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18 November 2015 - IDPD Press Statement on Terrorism
The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) has demanded check on the proliferation of the small arms to prevent ongoing violence leading to loss of lives in several parts of the world. Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) who returned after participating in the meeting of the International Board of the IPPNW held in London on 15-16 November said that the board strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Paris. It mourned more than a million victims of the War on Terror as much as the victims of fanaticism of any kind. At a time when humanity is confronted with the possibility of its own extinction, predominantly by the threat posed by the thousands of nuclear weapons, humankind must now step out of the spiral of bloodshed and violence and live in peace; humankind can only survive through cooperation, not by violence the IPPNW board resolution said. The board was critical of the countries who are producing and exporting the arms legally or illegally. Various affiliates of the IPPNW, said Dr Arun Mitra, will further strengthen its campaign for a world free of nuclear weapons and violence of all kinds.

27 Oct 2015 - PPP in healthcare system will lead to complete denial of healthcare to the poor people
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has taken strong exception to the government’s move for outright Public Private Participation (PPP) in the health sector by December. In a statement released here Dr L S Chawla President IDPD said that the health indicators in our country are one among the lowest in the world. Even our South Asian neighbors have better health indicators in many sectors even though their overall economic development is less than us. The government has already slashed its health budget by 20% for the current fiscal year. There is need for minimum of 6% of public health spending in contrast to 1.04% at present. The government’s move to slash the public health expenditure and adopt PPP model will further lead to increase in the out of pocket expenditure on health by the people and thus further denying them the health care facilities and impoverish them. Dr Arun Mitra General Secretary said that worldwide experience has shown that wherever the government’s health spending is more the health indices are better. The emphasis on PPP in the medical education will further deteriorate the standards of education as already the system of admission in majority of the private colleges is totally commercial & fraudulent and training is sub standard with ghost faculty and ghost patients. The government must review its decision and instead increase public health spending.

21 Oct 2015 - IDPD statement on intolerance
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has expressed grave concern at the efforts to spread intolerance in the country which is threatening the social harmony and the basic concept of unity in diversity of our country. Based on the vision of freedom fighters, forefathers of our country had drafted our constitution declaring India a secular democratic country with equal freedom and rights to all religious and ethnic groups. In a statement released Dr L S Chawla – President IDPD said that for some time there has been concerted effort to impose homogeneous culture and weaken the pluralism of our nation. There have also been incidents of provoking violence on communal grounds. In a diverse country like ours the culture and habits of any one group cannot be imposed on others as each one has its own history and background. History has proved time and again that development suffers the most in the event of violence of any kind. Dr Arun Mitra- General secretary IDPD said that the South Asia is one among the most deprived regions. The events that are occurring at present will have far reaching national and international implications. Therefore all the saner and right thinking people must unite to preserve the rich social fabric of our country. He appealed to the people of Punjab also to maintain restrain in the present situation.

IDPD comments on Draft National Health Policy -2015
Even after more than 67 years of independence the successive governments have failed to provide universal healthcare to the people. India is a signatory to the Alma Ata declaration whereby the government was committed to provide healthcare to all by the end of 2000. But with the international economic relations scenario changing in the early 1990s the concept healthcare as a social responsibility was deliberately changed with more emphasis being laid on the individual responsibility. For Detailed report Click Here....

IDPD Comments on Public notice by MHFW Govt. of India on use of Generics Drugs
Indian Doctors for Peace and Development endorse the initiative of the Government of India to prescribe drugs in legible and capital letters in the generic names only. I shall suggest that a mechanism should be developed by the government that ensures that retail medicine shops don't flee the patients by selling the costliest brands of medicines while honouring prescriptions with generic names. As you are aware that same medicines are sold by different companies with different price tags; in some cases difference between two brands of the same medicine is two to four times higher. Another issue that has to be addressed is that many generic medicines at the wholesale prices are far less than the embossed MRP on the strip/vial/phial of the medicines leading to upto 1000 times profit to retail chemist shops. The government should ensure that generic medicines that are sold in the market should have a margin of profit not exceeding 20% for the retail chemist shops, hence the print price on medicine should be according to the proposed formula.
With kind regards.

Dr Shakeel ur Rahman
Secretary IDPD

CME at Govt. Medical College Amritsar 9th August 2015 on Health, Development & Ethics
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Homage to the victims of atomic bombing at Hiroshima on the occasion of 70th anniversary
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IDPD Relief Work for Earthquake in Nepal
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) in coordination with Indian Medical Association (IMA) Punjab sent a truck load of relief material with 200 shelter tents and medicines worth 3 lakh rupees to Nepal for the victims of earth quake which devastated large part of Nepal on 25th April 2015 For Detailed report Click Here....

IDPD Seminar at Hanumangarh (Rajastahn) on 12 April 2015
The Rajasthan unit of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has decided to form peace committees in the villages starting from village Makkarsar near Hanumangarh. As a part of this initiative the village was declared as Shanti Gram (Peace Village). A display board in this regard was installed at the outskirt of the village. Dr Arun Mitra – National General Secretary IDPD inaugurated this along with Dr Rajeev Munjal – President Rajasthan Unit IDPD, Dr Dharmendra Kumar Verma – General Secretary, Dr Rishi, Dr Teerath and Dr Rameshwar Singh. For Detailed Reply Click Here....

IDPD Interactive Session at New Delhi on 8th March 2015
There is need to organize people’s movements even more vociferously now to achieve nuclear disarmament and denounce militarism. This was the message that emanated from the interactive session organized by the Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) on 8th March, the International Women’s Day at Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi. Alyn Ware, Director of the Basel Peace Office, Switzerland while addressing the participants as the main speaker said that even though the media projects a very grim picture but the civil society actions have achieved several gains leading to reduction in the number of nuclear weapons on earth from 80000 in the 1980s to about 17000 at present. For Detailed Reply Click Here....

IDPD Annual Central Council Meeting 1st February 2015 Agra (UP)
Proceedings of the meeting The meeting was held at Guest House of S N Medical College, Agra 1st February 2015 under the chairmanship of Dr S S Soodan – Senior Vice President IDPD. Meeting started by paying homage to Mrs.Perin Chandra, the founder member of IDPD. By observing two minute silence in her memory. A brief introduction about late Ms.Perin Chandra and her contribution to IDPD was given by Dr. Arun Mitra and Com. Mrs. Amarjeet Kaur. For Detailed Reply Click Here....

(Date: 30.12.2014) Use of low carbon renewable energy resources are the only way out to prevent the adverse effects as a result of climate change. Failure to take effective measures to combat climate change at the global level could be disastrous for the mankind. There is urgent need to arrive at and implement international agreements to check the rising level of green house gases through transition to low carbon economy, said Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary – Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) & Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha (BJGVJ) Ludhiana while delivering a talk at a seminar on Climate change and Health at the NSS Camp in the Govt. College for Boys Ludhiana. The unprecedented rise in the carbon level in the atmosphere since 1950, more than what occurred in the last 800000 years has created an alarming situation. The effects are already being felt by increase in the storms, melting of glaciers leading to rise in the sea level and floods displacing lacs of people and causing demographic changes. Continued climate change will effect the food production adversely leading to increase in the malnourishment. The human health will be seriously effected by increase in the number of communicable diseases. The poor in the countries who are already at marginal level of nutrition will be the worse effected. “Many of those most vulnerable to climate change have contributed and contribute little to greenhouse gas emissions,” Dr Mitra said while referring to statement by Dr. R K Pachauri – Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is an irony that those who have contributed heavily to the green house gases are now running away from taking up responsibility to contribute more to combat the climate change under the principal of ‘polluter pays’. It is technically feasible to transition to a low-carbon economy, but what is lacking are appropriate policies and institutions. Dr Dharmej Singh, Principal of the college called upon the students to learn more about the environmental degradation and organize movement for its redressal. Prof. Paramjit Singh – In Charge NSS boys welcomed the speaker. Prof. Nishi Arora In Charge NSS girls, Prof. Pooran Singh, Prof. Gitanjli and Prof. Amandeep Singh graced the occasion.

(Date: 25.12.2014) Indian Doctors for Peace & Development (IDPD) has strongly condemned the decision of government of India to cut health budget by 20%. This is to slash 6000 Crore rupees out of total budget of Rs.35,163 crore on health for the financial year ending on 31st March 2015. It is ironical that public spending on health in India is one among the lowest in the world as low as Sierra Leone and Haiti. India spends 1% of its GDP on health as compared 3% by China and 8.3 % by the USA. This cut will further lower our health indicators some of which are even lower than Bangladesh. In 2013 in our country 13 lakh children died before reaching their fifth birthday. India’s Childhood mortality rate (Children dying before 5th birthday) is 53 as compared to China’s 13 and Srilanka’s 10. India accounts for around 16% of globe’s population and 30% of world’s poor. Arjun Sen Gupta commission had in 2008 reported that 77% of Indian population lives on less than Rs.20/- per day. This huge number is dependent on state run health institutions for their needs. They are already marginalized and under nourished. As a result they are more prone to be taken ill. With this decision of the government , they will be further marginalized. This decision will only help the corporate sector which takes healthcare as business. This has also exposed the government’s intention to promote corporate sector in health ignoring the interest of vast majority of our population. It is worth noting here that since the present government took over the prices of the newer Anti HIV and Anti Cancer drugs have increased rocket high. We demand that this cut be immediately revoked.

WEAPONS. The Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons and the Civil Society Forum (CSF) of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) demand ban treaty immediately. For Detailed Report Click Here....

IDPD donates medicines for Jammu region
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) handed over medicines for people of Jammu region affected by the floods and also for victims of border firings forced to stay in transit camps exposed to vagaries of nature. The medicines have been arranged by Dr.Jeetender Singh from Nasik (Maharashtra) & Dr Arun Mitra, General Secretary IDPD. The IDPD has recently conducted medical relief camps at Srinagar, where eminent doctors from all over the country distributed medicines and other relief material upto far-flung areas of valley. Dr.S.S.Soodan, Senior Vice President IDPD and Dr Rajesh Kumar, In-charge IDPD Jammu handed over the medicines to Dr.B.S.Pathania, Director Health Services, Jammu and Dr Gurjit Singh, Deputy Director Health Sercives, Jammu for distribution to all affected areas through the respective CMO’s. The IDPD have further offered the services of doctors and relief measures, wherever needed, in future.

The Jammu and Kashmir state had unprecedented floods on 7th September. People in the disaster affected areas in Jammu and Kashmir are reeling under severe health problems and economic difficulties. They require long term planning for a comprehensive health care, economic uplift through massive aid by the central government. For Detailed Report Click Here....

Report of 21st World Congress of IPPNW from 25th to 30th August 2014, Astana, Kazakhstana
A 38 member delegation of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) participated in the 21st world congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) held at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan For Detailed Report Click Here....

Kangra Doctors And Medical Students Pay Homage To Victims Of Atomic Bombing
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Seminar at New Delhi 9th March 2014
(IDPD) has demanded from the political parties to define their health agenda in the upcoming elections to the Parliament. For Detailed Report Click Here....

Central Council Meeting at Imphal: Seminar at Imphal and Agartala
IDPD Annual Central Council Meeting Held at Imphal (Manipur) on 9th February 2014. For Detailed Report Click Here....

16 January: Seminar at Economics Department Government College of Boys, Ludhiana
Increase in spending on health and education is the most essential perquisite for the development and inclusive growth of a society. Therefore it is of utmost importance that the spending on arms be decreased and the money thus saved should be diverted towards health and education; said Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) while delivering a talk at seminar organized by the Economics Department SCD Government College here today. India and Pakistan both are one among the most deprived but we spend huge amount on arms. India ranks number one with 12% of total arms import and Pakistan ranks number three with 5% of total arms import in the world. Both of us now have about 100 nuclear weapons each. These are enough to put two billion people at the risk of starvation in the case of nuclear exchange between the two countries. Quoting a study carried out by the Nobel Laureate International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) President Dr Ira Helfand, he said that the fall in temperature around the world as a result of dust and soot released into the atmosphere will reduce agriculture growth to a level which could cause serious fall in production of food. The 925 million people in the world who are already chronically malnourished (with a baseline consumption of 1,750 calories or less per day), would be put at risk by a 10% decline in their food consumption. The only option before the world is to abolish the testing, production and putting on launch all the nuclear weapons. He was highly critical that India’s health spending in the last budget was only 1.9% as against the minimum of required 6%. There is urgent need to increase public health spending on the health. Prof. Poonam Mittal, Head of the Economics Department highlighted the need for an inclusive growth of the society and not concentration of wealth in a few hands. Prof. Ashwani Bhalla said that corporate oriented growth has led to widening of gaps in the society. Prof. Pooran Singh said that their department always tries to impart knowledge to the student on various related subjects. Prof. Geetanjli Malik welcomed the speaker and Prof. Iradeep Kaur thanked the participants. Students asked questions from the speakers.