The opposition claims that Punjab's rural health centers are being crippled by the AAP government's Aam Aadmi Clinics
The 400 or so Aam Aadmi Clinics that Punjab just opened seem to have caused a stir. According to the opposition, several physicians and pharmacists were allegedly transferred from rural health centers to these clinics, which sparked protests from communities throughout the state.
The government has redeployed a significant number of rural medical officers, pharmacists, and class-IV personnel to these mohalla clinics prior to the opening by chief minister Bhagwant Mann and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Republic Day.
The labor deficit at these centers was allegedly caused by the shifting of this workforce from the rural dispensaries, according to opposition leaders.
Bikram Singh Majithia, the head of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), said that the AAP administration was endangering the lives of villagers by withholding basic healthcare from 50% of the state's population. "We demand that the state governor launch an investigation into this heinous and offensive crime. According to Majithia, the AAP administration is promoting itself via government programs.
According to him, the department of rural development and panchayats were in charge of the dispensaries in rural regions where these physicians and other staff members were providing essential medical services.
Although the AAP administration has refuted the allegations, official sources said that the diverted resources had in fact resulted in a staffing shortfall at the rural health facilities. Significantly, reports of demonstrations have come from a number of districts, including Mansa, Malerkotla, Barnala, and SAS Nagar. A health official acknowledged that "the lack of employees at the grassroots level would have an effect on the medicare services at the rural level."
The relocation of workers, according to the villagers, would finally result in the closure of the dispensaries.
Pharmacists and class-IV workers of the government are employed on a contract basis. Despite being hired for pitiful pay, they seemed to have accepted it considering that the majority of them were from the same or surrounding communities.
They had been relocated to far locations as a result of the closure of rural health centers, which would be costly for them.
The BJP, the opposition, has also posed inquiries. The AAP administration should specify which 400 clinics they are referring to and which 521 PHCs have been improved, according to the party's state president Ashwani Sharma, who also said that no physicians have been hired.