Rajouri (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], February 8 (ANI): On the occasion of Naushera Day on Sunday, the Indian Army organised a free medical camp to provide artificial limbs, wheelchairs and hearing devices to the disabled people in Rajouri.
‘Naushera Day’ represents the defence of Naushera in the 1947-48 war with Pakistan.
The camp was organised by the Army with the help of an NGO ‘Kiwanis Club Of New Delhi’ to help those who lost their body parts during the shelling from across the border.
Speaking to ANI, Shweta Shahi of Kiwanis Club of New Delhi said over 60 people were given artificial limbs at the camp.
“We are here to provide artificial limbs, wheelchairs and hearing aids to the handicapped people of the area for free of cost. We will keep continue our services in the future,” Shahi said.
“Over 60 people registered themselves in our camp where artificial limbs were given. Unfortunately, most of the people in the area could not give their measurement due to some reasons. But we are hopeful that we will assist them too,” she said, adding that their efforts were to provide maximum support to needy.
President of Rotary Club Rajouri, Mohammad Rafiq Mir President said that “We organise a camp every year on Naushera Day, in which we provide medical help to the people. This year, Rotary Club Rajouri organised an eye check-up camp here.”
Mohammad Latif, a beneficiary, who received the hearing device said thanked the Army for setting up the camp.
“I am thankful to the Army who help the people by providing the limbs, wheelchairs and hearing aids at the camp. We are grateful to the Army who tirelessly stand at the border so that we all can sleep peacefully at our homes,” he said. (ANI)
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HOW INDIA CAN BECOME A GLOBAL HUB FOR MANUFACTURING & RESILIENT SUPPLY CHAINS
For India to capture the global market, it must focus on boosting technologies and digitalisation, supporting labour, strengthening infrastructure and utilities, environmental laws, taxation and business reforms.
India has a golden shot to embark on global supply chains. Covid-19 has caused huge disruption across demand and supply. Corporations are relocating their geographic base from susceptible market origins to more credible and economical kernels. Precisely, companies are trying to diversify their production base from China to other stable countries. With strong macroeconomic fundamentals, demographic dividend, highly-skilled English-speaking workforce, ease of doing business, cheap labor costs, enormous resource accesses, and an expanding market of 1.3 billion people, India has an exclusive chance to be the favorable investment destination across the globe.
Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Indonesia are attracting many American and Japanese countries for diversification. Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) as a trilateral approach by Japan to trade with India and Australia (with ASEAN probable to join) is an initiative to diversify the supply chains. With South Asia steadied for a growth liftoff, economic integration of South Asian countries becomes crucial. Substantially India is being seen as the hub for emerging supply chains.
To ameliorate US-China trade war fallouts, Apple Inc with a budgetary outlay of Rs 200 billion is set to shift its iPad manufacturing assembly to India. Elon Musk-led Tesla registered its subsidiary Tesla India Motors and Energy Private Ltd. Tesla also plans to set up an electric vehicle manufacturing division in Karnataka. On the heels of this statement, Starlink under SpaceX—the super-fast Internet venture—opened its pre-booking in India for $99. Amazon declared its Fire TV stick device manufacturing – its first production line in India via a subsidiary of its manufacturing partner Foxconn Technology Group. Swedish retailer IKEA having bought a 48,000-square-metre plot in Noida also proposed to launch its first shopping centre in India—being among the world’s largest sites.
Aatmanirbhar Bharat outlining economy, infrastructure, system, demography, and demand is an endeavor to become self-sufficient. Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme attempts to accelerate domestic production and invite foreign direct investments. India’s Look East policy encourages economic and strategic relations with Southeast Asian countries to strengthen its importance as a regional power. The Indo-Pacific region is home to the fastest and growing economies and military powers in the world.
While India rises to be a desirable preference for investors, the questions that need to be addressed are: “How competitive are India’s policies to attain a resilient supply chain?” “Are they enough to obtain a prime stance in the global economy?” It appears that Indian value chains are bedeviled with inefficiencies sinking it below international standards.
Logistics costs incurred in the Indian supply chain networks account for 14 percent of the GDP compared to the global average of 8 percent. This brings a competitive gap of $180 billion for India, likely to rise to $500 billion by 2030. India ranked 44 in the World Bank Logistics Performance Index lagging behind the US and China. India has a poor-quality infrastructure. Despite having the second-largest road network globally, national highways contribute less than 2.7 percent to the total network. Having one of the largest rail networks, the speed of the freight train is 24-25 kmph compared to 38-40 kmph in the US and China. The unbalanced logistics model mix of India further proliferates transportation costs. Despite broken transportation infrastructure facilities, India is heavily dependent on its road networks. It’s rail and sea-networks remain underutilised. These high costs act as a barrier to entry for greenfield manufacturing.
India still lags in technology adoption in its value chain processes. This heightens inventory costs due to mismanagement amounting to $120 billion to $180 billion of total logistic expenses. India lacks warehouse shortages. As of 2019, India had a cold storehouse facility of 226.7 lakh tons (lt), against the needed capacity of 350 lt. According to the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture, 30 percent of agricultural produce gets destroyed. India also suffers because of fragmented logistics and an uneven channel mix of domestic retail and FMCG sales.
India needs to make bold changes in its supply chain system to be the prime player. Integrating technology with physical networks is a prerequisite. Embracing geo-tagging, auto-capture, and big data will enable cooperation, forecasting, and traceability across chains. The omnichannel retail operation must be considered to streamline businesses. Building rationale infrastructure remains the crux of development. Logistics models must be benchmarked. Flexible networks will require optimising highways, delivery systems to lessen product loss. Shifting from an experience-based system to an analytical-based risk management system is imperative.
Government involvement is necessary to change the manufacturing landscape. India must welcome foreign investments—investors that bring capital, technology, and market with greenfield projects and private equity to finance the growing Indian start-up culture. Building on existing initiatives, India needs to boost exports to integrate with global supply chains. Indian states have high reservation percentages which clog growth. India must eliminate such structural bottlenecks to intensify its fraction in world trade. India should speed up its Free Trade Agreement (FTAs) authorisations with the UK and the EU. Promoting the ASEAN-India FTA may add the required fuel to trade flow. India should also focus on sensitive lists, non-tariff measures, and customs cooperation. Besides, re-skilling and upskilling measures are significant. Erecting a strong foundation of research and development (R&D) and entrepreneurship base is vital from a global standpoint. Key sectors of interventions must be tourism and hospitality, auto industry, retail & e-commerce, and food processing.
The pandemic is being viewed as a historic opportunity to evolve out better. Indian supply chains need to be smarter, prompt, agile and technically viable. As the realm steps towards the new normal world, it has generated an opportunity to re-invest uniquely—an investment aligned towards more sustainable companies. For India to capture the global market, it must focus upon boosting technologies and digitalisation, supporting labour, strengthening infrastructure and utilities, environmental laws, taxation and business reforms, investment and trade promotion. To catapult to economic prosperity, India not only needs to think bigger but also act better now.
Rajesh Mehta is a leading international consultant & columnist working on Market Entry, Innovation & Public Policy. Diksha Mittal is a public policy researcher working closely with Rajesh Mehta. Views expressed are personal.
Top women achievers participate in SheWings Campaign
MUMBAI: International Women’s Day is a day for acknowledging women rights from all around the world. Women rights play a crucial role to maintain the equilibrium in the society but what if the women with the rights are suffering from inside and living a life of suffocation every second due to poor menstrual health and hygiene. The initiative has collected 30 thousand pairs of undergarments so far. #DonateOldBraPanty is trending among young females as they are donating old dry cleaned UG’s and urging via posting it on social media.
While reaching out to 2 million women across India, SheWings found that so many of these women can’t even afford to buy undergarments. Members of SheWings realized that the major barrier faced by these girls and women in accessing menstrual hygiene products, is not just that they can’t afford pads but also that they don’t have undergarments. “Low-cost Menstrual Hygiene Items including undergarments should be exempted from the tax slab because this is not a luxury for these underprivileged women” – Madan Mohit Bhardwaj, Founder SheWings.
SheWings has organised a giant awareness conclave on this International Women’s Day, which is facilitated by Dr. Kiran Bedi (IPS Retd. and Former LG Puducherry), Mr. PK Gupta (IRS, DG and CEO Credai), Ms. Mamta Sharma (Ex-Chairperson NCW), Mrs. Rajul Ben Desai (Member NCW), Mr. Abhishek Singh (IAS & Actor), Mrs. Anca Verma (Former Miss Romania & Chairperson Olialia), Mr. RK Dubey (ED, IOCL.)
WOMEN-LED DEVELOPMENT TAKING PLACE UNDER PM MODI’S LEADERSHIP, SAYS SMRITI IRANI
NEW DELHI: Union Textiles and Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the narrative has shifted from women’s development to women-led development.
She also stated that now women not only lead change for themselves but also for other women, adding that for the first time Gender Inclusion Fund was introduced into the National Education policy. “Under PM’s leadership, the narrative has shifted from women’s development to women-led development. We now lead change not just for us but also for other women. Because of this, for the 1st time in National Education policy’s history, we have Gender Inclusion Fund”, said the Union Minister while addressing a gathering of women MPs and journalists on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
She further said, “There are still skies to touch. Our flag and Constitution are one despite being from different political ideologies.”
“Women who have gathered here today are often celebrated societally for our strength and achievements. Not many look at the chip on our shoulders, a chip on which we falter at times publically and on social media. Where the impact is strong as we get ‘trolled’ but also we get opportunities in the August House where irrespective of our ideologies, we speak on issues that bring transformation”, added Irani.
Addressing the same event, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman on Monday said nuanced discrimination, even in language, is often accepted and not objected to, due to its subtlety. She added that language needs to be gender-sensitive and wrong language shouldn’t be encouraged.
“Language of communication has to be gender-sensitive. We stand up each time for use of the right language. We come across language both formal and informal that doesn’t recognise an implicit gender bias. We need to say language needs to be gender-sensitive. We shouldn’t encourage such language,” said Sitharaman while addressing a gathering of women MPs and journalists.
Giving an example she quoted a popular Hindi expression the Union Finance Minister said, “Arey main choodi pehen ke baitha hoon kya?” (Am I just sitting here wearing bangles like a woman?) That means you don’t have courage. Each one of us has to say that we don’t accept such language and expressions.”
Another problem she spoke about was facing different terms of engagement for both genders. “We are MPs, but we are often treated as women first, and MPs later. We have to make a conscious attempt to change these things. We need to do more,” she said.
PUNJAB CM COMMITS TO EMPOWER WOMEN & GIRL CHILD AT EVERY LEVEL
CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Vidhan Sabha on Monday unanimously passed a Resolution saluting the “indomitable spirit of women in contributing to the progress of the Nation”, with Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh declaring his government’s strong and continued commitment to the empowerment of women and the girl child at every level, including the family, the work place and the society in general.
Recognizing the immense contribution of women in making this world a better place to live, the House resolved “to work with dedication towards providing them an ambience of equity, justice, and freedom to further empower them to be equal partners in the progress of Punjab and our country.” The Akalis continued to remain suspended as per the Speaker’s directions.
Lauding the decisions of the State Government to provide 50% reservation for women in the Urban Local Bodies and the Panchayati Raj Institutions, and 33% reservation in State Government employment, it noted that ‘this ensures better representation of women in decision-making and contributes to the furtherance of their interests.’
Earlier, placing the Resolution before the House on the occasion of the International Women’s Day today, the Chief Minister termed it an occasion “to realistically assess where we have reached and to rededicate ourselves to providing a life of equality and dignity to every woman in the State.”
Recalling the words of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji, who had said about women: “so kyun manda aakhiye jittu jammen rajan”, the Chief Minister stressed the importance of various measures to power the changing attitudes about women. He expressed happiness over the fulfilment of his government’s promise to provide 50% reservation in Panchayati Raj Institutions and Urban Local Bodies, asserting that “this increased political representation will provide political empowerment to women.”
Referring to the reservation of Punjab’s women in 33% of jobs in Government and State Government undertakings, Captain Amarinder hoped this economic empowerment would also lead to their social empowerment. He also underlined the need to “commit ourselves to ensuring that every girl child is educated so that she is provided the right foundation to access her rights.”
The Chief Minister underscored the importance of ensuring an environment where women can be provided both safety and any offenders can be brought to justice, swiftly and surely. He cited the recently launched Mata Tripta Mahila Yojana for the empowerment of women headed households in Punjab as another step to strengthen thousands of women and their families in the state. Under this scheme, 105 sub-schemes are to be implemented by the various Departments, he disclosed.
Digging into the history of Punjab, the Chief Minister pointed out that it was replete with great women personalities, such as Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher and Bibi Sahib Kaur.
CM LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR MAKING HARYANA ANAEMIA AND MALNUTRITION FREE
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Government has taken firm steps to ensure that the state is anemia and malnutrition free. Chief Minister, Manohar Lal launched a campaign in this regard during a State-level function organized on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Besides this, for ensuring a safe environment for women, the Chief Minister laid emphasis that the state will take stringent steps to reduce the cases of crimes against women and strict action will be taken against the guilty. Speaking on the International Women’s Day celebrations here the Chief Minister said that today women are excelling in every field and the state is sensitive towards decreasing the incidences of crime against women. Sh. Manohar Lal was addressing the participants present in the programmes across the state from the state level programme organised at the Chief Minister’s residence in Chandigarh through video conferencing.
Among those present on this occasion were Education Minister, Kanwar Pal, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Kamlesh Dhanda, Chief Secretary, Vijai Vardhan, Commissioner and Secretary of Women and Child Development Department, Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr. Amit Agarwal, Deputy Principal Secretary, Ashima Brar and other senior officers of the Women and Child Development Department.
Other than starting a campaign for ensuring that the state is anemia and malnutrition free, the Chief Minister also inaugurated 30 model crèches. Besides this, the state also plans to introduce 500 model crèches in the state through mobile crèches. Further upgrading women’s safety the Chief Minister today started Whatsapp Women Helpline. Now, women of the state can also complain through WhatsApp on the number 9478913181 in case of emergency. Earlier, the help line number 181 was available for assistance.
After ATS, NIA to probe in SUV owner’s death mystery
MUMBAI: As the mysterious death of SUV owner Mansukh Hiren continues to intensify, the Union Home Ministry on Monday handed over the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).The agency is in the process of re-registering the case. NIA has received orders from MHA, GOI for investigation of case FIR 35/2020 registered at police station Gamdevi. This case is related to recovery of explosives from a Mahendra Scorpio parked at Carmichael Road, Mumbai. The Maharashtra Home minister had handed over the case to Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) last Friday. More than 10 teams of Anti-Terrorism Squad had been formed to probe the death of Hiren.
Last week, the Anti-terrorism Squad (ATS) registered an FIR against unidentified persons under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including murder, disappearance of evidence, and criminal conspiracy. Addressing the Maharashtra Assembly, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said the guilty won’t be spared. Making a statement in the state Assembly, Deshmukh said after Hiran’s wife expressed suspicion that her husband may have been murdered, the ATS registered a case against unidentified persons under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy).
Anil Deshmukh said, both the investigations are in the right direction. “NIA is acting in haste. ATS has good officers and has a big team but now the central government has taken the decision”, said the state home minister. The demand for the case to be handed over to the NIA was first made by Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis last week during the Assembly session. “There were not one but two cars. One was Scorpio and one Innova. Both the cars came from Thane and have followed the same route and reached the location. Sachin Vaze was the first police officer to reach the spot and then he was appointed as the Investigation Officer.
Three days ago, he was removed as the IO and I fail to understand why he was removed,” Fadnavis said. Fadnavis also claimed that Mansukh Hiren made calls to a number registered in the name of a person called Sachin Hindurao Vaze. Earlier to this Fadnavis said the state government should be ashamed of itself for failing to provide protection to Hiren. As per the reports, Hiran wrote a letter on 2nd of March to the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and police commissioners of Thane and Mumbai, alleging that he was being harassed by the police and media since the vehicle was found outside Ambani’s house.
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