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Qualification relaxation granted to start-ups, MSMEs can't be given in healthcare field: HC

NEW DELHI: Safety of patients is of paramount importance and relaxations granted under the government policies to start-ups and MSMEs concerning their experience and other qualifications cannot be given in certain fields such as healthcare, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday observed.

The court's observations came on a petition by a registered start-up challenging the tender conditions imposed by a super-specialty hospital under the Delhi government for the procurement of stents, grafts, 

The petitioner claimed that while all other hospitals issued tenders for procurement which granted relaxations for start-ups and MSMEs with regard to turnover, past performance, and bid security, no such relaxation was given in the present case and the same was against the Centre's start-up policy while also violating Articles 14 and 19(1)(g) of the Constitution of India.

Dealing with the issue raised in the petition, a bench headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma said that although start-ups are promoted by the Centre as well as the Delhi government through their respective policies, the executive instruction under the Centre's circular did not make it mandatory for any establishment to relax the condition in respect of turnover and prior experience while dealing with them.