NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata says that Hiranandani Fortis has kept new clauses on 10% reservation policy approved by corporators. Hiranadani – Fortis claims they have not been communicated anything by NMMC. When we got contradictory replies from both the parties, we met Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik on the injustice being done to the poor. Speaking exclusively to Dy. Editor Sana Warsia Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik came down heavily on the NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata led administration for their lax attitude and has challenged Fortis that if they do not want to accept the proposal approved at the Standing Committee meeting, they can leave the poor man’s hospital and go. After two weeks of avoiding NMTV News on the issue of 10% reservation policy for the poor at Hiranandani Fortis, we finally got the two men who are being blamed for doing injustice to the poor – NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata and Hiranandani Fortis Director Dr. Rajeev Bhoudhankar. We had to literally track down NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata at a Bronto Skylift inauguration and Dr. Rajeev Bhoudhankar during Diana Hayden’s visit to Fortis. They do not have time to answer media questions on the real issues of the poor in Navi Mumbai but both had time to be present at event organized by them for, what we may say, only serves “self publicity”. When we took up the issue with Commissioner Vijay Nahata after the inauguration of the Bronto Skylift and Census meeting, he clearly lost his cool and tried to evade the question saying that they were not there at the event to answer this question. After a while, we again raised the question of 10% reservation with the Commissioner. This time he lost his cool all the more and asked us why we were stuck to the same issue. The Commissioner added that we should let other people ask question in context to census. But immediately after this the Commissioner showed double standards by answering a question on water supply. The Commissioner VN had no problem answering other questions but was loosing his cool every time we tried to get his statement on their failure to implement 10% reservation policy. However, we still did not give up and asked the question on the 10% reservation policy for poor for the third time. This time the Commissioner was compelled to answer our question and said that they have sent a letter of the proposal approved by the Standing Committee. Fortis has kept some new clauses for acceptance on this proposal, which will be sent for approval by way of a new proposal to the new Standing Committee. Though the Commissioner says that they have sent the approved proposal to Fortis, Director of Hiranandani Fortis Dr. Rajeev Bhoudhankar says that they have not got anything and went on to assure that that when they do get it, they will immediately implement the 10% reservation policy. So while on one side Commissioner Vijay Najata says they have sent Fortis a letter Fortis claims that they have not received any letter. The contradictions expose that either one of them is lying or both of are hiding something. After getting contradictory answers from Commissioner Vijay Nahata and Fortis Director Dr. Rajeev Bhoudhankar, we met Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik. The Minister came down heavily on NMMC Commissioner Vijay Nahata and said that it was the administration’s failure that 10% reservation policy was not implemented until now. Challenging Fortis, if they were not readily accepting the 10% policy approved by the Standing Committee, Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik said that if Fortis does not agree then they can leave the NMMC Hospital. Once again hitting out at NMMC administration, the Minister assured that he will take up the matter with NMMC administration and if Fortis does not agree with their terms and conditions, the Minister repeated that Fortis can leave the poor man’s hospital. What is the influence of Hiranandani Fortis on Commissioner Vijay Nahata that he is dancing to the tunes of Hirarandani Fortis. The way the administration has shown lax attitude in this entire issue, it wouldn’t be wrong to say the conscience of NMMC administration has died. But NMTV will continue their “Justice for the Poor” drive until the poor of the city do not get their right of availing super specialty medical services in this hospital, which belongs to poor of Navi Mumbai and the poor have given it to the so called corporates Hiranandani Fortis on rent. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.
January 16, 2017