In the weekly janta darbaar Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik put it on record that he was the first to raise concern of the high costs of Fortis that was resulting in no benefits for the poor under the 10% reservation scheme. Reacting to the recent spate of protests by the opposition, the Minister said that he raised the issue and then the opposition woke from its deep slumber. The opposition has trained its guns on the ruling NCP with a new aggression of late. One issue that the opposition has chosen to attack the ruling NCP is the 10% reservation policy for the poor at Fortis hospital. It may be recalled that the NMMC went an extra mile to ensure successful implementation of the 10% reservation for the poor at NMMC Fortis Hospital but Fortis’s exorbitant rates are killing the spirit of the reservation for the poor. After almost 6 months of its implementation, the issue has came to the attention of the Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik himself. His corporators led by NMMC Health Committee Chairman Shivram Patil briefed Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik about the same. At that time, NMMC Health Committee Chairman Shivram Patil informed NMTV News that he had informed the Minister that the 10% reservation policy has been a complete failure. That is why now they are planning to demand completely free services under 10% reservation policy; like the Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri. And the insight that Shivram Patil has given on costs in Fortis would horrify any common man. He had said that the medical services that were available in NMMC for a few thousand rupees are available in Fortis for lacs of Rupees. After his corporators informed him on the Fortis issue, in a public address on NMMC’s Foundation Day celebrations held on January 1st Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik stated that “it is time to re-consider NMMC’s tie-up with Fortis for super specialty services”. Following this, the opposition seemed to have woken up from its deep slumber and in January General Body meeting the opposition demanded a debate on Fortis and created a drama of staging a walk out from the meeting. This issue is now continuously being used by the opposition to attack the ruling NCP. When Thane Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik was posed this question at this weeks’ janta darbaar, he put it on record that it was he who voiced concern on the issue first and then the opposition woke up from its deep slumber. The Minister said that after his instruction, the Mayor is going to take up the issue and resolve it soon. Well, it remains a fact that as far as the Fortis issue is concerned, the opposition corporators never took it up in the NMMC Generall Body or Standing Committee meetings, until the Guardian Minister Ganesh Naik spoke of his concerns for the benefits of 10% reservation policy at Fortis not reaching the poor. Bureau report – NMTV News.
August 28, 2008
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