An Affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Recipient of Noble Peace Prize, 1985

Archives 2013

30 December: IDPD Concern over go -ahead to Fatehabad N-Plant
The Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) has expressed serious concern at the decision of the ministry of Environment government of India to grant green clearance to the Fatehabad Nuclear Power plant. In a statement issued here today Dr L S Chawla – President and Dr Arun Mitra - General Secretary IDPD said that the nuclear power plants are potentially dangerous. The nuclear facility at Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu has failed to fulfill all the environment obligations fully but still the government allowed it. Same thing is likely to happen here. Moreover this area is densely populated. The nuclear accidents have been major disasters worldwide, the main being Chernobyl (Ukraine in 1986) and Fukushima (Japan in 2011). Our country has dismal record of even domestic waste management; how do we expect the management nuclear waste which otherwise also is very difficult to manage. Our organization has conducted studies on the health status of people living around Jadugoda uranium mines and found significant effect on their health. We have enough of renewable energy resources like the Solar, Wind and Bio Waste, but are not paying so much attention to these. Instead we are purchasing the nuclear power from those countries who have virtually stopped using nuclear energy for power generation.

28 December: IDPD Seminar at Government College for Boys (Ludhiana)
Increase health spending from 1.2% of the GDP to 6% to provide comprehensive health care to all. Addressing a seminar organized by the NSS at the Government College Boys Ludhiana Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) said that despite the recommendations of the planning commission on health to allocate 5% of the budget towards health, the government of India allocated only 1.9% of the budget to health. Quoting Amritya Sen, Dr Mitra said that health and education are the basic assets required for development and inclusive growth of any country and society. Our public health spending is among the three lowest in the world in line with Sierra Leone and Haiti. Therefore we are likely to miss the millennium development goal (MDG) to bring down infant mortality rate to 27 and maternal mortality rate to 109 by 2015. It is an irony that we spend huge amount on the arms race because of perpetual tension between India and Pakistan. Both of us have nearly 100 nuclear weapons each which if used could lead to death of up to 1.2 crore people. A recent study done by Dr Ira Helfand has warned of risk to over 2 billion people because of fall in food production resulting due to climatic changes in the event of a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan. He called for a mass movement on these issues. Many students asked questions concerning his talk. Present among the faculty members were Prof. Pooran Singh, Prof. Paramjit Singh and Prof Joshi.

24 November: IDPD Peace Mission to Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh)
An IDPD peace team visited Muzaffarnagar on 24th November 2013. The team went to Shahpur town, Kutba, Kutbi and Kankra villages which were hit by the violence over two and half months ago........ For Detailed Report Click Here....

Seminar at Rajgarh (Rajasthan)
The Rajasthan unit of IDPD in association with the citizens organized a seminar BUILDING FUTURE THROUGH PEACE AND HEALTH on 6th October 2013 at Rajgarh Town, District Churu in which over 200 people from all walks of life participated. Dr.Rajeev Munjal gave an introduction of the event and called upon the people to work for peace. Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary IDPD while paying homage to the victims of atomic bombing of Hiroshima said that with people’s movement we can prevent such an event from reoccurring. Peace is the only way if we want to progress. Dr. Dharmendra Verma assured that Rajasthan unit will continue to work for the promotion of peace and disarmament. He cautioned about the dangers of nuclear power plants. Prominent among others who spoke include Dr R N Laba, Dr Vinod Aggarwal, Dr Hawa Singh, Dr Jai Lakhtakia, Dr Ramaavtar Soni, Dr Teerath, Dr R Bhambu, Dr Pawan Sharma, Dr Dinesh, Dr Hari Singh, Dr Jagveer, Dr.H R Rohila, Dr H S Shendilya, Dr Ravinder Saharan, Dr Praveen Bishnoi, Dr.Ram Niwas Mann, Dr O P Lamboria. Mr.Mohd. Yasin Beg Mugal thanked the organizers for the event to promote peace and development.

3 September: IDPD Seminar at Govt. College for Girls (Ludhian)
Dr Arun Mittra General Secretary IDPD informed how we can build a secured future through peace and health. He also stressed that like all industries, the thermal generation of electricity produced waste. Whatever fuel was used, these wastes must be managed in ways to safeguard human health. He also discussed about the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred few years back. Renewable energy sources such as hydro and wind were expected to be capable of supplying energy to the human world for another one billion years at which point the predicted increase in heat from the sun was expected to make the surface of the earth to hot for water to exist. He was addressing the faculty and the students on the occasion of installation ceremony of a science society which was organised on the premises of the Government College for Girls on 3rd September 2013. He was the chief guest on the occasion. Principal Gurminder Kaur said science society was working hard to improve the standards of science wing. Atomic energy was dangerous and we should totally ban this energy throughout the world for our betterment. The meeting was coordinated by Dr Manu HOD Botany and Sh.Amrit Pal Singh.

Seminar at Yamunanagar (Haryana)
The Haryana unit of IDPD organized a seminar on BUILDING FUTURE THROUGH PEACE AND HEALTH on 1st September at Yamunanagar. Dr Karan Singh gave an introduction of the event and called upon the people to work for peace. Dr Arun Mitra – General Secretary IDPD while paying homage to the victims of atomic bombing of Hiroshima said that with people’s movement we can prevent such an event from reoccurring. Peace is the only way if we want to progress. Dr. Balbir Singh cautioned about the dangers of nuclear power plants. He also expressed grave concern at the climate change which will change the flora and fauna pattern and endanger our lives. Dr Rajmohan Singh said that more activities should be done on this front. Others who attended include Dr Neelam, Dr Ravinder Singh Gill, Dr Vikram Bharti, Dr Kuldeep Saini and Dr Rajinder Kumar.

DEMILITARISATION OF THE HIMALAYAS AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPERATIVE
(Presentation Made on Behalf of Eco Monitors Society at the Eco Revival Summit 98 on 9th November 1998 at the India International Centre, New Delhi) ....... For Detailed Report Click Here....

IDPD Peace Week 6th to 13th August
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Uttrakhand Medical Relief Team
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The international congress on Social And Health Effects Of Small Arms held at Germany from 30th May to 2nd June 2013
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Fukushima Day Report of Meeting at Patiala, March 10, 2013
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Report of 9th National Conference IDPD held at Ludhiana 15 to 17 February 2013
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