1 Rupee Clinics in Kurla and Ghatkopar to shutdown on June 15

The Central Railway had tied up with ‘Magicdil’, a private organisation, to start ‘1 Rupee Clinics’ at five stations in the city. The first clinic was inaugurated at Ghatkopar station in May 2017

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Central Railway has issued a closure notice to the popular 1 Rupee Clinic in Kurla and Ghatkopar. Railway has alleged that instead of employing 24-hours MBBS doctors, the clinics have had BAMS doctors on board instead. The Railways has also imposed a fine of ₹1,00,000 on the 1 Rupee clinic for violation of the required conditions. The doctors are going on a hunger strike against the Railway’s order to shut down the clinic. 


The Railway has ordered the clinic to be shut down by Friday midnight. According to Dr Rahul Ghule, the Head of 1 Rupee Clinic, it is not possible to have MBBS doctors to fill in all 24 hours as it is a charitable institution. He informed that the Railway had sent a similar notice a year ago. He further said that the MBBS doctors cannot be available 24 hours at the one-rupee clinic as they also need to be at their own private practices. 

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Ghule also mentioned that there was a great amount of political pressure upon the clinics to be shut down for the last two months. He even wrote to the Divisional Railway Manager of Central railway regarding the matter but never received any response.

Dr Rahul Ghule told Mumbai Live that the 1 Rupee Clinic staff and the doctors will be protesting against the Railway’s order to shut down the clinic on Friday, on platform 2 of Thane Railway station and will be going on a hunger strike.

The Central Railway had tied up with ‘Magicdil’, a private organisation, to start ‘1 Rupee Clinics’ at five stations in the city. The first clinic was inaugurated at Ghatkopar station in May 2017. The 24X7 clinics, which had both doctors with MBBS and MD degrees, were later started at Dadar, Kurla, Wadala, Mulund stations. The cost of health check-ups at these clinics was just ₹1.

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