A day after over 40 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs camped at the official residence of Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday and demanded the L-G to clear the file regarding the mohalla clinic project, Baijal yesterday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and members of his cabinet to resolve the impasse. As per the reports by the Indian Express, AAP said that they were assured by the L-G that the mohalla clinic files would be cleared by Tuesday. Meanwhile, Baijal said the decision would be taken with sufficient safeguards to ensure delivery of quality healthcare. He made no mention of a specific date. In a statement, Baijal said, “Decision on mohalla clinics will be taken with sufficient safeguards to ensure delivery of quality healthcare to residents in a transparent and sustainable manner.”
CM Kejriwal along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary MM Kutty and officials from the Finance,Vigilance and Health departments met Baijal on Thursday at 5 pm. After the meeting, Sisodia was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “The Honourable L-G has assured us that the mohalla clinic files would be cleared by Tuesday. If he has any queries, he will call us for clarification.” The party spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj who led the meeting on Wednesday also said that L-G told him that he was keen on ensuring that the people of Delhi get primary healthcare, and wanted to support AAP.
Baijal also said that he had always extended his support to any initiative that strengthens the healthcare delivery system to the residents of the national capital. He was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, “While implementing such a vital project, it is of extreme importance that all issues be addressed to ensure that the programme delivers its goals in an optimum and transparent manner, and programme design becomes more robust.”