Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh while addressing a public meeting at Junga after laying foundation stone of Rs.1.66 crore bridge over Ashwani Khud near Junga and Industrial Training Institute (ITI) at Junga costing Rs.4.80 crore, said that he was dissatisfied with the medical profession that had now-days become a source of minting money and earnings. He said that doctors were found busy adjusting their transfers and framing reasons for not going to rural and far-flung areas. He directed the health department to take approval of Chief Minister before transferring or posting any doctor, henceforth. Priority should be given to post doctors in rural and far-flung areas, he said.
He said that the government had appointed adequate number of doctors and para medical staff, opened Primary Health Centres ( PHCs) Community Health Centres (CHCs) in remote areas, during last four and a half years, but it had been observed that these institutions still lack staff and doctors. Wherever he goes he receives complaints from people about vacancies in health institutions. The Health department will have to ponder on this issue seriously and should strictly adhere to his instructions, said the Chief Minister.
He said that if any of the para medical staff or doctors was found absent in his place of posting, he would face strict action by the government. “We have to be strict and frame a policy that doctors posted in rural areas should complete their tenure and work with dedication, in service of people and not just adopt the profession for earnings”, he said.
He strictly ordered that all vacant posts of doctors and para medical staff may be filled up in the hospital at Junga within a day.
He said the road from Mehli to Junga would be widened and metalled soon for which a provision of Rs 50 lakh had been made by the government. He also approved to open two additional trades in ITI, Junga and said that the MLA of the area should consult and discuss with marketing board for opening of sub vegetable yard at Junga.
MLA Shri Anirudh Singh, welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister to his home segment. He also listed the development of the area. He demanded additional trades to be started in ITI Junga. He also urged the Chief Minister for construction of playing field at Junga. Besides, the MLA advocated for providing training to police personnel regularly in huge numbers as were before. He also urged for funds for the 1st HP Armed Police Battalion for renovation of barracks, fencing, solar lights etc.
Pradhan, Gram Panchayat, Junga Ms. Anjana Sen also welcomed and honoured the Chief Minister and placed demands of the area before him. She demanded a collection centre of Marketing board for sale and purchase of vegetables and a lift irrigation scheme for the area.
President BCC, Kasumpati Shri Bhupinder Kanwar, Zila Parishad Member, Shri Madan Mohan Thakur, Member, Panchayat Samiti, Ms. Seema Sen, were also present on occasion amongst others.