Union Health Minister J P Nadda today said the Centre would provide funds to set up a big hospital in north Bengal if the state government arranges for land and other infrastructure. Nadda, also a senior BJP leader, said this to reporters to a question on setting up of big hospitals like those in New Delhi and south Indian cities. The minister who was at Birpara in Alipurduar district to hold ‘Chintan shibir’ with local BJP workers, also said that the third phase of Mission Indradhanush is complete and fourth phase work in on.
Mission Indradhanush is a central government initiative to ensure full immunisation of all children in the country. To a question, he said that the Centre with assistance from the state government would tackle the menace of dengue. Meanwhile, Women working as Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) under the union government today submitted a memorandum to Union Health Minister J P Nadda here demanding that they be paid on a par with their counterparts in the state government.
Nadda, who was at Birpara in Alipurduar district to hold ‘Chintan shibir’ with local BJP workers, assured them to look into the matter. The ANM workers of the central government said they get a salary of Rs 11,380 while their counterparts working under the state government get around Rs 23,000. The job profile of central and state ANM staff are the same, they said.
Local BJP leaders also urged him to arrange for a blood bank, operation theatre and specialist doctors at Birpara State General Hospital.