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AAP, BJP clash in Delhi Assembly over mohalla clinics issue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The and the today traded charges in the Assembly over the issue of delay in setting up more mohalla clinics, a pet project of Kejriwal Government, with the ruling party accusing the of creating hurdles in implementation of the health care project.

Health Minister Satyendar Jain informed the House that the file on mohalla clinics is pending with the office for clearance, which led to heated arguments between the MLAs of the two parties.

MLAs Rajesh Gupta and Ritu Raj sought to know why the LG's nod is required "in everything" including for setting up mohalla clinics.

However, Manjinder Singh Sirsa alleged that due to government's "failure", the project had not taken off with full strength.

Under the project, the wants to open 1,000 mohalla clincs across the city and out of these, around 120 such health facilities have come up so far.

Mohalla clinics is a flagship project of the which is aimed at providing free primary healthcare to city residents closer to home.

Replying to a query during the Question Hour, Jain said officials are not allowing more such clinics as Lt Governor Anil Baijal has not given his nod so far.

"The has prepared four Cabinet notes about it (mohalla clinics). Recently, the had given his approval to it, but there is confusion among officers on whether the Lt Governor has given his go ahead to all clinics or some such facilities," the health minister told the house.

Jain alleged that hurdles are being created in setting up mohalla clinics and a solution to this will be found soon.

During heated arguments between the and the opposition, an agitated Jain asked MLAs why they do not approach the if they are concerned about the people of and request him to give his nod to mohalla clinics.

Thereafter, MLAs - Gupta, Ritu Raj and MLAs Vijender Gupta and Manjinder Singh Sira accused each other of "failing" the project.

Speaker Ram Niwas Goel also suggested to Opposition leader Vijender Gupta that a five-member delegation consisting of both the and MLAs can meet the and request him to give his approval.

Goel said he is also ready to accompany the MLAs to take up the issue with the Lt Governor.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, August 10 2017. 16:57 IST