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Political initiatives stepped up

POLITICAL INITIATIVES have begun in the right earnest to resolve the Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC) imbroglio with senior BJP leaders Kailash Joshi and Kailash Sarang holding discussion with the BMHRC Trust chairman Justice A M Ahmadi for over two hours at Delhi today.

india Updated: Jan 05, 2006 11:57 IST

POLITICAL INITIATIVES have begun in the right earnest to resolve the Bhopal Memorial Hospital & Research Centre (BMHRC) imbroglio with senior BJP leaders Kailash Joshi and Kailash Sarang holding discussion with the BMHRC Trust chairman Justice A M Ahmadi for over two hours at Delhi today.

In Bhopal, Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi demanded a statement from the Chief Minister on the issue in the State Assembly. She accused the Trust of adopting recalcitrant stance vis-à-vis the month-old strike, leading to avoidable deaths of gas victims.

Till late in the evening, representatives of the hospital management and the agitating staff were trying to know the outcome of the BJP leaders’ meeting with the chairman but no authentic information was available in that regard.
Kailash Joshi is likely to arrive here tomorrow and it was only then that outcome of their meeting with Justice Ahmadi would be known.

Meanwhile, a representative of the Action Group formed to work for restoration of normalcy at the hospital, on whose behalf Joshi and Sarang met Justice Ahmadi today, said that there was no legal hitch in allowing the staff to resume duty without formal application for reappointment since their services were terminated on December 20 while advertisements of vacancies in the hospital had appeared in newspapers on December 14 itself.

Similarly, the BMHRC Trust deed was neither prepared nor approved by the Supreme Court, as claimed by working trustee
of the Trust, Aziz Ahmed Siddiqui, he said.

Meanwhile, Jamuna Devi raised in the State Assembly today and said the impasse has continued for over a month and it was prolonging further as the Trust was not prepared to restore job to its employees even after they have agreed to withdraw their agitation unconditionally.

Expressing anguish over problems faced by the gas victims in medical care due to closure of the hospital, Jamuna Devi said in the Zero Hour that gas victims were dying for want of treatment but the hospital Trust continues to insist on application for re-appointment from its employees and also an apology, leading to further delay in restoration of normalcy in the hospital.

She demanded a statement from the Chief Minister on the issue. She said that there should also be a debate on the issue through an adjournment motion moved by the Congress MLAs.

Sharing Jamuna Devi’s concern over prolonged crisis at BMHRC, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani said that efforts were being made for resolution of crisis and, if required, the matter would be taken up for discussion in the House as well.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 11:57 IST