SKIMS debars firm over maintenance issues

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Feb 12: The Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) has terminated its Comprehensive Maintenance Contract (CMC) with a firm due to alleged poor maintenance of laundry equipment.
Firm named Nightingale Trading Enterprises, operating from Srinagar, got the contract, issued for the maintenance of Hydro Extractor & Drying Tumbler.
As per the details, the contract was initially awarded for a period of five years starting from May, 2020. However, following multiple instances of unsatisfactory performance, SKIMS decided to cancel the contract prematurely.
The firm, SKIMS said, had submitted four CMC bills for the year 2023-24 totaling Rs. 1,81,439. However, SKIMS forwarded the bills to the user department for verification and performance assessment.
Subsequently, details state, payment was recommended for only three bills, amounting to Rs. 1,05,839, while one bill worth Rs. 75,600 was withheld due to concerns over poor maintenance.
Despite repeated requests and opportunities for rectification, SKIMS said that the firms allegedly failed to address the equipment’s malfunction, causing significant inconvenience to patient care services.
In the light of these issues, SKIMS has announced the cancellation of the CMC contracts with the firm and has barred it from future business for a period of two years.