RTI reveals only 29% of funds for health programmes utilised in Delhi
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that only around 29 per cent of total fund allocated under the Delhi State Health Mission (DSHM) were utilised in 2012-13.
The reply reveals that not even a single penny was spent on the National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) out of Rs. 6.2 crore allocated for this. The capital witnesses a large number of dengue, malaria and chikungunya cases every year which are vector born. According to the RTI reply, only 10% of the allocated funds (Rs. 2.3 crore out of Rs. 23.14 crore) were spent on maternal health programmes including Janani Suraksha Yojana. Similarly on child health, only Rs. 46.45 lakh were spent out of Rs. 4.25 crore (5.75%).
As per the reply, there was no expenditure made on mobile medical units and mainstreaming of Ayush and the expenditure on strengthening of hospital infrastructure and PNDT (pre-natal diagnostic techniques) services was only about 10%.