Fatehgarh Sahib, September 2 : It is alarming and disgusting that the water samples taken from different Rural Water Supply schemes in District Fatehgarh Sahib, continue to fail the Laboratory test of the health department. Ironically the laboratory test result of the health department varies with the result of the laboratories of the Public Health department, maintained at the head quarter at Patiala. This obtrusive ambiguity is causing perilous dangers for the public health, that use water from rural water supply schemes in contaminated form.
Unbridled corruption in the department from top to bottom pertaining to purchase and non supply of the Bleaching powder and Chlorine, which is used to purify the contaminated water and make it fit for the human consumption. Large scale bungling of funds in the implementation of the civil works, in utter violation of the notified norms and specification of the Public Health Department calls for immediate vigilance probe in the matter. Simple sample study of Fatehgarh Sahib District would reveal the presence of stinking skeletons in each and every cupboard of the department, provided there is resolute determination and candid motivation to nail the monsters of corruptions.
Public at large is anguished that such a brazen misuse of authority by the officials of the department and their highly irresponsible behaviour and complete lack of concern and commitment, is causing havoc to the public health and lives. The unprecedented loot by the contractors with the active connivance of the departmental officials is all pervasive. These kind of massive violations are omnipresent in the implemented civil works, by the Public Health Department.
It’s all the more appalling that even the funding agencies such as World Bank and NABARD does not exercise any supervisory control, so as to ensure the100% implementation of their Flagship programmes, charted in their fundamental objectives pertaining to the public health of rural India. Intriguingly there seems to be no mechanism of internal vigilance available in the department to ensure the strict adherence of specifications and departmental guidelines. Complete collapse of the supervisory control, is squarely to be blamed for all the ills in the Public health department.
It would be highly appropriate that Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister, who is also Minister in charge of the portfolio of public health focus his immediate attention towards the complete fall down of the system of command and control, in the larger public interest, before it is too late.