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Cabinet okays National Health Mission till March 2020

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New Delhi: In a major boost to health infrastructure, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the continuation of the National Health Mission (NHM) with effect from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020 with a budgetary support of Rs 85,217 crore as Central share.

It also okayed continuation of the Prime Minister’s Development Package for Jammu & Kashmir 2015 — “Stepping up of support under creation of Infrastructure in District Hospitals, Sub-district Hospitals and Primary Health Centres over 5 years” — till 2020 with a budgetary support of Rs 625.20 crore as a total centrally-funded scheme.

“NHM has helped the country achieve the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) and will be the principal vehicle to achieve the SDG 3 (Sustainable Development Goals) targets including the target for UHC (Universal Health Coverage),” said an official statement.

NHM will continue to strengthen the public health systems, particularly in high priority districts and a shift from selective to comprehensive primary health care through strengthening of the SHCs/PHCs as Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) are some of its salient features.

Posting of a mid-level health provider at the level of the sub-centre who is trained in primary healthcare, emphasis on wellness by integration of AYUSH, horizontal integration of all vertical disease programmes to ensure integrated approach to health, special focus to reduce out of pocket expenditure and plan to expand basket of vaccines to all the states are some of the other features.

Through the extended NHM, the government expects to improve key health indicators like neo-natal mortality rate, infant mortality rate, under-five mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and total fertility rate.

The likely impact also lists down reduction in incidence of communicable diseases, reduction in out of pocket expenditure and improvement in coverage and utilization of routine immunization services and also those for non-communicable diseases.

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So far, Rajasthan govt has Spent Rs 7.25 Crore on Asaram

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New Delhi, April 25: A special Jodhpur court on Wednesday held Asaram Bapu guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl and sentenced life imprisonment to the self-proclaimed godman.

According to News18 estimated report, Vasundhara Raje led Rajasthan Government has spent Rs 7.25 crore on Asaram, who has been lodged in Jodhpur Central Jail since 2013.

During his proceedings at the special court, the self-styled godman was surrounded by a team of 50 personnel, which included both senior officers and common people.

Twenty constables were charged with reaching the court ahead of Asaram to ensure that all arrangements were in place.

In the meantime, another 20 cops would travel in the same vehicle as Asaram to the court. There would be a car in front of the vehicle Asaram was traveling in and another at the back comprising five cops each.

However, when a common man hires a police constable for his or her security, the charge is Rs 3,000 per day and the charge of hiring an inspector-level officer is much higher.

Asaram had to turn up for 100 hearings in a year, the expense for which costs around Rs 1.50 crore per year.

Since the case went on for nearly 5 years, it makes a total of Rs 7.25 crore.

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Asaram rape case: ‘Self-styled Godman’ gets life imprisonment

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New Delhi, April 25: Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu has been Asaraam sentenced to life imprisonment by Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court for raping a 16-year-old girl at his ashram in 2013.

Special Judge Madhusudhan Sharma delivered the verdict in which three accused including Asaram convicted, two other accused acquitted by in connection with the rape case.

Minutes after the verdict, Asaram spokesperson, Neelam Dubey said “We will discuss with our legal team and then decide our future course of action. We have confidence in our judiciary.

Following the directions of the Rajasthan High Court, the trial court pronounced its verdict in Jodhpur Central Jail premises.

Updates: 

Rest of two accused Shilpi, Sharad sentenced to 20 years jail term

Asaram gets life imprisonment

We have got justice. I want to thank everyone who supported us in this fight, says Victim’s Father 

Asaram is convicted, we have got justice. I want to thank everyone who supported us in this fight. Now I hope he will get strict punishment. I also hope the witnesses who were murdered or kidnapped get justice, said Father of the victim.

Jodhpur Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Court convicts three accussed including Asaram and acquits two other accused

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To ensure law and order is maintained following the verdict, additional forces have been are deployed in three states — Rajasthan, Haryana and Gujarat.

Rapists like Asaram should be hanged, says Mahendra Chawla, a witness in the case

Trust judiciary and am confident that Asaram will be convicted. I request judiciary that such rapists should be hanged. Though I have security, I request Centre for additional security, my life like other witnesses is constantly under threat, news agency ANI quoted Mahendra Chawla as saying.

Delhi police on high alert 

The Delhi Police is also on high alert today in the wake of the verdict. A senior official says the cops have been given instructions in case followers of Asaram Bapu gather post-judgment. “We are in touch with police forces from neighbouring states to avert any untoward incident. Senior officers from districts and SHOs of police stations concerned have been directed to keep a watch in their respective areas,” he is quoted as saying by PTI.

Security tightened at Jodhpur jail ahead of Asaram Bapu’s case verdict

In Jodhpur, where the verdict will be delivered, authorities imposed Section 144.

Supporters of Asaram offer prayers 

On April 7, the final arguments in the case had been concluded by the special court for SC/ST cases and the court had kept the order reserved to be pronounced on April 25.

Asaram was held on the complaint filed by a teenage girl from Uttar Pradesh’s Shahajahanpur.

The victim, who was studying at Asaram’s ashram at Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh, had alleged that the godman had called her to his ashram in Manai and raped her on the night of August 15, 2013.

Asaram was nabbed from Indore and brought to Jodhpur on September 1, 2013. The godman is in judicial custody since September 2, 2013.

A charge sheet against Asaram and four other co-accused namely Shiva, Shilpi, Sharad and Prakash had been filed by police on November 6, 2013, under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), Juvenile Justice Act and Indian Penal Code.

The trial of the case had started in the district and session court on March 19, 2017, later it had been shifted to the special court for SC/ST cases on December 16, 2016.

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Rape survivor’s father welcomes Asaram’s conviction

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Lucknow, April 25 (IANS) The father of the survivor who was raped as a teenager in 2013 by Asaram Bapu, on Wednesday welcomed a Jodhpur court’s verdict convicting the self-styled godman.

Talking to reporters outside his house in Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh, after the court convicted Asaram Bapu of rape, the father said they had full faith in the judicial system.

However, he added that their struggles and ordeals during the period they were seeking justice tested their grit.

The survivor, who was a Class 12 student at Asaram Bapu’s Chhindwara Ashram in Madhya Pradesh, was raped in August 2013.

Following complaints about her sickness while in Chhindwara, the godman had summoned the girl and her family to his ashram in Manai village on the outskirts of Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

According to the victim’s complaint, she was raped for an hour by the godman on the intervening night of August 15-16, 2013.

The rape survivor’s father who had lodged complaint on August 20, also thanked the media for relentlessly pursuing the matter, and the district administration for providing them security all through the judicial process.

He also expressed hope that the court would hand out the toughest of punishment to the godman.

Before the judgment was pronounced by the Jodhpur court, security around the survivor’s residence was increased.

Pursuing the legal fight for the last five years, since he got a call from the Chhindwara hostel on August 7, 2013, he said he had been waiting for this moment.

He said, the ashram authorities had claimed that his daughter was besieged by spirits. To ward them off, he had taken her to meet Asaram and seek his blessings.

She reported the matter to her parents, who in turn had filed a zero First Information Report (FIR) with the Kamla Nagar police station in New Delhi on August 20.

Asaram Bapu has been in judicial custody since September 2, 2013.

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