First, it was letter war between former chief minister Nitish Kumar and his former deputy Sushil Kumar Modi over drug purchase irregularities in purchase of medicines worth Rs 67 crore by the JD(U) government between July and December 2013.
Now, it is state Health Minister Ramdhani Singh, who further raked up a controversy by saying that “Rs 2 crore bungling cannot be called a scam”. The minister, however, was promptly rebuffed by Chief Minister Jeetan Ram Manjhi who said “scam is scam” irrespective of amount swindled”. Manjhi, however, has already given a clean chit to former chief minister Nitish Kumar and also rejected BJP’s demand for a CBI probe.
Health Minister Ramdhani Singh on Monday said, “We have detected bungling of Rs 2 Cr in medicine purchase and this cannot be called a scam. A scam should involve swindling of crores of rupees”. Singh, however, reiterated the government stand on clean chit to Nitish Kumar but added that tenure of BJP leaders Nandkishore Yadav and Ashwini Kumar Chobey as health ministers would be put under scanner.
Singh might well have embarrassed the government by admitting bungling in drug purchase, a point being emphasised upon by BJP soon after revelation of additional director KK Singh health committee about irregularities in the drug purchase by Bihar Medical Services Infrastructure Private Limited, a government body under health department.
BJP legislature party leader Sushil Kumar Modi said, “Now that the health minister has admitted irregularities in the drug purchase, let there be a CBI probe into the matter”.
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