Chennai, September 13 (BPNS)
The opposition AIADMK has leveled allegations against the ruling DMK government that it was scuttling welfare projects initiated and executed by the previous AIADMK government. For instance, the AMMA mini-clinics opened with much fanfare by the AIADMK government of Edappadi K Palaniswami in December 2020 is almost getting closed down.
The AIADMK leaders have alleged that the DMK government that is in power in the state is putting an end to the AMMA clinics as part of political vengeance. AIADMK leader and former minister, D. Jayakumar while speaking to BPNS said, “The DMK government is closing down the AMMA mini-clinics initiated by our government for the health needs of poor people and the DMK is closing it down just because it was opened by our government.”
Coimbatore North MLA and AIADMK leader, Amman K Arjunan said that the Amma mini-clinics were not operational in the state. He said that when he had raised the matter in the assembly, the government was making flimsy excuses and responded that the previous AIADMK government had not equipped the clinics properly.
However DMK charged the allegations raised by the AIADMK leaders and said that the previous government had opened Amma clinics just for gaining political mileage. DMK leader and state water resources minister, S. Duraimurugan while speaking to BPNS said, “The previous AIAMDK government was using the Amma clinics for political leverage without proper infrastructure.”
State health department officials however said that the staff in the Amma clinics were deployed for Covid care clinics and hence there was a staff shortage in the Amma clinics. The officials denied that the Amma clinics are being given a silent burial.
N. Karthik, DMK leader and former Singathanallur MLA while speaking to BPNS said, “ The previous AIADMK government opened Amma clinics for political mileage and with the DMK government creating Makkal Thedi Maruthuvam that takes health care to door steps, the Amma clinics have become irrelevant.”