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A Parliamentary panel has pitched for making a provision in the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme for purchase of electricity generators by hospitals and primary health centres. "A provision may made in the guidelines to the effect that the non-movable/fixed electricity generators are permissible under the scheme not only for new as well as existing hospitals but also for primary health centres belonging to the centre/state/UT governments and local bodies," the panel said. The Committee on MPLAD scheme in its 6th report tabled in Parliament said that the government has only clarified the permissibility of non-movable/fixed electricity generators in scheme without making any provision in the guidelines. It said that a clear cut provision in this regard would be very useful to district authorities as there is no clarity in the guidelines regarding the permissibility of the electricity generators. The scheme has a provision regarding procurement of hospital equipment for government hospitals/dispensaries. As such, it is not clear, whether electricity generators are falling under the category of hospital equipment, it noted. It said that in such a scenario, the district authorities may find it difficult to accord sanction to the non-movable/fixed electricity generators in the absence of any specific clear cut provision in this regard.
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