Green Tribunal directed schools to submit install rainwater harvesting systems

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed private and government schools to submit an action plan on installing rainwater harvesting systems in their premises.

The schools have to submit their proposals in the NGT registry after serving a copy to the Delhi Jal Board. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim had given schools five days in its June 15 order.

“Each of the noticees (schools) is directed to file memo indicating the stage of the work in progress and further time required to complete the work,” the bench, also comprising expert member Ajay A Deshpande, said. The green panel said the schools need to take immediate steps to set up rainwater harvesting systems as the monsoon season is likely to start soon. The matter is listed hearing on July 17.

The tribunal had earlier directed schools to install rainwater harvesting systems in their premises within 10 days. In the event of failure, it had warned, each one would be saddled with a cost of Rs 20,000.

The NGT had earlier directed the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to inspect private and government schools here after a plea alleged that they had failed to install systems to harvest rainwater in their premises. The direction came during hearing of a plea of Mahesh Chandra Saxena, who claimed to be associated with an NGO working in the field of groundwater conservation. He has claimed that government departments, educational institutions and residential societies had either not installed rainwater harvesting systems, or had set them up but they were non-functional.

(Source: http://www.business-standard.com)

Children facing malnutrition in PM Modi constituency Varanasi, PIL filed in HC

Malnutrition in child are increasing in prime minister Narendra Modi constituency Varanasi

Malnutrition in UPPrime Minister Narendra Modi is working on developing the country towards a developing country from the developing world, while there are still Lakhs of children in Varanasi, whose parliamentary constituency is hunting for malnutrition. Children facing malnutrition in Varanasi the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but no action is taken to provide nutrition and proper treatment and administration is not caring of. So NGO files Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Allahabad High Court, So High Court has sought a counter affidavit on PIL highlighting malnutrition among the children of several villages in Varanasi district.

Over one lakh children have been identified as malnourished from urban and rural areas of Varanasi in the survey of Child Development Department under Central Government. Under the Child Development Project, 379276 children of Varanasi were weighed in 0 to 5 years. In this, on the basis of weight, more than one lakh children were found in the category of malnutrition and 23313 children were found to be extremely malnourished.

High Court division bench, in its order dated June 20, directed the Varanasi district magistrate to file his reply on a PIL filed by the NGO Jan Adhikar Manch. According to the petition that following media reports about malnutrition among the children of Harhua block in the district, it had sent a fact-finding team to five villages between May and June and the team confirmed that at least 22 children were malnourished, three of them acutely.

In PIL it has alleged that some of these children remained malnourished, despite having undergone treatment at a malnutrition rehabilitation centre in Varanasi city since they did not get nutritious food, including a certain quantity of desi ghee once daily, in accordance with the guidelines issued by the state’s Directorate of Child Development Service and Nutrition.

The petitioner NGO has prayed for directions to the district magistrate to “ensure the daily and uninterrupted supply of nutritious food to the 22 malnourished children” and to “monitor its implementation on a monthly basis”. NGO has also prayed for directions for “constitution of different teams in all the eight blocks of Varanasi district to identify the malnourished children in all the villages”, so that medicines and nutrition could be provided to them. IN PIL NGO has also appended photographs of some of the malnourished children in the age group of one to six years. High court has fixed July 4 as the next date of hearing in the matter and directed the Varanasi district magistrate to file a counter affidavit.

The facts included in PIL is of acertain area Children but according to media reports in the rural areas, the highest number of 3652 children are in the category of malnourished. The number of malnourished children in the Kashi Vidyapeeth block is 3193, in Sewapuri 2205, 2336 in Chirigaon, 1762 in Pindra, 1603 in Harihua, 1605 in Bargaon and 1906 children in Cholapur block are in the category of very malnourished.

The number of highly malnourished children in the city area is more than 5000 according to records of the Child Development Department. After identification of malnourished children, health department has claimed to planned to nurture the children. Under this claim Nutrition is given to the malnourished children with treatment. According to the Health Department statistics, so far the health of 7894 children has improved.

Many schemes are being run by the central government and the state government for the poor families and children, including rural areas and backward areas, but the figures of malnourished children have been revealed so that these schemes are limited to only paper.

Gujarat CM inaugurates Bhavnagar Centralised kitchen

On June 7, 2017, Akshaya Patra opened a new centralised kitchen in Bhavnagar – fifth largest city in the state of Gujarat. The kitchen, which has the capacity to cook mid-day meals for 50,000 children, was inaugurated by Shri Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat at Jawahar Ground, Bhavnagar.

About 28,000 children from 57 government schools In Bhavnagar will be benefitted by Akshaya Patra’s mid-day meals in Bhavnagar.

We thank our donors who have supported in setting up this kitchen and in procuring machinery for the operations:

Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC)
Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB)
Gujarat Gas Ltd (GGL)

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