While a section of the beneficiaries of Central Government Health Schemes (CGHS) Lulla Nagar dispensary are opposed to the decision to shut down the facility run from DAD complex and shift it to Akurdi,there are others who feel it is in the interest of a larger number of people.
Those favouring the shift reason that the beneficiaries of Lulla Nagar dispensary can avail the facility at the one in Camp or Mukund Nagar,which are about two-three km away from the area.
However,those opposing it point out they are not against a dispensary coming up in Akurdi,but the Lulla Nagar one being shut down.
The Lulla Nagar dispensary should not be completely shut down. At least,the basic facilities should be maintained there. We plan to approach the Health Ministry to look into the matter, said Anil Shingitam,general secretary of Central Government Employees and Pensioners Co-ordination Committee.
Dr Pashupatimath,additional director,CGHS,Pune,said,The shift has already been approved by the Directorate of CGHS and the Health Ministry. The Akurdi dispensary is likely to be operational by July 12.
Commandant (Retd) SS Ranade,member of the executive committee of the All India Central Government Pensioners Association,said,The entire Pimpri-Chinchwad area does not have even one CGHS dispensary. Many like me,who stay in places like Nidgi,have to go either to Gol Market,which is about 38 km away or the Range Hills near Khadki. While I have a car,many dont and for them the travel expenses are more than the benefits that they get. So people avoid going to the CGHS.
The Akurdi dispensary is well connected by rail and road as is close to the railway station. It also has regular PMPML buses routes. Also,the offices of the Income Tax department,Excise department,Central Bureau of Investigation and National Sample Survey Organisation are located in the area along with their staff quarters. So the number of beneficiaries here are likely to be much more here, he said.
Francis Ellis,general secretary of the CGHS staff association,said,Earlier,the dispensary was located in Deccan area,but it had to be shifted as it was run from a rented building. It was then temporarily shifted to Lulla Nagar in 2004. However,the patient attendance has always been low there. As per government rules,if a dispensary has a patient attendance of less than 100 per day,it has to be merged with the nearest dispensary or else the doctors of that dispensary will be declared surplus.
President of All India Central Government Pensioners Association,MD Bamne,who is also a beneficiary of CGHS said,About 15,000 people are likely to benefit if the dispensary is shifted to Akurdi as in the entire PCMC area and even the Mumbai-Pune Road do not have a single CGHS dispensary,though the Pune district has a total of seven dispensaries. Akurdi will become a central location for all of them.