Former Minister Dayanand Narvekar suggested that a FIR ought to be registered against the present government for criminal waste of public funds while addressing a public meeting organized by Goa Democratic Front at Mapusa on Saturday that saw politicians from Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and even the Bharatiya Janata Party coming together to oppose privatization of the district hospital there.
Tracing the history of the new hospital, he recalled that the foundation stone was laid in 2002 when Manohar Parrikar was the chief minister, while the required machinery was purchased in 2005 when he was the health minister and the completed structure was handed over to the government on 30th November 2008 while the Directorate of Health Services took possession of the hospital on 27th May 2009.
He condemned the government for not commissioning the hospital till date even as the warranty for the special machinery has lapsed even without using the machines once.Pointing out that the hospital was envisaged to provide free medical care to the people of North Goa, he accused the government of spending Rs. 2.7 lakhs every month on its maintenances and argued that a case can be filed against the government for criminal waste of public funds.
Dayanand Narvekar pointed out that Vishwajit Rane has a penchant for privatizing government properties as done by him during his stint as Chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation.
However, he said Vishwajit’s plans to private the District Hospital at Mapusa will not be permitted and asserted that people should be provided medical care free of cost.
BJP MLA Dayanand Mandrekar representing the Siolim constituency accused Vishwajit Rane of mishandling both his portfolio – Health and Agriculure – and said he would demand a CBI probe into the assets of Vishwajit.
Nationalist Congress Party General Secretary Avinash Bhonsle said the state government had failed on all fronts and blamed the internal squabbles amongst the ministers for the present situation.