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Home Secyâ€™s wife Parveen Amanullah and Dy CM Modiâ€™s cousin Rekha Modi are leading campaign to clean up Patnaâ€™s premier medical college, hospital
Patna, May 31: One is the Home Secretaryâ€™s wife. The other the Deputy Chief Ministerâ€™s cousin. But for some time now, Parveen Amanullah and Rekha Modi have been giving the Bihar Government sleepless nights over the mess in the stateâ€™s premier government hospital, the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).
In the process, they have laid bare the Nitish Kumar Governmentâ€™s claims of major achievements in the health sector.
Parveen Amanullah, the wife of Home Commissioner Afzal Amanullah, and Rekha Modi, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modiâ€™s cousin, have clashed with doctors at the PMCH, filed eight applications under the Right to Information Act, targeting doctors as well as hospital administrators, and are now planning to file a PIL in the Patna High Court.
Last week, matters reached a head when PMCH doctors went on a strike against the two, accusing them of behaving like â€œextra-constitutionalâ€ authorities.
Health Minister Chandra Mohan Rai had to intervene and plead with Parveen Amanullah and Rekha Modi to keep away from the PMCH.
â€œThe Health Minister told us not to go there so we have stopped for the time being. But we are not going to succumb to pressure,â€ says Rekha Modi.
A social activist who works in the slums of Patna, sensitising the poor on family planning and other health issues, Rekha Modi says she heard many stories there of the PMCH staffâ€™s negligence and callousness. She found a willing comrade in Parveen, who joined her three weeks ago. â€œI am working with Rekha since I want to contribute something to society,â€ says Parveen.
During their rounds of the PMCH, they found patients were not being treated properly, senior doctors were not present after noon and the Governmentâ€™s free medicine programme was not working.
â€œAs social activists we raised our voice and tried to act as facilitators so that the poor got proper attention, and this enraged the doctors,â€ says Rekha Modi. Accused of putting the Government in a spot, the two react strongly. â€œWe are working as responsible citizens. The Government does not sit in the PMCH. Since January we have been visiting the PMCH and writing letters to all concerned including the Chief Minister about the mess in the hospital, but nobody has bothered to reply,â€ avers Modi.
IndianExpress.com :: From within Patnaâ€™s power circle, two whistleblowers
By Debashis Basu
Power of First Appeal Authority to Punish the SPIO /CPIO / ACPIO
Is there any power of First Appeal Authority to punish the SPIO who has not complied with the decision with Appellate Authority ?
The answer is yes.
First Appeal Authority will move before CIC for initiation of proceedings under Section 20 of RTI Act if the SPIO or CPIO or ACPIO has failed to comply with the orders of Appellate Authority within stipulated time frame by the decision of FAA.
This will be without prejudice to the rights of the First Appeal Authority to initiate other penal action under Indian Penal Code against the PIO for willful violation of lawful orders promulgated by a public servant while excercising statutory powers.
For details please refer to :
Appeal no : CIC / WB / A / 2006 / 00848 dated 11.11.06
In Chair : Shri Wajahat Habibulla
Chief Information Officer
Decision Dated : August 16, 2007