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However, global tobacco giant British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS) has been able to navigate the crisis with ease. Ethical considerations aside, the business has some of the most attractive qualities of all UK shares. The firm has large profit margins, throws off lots of cash, has a strong balance sheet, and provides a stunning level of dividend income. What’s more, over the past year, the company’s sales have held up relatively well. According to the firm’s latest trading updates, while Covid-19 has impacted trading sales, price hikes have been able to offset this decline. As a result, British American is expected to report earnings growth of around 5% in 2020. This suggests the firm will be one of the few blue-chip companies to publish earnings growth in 2020. Despite this growth, the stock appears cheap. It’s currently changing hands at a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 8.3. It also offers a yield of 7.7%. Considering these figures, I reckon the stock could be a great addition to a diversified basket of UK shares. Imperial BrandsBritish American’s peer, Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB), also looks to me as if it could be an excellent long-term investment. Like its larger peer, Imperial’s latest trading update stated that the firm’s tobacco sales would rise around 1% this year. That’s not the best growth rate in the world, but it’s impressive considering the current economic environment. Based on this growth, the firm expects to report a mid-single-digit decline in earnings per share for the year. I think the drop is more than reflected in the stock’s current valuation.It’s dealing at a forward P/E of just 5.3, that makes the company one of the cheapest UK shares on the market. The rest of the market is trading at an average P/E of 14, which implies that even if shares in the tobacco group doubled, they’d still look cheap. The shares also offer a dividend yield of 10%. 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Africa, Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Anglican Communion, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ecumenical & Interreligious The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Churches in Africa urged to prioritize disability rights AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA [Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] With a small number of disabled, deaf, and blind people now members of Africa’s clergy, the continent’s churches are being challenged to lead the struggle to increase rights for the disabled.The churches have not fully embraced the issue, according to participants at a conference held Dec. 6-8 in Lukenya, near Nairobi. The conference sought to educate church leaders, officials, and representatives from organizations serving the disabled about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, among other objectives.“The church has been a pioneer in the care for people with disabilities. It started the first schools for those with disabilities and believed it was doing enough by sending the children to the schools. It failed to move from care to inclusion,” said Samuel Kabue, executive director of the Presbyterian and Ecumenical Disability Network, who is blind.The network, run by the World Council of Churches, has been advocating for the inclusion, participation, and active involvement of persons with disabilities in spiritual, social, and developmental activities.“We are now bringing in the church to make it aware that it needs to be involved in this kind of advocacy. (We think) they know very little about the human rights of persons with disabilities,” he said.While explaining the churches’ inadequate involvement in disability issues, Razaka Manantenasoa, a disabled lay shepherd of the Lutheran Church in Madagascar, said many viewed it as the work of foreign missionaries.“The church thinks something has already been done. I think the church feels it has very little to. I would be encouraged to see movement,” she said. Missionaries in Madagascar built one main center, she explained, which is the only fully equipped center for disabled people there.According to the Rev. Balayo Seezi, a disabled priest from the Anglican Church of Uganda, many people with disabilities do not attend church services because there are no proper structures and services that would benefit them.“A disabled person may enter the church, but you may ask what arrangements have been made so that a person in a wheelchair may also be able to move to the holy table to celebrate the Holy Communion with others,” he said.Even with the challenges, there is a bright side, according to some participants at the Lukenya conference. Small loans from the Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB) are helping many people start income-generating activities, ending their dependency on handouts.“At first, the members came to meetings on beds, but with education, support, and training, they now come on their own using white canes. Now our problem is that we cannot find enough white canes,” said Donatilla Kanimba, RUB executive director.In the last eight years, the network has been helping develop a disability discourses in theological institutions which has improving the awareness. Recently, the Presbyterian Church of East Africa ordained of deaf minister as result of this work. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/773314/casa-clos-marcelo-sarovic-plus-jeannette-plaut Clipboard Projects photographs: Antonio UrzúaPhotographs: Antonio UrzúaCollaborator Architects:Paul Reid, Paula HenriquezStructural Engineer:Patricio BertholetBuilding Contractor:Patricio NuñezCity:TalaganteCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Antonio UrzúaRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Text description provided by the architects. Commissioned to design a home on a private golf course, the house is simultaneously an enclosed farm plot, like the French term clos (i.e. organized around a geometric structure that gives it unity and closure), and at the same time an object that is sensitive to the orientation of the sun, views and the horizon.Save this picture!© Antonio UrzúaThe architects chose exposed concrete as the main material, with the idea of expressing the thickness of the slabs using a system of beams that is left confined. From this system arise elements that are separated from the ground and subject the concrete to a plastic dimension that operates from a formal tension.Save this picture!First Floor PlanFrom a construction perspective, the work is structured into a system of reinforced concrete walls and slabs where the condition ofclos is determined by the layout of the first-floor walls and the point where they meet the ground. This level contains the shared spaces, while the bedrooms are on the second floor and the basement houses a wine cellar that maintains a consistent temperature throughout the year. A sky light crosses the three levels. Save this picture!© Antonio UrzúaConcrete pre-mixed with white pigments was used for all exterior walls to give a more illuminated finish, while the interior surfaces were plastered and painted. A system of metal formworks with phenolic panels was utilized on the exterior exposed surfaces and metal in the interior. Sheets of treated marine plywood were used for the curved formworks. Recycled wood from large wine barrels, stained with use, was also used.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanThe lateral spiral staircase that stretches from the basement to the second floor is designed as concrete solids that are perforated and allow directed light to shine through.Save this picture!© Antonio UrzúaProject gallerySee allShow lessCompetition Challenges Architects to Reimagine New York’s MetLife BuildingArchitecture CompetitionsFoster, RSHP and UNStudio Compete to Expand Taiwan’s Largest AirportArchitecture News Share Area: 925 m² Area: 925 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Talagante, Chile “COPY” Save this picture!© Antonio Urzúa+ 27 Share 2008 “COPY” ArchDaily Year: Clos House / Marcelo Sarovic + Jeannette Plaut CopyAbout this officeMarcelo SarovicOfficeFollowJeannette PlautOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTalaganteChilePublished on September 22, 2015Cite: “Clos House / Marcelo Sarovic + Jeannette Plaut” 22 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Community fundraising Gaming Hospice launches Blotto! scratchcard game 81 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lichfield-based St Giles Hospice has launched a new scratchcard game targeting pub-goers and called it “Blotto!”The charity has ‘borrowed’ the National Lottery Lotto name and turned it to its own advantage to raise funds to support the care of local people living with cancer and other serious illnesses.But while the name might rhyme, there the similarity ends. The not-for-profit organisers behind Blotto will, they say, pass “every penny” of the proceeds to the charity. Advertisement The cards are being sold from local pubs in the hospice’s patient catchment area, with the intention of rolling the game out to other venues, such as sporting and social clubs, in the near future.Players scratch and match three symbols to win. And, as well as a £1,000 jackpot, other prizes include a round of drinks to the value of £10 from participating pubs, and small gifts such as branded bottle openers. Howard Lake | 9 October 2003 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Paid sick leave in Vermont, minimum wage increase in OregonOn Feb. 18, Vermont passed a law granting paid sick leave to most full-time workers in the state. The bill, signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin, mandates that employers provide a minimum of one hour paid time off for 52 hours worked, or 24 hours/3 days a year. Some 60,000 workers are currently denied any paid leave, a large proportion of them women in fast food and other low-wage industries.Gov. Shumlin praised the bill: “With 90 percent of food workers nationwide reporting that they go to work sick — and 65 percent of food-borne illnesses resulting from the handling of food by someone who is sick — this is as much a public health issue as it is one that reflects our values as Vermonters.” The law goes into effect on Jan. 1. Vermont is the fifth state to legislate paid sick leave. (Huffington Business, Feb. 18)In another legislative victory for workers, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill March 2 raising the state minimum wage to the highest in the country. Currently set at $9.25 an hour statewide, the minimum will increase over six years, capping off at $14.75 for workers in Portland, $13.50 in smaller cities and $12.50 in rural areas. (koin.com, March 2)Trump Hotel workers still fighting for contractAlthough a majority of workers at billionaire demagogue Donald Trump’s Las Vegas hotel voted to join UNITE HERE’s Culinary Workers and Bartenders unions last December, management has still refused to recognize the unions or take a seat at the bargaining table.As a result, the workers, many of them Latino/a immigrants, have joined the growing movement of anti-Trump protests sweeping the country. Hundreds of workers gathered outside the Trump Las Vegas Hotel on Feb. 23 for an informational picket line, chanting “No contract, no peace!” (motherjones.com, Feb. 23) On March 3, the workers traveled to New York to protest outside of Trump Tower Manhattan, where they delivered a petition to a Trump Organization representative. The workers plan to follow Trump along the campaign trail, organizing protests to coincide with presidential primaries in Michigan and Louisiana. (ibtimes.com, March 6) Stay tuned for updates on this struggle.CIW promotes Fair Food ProgramFrom March 2 to 12, farmworkers and consumer allies are mobilizing to bring Wendy’s — the lone holdout among the big five fast food companies of Yum Brands, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway and Wendy’s — into the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program. Workers and consumers are taking the Fair Food message directly to Wendy’s corporate leadership in Columbus, Ohio, on March 2; New York on March 3; and Palm Beach, Fla., on March 12 — with other stops along the way in Immokalee, Fla., on March 2; Louisville on March 9; and Gainesville, Fla., on March 11. During the Columbus march, CIW announced its national boycott of Wendy’s, which switched from buying tomatoes from Florida growers to Mexico farmers after CIW’s initial appeal.In 2011, CIW launched the FFP, a model for “Worker-driven Social Responsibility” based on a partnership among farmworkers, Florida tomato growers and participating retail buyers like Subway, Whole Foods and Walmart. In 2015, the FFP expanded to cover tomato growing in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey, as well as Florida strawberries and peppers. (ciw-online.org)NY City Council holds hearing on Freelance Isn’t Free ActA hearing on the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” sponsored by the Freelancers Union and supported by a wide range of unions and workers’ groups in independent business and technology sectors, was held on Feb. 29 by the New York City Council. The union initiated the legislation, the first of its kind in the country, to counter widespread wage theft experienced by 70 percent of freelance workers, who account for 1.3 million workers in the city. A union survey showed that, on average, its members are robbed of $6,390 every year. One of the fastest growing segments of the workforce — one out of three workers are temps, moonlighters, solopreneurs, gig and self-employed workers — freelancers have none of the protections and benefits of 9-to-5 employees. The act would require written contracts with a job description, the rate and method of payment and the date when payment is due. Follow-up hearings are planned.Davis is a longtime member and officer of the National Writers Union, United Auto Workers Local 1981, whose members testified at the hearing.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Previous articleEthanol Industry Continues to Battle for Market ShareNext articleTen Things Consumers Should Know About Harvest Andy Eubank Villwock Helped Lay Foundation on Data Privacy and Security SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 16, 2014 Home Indiana Agriculture News Villwock Helped Lay Foundation on Data Privacy and Security Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Indiana Farm Bureau president Don Villwock is proud to have participated in what may be one of the most important milestones the agriculture sector has seen in decades.A coalition of major farm organizations and technology providers has announced an agreement on data privacy and security principles that will encourage the use and development of a full range of innovative, technology-driven tools and services.“Farm data is the next big thing on the agricultural horizon, and if done right it could have more impact on yield and profitability than anything I’ve seen in my farming career,” said Villwock. “As an AFBF board member, I feel privileged to been involved in the early discussions. As a farmer, I hope to use the fruits of the coalition’s labor to grow more food using fewer resources, while protecting farmers’ ownership of the data.”The principles adopted by the coalition promise to greatly accelerate the move to the next generation of agricultural data technology, which includes in-cab displays, mobile devices and wireless-enabled precision agriculture that has already begun to boost farm productivity across the United States.As a farmer member of the big data working group, Villwock worked closely with a number of prominent agribusinesses, including Indiana-based Beck’s Hybrids and Dow AgroSciences LLC. Others involved in developing the data standards include American Soybean Association, DuPont Pioneer, John Deere, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, Raven Industries, The Climate Corporation (a division of Monsanto), and USA Rice Federation.“Privacy and security is and always has been important to farmers, and that is especially true of the data generated with each new crop,” said Villwock. “While farmers are excited about the new tools available, how that data is gathered, protected and shared must be transparent and secure. This has been a very collaborative and productive process.”The “Privacy and Security Principles for Farm Data” can be found here: https://bit.ly/1zjQ4Sk.Source: Indiana Farm Bureau
More Cool Stuff “Are you with a few extra hours on two Tuesday nights in January? Have you ever made dinner for 100? If you are interested, our church has an amazing opportunity for you. We have been participating in the Pasadena Bad Weather Shelter for the last three years and this year we will be continuing in this effort. All you have to do is meet at our church parking lot on Tuesday evening January 8 and or Tuesday evening January 29 at 5:45 PM. We will gather as a group and drive to the shelter where we will prepare a hot meal for the homeless in our area. Some of us will also participate in preparing bedrolls so that the participants will have a place to sleep for the evening after finishing their meal. Our Open Leadership Team, with support from Trustees has approved our church’s involvement in this most important and meaningful mission work. Special early thanks to Marcia Albrecht, who has stepped up to do the grocery shopping for both evenings.”Â Pastor Donald ShenkInterested? Please email Susan Jakubowski-Weiner at [email protected] She will in return email you a mandatory form with basic emergency information required for participation this year. Should you have any questions, please contact Susan at (626) 289-7103.Read about last year’s Bad Weather Shelter experience.San Marino Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 2560 Huntington Drive, San Marino, (626) 292-2080 or visit www.sanmarinoucc.org. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Faith & Religion News San Marino Congregational Church Bad Weather Shelter Call for Volunteers Article and Photo courtesy of the SAN MARINO CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 3:40 pm Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy
News UpdatesPIL In Bombay HC Says Eligible Ration Card Holders Denied Food Grain Due To ‘Practical Difficulties’; State To File Reply [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap8 May 2020 11:42 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Friday heard a public interest litigation via video conferencing concerning “practical difficulties” faced by eligible ration card holders in procuring food grains during the current lockdown period. Justice MS Karnik heard the PIL filed by Chandrakant Kotecha Charitable Trust seeking relief for the common man who is being denied ration because of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Friday heard a public interest litigation via video conferencing concerning “practical difficulties” faced by eligible ration card holders in procuring food grains during the current lockdown period. Justice MS Karnik heard the PIL filed by Chandrakant Kotecha Charitable Trust seeking relief for the common man who is being denied ration because of the aforesaid “practical difficulties” faced by them, which are – Thumb impression not matching the one on the ration card. Ration card not linked with AADHAR Ration card became inactive due to non-usage for more than three months Ration card holder present at a different area Advocate Amogh Singh instructed by Jeet Gandhi appeared on behalf of the petitioner and AGP MM Pabale for the State. Amogh Singh submitted that the State government had taken a stand in an affidavit filed in reply to the said PIL. Despite the stand taken by the state, ration card holders are still facing difficulty, Singh said. In its affidavit dated May 5, state government has stated- ” I say that the main grievance of the Petitioner is that some of the eligible ration card holders are not getting food grain in ration shops due to certain practical difficulties. I say that the said issues are dealt with as under- (a) That the eligible persons whose thumb impressions are not matching are not given ration Such persons can also be given ration by following the procedure as per Circulars dated 02.02.2018, 12.04.2018 and 20.03.2020. (b) That ration is denied because the Ration card is not linked with AADHAR Such persons can also be given ration by following the procedure as per the aforesaid Circulars. (c) That ration is denied because the ration card has become inactive due to not taking ration for more than Three months No person has been declared inactive as alleged by the Petitioner. The charts attached at Exhibit- B and C show that food grains purchased by ration card holders in March, 2020 and April, 2020. The same shows that many people who have not taken ration in March, 2020 have taken ration in April, 2020. Such cardholders are called silent Ration Cards. Such persons are not denied ration on account of not taking ration in earlier month. Such persons are very well entitled to get ration. (d) That person requiring ration is having ration card of different area and is at present in different part of Maharashtra Portability option is available and various persons have taken advantage of the same. The aforesaid Circulars are clear 7 about it. Copies of Circulars dated 02.02.2018, 12.04.2018, 20.03.2020 are annexed hereto and marked as Exhibit-D colly. The data for April, 2020 upto 28.04.2020 for the entire State regarding use of portability option is attached herewith at Exhibit-E. It shows that a substantial number of persons have taken benefits of portability option.” In reply to the State’s affidavit, an additional affidavit dated May 7 was filed on behalf of the petitioner pointing out the difficulties faced by the ration card holders despite the stand of the State Government. AGP Pabale submitted that he has received the copy of the additional affidavit only yesterday and sought time to take instructions. He told the Court that the State is proceeding as per stand taken in the earlier affidavit-in-reply. Furthermore, he informed the Court that all the rationing officers and all concerned will again be informed about the procedure to be followed in terms of the circulars dated February 2, 2018, April 12, 2018 and March 20, 2020. AGP Pabale also submitted that if any ration card holder is facing any difficulty, he/she may approach the concerned rationing officer for redressal of his/her grievance who can then look into the issue. Court directed the AGP to take further instructions regarding additional affidavit filed on behalf of the petitioner. This matter will now be heard on May 15.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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News Updates’India Most Depressed Country In The World’: Madras High Court Seeks Response From Central Authorities Over Mental Health Facilities Akshita Saxena2 Dec 2020 6:07 AMShare This – xTaking note of the “inadequate treatment facilities” for mental health patients, the Madras High Court on Friday called upon the Central health authorities to answer the specific queries raised by the Court on this issue. A Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and B. Pugalendhi was “shocked” that India is the most depressed country in the world and yet, it spent only 20 paisa…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginTaking note of the “inadequate treatment facilities” for mental health patients, the Madras High Court on Friday called upon the Central health authorities to answer the specific queries raised by the Court on this issue. A Division Bench of Justices N. Kirubakaran and B. Pugalendhi was “shocked” that India is the most depressed country in the world and yet, it spent only 20 paisa per month per patient in the year 2018-2019. Thus, while suggesting medical health reforms, including establishment of National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)in all zones of the Country, the Bench urged the authorities to address the following loopholes in the system: Lack of awareness & knowledge about the illness Inadequate human resources (less number of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses) Inadequate treatment facilitiesLong distance to travel to get the treatmentHigh cost of treatment Stigma attached to mental health patients The Bench noted that even though understanding the mental health problems, the Central Government enacted the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017, no sufficient awareness programmes had been conducted to implement the same in spirit. It remarked that mental illness is both preventable and curable and the following measures may be adopted to fortify the system in India: Premier institution like NIMHANS, Bengaluru for mental health should be established in Every zone;Psychiatry is not a subject in all the medical colleges and hence, psychiatry should be introduced in every medical college as the requirement of psychiatrists is more;Only a negligible number of mental hospitals are stated to be functioning in the country and for 130 Crore of population, more number of mental health care centres have to be established by the Central Government as well as by all the State Governments;Establish a Psychiatry Department in every District Headquarters Hospital and a Psychiatrist in every Taluk Level Hospital;Government does not have the centralised portal on treatment for the mental disorders and only they have patient-based data from three Central Institutes of Mental Health. In regular intervals, surveys of the prevalence of mental disorders across India have to be conducted and appropriate remedial measures have to be taken. The observations were made in a writ petition seeking establishment of a Medical wing in either Trichy Central Prison or Madurai Central Prison exclusively to provide mental health care facilities to the prisoners with mental illness and with round the clock availability of treatment by the psychiatrist clinical psychologist psychiatric social workers mental health nurses and other paramedical staffs like institute of mental health setup in a central prison as per section 103 and other relevant provisions of the Mental Health Care Act 2017. While allowing the petition, the Bench proceeded to expand the scope of the writ petition to give comprehensive directions to the Central Government, Medical Council of India and the State Government to identify the patients at the earliest by diagnosing the disease to give proper treatment by improving the infrastructures, like, establishment of hospitals, increasing the number of psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatrist social workers and allocation of more funds towards mental health, including the conduct of regular surveys. The Bench impleaded the following as Respondent-parties: Ministry of Family and Health WelfareMinistry of FinanceMedical Council of IndiaUniversity Grants CommissionNational Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) While posting the matter for hearing on December 9, the bench asked the above authorities to answer the following questions: Is it a fact that one in seven persons of India’s population is suffering from mental illness as stated by WHO?Whether any survey is being conducted by the Government or Government Hospitals / Health Organisations regarding the mental health of the India’s population regularly? When such survey was conducted lastly? What are all the leading mental disorders among the people?Whether sufficient number of mental hospitals are available in India?If not, why not the Central Government/State Governments establish one mental hospital in each District or in each Zone of every State? Why not the respondents increase the number of Institutes offering psychiatry/psychology in higher studies? Why not the Central Government establish premier Institutes, like, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, in each Zone of the country, namely, North, East, West and Central?Is it a fact that only 50 Million Rupees have been spent for the mental healthcare in 2019? Why not the Central Government increase the allocation of funds towards mental health, especially, when one in seven persons of the population of the country is stated to be suffering from mental illness? What is the required strength of psychiatrists, psychologists and/or psycho health workers in India? Why not the Governments sensitise the people about the mental illness and remove the taboo/social stigma in the minds of the general public about the persons with mental illness and also the treatment for mental illness through Audio-Video programmes by conducting awareness camps? Why not the data for co-ordinated action be collected by the Central Government and the State Government in the interest of the people suffering from mental illness? Why not the Governments have one Department for Psychiatry in each District Headquarters Hospital and have at least one Psychiatrist in each Taluk Level Hospital? Why not Central Government engage the services of Foreign Psychiatrists, Psychologists to teach and train medical students? What steps Government has taken to establish the rehabilitation services? What are the incentives given for starting the rehabilitation services? What steps Government has taken to promote community based rehabilitation? Do we have sufficient rehabilitation professionals to manage rehabilitation homes? What is the Government budget for rehabilitation? What is the status of insurance coverage of mental illness? What are the steps taken to promote school mental health and community based mental health services? Case Title: KR Raja v. 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