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Five Delhi hospitals slapped with Rs. 6 billion fines for refusing free treatment to poor

03:15 PM | 12 Jun, 2016
Five Delhi hospitals slapped with Rs. 6 billion fines for refusing free treatment to poor
NEW DELHI (Web Desk) - The Indian government has asked five private hospitals in the capital city to deposit “unwarranted profits” of over Rs. 6000 million for refusing free treatment to the poor.

These five hospitals - Max Super Specialty Hospital (Saket), Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Shanti Mukand Hospital, Dharamshila Cancer Hospital and Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute - were provided lands at concessional rates between 1960 and 1990 on the condition that they will treat the poor free of cost.

A total of 43 private hospitals in Delhi were allotted land at concessional rates on the condition that they would reserve 10 percent of their in-patient department capacity and 25 percent of their out-patient department capacity to treat poor patients free of cost.

Delhi health officials claimed that these five hospitals had not abided by the conditions. Action against the hospitals has been initiated after repeated notices were delivered to the administration, asking why they had failed to treat the poor and why they should not be fined.

A penalty has been imposed on the basis of a High Court order passed in 2007 on a Public Interest Litigation, which demanded the provision of free treatment to poor and action against the erring hospitals.

The hospitals have been asked to pay the amount by July 9, failing which further action will be initiated against them.

The writer is a member of the staff.


PKR rate against US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - Check 16 April forex rates

Pakistani currency gains momentum against all currencies on April 16, 2024 Tuesday. US dollar was being quoted at 277.9 for buying and 280.85 for selling.

Euro was quoted at 295 for buying and 298 for selling while British Pound stands at 345 for buying, and 349 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.4 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 15 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.9 280.85
Euro EUR 295 298
UK Pound Sterling GBP 345 349
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.45 76.2
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 182.7 184.5
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.38 747.38
Canadian Dollar CAD 204 206.2
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.91 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.92 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 167.63 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.38 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.35 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.61 7.76


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