More than 50 dispensaries running under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) are running dry of alternate medicines, especially the Ayurvedic medicines.
The civic department blames it on lack of funds.
Since last two years, most of these dispensaries have not been able to replenish the exhausted stock, as they do not have the requisite money.
"We have been particularly falling short of medicines used in the panchkarma therapy. There is no money to buy medicines," said an attendant in one of the dispensaries, who did not wish to be named.
Ayurvedic physicians use panchkarma as a treatment of a wide variety of health conditions including some chronic ailments, and also as a preventative measure.
Most of the funds under the non-plan head gets exhausted in making payments to the civic agency employees and very little is left to be spent on other projects and purchases.
In a meeting of the key panel on Tuesday, chairmen of health and education committees and the also the department of environment management services presented their budgets - the minimum amount required to meet the expenses.
On Tuesday, the MCD, which was rapped by the Delhi High Court for running many of its schools in tents, claimed it has built 60 classrooms in eight months since April and work is on to construct 2,433 more.
"From April 1 to November 30, 2010, 13 school buildings were completed and 60 classrooms constructed. Work is in progress in 154 schools with 2433 new classrooms," said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of MCD's works committee.