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Pensioners facing medicine shortage

india Updated: Nov 21, 2006 17:18 IST
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PENSIONERS ACROSS the State are facing shortage of medicines for the past month despite increase in budget allocation for medicine purchase in the current fiscal.

Against the budgetary provision of Rs 4 crore last year, the State Government has provided Rs 6.25 crore for medical treatment of pensioners during the current fiscal.

While hospital authorities say the budget released for purchase of medicines has already been exhausted, pensioners allege this is because hospitals distributed medicines meant for them to others too.

Pensioners Association president N P Sharma said medicines worth over Rs 25 lakh have already been exhausted in  J P hospital while pensioners were not getting medicines .

He demanded an inquiry as to where the medicines meant for pensioners were distributed. “At some places medicines were not distributed for months together,” Sharma told the Hindustan Times.

He said that medicines of pensioners were distributed to retired bureaucrats, freedom fighters and others. When contacted, doctors of J P Hospital admitted that distribution of medicines to pensioners has stopped. “We are awaiting release of budget for fresh purchase of medicines for pensioners,” said a doctor.