The Himahal Lokhit Party (HLP) continued its attack on BJP Govt and again reiterated its demand for a CBI inquiry into the purchase of 108 ambulances by the state government for providing free services under its Atal Swasthya Sewa Scheme alleging that Rs 3 crore had been siphoned off in their purchase.
Addressing mediapersons at Solan, party spokesman MN Sofat said information procured under the RTI Act from the Directorate of Health Services had revealed that instead of purchasing ambulances from Force Motors at a cost of Rs 6.85 lakh, the state government had purchased traveller buses which were converted into ambulances after installing fabrications worth Rs 3,03,000. Thus, each ambulance cost Rs 9,42,567. This exercise had put an additional strain of Rs 2,57,567 per ambulance on the state exchequer.
Attacking former Health Minister and Solan MLA Dr Rajeev Bindal, Sofat said he was trying to hush up the case registered against him relating to irregularities in the appointments made during his tenure as chairman of the Solan Municipal Committee.