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Public health system in India has collapsed: Ramesh

Ramesh said India is unique country in the world where 70% of the health expenditure is private expenditure and in many parts of the country public health system simply does not exist

New Delhi: Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said public health system in the country had 'collapsed', noting that even poorer countries like Bangladesh and Kenya have superior health indicators, reports PTI.


In a candid assessment of the country's health sector, Ramesh also said 70% of the health expenditure is met from private sources, making it a "unique" country. This was the "single most important" reason for indebtedness in rural areas, he added.


"Today the single most important reason for rural area indebtedness is expenditure on health. We all know that the health system in India has collapsed. India is unique country in the world where 70% of the health expenditure is private expenditure," he said at the Hindustan Times leadership summit.


In many part of India, he said, public health system simply does not exist.


Ramesh also noted that countries all over the world are debating the issue of increasing public spending on health to improve the social indices. The outspoken minister wanted states to make a fundamental commitment for creating elected institutions and institutions of participation, noting that such measures has helped states which have abided by this commitment.


In this regard, he noted that in large parts of India where elected representatives are strong or participating institutions are strong, they have better social outputs.


He said the secret of success of Bangladesh and Kenya who have superior infant mortality rates and sanitation facilities are due to empowerment of women. "They have been able to deliver than richer country like India".


Asserting that health would remain his top priority, Ramesh said improvement in hygiene and sanitation has led to improvement in infant mortality rates.


He emphasised that the state cannot abdicate its role in poverty alleviation.


The minister also noted that degradation of the environment contributed to poverty.


During the last 25-30 years, with accelerated economic growth and the pressure that economic growth has brought to bear on our natural resources, it has created this "new animal of ecological poverty that we have to now address," said Ramesh, a former Environment Minister.



Dipak Chatterjee

4 years ago

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Dipak Chatterjee

5 years ago



5 years ago

very interesting mr.ramesh, public health system has failed simply because it was set up to fail. At goa the government hospital is still the best. cut down reservation, make it economy based make PHC posting compulsory before appearing the PG entrance and service in the secondary health care center after the PG compulsory see oh! with current anti corruption policy things will fall to place.

Rajat Gupta should pay $15 million penalty: SEC

SEC said Gupta should be ordered to pay a maximum civil penalty of $15 million and barred from serving as director of any publicly-traded firm for his 'terrible breach of trust' by indulging in insider trading

New York: The US government has asked a court in New York to slap a maximum penalty of $15 million on India-born fallen Wall Street titan Rajat Gupta and permanently bar him from serving as director of any publicly-traded firm for his "terrible breach of trust" by indulging in insider trading, reports PTI.


Weeks after the former Goldman Sachs Director was handed down a two-year jail term and fined $five million by US District Judge Jed Rakoff, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said he should be ordered to pay a maximum civil penalty of $15 million, which would be thrice the $5 million in gains and losses avoided as a result of his "illegal conduct."


Gupta, 63, who is set to begin his prison term in January, has filed an appeal against his conviction in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


According to the Notice of Appeal filed by his lawyer Gary Naftalis in US District Court Southern District of New York, Gupta's "appeal concerns conviction only."


Apart from the criminal case filed against him by Manhattan's India-born federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, Gupta faces charges filed by the SEC of "abusing his position of trust" and passing confidential information about Goldman Sachs and Proctor and Gamble to now-jailed hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam.


"The court should impose the maximum three-time civil penalty of 15,096,585 dollars to punish Gupta for his terrible breach of trust and his craven, criminal conduct and to deter others from engaging in such conduct in the future," the SEC said in a motion filed in federal court here.


The Commission has also sought an order permanently enjoining Gupta from future violations of the federal securities laws, barring him from serving as an officer or director of any publicly-traded company, barring him from associating with any broker, dealer or investment adviser and disgorgement of all ill-gotten gains received as a result of his illegal actions.


"Gupta's conduct was far more egregious than that of the vast majority of defendants convicted of insider trading and warrants maximum penalty under the law," the federal regulator said. "He betrayed the enormous trust and confidence bestowed upon him in the most egregious manner possible."


The SEC argued that despite his conviction, Gupta would still have a "lifelong" network of friends and business associates in the US and abroad and with their help, he would be able to create for himself or be offered business positions that "make him privy to corporate secrets."


Gupta, who produced over 400 letters of support, including those by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former UN chief Kofi Annan prior to his sentencing, would continue to have access to highly placed corporate insiders, the SEC said.


"The danger of his access to material, non-public information still exists. Nothing currently prevents Gupta from using his continuing access to corporate insiders to solicit inside information and trade on it on his own behalf," the SEC argued.


Given Gupta's "potentially reduced earning ability" in future in the wake of his conviction, the incentives for him to seek financial gains and prestige would increase.


Further, Gupta has maintained throughout that he has done nothing wrong and has not accepted responsibility for his misconduct, the SEC said.


"Given his failure to acknowledge that he did anything wrong, there can be no assurances that he will not engage in the same misconduct in the future. A permanent injunction against Gupta is necessary to protect the public interest," the regulator said.


The SEC complaint charges Gupta with disclosing to Rajaratnam Berkshire Hathaway's September 2008 investment of $5 billion in Goldman Sachs, Goldman's second quarter financial results in 2008 and Proctor and Gamble's January 2009 earnings release.



Vinay Isloorkar

5 years ago

Another dot to be joined.Manoj Bhargava, among the richest Indian Americans is under the lens by the FDA for his energy drink. I am not too sure that we should be vicariously celebrating what looks like Indians bashing.

Shadi Katyal

5 years ago

It is a shame that Mr. Gupta felt that he was above the Law or should onew say that hew felt like in India he would be able to get away with it. Why so much greed and bring a bad named to the nation. It is evident that most of us Indians carry our childhood such habits even reaching at the Zenith.

UPA government says ready to face even no-confidence motion

The UPA government asserted that it was ready to face any situation, including a No-Confidence Motion, even as it was reaching out to political parties to ensure passage of key bills including amendment of the Insurance Bill to raise FDI cap from 26 to 49%, Banking Regulation Amendment Bill and Direct Taxes Code

New Delhi: Gearing up for opposition attack on foreign direct investment (FDI) during the upcoming Parliament session, Indian government on Friday asserted that it was ready to face any situation, including a No-Confidence Motion, even as it was reaching out to political parties to ensure passage of key bills, reports PTI.
It ruled out any possibility of mid-term polls, saying the government will last its full term of five years till 2014.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and I&B Minister Manish Tewari, who were fielded before the media ahead of the Winter Session beginning 22nd November, said the government is ready to discuss any issue under any rule with the permission of the Chair.
"The Parliament session has a very heavy legislative agenda. We are reaching out to the various political parties to carry through these agenda in the four weeks that we have for the session," said the Finance Minister.
He noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has met leaders of supporting parties and would be meeting United Progressive Alliance (UPA) allies.
"We sincerely hope that the forthcoming session will be a productive one and many bills will be passed," he said.
The important economic agenda includes amendment of the Insurance Bill to raise FDI cap from 26 to 49%, Banking Regulation Amendment Bill and Direct Taxes Code.
When pointed out that the opposition was gearing up to target the government over FDI in multi-brand retail, Tewari said, "if they want to corner us, we no objection. We are ready to discuss anything if the rules permit. But if Parliament is not allowed to function, it would not be good for Parliamentary democracy." 
To a question about Trinamool Congress, a former ally of the UPA, threatening to move No-Confidence Motion, Sibal said, "it is the right of every political party to put any motion before the House. When the motion is brought before the House, we will face it." .
The Left parties have tabled a motion that will seek a vote on FDI. The main opposition BJP, its ally JD(U) as also Trinamool Congress, which parted ways with the UPA few months back on the issue, have also given notices.
To add to government's discomfiture, sulking ally DMK is also not disclosing its stand on how it would vote either on such motions or the No-Confidence Motion, likely to be moved by Trinamool Congress.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi said in Chennai on Wednesday that his party's stand on the FDI issue is a "suspense".
Seeking to downplay the FDI matter, Chidambaram said, "my suggestion is that not one issue should be blown out of proportion. There are many very important issues that concern the welfare of people and future of country." 
Sibal said the government had clearly said that states which do not want to implement the decision were free not to do it. However, if some states want to implement FDI, other states should not object, he said.
When referred to speculation about early polls, Tewari said that ever since the UPA-II had come to power, there had never been three months when there was no such talk.
"The government has been elected for five years. People have given mandate for five years. The government will last for five years," he said.
His assertion came against the backdrop of Samajwadi Party releasing its first list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls.
At present, the government enjoys the support of about 265 MPs, including 18 of DMK, in the House of 545. With the support of Samajwadi Party (22) and BSP (21), the backing for the ruling coalition goes a little over 300, which is comfortable over the required 273 majority mark in Lok Sabha.
BSP and SP together or individually have not shown signs of withdrawing support so far.


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