Friday, June 23, 2017

Charity commissioner foils AMC’s plans for VS Hospital

Times of India: Ahmedabad: Friday, June 23, 2017.
It was in September 2015 that the charity commissioner had intervened and stayed the civic body's grand plans to demolish the heritage structures of VS General and Chinai Maternity Hospital. The building slated to fall under development's hammer was once the 'dream project' of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for the city.
On June 14, the charity commissioner stayed another attempt by the civic body to bifurcate the 84-year-old trust and transfer its medical staff, 1,100-odd beds, and assets to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) floated Medical Education Trust (MET). The charity commissioner will now hear the AMC on Friday to known the reason why the civic body felt issuing such directions during the board meeting of April 5, 2013 to bifurcate the VS hospital trust.
For almost four years now the AMC has been avoiding giving an answer to the charity commissioner for issuing the two controversial resolutions. By issuing a stay on the resolutions the charity commissioner has sought justification from the AMC for such directions. "We are hopeful of an order soon in the matter. The hospital belongs to the poor in the present form and we intend to protect their interests," said one of the trustees, Rupa Chinai.
In May 2016 the charity commissioner had issued notices to the mayor, municipal commissioner and all trustees of the hospital. The notice had questioned why regular audit reports were not submitted to the charity commissioner's office.
In a reply to an RTI query posed by a Kalupur resident, Pankaj Bhatt, it was revealed that for nearly three decades, the VS hospital has not been submitting audit reports as mandated under the Gujarat Public Trust Act. The notice also seeks explanations as to why two different trusts -VS Hospital and Medical Education Trust - operate the hospital without any clarity. It has also sought explanations on appointments made by the two trusts and their jurisdictions.