16032017-TT-01.qxd 3/15/2017 10:33 PM Page 1 13 established in 1881 thursday, march 16, 2017 uttarakhand chandigarh | gurgaon | jalandhar | bathinda | jammu | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | vol. 137 no. 73 | 18 pages | ~3.00 | regd. no. chd/0006/2015-2017 /thetribunechd /thetribunechd New health regime set in motion Cabinet clears national policy with set of assured health services Aditi Tandon Tribune News Service New Delhi, March 15 The Cabinet tonight cleared the new National Health Policy with the objective of reducing out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare and raising public expenditure on health. Coming after 15 years (the last one is dated 2002), it speaks of providing a set of assured health services with specific focus on the poor. An estimated 60 million Indians fall into poverty annually on account of health costs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier constituted a group of ministers to finalise the policy contours. Health Minister JP Nadda is expected to speak on the nuances of the policy in Parliament tomorrow. It speaks of raising public expenditure on health to at least 2.5 per cent of the GDP and notes that 40 per cent of this would come from central sources. At current prices, this means Rs 3,800 per capi- ta, and represents a four-fold increase over the last five years, if achieved. The last policy promised to increase public spending on health to 2 per cent of the GDP This target wasn’t met. . Current public spending on health is just about 1 per cent. The hallmark of the new policy is tax-based financing to raise public expenditure on health, increasing the budget outlay on health with two-third spending on primary health sector. The policy talks of assured health services; free drugs and diagnostics; improved secondary and tertiary care, along with human resources at various levels with appropriate skills; strengthening regulatory frameworks for food and drugs and providing patientcentric care at affordable rates. It comes at a time when India has committed itself to Sustainable Development Goal targets until 2030 and new measures are needed to achieve new goals. Debris of the IAF Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft that crashed while on a routine training sortie in Barmer district of Rajasthan on Wednesday. Both the pilots ejected safely. PHOTOS: PTI 3 injured in Sukhoi crash at Barmer; both pilots safe Tribune News Service Jaipur/New Delhi, March 15 Three persons were injured when an Indian Air Force Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet on a routine sortie crashed into a field at Devaniyon ki Dhani, 10 km from Barmer’s Sadar police station, around 2 pm today. Two pilots on board the aircraft escaped unhurt. The three injured villagers — Naranaram, 60, his wife Dallu, 58, and son Hanuman, 40 — were taken to the Barmer District Hospital where their condition was stated to be serious, a police officer said. Both pilots ejected safely after the Sukhoi developed a technical snag, Defence Public Relations Officer Lt Col Manish Ojha said. The IAF has ordered a Court of Inquiry into the incident. The aircraft had taken off from the Uttarlai airbase in Barmer. As the aircraft hit the ground, some of its flying parts hit the three villagers. The crashing jet created a crater in the sand and 2% DA for Central staff, pensioners New Delhi, March 15 The Union Cabinet this evening approved release of an additional instalment of dearness allowance (DA) from January 1. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whereby the Central Government employees and pensioners would get additional 2 per cent DA (of the basic pay/pension). The decision, which would benefit 48.85 lakh Central Government employees and 55.51 lakh pensioners, was taken to compensate for price rise, a statement said. The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both dearness allowance and dearness relief would be Rs 5,857.28 crore per annum and Rs 6,833.50 crore during the financial year 2017-18 (for a period of 14 months from January 2017 to February 2018), the statement added. — TNS FAROOQ IN POLL FRAY WITH CONGRESS HELP Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s main Opposition parties, National Conference and Congress, on Wednesday announced to jointly contest the byelections to the two parliamentary constituencies in the Valley. NC president Farooq Abdullah will contest from Srinagar constituency, while Congress state president Ghulam Ahmad Mir will contest from Anantnag. TNS CHETAK CRASHES IN UP; NO ONE HURT Allahabad: An IAF Chetak helicopter on a routine training sortie crashed near here on Wednesday. The helicopter had taken off from the Bamrauli airbase when it developed a snag and toppled as the pilots tried to land it in a field. The pilots are safe. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered. PTI also damaged some thatched houses. The seventh crash of the frontline fighter jet since April 2009 has rekindled the debate of upgrading the aircraft originally purchased from Russia and subsequently licence-produced at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) facility in India. On Russia’s recommendation, 400 engines of the twinengine aircraft have undergone modification at HAL’s Sukhoi engine plant in Orissa. The Su-30 MKI is a twinengine aircraft and can land even if one of its engines fails mid-air. But this limits the pilot’s ability to attack or withdraw during conflict. 3 LeT ultras, girl killed in Kupwara Srinagar, March 15 Three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and a minor girl were killed in a fierce gunfight in Kupwara’s Jugtiyal village in north Kashmir today. The girl’s brother and a police constable were injured. Acting on specific intelligence inputs, the police cordoned off the village and launched a search operation this morning. “Cornered, Lashkar militants hiding inside a house opened fire on a search party. An encounter ensued and three of them were shot. Their identity is yet to be ascertained,” a police spokesperson said. Constable Danish, who was the first to spot the militants, killed one of them but was injured in the retaliatory fire. Kaneeza and her minor brother Faisal were hit by stray bullets, “more than 100 metres from the encounter site”, a senior police official claimed. They were taken to a hospital where Kaneeza succumbed to her injuries. “The boy is recuperating,” sources said. — TNS 6,000 Punjab bus permits to go Ruchika M Khanna Tribune News Service Chandigarh, March 15 Transport companies in which former Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, his associate Hardeep Singh Dimpy Dhillon and Congress leader Avtar Henry have a stake, are among those whose bus permits are to be cancelled. In all, 6,000 odd bus permits are being cancelled on the orders of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. While the court orders were only for the cancellation of mini bus permits, a list of all permits/licences issued since 1997 are being reviewed by the Transport Department as recommended by the Advocate General’s office. On POLLS RIGGED, COUNT VVPAT SLIPS: KEJRIWAL New Delhi: Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that the elections in Punjab were rigged and 25-30 per cent of AAP’s votes may have been “transferred” to the SAD-BJP alliance. He claimed the Centre could have “masterminded” the results in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand as well by “tampering with” the electronic voting machines (EVMs), a charge also made by BSP chief Mayawati. PAGE 10 TWO VICE-CHANCELLORS RESIGN IN STATE Patiala/Amritsar: Following the change in government in the state, Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Jaspal Singh and Guru Nanak Dev University V-C Ajaib Singh Brar have submitted their resignations to Punjab Governor. TNS CAPT AMARINDER, MINISTERS TO BE SWORN IN TODAY March 8, orders were issued to all four Regional Transport Authorities to prepare a list of companies with permits to run mini buses, AC coaches, super integral coaches and HV AC coaches and of transporters plying buses on interstate routes covering short distances up to 15 km. Sources said while some continued on page 7 AAP’s Phoolka is Leader of Opposition Chandigarh, March 15 Dakha MLA HS Phoolka will be the Leader of Opposition, a Cabinet-rank post, in the Punjab Assembly with the 20-member AAP Legislature Party electing him as its head in New Delhi today. The decision came after party’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a one-on-one meeting with MLAs and later announced the selection at an open house. Bholath MLA Sukhpal Khaira will be the party’s chief whip. Kejriwal told the MLAs that a majority favoured Phoolka as he was their seniormost leader in Punjab. AAP women wing leader and Talwandi Sabo MLA Baljinder Kaur proposed Phoolka’s name, while Sunam MLA Aman Arora and Mansa legislator NS Mansahia seconded it. Alliance partner Lok Insaaf Party, led by Simarjit Bains and brother Balwinder Bains, agreed with the choice and the two had a separate meeting with Kejriwal, a party spokesperson said. Phoolka, an SC lawyer, had won by 4,169 votes from Dakha in Ludhiana. — TNS
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