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‘Gandhi will gradually be removed from currency notes’

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'Gandhi will gradually be removed from currency notes'Ambala: Anil Vij, a minister from Haryana in Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, on Saturday sparked a fresh controversy, saying Mahatma Gandhi will gradually be removed from currency notes and that Modi is a bigger brand name than Gandhi. “The day Gandhi came on the rupee, its devaluation started. Gradually, he will be removed from the notes also,” Vij said. However, the minister later withdrew his statement against Mahatma Gandhi.

The whole controversy started with Modi’s picture spinning the charkha donning the cover page of the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC) calendar and diary, instead of the iconic picture of Gandhi weaving khadi on a simple charkha, wearing his trademark loin cloth.

At a public event in Ambala, Vij adding fuel to the controversy said: “The name of Mahatma Gandhi led to fall in the sale of Khadi products. The day Mahatma Gandhi came on the rupee, its devaluation started. It’s a good decision that Gandhi’s photo was removed (from Khadi’s calendar) and Modi’s photo came.” “After Modi’s association with Khadi, there has been 14 per cent increase in the sale of the products. Modi is a bigger brand name than Mahatma Gandhi for Khadi,” he said.

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Delhi CM lays foundation for new block at LNJP Hospital, hails corona warriors

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday laid the foundation stone of a 1,500 bed new wing at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, in a step towards providing high-quality healthcare amenities in the national capital.

The Delhi government’s target is to complete the project in 2.5 years to make the LNJP one of the biggest hospitals in the nation with a modular design and modern medical infrastructure.

Coming up in a 25 floor structure, this new wing will be the tallest building in the country and offer the best health care available under one roof, a statement said.

 

This fully air-conditioned, state of the art building will house 1,500 beds. This new wing at LNJP is estimate to cost Rs 462 crore, with per bed costing around Rs 30 lakh.

At the event, Kejriwal said with the additional 1,500 beds, LNJP Hospital’s overall capacity will rise to 3,800 beds.

Noting other governments spend Rs 1-1.5 crore per bed, he said that he believes in smart spending and effective utilisation of public funds.

“In the last five years, it has been of utmost importance that we improve the living standards of the people of Delhi. The AAP government has completed projects on time and saved cost as well which is then further utilised for the betterment of the city.

“Delhi government is the only government which has given ex gratia of Rs 1 crore to all those who sacrificed their lives during Covid-19 pandemic. We can’t bring back the heroes but we can help them in whatever way possible,” he said.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the building will have three main departments, a new medical block, new maternity wing and an advanced paediatric department.

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