NRHM scam: CAG finds anomalies of Rs 5000 cr

The CAG probing the NRHM scam in Uttar Pradesh has found anomalies in spending of around Rs 5,000 crore under the scheme in about two dozen districts of the state.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2012, 01:03 AM IST

Lucknow: The CAG probing the NRHM scam in
Uttar Pradesh has found anomalies in spending of around Rs
5,000 crore under the scheme in about two dozen districts of
the state.

The state health department failed to give proper details
of spendings worth around Rs 5,000 crore of the Rs 8,657
crore given to the state, highly placed sources said.

The Comptroller and Auditor General submitted a report on
its findings to the Governor yesterday, they said, adding that
the probe was carried out on the request of the UP Chief
Secretary in August last year amidst mounting pressure for a
CBI inquiry into the scam.

It was also found that the entire amount was transferred
through non registered society and contracts worth Rs 1,170
crore were given against the open tendering process and
agreement flouting established norms, they said.

Only one officer of the Principal Secretary rank was
making all crucial purchase decisions whereas the rules
suggest that three officers of this rank, including one from
planning and finance department, should be part of the
decision making body, they said.

The issue of financial irregularities in NRHM funds came
to light when the murder of two CMOs, Family welfare, Dr VK
Arya in 2010 and Dr B P Singh in 2011 surfaced and deputy CMO
Y S Sachan was found dead under mysterious circumstances in
the district jail here.

Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh
alleged that the misuse of NRHM funds started in UP during the
previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government in 2005.

"The Central government has been giving money, but the
state government has been misusing the funds. Corruption
hasn`t only happened in NRHM but in MNREGS projects also. This
is the time for a change in Uttar Pradesh. I am hoping that
there will be change very soon," he said here.

Claiming that the UPA government has been sending funds
to the state five times more than the NDA government, he
accused the state government of wasting them.

PTI