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JKCFPD raps GDC for over-spending on OPG machines
JAMMU, Apr 13: After the court direction to investigate over the purchasing of important machines for Government Dental College (GDC) for Kashmir and Jammu regions, the annoyed activists of Jammu and Kashmir Central for Peace and Development (JKCPD), today criticized the state government for not addressing the said issue and appealed to the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take stern action against the persons who are involved in purchasing OPG (Orthophos XGs Ds ceph) for Government Dental College on allegedly double rate as compare to market price.

The activists Sandeep Kumar of Jammu and Tanveer Hussain of Kashmir, who is also member of UN organisation, disclosed this while addressing a joint press conference at Press Club. They said, “After conducting a proper investigation in the said matter by the Vigilance Department of J&K and report which indicates a clear case during purchase of important machines for Govt. Dental College reflected involving the principal of the college and a formal FIR was registered by the department but no action has been taken on that issue. We want to raise this issue again in the interest of the public.”

Tanveer Hussain informed that after inspected the procured OPG machine by two experts from Gandhi Nagar Dental College Oral Medicines and Radiology HOD and Periodontal HOD who also physically compared/ checked the specifications of both the dental machinery equipments in Srinagar and Jammu and completed vertical rack sterilization system manufactured by Sirona, Germany and Macom, Italy. He added that as per their communication on July 28, 2012 had found that the specifications/features mentioned in the e-mail orders by Villa India New Delhi dated November 8, 2011, September 24, 2011 and January 17, 2012 to different buyers respectively are same as that of the OPG machines procured by Government Dental College, Srinagar except the additional sensor for which Villa India have intimated its selling cost as Rs 9 lakhs.

He further said that the experts on August 4, 2012 had intimated through their letter to Vigilance department informed that there is approximately a difference of Rs. 4 lac between the procured machinery and actual cost depicted.

He added that in this context, the Vigilance team also approached the JK Bank branch Tankipora for providing the details of the payment made to buyer by Government Dental College, Srinagar but they are not able to provide full particulars of the account holders to which these payments have been made. However, the team also approached Axis Bank, Bank of Baroda and ICICI Bank for ascertaining the particulars of account holders to which these payments were made.

“In this context, the team also informed Villa India proprietor N L Narayan and Srinagar based company Basha Enterprises Karan Nagar Hamid Bashir to attend the vigilance organization as they are acquainted with facts of the matter but they did not attend the organization personally till date despite repeated requests on the phone. Later, the team submitted its report to the Court which was conducted by the organisation,” he told reporters.

He added that the team also submitted its report pertaining to rate of OPG machines which was sold to GDC, Srinagar by Villa India at Rs. 46.80 lakhs inclusive of tax/VAT as the offered price through email to Siber Dental College Gantur dated November 8, 2010 Rs. 21.00 lakhs with single sensor inclusive tax/VAT and another e-mail offered price of same company for the said machine to Dr. Gaurav on July 17, 2012 ay Rs. 19.00 lacs with single sensor exclusive of tax/VAT.

The speakers said that the earlier the GDC, Srinagar had paid Rs. 45.00 lakhs including tax/VAT which is approximately exorbitance Rs. 16.50 lack. They also alleged that the purchasing committee whose work is to survey the price rate in the market of the said machine and after submitted their reports to the concerned authorities for its purchasing. Meanwhile, the activists appealed to the CM to personally intervene in the matter and demanded fast track action against the people involved in this crime.
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News Updated at : Sunday, April 14, 2013
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