Chennai's roads are currently in chaos with multiple roadworks ongoing. While traffic planning for motor vehicles is done, cyclists, pedestrians, public transport users, and persons with disabilities are rarely factored in. The Indian Road Congress SP:55-2014 mandates site specific Work zone Traffic Management Plan in collaboration with all relevant agencies.
On this National Safe Food Day, we renew our calls for warning labels on processed foods to guide consumers towards healthy food choices. Processed foods are designed for maximising convenience for consumers, and profits for producers. They are not often designed prioritising health and human life. #FoodLabelsSaveLives
CAG has initiated this project with the overall objective of accelerating clean energy transition by improving stakeholder participation in the area of electricity governance in India. Stakeholders here refer to various consumer categories, CSOs, consumer groups, resident welfare associations, small and medium enterprises, trade associations, media, local communities, etc.
The quality of stakeholder participation in electricity administration and grievance redressal mechanisms in Tamil Nadu and the rest of India is low. There are several challenges related to electricity that need to be addressed at various levels. These include:
- poor articulation of electricity-related problems faced by consumers and subsequent issues taken up by civil society organizations (CSOs) at the administrative level,
- citizens’ ineffective presentation of their cases before the Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum (CGRF), lack of quality inputs by CSOs in regulatory affairs,
- lack of understanding of electricity governance, energy efficiency, renewable energy etc by the consumers, and lack of a common platform to enable stakeholders to engage in knowledge sharing.
Many CSOs in their area of operation are unaware and unable to effectively participate in promoting the schemes, highlighting the lacuna, if any. Further, CSOs working in the electricity sector in India do not have access to international practices and methods.
Technical assistance and networking support from specialised NGOs and experts can enable and enhance the effective participation of stakeholders inclusively in electricity governance.
India ranked 12th on the risk index that assesses the level of Climate Change threat faced by women employed in agricultural sectors. This calls for decision-makers & investors to target finance & investments to areas where these women are most affected.
Having one or more close family members with high blood pressure before the age of 60 doubles your risk of having hypertension yourself. A family history of high blood pressure is linked to other risk factors for heart disease & stroke such as high cholesterol, high body fat, & being more sensitive to the effects of salt on raising blood pressure. Be aware of your risks. Get your #BloodPressure checked routinely. It's a simple measure that can save your life. #FindItFixIt #BeatThePressure
According to WHO, wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death among drivers & front seat occupants by 45 – 50 per cent. Beyond just a legal requirement, it's a powerful shield that ensures you arrive alive. Let's make every drive a promise to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Climate crisis transcends incomparable borders, sectors and social dimensions and it needs to be addressed using a transdisciplinary approach. This edition of St(o)ppwatch brings you news on COP28, climate disasters, global investments and much more!
When road construction blocks access to building frontages, particularly public structures like railway stations, the redirected path must prioritise #PedestrianSafety. This includes well-maintained surfaces, protection from hazardous construction objects, & adequate nighttime lighting for the safety of all, especially #women. Clear & informative signage should guide #pedestrians along the rerouted path.
A recent Lancet publication reports on the global burden of cancer, which has soared in recent decades. The study on a UK cohort found evidence that increased #ProcessedFood consumption may be linked to an increased incidence & mortality for cancers, particularly some site-specific cancers, especially ovarian cancer. This emphasises the urgent need for Front of Pack warning labels on processed foods. Will policy makers recognise the gravity of the issue & ACT? #FoodLabelSaveLives