Chittorgarh stands up for its collector
All the shops have downed their shutters and the city has come to standstill demanding the transfer order to be revoked.
It���s a rare sight in the country. The sleepy city of South Rajasthan ��� Chittorgarh - has stood up to protest the transfer of its collector Dr Samit Sharma. All the shops have downed their shutters and the city has come to standstill demanding the transfer order to be revoked. The demonstration and protest has resulted in disruption of bus and rail services in the district.
Even state government employees have joined the protest by boycotting a day���s work in government offices on Wednesday. The police led by Inspector General of Police (Udaipur Range) P K Vyas have been pressed in to restore normalcy in the district. The protest has been continuing since his transfer order passed on Sunday. It���s a feat, which only politicians enjoy in our country.
The young medico-turned-bureaucrat is the progenitor of the famous Chittorgarh model, which has slashed the medical bills of citizens by over 60%. The model introduced the regime of generic medicines, which, despite being 70% cheaper than its branded cousins, are equally effective. The day he took over as collector of Chittorgarh in July, he disallowed government doctors from prescribing medicines by brand names.
They were instructed to prescribe a ���salt��� name. The initiative turned into revolution and every chemist shop in the district has started selling low cost generic medicine. The health care has become accessible to even the poor in this district. ���Collector sahab has won the heart of everyone. He was always accessible to people. We can���t let him go like this. There are several reforms still to be done in this district,��� said Mangilal Chaudhary, Account Officer of Cooperative Consumer Store, a government-run body, which sells generic medicines through its 18 stores in the district.