Dushyant Singh Pundir
Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, June 1
Strict exemplary motion has been really helpful in opposition to a non-public vendor for taking an undue benefit of an acute scarcity of medical oxygen and allegedly overcharging for refilling cylinders.
The UT Administration had mounted the speed of Rs 295 plus GST for refilling every D-type oxygen cylinder, however M/s Tremendous Companies, the seller, allegedly began indulging in overcharging.
Yashpal Garg, nodal officer for managing oxygen provide within the UT, mentioned on Might 10, Arunesh Agarwal, the director of the mini-Covid care centre at Indira Vacation Dwelling, Sector 24, despatched a WhatsApp message alleging that M/s Tremendous Companies had charged Rs3,344 for refilling 4 cylinders however the invoice was issued for Rs1,344. Garg intervened and the surplus quantity was adjusted by the seller within the subsequent invoice.
In one other case, it was noticed that M/s Tremendous Companies charged Sewa Bharati Society Rs600 per cylinder on Might 10 and issued payments for a similar. The matter was then taken up with the seller and the invoice quantity was modified to Rs295 per cylinder.
The surplus quantity charged was refunded, mentioned Garg.
Some non-public hospitals additionally lodged complaints of overcharging with the Director, Well being Providers, UT, on Might 18, he mentioned.
Contemplating repeated complaints in opposition to M/s Tremendous Companies, on Might 22, Jagjit Singh, a UT official assigned the cost of coordinating with all non-public hospitals relating to availability of beds and provide of medical oxygen, was requested to carry an inquiry into the matter.
In his report, the probe officer acknowledged that the non-public hospitals couldn’t submit any proof, documentary or in any other case, in assist of their complaints in opposition to M/s Tremendous Companies.
The report acknowledged that throughout the inquiry within the case of Sewa Bharati Society, the seller acknowledged that its official involved was not conversant in the accounts, which didn’t appear convincing.
For the interval from Might 1 to eight, M/s Tremendous Companies issued payments on the fee of Rs150 per cylinder and from Might eight to 10 on the fee of Rs300. M/s Tremendous Companies couldn’t justify as to why it was refilling cylinders on the fee of Rs150 and arbitrarily began charging Rs300 after which began refilling cylinders on the fee of Rs295.
“The 2 situations present that M/s Tremendous Companies could also be arbitrarily charging for the refilling of oxygen cylinders however there isn’t a conclusive proof on this regard,” concluded the report.
Garg mentioned, “M/s Tremendous Companies had taken an undue benefit of the acute scarcity and virtually monopolistic rights of supplying medical oxygen to particular non-public hospitals and mini-Covid care centres, particularly between Might 7 and 22 when the quota system was in power.”
Performing on the report, Garg really helpful that such acts on the a part of M/s Tremendous Companies should be handled a strict exemplary motion. “The Well being Division could provoke a strict motion in opposition to M/s Tremendous Companies below the Catastrophe Administration Act, 2005, or the Chandigarh Epidemic Illness, Covid-19 Laws/Directions,” he mentioned.