As part of an ambitious plan to revamp “Ujala Clinics” for adolescents, the Rajasthan government will appoint peer educators and “shadow educators” for counselling of youngsters and ensure better coordination with other medical and health schemes. Ujala Clinics are functioning at the government health facilities in 10 districts of the State.A workshop of adolescent health counsellors was organised here earlier this week under the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram. The role of Ujala Clinics and the scope for connecting them with the initiatives for promoting mental health, reproductive health and de-addiction was discussed on the occasion.National Health Mission’s State Director Samit Sharma said the “shadow educators”, to be appointed in Rajasthan on the lines of Madhya Pradesh, would provide supplementary support to the ongoing counselling services. The new batch of educators will deal with behavioural aspects of adolescents and help them cope with physical and hormonal changes.Ujala Clinics have been established at district hospitals, community health centres and selected primary health centres in Udaipur, Rajsamand, Banswara, Dungarpur, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Jalore, Bundi, Karauli and Dholpur districts.United Nations Population Fund’s State Programme Coordinator Sunil Thomas Jacob said a new software was being prepared for reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the clinics’ functioning. Anaemia preventionRKSK State Nodal Officer Rajendra Gaura said the adolescent health strategy was aimed at reducing the prevalence of malnutrition and anaemia and improve adolescents’ knowledge and behaviour in relation to sexual and reproductive health.
Like father, like son, eh? It sure looks like in the family of disgraced cricket tycoon Lalit Modi.His son, Ruchir Modi, has made a debut as a game manager. Modi Jr has been crowned as president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA)’s Alwar district.His quiet entry into the RCA came in much the same way that his father had once made. In 2004, Lalit Modi broke into the RCA via his election from Nagore district.According to RCA secretary Somendra Tiwari, Ruchir was named chief of the cricket body’s Alwar zone in a vote on Aug 23.This election was atypical — no media hype, no jamboree.Modi Jr was seen at the RCA’s Jaipur office on July 21. His visit did trigger faint speculations about some activity under way in the cricket association.But his election last month as head of the RCA’s Alwar district has come as a surprise.In order to become eligible to stand from the zone, Ruchir also bought land in Alwar, insiders told India Today.His past association with cricket, sources said, had largely been limited to watching matches in Jaipur along with his father.At present, he is living in Mumbai after having completed his college.Speculation is rife that the young man’s sudden foray into district cricket management was a well-planned tactic to pave the way for him to take control of the RCA, which lost BCCI recognition because of the taint on his father as its president.That way, the state cricket association will then be able to claim the BCCI stamp back, sources say.advertisementIn December 2004, Lalit Modi was elected president of the RCA’s Nagore district.Six months later, he became boss of the state’s cricket association.