Probe financial irregularities by Una MS, CMO, HC orders Chief Secy

Vijay Arora

Shimla, August 19

Taking a serious not on the issue of financial irregularities in the allotment of pharmacy shop in regional hospital, Una, the High Court has directed the Chief Secretary to initiate appropriate inquiry, including criminal proceedings, against the Medical Superintendent-cum-Member Secretary, Rogi Kalyan Samiti, Una and Chief Medical Officer-cum-Member of the Samiti, Una for violating the law and causing financial irregularities.

'Shop given on rent at lower price'

  • In 2017, Rogi Kalyan Samiti, Regional Hospital, Una, allotted a pharmacy shop on the campus for a monthly rent of Rs 1 lakh with 10 per cent increase after three years
  • The security money of Rs 2 lakh was to be deposited
  • But after three years on March 18, 2020, the shop had been allotted at a monthly rent of Rs 9, 800, only that too without there being any clause for increase of rent
  • The person, allotted the shop, was not even a pharmacist

The court also directed that henceforth the above said officers will not deal with any financial matter in any aspect whatsoever and the functioning of these officers will hereafter be conducted by the Deputy Commissioner, Una, until the inquiry and the criminal proceedings are completed.

A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua passed this orders on a writ petition filed by Una District Chemists amp; Druggists Alliance (UDCDA).

The petitioner has alleged that in the year 2017, Rogi Kalyan Samiti, Regional Hospital, Una after calling bids by publishing notice, allotted a pharmacy shop on the campus of Regional Hospital, Una for a monthly rent of Rs 1 lakh with 10 per cent increase after three years and security money of Rs 2 lakhs was to be deposited.

But after three years on March, 18, 2020, the shop had been allotted at a monthly rent of Rs 9, 800, only that too without there being any clause for increase of rent and above all, to a person, who is not even a pharmacist.

The petitioner further alleged that the tender has been awarded without issuing any notice or publishing it in any newspaper.

While quashing the tender the court observed that "publication calling for a tender of such a high value should have been given appropriate coverage to ensure that the participating bidders offer the highest rate to the government, but the authorities have deliberately avoided the procedure."

The court further observed that "the act of granting the tender of a pharmacy shop to a non-pharmacist has put the lives of the public in danger."

It further observed that "It is not only an error committed by them but is a deliberate act of causing a financial irregularity and a procedural violation that has led to miscarriage of justice."

The court further directed the allottee to hand over the vacant possession of the shop to Deputy Commissioner and directed the state to submit compliance report by August 23.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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