Patna: The RJD would stage protests
across Bihar tomorrow on Tuesday to protest against alleged undermining
of Freedom of Press under the Nitish Kumar regime as referred
by the Press Council chief, party President and General
Secretary Ramkripal Yadav said on Monday.
The activists would hold sit-in demonstrations at
all the district headquarters to press for ensuring freedom of
Press, Yadav said.
He castigated ruling NDA leaders for their "uncalled
for and unsavoury" remarks against the PCI Chairman Markandeya
Katju. Tremendous effort has gone into the development of a
strong polio programme in Bihar -- from addressing community
resistance to the vaccine and reaching migrant communities, to
establishing a state-of-the-art AFP surveillance system --
making it a model for similar efforts not only in India but
worldwide, he said.
Maintaining the quality of this system for the
duration of the eradication effort is critical. Bihar has
also made impressive gains in routine immunisation coverage in
the last five years and continuing to improve this system`s
ability to reach all citizens, particularly migrant groups,
was the only way for Bihar to sustainably eliminate polio and
tackle other vaccine-preventable diseases in the long term.
Gates took the opportunity to reinforce the
foundation`s commitment to the broader partnership with Bihar
to improve maternal and child health.
"We are grateful for the thoughtful engagement of
your public health staff, from the state level to the district
and through block leadership. The Bihar programme is a
priority for our foundation, and we look forward to continuing
to make progress together", Bill Gates said.