STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Citizen’s Forum urged the Governor Satya Pal Malik to constitute a separate Medical Supplies Corporation Ltd (MSCL) for Jammu region. R K Chadha, President of the Forum, in a statement issued here on Monday, said that drugs supplied to the Indian System of Medicine by the JKMSCL have been found sub-standard. He said that JKMSCL has miserably failed to provide quality medicines at competitive rates in time-bound manner to the health institutions of the region, especially remote areas. Chadha further said that the drug-list is being pruned from 850 to 300, leaving poor people at the mercy of private vendors. The Corporation is being run by non-professionals, who waste a lot of time in inviting tenders and then issuing corrigendum without buying drugs on ground level, he alleged. “This is the height of corruption that instead of procuring life-saving drugs, JKMSCL procured Suture material (Wound Stitching material) for Rs 8 crore,” he said. The Citizens Forum further demanded that MRI, CT Scan and Ultra-sound equipments should be provided at all District Hospitals, for conducting tests at a nominal charges, for welfare of patients. “If Gurdwara Bangla Sahib can charge Rs 50 for conducting a MRI/CT scan, then why Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and Government hospitals in J&K are unable to provide similar facilities to patients at nominal rates,” he asked. Signatories to the statement included ADGP (Retd) S.S Wazir, former PSC Member, Dr R Madan, Prof Aman Rathore, former PSC member, Arun Gupta Chairman MIER, Arun Sharma Retired Chief Engineer, R.K Handa Retired Vice Chairman JDA, M S Kapoor, Advocate Anil Sethi, Advocate Ashok Parihar, Educationist Veena Handa, Sarita Oswal Industrialist, Sameer Bhasin, K K Khosa President KP Sabha, Jit Pal Sahni Businessman and Sunny Dua Journalist.
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