With Benglauru in the course of a ferocious second wave of COVID-19, the State authorities has proposed that the civic physique be stripped of its duties in preventing the pandemic and so they be handed over to a parastatal — the Bengaluru Well being Directorate — constituted beneath the Division of Well being and Household Welfare.
Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan, who additionally heads the State COVID-19 job power, introduced the proposal on Saturday. A committee will look into the technicalities and submit a report when the duty power meets subsequent. “Healthcare within the metropolis has been discovered wanting throughout the pandemic. We suggest to construct a 100-bed hi-tech hospital in each Meeting section and a super-speciality hospital for each 4 Meeting segments. There are a lot of companies finishing up public well being features within the metropolis. The brand new directorate will deliver all of them beneath one umbrella,” mentioned Mr. Narayan.
The proposal to divest the BBMP of public well being, an compulsory perform of native self-governments beneath the 74th modification of the Structure, has drawn the ire of a number of citizen teams. It was solely not too long ago that the State authorities introduced its intention to decentralise the combat in opposition to the pandemic and empower wards, on the strains of the Kerala and Mumbai fashions.
BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta mentioned it was not for him to discuss the proposal, as he was not on the job power assembly. Requested what such a transfer would imply for the town, he mentioned it was a hypothetical query that he couldn’t reply to.