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Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital denies irregularities mentioned in Rs 100cr notice

Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram on March 11 served the notice to the hospital for alleged violation of government norms

pune Updated: Apr 27, 2019 16:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital,Rs 100cr notice,Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram
The 800-bed Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre is a charitable, multi-specialty hospital established in 2001 by singer Lata Mangeshkar in the memory of her father.(Getty Images/iStockphoto/ REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre which was served with a Rs100 crore notice by Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram on March 11 for alleged violation of government norms, have responded saying there were no irregularities.

Official spokesperson of the hospital said, “We had written to the district collector 15 days ago clearing our position on the entire incident. The allegations that were made in the notice were false. We are firm on our earlier stand that no government norms have been violated in our hospital.”

Senior official from the district collector office said, “We have received the letter from the hospital and will respond or take further actions post the election schedule in the district is over.”

According to Ram, as per the complaint filed by advocate Ramesh Dharmawat of People’s Union Party, the Maharashtra government had leased out 24,000 square metres of land to the hospital for 99 years at the rate of Rs 1 per year. This was in the year 2000 under an agreement that the hospital would provide medical services at charitable rates.

Ram said, “As per the complaint from Dharmawat, it was found that the out-patient department charges which should be Rs 20 was Rs 600 per visit, which is a violation of the norms and a breach of trust.”

Ram also said that in the notice we have stated that they (hospital) return the public money (Rs 100 crore) which should be transferred to the state government’s account.

The 800-bed Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre is a charitable, multi-specialty hospital established in 2001 by singer Lata Mangeshkar in the memory of her father.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 16:35 IST