The pizza boxes are strewn around the table in a backroom of the health department of Delhi government. The chatter, attitude and energy of the men sitting around on plush couches make the place look like a well-funded startup. Also, the reason why certain quarters of the government have been raising eyebrows.

The mood in the room is bittersweet. Two years ago, the state government inherited 260 primary healthcare units and made a grand promise of establishing 1000 more mohalla clinics—one doctor-primary healthcare units—across the city. On 15 March, the state inaugurated 49 mohalla clinics reaching a total of 150.

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Ruhi Kandhari

Ruhi writes on the impact of healthcare policies, trends in the healthcare sector and developments on the implementation of Electronic Health Records in India. She has an M. Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

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