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Since the implementation of demonetisation at midnight on 8 November,47people have been reported dead in incidents directly or indirectly caused by the central government move The Huffington Post and The Indian Express published detailed reports on each of the deaths suicides and a murder that took place It can of course be argued that a few of the deaths reported may not be linked with demonetisation and could have taken place even if demonetisation did not take place But the fact remains that most of the reported deaths could have been avoided in the absence of the currency ban Moreover it has been merely eight days since demonetisation was announced This means that on an average around five people have died every day as a result of demonetisation since the move was announced Government response On Wednesday the issue of demonetisation was discussed in the Rajya Sabha Opposition leaders like Congress MP Anand Sharma BSP chief Mayawati and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury also talked about people dying because of demonetisation West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee also mentioned the deaths after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee So what was the government’s response to the Opposition on the issue of demonetisation-related deaths which was raised by prominent politicians during a six-hour debate in the Upper House of the Parliament Next tonothing Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Venkaiah Naidu responded to the Opposition on demonetisation but avoided talking about the deaths (At that time the death toll was 33) The statement that came closest to giving us a hint of what the government thinks about the deaths was when Naidu compared the "difficulties" faced by people to of all things child birth File photo of Venkaiah Naidu PTI "As far as difficulties are concerned child birth is not easy at all But once the child is born the mother’s happiness knows no bound" Naidu said And apparently deciding to be creative instead of talking about people dying Naidu spoke of how the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was about cleaning the "tann mann dhann" of the people and how demonetisation was actually a "mahayagna" In fact Naidu acted as if no death had taken place and painted a rosy picture of the country where everyone was overjoyed with the decision of the prime minister "Temporary pain for long term gain is the buzz across India" he said He also said that the Opposition leaders needed to listen to the people to understand that everyone was happy with demonetisation Goyal’s speech equally left a lot to be desired "The vikas yatrathat Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started in the country has moved forward" Goyal said "The entire nation is welcoming this step of the government. Slowly and steadily the queues at the banks have been decreasing and the people are willing to face the difficulty for few days as the decision stands in favour of the nation Also with the new Rs 500 and Rs 2000 notes in banks the people are happy" The people are happy Naidu and Goyal should try saying that to the families of the people who died because of exhaustion from standing in extremely long queues or because a hospital refused to treat them after rejecting Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes The government too needs a reality check Without a doubt the speeches of Naidu and Goyal were two of the most disappointing speeches made in the Parliament this year The demonetisation-linked deaths were not "difficulties" inconveniences or hardships They definitely cannot be compared with "child birth" The pain isn’t "temporary" to those who have lost their lives or loved ones What the victims and their families faced was sheer trauma The debate on demonetisation will continue on Thursday But the reason Naidu and Goyal did not talk about the deaths was probably because there is no way the government can defend itself against the criticism that demonetisation has led to deaths in the country So even if the government does make a statement it will be tough to portray a picture of perfection in the country Even outside the Parliament the response from the ruling party has not been encouraging BJP MP Goyal Shetty had pointed out that "every year 3500 commuters die on railway tracks five lakh people are killed in road accidents many more die in terror attacks and other incidents but nobody speaks about them" An odd justification BJP national vice-president Vinay Sahasrabuddhe also made a similar remark when he said that "people sometimes die waiting in queues for rations" But why should the government respond Why blame the government when a few people break laws First off many of the deaths were suicides or deaths probably caused by standing for long hours in queues So those took place without any law being broken Secondly while it is true that the government has approved the use of old currency notes at government hospitals and while using public transport till 24 November the fact that some deaths took place because suchplaces refused to accept the old notes shows how effective this exemption actually is Yes the government cannot be expected to make sure that each and every person in the country follows laws But that’s the point Didn’t the prime minister think about this fact and the repercussions of places like hospitals not following the rules before demonetisation took place The government surely is not naive enough to believe that each and every person is a law-abiding citizen And yes deaths after government decisions aimed at social welfare have taken place in the past also like during the protests against the Mandal Commission in 1990 After all the application of Blackstone’s formulation is more complex when it comes to governance Sometimes the people have to make small sacrifices for long term gains (even though deaths are not in anyway ‘small sacrifices’) But even if we were to give some leeway to the horrible assumption that some people died for a greater cause demonetisation will anyway not have a great impact on black money its main target As P Sainath writes in this article in the People’s Archive of Rural India "As several writers analysts and official reports have already pointed out the bulk of India’s ‘black’ economy is held in bullion benami land deals and foreign currency" He also points out that the Central Board of Direct Taxes had said in a 2012 report that demonetisation had failed on two past occasions in 1946 and 1978 Another Firstpost article pointed out that while demonetisation had some benefits "such a massive exercise will not ensure the death of shadow economy" Let’s be even more lenient and assume that demonetisation will wipe out black money Even then what the NDA government has trouble understanding is that no amount of economic development can ever be more important than the basic human rights of a person And the right to life of an innocent person is the most important With inputs from agencies Sucha Singh Chhotepur who was sacked as Convenor of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in an inglorious manner after a sting operation is all set to form a new political party The unceremonious sacking has made him even more determined to set up a new political organisation which will work only for the interest of the Punjab and ‘Punjabiat’ in an honest manner The 65-year-old Sucha Singh Chhotepuris one of the most experienced political leaders of Punjab Along with Capt Amarinder Singh of Congress Chhotepur was the Akali Dal minister in the Surjit Singh Barnala government in the mid-1980s A man of principles he had resigned from the Punjab cabinet along with Captain Amarinder Singh after the police entry in the Golden Temple complex in April 1986 when extremists had declared the entity of ‘Khalistan’ from the Akal Takht Sucha Singh Chotepur Image courtesy: Twitter/@SChotepur In an exclusive interview with Firstpost Sucha Singh talks about his plans of setting up a new party in order to tackle various problems of Punjab in the light of the forthcoming assembly elections in the state There are talks of you forming a new political party When is that going to happen I am in the process of forming a new political party with the support of people I have already made good preparations and plan to launch the party in the first week of October At present my group is assessing our support base and has found out that it is very strong All those people who love Punjab and value its honour and dignity are willing and eager to join our group Is your party going to be called the ‘Aap Lok Party’ People have suggested various names for the party We are considering them We will disclose the name when we form the party I am happy people are taking keen interest in the formation of a party under us I am thankful to them Will your party be able to compete with other established parties of the state Do you have money and resources to contest a state-level poll We are receiving tremendous support of people from all walks of life Don’t forget I had set up AAP on my own resources and people’s support AAP did not give me any money to run the organisation If I can do it once I can certainly do it again Who all members will be in your party My thinking is clear I am determined to take all the people who want clean politics in the state So far I have had talks with several political leaders of the state who have promised support I am very hopeful of forming a group of people who are ideologically solid and have a clean image Navjot Singh Sidhu was also reported to be moving ahead to set up a political party through his ‘Awaaz-e-Punjab’ and join hands with you What happened to that Only Sidhu knows what he has in mind and what he wants to do You better ask him I have no idea If he wants to support our party he is most welcome In fact I welcome all those people who have the welfare of Punjab in mind What would be the agenda of your party Our party will be Punjab-centric All political parties – be it Akali Dal or Congress or the BJP – have left no effort behind to loot and destroy this great state The land and sand mafia are ruling the state Drug mafia has destroyed an entire generation Youth are jobless and restless; farmers are committing suicide; women are not safe; industry has run away; education health and transport are in shambles; criminals and drug peddlers are roaming free After all this loot a new party (AAP) has come up to continue the plunder? 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It was instinctively clear to me that as a representative cricketer, But we know and are sure about the bowling combination that we will have tomorrow.We are clear about our strategy” Misbah said Misbah said spirits were high in the Pakistan camp after they almost pulled off an epic come-from-behind victory in Brisbane posting a massive fourth-innings total of 450 "The guys are relaxed and confident that they can perform well here" he said "You can see that everybody’s spending a lot of time in the nets working on the basics They won’t leave anything behind before we get into the second Test match" "That’s a good sign that we are confident but at the same time we’re focused and determined" "I’m comfortable with the position we’re in at the moment as individuals and as a team" Misbah said By: AP | London | Published: October 16 2016 1:13 am Manuel Lanzini was sent off with 15 minutes left after picking up two yellow cards in 48 seconds (Source: Reuters) Top News West Ham climbed out of 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Games moved into the Olympic gold-medal game against the Americans with a shockingly easy 87-61 semifinal win over Australia on Friday Stefan Markovic scored 14 and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets had 11 rebounds for the Serbs who will get another crack at the US on Sunday The two-time defending titlists held off Spain 82-76 to advance Serbia’s win guaranteed its first Olympic medal in men’s basketball since gaining independence in 2006 The Aussies too were hoping to play the US again but they scored just 5 points in the first quarter and will have to beat Spain for their first Top 3 finish With five NBA players Australia brought its most talented team ever to Brazil But the Aussies couldn’t overcome their horrendous start For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi | Published: September 29 2016 2:52 am PWD workers carry out fumigation after the launch of a fogging campaign by the government to check mosquito-borne diseases (Express Photo: Oinam Anand) Top News As Delhi faces another major outbreak of vector-borne diseases the performance audit carried out by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) from 2013 to 2015 stated that despite the recurrence of dengue every year “the institutional mechanisms and actions taken by the departments as well as the municipalcorporations were not commensurate with the magnitude of the problem though funds were not a constraint” ”Stereotypical implementation of anti-mosquito measures without mapping with actual delivery of service undermined the containment of vector-borne diseases” the report observed in its conclusion Watch what else is making news The CAG report stated that the MCDs and the NDMC that largely relied on chemical insecticides to control the mosquito population did not lay emphasis on environmental modification which is a key element in sustainable vector control “While extensive spraying and fogging operations for control of adult mosquitoes and other chemical measures for control of larvae were undertaken by all the municipal corporations at an overall cost of Rs 4365 crore the techniques adopted as well as formulations used differed from that recommended in the program guidelines raising questions about their effectiveness” the report stated It added “There was no monitoring of the effectiveness of the work done by domestic breeding checkers The MCDs incurred an expenditure of Rs 10943 crore on hiring of these breeding checkers” The report mentioned that the NDMC deployed “anti-malaria gangmen” who were on their regular staff as domestic breeding checkers the MCDs engaged 3358 “unskilled persons” for the task incurring an expenditure of Rs 10943 crore In the performance audit of the prevention and control of dengue in Delhi from January 2013 to December 2015 the CAG report has observed that the “absence of a policy for chemical use not coordinating susceptibility tests for insecticides not carrying out any impact study on techniques applied to control mosquito population and adoption for non-prescript method to control mosquito population indicated absence of informed decision-making process in MCDs and NDMC” The report noted that outdoor fogging is recommended in emergency situations or prevention of an incipient epidemic but is it is ineffective in most normal conditions “MCD and MDMC undertook outdoor fogging during 2013-2015 as a routine exercise at a cost of Rs 9510 lakh No study was carried out to ascertain the efficiency of the exercise” the report stated According to the report the corporations used an insecticide in flowing drains and at a frequency which was not envisaged in the guidelines “The expenditure incurred was Rs 3726 crore In addition while larvicide valued at Rs 209 crore was used in circumstances that could have been better dealt with by simply mandating regular cleaning of containers in which water was liable to collect” The report stated that the Delhi Cantonment Board could not use 74 percent of the Rs 180 crore allocated for anti-mosquito operations in 2013-14 and 2015-16 “No action plan was prepared for fogging and spraying of areas under its jurisdiction nor was there any record of any work actually done” The Delhi government the CAG report mentioned spent Rs 1004 crore on awareness campaigns for dengue prevention in 2013-14 to 2015-16 It however faulted the timing of these advertisements between September and November saying that it “defeated the objective of creating awareness of measures to prevent the outbreak” It noted that the MCDs too started their public awareness campaigns in October every year after the monsoons The CAG recommended that the dengue task force meet regularly for mapping dengue-prone areas an inter-agency coordination mechanism be established a standard operating procedure may be developed and instituted for epidemiological surveillance along with requisite laboratory facilities for early warning and an impact assessment be 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