_gen-body-1NMTV has been continuously airing reports on how the poor are not benefitting from the 10% reservation policy in NMMC Fortis Hospital. When Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik voiced that there was a need to re-think the tie with Fortis and NMTV aired back to back report on it, the opposition woke up from its deep slumber and created a ruckus over the issue in the NMMC General Body meeting held this week. This is Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik saying that there is a need to re-consider the tie up with NMMC Fortis as it was not benefitting the poor. NMTV News aired a report on this highlighting how the poor was not benefitting the poor due to the exorbitant costs of medical services in Fortis. We met up with NMMC Health Committee Chairman on the same and Shivram Patil did not mince words to say that the 10% reservation was so far a miserable failure as it. Now the opposition seems to have woken up from its deep slumber and in this week’s NMMC General Body meeting Opposition Leader Manoj Haldankar demanded a debate on the corporation’s agreement with Hiranandani Healthcare Pvt. Ltd. that is Fortis before taking up the proposals on the agenda of the meeting. The Mayor Sagar Naik denied permission for the debate stating that the Guardian Minister and the ruling NCP had already taken a stand on the issue and the process for the same was on. The opposition benches raised slogans and denounced the mayor’s denial. Shiv Sena corporators dressed in black, symbolizing their protest, and Congress corporators flung torn papers of the meeting agenda all over, even as the mayor continued to conduct the meeting and approve the proposals on the agenda. Even the important proposal of appointing a consultant to prepare a fresh draft development plan for the city was approved without a debate in the midst of the ensuing pandemonium. According to sources, the Thane Guardian Minister is known to have reiterated his stand on the Fortis tie up with NMMC at a pre-meeting of NCP corporators on board his yatch off the Belapur coast. It may be recalled that the NMMC Health Committee Chairman Shivram Patil, in an interview with NMTV reiterated the Guardian Minister’s stand when he said that they want NMMC Fortis tie up to be like MCGM – Seven Hills tie up. This stand of Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik was leaked out to the Shiv Sena corporators in the city, who planned the protest at the general body. Sources say that since Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik is keen on ensuring that the 10% reservation must be implemented such that it benefits the poor, the opposition wanted to steal the credit. Hence to grab the credit the Shiv Sena corporators were provoked to protest and the Congress corporators followed suit. Looks like the opposition have apparently realized the blunder of their earlier approval and are now finding ways to revoke the agreement. They are trying dramatic ways by carrying protest placards and voicing protest dressed in black. However, at the end of the day, what really matters is that the Fortis proposal be rectified so that the poor get actual benefits of the 10% reservation policy in the poor man’s hospital. As far as the opposition waking up from its deep slumber is concerned, it can be termed as a silver lining in the black clouds of NMMC approvals without proper deliberations. With Vishwarath Nayar in NMMC, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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