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Drug price regulation saved Rs 4,988cr in 2 yrs: Govt

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TNN | Jul 29, 2016 

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  • Various drug price regulatory measures by the government has helped consumers save Rs 4,988 crore over the last 2 years.
  • Government has capped prices of essential medicines at least three times since 2013.

NEW DELHI: Various drug price regulatory measures by the government helped consumers save Rs 4,988 crore over the last two years, Rajya Sabha was told on Thursday. Following approval of the pharmaceutical pricing policy in 2012, the government has capped prices of essential medicines at least three times since 2013, when the policy was first implemented by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority through the Drugs Price Control Order (DPCO), 2013.

According to chemicals and fertilizers minister Ananth Kumar, the drug price regulator NPPA had initially brought 530 essential medicines under price control, giving consumers a benefit of Rs 2,422 crore.

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SC Allows Rape Victim To Terminate 24-Week Pregnancy In Mumbai

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NEW DELHI -- The Supreme Court on Monday allowed a petitioner, who is a rape victim, to medically terminate her 24 week pregnancy as the abnormalities in foetus have been confirmed by the report of the Medical Board.

The medical report says continuation with the pregnancy may gravely endanger the physical and the medical health of the petitioner. In the last hearing, the apex court constituted a Medical Board of doctors of the KEM Hospital Mumbai to examine the petitioner. The petitioner is a rape survivor and had sought the permission from the Supreme Court as under the present law, a foetus older than 20 weeks can't be aborted, unless it is necessary to save the life of the mother.

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SC allows disability quota in promotions for government jobs

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People with disabilities are entitled to reservation in promotion for government jobs, the Supreme Court has ruled, clearing a major hurdle for millions who face difficulties and discrimination in professional and personal life.

The top court decision breaks away from a string of recent judgments – the latest in March -- that said the government wasn’t bound to give reservation in job promotions to scheduled castes and tribes. Under a 1995 law, the government identifies 3% jobs as suitable for persons with disabilities (PWD) but doesn’t enforce the same quota in promotions. This meant disabled people could not be appointed to government posts that are meant to be filled up by promotion only.

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Victims’ families in north-east hail AFSPA directive

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Human rights activists and family members of the 1,528 missing persons have welcomed the Friday’s Supreme Court directive regarding 62 missing persons. Meihoubam Rakesh, director of the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), which had filed the petition relating to the 1528 cases told The Hindu that he welcomed the order. However he said justice could be meted out expeditiously if there was a fast track system instead of the conventional method.

When the cases were brought up, the Supreme Court had selected six cases randomly and one of them was the case of Azad Khan (12), a class VII student. How could a 12-year-old student be a terrorist, an apex court judge wanted to know.

Azad was reading a newspaper in a neighbour's verandah on March 4, 2009 waiting for his friend to go to school, when police commandos and some army personnel raided nearby houses. Some of them beat up the boy and frogmarched him to the nearby field while parents and others followed them pleading to set him free since he was innocent.

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Offloading: Pay Rs 10 lakh to flyer with cerebral palsy, SC to SpiceJet

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REGRETTING THAT the mindset of "able" persons adversely impact the human rights of the differently-abled, the Supreme Court Thursday ordered SpiceJet airlines to pay Rs 10 lakh as damages to a flyer, suffering from cerebral palsy, who was forcibly offloaded in 2012.

A bench of Justices A K Sikri and R K Agrawal said that despite all regulations, there are hardly any meaningful attempts to assimilate the disabled in the mainstream of the nation's life and that the apathy towards their problems is so pervasive that even the number of disabled persons existing in the country is not well documented.

The bench noted that differently-abled flyer Jeeja Ghosh was not given "appropriate, fair and caring treatment", which she required with "due sensitivity" and the decision to de-board her was "uncalled for" and violation of "human dignity".

Ghosh, an eminent activist involved in disability rights, was offloaded from a SpiceJet flight in February 2012 from Kolkata when she was going to attend a conference in Goa hosted by NGO ADAPT (Able Disable All People Together).

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