After the anaesthesia workstation scam, the BMC is planning to buy 29 China-made anaesthesia machines for its hospitals. The domestic machines purchased earlier were shown as made in England and an inquiry was conducted in this scam. The inquiry report of this scam is allegedly suppressed and now the civic administration is mulling to spend crores of rupees to purchase these China-made machines.
The High-End Anesthesia Workstation is used on patients before their operations. The BMC is planning to buy 29 anaesthesia machines on conditions of three years guarantee and five years maintenance. The civic body will spend Rs 7.81 crore to buy these machines and these machines will be supplied from the Gurgaon-based factory of the Shenzen Midray Bio-Medical Electronics Company Limited. Life Care Medical Systems Company will purchase these machines.
The BMC had given a contract to the Universal Organics Company to purchase 51 anaesthesia machines in the year 2013. The contract was worth Rs 6.42 crore. The concerned company had shown that 20 machines were imported from England and 31 machines were made in India by Chinese companies. The concerned companies had allegedly forged documents to seal the deal.
The then leader of opposition in BMC, Pravin Chheda, and BJP group leader Manoj Kotak had demanded an inquiry into this scam. Ram Dhas, assistant municipal commissioner, had conducted an inquiry into these allegations and had submitted his report to the BMC. Even after the forgery of the said company came to fore, no FIR was registered against it. This has raised a question on the need of 29 more machines even after the availability of 51 machines.
The Shiv Sena and the BJP had put on hold the proposal for purchase of machines due to its mark of Made in China. Now, the proposed purchase of anaesthesia machines is also to be done with a Chinese label.