SP govt misses deadline to submit NRHM plan

General body meeting postponed thrice over the past fortnight

Written by SURBHI KHYATI | Lucknow | Published: April 5, 2012 3:36 am

The scam-hit National Rural Health Mission in Uttar Pradesh is set to be further crippled in the year 2012-13 because of delay in its Programme Implementation Plan (PIP) by the state government.

As per Government of India instructions,the state PIP should have been finalised,revised and presented before the National Project Coordination Committee,GoI,by March-end. However,the state NRHM unit is yet to come up with the final draft of the PIP.

The general body meeting of the state NRHM,which will finalise the state PIP,will be held on April 9.

“The general body meeting is scheduled for April 9. The main agenda of the meeting is to finalise state PIP,” said a health official.

The GB meeting,which was scheduled to take place immediately after the formation of the new UP government,has already been postponed thrice in the last fortnight. Sources said the delay in PIP finalisation was because “the officials wanted to include the agenda of the new government in the PIP as well” .

In the last five years of NRHM,which was the first phase of the mission,the state fared badly in the absence to lack of proper planning and mismanagement of funds,as indicated by the CAG report.

Even as the NRHM begins its second phase this year,the lack of preparedness on the part of the state government is apparent in the delay in planning. The delay in PIP will also lead to delay in release of funds for the mission.

According to documents available on the GoI website,all other states where the mission is being implemented have already submitted their first drafts of PIP and most have even submitted revised PIPs.

According to the procedure,a state comes up with its PIP for a financial year,detailing the schemes and programmes to be taken up under NRHM along with the budget requirements. After approval from the governing body,the state government submits the programme to the GoI. After a detailed discussion,the state government revises the PIP and sends it to the GoI for approval. After GoI approval,the first installment of the NRHM budget is released in the state.

However,health officials claim that the delay in the PIP will not affect the budget flow because the NRHM unit is already in touch with the GoI for each component of the plan.

“We have already discussed and taken in-principle approval for most of the components under NRHM. The general body will only finalise the plan and add a few points,if any,before the comprehensive plan is sent to GoI for approval,which is expected to come by next month,” a senior NRHM official said.

The governing body is the highest decision-making and monitoring body of the NRHM in the state and is chaired by the Chief Secretary of the state. While it should meet at least once in three months,the state NRHM held only three meetings in the first four years of the mission.

CBI files second chargesheet,charges against Kushwaha soon
NEW DELHI:
THE CBI on Wednesday filed the second chargesheet in the NRHM scam against former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Family Welfare S P Ram and three others for flouting tender rules in supply of medical kits.

Sources in the agency said charges against former UP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha,arrested in connection with the case last month,and former principal secretary Pradeep Shukla,will be brought soon in the next chargesheet.

Besides S P Ram,others named in the second chargesheet are former UP Small Industries Corporation MD Abhay Kumar Bajpai,area manager Sanjeev Kumar and owner of a private firm Saurabh Jain. The chargesheet was filed before a designated CBI court in Ghaziabad.

The chargesheet alleged that the contract was awarded in a pre-decided manner in procurement of medical equipment amounting to Rs 4.42 crore to two Moradabad-based firms by the then Director General (Family Welfare) through UPSIC thereby causing a loss of Rs 1.5 crore to the state exchequer.

The CBI filed its first chargesheet on Tuesday against former UP Jal Board General Manager P K Jain and six others for allegedly causing a loss of Rs 7.94 crore in the upgrading work of 134 district hospitals in Uttar Pradesh.

ENS

Delhi Court dismisses NRHM suspect’s anticipatory bail plea
New Delhi:
A Delhi court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea by a private firm owner,who had feared arrest by the CBI for his suspected involvement in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam.

Special Judge Talwant Singh rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Delhi-based firm Surya Tej Earth Movers’ director Sumit Tandon,who had approached the court fearing that the CBI was looking for him and his brother-in-law Sachin Kohli.

The court rejected Tandon’s plea saying that it was not a fit case for anticipatory bail at this juncture.

“Keeping in view the seriousness and nature of allegations,where huge funds of the government were misappropriated and the government was cheated in the NRHM scheme and the accused had neither joined the investigation nor is he supplying necessary documents,this is not a fit case to grant anticipatory bail,” the judge said.

The court also pointed out that it lacks territorial jurisdiction because the case is being adjudicated by a special CBI court in Ghaziabad. Seeking bail for Tandon,his counsel argued that the CBI had called up his wife and threatened her to produce her brother Sachin Kohli in the CBI office. He said there were no allegations against Tandon and he wished to join the probe but apprehended arrest by the CBI.

PTI

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