Sunday, January 8, 2012

State wakes up to fire safety alarm

State government to form a task force which will carry out a fire safety audit at all hospitals across the state

Ahmedabad Mirror Bureau

In the wake of the fire at AMRI hospital in Kolkata, the state government has decided to constitute a task force which will conduct a fire safety check at all hospitals across Gujarat. The task force will be formed in a week, the government announced after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

“State has no fire safety act but it has become a necessity today. The task force will also provide suggestion on the act. Currently, fire safety norms are covered under building laws. It becomes difficult to punish offender in absence of a specific act,” said Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas.

The state has about 10,000 hospitals. Of these 385 are government, 960 are managed by trusts with the help from state’s Cheeranjivi Yojana and 9,195 are private.

The task force will complete the inspection of all hospitals in six months and submit its report to the government. Health Department and state disaster management authority will oversee the inspection and audit process, a source in the department said.


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