In Kashmir, doctors are unreachable, patients anxious

It has been months since the Indian government shut down the internet and stopped mobiles phones in Kashmir. While officials cite statistics to maintain all is well in Kashmir, doctors, hospital staff, attendants of those in hospitals in Srinagar, Bandipora, Shopian, Pulwama say accessing health care has become harder. Critically ill patients cannot get timely care or emergency services. A podcast from Srinagar by Menaka Rao and me on Suno India here. Continue reading In Kashmir, doctors are unreachable, patients anxious

Alleging assault by CRPF jawans, Jharkhand tribals stage protests

Two separate incidents of alleged assault on village women by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans have triggered a spate of protests in the adjoining districts of West and East Singhbhum – both districts are, according to the Central Government, among districts worst affected by Left Wing Extremism. In both areas, villagers and tribal leaders have renewed their demand for removal of the CRPF camps. Senior CRPF and police officials said enquiries were on against the accused jawans, but termed the demands politically motivated. On September 24, Sumati Gop (19) (name changed) accused a jawan of Battalion 174 of attempting … Continue reading Alleging assault by CRPF jawans, Jharkhand tribals stage protests

In Jharkhand, entire hamlets wait for ration cards

Bhojan Adhikaar Yatra, a campaign demanding a comprehensive food security Bill, reached Jamshedpur on Tuesday after traveling through Bihar, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. In 2009, the Jharkhand Government reduced the price of rice to Re.1/kg and entitled families with Antyodaya cards to get rice for free. But the distribution of Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards continues to be based on a survey by the Bihar Government 15 years ago, and many poor families are still excluded from PDS. The Government did a fresh survey last year, but the date for issuing fresh ration cards based on this survey had been … Continue reading In Jharkhand, entire hamlets wait for ration cards