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Govt feels RIMS panel cheat heat

Ranchi, July 3: The special Assembly committee on RIMS today came down heavily on both the state government as well as the medical institute for cheating people and the panel for diverting funds meant for the upgradation of the premier healthcare centre.

The panel maintained that the state government should have had taken it into confidence before deciding to transfer Rs 120 crore to Patliputra Medical College Hospital, Dhanbad. The fund was granted by the Union government for the modernisation of the institute on the lines of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Claiming that the state government was not serious about developing the standard of healthcare facilities at RIMS, Dinesh Sarangi, the convenor of the committee, said: The panel should have been told about the fund transfer. Since the committee had been formed by the Assembly, the state government is answerable to it. We have directed the health secretary to furnish all the documents regarding the fund transfer before us by the next meeting.

This is nothing but cheating. The state government has fooled the people. The state government was given the fund during the tenure of Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the Prime Minister. The idea was to set up regional AIIMS centres across the country. But the state government did not take any heed of it. This is nothing but bluffing, he claimed.

Turning the heat on the RIMS governing body, the committee said it did not produce the annual performance and expense report of the institute in the last five years.

Something wrong is going on in RIMS. The director of RIMS has been asked to be ready with the annual performance and expense reports of last five years before the Monsoon Session. We need to see whether the funds had been utilised properly or not, said Radhakrishna Kishore, a member of the committee.

Sources said the RIMS governing body had become almost toothless and that RIMS was now governed by the Assembly committee.

The Assembly committee on RIMS is always after something or the other. Moreover, they are just leaping over their points of reference. If such is the case, what is the use of having RIMS governing body It should be shunted and the Assembly committee should take over, said RIMS sources.

Significantly, the tenure of the committee has been extended till July 17. The original tenure was slated to end couple of months back.


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