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Karam Shyam clarifies on allegation relating to irregularities in distribution of essential commodities

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Imphal, Aug 28,

CAF & PD Minister Karam Shyam said that the CAF & PD Department of Manipur works in public interest and is not business-oriented or profit motivated in any way. He stated that he frequently gave accurate reports regarding allocation and distribution of essential commodities in the House during Assembly session and there are no irregularities. He gave this clarification in a press meet held today at his Old Secretariat office.
Talking to media persons, the Minister pointed out that the Government is able to get subsidies of about Rs.50 crores for transport and fair price shop agents as Manipur is a resource less and fund depriving state. The transport bills for 2015 and 2016 are also cleared, he said.
The percentage of NFSA rice items for primary households which was earlier around 65-70-75 % now shoots up to about 83% after giving pressure at the Centre. The actual target is around 85%, he clarified.
He appealed the people of the state to encourage the welfare activities transparently undertaken by the Government in public interest.
Giving a detailed factual position of wheat, sugar and SK oil, CAF & PD Director Ranjan Yumnam  stated that wheat is now no longer a normal PDS allocation item that can be distributed through the medium of ration card and given only in certain rare cases of natural calamities and festive seasons. FCI disposed old stocks of wheat amounting to 2682 metric tonnes and 189 metric tonnes are being distributed to the public through mobile cells in November 2018& April 2018 respectively, he also said. While the monthly rice allocation as per NFSA scheme for Manipur is around 13,163.245 metric tonnes that is distributed through fair price shop agents, he further explained.
Ranjan Yumnam  highlighted that the normal allocation of sugar is also stopped with effect from March 2017 and there is also no subsidies with respect to PDS sugar item. We are also not able to give sugar subsidies to AAY households at Rs. 18.50 per kg as directed by the Central Ministry due to certain inconveniences as sugar is at present available at an expensive price of  Rs.45 per kg in the market, he also clarified.
Ranjan also stated that there is no question of any lapse or negligence from the Department’s side in the distribution of SK oil. SK oil allocation for April, May and June 2019 from the Ministry is about 2,224 kilolitres per quarter at issue price of Rs.31 per litre, he further clarified. He also stated that as per the Government of India guidelines, households without LPG connection or electricity should be given the benefits of SK oil and the DCs in the different districts of the state are working hard to identify beneficiaries who deserve it.
CAF & PD Commissioner Bobby Waikhom was also present during the press briefing.

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Childline team on duty physically abused; activists demand arrest and punishment of the culprits

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Imphal, Aug 28

A team of Childline Thoubal, who were on their duty to rescue two children from getting married at Thoubal district, was assaulted by the family and locals of the groom yesterday evening. Driver of the vehicle that the team member of Thoubal Childline were travelling sustained injury after the members of the groom pull him down and assaulted. Other members of the Childline Thoubal, who were on the vehicle, were also physically abused by the family of the groom. Right activists condemn the physical abuse of the Childline team and demanded immediate arrest and punishment of those involved in the assaulting of the team.

Narrating about the incident that happened yesterday at Keirembikhok and Wangbal of Thoubal district, Nepram Kenedy said that the team received a call through its toll free no. 1098 on August 26 about an arrangement of a marriage of underage bride groom.

At around 4 pm of August 27, the team of the Childline went to the residence of the groom at Keirembikhok Awang Leikai and gave counseling about the impact of Child marriage to the society. Later, the same team then went to the residence of the bride at Wangbal and gave similar counseling and told both the bride and the groom to come to the office of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) Thoubal along with their family members, Kenedy said and added that when they return back few persons led by one Usham Rustam Singh (25) son of U. Bisharup Singh of Keirembikhok Awang Leikai along with the family members of the groom halted them at Wangbal Thongjao area and started attacking them.

“They first pull down our driver and assaulted him in front of us and later they turn towards us and started abusing us physically”, Kenedy said.    

Attacker on Thoubal District Childline Team must be arrested

Youth’s Forum for Protection of Human Rights (YFPHR) in statement strongly condemn the action of the promoters of Child Marriage for their alleged attack on the Thoubal District Childline Team on August 27 committed by the family members of the Bridegroom from Wangbal while they were intervening into a matter of Child Marriage as per the report received through their 1098 Childline helpline number.
“Such an act of attack to the child workers such as Organizations working on the field of child wouldn’t have been happened if the Child Institution of the state discharged their duty with commitment and dedication. It clearly indicates that CMPO, Thoubal District failed to discharge its duty as provided under the Section 16 (3) of the Child Marriage Prohibition Act, 200" , the statement said.
The Forum further said that the incident is one of the outcome of the failure of the Child Marriage Prohibition Officer, DCMPU, CWC and the child institutions of the state who only waits for the complaint and the action thereafter. It could be observed that the child institution of the state lacks responsibility, commitment and dedication which needs a serious attention to reform these institutions at this point of time, it added.
The Forum appealed the Officer-in-Charge, Thoubal PS to initiate a sue motto case and the offenders who promotes Child Marriage and attack to the team of Childline be arrested immediately.

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UPF Manipur observes 21st Foundation Day

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Imphal, Aug 29

United Peoples’ Front (UPF) Manipur today observed its 21st Foundation Day at Leishemlok  Community Hall in Senapati district.

The auspicious occasion of the civil society body which has been working for bridging the gap of misunderstanding among various ethnic communities of the region was graced by W. Second, President of UPF, Y.K. Dhiren Meetei, Co-Convenor of  JCILPS,  AS Amo Shunaolong, Headman of Lishamlok Village, H. Angamphy, Chairperson of Lishamlok Village, H. Benjamin , President of Lishamlok Sporting Youth Club and Pastor Absalom Zimik.

Benjamin while speaking on the occasion lauded the service of the UPF and expressed gratitude to the organization for choosing the village as venue for observing its 21stFoundation Day. He stressed on the need to convert into action those words which have been delivering on public platform by various leaders while calling on the need for unity among ourselves.

Angamphy, the Chairperson of Shunaolung Lishamlok, while speaking on the occasion blamed the pseudo intellects for dividing the people of various communities.

“We are being divided by these pseudo intellectuals for their mere benefits”, H. Angamphy said while appreciating the work of UPF for their relentless effort to unite the people of the region.

Various representatives from different civil society organizations also attended the 21st Foundation Day of UPF. 

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Manipuri Students at ICFAI University, Tripura felt insecure after being attacked 

IT News

Imphal, Aug 28

Students from Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Assam and Mizoram studying at ICFAI University Tripura were felt insecure and threatened after being attacked in their hostels by locals and students (Bengali) yesterday. 

The incident happened around 8 in the morning where hundreds of Bengali students from Tripura and day scholars of the college along with their locals stormed their hostel with sticks and iron bars in their hands. The goons threw stones damaging the properties of the University including a vehicle. 

In a telephonic conversation with Imphal Times a Manipuri students recalled that a case of eve teasing was allegedly occurred on the August 26, where the victim urged her friends of 4th year to help. Than a confrontation occurred following the eve teasing incident with the senior students, the student added. 

On the next day hundreds of goons including locals and students gathered at the gate of the hostels at which they were residing and started attacking them by pelting stones towards their hostel, the student added.

The student said that they felt insecure and threatened in the place they were staying and urged the authority to escort them till Silchar.

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SEACO objects renaming of Imphal International Airport

IT News

Imphal, Aug 28,

South East Asia Cultural Organisation (SEACO) strongly objects the renaming of Imphal International Airport as Bir Tikendrajit International Airport.

The organization in a press statement said that the government should have consulted the public while renaming the International Airport. On the other hand, SEACO asked the government the reason for not choosing an Indigenous name instead of the name borrowed from outsiders.

Khongjom War Memorial Trust  also condemn the renaming of the Imphal Tulihal Airport as Bir Tikendrajit International Airport saying that the name could have been given to other freedom fighters and martyrs  of the region who had fought against the British empire.

A Statement by Khongjom War Memorial Trust said that there are places and roads where Bir Tikendrajit  name has already been used however Paona Brajabashi, Chinglensana, Thangal General, Chongtha Mia were seem neglected by the state government as none of the establishment has been name under them. The trust further said that on a specific information the upcoming Railway Station also will be named as Bir Tikendrajit Railway Station.

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AMSU warns of movement greater than June 18 if Framework Agreement disturbs the integrity of Manipur

IT News
Imphal, Aug 28

The 54th foundation day of All Manipur Students’ Union was celebrated today at Thangmeiband DM college of Arts Ground.
AMSU was founded on this day on 1965 after four martyrs sacrificed their lives protesting against the artificial famine by marching on 27 August 1965 which was known as Chaklam Khongchat in the history of Manipur.
Addressing the presidential speech of the function President of AMSU Peter Laishram stressed that the framework agreement between NSCN IM and GOI is near for an end but their agreement were kept secret to all other important stakeholders.
He said that the talks and agreement should not have any provisions regarding any administrative arrangement based in community lines and also the agreement should not make any political arrangement which will disregard and disrespect Manipur and its legislative assembly.
Peter further said that they should consider the interest of all the ethnic communities and further warned that movement greater than the historic June 18 will be initiated by the union if the agreement violates and disturbs the integrity of Manipur.
Giving slashing criticism to the government he said that the government instead of bringing solution to the issues they brought up another issue to divert the previous one.
Speaking the keynote address Human Resource Development Secretary of AMSU Bruce Pebam said that the land was bounded with issues since the day after Manipur merged into India.
He stressed that Manipur still faced the situation where the socio political and economy of the land was held by outsiders and added that the issue of AFSPA, ILP, CAB were all because of being merged with India.
Pointing out where the state was more like a colony he stressed that people of the land has been facing accommodation of surplus population by mainlanders and people still fight for the implementation of ILP in the state. He also added that natural resources were exploited and further exploited the land with captive market economy.
Questioning how the demands of special status of the state will be considered by the central government he said that the federal structure of India was at stake and the removing of special status of Kashmir heightens the uncertainty of the people demands of special status of Manipur also.
He appealed the people of the land to stand firmly for a dignified Manipur.
President of Leimakol M.C Rita stressed that the role of students increased as well as the issues of the state piled up. She also urged to discuss and know the roles and responsibilities of the students.
Ayekpam Dijen, Thokchom Suresh, Paotinthang Lupheng and MC Rita attended the function as the dais members.

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Going beyond people’s expectations

It seems the battle for power is not yet finish and is likely to continue giving more insecurity to the expected threat to the security of the state. Yes the tussle for power amongst the representatives of the people of Manipur is increasingly threatening to slow down the already trudging pace of progress in the state. While the gripe of the MLAs are understandable, their future prospects and political advancements depending to a large extent on the delivery of the demand by their leaders at New Delhi or else is depended to the delivery of the reported assurance by the Chief Minister to reshuffle the portfolio at the mid-point of the term of the present Government.
But all is not well. What is at stake is not just the position and the power, but the accompanying financial benefits and responsibilities which have sadly come to be viewed more as personal sanctions to be used as per their whims and fancies. The plethora of problems staring the State Government in the eye is on the brink of being sidelined, with no real issues being discussed threadbare in the just concluded state assembly session. It goes without saying that the assembly session, which is held to discuss and deliberate on the development activities being carried out in the state, to draw up future course of action and also to review works and progress of the government rather turns out as a mere talk show with no representative showing their real concern, and subsequently the state stands to suffer.
Notwithstanding the politicking that goes on behind closed doors, from the point of view of a common man, there is a perceptible sense of the Chief Minister starting to lose his grip on the control as manifested in the haphazard activities being drawn up which has been evoking responses contrary to expectations. There has not been a proper and strict allocation of responsibilities, nor have there been the necessary steps of admonishing concerned ministers who have failed to deliver on the tasks assigned to them.
The protracted issues of non performing departments failing to fulfill the needs of the people continued to plague the state, and yet there still lacks any visible signs of efforts to rectify the issues. The process of periodically evaluating the performance of the ministers and officials should be made a part of the governance process. Building up a transparent system of governance is the only way to go, and for that to happen, those in power should take the initiative and lead by example. We should shed the divisive mentality and embrace inclusive progress. The people have the right and the prerogative to understand the workings of the government. Keeping a psychological and physical boundary between the ruler and the ruled can work for only so long.
The real power of these rulers lies with the people, and to try and sideline the issues that are troubling the public is bound to backfire, sooner or later.

IAS Officer: a Hero- a Whipping boy- a Villain

 The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) is the administrative arm of the All India Services. Considered the premier Civil Service of India, the IAS is one of the three arms of All India Services along with the Indian Police Service (IPS) and the Indian Forest Service (IFoS). Members of these three services serve the Government of India as well as the individual status. IAS officers may also be deployed to various public sector undertakings. As with other countries following Westminster Parliamentary system of government, the IAS is a part of the permanent bureaucracy of the nation and is an inseparable part of the executive of the Government of India. As such, the bureaucracy remains politically neutral and guarantees administrative continuity to the ruling party or coalition. Upon confirmation of service, an IAS officer serves a probationary period as a sub-divisional magistrate. Completion of this probation is followed by an executive administrative role in a district as a district magistrate and collector which last several years, as long as sixteen years in some states. After this tenure, an officer may be promoted to head a whole state division, as a divisional Commissioner. On attaining the higher scale of the pay matrix, IAS officers may lead government department or ministries. In these roles, IAS officers represent the country at the International level in bilateral and multilateral negotiations. If serving on deputation, they may be employed in intergovernmental organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank or the United Nations or its agencies.IAS officers are also involved in the conduct of election in India as mandated by the Election Commission of India. The modern Indian Administrative Service was created under Article 312(2) in part XIV of the Constitution of India and the All India Services Act, 1952.
        The typical functions performed by an IAS officer are:
To collect revenue and function as court officials in matters of revenue and crime(for the revenue courts and criminal Courts of executive magistrate),to maintain law and order ,to implement Union and State Government policies at the grassroots level when posted to field positions,i.e as Sub-Divisional magistrates,additional magistrates,district magistrates and divisional Commissioners and to act as an agent of the government in the field, i.e to act as an intermediary between the public and government.
·    To handle the administration and daily proceedings of the government including the formulation and implementation of policy in consultation with the ministers-in charge of a specific ministry or department
·    To contribute to policy formulation and to make a final decision in certain matters with the agreement of the minister concern or the Council of ministers(depending upon the weights of the matter),when posted at the higher level in the Government of India as a Joint Secretary,additional secretary,Special Secretary  or Secretary  equivalent, Secretary and cabinet Secretary and in state Government as Secretary, PrincipalSecretary, additional chief Secretary or special Chief secretary and Chief Secretary.
Upon retirement, high ranking IAS officers have occupied Constitutional posts such as the Chief Election Commissioner of India, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and Chairperson of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).They have also become members of administrative tribunals such as the National Green Tribunal and the Central Administrative Tribunal as well as Chief of regulators including Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the Securities and Exchange Board of India and the Reserve Bank of India. If a serving IAS officer is appointed to a Constitutional post such as Comptroller and Auditor General of India, Chief Election Commissioner of India or Chairperson of UPSC or as head of a Statutory authority, such as the National Human Rights Commission, the National Commission for Women or the Central Information Commission, he/she is deemed to have retired from service.  IAS officers can also be deputed to private Organizations for a fixed tenure under Rule 6(2) (ii) of the Indian Administrative service (Cadre) Rules, 1954. If IAS officers execute the services rendered on them in public interest sincerely and honestly, they are the savior of people. However the IAS is the hamstrung of political interference. Outdated personnel procedure and a mixed record on policy implementation and it is therefore need of urgent reform. The Indian Government should reshape recruitment and promotion process, improve performance-based assessment of individual’s officers and adopt safeguards that promote accountability while protecting bureaucrats from political meddling.Several think tanks and media outlets have argued that IAS is hamstrung by political influence within the service. It has been reported that many local political leaders have been seen to have interfered with IAS officer. Politicians have also exerted pressure on IAS officers by repeatedly transferring them, suspending them, beating them and in some extreme cases, killing them.A deputy Commissioner of one hill district was removed as DC of the same district and transferred to some other department for exposing the boundary dispute between India (Manipur) and Myanmar (Burma) which was a public issue in Manipur, known as boundary pillar no 81 issue. This makes bureaucrats’ officers’ scapegoats.  While hearing T.S.R Subramanian  vs Union of India, the Supreme Court of India ruled that IAS officers and other civil servants-were not required to act on oral instruction given by politicians as they” Undermined credibility.
   In spite of all these, IAS officers have also involved in corruption and crimes for which many convicted of crimes. In 2015, it was reported by the Government of India that a hundred IAS officers had come under scrutiny by the CBI for alleged corruption. In 2017 Government records showed that 379 IAS officers had deliberately failed to submit details of their immovable assets (IPR). Since 2007, a number of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries have been arrested in cases of graft or money laundering. IAS officers have been found amassing disproportionate assets and wealth varying from Rs.200 crore (equivalent to Rs 254 crore or USD 37 million in 2018) to Rs 350 crore (equivalent to Rs 587 crore or USD 85 million in 2018).A retired IAS officer who was the  Deputy Commissioner of one hill district of Manipur was arrested by Imphal West district Police in the night of 24th June ,2019 in connection with the misappropriation of compensation of villagers for the expansion of NH-102,Imphal Moreh road and remanded to police custody for eight days by Judicial Magistrate (First Class),Chandel. The bail pleaof the said (Retd) IAS officer was rejected on 2nd July by Special Judge (PC) Imphal West and remanded up to 5th July in judicial custody for further investigation. Which are the destroying acts of IAS officers. In 2016, it was reported that the Government would provide the means to prosecute corrupt IAS officers with the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, agreeing to receive request from private citizens seeking punitive measures against IAS officers even without supporting documentation. In 2007, a CBI special Court in Delhi sentenced a former Union coal Secretary and two other IAS officers to two years in prison for their involvement in the coal allocation scam. In 2017, it was reported by the Department of Personnel and Training, part of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions that since 2014, one IAS officers was prematurely retired from service, ten IAS officers had been deemed to have resigned, five had their pensions cut and a further eight IAS officers suffered a cut in remuneration. In 2018 the Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh, informed the Lok Sabha that disciplinary proceedings were underway against 36 IAS officers. Few days back Modi Govt sacks another 22 senior officials in latest crackdown on corruption charges. Sometimes news of missing IAS officers has also come out. In 2015, “The Telegraph” reported that 12 IAS officers had gone missing and has not reported to either the Union or the State Government for their allocated cadre. It was believed that they were working in foreign countries for companies such as Microsoft for more lucrative pay. The Asian Age, later reported that the services of three of the 12 officers were likely to be terminated due to prolonged absence from service. However, some of the notable IAS officers whose names are worth mentioning are: Naresh Chandra (1956 batch IAS of Rajasthan); T.N Seshan (1955 batch of Tamil Nadu);NarinderNath Vohra ( 1959 batch of Punjab); Vinod Rai (1972 batch of Kerala );DuvvuriSubbrao ( 1972 batch of Andhra Pradesh); YogendraNarain (1965 batch of Uttar Pradesh). Their contribution in public service and Nation building were incredible and will remain forever, at the same time they are therole model of the new IAS officers.

Mukerjea couple’s deposition leads to action against Chidambaram

By : Raju Vernekar

While Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have tightened noose around former union finance Minister P Chidambaran, in a money laundering case related to “INX Media|, the deposition by Indrani Mukerjea (who has already turned approver) and Peter Mukerjea, has prompted the action against Chidambara.
Now Special CBI Court in Delhi has remanded Chidambaram to CBI custody till 30 August 2019 on plea that the allegations against him in the “INX Media case” are of  “serious in nature” for which a “detailed and in-depth investigation is required”.
“INX Media” was floated by former HR consultant and media executive Indrani Mukerjea and media baron and her husband Peter Mukerjea in 2006. In 2007 the company had sought Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB)’ clearance to broadcast a bouquet of channels. As per the CBI, on 30 May 2007,the FIPB approved an FDI of Rs 4.62 crore, but did not allow downstream investment.
However, “INX Media” went ahead, and in violation of the FIPB approval, made a downstream investment in “INX News” and generated Rs 305 crore in foreign investment when the approved amount was Rs 4.62 crore.
In its FIR, CBI said that “INX Media” had approached FIPB on March 13, 2007 seeking permission to issue 14.98 lakh equity shares and 31.22 lakh convertible non-cumulative redeemable preference shares of Rs 10 a piece to three non-resident investors(Mauritius based companies) under the FDI route. These shares represented 46.21 per cent of the issued equity capital of INX media. Subsequently Indrani and peter sold their shares priced at Rs 10 a piece for Rs 810 in a piece in between August 2007 and May 2008. Subsequently in 2010, the Income-Tax (I-T) Department in Mumbai forwarded the case to the ED.
ED registered a case against INX Media for alleged Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violations . Several years later, while investigating a company associated with Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram, ED found documents linked to “INX Media” in the computer of Karti’s CA Bhaskarraman. The documents indicated payments made to Karti’s alleged company by INX Media at the time the Union Finance ministry granted it FIPB approval.
As per the CBI, in order to avoid punishment, “INX Media” entered into a ‘criminal conspiracy’ with Karti, knowing that his father was the union finance minister. This led to the Finance Ministry officials ignoring the ‘serious illegalities’ committed by “INX Media”‘by abusing their official position’. Based on the FIR by the CBI, the ED also filed a case against Chidambaram for money laundering.
In the meanwhile, Indrani was arrested in Mumbai in connection with her daughter Sheena Bora’s murder in 2014. Subsequently Peter Mukerjea was also arrested in that case.
ED and CBI recorded statement of Indrani and Peter in 2018 in connection with “INX Media” money laundering case. Both admitted to have raised money far in excess of the limit given by FIPB. They claimed that as per the deal, $ 10 lakh were to be given to Karti. Of these $ 7 lakh were passed on to the subsidiaries of “Advantage Strategic Consultants Private Limited” owned by Karti. On 11 July 2019, Indrani applied to become approver in the case.
ED interrogated Chidambaram on 19 December 2018, 7 January 2019 and 21 January 2019. However he did not cooperate and gave evasive replies.
Last week the Delhi High Court rejected Chidambaram’s anticipatory bail. Then the Supreme Court also dismissed his petition for anticipatory bail in the case lodged by the CBI saying the plea has become “in fructuous”  as he was already been arrested. Now the Special CBI Court in Delhi has remanded Chidambaram to CBI custody till 30 August 2019.
Karti who was arrested by CBI in February last year, was granted bail by Delhi High Court, and is now the Congress Lok Sabha MP from Sivaganga (South Tamil Nadu). Indrani and Peter Mukerjea, are currently in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai in connection with the Sheena Bora murder case.

Fresh beginning after 50 - A young knee for an energetic, independent life!

Greater Noida, August, 28,

Max healthcare, one of the leading healthcare providers in North India, organised a press conference today at Max Hospital, Greater Noida, to spread awareness on the importance of bone and joint health through the cases of Mr Harbhajan Singh and Mrs Devinder Kaur.
The prevalence of bone and joint health disorders have been on the rise among both the urban and rural population. Elderly people are majorly prone to develop different bone and joint health disorders. More than 49.2% of people aged above 50 years suffering from some or the other bone related diseases like bone deformation, osteoporosis, osteopenia, osteoarthritis and associated bone diseases.
Recent data by WHO reveals, 45% of women over the age of 65 years have symptoms of osteoarthritis knee. These problems are often neglected, considered as a part of ageing, and as a result, patient becomes incapacitated and dependent on others for their basic needs. It is a major concern and requires timely medical intervention to minimize the suffering of the patients.
Mostly people avoid visiting a doctor due to the fear of surgery. However, such negligence results into worsening the conditions and leading to serious mobility problems. Mr Harbhajan Singh, a 90 years old patient with deformities in his right knee joint had difficulties in walking for the past 30 years. He was denied treatment at many places due to his elderly status which made him disheartened and hopeless. The chances of Harbhajan getting a heart attack or blood clot during surgery was quite high. This made decision taking difficult for the doctors.
“It was challenging for us, as at this age, bones are really weak and prone to fracture and there are chances of nerve injury when we correct such a severe deformity. Detailed clinical examination showed him to be physically weak, severe anemic with a high pulse rate. It required a complex surgery with careful balancing of ligaments and maintaining the alignment of the knee. The surgery took around an hour and the patient is doing great since then.  “ claimed Dr Nikunj Agrawal.
Speaking about his ignorance for timely medical intervention, Mr Singh says “I was a bit scared to undergo a replacement surgery in the beginning. However, I really wanted to get rid of the trouble and be independent which could only be attained with a surgery. After 30 years of pain and endurance I finally made the correct decision. Dr Agarwal and his team were a major support for me all this while. Thanks to them I will be able to walk like before”
Similar to this, 67 year old Mrs Devinder Kaur, who finally found her hope to walk straight without difficulties. After 10 years of sufferings from join pain and osteoarthritis, she underwent total knee replacement in both her knees. to
Kaur says”lack of awareness, adherence to conservative medicines and negligence was the main reasons for my condition. I was a bit skeptical about the surgery and wanted to avoid it a long as I could. However, these 10 years of suffering would not have happened if I took my knee problems seriously and consulted a specialist right from the beginning.”
Dr Nikunj Agarwal, who undertook both the cases, shed light on the issue saying “we often come across people suffering from low bone density, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and other bone and joint related issues, and in majority of the cases, ignorance for the problems associated with such diseases is highly common. People tend to ignore their pain in order to avoid surgery and this only escalates the condition. The urban population in our nation is seen to have high occurrence of such diseases. One should consult a specialist as soon as they feel uneasy. Both Mr. Singh and Mrs. Kaur suffered due to extended period of negligence.”
About Max Healthcare
Max Healthcare (MHC) is the Country’s leading comprehensive provider of standardized, seamless and international-class healthcare services. It is committed to the highest standards of medical and service excellence, patient care, scientific and medical education.
Max Healthcare has 14 facilities in North India, offering services in over 30 medical disciplines. Of this, 11 facilities are located in Delhi & NCR and the others in Mohali, Bathinda and Dehradun. The Max network includes state-of-the-art tertiary care hospitals in Saket, Patparganj, Vaishali, Shalimar Bagh, Mohali, Bathinda and Dehradun, secondary care hospitals at Gurgaon, Pitampura, Noida& Greater Noida and an out-patient facility and speciality centre at Panchsheel Park. The Super Speciality Hospitals in Mohali and Bathinda are under PPP arrangement with the Government of Punjab.

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