Mandi: Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Thakur Kaul Singh today lambasted Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal for depriving Mandi district of the facility of free ambulance services to be launched in Himachal Pradesh under Atal Swastya Seva from October 2, 2010, at a capital cost of Rs 18 crore and annual maintenance and recurring expenses of Rs 14.39 crore.
An MoU in this regard was signed with Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) on Friday by the Chief Minister at Shimla. The scheme would be launched in four districts in the first phase and would be extended to the entire state by December 25, 2010, on the birth day of former Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee.
The Congress leader said although the services in the beginning were being launched in four districts only, including Hamirpur, the home district of the chief minister, “Dhumal who had been boasting of equal and equitable development of entire Himachal Pradesh could have displayed magnanimity by excluding his own district”.
“His claim of impartiality had further been exposed by squandering crores of rupees in his district at the cost of the backward districts of the state,” he alleged.