Premium government land in Bhubaneswar allotted at highly concessional rates for setting up nursing homes and maternity hospitals have been used for building a palatial homes, a hostel, a bank, an ATM and a school, the CAG has revealed in a report tabled in the Assembly Tuesday.
While Orissa’s revenue and disaster management minister Bijoyshree Routray built a two-storey home on a 5,400 sq ft plot allotted to his doctor wife Jyoti Routray for a nursing home in Kharavela Nagar, his neighbour Adarsh Prava Puri built a beauty parlour on a plot of equal size. Both plots were allotted by the J B Patnaik government in 1987 for Rs 61,984 each.
The CAG compliance audit on regulation of private sector hospitals in Orissa revealed that the government had allotted 125.262 acre during 1981-2009 to 39 promoters at concessional rates for setting up nursing homes and private hospitals. Terms and conditions of lease provided for utilisation of land for intended purpose within five years, failing which the allotment would be cancelled.
The CAG said of the 39 promoters who were given land, only 23 responded to its questionnaire for providing free treatment to BPL patients. The audit also found that land allotted to a renowned cardiologist Devi Shetty’s Narayan Hrudayalaya and three others between 2006 to 2013 for building superspeciality hospitals did not see any construction.
The report said the government did not take any step for cancellation of these allotments despite the violation of terms.