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Machine worth Rs 48 lakh gathering dust at PGI dept

The internal audit report of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has highlighted several instances wherein the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned led to the blockage of funds.

punjab Updated: Jan 20, 2016 12:12 IST
HT Correspondent

The internal audit report of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has highlighted several instances wherein the lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned led to the blockage of funds.

The report has questioned the psychiatry department for “unfruitful expenditure of Rs 48.26 lakh by purchasing a transcranial magnetic stimulation machine, useful in treatment of patients suffering from depression. HT had also highlighted the issue in its report on December 26, 2015.

The department bought the machine in March 2014 and the import branch received it in June 2014. For nearly two years, it was lying unused in the store. Recently, it was shifted to the room allocated for it, but has not been put to the patients’ use to date. The PGI officials said, “Since we are renovating the room, it will take some more time before the machine gets operational.”

Slamming the lackadaisical attitude of the psychiatry department, the internal audit report has asked it to explain why it bought the machine if the department didn’t have a suitable space to install it.

Rs 48.26 lakh spent on purchasing the equipment has resulted in unfruitful expenditure and also deprived the public of intended benefits,” the report reads. The report has also highlighted underutilisation of computer hardware items to optimal level before end of life.

Besides, for the computerisation of the entire hospital, the PGI had bought a total of 525 computers costing Rs 25, 850 per unit in 2013. And thin client with a cost of Rs 6,000 per unit was purchased. However, as per the report, not all computers were dispatched to the departments, and many are still gathering dust in the central store.