Dental chairs lying dumped at Chandigarh medical college
Ten dental chairs bought by Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, have been lying waste as the infrastructure to place them in is not ready.
In a hurry to spend the annual budget, the institute bought the microprocessor controlled dental chairs for Rs 1.49 crore. The chairs were delivered to the hospital in March last year, but the infrastructure to install these is not ready yet. Thus, even after more than a year, the chairs are lying packed and
The move has landed the hospital administration in trouble as in the annual audit, an objection has been raised for “blocking funds amounting to Rs 1.49 crore”.
According to the annual audit inspection report, 2010-2011, of the hospital, the GMCH administration placed an order for the chairs in September 2010. These chairs were delivered at the hospital in March 2011. But sources said the chairs had not been installed in the hospital so far.
This, according to the audit report, has “resulted in blocking of government money, which needs justification and reasons under which the machinery/ equipment could not be installed till date”.
When during the audit inspection, the hospital administration was asked to explain why the chairs had not been installed, it replied, “It wasn’t appropriate to install the chairs before completion of infrastructure works.”
“Once the infrastructure is completed, the dental chairs will be installed immediately,” the hospital said. However, the reply of the hospital was not found tenable.