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NRHM scam: CBI to take note of CAG report

NEW DELHI: The CBI will take into consideration the CAG report on National Rural Health Mission fund implementation in Uttar Pradesh which has pegged the irregularities to be around Rs 5000 cr

Published: 22nd January 2012 06:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:19 PM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The CBI will take into consideration the CAG report on National Rural Health Mission fund implementation in Uttar Pradesh which has pegged the irregularities to be around Rs 5000 crore while registering new cases in the scam.

Agency sources said the detailed analysis by country's auditor will be helpful in ascertaining further losses to the exchequer.

Based on the observations by Comptroller and Auditor General, the CBI will dig deep to probe whether any criminality was involved in the alleged irregularities, they said. However, it is not necessary that all observations by the auditor will be converted into CBI cases, they said.

The officials are awaiting the report which has been submitted to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh and after getting it new preliminary enquiries and cases can be registered in the ongoing probe.

The CBI has registered eight cases in connection with the alleged irregularities and also arrested eight persons so far.

The agency is likely to call on Monday some senior officials of Uttar Pradesh for questioning. The sources said next week some more high-profile arrests could be made in the case.

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 to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore of the Rs 8,657 crore given to the state, highly placed sources in the state government said.

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, state government sources 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 following the murder of two CMOs, Family Welfare, Dr V K Arya in 2010 and Dr B P Singh in 2011 and deputy CMO Y S Sachan was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the district jail in Lucknow.



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