AAP promises quality free healthcare services, Rs 1 cr for relatives of martyrs: The Tribune India


Our correspondent

Una, August 25

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann gave two new guarantees to the people of Himachal Pradesh at a public meeting in Una today.

Sisodia said that if elected to power in the next Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would provide quality and free health services to all, including diagnostic tests, medicines and surgical procedures, as is the case in Delhi and Punjab. “Each neighborhood in a village will have mohalla clinics. New health facilities will be opened and each hospital will have state-of-the-art facilities,” he added.

India ranks 155th in health: Sisodia

The state of health services is so poor that India is ranked 155th out of 167 countries. Hospitals in India have five beds for 10,000 people while Bangladesh has 32 beds and Sri Lanka 42 beds for the same number of people. —Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy CM

He said Congress and the BJP had ruled the country for 75 years but the state of health services was so bad that India is ranked 155th out of 167 countries. He added: “Hospitals in India have five beds for 10,000 people while Bangladesh has 32 beds and Sri Lanka 42 beds for the same number of people. Around 18% of Delhi’s budget is spent on health, while Himachal spends only 5% of the budget.

Sisodia said that like in Delhi and Punjab, families of martyrs from the Armed Forces, Paramilitary Forces and State Police would receive a “tribute amount” of Rs 1 crore each.

Mann said ordinary people paid taxes on all items and services, but the BJP and Congress misused public money. AAP leaders also released a pamphlet mentioning the party’s “guarantees” to the people of Himachal Pradesh on behalf of AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal.

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