New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday accused the Mayawati
government in Uttar Pradesh of playing with the lives of the
poor and weaker sections by "looting" public money allocated
for National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and demanded a High
Court-monitored CBI inquiry into the matter.
A BJP delegation led by party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas
Naqvi and Secretary Kirit Sommaiya met the CAG here to demand
that an audit of the NRHM funds allocated for Uttar Pradesh
should be done to see how the money was spent.
"The Mayawati government has indulged in yet another
blatant act of looting public money by converting the NRHM
into Mayawati Wealth Mission...The state government is playing
with the health and lives of millions of poor, sick and
downtrodden people," Naqvi told reporters.
He maintained that the loot in NRHM was to the tune of
Rs 3,700 crores.
"Ministers and bureaucrats close to the Chief Minister
are playing the role of middlemen, whereby NRHM funded tenders
were being assigned to agencies and individuals without
following set rules and procedures," Naqvi said.
He charged the Central government with being equally
guilty for the poor state of affairs as it is squarely
responsible for monitoring programmes like NRHM.
"Even as Congress leaders make public statements against
the Mayawati government, the Central government has taken no
action against the UP government for either non-implementation
or misuse and misappropriation of funds under NHRM. On the
contrary, it keeps allocating more funds to UP," Naqvi said.
He demanded a CBI inquiry into the NRHM scam under the
supervision of the High Court.
Naqvi alleged that in the BSP regime, there was an
exemption to commit crime and encroach upon land.
"It is an open loot of public money allocated for
providing healthcare facilities to expectant mothers and
children up to five years of age. The state government has
denied basic amenities to them and even the money allocated by
NRHM for women and children belonging to weaker and
under-privileged sections of the society is being looted in a
shameless and unscrupulous manner," he said.
The BJP charged that a "loot gang" is active in all
departments and is engaged in filling up the coffers of the
"The Central government is equally responsible for this
rampant loot in National Rural Health Mission. The Centre had
allocated Rs 794 crores in 2005-2006 for the scheme, Rs 1,956
crore in 2009-10 and a whopping Rs. 1,747 crore for 2010-11,
without seeking any report either on the utilisation of funds
or implementation of the scheme," Naqvi said.