Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced a series of awards and special incentives for dedicated doctors, paramedical staff and other healthcare workers of government hospitals across the State.Stating that his government was emphasising on quality healthcare under its 5T (transparency, teamwork, technology, time and transformation) initiative, Mr. Patnaik said that 10 doctors and other healthcare workers will be presented with Chief Minister Award, which includes cash prizes of ₹10 lakh and ₹5 lakh respectively. Government healthcare institutions providing quality service will also be rewarded, he added.
Sunil Gavaskar recently exited the IPL Governing Council because he felt that the IPL, as a commercial enterprise, was not remunerating him adequately. In any case, his exit sparked off a controversy.Sunil GavaskarFrom the time the Kochi franchise was rigged up, there has been speculation about the role of a top,Sunil Gavaskar recently exited the IPL Governing Council because he felt that the IPL, as a commercial enterprise, was not remunerating him adequately. In any case, his exit sparked off a controversy.Sunil GavaskarFrom the time the Kochi franchise was rigged up, there has been speculation about the role of a top former cricketer. Outing Gavaskar just a day before the crucial IPL Governing Council meeting at Nagpur only confirmed the top cricketer’s name. Holidaying in Dubai, Gavaskar spoke to sandeep bamzai on the eve of the ipl Governing Council meeting about his actual involvement with the Kochi franchise. Excerpts:Q. What is the extent of your involvement with the controversial Kochi franchise of the IPL?A. This is not the first time I have been approached by a potential franchise. In the past too there have been several approaches to help on the cricketing aspect but nothing actually materialised.Q. Has a formal offer been made to you by the Gaekwads?A. Till I get a formal offer in writing, it is just like all previous approaches made to me. It is only after a formal written approach is made that I will be in a position to answer questions about monetary aspects and any stake in the franchise. Of course, before that we have to wait for the BCCI’s decision on the matter of retaining the franchise or not.Q. Why did you quit from the Governing Council after being an integral member of the executive from the beginning?advertisementA. I opted out because I feel like Tiger Pataudi that since the IPL is a commercial enterprise, those who give their expertise, experience, inputs and time should be remunerated. You are aware that I have been a coach and consultant for the Indian team in the past and did not ask for nor got a rupee for doing so. I thought it was my duty to do so for what Indian cricket has given me and I will still do so if asked. But the IPL is a commercial enterprise.