NRHM scam: Anomalies in spending of Rs. 5,000 crore

The CAG probing the NHRM scam in Uttar Pradesh has found anomalies in spending of around Rs. 5000 crore under the scheme.

The sources sai that state health department failed to give proper details of spending worths Rs.5,000 crore of the Rs. 8,657 crore given to the state.

They said that the Comptroller and Auditor General submitted a report on its findings to the Governor on Friday. They added 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.

They said that it was 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 flouring established norms.

They said that only one officer of the Principal Secretary rank was making all crucial purchase decisions whereas the rules suggest that three offices of this rank, including one from planning and finance department.

The issue of financial irregularities in NHRM funds came to light when the murder of two CMO's, Family Welfare, Dr. VK Arya in 2010 and Dr. BP Singh in 2011 surfaced and deputy CMO YS Sachan was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the district jail here.

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