Kejriwal’s another empty promise; free medicines, diagnostic tests

“Ahead of Delhi assembly Polls, Arvind Kejriwal promised to set up 1000 ‘mohalla’ clinics in Delhi. With only one clinic making in roads, it proved to be yet another polls plank. Now Kejriwal has made another unrealistic promise of providing medicines and all diagnostic tests free of cost.”

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 In the run-up to assembly polls in Delhi Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party prepared a 70-point manifesto and laid special emphasis on healthcare. Kejriwal was committed to turn around crippling healthcare delivery system in national capital and make it more accessible. In this direction, it promised to set-up 1000 ‘mohalla’ clinics across Delhi.

Perceived it as a revolutionary move towards making healthcare accessible, it failed to make any headway as so far only one clinic has come up. Adding onto its empty promises, Kejriwal promised to provide free medicines and all diagnostic tests at all government hospitals in Delhi.

Unrealistic promise

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Delhi’s population stands close to two crores which is increasing at whopping rate of 21% as per the last census conducted in 2011. Providing free medicine and offering all the diagnostic tests including radio diagnosis like X-ray, CT scan, MRI etc. free of cost to entire populace of national capital would prove to be unrealistic feat to achieve. Delhi government would go bankrupt if AAP government in Delhi goes on to implement this envisaged plan.

Besides 1000 ‘mohalla’ clinics, AAP government has also planned to set up 150 polyclinics and 50 tertiary hospitals.

It is noteworthy here that Delhi government opened its first ‘Mohalla’ clinic at a relief camp in Peeragarhi area after one year. But barely two months after its operation, the much-hyped project was rejected by local residents for lack of medicines and other equipment.

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