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Trauma Centre fire: Minister says previous UP government dedicated incomplete buildings

Minister for medical education Ashutosh Tandon said chief minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered an inquiry into the incident. Tandon said the incident was unfortunate and no one should indulge in any politicking on the issue. The previous government dedicated the buildings to the public without their completion, he said.

lucknow Updated: Jul 19, 2017 15:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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A fire safety audit had been ordered and fire safety drills would also be carried out.(HT Photo)

The Uttar Pradesh government announced in the state assembly on Tuesday that action will be taken against those found responsible for the fire at the King George’s Medical University Trauma Centre on Saturday.

Minister for medical education Ashutosh Tandon said chief minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered an inquiry into the incident. Tandon said the incident was unfortunate and no one should indulge in any politicking on the issue. The previous government dedicated the buildings to the public without their completion, he said.

Minister for medical and health Siddharth Nath Singh said a fire safety audit had been ordered and fire safety drills would also be carried out there. He said fire safety measures should have been checked at the time of construction of the building.

As Tandon had targeted a Samajwadi Party leader for politicising the Trauma Centre fire incident, leader of opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary said the minister too had been indulging in politicking by blaming the previous regime for lapses. The ministers were not able to forget the work the Akhilesh Yadav government had done for state’s development, he said.

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Bahujan Samaj Party member Uma Shankar Singh had raised the issue through an adjournment motion in the house. He said the divisional commissioner’s inquiry report had pointed out laxity by the university administration. The minister incharge of medical education department should have ensured installation of fire safety instruments at the trauma centre, he said. A probe should also be conducted to find out whether the incident was the result of any attempt to destroy records about the purchase medicines, he said.

Another BSP member Sukhdev Rajbhar said incidents of fire were reported from other government buildings like Jawahar Bhavan and the state government should monitor such incidents.

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 15:28 IST