The Math and Controversy Behind the 1088 Ambulances

Jul 07, 2020 05:06 PM

“Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”, Propaganda attributed to Nazi Joseph Goebbels.

Great Andhra in all its wisdom accuses of something that they often indulge in. It is called false propaganda, and they keep accusing the political adversary of YSRCP of indulging in Goebbels propaganda. Perhaps he’s the benchmark of Great Andhra.

The math is pretty simple, but the controversies and explanations are quite convoluted.

The previous Government (TDP) maintained and used 676 ambulances, out of which few ambulances were procured. There is also a Government order on 03/07/2015 which provides details of the procurement. The new Government YSRCP purchased 412 ambulances. Hence the total is 1088, and the rest is PROPAGANDA.

The entire media went gaga over it and Jagan became a hero and savior. The media and YSRCP mouthpiece never did the background check to know the truth. It was condescending on the part of dignitaries and some Tollywood celebrities who hailed YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The entire ambulance episode is embedded in controversy. It started from TDP allegation on YSRCP MP Vijayasai Reddy’s procurement of contract which happened unjustly. The previous contract with BVG India Ltd was prematurely cancelled to make way for Aurobindo Pharma Foundation at a much higher price. Also, the co-founder of Aurobindo Pharma Foundation is P V Ramprasad Reddy who is the father of Vijaysai Reddy’s son-in-law. MP Vijaysai Reddy’s was able to get the contract to Aurobindo Pharma for 108 and 104 services.

Before BVG India Ltd the contract was with GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) which ended in 2016. The contract with BVG began in December 2017 and was supposed to end by 12th of December 2020. However, there was an intervention in October 2019 through government order (GO MS No. 111) instructing the CEO of the Aarogyasri Health Care Trust to look into 108 (ambulance) and 104 (Mobile Medical Unit or MMU) services. The issue was raised by TDP for not abiding by the actual contract, and intervening into the service before the stipulated period.

The clarification by YSRCP was rather intriguing. They might have coerced a statement from the Health Department that almost 50% of the 108 and 104 vehicles are in terrible condition, and there was no maintenance done. The allegation was against the TDP as well as the BVG India Ltd. It was indeed a bizarre accusation because BVG India Ltd had worked with the Maharashtra Government and also provided service in the most inhospitable terrains of Ladakh and the volatile conditions in Jammu and Kashmir. With such track record, YSRCP allegation on BVG India Ltd was baseless.

Things got murkier after the changes were made in Request for Proposals (RFP) that accommodated Aurobindo Pharma. The services became expensive; previously BVG India Ltd was charging Rs 1.43 lakh servicing per vehicle, the Aurobindo’s of Vijaysai Reddy was a rip-off and it increased to Rs 1.78 lakh per vehicle.

The prior statement made by the Health Department over the condition of ambulances was fabricated. They said 50% of the remaining 439 ambulances were in bad condition, and the 108 and 104 were not maintained properly. However, the Government stated that 341 existing ambulances are in perfect condition and they will purchase 432 new ambulances. Do the Math 439 50% is approximately 220. Hence, 220 ambulances should have been in bad shape. But State Government mentioned that 341 ambulances are perfectly fine. Therefore, 341-220 = 121; according to Great Andhra, such miracles are possible in Jagan’s world. He can immediately fix 121 ambulances while contradicting the statement made by the Health Department.

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