Over a year after the primary health and primary education departments were transferred to the Municipal Corporation (MC),the condition of these both divisions is pitiable. The civic body has neither created the required posts,not has it brought about improvements in infrastructure.
Over 90 per cent of the funds allocated for these two departments lie unused,a fact which speaks volumes about the lack of streamlining by MC.
The functions of these departments were earlier managed by the UT Administration. While the notification for transfer of 20 dispensaries was issued in September 2010,the seven primary schools were transferred in February 2011.
The departments were transferred in order to bestow more powers on the Municipal Corporation,the modalities have still not been worked out. It had been decided that till March 31,the civic body would recruit its own staff and take over the functioning completely. However,no development has taken place on ground. BJP councillor Arun Sood said,There has been a complete lack of vision by the councillors of the ruling party and the executive. The budget that was sanctioned is unutilised. No posts have been created. There is lack of co-ordination with the UT Administration. Even now there is no plan of action for these departments.
Municipal Commissioner Prerna Puri,meanwhile said that the civic body is likely to seek an extension from the Administration for its staff to continue working in these departments till the new posts are created.
Points to ponder
* Till new posts are created,UT staff will have to work with these departments. Thus,the MC has no power apart from transferring staff between schools and dispensaries.
* There are only 21 doctors for 20 dispensaries. Despite transferring three doctors from NRHM,substitutes are hard to come by.
* While both departments require experts for supervision and creation of posts for the same has been recommended,there is no progress. The proposal is lying with the Administration.
* In the MC annual budget,Rs 16.62 crore was sanctioned for primary health and Rs 19 crore for primary education. More than 90 per cent of these funds are unused due to red tape.
* The sub-committees for the two departments are yet to be notified. Since last year,there have been no sub-committees to make any suggestions for these departments.
Lack of infrastructure
* School buildings are in shambles. The rooms are too small to accommodate children. In places,there is not enough space even to keep furniture and the children are made to sit on floors.
* Dispensaries lack basic facilities. A doctor in one of the dispensaries said,Due to the lack of adequate facilities,the burden on the hospitals is very high. Dispensaries will also help people coming from the adjoining areas.