Ensure corporations use grant to fix dengue, govt told

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NEW DELHI: Acknowledging the steps taken by the AAP government to tackle dengue, the Delhi high court on Friday asked it to ensure that the grant released to civic bodies is utilised properly to control the dengue menace.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath disposed of a PIL filed by Ajay Maken on the matter saying the only direction needed is that the state constantly monitor steps taken by departments to implement the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme.

The court took note of the submissions made by Delhi government and said that its affidavit reflects it has taken several initiatives to control incidents of dengue like providing a toll-free helpline and establishing fever clinics at 55 government dispensaries. It said the affidavit also mentions government initiatives to manage the crisis and to ensure better coordination and management among departments.

“The only direction to be issued is that the Delhi government shall ensure the grant-in-aid released is properly utilised by the corporations for control and prevention of dengue. Delhi government is to constantly monitor steps being taken by departments in coordination with the committee constituted under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme,” the bench noted.

Maken had demanded that the government release Rs 81.52 crore towards malaria and dengue control programmes. He had also sought directions to the Centre to increase the strength of doctors in all government hospitals, etc.

HC disposed of the PIL after the state informed it Rs 60 crore has been released to the three corporations.

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