CT Scan machine meant for SMHS Hospital seized at Lakhanpur for 4 days

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: For four days the Commercial Tax Department (CTD) detained at Lakhanpur toll post a CT Scan machine procured by the Health and Medical Education Department for the flood-devastated SMHS Hospital here.
“There was no proper information from the Health Department about the CT Scan machine. We followed a set procedure of law by detaining the machine as there was a private contractor involved. Now we have released it conditionally,” Commissioner, CTD, Syed Kifayat Hussain Rizvi told Kashmir Reader on Tuesday.
He said the department would levy tax later in case the government does not grant the exemption.
“We have released the machine on a condition that if exemption is not granted, we will recover it from the payments later. So far, we have exempted goods meant for post-flood measures such as de-watering pumps and other equipment. In this case, a contractor was involved and we were not informed about the exemption,” Rizvi said.
Secretary Health and Medical Education Department, Ghazanfar Hussain, however, parried a question from Kashmir Reader. “There’s nothing much into it. The machine has been released and is on way,” he said when asked why his department had not intimated the CTD officials.
The SMHS Hospital suffered major damages in the last month’s floods. Apart from its four CT Scan machines, the hospital lost two MRIs as well in the catastrophe. Patients either have to wait for such examinations or else get it done in private clinics at exorbitant rates.
The hospital has suffered equipment and other things worth Rs 200 crore in the floods. Though the hospital has been thrown open for public, it’s not fully restored yet.