Partial constructions speak volumes of government neglect
Poonch, December 2
Seventeen years ago the construction of the health sub centre began by the rural development department, but providing affordable health care services remains a distant dream for the residents of village Mahra, Tehsil Surankote till today. The remains of the partial construction self speak the whole story.
The Block Medical Officer (BMO) Surankote claims to have made on spot inspection of site after a representation of the villagers through Ayaz Mughal the RTI activist. Ayaz had also submitted a complaint with JK grievance cell dated 1-03-2010 vide complaint No. 10939. In compliance to complaint, the Chief Medical Officer, Poonch,
vide letter no. CMO/P/91 dated 20-04-2010 submitted the details regarding the dispensary building as per the report of BMO, Surankote who collected the information and reported that construction of the building of Sub Centre Mahra was taken up by Rural Department in the year 1993 and was constructed up to wall plate level and thereafter as per the statement of the local people. The Department of the Rural Development has not completed the said building after getting drawn the money and at present only remains of partially constructions are visible on the ground.
When Ayaz Mughal contacted a senior officer there in RDD Poonch to ascertain the status of his RTI application dated 17th Oct. 2010 from office of Assistance Commissioner Development Poonch, he was treated in an insane manner by the officer(s).
Mughal claims that the officers are deliberately adopting delaying tactics to demoralize pplicants and also said that his RTI application could reveal many deeds of the RDD. He said despite numberless representations to the authorities regarding the casual approach of the RDD, the villagers now adopted the course of Right to Information Act for justice. Unfortunately Assistant Commissioner Development Poonch chooses to remain silent on over a dozen reminders from the Chief Medical Officer Poonch. The CMO Poonch said that issue was more closely related to the Rural Development Department hence the ACD was requested to furnish the details but yet the CMO has not received any communication form RDD. The CMO Poonch, vide his letter no. CMOP/892 dated 9-7-2010 reported to the Director, Health Services, Jammu that Assistant Commissioner Development was requested many times for the submission of detail and factual report regarding the building.
But no response had been conveyed to the office by the concerned authorities (ACD).
The Cheif Medical Officer Poonch vide letter no. CMOP/1769-72 dated 9-10-10 reminded the ACD Poonch to furnish the detail for the same and simultaneously vide letter no. CMOP/1773 dated 9-10-10 reported to the Director Health Services, Jammu. But the concerned department didn’t respond again.