UP govt to end anomalies in purchase of medicines
In an attempt to plug leakages in the purchase of medicines, the UP Government has decided to constitute Uttar Pradesh Medical Supplies Corporation which will promote centralised purchase of medicines and equipment. A decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Health Minister and government spokesman Siddharthnath Singh said that there were reports of pilferage of government money during the purchase of medicines and equipment for state-run hospitals as 80 per cent of the purchase was done in districts and only 20 per cent purchase was centralised.
“The purchase system will now be centralised and will be done through e-tendering which will be monitored by UP Medical Supplies Corporation which will be headed by an IAS officer. The lowest bidder will get the order,” Singh said, adding that a similar system was adopted in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan and was found to be effective in plugging leakages.
Earlier, medicines and equipment were purchased through rate contract and the system was not centralised as the bulk of purchases (around 80 per cent) was carried out in districts. This made the post of Chief Medical Officer lucrative. “In this fiscal, medicine purchase has a budget of Rs 817 crore of which Rs 500 crore is the state government’s share and the rest Rs 317 crore is the share of NRHM,” Singh said.
In another decision, the government decided to introduce CM Panchayat Protsahan Yojana under which villages having excelled in providing basic amenities like water, solar power, sewerage line and school would be awarded. The total budget of this project is Rs 15 crore.
“Three villages from each block will be identified for this award. As there are 821 blocks in UP, the total number of villages that stand benefited will be 2463,” the spokesman said adding that this was the first step towards making ‘Smart’ Panchayats. The Cabinet also approved Rs 791.8 crore under PM Krishi Sinchai Watershed Development programme. There were 612 schemes under the programme. Earlier, the Central government used to finance 90 per cent of schemes while the state share was just 10 per cent.
Under the 14th Finance Commission, the Centre’s share came down to 60 per cent with the result that the financial burden on the state increased. “The Cabinet has approved this enhanced financial burden of Rs 791.8 crore,” Singh said. The government also decided to give 450 sq metre (approximately 1 acre) of nazool land to Prasar Bharati for setting up of 10 kw FM station of All India Radio in Sultanpur. This project will come up in Mirazpur village. The spokesman said that AIR had proposed this project on March 20, 2017, which was approved by the Cabinet.
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