21 jan 2012
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has concluded that at least Rs 5754 crore is not accounted for in Uttar Pradesh in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.
The CAG report, which is with the UP Governor, covers NRHM in UP from April 2005 to March 2011.
According to the CAG report, the selection and award of the NRHM works in violation of the CVC and the SC guidelines.
According to the report, the UP health committee did not follow NRHM norms and false tenders were floated for buying vehicles. It says that the Shahjahanpur District Magistrate’s car was shown as being used for vaccine delivery. It also adds that 550 medical centres were sanctioned, but not built.
Reacting to the scam, Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said, “The Central government has been giving money, but the state government has been misusing the funds. I don’t know how the CAG report got leaked. The corruption hasn’t only happened in NRHM but in MNREGS projects too. This is the time for a change in Uttar Pradesh. I am hoping that there will be change very soon.”
The National Rural Health Scheme is a plan to make changes in the healthcare system. The NRHM plan includes hiking public expenditure on health.
Irregularities were reported in the NRHM fund disbursed to Uttar Pradesh in 2011. In November 2011, the Allahabad High Court directed the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the misuse of the NRHM funds in UP.
The CBI has been probing irregularities in funds disbursed to 72 CMOs across UP. The CBI formed a special probe team to investigate the NRHM scam.