Newly appointed Union minister of state for health and family welfare Santosh Chaudhary while assuring maximum help to provide medical health care for the victims of Uttrakhand's flash floods, has instructed the officials of her department to collect data of the detailed grants sent to different states and its proper utilisation and lying unspent huge amounts.
Talking to newspersons at the residence of Sunil Prashar during a religious congregation here late last night, Chaudhary said though she is still studying her department, but committed to open a large scale cancer hospital in Doaba in Punjab, specially in Hoshiarpur to provide better medical care to the residents of Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pardesh etc.
Replying to a question about BJP Poll Campaign Committee chairman Narendra Modi's kickstart of election campaign from Pathankot, Chaudhary said the people of the country have rejected communalism.
When asked about the controversy upon the photo of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on ambulances under 'ambulance 108' scheme, she said 108 Ambulances were granted by the Union government to different states and now she sais given instructions to all the states where
108 Ambulances are being run to remove all the unnecessary pictures or slogans immediately.
She said that if any state government did not remove the picture, the Union government would take action.
Talking about the Punjab government, Chaudhary said the Union government had released many grants to the state but "medical infrastructure in Punjab is not upgraded properly so I would pay attention to the grants being released for the state government".
The minister of state for health said that she would also look into the proposals sent by various state government concerning health and medical facilities.
Former minister Joginder Singh Maan, Ram Labhaya, Ram Chadha, Sohan Lal Banga were also present on the occasion.
Former Nagar Council president Malkiat Singh Ragbotra submitted a memorandum to initiate for the construction of Under Path near local Civil hospital and a well equipped Trauma Centre in the hospital.