NRHM scam: Rs 1,546cr siphoned off

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    UCKNOW: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) team, probing UP's NRHM scam, found the brass of family welfare department had formed an unauthorized society - Programme Management Society - through which about Rs 1,546 crore was siphoned off between 2008 and 2011.

    It is nearly 25% of the total NRHM fund (Rs 6,423 crore) received by UP during this period. The state health society (SHS), part of the family welfare department, was the nodal agency that released NRHM funds. It should have released the money directly to executing agencies. Instead, it gave the money to the PMS. This is one of the several anomalies the CAG team found during its performance audit in 24 districts of UP.

    "Instead of releasing funds directly to executing agencies, the state health society released Rs 1,546.09 crore (Rs 1170.78 crore for civil works during 2009-11 and Rs 375.31 crore for procurement during 2008-11) though Programme Management Society, an unregistered society, under director general national programmes, monitoring and evaluation ( DGNPME). This was an unauthorized agency introduced by the state government in violation of the NRHM framework," said the CAG report.

    The report also mentioned a highly centralized structure at SHS where one principal secretary was given a free run. "There was involvement of only one principal secretary-level official in the decision-making body (executive committee) of SHS for high value contracts against three principal secretary state-level officers in the government, including finance and planning department in the Expenditure Finance Committee, before approval by the cabinet," the report said.

    Data from the report showed the EC and directorates released Rs 1,397.96 crore for construction and procurement of goods and services to various cooperatives.

    Selection and awarding works to construction agencies was on nomination basis. This violates SC judgment, Ccentral vigilance commission guidelines and NRHM framework. The CAG auditors also found that Rs 1,768.12 crore received from the Center was not shown correctly in the SHS accounts. Prescribed books of accounts for advances disbursed by SHS and for expenditures of Rs 4,938.74 crore were not maintained.

    NRHM scam: Rs 1,546cr siphoned off - The Times of India
     
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    NRHM scam: CAG reports spending irregularity of nearly Rs 5,000 cr

    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 V K 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.

    The CBI is also probing the case.

    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.

    NRHM scam: CAG reports spending irregularity of nearly Rs 5,000 cr | Firstpost
     
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    Is this a surprise. And why just U.P
     
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    NRHM scam: Key accused commits suicide in Lucknow

    LUCKNOW: Sunil Verma, project manager in the Construction and Design Division of Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam, committed suicide at his residence in Vikas Nagar, Lucknow, on Monday morning. He was under CBI scanner in connection with the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

    Family members said that he was under depression since the last one week after being interrogated the CBI. The NRHM scam has, so far, claimed lives of four government official in UP.

    According to the police, Verma shot himself with his revolver at his residence at around 8:30am. He was taken to a hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

    He has been interrogated by the CBI in connection with the scam on January 4.

    Verma's son informed the police about the incident. "We are carrying out our investigation. He was under stress as he was being interrogated by the CBI in the NRHM scam. But exact reason is not clear as yet. As project manager, Verma was overseeing all the construction related work under the NRHM scheme," said the Lucknow Range DIG, DK Thakur.

    The NRHM scam surfaced after the murder of two chief medical officers (CMO) Vinod Arya and BP Singh in Lucknow. Both were shot dead outside their houses. Later, a deputy CMO YS Sachan, who was also an accused in the murders of the CMO, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Lucknow Jail. His body was found hanging in the toilet of jail hospital. While police said that Sachan committed suicide, his family claimed that he was killed by big fish involved in the scam. Later, the high court directed the CBI to probe the scam as well as the killings associated with it.

    Besides top officials in the medical and health department, the CBI is also questioning CMOs of 72 districts from where the irregularities in NRHM funds have been reported. Two former ministers in Mayawati cabinet -- Babu Singh Kushwaha and Anant Mishra -- have also been questioned by the CBI. Mayawati had dropped the two ministers after the scam surfaced in April last year.

    With UP assembly elections to be held in February, the the scam could have an impact on results in the state.

    NRHM scam: Key accused commits suicide in Lucknow - The Times of India
     
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    Elections and here and congressi dirty department is at work.....Just have look at Rajasthan, and amount of money the CM gehlot , his family and congressi loyalists are looting? That will leave you speechless....But who will report all that -at least not the congressi owned secular media of the ilks of NDTV, IBN....Kalmadi, Kozi et al are out, soon raja will be out , and Sibal and congress will declare their was no corrution involved as in the case of Bofors!
     

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