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Posted at: Oct 6, 2018, 12:03 AM; last updated: Oct 6, 2018, 12:03 AM (IST)

Rewari people remind BJP of AIIMS promise

Rewari people remind BJP of AIIMS promise
Residents of various villages hold a panchayat at Manethi village in Rewari. Photo: Sumit Tharan

Ravinder Saini

The BJP had won all seven seats in Rewari and Mahendragarh districts in the 2014 Assembly elections. This time a section of people is disappointed with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who had announced over three years ago that an AIIMS would be set up at Manethi village in Rewari. 

Local residents were overjoyed as they expected to soon get modern health care facilities in the region but nothing has been done so far. The project is yet to be executed. The government has neither laid the foundation stone of the project nor made any visible efforts in this direction.

Significantly, Union Minister of State Rao Inderjit had several times raised the issue in public meetings but to no avail. He along with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had also called on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and urged him for the allocation of a budget for the project but nothing positive happened, leading to resentment among people. 

A panchayat of 20 villages at Manethi village recently announced to launch a struggle to get the project executed. Residents of five villages of Rajasthan and several villages of Mahendragarh district were also present there as they would also be benefited if an AIIMS is set up at Rewari.

“Our gram panchayat has passed a resolution to provide 200 acres to the government for setting up AIIMS but we have received no response from it. Now, we have launched an indefinite dharna at the land proposed for AIIMS from October 2,” says Shayotaj Singh, sarpanch of Manethi village. 

He says why did the Chief Minister make the announcement when he was unable to execute it? He has disappointed the people of Ahirwal who had fully supported the BJP in the last Assembly elections and given it all seven seats in Rewari and Mahendragarh districts. 

The government hospitals and health centres in Rewari and Mahendrgarh districts lack modern health care facilities, forcing people to either go to AIIMS in Delhi or the PGIMS in Rohtak or spend a huge amount of money on treatment in private hospitals at Gurugram. Though a trauma centre is being run at Rewari, it has become a ‘referral centre’ in the absence of facilities such as MRI to treat serious patients. 

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