Jabalpur/Bhopal: A two-Judge Bench of Jabalpur High Court presided by Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and comprising Justice Anil Verma has allowed petitioner Ajay Dubey to file an application to amend the original petition challenging the formation of the Madhya Pradesh Wildlife Board by the previous state Government headed by Kamal Nath since the present BJP Government has disbanded that Board and constituted a new one.
The High Court has given 4 weeks time to the petitioner to make the application for amendment in the petition. The original petition pointed to gross violation of the provisions for nomination of members in the State Wildlife Board under the Wildlife (Protection) Act.
Aditya Sanghi, the counsel for petitioner Ajay Dubey submitted during the hearing on Saturday through video conferencing that the respondent, i.e., State had passed a fresh order re-constituting the Board on 20 November 2020.
Another petition filed by senior journalist and eminent environmentalist Lalit Shastri in the same matter is also linked with the petition filed by Ajay Dubey. Shastri’s counsel in this case are Praveen Kumar Pandey and Suman Dubey.
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Bhopal: A team of forest department that went to evict encroachers who were using bulldozers and porclain machine to level and plough a large area of illegally occupied forest land in the Berasia forest near Bhopal, the capital of the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, was surrounded from all sides and attacked by a mob carrying lathis and axes.
There was also heavy stone pelting by the encroachers, many of whom were even using slingshots.
About half a dozen persons were injured and were rushed to hospital. One of the Forest personnel, Yashwant Singh Parihar, who was hit by an axe and severely wounded, has been referred to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Bhopal.
The spot where this incident took place falls under the Nazirabad police station in Berasia tehsil.
The US President Joe Biden, only the other day said that the vaccination programme to fight the Covid pandemic has been backed by the augmentation of the work force engaged as COVID warriors.
Biden said that the US after suffering an economic downturn is now bouncing back. All this has happened, first, as they had made the vaccine program a priority and as there weren’t enough vaccinators, so they went to FEMA, the United States military and got retired docs and nurses to come out of retirement — got thousands and thousands of additional people to administer the vaccines that they didn’t have before.
Nearer home, India is fighting the second wave of COVID pandemic. The situation is so bad in India that it has even been decided at the level of the Prime Minister to cancel the Twelfth examination of Central Board of Secondary Education to protect children and many state Governments, including the Central Indian State of Madhya Pradesh, have followed this up by announcing the cancellation of State Board exams.
Instead of taking a cue from the decision to cancel the higher secondary Board exams and doing the same for final MBBS and MD, especially keeping in view the huge shortage of doctors, those occupying positions of authority in government have failed to act in this direction. One does not understand why the authorities have not kept already in focus the fact that final MBBS students are being used like ward boys and they are not even being paid any stipend in private medical colleges, where the situation is dismal.
Dr Devi Shetty had emphasised this point much earlier and gave a formula for augmenting the work force in terms of junior doctors at the national level by giving a go-bye to the Macaulay’s system of examinations that India inherited from its colonial past.
In this backdrop, we have reached a pass where about 3,000 striking junior doctors working in the six government run medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh resigned en masse from their posts on Thursday after the Jabalpur High Court told them to call off their strike and return to work.
Question arises – what is it that the Madhya Pradesh junior doctors are demanding. They are only asking what is overdue to them. The junior doctors, who have completed two years of their 3-year MD programme and for more than a year they have been attending to COVID patients in the hospitals, want a hike in their stipend, waiver of exam fees and full medical coverage for themselves and their families in case they get infected by the deadly COVID-19. The junior doctors in Madhya Pradesh, besides tendering enmasse resignation, have announced that they will challenge the decision of the High Court division bench of Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq Ahmed and Justice Sujoy Paul. The Court has given them 24-hour deadline and instructed strict action against the striking doctors if they fail to resume work.
From the doctors’ angle, the situation has been aggravated by the State government as it has taken too long to issue orders to increase their stipend. To make matters worse, it is learnt that their enrollment for the third year PG has also been cancelled and consequently they will be debarred from taking their examination.
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From the MP Government side, State Medical Education Commissioner Nishant Warwade told media persons that Minister of Medical Education Vishvas Sarang had informed the Junior Doctors Association representatives on many occasions that steps had been raken to meet their demands and as per the Consumer Price Index, a 17 per cent increase in stipend of junior doctors has already been approved and soon orders to this effect will be passed. Besides hiking stipend, the government is also implementing medical insurance schemes for them, the Health Commissioner told journalists adding ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) is applicable to doctors and it is hoped the striking doctors will return to work and start treating the patients.
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Thursday May 20, shared his views and assessment of the COVID-19 situation with legislators and told them that there has been a rapid decline in positive cases detected in the State.
The State government is working round the clock in managing beds, and maintaining regular supply oxygen and medicines in hospitals, the CM told the MLAs.
The Chief Minister said: ” we have succeeded in bringing the COVID situation under control with the help of the people.” He was particularly all praise for the district administration in this regard.
Addressing legislators, the CM said:
“We have been through a dire situation.
There is no need to describe the situation prevailing in hospitals. All of you are aware of it.
I give full credit to the party president and Suhas ji for their untiring efforts.
Also the endless hard work put in by the district administration. Barring a few exceptions, they did not leave a single stone unturned to address the crisis.
All have worked day and night.
The ruling party organisation, rank and file, my Cabinet colleagues – all have worked hard.
And today we have a reached a stage where the COVID situation is under control.
All of you can appreciate. There is progressive decline in number of Positive cases.
Today we had 4952 positive cases.
At one point of time Madhya Pradesh was 6th or 7th at the national level whereas now we rank 17th in terms of positive cases.
So total number of positive cases being detected is now going down.