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Contractors at Faridkot hospital fleecing visitors with impunity

The contractors of the cycle and scooter stand at Guru Gobind Singh medical college and hospital are allegedly violating the rules and exploiting hundreds of visitors daily right under the nose of the hospital authorities. Even the patients are charged double the fixed rates.

punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2015 23:47 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar
Instead of writing detailed rates applicable for parking and other instructions, the contractors have even smeared the old rates displayed on the board right in front of the hospital to exploit the visitors including patients.
Instead of writing detailed rates applicable for parking and other instructions, the contractors have even smeared the old rates displayed on the board right in front of the hospital to exploit the visitors including patients.(HT Photo)

The contractors of the cycle and scooter stand at Guru Gobind Singh medical college and hospital are allegedly violating the rules and exploiting hundreds of visitors daily right under the nose of the hospital authorities. Even the patients are charged double the fixed rates.

The hospital authorities had floated a tender for the annual bidding of the cycle stand in the hospital with a reserved price of Rs 22.2 lakh which was to take place on September 19, but the bidding could not be made. The old contractor was allegedly given one-month extension, from October 1 to 31 because the new contract was going to be made from October 1 to September 30, 2016.

According to the new instructions in the tender notice, the contractor is allowed to charge Rs 5 for a cycle for 12 hours, Rs 10 for 24 hours and Rs 50 for a weekly pass.

The two-wheelers are allowed to be charged Rs 10, 20 and Rs 100 respectively for 12 hours, 24 hours and a week.

For a car and a jeep, Rs 20, Rs 40 and Rs 200 can be charged for 12 hours, 24 hours and a week respectively for the next term.

The visitors are handed over a slip of Rs 20 for a two- wheeler though most of the patients return after 2 pm when the OPD is closed, but they are charged for 24 hours (Ht Photo)

As per the instructions, the daytime of the cycle stand would be from 7 am to 7 pm and will remain open for 24 hours.

Though the slips issued to the driver or the owner of the vehicle is supposed to bear the time and number of the vehicles, yet no time is mentioned. The slips are totally obscure.

The visitors are handed over a slip of Rs 20 for a two- wheeler though most of the patients return after 2 pm when the OPD is closed, but they are charged for 24 hours. Hardly anybody knows about weekly passes or detailed instructions as no such flex board is there to keep the patients in dark.

Instead of writing detailed rates applicable for parking and other instructions, the contractors have even smeared the old rates displayed on the board right in front of the hospital to exploit the visitors including patients.

“Now we are allowed to charge for 24 hours whether the vehicles return within a day. The new contract has been made and we are charging the new rates,” claim the employees of the contractors.

Though, as per the instructions in the tender, only one- time charges are allowed irrespective of the number of turns of the vehicle within the specific period, yet right on the main gate of the college OPD, self-made rules written on a board make a mockery of the rules about the contract by the hospital.

“Separate charges would be applicable for every turn of the vehicles and there would be no responsibility of the vehicles after 4 pm. The time of the stand is from 8 to 4,” reads the instructions written by the contractor on the OPD gate.

The hospital authorities have failed to protest the interests of the patients by instructing the contractor to display all the applicable rates and conditions laid down by the hospital at every parking space.

“The patients are already suffering and every paisa count for them. It is the duty of the hospital authorities to safeguard their interests at cycle stand too. But, they are charged double the rates without mentioning any time on the slips. Nearly 80% vehicles stay there only for a few hours. But, they are charged for 24 hours,” said Gurpreet Singh Chandbaja, president of the Bhai Kanahaia Cancer Roko Sewa Society, Faridkot.

As the officials, staff and students are exempted with a pass, nobody bothers to the loot of the patients and other visitors.

Official speak

Dr JP Singh, medical superintendent of the hospital, said that the new bidding could not take place on the fixed date. ”As the bidders failed to come up, we have granted only one-month extension to the old contractor. But, he is not allowed to charge more than the allowed rates. I shall get it checked and he may be penalised for it if he is violating the rules,” he said.