Congress alleges scam in purchase of medicines in GMC, demands judicial probe

Congress alleges scam in purchase of medicines in GMC, demands judicial probe

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Panaji, Feb 9 : The Congress in Goa on Sunday claimed that there was a scam of Rs 30-40 crore in purchase of medicines at Government-run Goa Medical College (GMC) and Hospital and demanded judicial inquiry into it.

Addressing a press conference at party state headquarters in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) president Girish Chodankar said, "In the past, GMC procured medicines through 2014-15 New List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) and 2016 -2017 (Non – NLEM) tenders, well supported by more than 20 Goan Distributors along with few from outside the state, short tender process for only those medicines not covered under the main tenders and lLocal purchase to meet emergency situations for drug or surgical item not in stock in GMC.' When the 2014 – 15 NLEM tender got outdated, Goa Health Minister accommodated a private party in GMC “Wellness Forever” through a 'tweaked' tender process and instructed GMC officials to make sure that supply of medicines through a local purchase process should be done only and only through Wellness Forever, he alleged.

'While the 2016 -2017 Non – NLEM tender was valid till April 2019, process to float the combined new tender (NLEM + Non NLEM) was initiated and Health Minister Vishwajit Rane along with Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar and his team tried their best to manipulate the terms and conditions to disqualify all the Goan distributors.

Goan distributors objected to the above ill intentions of the Health Minister. Finally, the combined new tender (NLEM + Non NLEM) was floated on 06.08.2018 by GMC and was forwarded to the Government for its final approval after rigorous technical and financial bid evaluation by the GMC Drug Purchase Committee," Chodankar claimed. (UNI)