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Watch How Odisha Health Minister Is Silent On NOC Issued To SUM Hospital Despite Violation Of All Fire Safety Guidelines

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21 October 2016

Pawan Tiwari

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Bhubaneswar: With no Fire Safety Certificate (FSC) from the Odisha Fire Service Department and SUM Hospital issued no objection certificate (NOC) by the Health Department, State Health Minister Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak ducks question on the sensitive issue.

OMMCOM NEWS on Friday when queried the Odisha Health Minister if SUM Hospital would be sealed as per the stringent provision laid down in the Clinical Establishment (Amendment) Act-2016, simply posing an ambiguous gesture, he maintained a mysterious mum.

On the NOC issue asked once again, he said, “I reiterate that the previous Act has been amended and after being implemented the impact will be well felt.”

“The Amendment Act has been passed in the Assembly. Very soon it will be implemented,” he clarified elaborating, “Once it is implemented, things will be all set right. In a bid to strengthen the Clinical Establishment Act, we’ve amended it in the Assembly in the near past following which the violating hospitals will be sealed as per the provision. Besides, Rs 50 lakh fine can also be slapped apart from six months of imprisonment and other punishments.”

“Ours will stand out as the toughest Act in comparison to the Central Clinical Establishment Act and the Acts being implemented by other States,” the Odisha Health Minister claimed.

Meanwhile, Arti Ahuja, Secretary, Health, on Friday has written to all RDCs and District Collectors: “In view of the recent unfortunate fire accident in SUM Hospital, it is necessary to take appropriate action under the existing laws and guidelines of the Clinical Establishment (Amendment) Act to ensure that such situation does not occur anywhere else. It has also been decided that for Government hospitals, a joint team of Energy Department and Fire Safety officers will examine all Government health institutions from the SDH level and above and Works Department will ensure compliance of the deficiencies within one month. You should monitor this personally and ensure this done expeditiously in your district.”

On the contrary, Taraprasad Bahinipati, Congress Chief Whip in Odisha Assembly burst, “Till date Naveen Babu, in his 17-year stint in power, has not yet made the Rule for the Fire Service that has already been passed in the Assembly in 1993 when Biju Babu was the Chief Minister. In the last Assembly Session, Opposition had raised the issue that 70% of the clinics and medicals possess no certificates. Health Minister Atanu Babu should resign for courtesy sake.”

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Circular To All RDCs & District Collectors From Arti Ahuja, Secretary, Health, Odisha

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Taraprasad Bahinipati, Congress Chief Whip, Odisha Assembly