Den­tal chairs ly­ing dumped at Chandi­garh med­i­cal col­lege

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Vishav Bharti vishav.bharti@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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

CHANDI­GARH:

un­used.

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.

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