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Different govt hospitals charge different rates to patients in Kashmir: DAK

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Srinagar, Jan 09: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has expressed serious concern over the exorbitant rates being charged to patients in hospitals run by Directorate of Health Services Kashmir.

In a communiqué, the spokesperson of the association said that it is surprising that different rates are being charged in different hospitals run by the same government, thus giving free license to administrators of these hospitals to charge people at their will and wish.

Giving an example of a simple, the spokesman said X-ray which costs just Rs 70 at SKIMS is charged around Rs 150 to 200 in District hospitals of the valley, similarly huge discrepancy has been found in other laboratory investigation also, Liver Function Tests (LFT) done in district hospital costs 200 while as same is being charged at 40 rupees only at SKIMS or SMHS. People are being looted and free drug and free investigation slogan of the Government is being thrown to the wind.

 

It is pertinent to mention that the Government in the year 2017 had issued a circular where it was clearly mentioned that 17 investigations had to be done free of cost at Government hospitals however they said it was being violated till recently by hospital administrators and people where being illegally charged for the same.

Govt’s tall claims of delivering free health care services at the doorstep fall flat when such issues remain unresolved and remain in standby mode for the reasons better known to authorities.

DAK stresses upon the Government for uniform and affordable rates in all hospitals across the state. Furthermore, DAK urges the Government to take Stern action against those officers and officials who have violated government orders and circulars from time to time in this regard.

DAK further demands that Govt. should execute the Free Drug & Diagnostic policy in letter and spirit and not to keep it confined for cosmetic purposes which have led to immense problems to the general public and to issue strict orders in this case so that poor patients avail the benefits of health policies.

 


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Dir Gen IMD meets Guv

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.

Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.

 
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Rasheed asks govt to involve militant leadership into dialogue process

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Srinagar, June 25: Asking Delhi to give up its rhetoric and double standards, AIP President Er Rasheed has said that time is ripe for Delhi to accept ground realities and realize that there is no shortcut to the resolution of Kashmir dispute except respecting sentiments and sacrifices of people of Jammu and Kashmir and resolving the issue as per UN resolutions.

In a statement issued on Tuesday Er Rasheed said that on an occasion when Home Minister Amit Shah is visiting Kashmir, he needs to move beyond beaten tracks.

Er Rasheed said, “If Hurriyat is showing its willingness for talks it should not be seen as their weakness but as an opportunity to find an everlasting resolution to the internationally recognized dispute.”

 

“Both Delhi and Hurriyat leadership must restrain from imposing any pre-conditions for entering into dialogue process,” he said.

“Those trying to see Hurriyat’s willingness for talks as their weakness are living in fool’s paradise as Hurriyat is the custodian of sacrifices and represents sentiments and sacrifices of people of J&K,” he added.

Er Rasheed added that the muscular policy has failed in the past when inhuman operations like catch and kill and operation tiger were tested on unarmed Kashmiris.

He said, “All the stakeholders must understand that J&K dispute is a political one and finding any military resolution will never succeed.”

“It is time to give up ego and involve militant leadership into the meaningful dialogue process and resolve the issue once for all,” said Er Rasheed.

“Without taking militant leadership on board Hurriyat may not be able to deliver much. All the three parties including militant leadership must help in creating a conducive atmosphere for the meaningful dialogue,” he said.

Er Rasheed urged Amit Shah to move beyond official briefing which he may get from state administration and security agencies and urged Shah to ensure that security forces are made accountable and honour and dignity of masses is restored.

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Congress strong enough to overcome challenges: Mir

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Srinagar, Jun 25: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) held an important party meeting of Ex. Ministers & Ex. Legislators to debate and discuss the socio-political scenario obtaining in Jammu and Kashmir.

The party also held detailed discussions over the organization affairs and activities in JK, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party at grass roots level.

The meeting was presided over by JKPCC President G.A. Mir.

 

Those who attended the meeting included senior party leaders Peerzada Mohd. Sayeed, Taj Mohi U Din, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Usman Majeed, Mohd Amin Bhat, Shoiab Nabi Lone, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Syed Bashir, Abdul Rehman Dar and others.

JKPCC President held threadbare discussions over the organizational affairs and activities, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party from grass roots level.

On this occasion G.A. Mir said Congress Party is a vibrant situation in all the three regions, fully capable to overcome the challenges and strong enough to defeat the forces inimical to peace and stability in the country and State.

Mir said Congress party will ensure defeat of divisive and fascist forces, which are hell bent upon to divide the people on regional and religious lines to serve their vested interests. “We have always strengthened the secularism and unity in the country, state and will continue to unite the people,” G.A Mir said.

“Congress party is committed to safeguard the secular fabric in the country won’t allow communal forces to vitiate the atmosphere of harmony and peace in the Country and State,” Mir added.

He said Congress party is the only unifying force in the country and State because the party believes in uniting the people, it will continue to work as a bridge between the communities in the Country and State.

The meeting finalized the district wise and constituency wise party conventions being organized across Kashmir valley.

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