The Congress on Wednesday walked out of a discussion on dengue as South Delhi mayor Subhash Arya refused to pass a ruling on the issue. Leader of the Opposition Farhad Suri accused the ruling BJP of negligence “owing to which children are dying in the city and a young couple was forced to commit suicide”.
Congress councillors walked into the House wearing black bands and raising anti-BJP slogans. Suri said the MCD had failed in its primary function of prevention of vector-borne diseases as well as providing primary treatment to the affected patients. “On July 17 this year, I had pointed out in my speech that due to heavy rainfall and the temperature being conducive to dengue, a breakout of the disease was likely, but the department paid no heed to our warnings and their indifference has led to the present situation,” he said.
The leader of the opposition also pointed out that several posts in the health department of the MCD such as malaria inspectors and assistant malaria inspectors have remained vacant for several years.
“The staff available is ill-equipped and unpaid even after resolutions to increase their pay scale were passed more than six months ago,” Suri told the House.
Along with an understaffed health department working with limited means, the South corporation also claims it had not received its health-related funds from the Delhi government to the tune of Rs 29 crore.