Absence of manpower leaves 676 new Health centres ‘dead’

Jammu: State government on Monday said that in absence of manpower and logistic support from government of India, it can’t make recently announced 676 Health sub centres in the state functional.
In a written reply to a question by MLA Engineer Rashid, Minister in-charge Health, Omar Abdullah, told the Legislative Assembly that manpower and other logistic required for these sub centres have not been sanctioned by government of India so far.
“The (Health) department would not be able to make these sub centres functional in the absence of manpower and logistic support,” Abdullah said. He said the matter has been taken up with Minister of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW), Government of India (GoI) and the sanction in this regard is awaited.
Recently, a proposal to establish 676 new sub centres in various parts of the state has been sanctioned by the MOH&FW, GoI, under National Rural Health Mission, 2013-14.
The setting of these sub centres has already evoked protests in Legislative Assembly by Rashid and opposition parties including People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who are accusing the government of making uneven distribution of these sub centres without adopting any proper criteria.
Of these 676 new sub health centres, 246 have been sanctioned for 50 Assembly constituencies of Kashmir and Ladakh regions, while 430 have been sanctioned for 35 Assembly constituencies of Jammu region.
Rashid had accused the government of discrimination in distributing these sub centres and “causing animosity among the people.”
PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti has alleged that the major share of these sub centres had gone into the constituencies  of ruling Congress and National Conference Ministers and legislators.
Mehbooba also claimed that the former Minister of State for Health and Congress leader Shabir Ahmad Khan had sanctioned 44 such sub centres for his own Assembly constituency.
“There is visible discrimination between the constituencies held by the members of ruling and opposition parties,” Mehbooba had said.
However, the government had claimed that the distribution of these sub centres was done after proper mapping of the areas through remote sensing.
Following the protests, Speaker Mubarak Gul had ordered to form House Committee to look into the matter. “The committee will look into the matter and submit the report to the House,” said Gul.

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