HC summons AIIMS head over space for charitable trust
The Delhi High Court has summoned the Director of AIIMS to explain why the institute failed to allot space to a charitable trust that would provide medicines to poor patients in the hospital at subsidised rates.delhi Updated: Sep 26, 2010 10:56 IST
The Delhi High Court has summoned the Director of AIIMS to explain why the institute failed to allot space to a charitable trust that would provide medicines to poor patients in the hospital at subsidised rates.
A Division Bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul directed the top boss of the premier institute to be present before it on September 30 and explain the reasons for the delay in allotting the space.
Taking a serious view of the issue, the Bench had asked the Central government to find a place within the AIIMS premises for allotment to Surekha Public Charity Trust.
"If space can be allotted to existing barber shops, tailor shops and beauty parlours, certainly a space or spaces can be allotted for such charitable purpose," the court had observed earlier.
The Bench had directed the Ministry of Health to frame a proper policy in consultation with AIIMS for making available a space for such a charitable purpose within a maximum period of three months. However, neither the Centre nor the hospital management has done anything so far.
Filing a petition, the charitable trust alleged that no space has been allotted at AIIMS for any charitable institution to open a pharmacy for giving free or subsidised medicines to poor patients.
The court fixed September 30 as the next date for further hearing of the matter.