SP chief Akhilesh Yadav & UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had a heated debate over the state's failing health system in the legislative assembly yesterday. He asked Dy CM Brajesh Pathak, "will you remain just a ‘raiding’ minister or will you take any action".
The Samajwadi Party members, who pressed for taking up the issue of the “poor” health system in the state as soon as the House assembled in the morning, protested in the well of the House and raised slogans, but later relented to Speaker Satish Mahana's proposal that it could be taken up after the completion of the Question Hour. Along with the SP, members of the Rashtriya Lok Dal also joined the sloganeering in the well of the House.
Yadav also cited different incidents, including that of a father bringing his ailing son to Lucknow when he did not get treatment in Sitapur and said that the UP Human Rights Commission has also issued notice to the government regarding this matter. The SP supremo alleged that ambulances do not reach rural areas and people are seen carrying bodies on their shoulders or taking patients to the hospital on handcarts.
"Just like no recognition is given to 'jholamar doctors' (quacks), similarly he (deputy CM) also has no recognition," Yadav said, adding if there is a dearth of budget in the department, the chief minister needs to make provision for the same. The SP leader said that his party’s government introduced ambulance services and made good efforts for the betterment of health infrastructure, but the present government is taking the path of privatization and wants to privatize institutions by closing them down.
Responding to the allegations by Yadav, Chief Minister Adityanath said that during the four governments led by the Samajwadi Party, barring those who have benefitted from them, no one else finds the party as right. Appreciating the present health system, Yogi alleged that the health and education sectors suffered the most during the times of these so-called “socialists” who ruled the state for four terms.