Minister Calls for Making Govt Press Modern, Profit Earning Organization



Minister for Health, Medical Education, ARI and Trainings Lal Singh visited Government Press and Government Dental College, here Friday and inspected the infrastructure damaged in September-2014 floods.

While inspecting Government Press, the Minister stressed upon the employees and workers to work with more vigour for better service delivery. The Minister called for introduction of new innovative methods and introduction of latest technology so as to bring Government Press at par with any other modern printing unit.

He further said that measures shall be taken to make the Press as a profit earning organization, adding that the present government will examine the avenues for providing the Press with latest printing and other related equipment, an official statement said.

The Minister directed the General Manager, Government Press, Ajaz Ahmad Akhoon, to ensure that the premises is cleared of all debris and junk which resulted due to floods. With regard to the damaged machinery and other unserviceable furniture and equipment, the Minister asked for their immediate auctioning.

The Minster also inspected various sections in the premises including, Press, Stationery and Supplies.

Director Stationary and Supplies Manisha Sharma informed the Minister that the Department has received Rs 25 Lakh as Insurance claim against the damage to the Stationery Store during the floods.

Responding to various issues of the employees, raised by President, Government Press Employees Union, Syed Muzamil Ahmad Rizvi, the Minister said that all their genuine demands will be considered for redressal on priority.

Later, the Minister also visited Government Dental College where he went around the campus and took stock of functioning of various departments. The Minister also interacted with the patients and urged the concerned to provide them appropriate care and treatment, the statement added.

The Minister directed the authorities to provide free medication to one of the injured police official Irshad Ahmad, undergoing treatment at the Hospital.

During the visit the Minister inspected dental halls installed with newly procured equipment. He also took stock of the damaged books of the Library, dental chairs, X-Ray and other related equipment; he asked the concerned to auction the same at the earliest.

Lal Singh also interacted with the Nursing Staff and Dental Assistants and assured early redressal of their demands.

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