Purchase of 5 CT scanners delayed by 2 years as dir health parks money in bank

Srinagar: Director health services had parked Rs 7.31 crore in a bank, an action that led to delay of two years in the purchase of five CT scanner for as many hospitals in the Valley, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said.
In response to the directorate’s proposal submitted in October 2010, the government had released Rs 7.31 crore in two installments, the CAG report for the year ended March 31, 2014 said.
The directorate then placed orders for five single and double-slice CT scan machines. But the government questioned the rationale behind purchasing the obsolete single-slice machines rather than double slice or other high-end ones, especially when the cost did not vary too much.
The CAG said the department could have drawn the money in advance only after explaining why it placed order for single-slice CT scanners. Instead of doing that, it withdrew Rs 7.31 crore in March 2011 and parked Rs 4.69 crore with J&K Bank and Rs 2.62 crore under Civil Deposits of Government Account in Additional Treasury Tankipora here.
In May 2012, the CAG said, the DHSK placed supply order on M/s Erbis Engineering Company Limited, Japan, for purchase of two units of whole-body multi- slice CT scanner.
The supply order was, however, kept in abeyance as the government objected to it because it was placed on the basis of financial bid of a single tender as other two tenders were rejected on technical grounds.
“The department issued fresh rate contract in February 2013 for whole body multi slice CT scanners. The equipment had not been received and the funds continued to remain blocked as of June 2014,” the CAG said.
This action, the CAG said, defeated the intention of the government to provide modern medical facilities to the intended beneficiaries.
The auditor referred the matter to the DHSK which, as per the report, stated on June 2014 that funds had not been parked in the deposits unnecessarily but as per the requirement and in the larger interest of patient care.
“The fact remains that the funds had remained blocked for more than two years leading to non-accrual of intended benefits,” it said.