Medicine supply to rural dispensaries: HC tells Punjab to file status report in two weeks
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday gave two weeks’ time to the Punjab government to file a status report on free supply of medicines to rural dispensaries of the state.chandigarh Updated: Feb 06, 2015 22:24 IST
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday gave two weeks’ time to the Punjab government to file a status report on free supply of medicines to rural dispensaries of the state.
During the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL), the high court was told verbally by the state’s counsel that the state government had resumed the supply of free medicines to 1,186 rural dispensaries and subsidiary health centres. However, the bench directed the government to file a status report on the issue within two weeks, while adjourning the hearing for March 3.
During the hearing, the HC observed that free medicines to the poor was a much bigger service than other freebies and asked it to ensure the supply of the same. The court was hearing a petition seeking directions to the government to resume the supply of free medicines to these dispensaries.
The petitioner had alleged that due to differences between the health and family welfare department and the panchayats and rural development department, the supply of medicines to these dispensaries had been snapped about two years ago. As per the policy, free medicines worth Rs 7,500 per month were to be supplied by the health department to the other department through panchayat samitis.