NITI Aayog releases report on ‘not-for-profit’ hospital model in India

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New Delhi, June 29 | NITI Aayog on Tuesday released a comprehensive study on the ‘not-for-profit’ hospital model in the country, in a step towards closing the information gap on such institutions and facilitating robust policymaking in this area.

The not-for-profit hospital sector provides not only curative but also preventive healthcare. It links healthcare with social reform, community engagement, and education. It uses government resources and grants to provide cost-effective healthcare to people without being concerned about profits. However, over the years, this sector has remained understudied.

The study provides insights into the operation model of not-for-profit hospitals. It presents research-based findings on such hospitals — categorized under ownership and premise of service — and makes subsequent comparisons with private hospitals and health schemes of the Union government.

It discusses in detail the cost-containment strategies implemented by not-for-profit hospitals and seeks to understand the challenges that burden the operations of these institutions and hinder their growth.

The report proposes short and long term policy interventions such as developing criteria to identify these hospitals, ranking them through a performance index, and promoting top hospitals for practising philanthropy, among others. It also highlights the need to use the expertise of these hospitals in managing human resources with limited finance in remote areas.

“There has been relatively low investment in the expansion of the health sector in the private domain. The stimulus announced yesterday provides us an opportunity to change this situation. The report on the not-for-profit sector is a small step in that direction,” said Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog while releasing the report in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, Additional Secretary Dr Rakesh Sarwal, and representatives of hospitals across the country who participated in the study.

NITI Aayog has been extensively studying the private sector healthcare delivery landscape in the country. While there exists adequate information on for-profit healthcare providers and institutions, there is a dearth of reliable and structured information on their not-for-profit counterparts, known for their tireless service in making quality healthcare accessible and affordable to everyone.

Source: IANS

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60K trucks carrying non-essentials inspected, 31 impounded: Delhi govt

60K trucks carrying non-essentials inspected, 31 impounded: Delhi govt

New Delhi, Dec 7 | A total of 63,727 trucks carrying non-essential commodities have been inspected and 31 impounded since the implementation of the CAQM’s guideline to bar entry of non-CNG and non-electric trucks in the national capital to prevent further deterioration of air quality.

This data was shared in a compiled Action Taken Report (ATR) with regard to directions taken by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) on December 17 under section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 “in public interest to curb high air pollution in Delhi”.

As per the initial guidelines, the entry of trucks in Delhi except those carrying essential commodities, till November 21 (subject to further review for extension) was stopped.

On November 24, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai, following the commission’s order, announced the further extension of the ban till December 3. “We have decided that starting November 27, CNG and electric trucks will be allowed to enter. Other trucks will remain banned till December 3. From November 27, CNG and electric trucks, as well as essential service vehicles, will be allowed to enter and the others will remain banned till December 3,” he had told media in a conference.

The order was further extended till December 7 to reduce vehicular emission in the city.

Meanwhile, to control the dust pollution, up until December 5, a total of 576 sites have been visited by the Commission’s Flying Squads and based on serious violations and non-compliances observed in such sites across different sectors namely, industries, industrial areas, construction & demolition (C&D) sites, DG sets in commercial, residential setups and other miscellaneous sectors, etc., a total of 111 units sites have been identified for immediate closure, which include 28 Industrial sites, 42 Construction & Demolition (C&D) sites and 41 Diesel Generator (DG) sets.

In terms of geographical jurisdiction, 30 of these sites are in Delhi, 23 in Haryana (NCR), 43 in Uttar Pradesh (NCR) and 15 in NCR of Rajasthan.

There is a blanket ban on all the construction and demolition (C&D) activities in the city until further orders.

While stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab is reported to be a major source of pollution in the capital, dust from the construction and demolition activities, vehicular emission and pollution from open burning contribute as the city’s own source of pollution.

Delhi’s air quality started deteriorating in the first week of November due to change in the wind direction, increase in stubble burning in its neighbouring states and bursting of firecrackers during Diwali. Its AQI continued to settle in the ‘hazardous’ category for about a week. Post which the Supreme Court took notice of the matter, directing the Delhi government to come up with scientific measures to bring the pollution level down.

It is only after a complete month that Delhi’s AQI began to settle in the lower end of the very poor category. On Tuesday morning, its AQI stood at 314 with the level of PM 2.5 and PM 10 pollutants at very poor and moderate categories, respectively.

Source: IANS

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Jacqueline Fernandez to appear before ED today

Jacqueline Fernandez to appear before ED today

New Delhi, Dec 8 | Jacqueline Fernandez to appear before ED today. Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez will be appearing before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday in connection with a money laundering investigation lodged against multimillionaire alleged conman Sukesh Chandrashekhar.

She will be recording her statement as a witness in the case. Fernandez has been questioned by the ED in this case earlier also.

The questioning will happen at the MTNL building in Central Delhi where ED has an office. A woman official along with five others will record her statement.

Fernandez was stopped at the Mumbai Airport by the immigration authorities on December 5 while she was on her way to Delhi. The authorities were acting on a Look Out Circular (LoC) issued by the ED against her as it feared that she might flee the country. She was quizzed at the Mumbai airport for hours and then let go.

On Monday, the ED once again sent her summons to join the ongoing probe.

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The Enforcement Directorate had on Saturday (December 4) filed a charge sheet under the PMLA Act naming a few Bollywood actors, including Fernandez, as witnesses. The court had taken cognisance of the charge sheet and had asked the agency to supply the charge sheet copy to all the accused.

The next date in the charge sheet matter is December 13. The ED officials were tight-lipped over the matter.

Apart from Jacqueline, another Bollywood actress Nora Fatehi has also recorded her statement as a witness in the case.

Source: IANS

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