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Rajasthan snaps ties with GVK-EMRI

Rajasthan government has served a three-month termination notice to GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), which launched the 108-ambulance service in the state.

, ET Bureau|
Sep 28, 2009, 03.54 PM IST
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JAIPUR: Rajasthan government has served a three-month termination notice to GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), which launched the 108-ambulance service in the state. With this around 1100 people will go jobless.

EMRI services have 164 ambulances in the state which handles more than 620 cases everyday. Alleging GVK EMRI of discrepancy in audit reports, the state government has invited fresh tenders from interested parties to continue this service and has instructed EMRI that the emergency response services shall not be interrupted during the notice period.

Rajasthan medical and health minister Aimaduddin Ahmad 'Duru Miyan' said that the action has been taken following financial discrepancies in audit report.

���We have decided to terminate the service contract with EMRI. If they wish to continue this service in the state, they can participate in the fresh bid. We are not responsible for job losses as they are company���s employees,��� he said.

On the other hand EMRI management refutes the charges of financial discrepancies. ���At the time of Satyam scam, EMRI-Rajasthan made a substantial transfer of funds to other states. This was from an advance that the state Government had made for the Rajasthan operations and ambulance purchase. But the fund was later released to the state government. If there is any misappropriation of funds then why doesn���t the government blacklist us?��� asks a GVK-EMRI spokesperson.

The sudden termination of contract has created a sort of controversy. A few months ago, the state government had given clean chit to EMRI services in the state following a public litigation in the Supreme Court questioning the way he got 12 state governments to implement it and reimburse 95 per cent of its expenses.

According to sources, barely two months ago, the state government had intended to enter into a fresh MoU with the company. ���The government has prepared the draft MoU also. Now suddenly what happened which forced the state government to snap the tie?��� the spokesperson asked.
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