RIMS in Ranchi
March 29, 2012: A patient undergoing treatment at RIMS committed suicide in a bathroom of the medicine ward
March 23, 2013: Another patient from Gumla jumped off the third floor of RIMS, but survived
April 3, 2013: Scam-tainted and then incarcerated former health minister Bhanu Pratap Sahi, while recuperating at RIMS, held an unauthorised meeting at the cottage he was occupying. A police raid blew the lid of the meeting
At a time lapses such as these have become common at RIMS, the management of the premier heal hub of the state capital is alleged to be favouring the existing security agency despite its dismal performance and tailoring its tender in such a way so that the firm gets an extension.
The allegations have been raised by the Jharkhand executive body of Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI), India. The regulatory outfit has shot off a letter to principal secretary, health, K. Vidyasagar, pointing out that clauses of the tender — floated by RIMS on August 22 to hire a new security agency — favour Everest Human Resources Consultant, whose contract expired on August 10.
The letter (dated August 30) raises questions about two crucial clauses.
According to it, the tender statement says that only those agencies are eligible to apply that are presently serving at a state organisation and also has experience of providing security to a 1,000-bed hospital (term Nos. X and XI).
These two terms, CAPSI alleges, are applicable only for Everest Human Resources Consultant, as there is no other government hospital in the state with 1,000 beds.
Anirudh Singh, chairperson of CAPSI, Jharkhand, said: “We are a regulatory body of security agencies and have the responsibility to point out any wrongdoing. But ultimately, it will be the government’s discretion to choose a particular agency.”
Again, it’s no secret that soon after Everest’s contract expired on August 10, RIMS had requested the health department to extend its services. But the department rejected the proposal.
While the principal secretary has ordered a high-level inquiry, RIMS bosses continued to remain tight-lipped.
Director of RIMS Tulsi Mahto declined to make any comment on the controversy.
Ram Kumar Sinha, deputy secretary, health, said CAPSI had raised certain issues that need to be verified. “An inquiry is on and it will not be right to comment now,” he said.