1. Meghalaya government approves new tender committee for 108 ambulance services management.
2. The Health Minister stresses the need for a smooth tender process for efficient service delivery.
3. The state committed to prioritizing key departments to ensure effective execution of new tender.

Shillong, May 18: The Meghalaya government greenlit the formation of a new tender committee tasked with selecting a firm to manage the state’s 108 emergency ambulance services.

Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh emphasized the importance of ensuring a smooth and effective tender process this time around. She highlighted the state’s commitment to prioritizing crucial departments to facilitate the seamless execution of the new tender.

Previously, the tendering process faced three cancellations, prompting calls for the establishment of a high-powered committee comprising healthcare officials and experts to oversee the ambulance services.

While the National Health Mission (NHM) has been overseeing the ambulance services temporarily, Lyngdoh expressed reservations about NHM’s suitability for the task, indicating that it might not be the ideal platform for running such services effectively.

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The state’s ambulance services were initially managed by GVK EMRI.

However, following a closure notice issued to the firm in August 2022, the government has been endeavoring to appoint a suitable entity to take over operations.

Expressing empathy for the affected workers, Lyngdoh pledged to explore avenues to support them during this transition.

She acknowledged that the employees would prefer a functional company to continue providing EMRI services, indicating a desire for stability and continuity in service provision.