In an unpleasant scene,Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Santosh Chowdhary and UP Health Minister Ahmad Hasan Friday sparred in public over the use of healthcare funds.
The two were at the inaugural function of Arogya Mela organised by the Department of Ayush in Lucknow where Chowdhary was the chief guest.
The row started when Chowdhary,during her address,said the UP government had not accounted for central funds and was also mismanaging funds. In such a situation,we cannot provide it more funds, she added
Following the allegation,Hasan,who had concluded his speech,rushed to the podium and insisted it was due to bungling by the previous BSP government that they could not provide fund utilisation certificates.
Later,talking to the mediapersons on the sidelines of the event,Chowdhary made a stinging remark against the state government. The UP governments health is in a bad shape, she said while adding she would come to the state next month to review the utilisation of NRHM funds.
She said the state has not accounted for Rs 12 crore funds for AYUSH schemes since three years. Even utilisation certificates for NRHM funds were not given,she added.
Hasan now took potshots at the Centre,saying it only sanctioned Rs 1,500 crore under the NRHM this year while the state government had sought Rs 5,000 crore.
Chowdhary went on to point out that of 3,000 primary health centres in the state,only 300 were functional. She maintained the Centre could only provide funds while hospitals and medical colleges have to be made functional by the state government.
Chowdhury also said the word Samajwadi is being used on 108-ambulance schemes for advertising the Samajwadi Partys name despite guidelines that the states were not supposed to use their name for national schemes. Hasan replied there was no such restriction when the scheme was launched.
The slanging match between the ministers did not stop even when the issue of encepahlitis deaths was raised. Saying that health is a state subject,Chowdhary said: We are ready to give funds but the state government will have to decide what is needed and where.