Delhi health minister's daughter resigns as advisor to state government

New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister's daughter on Thursday resigned as advisor to the Delhi government for its 'mohalla clinics' project, after receiving flak from the opposition.

Satyendra Jain, announcing the resignation of his daughter Soumya Jain, denied allegations of nepotism in her appointment in a non-executive post, and said she wasn't being paid any money for the job.

Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain. News18

Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain. News18

A controversy erupted on Wednesday after Soumya, 26, was appointed as advisor to Delhi's Health Secretary for the Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics.

Addressing media persons in the national capital, Jain said, "My daughter has resigned from the post following the controversy over her appointment."

"She wasn't paid any amount for the role of advisor," the Health Minister said, adding, "She has skipped her admission into IIM Indore earlier this year and chose to work for the Delhi government."

Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for criticising her appointment, Jain said, "There are a number of examples of BJP's leaders' kin on plum posts. They should also resign."

Citing the example of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's daughter, Jain said, "Jaitley's daughter is also appointed on a plum post in Hockey India and she too should resign."


Updated Date: Jul 14, 2016 14:58 PM

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