The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report indicting Mayawatis government for alleged irregularities in the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds will be studied by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The agency probing the multi-crore scam said the report would help in the ongoing investigations. The CAG report has pegged the irregularities at around Rs 5,000 crore.
Sources in the CBI said the detailed analysis by the CAG would help in ascertaining further losses to the exchequer. However,they said,its not necessary that all observations made by the CAG would be converted into CBI cases.
The officials are awaiting the report submitted to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. Once they get it,new preliminary inquiries and cases can be registered in the ongoing probe. The CBI has till now registered eight cases and arrested an equal number of people in connection with the alleged irregularities. The agency is likely to call a few senior UP government officials for questioning on Monday. Sources said some more high-profile arrests could be made next week.
The CAG has found anomalies in spending of around Rs 5,000 crore under the NRHM in about two dozen districts of the state. The state health department failed to give proper details of expenditure 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 2011 amid 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.
The irregularities in NRHM funds came to light following the murder of two chief medical officers (CMOs) Dr V K Arya in 2010 and Dr B P Singh in 2011 and the death of deputy CMO Y S Sachan under mysterious circumstances in a jail in Lucknow.