The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court has reserved the judgment on the petition challenging the tender procedure for operationalising the Emergency Medical Transport System (EMTS) under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
The petition was filed by Flack India Private Limited,a Gurgaon-based firm which had participated in the bidding process of operationalising the EMTS in the state. It was disqualified as the tender was awarded to a Hyderabad-based GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (GVK-EMRI). The other firm to participate in the tender procedure was Ziqitza Health Care Limited,a Mumbai-based firm.
We challenged the decision to award the contract to GVK-EMRI on the basis that our bid was the lowest and that GVK-EMRI did not fulfill the criteria of the tender, said Prashant Chandra,the petitioners counsel. We have prayed that the tender be awarded to us as the state exchequer will save more than Rs 10 crore each year at the rate quoted by us, he said. The agreement is for five years.
The bench of Justices Uma Nath Singh and VK Dixit reserved the judgement today after the hearing of the case concluded,said Chandra.
As many as 779 ambulances,worth Rs 55 crore,which were purchased for the purpose from Tata Motors about two years ago are still gathering dust.