Rahul Gandhi | Photo: ANI
Kozhikode: Mukkam Municipality in Kozhikode district has turned down the fund worth Rs 40 lakh granted by Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi for constructing a new Community Health Centre building.
Citing practical issues related to expenditure, the administration wrote to the municipal secretary of Mukkam, district collector and district planning officer asking the authorities to temporarily revoke the allocation.
The fund was granted for the construction of a new building for the Community Health Centre(CHC) here.
In the letter forwarded by the municipality, it has been pointed out that the allocated fund cannot be spent for the project as preparation of CHC’s master plan is ongoing.
In this response, the district collector in another letter has intimated Rahul Gandhi to make an appropriate decision over the matter and instruct how to go about it.
Meanwhile, Congress and other opposition parties have come up with protests against the municipality's decision.
According to them, the administration has taken an indifferent decision at a time when locals are demanding the authorities concerned to have emergency care, in-patient accommodation and 24-hour services at the CHC.
The CHC is lacking many amenities and a people’s collective in the region is working on its improvement.
It is alleged that the LDF-led administration with its move is trying to safeguard the interests of CPM operated cooperative hospital nearby the CHC.
However, the municipality maintains that KIIFB has already decided to disburse Rs 3 crore in three tranches for the construction.