Will clear mohalla clinics file before Tuesday: LG
NEW DELHI: A day after a virtual standoff between Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and 45 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs over the clearance of a file on mohalla clinics, Baijal assured the Delhi government to clear the file within the next Tuesday.
On Thursday, the LG held a meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyender Jain, among other senior officials, over the issue.
Delhi government officials were, however, did not attend the meeting. Heavy police security was reportedly deployed outside the LG house.
"Hon LG has aasured that Mohalla Clinic files would be cleared by Tuesday. If he has any queries, he'll call us for clarification," said the Deputy CM on Twitter. He added that the LG assured that mohalla clinics would be made with mutual cooperation.
He said, "On Wednesday the LG sent the file for mohalla clinics to the government and the Department responded immediately."
The AAP welcomed the step, with party leader Saurabh Bharadwaj noting: "The hard work of the CM and the AAP MLAs paid off."
A press statement from the LG's office observed: "Decision on mohalla clinics will be taken with sufficient safeguards to ensure delivery of quality health care to the residents of Delhi in a transparent and sustainable manner."
The LG also noted that he would participate in this process and urged the government not to worry. "Primary health care is an important service that any welfare government should aim to provide effectively to its residents," the press statement observed.
Nearly 45 AAP legislators, on Wednesday, reached Raj Niwas, the official residence of the LG, for over six hours and accused him of "sitting" over the files pertaining to mohalla clinics in the national Capital.
The MLAs alleged that this was hindering the opening of more such clinics in their constituencies. After getting assurance from the LG during at meeting with him, they left his residence after almost six hours.