Private firm accused of supplying substandard material

Medical Corporation sets up panel to inspect ambulances

Srinagar: A private firm has been accused of supplying substandard equipment and fabrication material used for critical care ambulances in Jammu and Kashmir.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that the MGM Associates, which is the partner company in the ambulance services under 102/108 codes and approved by the Health and Medical Education department, has submitted a written complaint to the concerned department about the fraud.
According to the complaint, the Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) responsible for supplying equipment and fabrication material has violated the contract agreement and partnership deed.
The BVG, according to the contract jointly approved by Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation and National Health Mission, had to procure material for ambulances from MGM Associates.
However, the selected firm had “bypassed” it and procured it from other company on lower rates “to earn extra profit for itself”.
“We were shocked to know that BVG has cheated us despite written agreement under the tender documents and court affidavit. The company has bypassed us and fixed low quality material in the ambulances,” an official of MGM Associates told Kashmir Reader.
Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation, Managing Director Shiv Kumar told Kashmir Reader that he has ordered verification of the ambulances to authenticate the complaint.
“I have received the complaint recently and have constituted an expert committee for review of the vehicles. The enquiry will be ordered after the company will submit its report in affirmation to the grievance,” he added.

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