Mukkam Municipality rejects Rs 40 lakh from Rahul Gandhi’s MP fund
Kozhikode: Mukkam Municipality in Kozhikode District has turned down the fund worth Rs 40 lakh granted by Congress Leader and MP Wayanad Rahul Gandhi for the construction of a new community health center building.
Citing practical issues related to spending, the administration has written to the Mukkam Town Clerk, District Collector and District Planning Officer asking authorities to temporarily revoke the allowance.
The fund was granted for the construction of a new building for the Community Health Center (CHC) here.
In the letter sent by the municipality, it was pointed out that the allocated funds cannot be spent on the project because the preparation of the CHC master plan is in progress.
In this response, the District Collector in another letter urged Rahul Gandhi to make a proper decision on the matter and advise how to go about it.
Meanwhile, Congress and other opposition parties protested the municipality’s decision.
According to them, the administration took an indifferent decision at a time when residents are asking the authorities concerned for emergency care, inpatient accommodation and 24-hour services at the CHC.
The CHC lacks many amenities and a grassroots collective in the area is working to improve it.
It is alleged that the DFL-led administration, with its decision, is trying to safeguard the interests of the cooperative hospital operated by the CPM near the CHC.
However, the municipality maintains that the KIIFB has already decided to disburse Rs 3 crore in three tranches for the construction.