DAK demands probe into GMC purchase scams

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Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Friday while taking serious note of multi-crore procurement scam demanded an impartial probe into serious irregularities in the purchase of equipments in Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar.
Pointing towards the deep-rooted nexus between GMC purchase officials and some firms President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan urged Chief Minister to intervene and order a thorough probe into this high level of corruption.
Chief Minister who has initiated a drive to weed out corruption and remove deadwood to bring accountability into state governance and revive administration but GMC continues with re-employed principal.
These re-employed officials have nothing at stake and because of no fear of accountability they indulge in corrupt practices and in the process institutions are ruined.
GMC has become hub of corruption and there is an open loot of public money.
Recent expose of purchase scam of NAT blood screening system is tip of the iceberg as dozens of purchase scams are taking place every year in GMC.
Last year ventilator scam was exposed in which GMC purchased ventilators from a supplier at exorbitant rates but no action was taken and fraud was buried.
Recently a reagent rental contract worth crores for biochemistry and immunology analyzers was given to a particular firm without tendering flouting purchasing norms.
GMC authorities have approved some blue-eyed firms to supply items ignoring genuine firms in brazen violation of purchasing procedures.
The hospital furniture, linen and disinfectants are being purchased from these blue-eyed firms while the genuine firms are deliberately overlooked.
These blue-eyed suppliers routinely pay bribes and kickbacks to GMC purchase officials and if anytime, they do not, their payment is either stopped or diverted.
There are certain forces behind these corrupt officials who cover up their irregularities and it is because of their patronage that these officials continue with their illegally occupied positions.

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