Delhi Govt. not utilising funds meant for dengue, says Congress

New Delhi, Sept. 17 : The Congress Party on Thursday alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi Government is not fully utilising the funds meant for addressing dengue and malaria related problems, and said the latter was insensitive to the problems of the people.

“Delhi Government has kept only 4.8 percent of the total health budget for dengue and malaria. During the Congress Government, we had kept 11 percent for it. When the money meant for dengue and malaria is not being spent now, when there is need, then when are they going to spend it…We demand that funds meant for dengue and malaria be immediately released,” Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee ( DPCC) chief Ajay Maken told media here.

“The Delhi Government is insensitive to the problems. Increasing of beds in the hospital is of no use unless the testing facilities are improved,” he added.

Congress workers staged a protest outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence today to bring attention to the rising cases of dengue in the national capital.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court (HC) today asked the Central Government and the Delhi Government as to what steps were being taken to prevent the spread of dengue in the national capital.

The HC directed both to file affidavits explaining the same within two weeks.

The court also sought responses from the NDMC and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on the steps being taken for the prevention of dengue. (ANI)