Mayawati says ready for CAG audit of NRHM

Mayawati government on Thursday said it was ready for a special audit by Comptroller and Auditor General of the programme.

Lucknow: Under attack over alleged
misuse of funds worth crores of rupees in the National Rural
Health Mission (NRHM), Mayawati government on Thursday said it was
ready for a special audit by Comptroller and Auditor General
of the programme.

"A request letter in this regard has been written to
the CAG, Government of India, today by the chief secretary of
the state Anup Misra," an official spokesman said here, in
continuing damage-control exercise by Mayawati who had
yesterday recommended a CBI probe into NRHM irregularities.

A Union Health Ministry audit had found misuse and
misappropriation of funds to the tune of hundreds of crores in
the scheme in the last two years. A 20-member team,
constituted by the Ministry in May this year following
complaints of misuse of NRHM funds in Uttar Pradesh, also
found anomalies in procurement and civil construction work.

In its 400-page report to the Ministry, the team`s
audit had said, "Irregularities in procedures were noticed
during awarding of contracts for mobile medical units,
hospital waste management, hospital cleaning and gardening,
safe drinking water (RO System) etc".

The Allahabad High Court had on Monday given the Uttar
Pradesh government one-week time to file a reply on a PIL
seeking CBI probe into the alleged swindling of NRHM funds in
the state.

Attacking the Mayawati government over the NRHM issue,
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today said any other government
would have resigned after the scam came to light.

"It is an open fact that there have been
irregularities. If such a thing would have happened in
Maharashtra or Delhi or Haryana or Punjab, the government
there would have resigned the same day," Rahul said.

The NRHM scam came to light following the murder of
two Chief Medical Officers Vinod Kumar Arya and B P Singh.

Two state ministers Babu Singh Khushwaha and Anant
Kumar Mishra had resigned on moral grounds due to the
controversy. Pressure mounted on the government following the
mysterious death of Deputy Chief Medical Y S Sachan in a jail
here last month, following which Mayawati government has
handed over these cases to the CBI.

The spokesman said that during a review meeting,
the chief minister had found some anomalies in NRHM
implementation and had immediately ordered regular
monitoring by the chief secretary.

He said a number of steps had been taken by the state
government in "ensuring transparency" in the spendings of the
NRHM funds, including creation of 72 special posts in all the
districts of the state for better financial management.

The spokesman also gave details of a new website for
the information regarding the "janani suraksha yojna" and
setting up of a call centre for lodging complaints and getting
a feedback besides suggestions.

"NRHM is a central government scheme which is run
as per the guidelines set by it and all financial approvals
are also provided by the government of India project-wise,"
he said, adding that its monitoring is also done regularly by
the central government.


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