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Shimla NGO Rubbishes Its Allegations of Fraud Against Cancer Aid Society

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Cancer Aid Society Lucknow

Shimla- Cancer Aid Society, an NGO based in Lucknow, recently raised objections to the serious allegations labelled by a Shimla-based NGO, Umang Foundation, against it.

In May 2017, the Chairman of Umang Foundation, Ajai Shrivastava, had written a letter to then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh in which he had labelled serious allegations against the Cancer Aid Society and the district administration of Shimla. He had alleged that the Society, in convince with government schools, was using children to collect donations from localities. He had challenged the authenticity of the Society and had demanded an investigation.

However, on March 28, 2019, Mr. Shrivastva issued a clarification in which he has rubbished his own allegations against the Society.

In May 2019, I had written a letter to the Chief Minister of HP demanding action against the NGOs collecting funds through the government school students as I had a personal experience in this regard. This news item was published in media,

he informed.

The students who came to my house to collect donation in the name of cancer patients mislead me and misquoted the said Cancer Aid Society,

Mr. Shrivastva clarified.

He said recently Dr Piyush Gupta of the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow contacted him and clarified the position of his organisation.

I am fully convinced of his version. I have come to know the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow is doing exemplary work in the field of Cancer Awareness in the country. I had no mala fide intention to defame the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow.

He said he wanted action against only those NGOs which brings bad name to the NGO sector and good organisations like Cancer Aid Society Lucknow.

Since I never intended to harm or defame the Cancer Aid Society Lucknow, I deeply regret the inconvenience caused,

he added.

The Society also wrote to Himachal Watcher and brought the matter to our attention.

Dr Piyush Gupta briefed us that Cancer Aid Society is an ISO 9001 NGO, having special consultative status with United Nation’s Economic and Social Council.

It’s also a registered participant of the World Health Organisation’s Global Coordination Mechanism on Non-Communicable Diseases. The NGO has represented the Country in several international and national conferences including the meeting for the control of NCDs in 2011 and 2014 review meeting at United Nations Headquarters New York as well as World Health Organisation Headquarters Geneva in 2015 etc, Dr Piyush Gupta told HW.

It is duly registered as a Society since 1987 and is working across the country legitimately under Section 12A and 80G of Income Tax Act, which is mandatory for receiving donations within India as well as under FCRA for receiving foreign donations, he informed.   

We are fulfilling all statutory compliances legally and have received several National and International Awards as well as over 20 International Scholarships including the prestigious US Government’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship by National Cancer Institute,

Dr Piyush Gupta said.

He added that the Cancer Aid Society has demonstrated community level model across the globe, and this model has been replicated and scaled up successfully for awareness on Tobacco, Cancer and other NCD’s – causes of 71% of all deaths globally.

He explained that to keep the upcoming generation free from NCDs, the Society organizes Cancer and NCD Awareness Programs free of cost in Institutions. It distributes free awareness literature to prevent Non-Communicable Diseases as well as for early detection of cancer by identifying the symptoms.

These efforts can save precious lives as 80% of cancers are detected in advance stages when they become untreatable and require Palliative Care. This care is lacking. In absence of any Government support, the Society depends solely on small voluntary donations from the community,

Dr Piyush Gupta said.

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Himachal Bags Three National Awards Worth 2.25 Crores Under Poshan Abhiyan

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Poshan Abhiyan Awards to Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has won three national awards under the Poshan Abhiyan. These awards were given by Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani on Friday at a function in New Delhi to the States, Districts, Blocks and Anganwadi Workers for their contributions in scaling up the Poshan Abhiyaan.

Himachal Pradesh was selected for three national awards including convergence and community mobilization, ICDS-CAS and overall excellence in Poshan Abhiyan. The state has received total award money of Rs. 2.25 crore for these awards.

The convergence awards for best performance of Anganwari Kendras were given to Mandi and Kalpa in Kinnaur district. Shimla Urban Block has been conferred block-level leadership and convergence award in the state under the Poshan Abhiyan.

Solan district won the best district award in the state for Poshan Abhiyan which was received by the Deputy Commissioner K.C Chaman.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has congratulated the Department of Women and Child Development for winning three national awards for the state under Poshan Abhiyan.

Social Justice & Empowerment Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal received the awards from the Union Minister along-with Director, Women and Child Development Kritka Kulhari and other senior officers.

Additional Chief Secretary, Social Justice and Empowerment, Nisha Singh, has also congratulated the entire team of the department for this achievement. 

Further, Eight other states – Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand and three Union Territories – Chandigarh, Daman &Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli were given 23 excellence awards consisting of a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 1 crore to 1st position and Rs. 50 lakh to the 2nd position for ICDS-CAS implementation and capacity building, convergence, behaviour change and community mobilisation.

For overall excellence, the award amount was Rs. 1.5 crore to 1st position holders and Rs. 75 lakh to 2nd position holders.

At the District Level, 53 officers of19 districts of different States/UTs were given awards comprising of a certificate and a medal. At the Block Level, 50 officers of 24 Blocks of different States/UTs were also given awards comprising of a certificate and a medal.

For exemplary services, 237 field functionaries comprising of Anganwadi Workers, Anganwadi Helpers, Lady Supervisors, Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and Auxiliary Nurse and Midwives (ANM) were given a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 each, a certificate and a medal.

Total 363 POSHAN Abhiyaan Awards were given away with a total cash prize of Rs 22 crore. Twenty-two certificates of appreciation were also given to the line Ministries and Development Partners.

 

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HP Govt Schools Lag Behind in Imparting IT Education, Put Future of Children at Stake

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Government schools are lagging behind in imparting IT Education to children in the 21st Century in which this knowledge has become a basic requirement. The Centre government boasts of Digital India initiative and the state government never misses an opportunity to mention that Vidhan Sabha has gone fully digital. At the same time, government schools are awaiting critical reforms to keep up with the modern world.

As per information provided by MLA, Sarkaghat Constituency, Colonel Inder Singh, in Vidhan Sabha, in state’s government schools, IT is taught as an optional subject only from class IX to Class XII, that too only in Senior Secondary Schools. The subject is not available in middle and high schools. The students who opt for IT as a subject are charged Rs. 110. Students falling under SC and BPL category are given exemption of 50 per cent, he informed.

In Centre schools, on the other hand, IT is taught as a compulsory subject from Class III to Class X and as an optional subject from Class XI to Class XII, Inder Singh said in the Vidhan Sabha. The fee in Centre schools in Rs. 100 per student.

He said, in Navodaya Vidayalas, IT is taught as a compulsory subject from class VI to class X and as an elective subject from class XI to XII.

The private schools running in the state do not follow any set pattern in terms of the class from which the students are introduced to IT and fee charged for it, he added. However, there is no doubt that every student enrolled in private schools do receive IT education irrespective of the level at which the subject is introduced.

As far as the neighbouring states are concerned, Inder Singh said, in the state of Haryana, IT education is taught as a compulsory subject from class VI to Class VIII and as an optional subject from Class IX to Class XII. No fee is charged from students upto class VIII. Thereafter, Rs 30 is charged during Class IX and X and Rs 35 during Class XI and XII, he informed.

In Chandigarh, IT education is a compulsory subject from Class VI to VIII and no fee is charged from the students for it.

The MLA pointed out that our education system has serious loopholes when it comes to imparting IT education to children in a government schools. The students are introduced to this subject in class IX, which is very late considering the need of the time. Also, this subject is not compulsory. Moreover, as the fee charged for opting IT as a subject is higher, students who find it unaffordable to pay this fee remain deprived of this necessary knowledge.

The future of such students who could not afford to study IT could be imagined in the current scenario. They would find it quite difficult to adjust in professional courses at the graduate or postgraduate level. Later, in terms of career opportunities, they would lag behind, the MLA said.

Inder Singh requested the government to consider making IT Education a compulsory subject from Class VI to Class VIII and provide at least two to three computers at middle and high schools along with computer teachers.

Further, he informed that the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology is facilitating IT Education in 1,131 schools of the state, and 1,367 teachers have been recruited for this purpose. In remaining Senior Secondary schools, PGT (IT) teachers have been recruited by the Education Department.

The leader of the opposition, Mukesh Agnihotri, also supported this argument and questioned the government over non-delivery of laptops promised to school students.

In response to this request, the Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj said that the total number of government schools in the state is over 18,000. Considering a lack of sufficient resources, it is not feasible to provide computer labs in all schools, he said.

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Video: Army Truck Falls Into Gorge in Shimla, 1 Lost His Life, 3 Injured

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Army truck accident in shimla

Shimla– A truck of army carrying four jawans of 18 Mahar Regiment fell into a 100 feet gorge near Lambidhar in Theog, Shimla, on Friday. As per initial reports, one of the jawans lost his life while three others were injured. The injured were taken to Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, for treatment.
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The deceased was identified as Rajesh (37). As per the report, he was brought dead to the hospital. Other injured were identified as Surajn, BK Rai, and Nagppa.

The cause of the accident is not known yet. The truck was reportedly on its way from Ambala to Jhakri. A case has been registered at the police station, Theog. More details are awaited.
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