Northern Railway to use cash award to improve hospitals

Manisha Jha

Will provide maximum benefit to patients, their attendants

Rs.20 lakh to be given to Delhi hospital; Rs.16 lakh each to be given to 5 divisional hospitals

10-member panel to be formed for procurement of equipment, appliances for hospitals

NEW DELHI: In an unusual step, the Northern Railway authorities after being presented with a group cash award of Rs.1 crore by the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for record revenue loading achieved in 2007-08, have decided to utilise it for provisioning of additional facilities in its various hospitals, benefiting all employees, officials, staff and their dependants. The Northern Railway was granted the award here recently.

Of the entire amount, Rs.20 lakh would be given to Northern Railway Central Hospital in Delhi while Rs.16 lakh each would be given to the five divisional hospitals situated at Ambala, Delhi, Moradabad, Firozpur and Lucknow.

These funds will be utilised in a manner to give maximum benefit to patients and their attendants by way of purchase of equipment, appliances, accessories and consumables as per the requirement. There will also be a provision to make these purchases on the spot if required.

A 10-member committee has also been constituted for the procurement of these facilities for each hospital headed by the Additional General Manager for the Central Hospital and the Divisional Railway Manager for the divisional hospitals. These committees would have representation of selected members of staff, officers and a representative of the Northern Railway Men’s Union in addition to the other officials and the senior most doctor of the hospital concerned.

A Northern Railway official said: “This is the first time that we have been awarded a cash prize of Rs. 1crore. Normally group cash awards are distributed among the employees of the relevant department. However, distributing Rs.1 crore between the 1.6 lakh employees working under Northern Railway would have been a pointless exercise so instead the management decided to utilise the money for improving facilities in six hospitals in its zone which would be far more beneficial in the long term.”

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