Patna: Chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said in the state legislative council on Tuesday the government is planning to provide 24×7 autopsy facility in the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH).
Intervening during state health minister’s reply, Manjhi said that he would consult experts before finalizing the plan. The CM admitted people have to suffer because autopsy facility is not available round the clock.
Replying to a question of Rudal Rai (JD-U), health minister Ramdhani Singh said at present, autopsy facility in the PMCH is available till 5 pm. He also said there is a total absence of upgraded technical facilities for conducting autopsy during night.
Intervening during minister’s reply, leader of the opposition in the council Sushil K Modi said attendants and relatives of the deceased normally wait for 20 hours for the post-mortem.
The CM, while replying to a query of BJP member Baidyanath Prasad about the final report of the probe committee to investigate the scarcity of essential drugs and its purchase in the PMCH, said the principal secretary of the health department has already submitted the report in this regard. He also said he would inquire about the report and would be tabled in the House at the earliest.
On July 1, Manjhi had announced in the council the setting up of a probe committee of senior officials and experts to probe drug scarcity in PMCH within seven days.
BJP member Prasad said 21 days have already been lapsed, but no report has come out so far.
Inflated energy bill:
State finance minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav on Tuesday admitted in the council that the South Bihar Power Distribution Company Limited (SBPDCL) had sent monthly energy bill to the tune of Rs 1.24 crore to a consumer, Rakhi Bharati, who is living in her two BHK flat in Nageshwar Colony here. The actual bill was Rs 2616. Replying to a question of BJP member Baidyanath Prasad, the minister said that soon after the detection of error, a team was sent to the consumer’s house to investigate the power meter error.
The minister also said that the proper action would be taken against the guilty officials.
Public health and engineering department (PHED) minister Mahachandra Prasad Singh, while replying to a question of BJP member Nawal K Yadav, said the salary of officials responsible for not achieving the target of installing over 3000 hand pumps by July 31 will be stopped. All these hand pumps are recommended by the legislators under the “Mukhyamantri Chapakal Yojana” in the financial year 2012-13.
The minister admitted that till date only 220 hand pumps have been installed against the target of 3000. The minister said that all those officials have been directed to submit district-wise compliance report to the government by July 31.