FIR ordered against officials in hospital privatisation case

July 23rd, 2011 - 1:18 am ICT by IANS  

Panaji, July 22 (IANS) A local court in Goa Friday asked police to file a case against an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, two other senior officials and a private healthcare firm, on a petition alleging irregularities in the privatisation of a government-run district hospital.

Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Durga Madkaikar asked the police to file an FIR against the state Health Secretary Rajiv Verma, additional secretary of the public private partnership (PPP) cell Anupam Kishore, director (health services) Rajnanda Desai and Radiant Life Care, which had bagged the tender for running the Asilo district hospital located at Mapusa, 15 km from Panaji.

The court’s direction follows a complaint by right to information (RTI) activist Kashinath Shetye, who has said that the state government’s decision to hand over the privatization contract to the private healthcare company had caused a loss to the tune of Rs.788 crore to the state exchequer.

The Panaji bench of the Bombay High court is already hearing a petition filed by Ahemdabad based Shalby hospitals, which had lost the tender bid earlier this year.

The privatisation of the Asilo hospital, which has been functioning right from the pre-Portuguese era, was the first such attempt made by the Goa government to partially privatise healthcare facilities.

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