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Health should get top priority,
says PCMS Association
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 14
The Punjab Civil Medical Services (PCMS) Association has put forward a health service agenda for all contesting candidates in the parliamentary elections. The association has demanded that health and education should be on top priority for the political parties, seeking votes of the lower and the middle classes.

The association demanded reconsideration of the National Health Policy implemented since 2002, by adopting which the Indian Government was shedding its constitutional responsibility of providing health to all sections of society. The members also said that the policy of privatisation of the health sector, which would allow the private healthcare industry to generate profit from the ailing masses, should be reversed.

In a press note issued here today, Dr Hardeep Singh, state president, and Dr Balvinder Kumar, Registrar of the PCMS Association, said that health was a sense of physical, mental and social well-being, and there was no scientific definition of a sense of feeling good.

“It is surprising that the reach and the quality of public health services has been gradually declining below the desirable standards due to an ignorant attitude of the government towards this service sector. The public health investment in the country over the years has been comparatively low, and as a percentage of GDP, it has gradually declined from 1.3 per cent (in 1990) to 0.9 per cent (in 1999). Instead of increasing the budget, the government is continuously shedding its responsibility to secure equal health for all citizens”, said Dr Hardeep Singh.

Dr Balvinder Kumar said the government had adopted a fatal path to sell public health infrastructure in the hands of the private health sector.

Dr Hardeep Singh said the ever-increasing slum areas were health hazards. In the absence of an efficient disease surveillance network available in the country, the epidemics of preventable diseases of the past were again erupting especially in the metro cities. An inefficient network was a major handicap in providing an effective healthcare system to safeguard Indian society from such fatal epidemics.

India could not shine in this darkened health scenario. “This service sector needs effective and well-organised planning measures, instead of hypnotising the ailing masses to feel a false sense of security”, said Dr Hardeep. The PCMS Association has demanded that contesting candidates should promise to raise the health budget up to 10 per cent.



HLL to sponsor cricket academy in city
Our Sports Correspondent

Ludhiana, April 14
Here is a good news for the local cricketers as Hindustan Lever Limited (HLL) has chosen Ludhiana to sponsor a cricket academy. Mr Vinod Chitkara, honorary general secretary, Ludhiana District Cricket Association (LDCA), said that he had received a communique in this regard from its parent body, Punjab Cricket Association.

Mr Chitkara said that the HLL had started sponsoring cricket academies- Lifebuoy Cricket Academy — in the state last year when it began imparting training in collaboration with the district associations at three centres Amritsar, Jalandhar and Patiala. After the success of these academies, Ludhiana had now been added in the list of centres, Mr Chitkara said.

He further said that representatives of HLL from Mumbai would be visiting the city in couple of days to workout the plan in consultation with the LDCA. Twenty talented lads each in the u-15 u-17 and u-19 years category would be picked up during the two-days trials slated for May 11 and 12. The selected players would be enrolled in the academy and imparted training for one year free of cost. These boys would also be provided cricket kits and playing equipments by the sponsors.



Ludhiana beat Amritsar
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, April 14
After surviving a scare, hosts Ludhiana managed to surpass Amritsar’s total of 180 runs and came out triumphant on the basis of their first innings lead in their inaugural match of the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (under-15) for the Sushil Bali Trophy at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here today.

Resuming their reply today with their backs to the wall ( 100 for 5), Ludhiana received an early jolt when last evening’s not out batsman, Vishwajit Singh was dismissed on the second ball of the first over. Then came a fruitful partnership of 120 runs for the seventh wicket between skipper Gagandeep Dhand and Sushyant Kohli who not only steadied the innings but also helped steer Ludhiana to a well deserved victory. Gagandeep remained unbeaten on 55 while Sushyant Kohli made 74 with the help of nine boundaries.

After 76 overs, Ludhiana were 233 for 7 when the two sides decided to call it a day. With this victory, Ludhiana earned two points. Ludhiana, would now take on Jalandhar at Jalandhar on April 16 and 17.

Brief scores: Amritsar (Ist innings)- 180 all out in 50.3 overs

Ludhiana (Ist innings)- 233 for 7 in 76 overs- (Amrinder Brar 30, Geetansh 45, Sushyant Kohli 74, Gagandeep Dhand 55 n.o; Rishab 3 for 29, Gurnoor 2 for 49 and Pankaj 2 for 45).


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