The new block at RIMS in Ranchi on Sunday. (Hardeep Singh)
It’s official now. The super speciality wing of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, will not be inaugurated on Monday, as the office of Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was requested to do the honours, could not make it.
According to sources, the proposed inauguration of the Rs 120-crore project under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana has been postponed on the basis of a telephonic conversation between RIMS director Tulsi Mahto and Union additional health secretary C.K. Mishra.
“Mahto has been asked to make arrangements such as installing adequate beds and equipment so that the wing becomes functional soon after its inauguration,” said an insider.
RIMS director Mahto, however, denied receiving any such instruction. “The inauguration stands cancelled for tomorrow (Monday). But we will put in our best efforts to make it functional immediately on opening,” he added.
The new date for inauguration will come from Union health minister Azad’s office. “We will keep the Union minister’s officials posted about the status of the super speciality wing,” Mahto added.
But as things stand now, the logistics of the new wing are haywire.
RIMS is yet to get a handover certificate from central public works department. Till they get it, RIMS can’t shift equipment from the main building to the super speciality wing.
“The wing has been inspected on Saturday. We hope to get the certificate from central public works department soon,” Mahto said.
The wing has two units — one for cardiac, urological and paediatric ailments, the other for oncology.
At present, only the cardiology and oncology departments are ready.
Sources added that RIMS doesn’t have the required manpower to run the new wing.