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Gorakhpur Hospital Tragedy: Dr Kafeel’s Letter From Jail- ‘Eight Months in Jail Without Bail, Am I Really Guilty?’

Dr Kafeel Ahmad Khan, who was lauded as the “hero” for saving lives of many children during the BRD Medical College tragedy in Uttar Pradesh last year—that killed over 30 children due to oxygen shortage on the intervening night of August 10-11—has been languishing in Gorakhpur prison for the past eight months. He has been denied bail by the lower court and Allahabad High Court has not been hearing his matter because of one reason or the other.

Dr Kafeel was arrested and sent to jail on September 2 last year after an FIR was filed against him on August 23. He has been charged under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The young doctor has penned a 10-page letter to the media from the prison, describing why his arrest is unjust.

Was extending a helping hand my crime, he asks.


I cherished each moment, every scene is still alive like it’s happening right now in front of my eyes, even after 8 months of unbearable torture, humiliation behind the bars. Sometime, I ask myself, “Am I really guilty?” And the answer pops out from the core of my heart – a big NO.

The moment I got that WhatsApp message on that fateful 10 August 2017 night, I did everything a doctor, a father, a responsible citizen of India would/should do.

I tried to save each and every life which was in danger due to sudden stoppage of liquid oxygen. I did my level best to save those innocent kids who were dying because of lack of oxygen. I frantically called everyone, I begged, I talked, I ran, I drove, I ordered, I yelled, I screamed, I consoled, I counseled, I spent, I borrowed, I cried. I did all what is humanely possible.

I called my Head of the Department, my colleagues, principal BRD, acting principal BRD, DM (district magistrate) Gorakhpur, AD (additional director) Health Gorakhpur, CMS/SIC Gorakhpur, CMS/SIC BRD and informed them about the grave situation arising due to sudden stoppage of liquid oxygen and how kids’ lives are in danger due to lack of oxygen supply. (I have all the call records)

I begged gas suppliers – Modi Gas, Balaji, Imperial Gas, Mayur Gas Agency, all the hospitals around around BRD Medical College – after arranging their contact numbers for jumbo cylinders to save hundreds of lives of innocent kids.

I paid them in (against) cash and assured them (that I) will pay (the) rest on delivery. (We arranged 250 cylinders/day until liquid oxygen tank arrived. One jumbo cylinder cost Rs 216/-)

I ran from one cubical to another, from Ward 100 to Ward 12 to emergency ward, from point of oxygen supply to the point of delivery to make sure uninterrupted oxygen delivery.

I drove to get cylinders from nearby hospitals in my car. When I realised that was not sufficient, I drove to SSB (Seema Suraksha Bal) and met its DIG (deputy inspector general) and explained (to) him the unprecedented situation. Their response was very quick and supporting. They arranged a big truck and (a) group of soldiers to carry empty cylinders from BRD to gas agency, filled it, brought to BRD and ran again to refill.

They worked for continuous 48 hours. Their sprit boost ours. I salute (the) SSB and (am) very thankful for their help.


I spoke to my junior/senior doctors, I ordered my staff, “Don’t get panic(ed), don’t be disheartened, don’t get angry with agitated parents, don’t take break. We had to work as a team to treat efficiently to save every life.”

I consoled grieving parents who had lost their kids, I counseled those agitated parents who were getting angry after losing their kids. There was so much chaos. I explained them – liquid O2 (oxygen) is finished but we are trying to make it with jumbo cylinders.

I yelled/screamed to everyone to focus on saving lives. I cried, actually everyone in the team cried, to see the havoc created by the administrative failure to pay the dues to the oxygen suppliers – resulting in such a grave situation.

We did not stop trying until liquid oxygen tank arrived around 1:30 am on 13-08-2017.

But my life turned upside down when CM Yogiji Maharaj arrived next morning on 13-08-17. He asked – so you are Dr Kafeel? You arranged cylinders?

I was like – yes sir.

He got angry – so you think by arranging cylinders, you became hero, I will see it.

Yogiji was angry because – how this incident came into the media. I swear to my Allah, I did not inform any media person that night. They were already there that night itself.

Then police started coming to our home – hounding, threatening, torturing my family. People warned they would kill me in an encounter. My family, my mother, my wife, my kids were so scared that I do not have words.

I surrendered to save my family from the humiliation, misery – thinking when I have not done anything wrong, I should get justice.

But numbers of days, weeks and months passed – August, 2017 to April, 2018. Holi came, Dussehra came, Christmas gone, New Year came, Diwali came – every date – Tareekh Par Tareekh (date after dates) hoping will get bail. Then we realised that judiciary is also working under pressure. (Even they acknowledged the same)

Sleeping on floor with more than 150 prisoners in a cramped barrack with millions of mosquito at night and thousands of flies in the day. Trying to swallow food to live, bath half naked in the field and sit in a toilet with broken door. Waiting for Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday to meet my family.

Life is hell, miserable not only for me but for my whole family. They had to run from one pillar to another – from police station to court, from Gorakhpur to Allahabad – in hope of justice. But all in vain.

My daughter whose first bithday I could not celebrate is now 1 year 7 months old. As a pediatrician, it is very painful, disheartening not to see his child to grow. As a pediatrician, I used to taught parents importance of milestones and myself do not know when my daughter started walking, speaking and running.

So now again that question haunts me – am I really guilty? No, no – NO.

I was on leave on 10th August 2017. (It was sanctioned by my HoD). Still, I rushed to do my duties – is that wrong?

They made me head of the department, vice chancellor of BRD, prabhari (in-charge) of 100-bed acute encephalitis syndrome (AEH) ward. I am a junior most doctor and joined only on 08-08-2016 as a permanent employee. I was working as nodal officer with NRHM and lecturer pediatrics. My whole work is to teach students, treat kids. I was nowhere involved with purchase/tender/order/maintenance/supply/payment of liquid oxygen/jumbo cylinders.

If Pushpa Sales (the official supplier) stopped liquid oxygen supply, how am I responsible for that? Even non medico could tell doctors’ work is to treat, not to buy oxygen.

The guilty are DM Gorakhpur, DGME (director general of medical education), principal secretary health education for not taking any action against 14 reminders sent by Pushpa Sales for its Rs 68 lakh dues.

It was a total administrative failure at higher level, they did not realise the gravity and just to save themselves, they made us scapegoat and put us behind the bars so that truth will remain inside Gorakhpur jail.

When Manish Bhandari (director of Pushpa Sales) got bail, we same same light that may be now we would also get justice and come out to live with my family and to serve again.

But No – we are still waiting.

Supreme Court says – bail is the right, prison is exception. This is a classical example of miscarriage of justice.

I hope time would come and I would be free with my family and my daughter. Truth will prevail. Justice would be served.

A helpless, broken heart father, husband, brother, son and friend

Dr Kafeel Khan

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8 Months No Bail: Dr Kafeel Khan’s Health Deteriorates, Wife Rushes to Delhi in Search of Justice

“I am innocent” says Khan

 NEW DELHI: Eight months, and now Dr Kafeel Khan’s wife cannot take it any longer. After keeping quiet hoping justice will get her husband out of jail within days, to rushing to Lucknow to meet with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath hoping for justice, to keeping quiet waiting for the law to actually deliver, young Dr Shabista Khan is now in Delhi to examine further legal options to somehow get her husband bail.

April 20 was the date fixed for the bail hearing, and just before meeting The Citizen they were told it has been shifted again to April 25. Why? Because some nothings were not made by the clerks. Khan had been arrested in November following the tragedy at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in which over 60 children were supposed to have died of shortage of oxygen. The official figure is 30 children and Khan came into the limelight as he was one of the few doctors noticed by the media as actually working night and day to help the children survive.

Now Khan has been in jail for eight months and as Shabista quietly reminded this reporter, “the ninth month has started.”

Shabistan Khan is herself a dentist, here now with her little daughter who has been visiting her father in jail. When Khan’s brother Adil Khan asked the one and a half year old child, “where is your father” she went running to the door as if to look for him. Shabista said that she could not meet him when he was finally brought to the hospital as she was here in Delhi now to knock at the door of the Supreme Court for justice.

She said that he is a heart patient, his blood pressure is running high with medicines, he is depressed and worried. He had severe chest pain because of which she and her family pressed for him to be taken to the hospital for a check up, but this too has taken days. A ECG and a blood test has been done, and some further tests scheduled for the next week. What are the results? “We have not been told,” she said.


Kafeel Khan, a heart patient, had complained of severe chest pain and even then it took the authorities several days to clear his examination by a district hospital. Some tests were conducted that his wife describes as just a “formality, they are clearly not serious” but the results are still not known.

Khan surrounded by a small group of media persons who had got whiff of the hospital visit said he was innocent, that the officials were responsible for the oxygen shortage that killed the children and the doctors were having to pay the price. He said he feared for his life, a statement echoed by his family who are extremely worried now about his health. More so as he was moved into a cell with 130 odd criminals soon after being taken to jail, with his bail plea being shelved on one pretext or the other since. Khan trying hard to get a few words out to the camera, repeated he was completely innocent with the police, as the video below shows, refusing to let him speak

Shabista Khan said that he is in a tiny room with an open toilet that he has to share with the prisoners, an open bathing place. The situation is terrible, she said, and on prodding admitted that she has been rather depressed and worried as well having no idea when he will get bail.

There is visible worry in the family, with many members here in their search for justice. The lawyers in UP have been unable to get one successful hearing for Khan, with repeated postponements. Another accused in the case, Manish Bhandari who is the owner of Pushpa sales that supplied the oxygen had 13 hearings in UP before finally getting bail from the Supreme Court recently.

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India under threat from Glycophosate , the most widely used herbicide #Mustshare

 Indo-Canadian Food Safety Campaigner Tony Mitra

New Delhi, April 19th 2018: An Indo-Canadian food safety campaigner, currently visiting India, cautioned that Indians are under great danger from the ill effects of Glyphosate, which is the world’s most widely used herbicide. Tony Mitra, author of “Poison Foods of North America” (2017) pointed out that in India too, Glyphosate is fast becoming one of the most widely used herbicides[1], with the regulators ignoring the perils of this chemical on health and environment.

Tests conducted by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in 2017 on food samples sourced from India showed high levels of Glyphosate (a broad spectrum weedicide & crop desiccant) residues especially in pulses. Yellow peas sourced from India showed residues at 683 ppb while Red Lentils had 295 ppb of Glyphosate residues. Samples of Bengal gram (Chickpea) flour also showed high Glyphosate presence of 467 to 475 ppb. Meanwhile, there is scientific evidence to show that glyphosate formulations, including due to the so-called ‘inert ingredients’ could be potentially harmful at much lower levels of exposure.

“As per a draft notification of FSSAI in December 2017, MRLs of glyphosate allowed in India are however, the following: 1 mg/kg in Tea, 0.01 mg/kg in Rice and 0.05 mg/kg in Meat/meat products. In fact, the 2011 regulations have MRL of Glyphosate fixed for only Tea (the only approved crop on which glyphosate can be used as per CIBRC), which is at 1 mg/kg. This clearly shows that Glyphosate is not only being put to unapproved uses in India, but also ending up as extremely high residues in important food crops. Meanwhile, a Manual of Methods of Analysis of Foods for Pesticide Residues by Food Safety Authority (FSSAI)[2] does not even have Glyphosate listed”, said Tony Mitra.

He pointed out that a further danger to Indians of glyphosate toxin comes from contaminated food being imported from other countries. After the advent of glyphosate-tolerant GM crops, MRLs have been revised manifold higher to provide for the higher usage of the toxin on the crop, he said. “93% of Yellow Peas (Matar) & 75% of Red Lentils (Masur) from Canada had Glyphosate residues of 199 and 485 ppb. Green gram (Mung) from Australia had a sky high Glyphosate residue of 1500 ppb. India is one of the largest importers of pulses principally from Canada, Australia and Myanmar. About half of all yellow peas and red lentils consumed in India originate from Canada”, he shared, based on information he obtained of all the results of broad based testing of thousands of food samples for glyphosate that the was able to get Canadian Government to take up. These results have been published in his 2017 book, Poison Foods of North America. “This made Canada perhaps the only country in the world to have conducted tests of food items produced in 68 countries for Glyphosate”, he shared.

Glyphosate is the most-used agrochemical globally with 9.4 million MT already sprayed. After the introduction of Genetically Modified (GM) Roundup Ready crops in 1996, which were engineered to tolerate Roundup herbicide, the use of Glyphosate increased manifold. In India, it appears that it is being used as a pre-harvest desiccant in several crops resulting in high residues in food. This is of course illegal and the pesticide regulators as well as food safety regulators have to address this urgently. The spread of illegal HT cotton has also increased the use of glyphosate in the country.

After decades of denial of any safety concerns with glyphosate by numerous agencies all over the world, it was only in 2015 that the World Health Organisation’s IARC classified Glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

Meanwhile, there is scientific evidence that points to the dangers of Glyphosate, both to human health and to the environment[3]. Argentine scientists found that Glyphosate causes birth defects in frogs and chickens. Doctors at Paraguay & Argentina report on the serious ill-effects like infertility, stillbirths, miscarriage and cancer in GM Soy producing areas. A 2010 study involving Indian scientists has findings that suggest glyphosate induced carcinogenicity[4].

“The most significant problem with Glyphosate is its ability to mimic (analogue) Glycine (an essential amino acid) present in most proteins. Replacement of Glycine in protein chains results in rogue proteins which is the main reason behind the increase in diseases”, explained Tony Mitra.

Glyphosate is banned in Sri Lanka while El Salvador and Bermuda have restricted imports. Colombia has announced stopping usage of Glyphosate. The Chinese Army has reportedly banned all GM foods due to Glyphosate residues. The high level of Glyphosate residues in both Indian and Canadian pulses is a matter of serious health risk to a billion plus nation, as dal is ubiquitous in our diet.

In India, only the state of Andhra Pradesh has issued orders that restrict the use of Glyphosate. The Central Government has been ignoring civil society pressure to ban glyphosate.


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Marathwada reports 278 cases of farmer suicides since January 1

AURANGABAD: Incidents of distressed farmers committing suicides are on an increase in the eight districts of Marathwada region which recorded a total of 278 cases since January 1 to April 16, registering a rise by 27 in the corresponding period last year.

The rise is registered despite the Maharashtra government waiving crop loans of 9 lakh farmers across the region and also implementing various measures like Jalyukat Shivar to tackle the situation.

Primary causes of suicides seems mounting debt, no adequate return to their farm products, infertility, cotton crop affected by pink bolwrom pest, hailstorm rains and among other reasons, it said.

The highest numbers of 51 suicides were reported in drought-prone Beed district followed by Aurangabad-45, Osmanabad-40, Parbhani-36, Jalna-31, Nanded and Latur-27 and lowest Hingoli district– 21.

Of the 278 suicides, 115 cases have been found applicable for compensation, while 56 were rejected in inquiry by the authority.

Inquiry in 107 suicides cases still pending, the report added.

Indian express

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An Appeal for Young Volunteers to work in the Narmada Valley

Narmada Bachao Andolan


The peoples’ struggle in the Narmada valley over last 32 years has faced a number of crisis and challenges during various phases of our battle against unjust displacement and ecological destruction. Today, the situation with respect to costs, benefits, impacts of Sardar Sarovar and the mother river Narmada itself is such that much work on mass mobilization, legal action, surveys to reconstruction works with innovative planning and strategic inputs need to be done. Please note that with the river being seriously dry and half dead, there is a crisis, not of submergence but of drought to be faced in the upcoming months. Then will arrive monsoon, with or without flood…. Such a cycle is to affect all in the upstream and downstream of the Dam, necessitating a number of actions – investigation research, mobilizing supporters to compelling the authorities to act. Work will be on preparing hundreds of petitions by individual families before the Madhya Pradesh High Court, follow up on cases pending before the Grievance Redressal Authority, as well as on Forest Rights Act to Jeevanshalas (the Schools of Life). This is required to be undertaken in all the three states, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. One more challenge is to take up an exercise of preparing village level micro-plans in the hilly region, Adivasi communities in Maharashtra (and partly in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh), with the families who are to be left behind in the hamlets and hilly forest villages, outside submergence area, adjacent to the giant Sardar Sarovar reservoir. They need support from the civil society organizations as well as government authorities. A group of youngsters, if intervened in development planning, could reach out to these interior (yet accessible by road and boats) communities and prepare a suitable plan for water supply, agricultural protection and development, irrigation, sources of energy, communications as well as new income generation schemes in the renewed situation and resources.

All these above tasks may sound stupendous and need to be carried out, side by side with protest actions and our educational activities as always.

You surely will realize that this can’t happen without a solid force of student–volunteers and others who are willing to work with us, the people and activists together.

We, therefore, appeal to you all, to take time off, spare your vacation or otherwise, and be a part of the work over next few months. Let us know at the earliest as to who of you can make it to the valley, when and for how many -15 and more days.

Just to help us plan your days and tasks, please fill in the form for each one, providing some basic information, choice and preference in work, special skills, language and experience.


Contact: [email protected]

  Medha Patkar[email protected]

  Himshi Singh: [email protected] (9867348307)

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Public Health Activists Oppose Maneka Gandhi’s Move to Packaged Nutrients over Take Home Rations in Anganwadis


Gandhi made the news recently by opposing her own ministry into wanting to convert these to factory made packets instead of sourcing local food items and ingredients. Citing food safety she has pushed for a powdered formula that can be mixed with regular meals.




Ms. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi


Ministry of Women and Child Development

Govt. of India


Dear Madam,


We write to you to express our concerns regarding your plan to convert all take home rations given by Anganwadi centres to children in the age group of 6 months to 3 years and pregnant and lactating women, with “energy-dense, factory-made nutrient packets”, as has been reported by the media. Such a move would open doors for private contractors and suppliers, taking control over what is given in Anganwadi centres in a decentralised manner.

Children need adequate quantities of wholesome, diverse foods to grow and develop. These foods should meet their requirements of various nutrients, as well as calories. Lack of enough food, especially diverse food, means that children are unable to meet their nutritional requirements. The “supplementary nutrition programme” (SNP) under ICDS is expected to play an important role in combating child malnutrition. As shown by NFHS-4 data, less than 10% of children under two years in our country are currently receiving adequate diet[1], highlighting the urgent need to take measures to ensure dietary diversity and appropriate care and feeding for young children. Introducing nutrient packets would take us away from the objective of moving towards dietary diversity.

In the context of increasing burden of non-communicable diseases in India, experts have been warning us against excessive use of processed and ultra-processed foods. In a recent International Conference on the double burden of malnutrition held in Delhi, a number of country experiences were presented where successful strategies to combat malnutrition included supporting local food systems, improving livelihoods and access to healthy foods.

For years, the Right to Food Campaign has been fighting the battle against the role of private contractors in the supply of supplementary nutrition in the ICDS. In state after state it has been seen that the unholy nexus between the contractors and politicians/bureaucrats result in central contracts worth hundreds of crores for supply of food to ICDS. The quality of food supplied to the centres is compromised while companies make profits from the meagre allocation on supplementary nutrition. Recent scams related to the above have been brought to light in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The ICDS’s supplementary nutrition programme (SNP) serves a range of important purposes.  It not only provides quantitative supplementation by increasing children’s food intake but also enhances the quality of diets by giving them nutritious and diverse food items they may not get at home, such as vegetables, eggs, fruit, etc. The provision of nutritious, cooked meals at the Anganwadi is a form of “nutrition education” – it helps to convey what a nutritious meal looks like, and to spread the notion that children need require a regular and balanced intake of various nutrients. It provides the opportunity to create employment for local women as well as demand for local product such as vegetables, eggs, etc. All of this is possible only when the food is produced and distributed in a decentralised manner.

We are opposed to these repeated attempts to serve commercial interests in the supply of nutrition in ICDS. The Supreme Court orders related to banning private contractors must be strictly adhered to. Adequate allocations must be made to ensure diverse and nutritious food, including eggs, are provided to children in Anganwadi centres (in the form of hot cooked meals or take home rations depending on local conditions) in a decentralised manner. Local groups must be provided the training and support required to deliver nutritious and hygienic food.

Intervention to replace locally made food compromises decentralised autonomy and community control. They also detract from local livelihoods and take away the option of using local foods and recipes many of which have good nutritional value. It also violates the Act which gives responsibility to the State Governments to “implement schemes covering entitlements under sections 4, 5 and section 6 in accordance with the guidelines, including cost sharing, between the Central Government and the State Governments.”


Large, global and national food corporations see children’s hunger and malnourishment as a source of profits and are trying to influence government policy towards providing packaged foods. We request you not to give in to the interest of profit and continue to abide by the letter and spirit of the National Food Security Act in providing locally made take home rations to children in the Anganwadi centres.


Thank you.


With regards,


We are,


  1. Aabida – Advocate, New Delhi
  2. Action India, New Delhi
  3. Aditya Srivastava – Advocate
  4. Adivasi Adhikar Samiti – Chhattisgarh
  5. Ajay K Jha – PAIRVI
  6. Ajay Naskar, BMCDM, Kolkata
  7. Alex Ekka, Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi
  8. All India Democratic Women’s Association
  9. All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers
  10. All India Progressive Women’s Association
  11. Alliance for People’s Rights, New Delhi
  12. Alpana Nai – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat
  13. Amar Jesani
  14. Amita De, Secretary, Shramajivi Mahila Samity
  15. Ankita Aggarwal – Right to Food Campaign Secretariat
  16. Ann Suraksha Adhikar Abhiyan – Gujarat
  17. Anwar Haque – Aman Biradari
  18. Archana Srivastava – – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat
  19. Aruna Rodrigues, Madhya Pradesh
  20. Asha Mishra –Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti
  21. Asima – New Delhi
  22. Asha Kilaru, Public Health Researcher
  23. Astha Samiti – Kawardha, Chhattisgarh
  24. Aysha, New Delhi
  25. Bhanu Chauhan – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat
  26. Bhavika Patil – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat
  27. Bhavna Rajput – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat
  28. Bhuvaneswari Sunil – Common Health, CMNHSA
  29. Bidyut Mohanty
  30. Chandubhai Vankar – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat
  31. Charm Shakeel – Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, Bihar
  32. Charul – Loknaad, Gujarat
  33. Chhaya Pachauli, Prayas (Rajasthan)
  34. Chirashree Ghosh, Mobile Crèches
  35. CS Verma, JSAUP
  36. Debmalya Nandy, Jharkhand, Right to Food Campaign
  37. Denny John –  Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Campbell Collaboration, New Delhi
  38. Devika Singh – Mobile Crèche’s, New Delhi
  39. Dheeraj Bharat – Gurunanak Dev University
  40. Dileep Vankar – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat
  41. Dilli Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan
  42. Dilnavaz Variava, Sahayak Trust, Mumbai
  43. Dipa Sinha – Right to Food Campaign
  44. Dr Arun Gupta – Central coordinator BPNI, New Delhi
45. Dr. Antony PM – Tribal Research and Training Centre, Jharkhand

46. Dr. B Ekbal

47. Dr V Rukmini Rao, Executive Director, Gramya Resource Centre for Women, Secunderabad

48. Dr Vaishali Patil, Lok Manch Maharashtra

49. Dr. Adarsh Sharma – Former Director, NIPPCD

50. Dr. Indira Hirway, Director and Professor of Economics, Center for Development Alternatives

51. Dr Jacob Puliyel, MRCP, Paediatrician

52. Prof Dr K K Krishnamurthi, President, Indian Society for Certification of Organic Products (ISCOP)

53. Dr. Kashi Nath Chatterjee – General Secretary, Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti

54. Dr. Mridul Eapen – Member Kerala State Planning Board, Trivandrum

55. Dr. Naveeda Khatoon –  National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development

56. Dr. Shanmugamvelayuthan – FORCES, Tamil Nadu

57. Dr. Shobha Suri – BPNI

58. Dr. Subodh Gupta (social paediatrician, MGIMS, Wardha)

59. Dr. Suresh – Praja Arogya Vedika

60. Dr. Vandana Prasad – Public Health Resource Network

61. Dr Vinay Kulkarni, PRAYAS Pune

62. Dunu Roy – Hazards Centre

63. Fr. Jothi SJ – Director Udayani Social Action Forum

64. Gyan Vigyan Samiti – Jharkhand

65. Guliben Nayak- Devgadh Mahila Sanghatan

66. HAQ – Centre for Child Rights

67. Harsh Kinger –  Living Farms, Odisha

68. Harsh Mander – Centre for Equity Studies

69. Jan Sahyogi Manch – Charama, Kanker Chhattisgarh

70. Jan Swasthya Abhiyan

71. Janjati Vikas Samiti, Raipur Balrampur, Chhattisgarh

72. Jashodhara Das Gupta – NFI

73. Javed – New Delhi

74. Jean Drèze, Ranchi University

75. Jeevika Shiv, Neeta Hardikar- Anna Suraksha Adhikar Abhiyan, Gujarat

76. Jigisha – Alliance for Right to ECD

77. Jigisha A shastri, Bangalore

78. Jignesh Jadav – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

79. Jyotsana Parmar – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

80. Kalpana Mahadik – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

81. Kamlesh Khantwal – Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti, Uttarakhand

82. Kandala, Public Health Resource Network

83. Kapil Shah, Jatan, Gujarat

84. Kathyayini Chamaraj – CIVIC, Bangalore

85. Kavita Srivastava – Right to Food Campaign

86. Kavitha – The Sahayak Trust

87. Kavitha Kuruganti – Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture

88. Khushboo Singhania, Bosch Ltd, Bangalore

89. Krishna Damor – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

90. Kumar Sanjay, Right to Food Campaign, Ranchi, Jharkhand

91. Leni Chaudhuri, Narotam Sekhsaria Foundation, Mumbai

92. Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch – Gujarat

93. Mamta Jaitley – Vividha Features, Jaipur

94. Manushi Sheth – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

95. Maternal Health Rights Campaign – Madhya Pradesh

96. Md. Maroof – Alshifa Hospital, New Delhi

97. Mithilesh Kumar, Video Volunteers

98. Moushumi Bhowmik, Independent Artist, Researcher, Kolkata

99. Mridula Bajaj, New Delhi

100. Mubashira Zaidi – ISST, New Delhi

101. Muneer Mammi Kutty – Public Health Resource Network

102. Parveen – New Delhi

103. Pashchim Banga Khet Mazdoor Samiti

104. Nachiket Udupa

105. Nadeem – New Delhi

106. Nagarathna B M and Team, Asare – Rural Women Voluntary Organisation, Karnataka


108. Nandini Nayak – Ambedkar University, Delhi

109. National Federation of Indian Women


111. Neenu Suresh – National Law School of India University

112. Neeta Panchal – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

113. Neetu Sharma – National Law School of India University

114. Neha Dhingra, Head of Knowledge Management, Surge Impact Foundation, Telangana

115. Nibedita Phukan, New Delhi

116. Niranjan Aradhya – CCL, NLSIU

117. Nisha – St. Stephen’s Hospital

118. Nitya Rao, Professor Gender and Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

119. Nutrition Advocacy in Public Interest (NAPI)

120. Organic Farmers Market, Chennai

121. Pallavi Gupta – Public Health Practitioner

122. Paul Lakra, Human Life Development and Research Centre, Matigara, West Bengal

123. People’s Budget Initiative (PBI)

124. Prithvi, Bangalore

125. Rabindranath Chakrabarty, TUCC, West Bengal

126. Radhika Desai – Hyderabad

127. Rajendran N – Azim Premji University

128. Ranjeet Kindo, Tribal Research and Training Centre, Chaibasa, West Singhbhum

129. Rakhi Sehgal – Labour Research Collective, New Delhi

130. Ravi Duggal – Public Health Researcher and Activist

131. Rekha Macwana – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

132. Rekha Sharma Sen – New Delhi

133. Renu Khanna – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

134. Restore, Chennai

135. Right to Food Campaign –  Chhattisgarh

136. Right to Food Campaign – Bihar

137. Right to Food Campaign – Karnataka

138. Right to Food Campaign – Odisha

139. Right to Food Campaign – Tamil Nadu

140. Right to Food and Work Campaign – West Bengal

141. Ritu Dewan – Centre for Study of Society and Secularism

142. Rizu, Delhi

143. Rohit Parakh, India for Safe Food, Mumbai

144. Rosa Abraham, member, Bangalore Birth Network

145. Rukhiben Paggi- Panam Mahila Sanghatan

146. Sachin Jain – Right to Food Campaign, Madhya Pradesh

147. Safe Food Alliance, Tamil Nadu

148. SAHELI – New Delhi

149. Sampat – Action for the Rights of the Child

150. Sandipan Paul

151. Sanjeev Sinha

152. Sangeeta Macwan – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

153. Sangeeta – Health Watch Forum, UP

154. Santosh Mahindrakar – Innovative Alliance for Public Health

155. Sarojini N, New Delhi

156. Satnam Singh – Jan Swasthya Abhiyan

157. Sehjo Singh – Film Maker and Development Professional

158. Sejal Dand, Soma KP, Anita Paul, Ashalatha, Seema Kulkarni-Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch

159. Shakeel – Basti Suraksha Manch

160. Shakuntala Parmar – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

161. Shivani Shah and Ishteyaque Ahmed, Greenpeace India

162. Shraddha Chigateri– Bangalore

163. Siraj Dutta

164. Smita Sonvane – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

165. Sona Mitra – Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability

166. Suchitra Ram Kumar, Consumer Rights Activist

167. Sudeshna Sen Gupta, Campaign for Universal Maternity Entitlements

168. Sudhansu Chakrabarty, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, West Bengal

169. Sujit Adhikary, Co-coordinator, PPUS, West Bengal

170. Sulakshana Nandi –  JSA Chhattisgarh

171. Sumangala Damodaran

172. Sumitra Mishra, New Delhi

173. Sunanda Gamit – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

174. Sunita Singh – SAHAYOG, Lucknow

175. Swapna Naiya, on behalf of Paschim Banga Swarojgari Randuni Union

176. Swati Narayan – Right to Food Campaign, Jharkhand

177. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Mumbai

178. Thalanmai Uzhavar Iyakkam, Madurai

179. Tharcharbu Iyakkam, Sirkali

180. Tony Herbert, Prerana, Hazaribagh

181. Uma Shankari. Rashtriya Raithu Seva Samithi, Chittoor, AP

182. Vaishali Zararia – SAHAJ, Vadodara Gujarat

183. Vandana Prasad – Public Health Resource Network

184. Vasanthi Raman – FORCES, New Delhi

185. Venita Kaul, Professor Emerita, Ambedkar University Delhi

186. Vikas – Advocate, New Delhi

187. Vrunda Vaze

188. Zakir – New Delhi

189. 181 Women Help Line Chhattisgarh

190. New Trade Union Initiative

191. Navjyoti Development Society

192. Maharashtra Rajya Anganwadi Karmachari Sangh



[1] Adequate diet is defined as Breastfed children receiving 4 or more food groups and a minimum meal frequency, non-breastfed children fed with a minimum of 3 Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices (fed with other milk or milk products at least twice a day, a minimum meal frequency that is receiving solid or semi-solid food at least twice a day for breastfed infants 6-8 months and at least three times a day for breastfed children 9-23 months, and solid or semi-solid foods from at least four food groups not including the milk or milk products food group).



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In December 2017, Dr Kafeel Khan’s mother, Nuzhat Parveen had met Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during a Janta Darbar held in Gorakhpur and demanded justice for her son.

BRD Hospital Tragedy: Dr Kafeel Khan Not Well but Jail Admin not Listening, Says Wife
File photo of Dr Kafeel Ahmad.
Lucknow: Dr Kafeel Khan, often hailed as the “hero” of the BRD Medical College tragedy in Uttar Pradesh last year that killed over 60 children dead, is languishing at the Gorakhpur prison and his health is deteriorating, said his wife. He has been booked over charges of “attempt to murder”.

In a statement given to a news agency on Tuesday, wife of Dr Khan said, “My husband’s health is deteriorating. Doctors have said that the case must be referred to Lucknow, but it the jail administration is not executing the orders. I fear for my husband’s life.’

In December last year, Khan’s mother, Nuzhat Parveen had met Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during a Janta Darbar held in Gorakhpur and demanded justice for her son. Nuzhat Parveen told Yogi Adityanath that her family was going through a difficult time and that the CM must help them.

“My son was arrested over the BRD Medical College incident while he was doing his duty because a conspiracy was hatched against him. I have requested CM Yogi Adityanath and he has assured me to look into the case,” said Nuzhat Parveen, who was performing Hajj when over 63 children died at the state-run Baba Raghav Das Medical College in Gorakhpur in August 2017.

The Gorakhpur Police have dropped charges of corruption and private practice against Dr Kafeel Khan, who is one of the nine accused in the BRD Medical College case that left many dead allegedly due to oxygen shortage in the children’s ward.

Khan, the head of the encephalitis ward and an assistant professor at the paediatrics department, was removed from the post of the nodal officer at the National Health Mission in the wake of deaths that rocked the state and the Yogi government.

Khan has been charged under Sections 120-B, 308 and 409 of the IPC by the office of DG Medical Education for collecting oxygen cylinders from his private hospital.

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Mumbai – 1 in 3 patients at civic hospitals has a mental disorder

Mumbai: Mental health disorders have emerged as the leading, and surprising, reason for Mumbaikars to visit civic medical colleges according to the first extensive study (done over two years) of why patients visit civic healthcare facilities. At the BMC’s peripheral hospitals, the primary diagnosis is ‘fever of unknown origin’. And at the civic dispensaries, spread all over the city, the largest proportion of patients complains of respiratory ailment. Also, one in 10 patients at both major and peripheral hospitals comes with animal bites, primarily dog bite.

Over 31% of the 5.6 lakh patients who visited the big four civic hospitals—KEM in Parel, LTMG in Sion, Nair in Mumbai Central and Cooper in Andheri—between October 2015 and September 2017 sought treatment for psychiatric disorders.

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Mumbai: The BMC’s two-year study on morbidity patterns looked at almost 74 lakh patients who visited the BMC’s major and peripheral hospitals, and dispensaries. It showed that apart from mental disorders, non-communicable diseases-—mainly hypertension and diabetes—are on the rise.

KEM dean Dr Avinash Supe, who was associated with the study, said, “It was previously thought that mental health problems such as anxiety disorders are common only among the upper middle class and the rich, but the morbidity study shows that economically weaker sections too need mental health intervention.”

Additional municipal commissioner (health) Idzes Kundan said psychiatry as a specialty was available only at the major hospitals. “We realise that the high numbers—almost 1.7 lakh patients over 2 years—are because patients from other districts come here.”

At each level of healthcare facility, the order of complaints was different. For instance, fever of unknown origin was the leading problem for patients visiting peripheral hospitals. But diabetes and hypertension were among the top three reasons for visiting both major and peripheral hospitals. Infectious diseases such as dengue, gastroenteritis and malaria accounted for a tiny fraction of the patient load.

The issues were different at the dispensary level, where almost 21% of patients came with airborne infections like fever, cough and cold while 4.8% patients came with issues of unknown fever. Besides these, over 3% of patients complained of dysentery, about 2.8% had diabetes and 2.3% had hypertension.

The ground analysis will not only provide the BMC with the type of ailments in various suburbs and hospitals, it will also help it concentrate on health emergencies in a localized manner. “We can plan specific interventions and use our health budget better,” said Kundan. Dr Seema Bansode from Sion Hospital, who compiled the study, said, “The objective was to find areas of health concern as well as the availability of drugs in the BMC set-up.”


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Tript Rajinder Singh BajwaTript Rajinder Singh Bajwa
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Punjab rural development and panchayat minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa said, “We are planning to bring this agenda before the cabinet soon. It will go a long way in encouraging people to keep a check on the increasing population and stop putting a burden on our limited resources,” he said.

The minister said the state government will go through the provisions of Haryana Panchayati Raj Act to amend the Punjab Panchayati Raj Act. According to the Haryana Panchayati Raj Act, 1994, “No person shall be a sarpanch or a panch of a gram panchayat or a member of a panchayat samiti or zilaparishad or continue as such who…has more than two living children.”

Bajwa said he would also suggest that the Aashirwad scheme (earlier known as Shagun scheme), which provides assistance of Rs 21,000 for the marriage of a girl child, be extended to those families who have just two living children. “I am also planning to put before the cabinet, that we should fix the minimum educational qualification of Class X for individuals contesting PRI elections,” he said.

Haryana had amended the Panchayati Raj Act in September 2015, fixing the minimum qualification for contesting PRI elections. The BJP-ruled Haryana was the second state in the country after the BJP-ruled Rajasthan (in December 2014) to fix educational and other qualifications for PRI polls. Haryana had made matriculation mandatory for general candidates contesting PRI polls and Class VIII for women (general) and scheduled caste candidates. A minimum qualification of Class V pass was fixed for women belonging to SC category contesting for the post of panch.

The Congress government in Punjab also plans to debar those sarpanchs from contesting forthcoming panchayat elections who fail to hand over panchayat records to the block development offices concerned by June end. Bajwa said there are many sarpanchs who have not updated their records. The state government is mainly facing such problems with sarpanchs owing allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal, he said.

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बारां जिले में जनसंख्या नियंत्रण के नाम पर टारगेट पूरा करने के चक्कर में एक अविवाहित युवक को पैसे का लालच देकर उसकी नसबंदी कर दी गई. मामला सामने आने पर चिकित्सा विभाग में हड़कंप मच गया है. पीड़ित युवक बारां शहर के तलाबपाड़ा क्षेत्र का अशफाक मोहम्मद है. उसकी चिकित्सा विभाग की ओर से परिवार नियोजन के तहत अंता कस्बे में 6 अप्रैल को आयोजित पुरुष नसबंदी शिविर में नसबंदी कर दी गई.

बकौल अशफाक चिकित्सा विभाग की एक नर्स और अन्य कर्मचारी उसे 6 हजार की नगदी और एक मोबाइल देने के बहाने अंता ले गए. वहां पर उसकी नसबंदी कर दी. अशफाक का कहना है कि उसने उनको अविवाहित होने के बारे में बताया भी था, लेकिन चिकित्साकर्मियों ने अनसुना कर दिया.

अशफाक ने बताया कि वह अनपढ़ है. उसे 3 हजार रुपए का चैक दिया, लेकिन उसका बैंक में खाता ही नहीं है. बाद में उसने पूरे घटनाक्रम की जानकारी परिजनों को दी. पीड़ित के भाई ने भी चिकित्साकर्मियों पर धोखे से नसबंदी करने का आरोप लगाया है.

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उपमुख्य चिकित्सा एवं स्वास्थ्य अधिकारी डा. सीताराम मीणा का कहना कि उन्हें इस मामले की कोई जानकारी नहीं है. ऐसा हो नहीं सकता की अविवाहित युवक की नसबंदी कर दी हो. मीणा का कहना कि मामले की जांच करवाता हूं.

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