Taking strict action against erring officials, the Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended an executive engineer in the order of an inquiry into the lapses in installation of oxygen plants in hospitals in Jammu.
Official sources said the government has suspended Executive Engineer Mechanical Medical Hospital and Central Heating Division, Jammu, Bodh Raj, with immediate effect, following complaints of alleged negligence in setting up the Medical Oxygen Plant.
“Superintendent Engineer Mechanical Engineering Department Circle Jammu, Rajeev Gupta has been given additional charge,” said an official, adding that at the time of suspension, the suspended engineer will be attached with the Development Commissioner, Road and Building Construction Department.
It may be mentioned that Jammu Divisional Commissioner Dr Raghav Langer had recently addressed a letter to the Principal Secretary, Road and Building Construction Department, stating the lapse in procurement, installation and commissioning of Oxygen Generation Plant in Jammu Division.
He also said in the letter that when the audit was done for setting up of Medical Oxygen Plant, it was found that there were many glitches in the tender process itself and quality has been compromised in Oxygen Establishment as compared to Kashmir. plant in Jammu
“The Divisional Commissioner also wrote that the Chief Engineer Mechanical Department invited four tenders for setting up Medical Oxygen Plants at 17 locations in Jammu. At the same time, the Executive Engineer invited 19 tenders for setting up Medical Oxygen Plants at 19 places in Kashmir. There were many differences between these two,” said an official.
At the same time, Jammu has compromised on quality in many things including air system, filtration system. Four e-tenders were invited for Jammu Division. These were further amended later,” sources quoted the letter as saying.
Dr. Langar also wrote that whatever technical details were sought in the tender, it is clear that special attention was paid to quality in Kashmir division, but it was not so in Jammu.
However, on the basis of these, the Divisional Commissioner had asked the Principal Secretary to get the entire matter investigated.
“After the investigation of the matter, XEN Bodh Raj was suspended and attached with the Chief Engineer R&B office till the investigation is completed,” an official said.