Manish Sisodia meets Jung to discuss plan of mohalla clinics in schools

The LG office and the Delhi government have also locked horns over the appointment of directors to discoms

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met Lieutenant Governor (LG) Najeeb Jung on Wednesday to discuss the plan of establishing mohalla clinics in schools and appointment of discom directors. LG Jung had recently turned down the proposal for Delhi government’s flagship project of mohalla clinics, and sent it back for reassessment.

After the meeting, Sisodia said the LG had some confusion regarding the proposal. “Mohalla clinics will be very important for the 15 lakh students studying in government schools. Every student can be provided with world-class healthcare through the move. There can’t be a better model for them. Now we are awaiting the LG’s approval,” Sisodia said.

He further said: “The confusion was regarding the private school clause and whether clinics could be opened in these schools. That is, however, not the case.”

An official, however, said: “The Delhi School Education Act doesn’t allow establishing anything else in the school premises. It would also pose a safety concern for the students.”

The LG office and the Delhi government have also locked horns over the appointment of directors to discoms. “As far as that issue is concerned, we have apprised the LG that it is not morally correct to appoint Secretaries or Principal Secretaries as directors in discoms because they have to take important decisions. We have asked the LG to appoint junior officials and experts in the board of directors. He has assured us that the matter will be discussed further,” the Deputy CM said.

Earlier, the Aam Aadmi Party-led government had nominated directors to the boards of three power distribution companies — BRPL, BYPL and TPDDL. The government has, in all, a 49 per cent stake in these firms. The LG, however, disapproved of the appointments.

In a letter to the LG, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said: “It becomes a conflict when the top-most officers of the government formally become a part of the decision-making in discoms and then those decisions come before the government for consideration. It becomes difficult to question decisions of government officers, leading to orders that are not in the interest of consumers.”

The LG office, however, sought fresh nomination of professionals, and also asked the government to follow all orders. “The usual practice, so far, has been that the LG approves any such decision according to the Electricity Act,” an official from the LG office had stated.

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