Power connection to the Community Health Centre (CHC) Nongkhlaw was terminated for failure to pay bill that amounted to lakhs of rupees.
While the health centre was reeling under darkness for a week now, the staff quarters were without electricity for a year. This was revealed by the Khasi Students Union (KSU), Nongkhlaw circle.
Circle general secretary Shanbor Dkhar stated that the health centre faces power disconnection on various occasions and that the pending bill has reached Rs 62 lakh.
Dkhar said the Citizen Foundation, an NGO which runs the health centre, assured that the matter will be resolved within a week time. “If the authorities fail to address this issue we will be bound to put the CHC under lock and key,” he added.
The KSU further alleged that the doctors appointed at the health centre are did not clear the mandatory Medical Council of India (MCI) test.
“If the Citizen Foundation should leave if they cannot run a health centre, because their lapse is causing inconvenience to the people there,” Dkhar said.
He stated that during their visit, a mother and her child were admitted at the health centre and had to be shifted to Maroid PHC because of power cut.