By: ML Verma
Shimla (Mar 3): The Congress today lodged a walkout from the state Assembly following alleged unsatisfactory reply over the `108 Atal Swasthya Ambulance Scheme’ from health minister Rajiv Bindal.
Raising a supplementary during the Question Hours, GS Bali (Nagrota-Bagwana -Cong) said that the ambulance scheme was a scandal and the government’s only intention was to get popularity by befooling people as funds were being diverted to this scheme form NRHM. Denying any irregularity, Health minister Rajiv Bindal said that the scheme was started after floating tenders and all procedures were followed before final selection.
Unsatisfied Opposition charged the ruling BJP government of getting publicity by enshrining the scheme after former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee whereas the scheme was being funded by National Rural Health Mission. Later the entire opposition lodged a walkout for the rest of the Question Hour. Reacting to the walkout, Chief Minster Prem Kumar Dhumal said the Congress members were raised the baseless issue as the scheme was proving a boon for the people of the state. He pointed out without naming anyone that most of the schemes in the country are in the name of one family and when the state government enshrined this particular scheme in the name of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Congress made it an unnecessary issue.
He lashed out at the former Congress regime in the state for not properly utilizing Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Mission Scheme during its rule as the fund went unutilized.