Wednesday, January 13, 2016

CBI finds AIIMS head guilty of committing irregularities in purchase of medical supplies

CBI finds AIIMS head guilty of committing irregularities in purchase of medical supplies - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a verification report, finding the director and a senior doctor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) responsible for irregularities in purchase of medical supplies for the prestigious institute.

The CBI has written to the chief vigilance officer, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, that AIIMS might take action against Dr MC Misra, the head of department, Surgery at Apex Trauma Centre AIIMS, and Dr Amit Gupta, additional professor, in view of the verification report.

Then CVO of AIIMS Sanjiv Chaturvedi had alleged criminal misconduct by Assistance Store Officer TR Mahajan at JPNA Trauma Centre, AIIMS, and Dr Amit Gupta in purchase of two items, disinfectants and fogging solution, from firms whose sole distributor was a company owned by the son and daughter-in-law of the store officer.

These items were not proprietary in nature but they were purchased by bypassing the General Financial Rules (GFR) provisions and invoking the provisions relating to proprietary items, according to the complaint.

According to the verification report, Dr Gupta signed the propriety certificate dated 14/3/13 in respect of Ultrasan Aerox Fogging Solution and another proprietary certificate dated 6/11/12 in respect to Cleanex Floor Disinfectant, however, these certificates which were initially for one-time purchase, were repeatedly used by the store officer for placing repeat orders without going through any tendering process.

The CBI also observed lapses during the verification on part of Dr Gupta and Dr Misra in addition to the misconduct done by the store officer.

As per the report, Dr Gupta declared Aerox Fogging Solution and Cleanex Floor Disinfectant, products of Aspetix Netherlands as proprietary in nature in an ad hoc manner without adequate care and purchases were made despite existing rate contract of the main hospital.

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