TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 PAGES, JAIPUR, `5.00 ● TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE NHPM: Two BJP states wary, loan sop is a headache for Maharashtra ABANTIKA GHOSH NEW DELHI, JULY 9 TWO BJP-RULED states have expressed concerns over the implementation of the National HealthProtectionMission.While theunscheduledRs22,000crore farm loan waiver has left Maharashtra with no funds to join the NHPM, Rajasthan has citedlogisticalconcernsinimplementing the scheme. At a recent meeting in Mumbai with officials of the Ayushman Bharat secretariat, Maharashtra health minister Deepak Sawant and Chief Secretary D K Jain conveyed to the Centre that the state is not financially capable of expanding its existing health insurance programme to that required for the NHPM. Maharashtra has one of the widest health protection schemes—theMahatmaJyotiba PhuleJanArogyaYojana—which provides insurance cover up to Rs 2 lakh for 2.2 crore of the 2.5 crore families in the state. The dilemma for Maharashtra is that it cannot leavecurrentbeneficiariesoutof the NHPM if it adopts the Centre’s scheme. On the other hand, to extend Rs 5 lakh health cover to the beneficiaries will mean a huge financial commitment. The present scheme runs onanannualpremiumof Rs700 per family. Even if the state implements the NHPM, the Centre will give 60 per cent of the premium for only 83 lakh families in the state that meet the criteria for inclusion in the NHPM as per data from the socio-eco- nomic caste census. “It is as yet unclear how much money the state will require for expansion of the current health insurance scheme therewillbeabacklashif current beneficiaries are left out. On the other hand, to more than double the entitlement for all of them with the Centre footing a small part of the bill is going to be very difficult,” said a Union Health Ministry official. “The current premium is Rs 700, the premium for the Rs 5 lakhcoverwillhavetobediscovered through tender. The farm loan waiver has already left the state with huge financial constraints.” Speaking to The Indian Express, Chief Secretary Jain said: “Yes we have some concernsbutweareresolving these. We have had two rounds of discussions with the Central government.Wewerealreadylooking at some cuts for existing schemes, especially infrastructureonesbuttheGSTcollections have been very good.” “We have agreed to NHPM in principle. Our concerns now are how to apportion funds for the scheme. Presently, we are spendingaboutRs1,500croreon ourscheme,Centrewillgive400 crore. We may have to shell out another Rs 1,000 crore or so for NHPM.” Problems in Rajasthan, officials said, is more about logistical concerns than financial. On Friday, Ayushman Bharat CEO Indu Bhushan met Vasundhara Raje to discuss the matter. Rajasthan’s Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana provides CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 7 EIGHTH PERSON SAVED FROM THAI CAVE, ELON MUSK TESTING TINY RESCUE SUB WORLD ● BORIS QUITS OVER MAY’S BREXIT PLANS, SECOND TO QUIT IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS Proposed Jio institute gets eminence status with IITs and IISc EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE NEW DELHI, JULY 9 THE GOVERNMENT Monday awardedInstitutionof Eminence (IoE) status to three public and three private institutes — IITDelhi, IIT-Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), BITSPilani,ManipalAcademyof High Education, and Reliance Foundation’s proposed Jio Institute in Navi Mumbai. The University Grants Commission(UGC)approvedsix names against the promised 20 slots. The government’s formal notification is expected soon. The Union Cabinet had approved UGC’s ‘Institutions of Eminence Deemed to be UniversitiesRegulations2017’,on August 3, 2017. The regulations areaimedatcreatinganenabling architecture for 10 public and 10 private institutions to emerge as world-classinstitutions,sincethe countryhaslittlerepresentation in the international ranking of educational institutions. Only higher education institutions currently placed in the top 500 of global rankings or top 50 of the National Institutional CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 GANGRAPE IN DELHI BUS December 16 rape accused to hang, SC rejects review petitions ‘Can’t be allowed to re-argue appeal... evidences have been looked into’ ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, JULY 9 ON THE METRO TO NOIDA Prime Minister Narendra Modi with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Yamuna Bank Metro station, in New Delhi on Monday. They were on their way to Noida. PTI Gangster Bajrangi shot dead in UP jail, 4 officers suspended MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL Centre wanted Art 377 hearing deferred, top court says no BAGHPAT, JULY 9 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE HOURS BEFORE he was to be producedincourt,UttarPradesh gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside the Baghpat Jail Monday by another gangster Sunil Rathi. The killing, which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed “serious”, took place a weekafterBajrangi’swifehadallegedthatherhusband’slifewas in danger. The incident had senior UP officialsrushingtoBaghpateven as four jail officials were suspended. Bajrangi (51), who was named in at least 40 criminal cases, including murder and extortion, was to be produced in a local court on Monday in an extortion case for allegedly demanding money from former BSP MLA Lokesh Dixit in 2017. Bajrangi’s advocate Vikas Shrivastava alleged that he THE SUPREME Court Monday refused to defer Tuesday’s scheduled hearing on a batch of petitions challenging Section 377of theIndianPenalCodethat criminalises same sex relations. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it will not postpone the hearing after the Centre sought more time to file its reply. The bench said the matter had been pending since some time and the Centre should have filed its reply earlier. “It will not be adjourned... We will go ahead with the scheduled hearing... You file whatever you want during the hearing,” the bench told the Centre’s counsel. A five-judge Constitution BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY NEW DELHI, JULY 9 Munna Bajrangi’s daughter and wife outside the mortuary in Baghpat, Monday. Abhinav Saha He was to be produced in court on Monday stopped appearing in court after several threats. “His court hearing was going on through video conferencing and we had re- BEIJING, JULY 9 ● WITNESS: COPS THREATENED TO KILL TULSIRAM, ME PAGE 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 8 THEEDITORIAL PAGE Film on low-cost India cancer drugs scripts cut in China tariffs K J M VARMA EXPRESS NETWORK quested for video conferencing for this case also, but the request was rejected,” he said. “Bajrangi was shot dead inside the jail premises at 6 am on Monday. The shocking part of all this is that the administration was well aware of the threats to his life. Just a week ago, his wife Seema Singh addressed a press conference highlighting this. THE SUPREME Court Monday upheld the death penalty imposed on three convicts, Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and PawanKumarGupta,inthe2012 Delhigangrapeandmurdercase. A bench of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan “dismissed” their review petitions,sayingnogroundhasbeen made out in the petitions for reversingtheirconvictionandsentence. The court noted that contentions in their review pleas were already gone into by the court in the past and they could not be allowed to “re-argue”. On December 16, 2012, a 23year-old paramedic student was gangraped inside a running bus inSouthDelhibysixpersonsand severely assaulted before being thrownoutontheroad.Shedied of her injuries on December 29, 2012 at the Mount Elizabeth HospitalinSingapore.Oneof the accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March 2013 while another, a juvenile then, served time in a probation home. Rejecting the review petition filed by Mukesh, the bench said that submissions by his counsel MLSharma“aremoreorlessthe submissions which were advanced at the time of hearing of the appeal and this court had al- DAYS AFTER a Chinese movie on cancer that highlighted the benefits of generic drugs manufactured in India, Beijing and New Delhi have reached an agreement on reducing tariffs on the importof Indianmedicines,particularly cancer drugs, to China. It is not yet clear, however, whether China has agreed to grant licences to Indian companies to sell cancer drugs in the huge market, where about 4.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually according toareportbythestate-runChina Central Television. Indian drugs are in high demand in China as they are far cheaper than their western counterparts. “We have seen China and India have reached agreement on the reduction of tariffs on medicines.Forspecifics,Iwillrefer you to relevant competent authorities,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a briefing on Monday. “Webelievetheexpansionof importsandslashingof tariffson CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FOR HIS RAMAYANA REMARKS, FILM CRITIC IS BANISHED FROM HYDERABAD FOR 6 MONTHS SREENIVAS JANYALA HYDERABAD, JULY 9 A WELL-KNOWN freelance Telugu film critic, Kathi Mahesh, wasonMonday“externed”from Hyderabad by Telangana Police for six months on charges of “vitiating”thecity’satmosphereafter he expressed “controversial” views on the Ramayana during a TV show — and later engaged in a war of words through the media with a Hindu seer. A police team escorted Mahesh to his ancestral home in Chittoordistrictof neighbouring Andhra Pradesh while the seer, ParipoornanandaSaraswati,was placedunderhousedetentionto prevent him from taking out a yatra against the critic. The two had engaged in a heated exchange through a series of statements in the media following Mahesh’s comments last week on Ram, Sita and Ravana during a debate on TV9 news channel on a sedition case against R R Babu Gogineni, a rationalist. The remarks led to complaints against Mahesh being registered across Hyderabad by members of the Bajrang Dal and other Hindu groups. Based on them, a case was registered against Mahesh under various IPCsections,including295A(deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings). On July 2, Kathi Mahesh was served notice to appear before police for questioning. The latest decision to extern A Bajrang Dal activist is detained in Hyderabad for protesting against film critic Mahesh Kathi. PTI Mahesh, a Dalit, has been slammed by prominent civil rights groups and activists who described the decision as “harsh”.“Banishingsomeonefor expressing his views is ridiculous.IsParipoornandaSaraswati dictating terms to the KCR government? Who is running the state?” Sujatha Surepally, noted academician and Dalit activist, told The Indian Express. Speaking to reporters, Telangana DGP M Mahender Reddy said police used its powersunderthePreventionof AntiSocial and Hazardous Activities Act 1930 to extern, or banish, Mahesh. “Kathi Mahesh’s comments have hurt the religious sentimentsof amajorityof thepeople who have expressed their anger in various ways. Mahesh misused his freedom of expression andspeechwhichhascausedacrimony and his comments have drawn adverse reactions from various quarters,” Reddy said. “Overthelasttwoweeks,the comments and counter-comments have hurt the sentiments CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Jaipur Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh. Akshay did not file a review plea. File ready considered the relevant submissions and dealt them in its judgment dated 05.05.2017. This court had cautiously gone into and revisited the entire evidencesonrecordandafterbeing fully satisfied had dismissed the appeal”. “By the review petition, the petitioner cannot be allowed to re-argue the appeal on merits of the case by pointing out certain evidences and materials which were on the record and were already looked into by the trial court, High Court and this court as well,” the bench said. Sharma claimed that though Mukesh wanted him as counsel, police had “imposed” another CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sharif case not about graft BY AYESHA SIDDIQA
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