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SDMC Mayor criticises Delhi govt for not releasing funds

SDMC Mayor criticises Delhi govt for not releasing funds

New Delhi: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra on Friday criticized Delhi government for not releasing funds to the civic body to control vector borne diseases.

They stated that SDMC demanded Rs 49 crore for this purpose whereas Rs 34.60 crore has been allocated but it is a matter of great concern that only Rs 2.15 crore has been released.

They added that number of cases of dengue and malaria are feared to go up during the raining season. Delhi government must take a liberal view in releasing funds to SDMC keeping in view the health of the residents.

The Leaders said that an amount of Rs 2.75 crore is required to release monthly salary of 1,175 DBC and 734 field workers. SDMC is going to release salary of one month with great difficulty by releasing amount from its internal sources as only Rs 2.15 crore has yet been released by Delhi government.

Standing Committee Chairperson Bhupender Gupta said that it is becoming difficult to arrange medicines and fogging to mitigate the effect of vector borne diseases this year.

The case of these diseases had been too less during last three years whereas the number may go northwards in the present circumstances of financial crunch.

The main reason is the dug up roads as per instructions of Delhi Govt. The dug up places have not been filled and are becoming cause of mosquito breeding.

The LoH Kamaljeet Sehrawat stated that the present stock of medicines is going to suffice for only two- three months. In case the funds are not released it will become impossible to purchase medicines. The present stock is going to suffice during ordinary circumstances. In case the number of patients goes up, it will last soon.

During rainy season, the flooded request of fogging would not be possible to meet. SDMC demanded Rs 53 crore under public health head whereas Delhi government has not released even a single penny for this purpose.

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