Nadda Makes Tall Claims on Ending HIV, TB, Malaria at Cabinet Meet

PM Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of his Cabinet on Wednesday. Here’s a roundup of the important announcements.

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(From left to right) Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda and Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of his Cabinet on Wednesday, 20 September.

As part of the disinvestment excerise, the centre on Wednesday decided to exit three ITDC hotels, including the Hotel Jaipur Ashok, and hand them over to the state governments concerned.

The Union Cabinet approved the transfer of Hotel Jaipur Ashok and Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel, Mysore, to the governments of Rajasthan and Karnataka, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

Briefing the media after the Cabinet meeting, Jaitley said that as per valuation, the Jaipur property would fetch the centre Rs 14 crore, Mysore Rs 7.45 crore and Itanagar Rs 3.89 crore. This is as per disinvestment policy of the Government of India wherein ITDC Hotels and properties are to be leased or sub-leased jointly with states, he said.

Watch the full briefing below:

“We Have Put an End to Malaria, TB, HIV”

“We have put an end to Malaria, TB and HIV,” the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, JP Nadda claimed. UNAIDS Ending AIDS Report 2017 noted that there were 2.1 million HIV cases in India in 2016.

India also accounts for 2.8 million of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis cases globally, a Hindustan Times report stated.

National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme – the central nodal agency for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases – in its report stated there were 267,466 cases of Malaria recorded in India in 2017.

While responding to questions on children’s deaths in Gorakhpur’s BRD hospital, Nadda said that the Centre has offered to provide all possible technical and financial support to the state.

The deaths are really painful but the state has to take proactive measures and assess the management.
JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare

“We have sent a team (to Gorakhpur) and have suggested how better the situation can be better managed and the number of patients inflicted by Japanese Encephalitis can be reduced,” Nadda said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the inflation rate is well within its limits, adding that price rise is normal in monsoon.

Those who are protesting the price, when they were in government there was an inflation of 10 -12 percent. They are protesting at 3.26 percent today. Monsoon is a spike period. If it’s 3.26 percent in spike period, then inflation has been contained as per the traditional Indian standard.  

We Need Funds to Build Highways

Jaitley also blamed the opposition parties for the price hike in petrol saying states which have the Congress and CPI(M) governments should cut their VAT rates to cut down the current rate of petrol.

Two years back when oil companies would do a fortnightly review of oil prices, we’d immediately cut the petrol rates at the centre, and in the same evening Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab would raise the VAT. Moreover, out the taxes earned by centre on oil, 42 percent of the total goes to the states. Then why don’t those states with Congress and CPI(M) say that they don’t need the VAT.

Reiterating the oil minister’s words, Jaitley maintained that the taxes earned by the government will be used to build roads and highways.

How will we build highways? This country has less private investment and the public investment comes from these resources. The social sector scheme, most money goes there.

On the centre’s move to deport Rohingya refugees, Jaitley said: “This is a policy issue and the government has submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court in this regard.”

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