Ombudsman must be posted in big hospitals
There is much concern about the lack of health facilities for the vast majority of the poor. Government hospitals are suspect to be lack of quality medical service.
There has been a rapid growth of big, high-tech corporate hospitals in India. Apollo had been a pioneer. So too the Manipal group in Karnataka. Between the two, they are setting some new trends. They are becoming chains, Manipal expanding in medical colleges and universities, Apollo expanding into vast network of high quality hospitals whose services are sought after by the high and mighty, even in New Delhi where the All India Medical Services Institute of the Central Government is now, it seems facing competition for big clients.
One reason for the success of these new big private hospitals is their big investments in latest equipment and also their ability to draw the best talents.
Thus, in Chennai, there are so many reputed medical doctors in many specialisations and thus these other equally big or small hospitals draw big clients. Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi, besides even the small district towns like Coimbatore had seen new investments in medical hospitals that offer almost near international quality services.
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Bankers’ behaviour must change
The latest news that thanks to agriculture’s strong growth, the economic growth figure had dramatically gone up to nearly 9 percent must cheer all lovers of agriculture! So, farming still matters in the national priorities? But what about the politicians mindset? The PM/FM’s mindset towards farmers? No way to know! This is just to remind our politicians and ministers that after all agriculture is still the country’s only backbone, you talk all the time about budget deficit or other!
May be a time may come when the government might have to give subsidies for farmers to stay on the farms! Such is the plight of farmers!
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What is happening lately, is that somehow or other the system catches up with criminals in politics. This is the positive change in my opinion.
The Prime Minister, true to his style, puts forward many new theses, be it economic development or managing the polity or the expansion of our foreign policy perceptions. Though his political legitimacy and credibility is at a discount, the man has been discharging his obligations, in the given context, in an exemplary manner, to use a hackneyed academic sounding word! After all the PM is a highly academically inclined person in the first phase of his career. Now, the PM said at a New Delhi seminar that in a democracy it is difficult to make faster economic progress as quick and timely decisions are curtailed by the very democratic processes and decision making. He of course didn’t say but meant that more so in a coalition government he is heading. The coalition government under him is now proceeding more and more in an unbridled capitalist path, observers in Delhi, more so the media fraternity, are writing about. The present government , they note, are also falling into the trap of the NDA mode of governance. A sort of Indian shining, more given to urban middle class conspicuous consumption. To the neglect of the rural India, rural poor even after the announcement of the EGA.
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How to trust the Finance Minister? When his record for the farm sector is near zero!
Is India’s banking sector healthy? It depends who asks this question and also who answers the question. After the bank nationlisation it is the government that controls the banks (PSBs) and the RBI supervises them. The present government in Delhi hasn’t done any major reforms in the banking sector and in spite of the Finance Minister’s brave talks, bankers remain under strict government control, even routine matters no bank chairman will talk independently and so Basel 11 guidelines etc. cant make our banks to become internationally competitive. Not very soon. Only 7 PSBs are in a healthy position, as the FM himself hints. Others make for government funds to remain viable. Considering the banking sector’s inherent risks, bank employees work culture, our banks will remain government creatures.
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Tele-medicine should reach India’s remote areas. The budget makes generous allocations for education. But not enough for health. The allocations in the budget for national rural health mission allots just less than Rs. 2,000 more ( from Rs.8,420 crore to Rs.10,280 crore).
We have a non-speaking Prime Minister and an over-talking Finance Minister.It seems that we have to amend our Constitution that should mandate the Prime Minister, besides being the chief executive of the government must also be an educator! The PM must be talking, talking and talking! Like Gandhi and Nehru in the earlier generation, we need our leaders first be educators. We have to educate more so now, not only the masses but also the various vested interests!
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