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Hyderabad, May 27

The GVK group has agreed to partner EMRI and bear around five per cent of the cost for running the popular ‘108’ healthcare support facilities, according to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.

This move to bring in a new partner comes in the wake of expiry of the memorandum of understanding between EMRI and the promoters of Satyam Computer, Mr B. Ramalinga Raju, and his family.

Ninety-five per cent expenditure of managing the EMRI (Emergency Management Research Institute) is contributed by the Andhra Pradesh Government and the rest five per cent is from the partner. Interestingly, the GVK Group and the Nicholas Piramal Group were shortlisted to be partners.

According to the CMO statement, the EMRI will now also have a Government Director on its board.

When contacted, the Chief Financial Officer of the GVK Group, Mr Issac George, said that Mr G.V.K. Reddy, the Group Chairman, was appointed as the Chairman of the EMRI Board.

Review by CM

Reviewing the functioning of emergency services, the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has directed the management to ensure total transparency and update the progress made on a day-to-day basis.

The Chief Minister said that while there is a lot of appreciation for 108 services, it called for greater transparency in running the ambulance services. As of now, there are 802 ambulances and 752 are operational throughout the State. The EMRI has tie-ups with 3,331 private hospitals in the State, in addition to serving Government hospitals.

Mr Venkat Changavalli, CEO of EMRI, said Mr G.V.K. Reddy accepted EMRI’s request to join its board. The depleted board, after the Satyam scam broke out, now consists of Mr Rajat Gupta, Dr Raj Reddy, Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, Mr Krishnam Raju and the CEO himself.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated May 28, 2009)
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