The West Bengal became the first state to opt out of Centre’s National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) announced in Union Budget 2018-19. According to State Government, it has already made hospitalisation and medical treatment free for its citizens and has already enrolled 50 lakh people under its Swasthya Sathi programme.
Bengal became the first state to opt out of the National Health Protection Scheme unveiled in the Union Budget, with CM Mamata Banerjee announced that the state will not “waste” its hard-earned resources to contribute its share to the programme.
National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS):
NHPS (Ayushman Bharat Scheme) dubbed ‘Modicare’ seeks to provide health insurance of Rs 5 Lakh to 10 crore poor and vulnerable households. Under it, up to Rs 5 lakh insurance cover will be provided to each family per year in secondary and tertiary care institutions.NHPS will have 50 crore beneficiaries, making it world’s largest government-funded healthcare programme to provide quality health cover to population larger than combined citizenry of US, UK, Germany and France.
- The West Bengal became the first state to opt out of Centre’s National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) announced in Union Budget 2018-19. According to State Government, it has already made hospitalisation and medical treatment free for its citizens and has already enrolled 50 lakh people under its Swasthya Sathi programme.
- CM Banerjee left no stone unturned while deploring demonetisation and GST (Goods and Services Tax) on this occasion. In addition to that, she also ticked off the centre’s policy by saying that the existing government is not taking enough measures to stop farmer suicides in the entire country.
- CM Banerjee also made a point while addressing a public gathering in Krishnanagar that the state will not run a parallel healthcare scheme being forced by the centre when already their State government has its own healthcare scheme (i.e. Swasthya Sathi Scheme).
- CM Banerjee also snubbed at Centre’s Beti Bachao Project which has allocated only Rs 100 crore for the entire country whereas she proudly states Rs 5000 allocation for their own Kanyashree Project, which is an initiative taken by the Government of West Bengal to improve the life and the status of the girls by helping economically backward families with cash so that families do not arrange the marriage of their girl child before eighteen years because of economic problem.
- The CM also ticked off the Centre for touting its pro-farmer policies when “as many as 12,000 farmers committed suicide all over India. Further she added “The centre has took away homemakers’ lakshmir bhanr (piggy banks) during demonetisation, brought everyone under GST and dealt a blow to small traders and businessmen. Now they are eying fixed deposits.
On Occasion of World Radio Day 2018 India’s first radio festival was held at the UNESCO House in New Delhi to mark World Radio Day (February 13). It was organised by International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) in partnership with United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The festival aimed to bring together radio professionals, podcasters and other digital audio programmers.It included discussions of expert panels, exhibition and live performances. Its discussions were based on the theme World Radio Day 2018 – Radio and Sports. It examined potential of sports as a platform for social change, ways to make it more creative and trace journey of music on radio.
International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT):
IAWRT is global organization of women in broadcasting industry. It was established in 1949 by professional women working in electronic and allied media. Its mission is to strengthen initiatives towards ensuring women’s views and values are integral part of programming and advance impact of women in media. It is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
It is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the successor of the League of Nations’ International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.
UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and communication/information.
Key Points: World Radio Day 2018
- India’s first radio festival is being held in New Delhi to mark World Radio Day.India’s first radio festival was held in New Delhi to mark World Radio Day (February 13).
- The Radio Festival is also examining the potential of the medium as a platform for social change, ways to make it more creative and will trace the journey of music on the radio.
- The festival aimed to bring together radio professionals, podcasters and other digital audio programmers.
- The festival is being organised by the International of Women in Radio and Television, in collaboration with UNESCO.