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Archana Jyoti

Enforcing rights of the divyangs

Tuesday, 31 Jan 2017 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

The rights enshrined in our Constitution for the disabled must be implemented by Government agencies across the country. The Rights of Persons with Disability Bill 2016, should remove hurdles in realising the goal The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) which is facing flak for turning down appointment of a differently abled man...

Move beyond quick-fix solutions

Tuesday, 24 Jan 2017 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

Villagers in Andhra Pradesh, who have been affected by mysterious kidney ailments, deserve more that just pensions. For immediate relief, the Government must ensure safe drinking water and regulate the use of agro-chemicals Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s recent announcement to dole out pension under the physically handicapped category...

Affordable coronary care in the offing

Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

The Government's nod to the inclusion of coronary stents under price control list has evoked mixed reactions. Price and quality must be ensured After much deliberation and constant pressure from healthcare activists and despite protests from the pharma industry, the department of pharmaceutical under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers notified...

Enforcing rights of the disabled

Friday, 30 Dec 2016 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

The benefits and rights envisaged in the Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2016, must trickle down to the beneficiaries. The physically-challenged have waited and been discriminated against for long. The Government must not let them down Sminu Jindal, managing director, Jindal SAW Ltd, and founder of the NGO, Svayam, which works to...

Action plan needed to control pollution

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

The Government should not offer complex reasons to justify the rising levels of toxic air in Delhi. It is time now to save a generation of children from this menace Unmindful of the heavy smog that had literally left her gasping for breath for the past few days, my eight-year-old niece...

Not enough to say ‚ÄėTobacco kills‚Äô

Monday, 07 Nov 2016 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

Keeping in mind the dichotomy that the tobacco industry is caught in (both in giving livelihood to millions of people and also taking away precious lives), there's a larger issue that needs to be fixed. A middle ground is needed Just as the six-day global anti-tobacco conference opens on Monday in...

Empowering Divyangjan

Friday, 28 Oct 2016 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

The Modi Government has taken many measures to assist the differently-abled. Now it must adopt a robust legislation Since the last two years, the Government is going full throttle in distributing aids and assistive devices such as Braille kits, sewing machines, hearing aids and smart canes to the differently-abled people at...

Beware of the sweet devil

Friday, 21 Oct 2016 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

Over-consumption of sugar is causing havoc with people’s health. The Health Ministry must wake up to the crisis Sugar is no longer sweet. Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended levying tax on sugary drinks, asserting that such a move can lower consumption and reduce obesity, Type 2 diabetes and tooth...

Fighting disease and the stigma

Monday, 10 Oct 2016 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

The mentally ill do not need sympathy or doles. They need to be given a life of dignity and access to sound medical and psychiatric care. Governments and NGOs are working in this direction, but a lot more needs to be done When life seem overwhelming under pressure from various quarters,...

Awaken spirit of science

Friday, 30 Sep 2016 | Archana Jyoti | in Oped

CSIR, and the scientific community in general, must be empowered to do cutting research for national good Addressing scientists at the Platinum Jubilee celebration of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the need to bring science to homes to make the life of...


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