Look Inward

Union health ministry has finally woken up to the unfolding drug scam in the state. The health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has constituted 11-member team headed by Deputy Drug Controller (North Zone) Ghaziabad, Dr K Bangarurajan  to investigate the matter and come up with a comprehensive report. This follows the probe by a high level committee set up by the state government which has given clean chit to the former health minister Sham Lal Sharma. Incidentally, the minister for medical education Taj Mohiudin had earlier said that he had a documentary proof about Sharma’s direct involvement in the scam. But he has obviously stayed short of providing it to the inquiry committee and the committee itself seems to have taken no cognizance of Taj’s public statement. However, the inquiry has pointed to various acts of omission and commission of officials in both the Health Department, Government Medical College and the Associated Hospitals. The government has now handed over the investigation to the Crime Branch. The government is also contemplating to transfer the case to State Vigilance Organization for further investigation. Meanwhile. police has already arrested two brothers Ashok Kumar Raina and  Amardeep Raina involved in the supply of fake drugs to J&K hospitals while the third accused Akhil Gadoo is evading arrest.  But despite all these simultaneously progressing probes, the government is far from looking inward on the issue. While the suppliers of the spurious medicines have been arrested swiftly, the government is silent on the action against the senior health department officials who are primarily responsible for okaying the purchases. This is despite the fact that the preliminary inquiry report has indicted the officials of the Health and Government Medical College and its Associated Hospitals for  receiving the supply of the drug without verifying credentials of the manufacturer.  Least that the government could have done is to place the indicted officials under suspension pending further inquiry. That would certainly be a more effective deterrent than the arrest of the pharma company owners who supplied the drug.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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