BJP alleges `huge scam` by Delhi govt in medical equip deals

Accusing Delhi govt of being involved in a "huge scam" in procurement of medical equipment for Commonwealth Games, the BJP said that the CAG has detected irregularities responsible for loss of crores of rupees to the exchequer.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 19:13 PM IST

New Delhi: Accusing Delhi Government of
being involved in a "huge scam" in procurement of medical
equipment for Commonwealth Games, the BJP on Tuesday said that the
Comptroller and Auditor General has detected irregularities
responsible for loss of crores of rupees to the exchequer.

According to an "internal" CAG report, government
flouted "all laid down norms" in procurement of the equipment
and bought them much above the market rates while beds and
equipment at some designated hospitals were supplied only
after the event got over, said BJP leader Vijender Gupta.

Quoting from the report, Gupta said 64 beds were to be
arranged in separate wards for the Games before September 3,
2010 in these hospitals, which were not supplied before the
event and false work completion certificates were issued by
the authorities. These beds were arranged only after November,
2010.
Criticising the government for lack of efficiency, the
interim report, Gupta claimed, mentioned that the concerned
authorities could only spend Rs 15.44 crore for enhancing
health services out of total allocation of Rs 41.53 crore.

The report said although the tender process for
procurement of the items was to be started in November, 2009,
the process began only in May, 2010 leaving too little time
for the authorities to go for an open procedure and resulting
in serious irregularities and lapses in the procedure.
Holding Chief Minister responsible for the "scam",
Gupta demanded her immediate resignation and action against
the concerned minister and officials.

The report also mentioned that 68 ice making machines
were bought from a firm called M/s Dolcha India at inflated
rates causing a loss of Rs 22.64 lakh, claimed Gupta.

The BJP leader alleged that equipment were procured
without verifying the actual requirement and a comparison of
quantity so assessed with quantity actually procured revealed
"huge deviation from assessed quantity ranging from nine to
300 per cent.

Giving an example of "unfruitful expenditure", Gupta
said a CT scan machine costing Rs 3.06 crore was not installed
till December.

"All these findings vindicated our earlier claim that
there was a huge scam in the entire exercise of improving
health facilities ahead of the CWG by the Delhi Government,"
Gupta said.

Gupta alleged that medical instruments worth Rs 3.90
crore were purchased only to "earn commission" as they were
not at all required for the Games.

PTI