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JAMMU: Credited with acknowledging the huge services of army, security forces and police towards the nation, the Jammu Citizens’ Forum (JCF) on Thursday decided to take up the public issues related to health infrastructure in Jammu with focus on finding out causes behind the high death rate in the region besides problem of unscheduled power-cuts and erratic drinking water in the capital city and its surrounding areas.During a meeting held under the chairmanship of Editor-in-Chief STATE TIMES Raj Daluja, it was decided to hold a study-based seminar to resolve problems in health infrastructure and staff shortage to meet expected third wave of coronavirus. The meeting appreciated the role of doctors and highlighted shortcoming, which led to chaos and increased number of deaths in Jammu.Suggestions given by JCF members including President, Chamber of Traders Federation Jammu Neeraj Anand, former Provident Fund Commissioner Kamal Mahindru, President Press Club of Jammu Ashwani Kumar, on health infrastructure in Jammu were appreciated and it was decided to work unitedly for overcoming the ongoing pandemic times.Chief Engineer (Retired) Narinder Rohmetra, former President Press Club of Jammu Manu Shrivastava, former President Chamber of Commerce & Industry Rakesh Gupta, Editor-in-Chief Youngbites Vijay Gupta, Administrator STATE TIMES Rajesh Choudhary and Vivek Sharma, Journalist added their valuable suggestions for creating awareness among the public besides giving suggestions to Government to work on developing health infrastructure in Jammu, so that lives of people can be saved.Appreciating the suggestions, Chairman JCF, Raj Daluja also announced to honour corona warriors, NGOs and individuals, who worked tirelessly for giving support to corona patients, who were not in position to manage oxygen, medicines and food.The meeting decided to start work on health sector issues at an earliest before taking up issues regarding unscheduled power-cut and water scarcity.Pertinent to mention here that Jammu Citizens’ Forum has been in the forefront for past several years to honour and acknowledge services of army, security forces and police towards the nation, both in terms of upholding national integrity and foiling terrorism. Apart from holding seminars, the Jammu Citizens’ forum has organised an impressive Tiranga Rally in Jammu City and spearheaded a crusade against alarming illegal settlement of Rohingya immigrants in Jammu.Moreover, in various high profile seminars organised by Jammu Citizens’ Forum, the ace diplomat G Parthasarthi and a leading defence expert Lt Gen Ata Hasnian delivered key note addresses on various issues confronting the nation.Jammu Citizens Forum also generated awareness about likely role of political parties in evolution of democracy based on deeply ingrained nationalism. Inter alia, the Forum also organised various events of immense national and public importance.Having all kudos for Indian Army’s valour and their role as frontline warriors, Jammu Citizens’ Forum, last year on July 9, 2020, honoured COVID-19 fighters including doctors at a function held at auditorium of JK Public School Kunjwani.GOC Tiger Division Major General V B Nair was the Chief Guest during the felicitation function, which was organised with all guidelines and protocols of social distancing in place. The services of Corona warriors including Army, Police, Health Workers of Municipality, Medicos and Media were lauded on the occasion by Jammu Citizens Forum while the gathering of people including NGOs paid tributes to Martyrs and honoured COVID Warriors for their dedication towards duties.Veer Nari Sharda Bhau also graced the occasion while Dr Rahul Gupta, Head, Department of Chest Diseases, GMC Jammu; Dr Rohit Gupta, Deputy Director Jammu Indian System of Medicines (Ayush) and Col Suresh Reddy were honoured as Corona Warriors. Other awardees include Dr Rajeshwar Sharma, Medical Superintendent CD Hospital Jammu; Soma Devi, Matron CD Hospital; Pawan Sharma, Senior Pharmacist ISM; Suresh Sharma, Supervisory Pharmacist; Girdhari Lal, Pharmacist and Vijay Dubey Head Pharmacist, ISM. A certificate of appreciation was given to Vijay Gupta, Chief Editor YoungBites who covered stories of valour and sacrifices of martyrs of Armed Forces from J&K, through Electronic and Print media. His wife Abha Gupta was awarded for making a CD of collection of work done, including interviews conducted on corona pandemic.
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