Lucknow: The Allahabad High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh NRHM director on a PIL challenging the alleged illegal and arbitrary attitude of the state government in not submitting utilisation certificates to the Centre which has resulted in non-release of further funds.
    
The petitioner prayed to the Lucknow bench comprising Justices Abdul Mateen and Sunil Halithat that since the authorities are not submitting utilisation certificates, medicines under NRHM scheme are not being procured for the PHCs of the state.
        
According to the PIL, ailing people are not being provided medicines in spite of the fact that the scheme has been introduced and funds have been made available by the central government.
    
The PIL sought a direction for release of funds for procurement of medicines and directing the state government for completing all formalities for sanctioning of the grant for the procurement under the scheme.
     
The mission director was directed to file any objection within four weeks.

(Agencies)