Gorakhpur: With the appointment of Group of Ministers (GoM) to tackle recurring menace of deadly Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government has also become active to tackle the disease.

As 529 people succumbed to JE in Bundelkhand region of UP, the health department has geared for the prevention of becoming it epidemic. Fourteen departments are assigned with the responsibility to prepare plan for tackling JE which would be forwarded to state Chief Secretary and finally to the Centre.

It is expected that Rs 150 crore under the national Rural Health Mission, which is left unutilized, will be allocated to health department in Gorakhpur, Basti and Devipatan divisions of the state if the proposal to curb the spurt in JE cases gets approved.

At a time when the Centre and state government are shifting blames on each other, 32 new patients were admitted to the BRD Medical College Gorakhpur while 9 succumbed to JE within 48 Hours. From January 2011 onwards 2904 JE cases have been reported.