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SHREDDED SINGH (Mr. Preetinder Singh) – A devoted Sikh bodybuilder and dedicated animal lover

This post is a shoutout to one of the most angelic humans I have come across in my life. It is about Mr. Preetinder Singh aka Shredded Singh.

He can be described as a compassionate animal lover, passionate bodybuilder and devoted Sikh spiritual practitioner. He is extremely humble and polite.

He takes out 3-5 hours daily from his arduous schedule solely for helping and feeding animals (mostly street dogs) in his city Patiala. He feeds 27 dogs and 15 pups daily (as on latest count), rescues hurt dogs whenever he gets a call and routinely immunizes and sterilizes these dogs.

He feeds his adopted dogs and pups authentic dog food bought from store in addition to home food.

He makes sure that hurt dogs receive professional treatment from qualified vets and then keeps them in his home for some days to recover. After that, these dogs are rehabilitated.

Upon seeing him everyday, “his” dogs run towards him. He has such four-legged fans in most parts of the city 🙂

He also attaches collars to these dogs so that they can be saved from becoming roadkill especially at nights. Attaching collars also has the added benefit of reducing stone pelting on such dogs as people might think they are “owned” as pets.

Mr. Shredded Singh is also a full time bodybuilder, nutritionist and online coach. He follows a vegetarian diet.

He is a human certainly worth emulating.

All this goes on to show that we have many unrecognized heroes in our midst and such pure hearted people must be given visibility/promotion by us to reaffirm faith in humanity.

He can be reached at :-

YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwq6fPRaljeEC6AmZT-2YdA

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/shredded.singh/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/shreddedsinghofficialpage/

Snapchat – EKAMPREET89

Following are some of his posts (note: all the pictures belong to Mr. Shredded Singh, use only after his permission) :-

Small message to Inspire you all.. When you Train yourself.. Make it sure that You Train yourself PHYSICALLY & SPIRITUALLY as well.. I train myself in the gym To make myself Physically Strong & What Makes me Spiritually Strong is 'Feeding those Voiceless who never can speak by mouth but their beautiful eyes tell me a lot of things, by serving this beautiful creature of God I feed my Soul every single day & believe me When I sleep they use to come in my dreams with the Voice "I really don't know You gonna believe it or not, but for me it is Voice of GOD" . .. One small poetry- kya kare Padh ke geeta, Kuraan or Gurbaani, jab baat Guru ki Nah Maani.. . .. Sab da Bhagwaan/ Parmatma ik hai.. Te parmeshwar khudh ehi kehnda ki Meri Baani padh ta lehnde ho par je uss Baani nu asli zindagi ch apnaoge hi nahi ta uss da ki fayda.. 🙏 . .. Kar Sewa Kar Sewa Kar Sewa.. #ShreddedSingh #AnimalLover #StreetDogsLover #DontBuy #DontShop #AdoptOne #ILoveDesiDogs #OurIndianDogs #BestFriend #Dogs #Puppies

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READ COMPLETE POST – It is so easy & normal for people to spend 5000-10000 Rupees to buy a dog from breeders.. But it is really difficult for them to spend 50-100 Rupees to feed a street dog.. #Strange Don't buy Don't Shop.. ADOPT ONE. Give better life to our Indian Desi Dogs.. I am raising funds for the better life of street Dogs by Providing them Healthy Nutrition dog food meals along with Vaccinations & Medications ( 7 in 1, Rabies, Deworming & others ) & most important by STERILIZED/SPAY them.. My dream is to give them healthy and better life & I will do what all I can do to serve them until end of my life.. . .. If anyone Interesed to Donate for this Noble cause for thr better life of our Indian street Dogs.. You Can Direct message me for details.. Options available for Donation are Paytm, Bank Transfer & for overseas people you can also donate via Moneygram & Western union.. Kindly keep this in mind when you direct message me, You mention it "FOR DONATION".. So that I can easily noticed it out from all random messages.. Thanks you.. Every little help will be considered as a big for these Voiceless🐶❤ . .. As of now, my fur family which I have to feed on daily basis are 27 Dogs & 15 pupps & still I am trying to find out another new pupps who took birth last week but I m not able to find out because DogMom don't want me to follow her yet at the place where she delivered them.. Feel free to message me for Donation by forwarding your helping hands 🙏 Regards, #ShreddedSingh #StreetDogsLover #AnimalLover #DogsLover #DontShop #Dontbuy #AdoptOne #ILoveDesiDogs

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Appeal to Humanity.. These Five 8 weeks old puppies need to find out their forever home.. They are our cute Indian Desi Dogs.. Let me tell you more about why to adopt them ? a) High Immunity than breed dogs to survive for more years than breed dogs in India's weather.. b) more active & friendly in nature.. c) Very cute faces.. d) Can survive comfortable in both weathers either summer or winter.. . .. Now let me tell u about these 5 puppies.. Among them 2 puppies are female & rest 3 are male.. ● I vaccinated all of them 7 in 1 shot yesterday (which is given to cure them from health diseases).. ● Deworming done.. ● Rabies shot is given when they will turn 3 months old.. They r just 2months old.. . .. Location – #Patiala.. They are getting raised with healthy food (Drolls puppy food, Home-made chappaties & diluted milk) so their growth is pretty good.. Each puppy weight 5kgs.. Current LOCATION – PATIALA.. For Adoption – Anywhere in India.. Either Patiala or outside.. Feel Free to ask more about these puppies.. This is Adoption.. So it is for free.. But I have to make sure that I will handle these puppies in the safe hands who will not gonna abandon them in the Future.. So I may ask you few questions so don't hesitate to answer them too.. Thank you.. Kindly Tag your friends.. If you can repost this to ur profile, that will be great initiative to help these Little 4 Legs kids to find out their forever home.. Lots Of Love.. Regards, #ShreddedSingh #StreetDogsLover #AnimalLover #ILoveDesiDogs #DontShop #DontBuy #AdoptOne #GiveThemChance #Puppy #Doggy #Dogs #Pupp #Adoption

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What a Busy & Productive day.. This morning, when I was having my pre-workout meal before Leg session, I got a call that someone who lives near to the gym where I use to go for my workout, has dislocated the 2 small puppies who are living outside the gym in their small home.. Well, I just had to bring them back because they are just babies.. With the help of one guy who knows in which village they left the pupps, I brought them back.. I met the person who dislocated & had counselling session for half an hour.. He was not ready to accept he was wrong but he agreed somehow that he will not dislocate again.. I hope so he will be man of his words.. . .. Than straight to the gym.. killed 2 hours Legs & Rehaab session.. And again back to work.. . .. Straight to the Govt. Medical Hospital & Have to release 5 female dogs which we picked on sunday for sterilisation.. 2 of sterilized females we released yesterday.. 5 sterilized females we released today & some people who came with us to collect their local street females in their cars.. Total 23 female dogs got sterilised in last 3 days.. we just started & I hope many kind people will be part of this & they will serve the voiceless animals as well.. One of our Team "I Love Desi Dogs" female member was with me and we together made this day beautiful for dogs..❤❤ More updates you can check on my Official SNAPCHAT 👉"EKAMPREET89"👈 is my UserName.. Kindly add me with UserName only.. Thank you all of you for being so supportive and sending so much Love from all over the world.. Regards, #ShreddedSingh #AnimalLover #DogsLover #StreetDogsLover #DontBuy #DontShop #AdoptOne

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"BARBIE" will be the Queen & Doll of the DogShow which is going to be happen Tomorrow (12th February,2017) at #PATIALA.. I am giving her a bath and we are getting ready and excited for tomorrow.. Please note the Venue : Polo Ground on the stall "I Love Desi Dogs".. Timings : 10 AM to 5 PM.. . .. P.s : Its going to be happen for the first time in the History of Dog shows that our street doggies are going to represent there.. We are not selling any dogs.. We are not against Breeders.. Our agenda is simple and clear that one should take care of the near by street dogs.. Providing food, shelter, vaccinations & sterilize that dog.. Change their entire life from discomfort to comfort with your little efforts, care, money & Love.. Me and My other Team mates who ALL are DogLovers will be there.. We are not any NGO OR NPO.. We are just common people who want to set an example that every Life is precious even its Human life or Animal's Life.. . .. … …. ….. #ShreddedSingh #StreetDogsLover #AnimalLover

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Time For Next Level Motivation.. Every Tiny thing which exists in this world have MOTIVATION in itself.. I am very Motivated guy, who have Dreams which I have to achieve without hurting someone.. Pure hardword is something I put in from past many years to achieve my goals but this was not enough.. Somewhere I was lacking in my peace of mind.. And finally My Waheguru helped me out.. I found my Peace of mind by serving the Voiceless Creation of God "Dogs".. Here is my little friend named BITTU whom I am going to foster for few days.. Bittu is my Power Booster of Motiation.. How ? Why ? . .. Okay, Let me tell you more about Bittu.. Bittu is going for surgery next week, you can see in Top right picture.. Professional Dog's Surgeon said they have to Amputate his foot because it may take his life due to infection.. Guess what? Bittu was in this pain more than One year.. almost 1 and half year he keeping going through this pain.. He is a dog from Karnal city which is almost 125 kilometers far from my hometown.. I keep posted about my dogs who live near by my home & One of my Online friend Dom Singh told me about this dog.. I contacted Patiala based NGO "Guardians of the Voiceless" make sure you check their facebook socials.. they tried on their behalf links in karnal to get this dog treated.. But No one give positive response.. we are not surprised because when No one can feel and see his pain from past 1 and half year.. than one telephonic call not gonna make big change.. They said we have to bring that dog Patiala & we just bring him here.. You know what "PAIN IS SOMETHING WHICH ACTUALLY MAKES YOU STRONG".. Bittu is so strong, gentle, friendly & understanding boy.. I can feel all his pain & this pain made me more stronger.. Feeding every dog is my lifetime goal but thats true I can't feed every single dog in this world.. this is why I keep sharing my Love with all of you everyday because I know you guys will follow this. it will touch your soft heart feelings & once u started feeding them I feel proud of you.. believe me I lovr u guys when u send me pupps & dogs videos on snapchat, My happiness is on somewhere I can't explain.. continued in comments

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SMALL REMINDER FOR EVERYONE WHO SERVE AN ANIMAL OR WHO IS CRUEL TO AN ANIMAL.. . .. Sometime Humans Become so arrogant & foolish that they start reacting like an Evil towards Animals.. they literally forget that KARMA is still counting on our Actions.. I may not stand for every Animal cruelty in this world but My God Definitely stands for them I believe in my Waheguru.. . .. Just keep this in your mind buddy "THEY ARE VOICELESS.. YOU CAN'T HEAR THEIR BLESSING OR CURSE" but their creater GOD definitely listen the Voice of Voiceless and you will only REAP what you SOW.. . .. In punjabi "Waheguru inah Bezubaana di Insaan nalo pehla sunda.. Kyunki Insaan ta bolke sab nu das sakda, par eh bezubaan sidhaa Rabb nal gal krde ne te Parmatma nu sab dsde ne ki kehda Insaan inah nal kida da behave krda.. Jehda ehna nu Pyaar krda ohh Rabb de dil de nehde ho janda.. te jehda jehde v ehna nu marde ne ignore karde ne Rabb toh dur hoe jande ne.. Tuadi Kamayi di Ginti ch shayad tuada Hisaab kitaab galaat hoje, Par jad tuadi maut (final destination hai jo apa sab di) aauni hai, te KARMA ne jad kitaab kholke tuade kite karaam da hisaab karna, ohde ch kade v koi galti nahi houn wali.. . .. Hun eh tuadi Marzi hai Tusi ehna Bezubaana nal pyaar karo chahe ehna nu maro.. Mei kehan wala koi Nahi hunda, Waheguru Hi Faisla karda sab da aakhir ch.. #WaheguruMeharKare #LoveAnimals #DontBuy #DontShop #AdoptOne #ShreddedSingh #StreetDogsLover #AnimalLover

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Why cows for Hindus are holy? -by Karolina Goswami

Highlights of Draft National Health Policy 2015

“The reality is straightforward. The power of existing interventions is not matched by the power of health systems to deliver them to those in greatest need, in a comprehensive way, and on an adequate scale”.

Health Priorities are changing. As a result of focused action over the last decade we are projected to attain Millennium Development Goals with respect to maternal and child mortality.

  1. Maternal mortality now accounts for 0.55% of all deaths and 4% of all female deaths in the 15 to 49 year age group. This is still 46,500 maternal deaths too many, and demands that the commitments to further reduction must not flag. However it also signifies a rising and unfulfilled expectation of many other health needs that currently receive little public attention.  There are many infectious diseases which the system has failed to respond to – either in terms of prevention or access to treatment.  Then there is a growing burden of non-communicable disease.
  2. The second important change in context is the emergence of a robust health care industry growing at 15% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).  This represents twice the rate of growth in all services and thrice the national economic growth rate.
  3. Thirdly, incidence of catastrophic expenditure due to health care costs is growing and is now being estimated to be one of the major contributors to poverty. The drain on family incomes due to health care costs can neutralize the gains of income increases and every Government scheme aimed to reduce poverty.
  4. The fourth and final change in context is that economic growth has increased the fiscal capacity available.  Therefore, the country needs a new health policy that is responsive to these contextual changes.

The primary aim of the National Health Policy, 2015, is to inform, clarify, strengthen and prioritize the role of the Government in shaping health systems in all its dimensions- investment in health, organization and financing of healthcare services, prevention of diseases and promotion of good health through cross sectoral action, access to technologies, developing human resources, encouraging medical pluralism, building the knowledge base required for better health, financial protection strategies and regulation and legislation for health.

Health Care Industry

Engaging and supporting the growth of the health care industry has been an important element of public policy. The private health care industry is valued at $40 billion and is projected to grow to $280 billion by 2020 as per market sources. The current growth rate of this perennially and most rapidly growing area of the economy, the healthcare industry, at 14% is projected to be 21% in the next decade. Even during the global recession of 2008, this sector remained relatively recession-proof.

The private health care industry is complex and differentiated:

  • It includes insurance and equipment, which accounts for about 15%
  • pharmaceuticals which accounts for over 25%,
  • about 10% on diagnostics,
  • and about 50% is hospitals and clinical care.

The private sector growth cannot be seen merely as a consequence of limited public sector investment. The Government has had an active policy in the last 25 years of building a positive economic climate for the health care industry. Amongst these measures are lower direct taxes; higher depreciation in medical equipment; Income Tax exemptions for 5 years for rural hospitals; custom duty exemptions for imported equipment that are lifesaving; Income Tax exemption for Health Insurance; and active engagement through publicly financed health insurance which now covers almost 27% of the population. Further forms of assistance are preferential and subsidized allocation of land that has been acquired under the public acquisitions Act, and the subsidized education for medical, nursing and other paramedical professionals graduating from government institutions and who constitute a significant proportion of the human resources that work for the private sector; and the provision for 100% FDI. Indeed in one year alone 2012-13-as per market sources the private health care industry attracted over 2 billion dollars of FDI much of it as venture capital. For International Finance Corporation, the section of the World Bank investing in private sector, the Indian private health care industry is the second highest destination for its global investments in health. While recognizing that the growth of such industry brings in revenue through medical tourism and that it provides employment, there is a necessity and a rationale for the Health Ministry to intervene and to actively shape the growth of this sector for ensuring that it is aligned to its overall health policy goals, especially with regards to access and financial protection. There is also a need to ensure that excessive capitalization and overcrowding in a few cities does not lead to demands on public financing, and that the basic policy structure, especially as regards costs, standards and regulation is not unduly influenced by the requirements and perceptions of industry.

Role of Private Sector

The private sector today provides nearly 80% of outpatient care and about 60% of inpatient care. (The out-patient estimate would be significantly lower if we included only qualified providers. By NSSO estimates as much as 40% of the private care is likely to be by informal unqualified providers). 72% of all private health care enterprises are own-account-enterprises (OAEs), which are household run businesses providing health services without hiring a worker on a fairly regular basis. These are very different in their needs, perceptions and services from both the medical establishments and within the latter from the corporate sector-which represents the health care industry. But over time employment OAEs are declining and the number of medical establishments and corporate hospitals is rising. There are major ongoing efforts to organize such OAEs within the corporate sector and to regulate these by the Government. Regular information about this sector, their differentiation and their practices, problems and needs are essential for the Government to engage with them. Often for OAEs and smaller medical establishments the main grounds for engagement are not financial partnerships with government, but skill up-gradation, referral support, sharing information of public health importance and improved clinical quality for effectiveness in public health priority areas. In terms of comparative efficiency, public sector is value for money as it accounts (based on the NSSO 60th round) for less than 30 % of total expenditure, but provides for about 20% of outpatient care and 40% of in-patient care. This same expenditure also pays for 60% of end-of-life care (RGI estimates on hospital mortality), and almost 100% of preventive and promotive care and a substantial part of medical and nursing education as well.

Investment in Health Care

Despite years of strong economic growth and increased Government health spending in the 11th Five Year plan period, the total spending on healthcare in 2011 in the country is about 4.1% of GDP. Global evidence on health spending shows that unless a country spends at least 5–6% of its GDP on health and the major part of it is from Government expenditure, basic health care needs are seldom met. The Government spending on healthcare in India is only 1.04% of GDP which is about 4 % of total Government expenditure, less than 30% of total health spending. This translates in absolute terms to Rs. 957 per capita at current market prices. The Central Government share of this is Rs. 325 (0.34% GDP) while State Government share translates to about Rs. 632 on per capita basis at base line scenario. Perhaps the single most important policy pronouncement of the National Health Policy 2002 articulated in the 10th, 11th and 12th Five Year Plans, and the NRHM framework was the decision to increase public health expenditure to 2 to 3 % of the GDP. Public health expenditure rose briskly in the first years of the NRHM, but at the peak of its performance it started stagnating at about 1.04 % of the GDP. The pinch of such stagnation is felt in the failure to expand workforce, even to train and retain them. This reluctance to provide for regular employment affects service delivery, regulatory functions, management functions and research and development functions of the Government. Though there is always space to generate some more value for the money provided, it is unrealistic to expect to achieve key goals in a Five Year Plan on half the estimated and sanctioned budget. The failure to attain minimum levels of public health expenditure remains the single most important constraint. While it is important to recognize the growth and potential of a rapidly expanding private sector, international experience (as evidenced from the table below) shows that health outcomes and financial protection are closely related to absolute and relative levels of public health expenditure.

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Of the developing countries in the table above, two nations, Brazil and Thailand, are considered to have achieved close to universal health coverage- Thailand has almost the same total health expenditure as India but its proportion of public health expenditure is 77.7% of total health expenditures (which is 3.2 % of the GDP) and this is spent through a form of strategic purchasing in which about 95% is purchased from public health care facilities- which is what gives it such a high efficiency. Brazil spends 9% of its GDP on health but of this public health expenditure constitutes 4.1 % of the GDP (which is 45.7% of total health expenditure). This public health expenditure accounts for almost 75 % of all health care provision. It would be ambitious if India could aspire to a public health expenditure of 4% of the GDP, but most expert groups have estimated 2.5 % as being more realistic. At such levels of expenditure, “purchasing,” would have to be mainly from public providers for efficient use of resources with purchasing from private providers only for supplementation.

Health as a Fundamental Right

One of the fundamental policy questions of our times is whether to pass a health rights bill making health as a fundamental right– in the way that was done for education. Many industrialized nations have laws that do so. Many of the developing nations that have made significant progress towards universal health coverage like Brazil and Thailand have done so and the presence of such a law was a major contributory factor. A number of international covenants to which we are joint signatories give us such a mandate- and this could be used to make a national law. Courts have also rulings that in effect see health care as a fundamental right- and a constitutional obligation flowing out of the right to life. There has been a ten-year long discussion over this without a final resolution. The policy question is whether we have reached the level of economic and health systems development as to make this a justiciable right- implying that its denial is an offense. And whether when health care is a State subject, it is desirable or useful to make a central law? And whether such a law should mainly focus on the enforcement of public health standards on water, sanitation, food safety, air pollution etc, or on health rights- access to health care and quality of health care – i.e on what the state enforces on citizens or on what the citizen demands of the state? Or does the health policy take the position that given the existence of a large number of laws including the Clinical Establishments Act, and the track record on adopting them and implementing them, a Central law is neither essential nor feasible. To break the deadlock and this vacillation and move forward with determination- the draft national health policy proposes the following formulation- “the Center shall enact, after due discussion and on the request of three or more States (using the same legal clause as used for the Clinical Establishments Bill) a National Health Rights Act, which will ensure health as a fundamental right, whose denial will be justiciable. States would voluntarily opt to adopt this by a resolution of their Legislative Assembly. States which have achieved a per capita public health expenditure rate of over Rs 3800 per capita ( at current prices) should be in a position to deliver on this- and though many States are some distance away- there are states which are approaching or have even reached this target.” Such a policy formulation/resolution we feel would be the right signal to give a push for more public health expenditure as well as for the recognition of health as a basic human right, and its realization as goal that the nation must set itself.

Another significant proposed policy change is that the government actively wants to work towards a “change in mindset” where people move away from “imagining public hospitals as social enterprises that ideally must recover the costs of their functioning, to reimagining them as part of a tax-financed single-payer healthcare system in which, what public hospitals deliver is not free care, but rather pre-paid care.” The other corollary of viewing public services not as free, but as pre-paid services is that quality of care would become an imperative. The policy statement also assures universal access to free drugs and diagnostics in government-run hospitals. Since independence, India has twice drafted a National Health Policy framework—once in 1983 and then in 2002—which have guided the approach towards the health sector in Five-Year plans.

The government is also keen to explore the creation of a health cess on the lines of education cess for raising money needed to fund the expenditure it would entail. “Other than general taxation, this cess could mobilize contributions from specific commodity taxes such as the taxes on tobacco, and alcohol, from specific industries and innovative forms of resource mobilization,” the draft policy states.

While there is an intent to increase spend on health care, the draft policy also stresses on the role of private sector. While the public sector is to focus on preventive and secondary care services, the document recommends contracting out services like ambulatory care, imaging and diagnostics, tertiary care down to non-medical services such as catering and laundry to the private sector.

The draft document highlights the urgent need to improve the performance of health systems, with focus on improving maternal mortality rate, controlling infectious diseases, tackling the growing burden of non-communicable diseases and bringing down medical expenses among other things.

Draft National Health Policy 2015

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