HC orders Maha Govt to take stern action against Haffkine Corporation

Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Mar 14 : The Bombay high court’s bench at Aurangabad on Monday directed the Maharashtra government to take stern action against Haffkine Corporation and the persons concerned with supplying medicines in case of shortage of medicines at Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) here. A division bench of the court, comprising Justices S V Gangapurwala and S G Dighe, gave this direction while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Aurangabad MP Imtiaz Jaleel. Jaleel had submitted a letter from GMCH to the high court on February 25, requesting for provision of medicines from CSR (corporate social responsibility) fund as the supply of medicines from Haffkine Corporation to GMCH was very irregular, uncertain and delayed. The MP pointed out to the high court that out of 63 medicines mentioned in the letter, most of them were very basic and essential for treatment but they were not properly supplied. Realising the serious nature of the matter, the high court took the letter on the court record. The court mentioned in its order that there is hope and expectation from the state government for timely supply of medicines. The court also directed the government to implement the recruitment process for the vacant posts of Class 3 and 4 medical staff at GMCH in 6 to 8 weeks. The next hearing is scheduled for April 28. VKB SS 2037

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