Believe it or not, the Andhra Pradesh government headed by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has reimbursed nearly Rs 3 lakh to state finance minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu for undergoing a very simple treatment for his toothache problem.According to a government order issued on Thursday (GO Rt No. 1844 dated August 23, 2018), the general administration department accorded sanction of Rs 2,88,823 to be reimbursed to Yanamala for undergoing treatment for his toothache.
The expenditure will be accounted for under medical bills reimbursement eligible for ministers and deputy ministers.Now, what kind of tooth problem Yanamala had and where had he undergone treatment?The answer is: he was suffering problem in the roots of his teeth and he had to undergo root canal treatment. For that, he travelled all the way to Singapore on April 12 this year and got the treatment done at Azure Dental, 22, Sixth Avenue.
Root canal treatment is a simple procedure which is done in any small time dental clinic in Andhra Pradesh.In fact, cities like Hyderabad and Vijayawada have dental clinics in almost every locality and it costs not more than Rs 5,000.Even in the best of corporate hospitals in Hyderabad or Vijayawada, the treatment might not cost more than Rs 50,000, as it is just a procedure done for a couple of hours.
And remember, the state government paid Rs 3 lakh just for medical bills and not for the travel to Singapore, which is an additional expenditure.At a time when Naidu is claiming that he is making Amaravati a health capital, is it necessary for Yanamala to spend so much money for just a simple treatment, particularly when every rupee counts for the state?