Handshake with pharma company costs IMA dear

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2014 10:38 IST

Two years after a pharmaceutical company committed to spending Rs 35 lakh to construct an auditorium at the local office of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Sector 35, it has left the officials of the doctors’ body in a lurch and refused to spend a penny on the project.

Construction work on the project is on, but following the company Indo-Swift’s refusal to support it, citing poor financial condition, an embarrassed IMA executive body decided to remove the plaque of the unveiling of the foundation stone by then Chandigarh MP Pawan Bansal.

Interestingly, the then president of the IMA Dr RS Bedi, is also one of the directors of the company.

The company’s desire to donate the money was conveyed to the executive committee of the IMA as well as in a general body meeting of the company itself.

After the proposal was approved, it was named Indo-Swift auditorium after the company, and the then MP Pawan Bansal inaugurated it.

Infighting within IMA delayed construction

Sources said that infighting within the IMA led to delay in the start of the construction work by several months.

Within this time, the term at the IMA of Dr Bedi, one of the directors of the company, ended last year.

Later, when the new IMA president Dr Harminder Singh approached the company to honour its commitment, it was reluctant to give the money for the construction and later refused to support the project, claiming bad financial condition. Following this, the foundation stone was removed.

When contacted, Dr Bedi said, “The company committed to build the auditorium when I was the president, but the decision to accept the donation was a collective one of the executive body and
the general body.”

On the decision of the company to pull out even when he remains an independent director with it, he claimed that the bad financial condition led to the decision.

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