47 health centres in rebel-hit zones - Rs 8 crore to be spent on project

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  • Published 31.01.09

Jamshedpur, Jan. 31: People residing in Naxalite-hit areas can now look forward to better health care facilities.

The East Singhbhum district administration has proposed to set up 47 health sub-centres in Naxalite zones. District officials said deputy commissioner Rabindra Agarwal had asked civil surgeon Deepali Dey to submit a plan regarding the proposal. The plan has already been prepared and submitted to the deputy commissioner for further action.

Sources in the civil surgeon office said the health sub-centres would come up at Dumaria, Musabani, Ghatshila, Bahragora and Patamda — all affected with Naxalite activities. Jugsalai, Golmuri, Dalbhumgarh and Chakulia are also being considered.

“Around Rs 8 crore will be spent on building the health sub-centres,” a source said, adding that the cost behind each facility will be somewhere around Rs 17 lakh. Funds have been released by the central government under the backward area grant scheme, the source added.

Dey confirmed that she had submitted the plan to the deputy commissioner. “I was asked to write a detailed report related to health sub-centres. I have sent it to the DC for his comments,” she added.

According to the civil surgeon, there is no health apparatus in Naxalite-hit areas of the district. “We send teams from Jamshedpur to conduct health camps there at periodical intervals. Health-sub-centres would benefit residents,” she added.

Besides health sub-centres, there is also a proposal to construct approach roads, install tube wells and power connections and other related infrastructure. “This is a positive thing. The district administration is very serious about setting up health facilities in rural pockets of East Singhbhum,” an official at the civil surgeon office added.