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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TUTH: Past crimes come to haunt the present

Ordinarily, one who is guilty gets punished. But in our extraordinary situation, one is penalized for crimes of somebody else. Evolving scenario at TUTH: 

At first, it seems TUTH is in right direction after all the ups and downs over the past year.

But some deep problems still threaten to derail the progress that has been achieved so far.

As extensively covered in this blog, some inescapable circumstances had forced the TU authorities and their patrons in political parties to appoint the current team at IOM and TUTH. And the momentum of progress so far has been laudable. The legacy of the institution as one of the most lucrative destinations for the corrupt nexus, however, refuses to die.

It is understood that the swindles made in the past were both mammoth and diverse. The most crippling of these have proved to be the instances in which equipments or other materials were purchased while the payment for them was deferred. As the suppliers of those materials come for payment (reportedly in very large amounts), the current hospital administration is apparently under immense pressure.

The fact that the hospital has reportedly gone into profit after years of consistent loss speaks for itself how badly financial mismanagement had impacted the institution. The core of the problem is, however, that the shrewd politicians have literally dismantled the anti-graft bodies like CIAA in an strategic attempt to shield their financial crimes from law.
Thus there are very slim prospects of the culprits in the institution (who nearly choked the institution recently) being booked and punished. As the things stand now, both the assets and liabilities created by one administrator automatically pass on to the successor. Given that the political-professional nexus in the past had been creating all the liabilities while eliminating the assets, the position of the current administration is in severe jeopardy.

The crux of the problem is: should the current hospital administration agree to inherit all the liabilities caused by past mismanagement at its own peril? Given that the culprits of the past cannot be practically brought to book, there are only two options: take responsibility for the past crimes done by somebody else or surrender the position to the very nexus that has created the mess in the institution.

Apparently, none of the two options is desirable for the institution. It is yet to be seen which course Dr. Bhagawan Koirala will take as the Executive Director. The moment he decides to give up, the institution is going to be in serious trouble. The possibility of amicably sorting out the issues by implicating the administrators of the past is understood to be very slim because of the loopholes in the system.

In this regard, coming few months are set to be crucial for the future of the institution. It is high time media outlets paid attention to this impending crisis also while covering the overall progress of the institution.

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