Mumbai: Maharashtra chief minister
Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday announced financial aid of Rs one lakh
to cataract patients, who lost their eyesight after operation
at Government Medical college in Latur in December last year.
Intervening in a discussion during the question hour,
Chavan said, Rs one lakh each would be given to three
patients, who lost their complete eyesight, while Rs 50,000
each to two patients, who suffered partial blindness.
He said the aid would be given through the Chief
Minister`s relief fund.
The issue of financial aid to the patients was taken
up during the question-hour yesterday. However, since the
Medical Education Minister Vijay Kumar Gavit`s reply failed to
convince the Opposition, the issue was withheld and was
decided to be taken up today.
Gavit, in his reply said, a committee would be set up
to decide the quantum of compensation and a decision would be
taken in eight days.
The Opposition members were on their feet protesting
against the response of the minister. They demanded immediate
relief to the patients.
Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil said that he had withheld
the question yesterday to give the government time to take a
concrete decision today itself. "This is non seriousness on
the part of the government," he added.
Amid noisy scenes, the House was adjourned for ten
Gavit and Sena members Ravindra Waikar and Vinod
Ghosalkar were involved in a verbal clash after the
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Anil Deshmukh and
other members had to intervene to take the two Sena members
away from the minister.
Presiding officer Nawab Malik announced the second
adjournment of 15 minutes immediately after the House
During the second adjournment, Parliamentary Affairs
Minister Harshvardhan Patil spoke to the Leader of Opposition
Eknath Khadse. Seniormost member Ganpatrao Deshmukh tried to
calm the situation.
Gavit apologised for his conduct after the House
re-assembled following the second adjournment.
Yesterday, during the question hour, Gavit had said
that the five patients lost their eyesight due to infection
and not immediately after the cataract operation.
Opposition members had asked why two doctors were
suspended, if the patients had suffered due to infection after
discharge and not due to negligence.
The minister had explained that the doctors had not
referred the patients to advanced treatment within 24 hours.
The Speaker had withheld the question yesterday.