Delhi LG Rejects Kejriwal’s Shady Mohalla Clinics Proposal

Arvind Kejriwal with Anil Baijal
Arvind Kejriwal with Anil Baijal

LG Anil Baijal says that the complaints and vigilance findings about the alleged irregularities in Mohalla Clinics have not yet been addressed by Kejriwal’s Government.

By Rakesh Raman

Notwithstanding the seizure of the Lt. Governor’s (LG) office by the MLAs of Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Delhi LG Anil Baijal did not succumb and rejected the Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics (AAMCs) proposal.

In a meeting held with Delhi chief minister Kejriwal on Thursday at Raj Niwas, Baijal reiterated his assertion that the proposed Mohalla Clinics (community health centres) are not being set up in a transparent manner.

Baijal said that the complaints and vigilance findings about the alleged irregularities in Mohalla Clinics have not yet been addressed by Kejriwal’s Government.

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According to the LG office, the complaints include:

· No transparent method to select premises for Mohalla Clinic.

· Rent of premises higher than market rent.

· Premises of party workers rented.

· Location of clinics not in synchronization with existing dispensaries.

· Four hours for running the clinic not adequate.

· No proper accounting of the patients examined which decides payment to doctors.

A statement from the LG office added that the matter is under further investigation by the Vigilance Department.

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“It is of extreme importance that while implementing such a vital project as AAMC, all issues be addressed to ensure that the programme delivers its goals in an optimum and transparent manner and programme design becomes more robust,” Baijal said.

Baijal assured Kejriwal that a decision in the best interests of delivery of quality health care to the residents will be taken after incorporating sufficient safeguards to ensure transparency and objectivity.

Earlier on Wednesday, 45 AAP MLAs had barged into LG office (Raj Niwas) to force Baijal to accept the AAMC proposal. LG office stated that the MLAs “displayed conduct unbecoming of responsible elected representatives.”

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“Despite being given a chronological status of the entire proposal and repeatedly being told by the LG that the proposal has been returned to CM on 5th July 2017 with a request to address the complaints, the MLAs continued to behave in a belligerent manner without any interest in responding to facts and logic,” LG office said in its statement.

The statement added that laying siege to the office of a constitutional functionary is no way to resolve issues in a democratic system based on rule of law.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist. He had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

Photo courtesy: LG office

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