Chandigarh, 27 November (Trinew)
Instead of being resolved, the dispute between Haryana’s health minister and health department officials has deepened. No solution could be reached in the meeting of Health Minister Anil Vij with Chief Minister Manohar Lal.
Now the Health Minister has sent a complaint to the Chief Minister objecting to the work of the National Health Mission Director. Vij has recommended that the mission director be removed from the health department and posted in some other department. How much the government implements Vij’s recommendation will be known in the coming days.
The health minister of Haryana is not releasing the files of the health department since last October 5. Anil Vij is angry about a senior officer of the CMO holding a meeting of officials and issuing various directives to the health department. Even regarding the recommendations made by the MLAs, no instructions are being issued by the Minister to the Health Department. Anil Vij has also met Chief Minister Manohar Lal amid this controversy. Chief Minister Manohar Lal had also claimed during a recent press conference that everything will be equal in the health department soon, but the controversy has deepened just two days after the Chief Minister’s claim. At present IAS Rajnarayan Kaushik is posted as Director in NHM. It is said that recently some decisions have been taken by NHM Director and Director General of Health, which Vij is upset about. Cashless medical scheme for employees and many important decisions have not been discussed with Anil Vij.
Due to various controversies, Health Minister Anil Vij has sent a complaint to the Chief Minister and asked to change the director of NHM. Vij has also commented in this complaint that the director of NHM is ‘not skilled to manage office’.
After Vij’s letter, the controversy has deepened even as the health department has mobilized. Now the ball is completely in the Chief Minister’s court regarding the current events and the latest case.
Stack of files
It is worth noting that there are piles of files related to health department in Vij’s office. He has stopped approving or disapproving the files of the health department. Recently, when some MLAs approached him with work related to their constituencies, he bluntly told them that he did not have the health department. Go to MLA CMO officer for your work. It is said that Vij’s displeasure has increased because he was not even informed before the meeting by the concerned officer.