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Irregular medical purchase lands AIIMS director in trouble

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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed that a senior doctor and the director of AIIMS were responsible for the irregular purchase of medical supplies. CBI made the accusations in its submitted verification report

The CBI mentioned in a ‘self-contained note’ given to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s Chief Vigilance Officer that AIIMS may take action, ‘as deemed fit’ against Dr Amit Gupta, additional professor and Dr MC Misra, the head of surgery department at Apex Trauma Centre AIIMS who is now AIIMS director.

The then CVO of AIIMS Sanjiv Chaturvedi had alleged criminal misconduct by Assistance Store Officer TR Mahajan at JPNA Trauma Centre, AIIMS, and by Dr Amit Gupta in the purchase of two items, fogging solution and disinfectants, from companies whose sole distributor was a firm owned by the son and daughter-in-law of the store officer.

The complaint also stated that the purchases were made by avoiding the General Financial Rules (GFR) provisions and inspiring the provisions relating to proprietary items.

“Dr Amit Gupta signed the proprietary certificate dated 6th November 2012 in respect to Cleanex Floor Disinfectant and another propriety certificate dated 14th March 2013 in respect of Ultrasan Aerox Fogging Solution. However, these certificates which were initially for one-time purchase were repeatedly used by the store officer for placing repeat orders without going through any tendering process or a fresh Proprietary Certificate,” the verification report of the CBI stated.

“The store officer used the proprietary certificate of Dr Amit Gupta repeatedly to obtain approval of the head of the department, Dr MC Misra, who didn’t object to the same,” it further stated.

They also observed errors during the verification of Dr Misra and Dr Gupta due to the misconduct done by the store officer.

“Dr Amit Gupta declared Cleanex Floor Disinfectant and Aerox Fogging Solution, products of Aspetix Netherlands as proprietary in nature in an ad hoc manner without adequate care and purchases were made in spite of the existing rate contract of the main hospital. Dr MC Misra approved the use of the aforesaid proprietary certificate for repeated purchases without due diligence,” the report states.

“AIIMS has zero tolerance for corruption. Statutory compliances of CVC guidelines are being ensured. Timely audit of all procurement is being done. A joint secretary in the ministry holds charge of the post of CVO, AIIMS. The institute has a strong commitment for a transparent and clean administration. The CVO has not pointed out any procedural lapses in the handling of corruption cases. The institute has also submitted its replies to the Delhi HC on the case.”, Dr Amit Gupta, spokesperson of AIIMS assured.(inputs from agencies)

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Cabinet Approves Plan to Set-Up 20 AIIMS

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved a plan to set up 20 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) across the country, six of which have already been established, and to upgrade 73 medical colleges.

The decisions are part of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), which has been extended by two years till 2020, with a financial outlay of Rs 14,832 crore, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters while briefing on the cabinet decisions.

“Under this (PMSSY), we are going to set up 20 AIIMS in the country, six have already been established, and would upgrade 73 medical colleges. This is a historic decision,” said the Union Law and Information Technology Minister.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.
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The decision to extend the PMSSY was aimed to meet the shortfall in healthcare professionals and facilities across the country.

“Setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training but also address the shortfall of healthcare professionals in the region… Setting up of new AIIMS in various states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS,” said an official statement.

The construction of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government. It will also bear the operations and maintenance expenses of these facilities.

The upgradation programme broadly envisages improving health infrastructure through construction of super specialty blocks, trauma centres and others, according to the statement.

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The procurement of medical equipment for existing as well as new facilities will be done on sharing basis by both Central and state governments.

“PMSSY was started during the government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee to provide quality healthcare in remote areas as it’s not right to put all the pressure on AIIMS in Delhi. There were talks of setting up six AIIMS. But what happened in the next 10 years is for all to see,” said Prasad. (IANS)

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