A report published in Dainik Bhaskar said that the Rajasthan Govt, led by CM Ashok Gehlot, allegedly paid several times more than the normal price for the purchase of oxygen concentrators. They were also purchased after the oxygen crisis had ended in the country. The Congress government did not procure the oxygen concentrators directly from the manufactures. Instead, they sourced it from private companies with the help of middlemen, who probably had their cut in the purchase and sell of the oxygen concentrators.
Rajasthan Govt bought Oxygen Concentrators worth Rs 35,000 for over Rs 1 lakh!
Concentrators worth Rs 35,000 – 40,000 were bought paying up to Rs 1 lakh, a staggering 2.5 times their original cost. Most of the concentrators were bought in May, almost a month after the coronavirus peak had passed in the state and oxygen supply had stabilised after the crisis in April. As a result, most of the concentrators are lying as junk in hospitals across the state. The report says companies were ready to provide the Bhaskar team with concentrators at Rs 35,000 to 40,000 as against the government procurement, which reportedly gave up to Rs 1 lakh per concentrators.
Furthermore, the investigation team discovered that not only were the oxygen concentrators procured at premium charges, but they were also inefficient. At on of the Covid centres in Bandukia, the team found the purity of oxygen from the concentrators to be only 30 percent at 5 litres per minute. Similarly, at other places too, the team found the concentrators to be highly inefficient.
Gehlot govt leases out unused ventilators through PM Cares Fund to Private hospitals
Earlier in May, it was also reported that thousands of ventilators procured through PM Cares Fund lying unused in hospitals across the state or were leased out to private hospitals at hefty charges, citing non-usage. Disgruntled by the state government’s move to lease out ventilators when the cases have been on the rise, one of the aggrieved kin while speaking to Republic TV said: “About 40 ventilators were given to the state by the PM-CARES Fund. I have been asking the hospital administration for the last 2 months as to where have they installed the ventilators, but they have no answers to my questions.
Jindal Hospital, which has always been in controversy, was given 10 ventilators by the hospital administration. The collector justified the decision by saying that the ventilators were faulty, but they were not. Jindal Hospital has been charging Rs 35,000-40,000 for these ventilators.”