life as well as money of its readers and everyone else since both are equally necessary.more power to them

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

In Reply to Sucheta Dalal 2 years ago

Madam Sucheta,

Such articles are needed in future on Moneylife's site.

This is an eye opening article to medical fraternity in India. Almost 95% of the doctors prescribe medicines, which are almost three times costlier, than similar medicines are available with generic names with same quality and same strength, but are not prescribed, by the doctors, as doctors are getting huge commission from such medicine companies.

Doctors ask patients to go to a particular medical shop to buy their prescrbed medicines, particular pathology labs for getting patients' pathological tests. Some times doctors even ask patients to get done some pathological tests, which are costly and not required by the patients. Doctors while writing such tests, there is understanding between pathology labs and such doctors. Laboratories do only required cheap pathology tests, and pass extra amount so collected by labs to the doctors, who prescribe such tests.

Doctors ask patients to go to particular hospitals for their operations. In such hospitals, they first inflate the charges, and then decrease the charge as discount to the patient of that doctor, to whom they claim to be the friend of the surgeon, just to keep patient happy. Still hospital has over charged the patient, amount of which is passed to the doctor, who referred the patient to that hospital for the operation.

Prof Dr Hegde, from his informative articles in Moneylife fortnightly has exposed several malpractices continued in medical field.

If such things, as happened in the present article, if it has happened in India, doctor would have gone scotch free. Such a doctor would have put a defamation case against the complainant and doctor would have won, by hiring some good advocate. Such thing has not happened in America.

We want much more such articles to be published in Moneylife's electronic magazine, so that any reader can write his opinion just by typing himself directly in E-magazine.

manoharlalsharma

2 years ago

what is EXPECTED from system is not mainteneble in INDIA because of BAD POLITICS and non existence of ethical code.

Shirish Sadanand Shanbhag

2 years ago

In American, for his misdeeds, a doctor was sentenced to jail for 45 years.
Will such things will happen in India for a wrong doing by a doctor?

Sunil Suryanarayan

2 years ago

When will we have such exemplary punishments to doctors involved in regular malpractice in India ???

CSR norms cover 16,500 companies
As many as 16,500 companies in India fall under the purview of mandatory corporate social responsibility (CSR) norms, posing a challenge not only for those engaging in such causes for the first time but also others in terms of effective implementation and reporting, experts maintain.
 
"Companies have good intention to spend on CSR but are not able to manage the entire CSR lifecycle," said Parul Soni, global managing partner with Thinkthrough Consulting Global, which specialises in social development initiatives.
 
"They are unable to find good implementing partners -- those who are able to understand the vision of the company," Soni told a seminar co-hosted by the National HRD Network (NHRDN) and Thinkthrough Consulting. 
 
"There is an immediate need to develop the capacity of the implementing partners across different domains so that they can sustainably implement the CSR vision of the company."
 
Stakeholders told the seminar that despite India emerging as one of the fast-growing economies, millions of Indians still live in abject poverty, putting the corporate sector under severe scrutiny due to such uneven development.
 
With Section 135 of the Companies Act, 2013 laying down the rules for CSR, the seminar focused on "From Act to Action" towards better implementation of the mandate given to the corporate sector, as also to prepare a blue print for the road ahead.
 
"CSR needs to focus on issues related to women empowerment, child nutrition. We say our children are the future of this country! Let's collectively make an effort to keep our future well nourished at an early age, as most of their growth happens during the first few years," Lalitha Kumarmangalam, chairperson of National Commission for Women, said.
 
"Also let's rise & contribute towards the women empowerment by ensuring financial independence, instilling soft skills and by making them technology savvy," she added.
 
Most NGO's or foundations for social welfare, are run by people with good intentions but the lack of execution and insufficient co-ordination with the corporates is not getting them the respect they deserve, K Ramkumar, national president NHRDN and executive director ICICI Bank said.
 
"It is this mismatch which is making the funds fall through the cracks."

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