We, the four signatory networks of organizations of public health advocates, experts in digital privacy, science and technology policy advocates and other stakeholders issue this Statement for generating public understanding and for submission to the Government of India (GoI) and concerned Union Ministries – Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEIT), and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) – about our deep concerns regarding the Aarogya Setu (AS) and other similar Apps related to the novel Corona virus epidemic. We are deeply concerned about violation of privacy, and compromised ethical principles and values, due to the AS App‟s design, its deployment, related policies regarding data storage, preservation of privacy and data sharing, as well as overall policy implementation and inadequate legal frameworks for data protection and grievance redressal for users...Click on the link for more details
As part of the National Scientific Temper Day campaign AIPSN has started a signature campaign to inculcate scientific temper in the time of the pandemic. Visit aipsn.in and endorse the campaign
AIPSN demands that the due process of scientific trials be followed strictly and transparently for all Covid19 candidate vaccines and treatment drugs, regardless of systems of medicine, and overcoming temptations to make haste prompted either by corporate greed or false national pride. AIPSN calls for a globally coordinated effort that puts people before profits to make drugs and vaccines that will be available free to the public and with allocations to countries made as per needs without any discrimination instead of the current perverted race to develop drugs and vaccines driven by jingoistic-nationalism and corporate profits. AIPSN demands that the efforts of the scientists who came up with the BBV152 COVID vaccine candidate, or others likely to come up in the near future, not be wasted by such unseemly political pressures which compromise the safety of people by not following due process and which is highly likely to bring Indian science and research into disrepute. Read full post for more details...
The Central Government has persisted with the Lockdown as the main, if not, the only strategy against the spread of COVID-19. Underway since March 25th, this lock-down has seen two extensions, one on April 20th and now again on May 3rd. These one-size-fits-all country-wide lock-downs are badly planned and poorly implemented with measures imposed on the country by the Government using centralizing powers under the Disaster Management Act. The JSA and AIPSN statement reflects on the badly planned and poorly implemented lockdown. F urther, we detail health related and socio-economic measures that the union and state governments must consider. Read the statement for more details
Quote from article.. "To convert rice stocks into bio-fuel that India does not need now, or into sanitisers for which alternative feed stock is either available or can be found, is sheer criminality."
With the thorough preparations that grid authorities have made, the grid will most probably survive. But does not the Modi government have better things to do during this crisis than delivering shocks to the grid? Prabir Purkayastha. 5 Apr 2020
Clearly, more than half of the Indian population would not be able to stay at home for long. Compensating them would cost around Rs 3 lakh crore or 1.5% of our current GDP. Does this Government have the will?
Quick and widespread testing and quarantine will help tackle the spread of Covid-19, not ultra-nationalism or hyper-capitalism.
A charter of demands by the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and All India People’s Science Network published in scroll.in https://scroll.in/article/956326/13-demands-what-the-government-must-do-to-tackle-coronavirus-in-india