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Karan Sapam

Karan Sapam

Karan Sapam, a resident of Langjing Achouba has been writing for Imphal Times since 2016. He handles mostly Press release and announcement related news. Karan is also a social worker. He can be emailed at [email protected]

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Private hospitals – in imperative call for a robust CGHS system

In order to improve the healthcare structure in India, Government has come up with one of the world’s largest public healthcare programs – Ayushman Bharat, which being an insurance scheme will provide with cashless transaction. While the question remains unclear regarding the reimbursement, when even a much smaller scheme for the central Government employees, CGHS, is already suffering and is in a muddle.
Recently, the hospitals empanelled under CGHS have been issued notices for refusing to admit CGHS beneficiaries and that the government is bound to take strict action against the hospitals. While still the question remains that most of the private hospitals have not yet received the reimbursement amount for rendering services   from the government and the value now amounts to around Rs 700 crores.
Again the setback remains with the payment terms, while the CGHS payments are not made for months together or the hospital receives fewer amounts without any indication of the reasons for deduction. In this view, many hospitals have been closed and some are on the verge fearing to be closed. Even the corporate chains are facing the same concern.
Understanding the CGHS muddle
Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) runs under the administration of ‘ Ministry of health and Family Welfare, was introduced with an aim to provide complete healthcare services to the Government servants at subsidized costs in cashless mode through a network of hospitals empanelled under CGHS( 70% in the private sector), which shall further claim their reimbursement from the Government later.
No Legal Agreement - Since 2014, CGHS has entered into an agreement with the empanelled private hospitals valid for two years, but neither the agreement was ever signed and provided to the hospital nor the extension took place. This clearly indicates that there exists no such legal agreement validly signed by both parties.

Unbothered pricing for Hospitals – After the arbitrary agreement for voluntary participation of hospital in the CGHS, the pricing agreed upon during 2014 remains unchanged even in 2019. There seems no justification for the prices provided by the Government to the hospitals as the hospital’s costs surely increases with every year. 
Repudiated credit terms – As it is evident from the outstanding reimbursement amounting to approx Rs 700 crore, CGHS has never paid the hospitals as per the agreed credit period. While the foremost duty and responsibility of the hospital is to treat the patient, but the Government never thinks that the hospitals end up locking their working capital for the sole purpose of treating CGHS beneficiaries as the payments are delayed for months. According to the agreement, CGHS has agreed upon to pay 60% of the bill value within one week of submission, which until now remains hypothetical.
The need of the hour – A Robust CGHS system
Evident enough, currently CGHS system is monumentally inefficient and under-funded. The Government should come forward and take responsibility to enhance the reimbursement process and make things insync. Being an indirect blame game on the part of both Government and Private Hospitals, patients and society is the ultimate sufferers.
There should be transparent, clear cut directions along with a robust reimbursement system in this scheme to be implemented. The rates for various medical procedures should be decided in consultation with various stakeholders. Abysmally low unaffordable or unmanageable rates will breed corruption and make this scheme unviable.
In order to clean up the mess around the CGHS and improve the current condition, there is an incessant need for improvement and quality control, along with a streamlined reimbursement process which will make CGHS as desired for all.

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Internationally Acclaimed Award Winning Iranian Film-The Wind Will Carry Us Directed By: Abbas Kiarostami

Meghachandra Kongbam

Imphal, August 14,

The 118 minute long internationally acclaimed award winning Iranian film- The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) directed and written by Abbas Kiarostami will be screened on 17th August 2019, the third Saturday at 4 pm at MSFDS Auditorium, Palace Gate here. The monthly screening to be followed by an interactive session is jointly organised by the Film Society of Manipur and Manipur State Film Development Society towards the promotion of good film movement in Manipur. 

In The Wind Will Carry Us, a three-man film crew arrives in a remote Kurdish village outside of Tehran, in anticipation of the death of an elderly woman whose ceremonial burial and attendant mourning rituals they hope to turn into a television documentary. When she doesn’t pass away within the first few days, instead showing signs of recovery, the men are forced to wait out the inevitable.  The title ia a reference to a poem written by the modern Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad.

The film bagged four major awards including the Grand Special Jury Prize and FIPRESCI Prize from Venice Film Festival and got seven nominations in major international festivals.

Eminent personalities from the Critics Forum, Manipur will share the space of the interactive session to be conducted after the screening of the film. The Swarna Kamal Awardee for Best Book on Cinema in National Film Awards 2017, Bobby Wahengbam  will be the main speaker of the interactive session on the film. All the members of the Film Society of Manipur and Critics Forum, Manipur are informed to attend the screening and to take part in the interactive session.

Indian shuttlers win a gold and two silver medals at World Senior Badminton Championships

New Delhi, August 14,

Indian shuttlers finished their campaign on a high with a gold and two silver medals at the BWF World Senior Badminton Championships 2019 in Katowice, Poland on Sunday. While Vijay Lancy Mascarenhas and Ajeet Hari Dass won Gold in 40plus Men’s Doubles category, Manjusha Sudhir Sahasrabudhe and the pair of Prabhu Naik Naidu Kona and Suzanne Venglet settled for silver in 55 Plus women’s singles and 50 Plus mixed doubles categories respectively.
Former national level players, Mascarenhas and Dass made a superb comeback in their 19-21, 21-17, 21-19 upset win over the 3/4th seeds Esben B. Kaempegaard and Morten Eilby Rasmussen of Denmark in the summit clash.

Manjusha Sudhir Sahasrabudhe made a bright start to her final against the top seed Zhou Xin of Hong Kong but went down fighting 21-14, 13-21, 13-21 in 37 minutes. Kona and Venglet’s superb run came to an end at the hands of English top seeds Rajeev Bagga and Elizabeth Austin, 13-21, 14-21.
Mascarenhas and Dass dedicated their medal to acclaimed coach Sudhakar Reddy, who passed away due to a cardiac arrest while the tournament was in progress. “Coming back from a game down to win the title against a seeded pair gives us immense satisfaction. We would like to dedicate this medal to Shri Sudhakar Reddy, who was not just a celebrated coach but also an inspiration to us all,” said Mascarenhas.
More than 1500 players from 56 countries had participated in 45 categories in this prestigious tournament in different age groups. The next edition of this tournament will be held in Spain after a couple of years.

Participation of NER Craftpersons in 2nd edition of India International Hospitality Expo – 2019 the premiere hospitality event of South Asia

August, 13,

 The 4 day one of kind hospitality event held from 7-10 August 2019  at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway becomes the most powerful networking forum by witnessing an astounding line up of trade discussions, knowledge sessions, gastronomic demonstrations, master classes, awards night and more.With an unparalleled patronage from industry stalwarts, government institutions and state ministries coming together at one platform to address the successful growth of hospitality sector. The second edition of India International Hospitality Expo (IHE) has become the biggest hospitality hub where exhibitors, students, audience come from pan India. Also speakers from across the world and MSME company owners from North East showcased their work as part of Make in India initiative.
Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) with the support of O/o Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles has arranged participation of 10 (ten) entrepreneurs/artisans from NE States in IHE – 2019 in the 4 days Mega Event held from 7-10 August 2019  at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida Expressway.

The participation of artisans provided an unparalleled opportunity for marketing and selling as well as to generate awareness in the market of the various crafts produced by the craftsperson’s from the North Eastern Region Craft Clusters.

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