In­dia nom­i­nates SBI chief for MD-COO post at World Bank Wait gets longer for 244 trans­plant pa­tients at scam-hit Powai hospi­tal

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State Bank of In­dia (SBI) chair­per­son Arundhati Bhat­tacharya will be In­dia’s nom­i­nee for the post of man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at the World Bank, two se­nior gov­ern­ment func­tionar­ies told HT.

If she suc­ceeds, Bhat­tacharya, 60, will be the first In­dian to be hold­ing an im­por­tant man­age­rial po­si­tion in an in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion. The clos­est was in 2001 when for­mer deputy chair­man of the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Mon­tek Singh Ah­luwalia was ap­pointed as first di­rec­tor of the in­de­pen­dent eval­u­a­tion of­fice of the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund.

An of­fi­cial at the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice said on con­di­tion of anonymity that Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has agreed to the can­di­da­ture of Bhat­tacharya.

Re­port­ing di­rectly to the World Bank pres­i­dent, this post is con­sid­ered to be the third most im­por­tant po­si­tion at the bank re­spon­si­ble for im­ple­men­ta­tion of pol­icy de­ci­sions.

Bhat­tacharya did not re­spond to tele­phone calls and text mes­sages from HT on her nom­i­na­tion.

The se­lec­tion to the post has to be cleared by the World Bank’s board of direc­tors, who are coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“In re­turn for In­dia help­ing Washington in en­sur­ing a sec­ond term to the in­cum­bent pres­i­dent Jim Yong Kim, this post was of­fered to us. We will be back­ing her can­di­da­ture,” a fi­nance min­istry of­fi­cial said.

Nearly 244 pa­tients wait­ing for an or­gan trans­plant at LH Hi­ranan­dani Hospi­tal, Powai, are bear­ing the brunt of the scam that was un­earthed at the hospi­tal this year.

The hospi­tal’s or­gan trans­plant li­cence has since been sus­pended.

Some have re­ported wit­ness­ing dis­crep­an­cies in the func­tion­ing of the hospi­tal’s kid­ney trans­plant pro­ce­dures, and oth­ers, who have per­haps been af­fected the most, found their names had dropped even fur­ther down in the pri­or­ity list af­ter the scam broke out.

The list of pa­tients, made on the ba­sis of age, sex and pri­or­ity score, was part of the 800-page charge sheet filed by the Powai po­lice in the il­le­gal kid­ney trans­plant case that broke out on July 14 at the hospi­tal.

The po­lice said the doc­u­ment was in the cus­tody of Nilesh Kam­ble, trans­plant co­or­di­na­tor of the hospi­tal, who was ar­rested on the same day (July 14).

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