Group leaders oppose BMC's proposal of different rates

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Mumbai, Aug 8 (UNI) Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Jairaj Phatak today said the corporation has put on hold a proposal to charge different rates to local patients and those from other states for treatment in the civic-run hospitals in the city.

Speaking at a news briefing here, Mr Phatak said the decision was taken after Group Leaders in the BMC opposed the Corporation's proposal.

Hence the corporation will have to work on the same again.

''It has been decided that for the time being, the proposal is on hold till further details are worked upon,'' said the civic chief.

In the meeting held at the civic head-quarters this week, Group Leaders of the various parties protested and rejected the proposal.

Niyaz Ahmed Vanu, NCP's group leader in the corporation, said the proposal aims to separate Mumbai from Maharashtra.

''If a person meets with an accident, do you expect the doctors to ask for the victim's ration card?'' he asked.

Mr Vanu added ''When the corporation's annual budget was Rs 1,200 crore, there was no discrimination, why now when the budget has crossed Rs 16,000 crore.'' The corporation had come up with the idea of having different rates after some people alleged that the tax-payers money was being used for treating patients from other states rather than the locals.

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