Those who don’t wish to chant ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ be sent to RSS: Vij

  • PTI, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 05, 2016 21:21 IST
Haryana health minister Anil Vij (HT File Photo)

Outspoken Haryana minister Anil Vij on Thursday stoked a controversy by saying people who do not wish to chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ should be sent to RSS shakhas.

The Haryana health and sports minister also wanted to know “what is wrong in saying Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and said “these people (who do not wish to chant the slogan) must be sent to RSS shakhas.”

The five-time MLA also said, “It is need of the hour to make children aware about Geeta as it contains history of the country”.

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The minister, who had launched a campaign to declare cow as national animal, said “stringent laws” should be enacted to check cow slaughter as it provides milk to people of all religions.

Meanwhile, he termed ‘Clinical Establishment Act’ as “incomplete” and demanded amendment to it to curb “exorbitant fees” charged by doctors in private clinics.

Vij alleged drug addiction has become a “problem” in Haryana districts neighbouring Punjab.

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“Punjab is facing the problem of drug addiction and there have been several cases where youths in districts of Haryana close to Punjab have been found to be addicted to drugs,” the BJP minister, whose party is an ally of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Punjab, said.

He said the Haryana government has been taking preventive, curative and educative measures to make people aware of the problem of drugs.

He said as many 84 government hospitals in Haryana will be upgraded so they become compliant with standards prescribed by National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Health care (NABH).

“A survey is in process and all 84 government hospitals in the state will be to NABH level in one go soon,” he said, adding, “37 per cent of the state’s total budget will be spent on upgrading government hospitals”.

However, he admitted that there is an acute shortage of doctors in the state.

The capital expenditure in the health sector will be to the tune of Rs 25 crore soon, he said.

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