Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 5:
Justice PK Mohanty Commission of Inquiry, probing into the Babina Behera gang rape and murder in Pipili in Odisha’s Puri district, formed a seven-member committee on Saturday to review simplification of health services introduced by the state government in SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar, and submit a report to the Commission.
The Commission, during its 81st hearing of the case at the Circuit House here, formed the committee as the state government failed to submit an affidavit on the health services in the Capital Hospital.
The members of the committee are lawyers Nishikant Mishra, Debasis Panda, Jyoti Prakash Patnaik, Pravat Ranjan Das, Akshya Kumar Nanda, and counsel of the Commission PK Khuntia.
The committee has been asked by the Commission to study the present health care services in the Capital Hospital and submit a report with a recommendation on measures to be taken for further streamlining of health services in the hospital.
The Commission posted its next hearing to April 8.
It may be mentioned that Nishikanta Mishra, one of the members of the committee, had appealed to the Commission during its previous hearing of the case in July last year to direct the state government to submit a report as to what steps it had taken for simplification of health care services in the state.
Though the state government, in its affidavit, had stated that it has taken steps to streamline health services, the Commission had asked it to file a fresh affidavit on the measures taken by it in this regard and the infrastructure prepared by it.
But as the Commission did not receive any reply till date, it decided to form the committee on its own.