Staff Reporter

Industrialist Gokaraju Ganga Raju offers to donate Rs. 21 lakhs

The donations are exempted from Income TaxCommittee to be constituted to raise donations Equipment for the new block purchased costing Rs. 40 lakhs

VIJAYAWADA: The Vijayawada Government General Hospital Development Society (HDS) has come up with a blueprint to raise funds for developing a new section of the hospital on the Siddhartha Medical College (SMC) campus. The development society at a meeting here on Saturday decided that the names of donors would be written on the block, ward or equipment on the basis of the amount donated.

District Collector and chairman of the hospital development committee Navin Mittal said each floor could be named after a donor who donated more than Rs. 20 lakhs. If six donors came forward to pay Rs. 20 lakhs each for the three floors in both the new blocks adjoining the administrative block of the Dr NTR University of Health Sciences, the society would be able to raise Rs 1.60 crores, the Collector said. The donations were exempted from Income Tax, he said.

Responding to the Collector's appeal, industrialist and HDS member Gokaraju Ganga Raju announced that he would donate Rs. 21 lakhs. Smaller donations for hospital cots and other equipment like stretchers or any section in the hospital like a ward or room would also be accepted. The Collector asked the hospital superintendent to constitute a committee of doctors to approach various institutions and philanthropic individuals to raise donations for the development of the hospital.

Deadline for contractors

The Collector said the district administration raised Rs. 20 lakhs and another Rs. 20 lakhs were raised from the budget of the general hospital. Equipment needed at the new block was purchased with the Rs. 40 lakhs. The Collector gave time to contractors till March 31 for completing the second block adjoining the university's administrative block.

Hospital superintendent T. Ramprasad said the elevator at the GGH in Hanumapet was out of order and shifting patients to the wards had become a big problem. A company gave a quotation of Rs. 35,000 for undertaking repair works.

The superintendent said that Rs. 12.42 lakhs was earned by selling scrap that came out of the old tiled-structures that were demolished.

Vijayawada West MLA Sk. Nazarvalli and RMO T. Anjeneyulu were present. Congress MLAs Devineni Rajasekhar and Vangaveeti Radhakrishna and UDA Chairman Malladi Vishnu could not participate on account of the AICC plenary in Hyderabad. Mayor T. Sakuntala, who sent a word that she would be late, did not turn up.