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Provide 35 kg ration to each family at the rate of Rs 2 per kg to the entire population of the state: Congress

Jammu and Kashmir Bank

JAMMU, Feb 22: Former J&K Minister and MLA Inderwal, G. M Saroori has shot off two more letters to Governor J&K, N. N Vohra voicing concern over non-functional of 676 health sub-centres and implementation of NFSA in the state.

“Distressed over the pathetic condition of health institute in erstwhile Doda district, Saroori seeks the immediate intervention of Governor J&K N. N Vohra to safeguard the lives of the thousands of the commuters. My heart bleeds seeing with the current health institution we have in total at present in the erstwhile Doda district. It makes my head wonder since 1987-2014 no health sub-centres have been sanctioned at all for erstwhile Doda district, Poonch, Rajouri, Kupwara, Baramullah, Anantanag and Udhampur districts. With more than 30 lakhs of population and couple health sub-centres in the area is a shameful thing for all of us. For the basic health check-ups we would have to travel a long way otherwise there no way around it”, Saroori said

To improve the health facility in the hilliest, remote and backward area around 676 health sub-centres were sanctioned by previous Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad which was a historical and bold decision. The material for the sanctioned sub-centres, salaries of FMPHW has also been released but yet the government failed in opening the sanctioned sub-centres in the far flung areas of the state especially erstwhile Doda district. 

Now making the sanctioned sub-centres functional is a big question mark for the Government. He urged Governor to pass the directions to Commissioner Secretary Health and Director Health’s for immediate opening and making the sanctioned sub-centres functional so that general public won’t face any hardship in regard to health sector.

Saroori also write to Governor regarding implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) in the state which has been launched in haste without a proper and perfect ground work in the state. 

In a letter, Saroori alleged that discrepancies that surfaced during uploading of the data on the national portal have not been addressed and even more loopholes have detected after the launch of the scheme. "It is beyond comprehension that the Act has been launched without addressing the concerns shown by the masses from time to time, which has resulted in chaos and confusion among the consumers", Saroori said in a letter to Governor. 

The Congress leader suggested for a review of the database and categorization of people under priority, non-priority and exclusion category, besides removing the short comings, duplicity and multiple errors. He reiterated his demand for food security for the entire population of the state by providing 35 kg ration to each family at the rate of Rs 2 per kg. 

Saroori sought Governor's personal intervention for enhancement of coverage under NFSA from the Central government and suggested the Governor's administration to take note of the protests that have sparked after the implementation of the Act. All measures for making the Act viable, transparent and consumer friendly must be taken at appropriate levels, Saroori said.


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