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Punjab govt to bear playwright Ajmer Aulakh’s medical expense

He has been admitted in a private hospital in SAS Nagar for the past few weeks

punjab Updated: Jun 09, 2017 18:25 IST
Press Trust of India
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Noted Punjabi playwright Ajmer Singh Aulakh(Photo: Facebook)

The Punjab government on Friday said it will bear the treatment expenses of noted Punjabi playwright Ajmer Singh Aulakh, who has been admitted in a private hospital in SAS Nagar for the past few weeks.

The literary community of the state had requested the Congress government to take financial responsibility of treating the 75-year-old playwright.

Punjab’s health minister Brahm Mohindra on Friday said, “The family of the playwright told me that a bill of Rs 8.38 lakh was mentioned as outstanding amount by the hospital, out of which they had given Rs 5 lakh.”

“Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had sent a cheque for Rs 2 lakh for his treatment. I also told them that Rs 1.38 lakh was waived by the hospital,” he said.

The minister said the government will also see whether the amount spent by Aulakh’s family on his treatment could be reimbursed to them.

“Aulakh is a reputed writer. It is the duty of the state to help him in this difficult hour. He is likely to be discharged tomorrow (Saturday),” he said.

First Published: Jun 09, 2017 18:23 IST