Mumbai: The opposition, led by Congress and NCP, would raise the "Rs 297-crore medicine purchase scam" in the Maharashtra Legislative Council this week, opposition leader Dhananjay Munde said here today.
The NCP leader alleged that he had raised this issue during the monsoon session of the state legislature last year but the government had "brushed the scam under carpet".
"The medicine purchase scam in the department of Public Health is much bigger than what is being quoted in the media. I would expose the scam fully with proof on the floor of the Legislative Council," Munde, the NCP MLC, said in a statement here.
Referring to Health Minister Deepak Sawant's statement that purchase of medicines is done at the level of Director, Health Services, Munde said, "If the purchases are done at the level of Director, Health Services, and at the lower level then let the secretary run the department, why have the minister?"
Munde, nephew of late BJP stalwart Gopinath Munde, alleged that the government is scared to order a probe into the "scam".
"If government so readily agrees to constitute a probe headed by a retired judge against a person like Padmashri Tatyarao Lahane..., then why is the government is scared to probe this scam?" he said.
He was referring to the resident doctors at JJ Hospital here calling off their six-day strike on Friday for transfer of hospital dean Lahane and ophthalmology department head Ragini Parekh.
The strike was reportedly called off on Friday after the government agreed to form a committee headed by a retired High Court judge and two doctors from the Medical Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) to look into the complaints of the resident doctors.
Stating that he had raised the "medicine purchase scam" in last monsoon session, Munde said, "However, like the Chikki scam, fire fighting equipment purchase scam, pulses scam or scam in purchase of great leaders, the government brushed this scam too under the carpet," he said. (