JK Health Deptt. gets Rs. 460 Crore

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Srinagar: In a significant development the Government of India has sanctioned 460 crore to the state health department and has also allotted 150 additional centrally funded sub Health Centers to the Kashmir valley.

Confirming the development  Minister for Health and Medical Education Taj Mohi-u-din talking to local newsgathering agency said that the Government of India has sanctioned 460 crore for the development of Health sector of Jammu and Kashmir.“See there is a set procedure for the release of funds by the central government which clarifies that unless the earlier funds are expended on ground and its UCs furnished, further funds will not be released but our Health department is the only department which has submitted the UCs to the central government and they have released this huge amount, “he said and added that the government will explore all the possibilities of providing all the basic facilities to the health sector of the Jammu and Kashmir.

It is to mention here that the previous central government had stuck the allocation of the funds after the health department had not submitted the utilization certificates of different Central sponsored schemes.

He also said that the government of India has also allotted 150 additional sub health centers to the Kashmir valley. “We had requested to the central government for the additional sub health centers to the Kashmir valley and they have agreed and allotted the 150 centrally funded sub health centers to the Kashmir valley,” he said.

Pertinently the Legislators of the Ruling National Conference  and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party  had voiced their concern in the past over the disproportionate allocation of the centrally funded Sub Health Centers (SHCs) in the State and had recommended their equal distribution in each constituency to redress the disparity.

The issue of inequitable allocation of centrally funded SHCs by the State’s Health Ministry had also created an upheaval in the Legislative Assembly during the Budget session earlier this year.  Of 676 health centers, Jammu was allotted 429 while Kashmir got marginal 247 centers. After the issue of disproportionate allocation of centrally funded Sub Health Centers (SHCs) by the State’s Health Ministry, created an upheaval in both Houses of the State legislature, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mubarak Gul had also constituted a House panel to look into the matter.

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