Monday, November 29, 1999

Dikshit plays down letter from Planning Commission

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New Delhi, June 16 (PTI) Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today played down a letter written to her by Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia expressing concern over rise in infant mortality rate in the city. Ahluwalia, in the communication, had apparently said that the Infant Mortality Rate in Delhi was a matter of concern and asked the Chief Minister to look into it. Replying to a question on the issue, Dikshit said there was "a mismatch" about the figure and that government would "sort it out." The IMR in Delhi was 13 per 1,000 live births in 2005-06 which increased to 18 in 2006-07 and then to 25 next year. The IMR had dropped to 18 again in 2008-09. "There is a difference of opinion about the infant mortality rate. They got the figure for the year 2008-09. We have got the latest one. There is a mismatch and we will sort it out," Dikshit said. However, she did not give the latest figure. Meanwhile, Delhi BJP chief Vijendra Gupta said the "high infant mortalilty rate" in the national capital exposed city government''s seriousness in ensuring health care for women and children.

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