JAMMU, Oct 23: Jammu Development Authority (JDA) today demolished building of Primary Health Centre Muthi Phase- I without any intimation to the Health authorities.
As per an official letter which has been addressed to Director Health Services Jammu by CMO, Health & Family Welfare, Jammu, Dr Sanjay Turki, the latter informed the Director that PHC Muthi Phase-I, which was demolished today at 4 AM by Vice Chairman, JDA, was functioning as health institution since 1993 and was not an illegal encroachment, which required demolition by force.
“The eviction notice of JDA was discussed threadbare by the CMO with VC JDA in his office on October 18 wherein VC JDA agreed upon giving an alternate accommodation for PHC Muthi Phase-I before eviction. The demolition was not discussed in the meeting”, the letter read.
In the letter, Dr Turki stated that on October 19, he personally went to PHC Muthi Phase-I, took stock of the situation and told the AEE, JDA to provide proper alternate accommodation for PHC before shifting could be undertaken, which was agreed upon by him in my presence.
According to the contents of the letter, the public informed the CMO that the demolition of PHC building started at 4 AM today in the presence of Vice Chairman JDA, who ordered the demolition. The public pleaded before the VC JDA to stop demolition of building of the PHC in the interest of the public health care but he didn’t listen to their request.
“All medicines, equipments and dead stock were destroyed, scattered and lying in open, and most of the articles were under debris including records of the health centre and some were missing. Most of the equipments damaged and some items were not traceable due to which it has become impossible to prepare an inventory”, Dr Turki said in the letter.
He also alleged in the letter addressed to the Director that the VC JDA did not inform him regarding demolition nor gave time and proposed alternate site to shift the PHC. “The PHC could not be evicted by me due to lack of alternate site as the patients cannot be examined on road side”, he added.