Serious Study Report by:
Harbans S Nagokay
Jammu Tawi, September 16
At one side, shortage of workforces in various department is being fulfilled by the temporary staffing then huge liabilities and pending salaries of need base / daily wagers poor employees is otherwise becoming a big issue for our Government departments. Things are actually not very good at Government Medical College and its associated hospitals Jammu, where all such employees went on protest for demanding their pending salaries which are pending since last about 2 to 3 years. Resulting, almost closures like situation at super speciality hospital where not only OPD & IPD services suffered but also the deliveries of electricity, CSSD, Lifts etc. also made lot many patients to feel troubled.
This is the artificiality of this Indian state, whereby national government is keen on sweeping changes in India’s foreign direct investment policy, opening up the airline business to 100 per cent ownership, relaxing rules for single brand retail and defence and putting most sectors on the automatic approval route, continuing with the reforms programme that had already been kicked off.
These days, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hailed the changes to the foreign direct investment (FDI) rules, stressing his government’s reform credentials and assured that India “the most open economy in the world for FDI” and provides a “major impetus to employment and job creation.”
Our State Government had also introduced a proposal earlier 2-3 years back, to run
six prominent hospitals-three each in Jammu and Srinagar-under Public Private Partnership (PPP) including the ‘sickest Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) of Jammu.
But, from time to time, political leaders’ else internal politics within the rules affected this initiative in the name of providing free Medicare to poor patients. However, many times; lacks been spent on formation of high level committees to examine the proposal, work out their terms and conditions and other formalities / meetings etc. What to talk of commitments and statements else announcements for proposed privatisation under PPP mode by the State Government, included SSH Jammu, Chopra Nursing Home of Government Medical College, Jammu and District Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, all three in Jammu region, Maternity Hospital, Sanat Nagar, Srinagar, Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Hospital, Srinagar and Kashmir Nursing Home, Gupkar Road etc.
In addition, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu earlier in this FY; said that 10 key sectors have been identified for rapid infrastructure up-gradation in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode, a path-breaking policy framework also approved by the State cabinet. To cope up with infrastructure deficit in crucial sectors like housing, public utilities, healthcare, roads, tourism, technical education, sports, commercial establishments, horticulture and animal husbandry, the Government has decided to adopt the PPP mode for time-bound asset creation in 10 key sectors, Drabu announced in that press conference. But, honestly telling all went in air.
Nevertheless, under Skill Development Mission, Government targeted three segments of population- educated unemployed, uneducated unemployed and practising artisans -to achieve the objective of creating and managing skill based enterprises in the state beside announcing strong and attractive industrial policy for business growth in J&K.
Anyhow, lot of expectations still alive and very much predictable from our young team of BJP ministers from Jammu zone, duly in coordination with their coalition partner then suitably encouraged by the fresh-faced strategies adopted by PM Modi.
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