July 13, 2016 3:23:16 am
Health Minister Satyendar Jain’s daughter Soumya Jain has been put in charge of the Delhi government’s mohalla clinic project. She has also been designated as advisor to the health secretary-cum-mission director of the National Health Mission.
The team she is in-charge of is tucked away in a corner room on the ninth floor of the Delhi Secretariat. Seven people with laptops are figuring out the logistics for a mohalla clinic, guided by a doctor from the health department.
The room is named after the new initiative of the health department — AAMC (Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinic) management centre.
While a majority of those working in her team are paid, Soumya works on an honorary basis. She keeps herself busy doing field rounds of AAMCs, while her team works on the logistics.
Asked why his daughter has been deputed for the task, the health minister said, “She is a qualified architect. She was the one who came up with the design of the clinics. In fact, she is penning a book on the advent and implementation of mohalla clinics in Delhi. She used to work earlier but has now dedicated herself to the mission. She will be on the job till the implementation is over, which will happen in a few months.”
He added, “But she is not getting paid a single penny.” Asked about her work as advisor to the health secretary, Jain said she is taking care of mohalla clinics and nothing else.
Sources in the department said the project is to establish 1,000 mohalla clinics in the capital but only 100 have been opened so far. “The people at the management centre include volunteers, health department officials and professionals from Wish Foundation — the government’s partner in the healthcare initiative. Efforts are on to provide efficient and cost-effective clinics to the poor,” said a source.
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