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Ram Niwas becomes proactive,does recce of city for 3 hrs

It just takes one official visit to get things straight and in working order it seems. A three-hour inspection by UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas on Monday brought to the fore several discrepancies.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
April 21, 2009 3:14:19 am

It just takes one official visit to get things straight and in working order it seems. A three-hour inspection by UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas on Monday brought to the fore several discrepancies.

The check also revealed that orders passed by Niwas were not being implemented properly in various departments/establishments of the Chandigarh Administration. Dealing with a strict hand,Niwas issued directions to the officials to ensure better facilities for the people.

The day of checks began at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16,where a doctor,who was supposed to be attending to patients in the OPD was reportedly absent. Later,hospital authorities claimed that the doctor had gone for some official work. Despite the claim,the Home Secy pointed out there was no alternative arrangement made by the hospital while the patients queued up outside the OPD block without any intimation. A visit to the wards of the hospital further depicted the ‘filthy condition’ of bedsheets and overall sanitation.

On the other hand,the hospital authorities brought the problem of power disruption at the Central Registration System to the notice of the Home Secretary.

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It was also found that Ram Niwas’s own orders,issued a couple of months ago,whereby he had introduced a token system for patients at the hospital was not being implemented properly.

In the wake of certain instances,where children had escaped from Snehalaya,a home for streetchildren at Maloya village,Ram Niwas made his next stop here.

After inspection,he observed that the premises was quite vulnerable for an easy escape.

He issued instructions to the staff to provide adequate barbed wiring around the compound and also proper landscaping. The warden of the hostel was directed to ensure better quality of food and hygiene levels.

The toilets at ISBT-43 also raised a ‘stink’ when Niwas landed here. Getting infuriated at the lack of maintenance of basic public amenities,Ram Niwas directed the concerned officials to issue a termination notice to the contractor.

He further ordered his officers to get the ongoing construction of 15 bays completed by June 15. Directions for proper lighting arrangements and display of advertisements at ISBT-43,were also issued.

“The three-hour inspection resulted in gauging the problems of various areas,where officers need to be pulled up for lack of supervision. Certain instructions were issued to the concerned officials and I hope the situation would improve in the coming days,” said Niwas.

Directions issued

* 30 beds to be provided at the maternity ward
* Colour of bedsheets in the wards to be changed from white to either blue or green
* Director (Health Services) and Medical Superintendent Usha Bishnoi asked to make alternative arrangements,whenever a OPD doctor goes for any other work so that patients do not suffer
* Regarding the complaint of power disruption at the hospital,instructions were issued to get a high-capacity inverter installed for the Central Registration system so that patients are not harassed due to non-functional computers
* Token system at the hospital OPD to be implemented properly
* Toilets to be cleaned and maintained properly
* Director (Health Services) asked to get a plasma screen installed at the hospital’s waiting room,instead of the existing old television set
* Medical shop at the hospital must not overcharge patients

* Barbed wire around the compound
* Healthy and nutritious food for the children

* Lifts to be installed for the convenience of people
* New courses for physically-challenged students
* Braille library to be upgraded by getting additional books and other infrastructure for the visually challenged

* Grills to be fixed on the terrace to prevent any untoward incident
* Adequate security personnel to be deployed to prevent escape of inmates

* Better quality of the food to be served to residents
* Regular medical check ups

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