NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan saying his government’s health scheme was “ten times bigger and comprehensive” than the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme.”A good health scheme is already implemented in Delhi. Stopping it and implementing another will not benefit anyone. If Delhi’s Health Scheme is stopped and Ayushman Bharat Yojana implemented, residents will be affected,” Arvind Kejriwal said in his letter to Harsh Vardhan. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarDelhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also states in his letter that if the Union Health Minister sees something in Ayushman Bharat Yojana which is missing in Delhi’s health scheme then he can tell him. “It will be included in Delhi’s health scheme,” Arvind Kejriwal said. Listing the ‘advantages’ of Delhi Health Scheme over Modi government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat Yojana, Kejriwal said that Delhi already enjoys a 10 times better scheme. Ayushman Bharat scheme is available to only those with income less than Rs 10,000 per month, whereas the minimum wage of a daily labourer in Delhi is higher than that, Arvind Kejriwal argued in his letter, adding that the existing scheme extends health benefits to all 2 crore citizens of the national capital. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”Ayushman Bharat covers medical expenses upto Rs 5 lakhs, whereas Delhi government bears all the medical expenses, even if the bill runs up to Rs 30 lakh or more,” the letter said. In the letter, Delhi Chief Minister claimed that despite Ayushman Bharat Yojana, people from neighbouring states still come to Delhi government hospitals for health treatments. Implementation of Ayushman Bharat has become another bone of contention between the Modi government at the Centre and Kejriwal government in Delhi. Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has frequently blamed Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government for the alleged failure to implement Ayushman Bharat scheme in the national capital. The Chief Minister further pointed out that Central and Delhi governments’ shared objective to provide good health care to the citizens should be achieved, no matter through which scheme. Arguing his case further, he reminds Dr. Harsh Vardhan that Delhi’s health programme has been praised internationally and even several big international personalities have inspected and endorsed it. Finally, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal requested Union health minister to help make capital’s health scheme better by pointing out shortcomings, if any, as a competent and experienced doctor.
He really didn’t have to degut the Judiciary. To this the President retorted, “If you can show me the Article of the Constitution which requires me to give reasons, I will comply with the Constitution; but I will not do what the Constitution does not require me to do”. Meaning, he will continue to reject any and everybody Mr Jagdeo proposes — solely on his whims and fancies. …Ministerial demotions What’s this we’re hearing? Exxon balked at the press attending an event organised by a government dept? Say it ain’t true. Minister Rupert Roopnaraine’s resignation raises some interesting issues. Firstly, matters are still a bit hazy after his removal as Minister of Education — as to what he would’ve been responsible for as a Minister within the Ministry of the Presidency. Educational “innovation”? What the heck is that? NCERD on steroids? If this rule is broken by the Executive, what we have in Guyana is a dictatorship — short and simple. To begin with, in Guyana and other parliamentary democracies, the President, in addition to being head of the Executive, is effectively the head of the Legislature — which makes the law. The Prime Minister, his Ministers, and all the other MPs who’re salivating at the prospect of becoming Ministers are merely doing his bidding. This is unlike in the US, where Congress is separate from the Executive — as seen by some Republican Congressmen and Senators willing to buck some of President Trump’s policies. So if Guyana is now to have a President who insists HIS interpretation of the Constitution trumps the Judiciary’s, what else does such a President become but a “dictator”? We will once again have one individual in whom all the powers of the State reside, and who, like Louis XIV and Burnham, can say with no irony, “I am the State!!” Oops!! Roopnaraine’s mind was just changed!! But they did suss out Prezzie and had him confirm the WPA has to get a Ministry. So who’ll it be? Can’t be their new Chair Tabitha-Halley….she’ll have to explain her $3M scholarship!! Anyhow, the more interesting development is the WPA interjecting itself into the appointment of Dr Roopnaraine’s successor. Whether to “innovate” (“bloviate”? “titivate”??) in education and improve on the miracle in NGSA Maths — or in some other Ministry. We now know Prezzie hadn’t engaged the WPA brain trust on Roopnarine’s initial appointment, but they’d swallowed hard and accepted the imposition. Jagan hadn’t been treated so kindly back in ’92!! But what the heck? It’s now ‘all in the family”! The funny thing (not “ha, ha” funny, but “strange”) is the CJ had already given Prezzie a backdoor to appointing his (preordained?) choice. …oily matters …Executive’s shoulder The question, of course, is: Who decides what the Constitution is “saying” on any given exercise of power — the Executive or Judiciary? In Guyana, we don’t have to guess; it’s trite law that it’s the Judiciary that interprets the Constitution under the separation of powers doctrine we follow. Judicial review is an example of the separation of powers in a modern governmental system – the doctrine under which legislative and executive actions are subject to review by the Judiciary. Maybe the Donald has problems with the American media. But Guyana’s?? Jeez, we’re pussycats!! And suckers for an American accent! In a rather extraordinary statement, President David Granger reacted to the CJ’s judgment on the GECOM Chair’s appointment thusly: “I will continue to act in accordance with my perception of the Constitution.” The CJ, of course, had ruled that the individuals proposed by the Opposition Leader in accordance with Art 161 (2) didn’t have to be a “judge” or a “possible judge”. She’d advised the President to give reasons for his rejection of individuals – especially as to how he’d provided “criteria”. Now, this is a very serious situation, since the President insists he can arrogate the function of the Judiciary to interpret the Constitution!! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM Chair impasse: President brushes aside CJ’s ruling, says will continue to act with his ‘perception’July 19, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Court ruling: State should abide by CJ’s declaratory orders- Bar CouncilJuly 22, 2017In “Court”GECOM Chair: President infers 2nd list had only 1 suitable personJune 23, 2017In “latest news”