Brahm Mohindra, Health and family welfare Minister Punjab today marked a time bound inquiry into the irregularities in the working of De-addiction centers and the rehabilitation centers in Punjab which has recently figured in the CAG report. Husan Lal, Secretary Health, would head the inquiry and the report would be submitted in one week. Mohindra said that the matter is very serious, as huge amount of public money have been spent on these centers while the deliverance was nil. The findings of the report will be taken very seriously and proper legal and criminal action would be initiated against those whose name figures in the report.
Taking head on the previous SAD-BJP Government, Mohindra said that the centres were running without proper licensing from the Government, which went unchecked during the previous regime. There is huge nexus of anti social elements and the persons running these illegal centres. This needs to be thoroughly probed so that the people of Punjab come to know about the miss Governance of the previous regime. The report clearly shows the seriousness of the previous regime towards the most key sector "Health”. The SAD- BJP played with the health of the state as well as of the people.
He said that in the CAG report tabled in the Punjab assembly, the Test check records in the selected districts showed that against 1,75,108 drug addiction patients registered in OPD, only 11,186 patients were taken to IPD, which ranged between 01 and 19 percent in the eight MDDCs/DDCs during 2013 and 16 while the percentage of unutilized bed capacity in these centres ranged between 17 and 60 percent during the same period.
The Health Minister said that there were 35 drug de-addiction centers and rehabilitation centers, which were running without proper license from the Government while another five were not functional at all and as per the rule 7 of the "Punjab substance use disorder of treatment and counseling and rehabilitation centres rules 2011”, no centre shall be allowed to operate without obtaining license from the Director health and family welfare and director Social security and women child development. Also five de-addiction and rehab centres, which were set up in 2014 and 2015 at cost of Rs 6.93 crores, were not functional due to non availability of the psychiatrists, medical officers and other staff. While the drug addicts were deprived of the benefits of these centres.