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Govt funds emergency ambulance service

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The State Government has released a amount of Rs 6 crore to the GVK EMRI 108 emergency ambulance service on Tuesday. The additional secretary health Dr Pankaj Pandey issued a Government order on the day to director general health services for payment of the ambulance service. 

The release of fund would be major relief for the service which was operating on brink from quite some time. The GVK EMRI 108 service was not able to disburse salaries to its employees due to which some of the call centre workers left their jobs.

The payment for diesel and repair of the ambulances is also pending for long and many fuel pump owners were threatening to stop providing fuel to the ambulances if their payment is not released. The delay in disbursal of salaries has created a deep resentment among the employees and the matter has reached to such a situation where the management was finding it difficult to operate the services.

One of a major objective of Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat is to improve health services in the remotest part of the state and he has publically stated it many times. The 108 services is a vital cog in proving emergency care in all parts of the state. The services are also catering important task of transporting pregnant women for safe deliveries in the hospital. The 108 ambulance service has a fleet of 138 ambulances and it has a boat ambulance too which is operated in Tehri lake. 




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