Mayawati says ready for CAG audit of NRHM
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 20:59
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.


First Published: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 20:59

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