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RIMS panel in power review

Ranchi, July 13: A week after Jharkhand High Court questioned the authority of the special Assembly committee on RIMS, the panel members today inspected the hospital in what sources say is a show of power.

The inspection comes a day before the next hearing of a PIL, filed by a citizens forum, asking the high court to ensure than RIMS function properly. Subsequently, the Assembly set up a committee to monitor RIMS, which invited the courts glare. The court asked the Speaker how the House could constitute a panel to monitor an autonomous body.

The inspection team included Dinesh Sharangi, Radhakrishna Kishore, Sushir Mahto, Girinath Singh and C. P. Singh, who was recently involved in a verbal duel with RIMS director N.N. Agarwal.

Before touring the medical institute, the panel had a two-hour discuss with Agarwal. The closed-door meeting, RIMS sources said, was focused on dousing the fire between the MLA and the director.

But panel member Sharangi said the meeting was focussed on the different ways the institute could be improved.

Referring to the issue with the high court, he said: We are doing our job. Let the court do their job. We are always within our limits. But others too should stay within their limits. He, however, denied that this inspection was a show of power.

Singh was mum when asked about his showdown with the director.

But, referring to his threat to bring in a privilege motion against the director, he said: That would be decided by the committee. I have nothing to say at present.

Sources in RIMS said the committee now wants to play safe especially because of the issue with the court.

But it seems the panel did their work in todays tour. Kishore said: The condition of the wards are still not satisfactory. We have asked the director to ensure that the bed sheets are changed every two days. The bathrooms are still in bad shape. RIMS should do something without delay.

He criticised the electricity department for not doing their work properly.

In some wards neither the fans nor the lights are working. These people have the funds but yet are not doing their work properly.

I also came across a patient who was not getting free medicines though she was eligible for it. These things should not happen.

Singh said he does not believe in such inspections. This is not the way to do it. We should not give time for RIMS to prepare for our arrival. Inspections should be sudden. Only then will we get the real picture, he added.

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