CBI REGISTERS FOUR CASES IN CONNECTION WITH ALLEGED IRREGULARITIES IN THE EXECUTION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH MISSION (NRHM) FUNDS IN UTTAR PRADESH

Press Release
New Delhi , 24.02.2012

            The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered four cases U/s 120-B, 420, 467, 468, 471, 477A IPC & 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of PC Act relating to alleged irregularities in procurement in various hospitals in UP. The allegations are of gross irregularities and manipulation in award of contracts by CMOs to various private parties. It has been found that there were group of private parties which were active in number of Districts and through their influence on public servants procured contracts of huge amounts in various districts.

 

            The first case relates to alleged irregularities in contracts awarded by the then CMOs of Districts Khushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria and Maharajganj. The contracts were awarded to a group of eight private firms mainly based at Lucknow at exorbitant rates causing substantial loss to the Govt. exchequer and undue gain to the private parties.

 

            The second case relates to alleged irregularities in contracts awarded by the then CMOs of Districts Varanasi. Ghazipur, Jaunpur and Chandauli. The contracts were awarded to group of seven private firms mainly based at Varanasi and Lucknow at exorbitant rates causing substantial loss to the government exchequer and undue gain to the private parties.

 

            The third case relates to alleged irregularities in contracts awarded by the then CMOs of Districts Sharawasti, Baharaich, Gonda and Balrampur. The contracts were awarded to group of five private firms mainly based at Lucknow and Bahraich at exorbitant rates causing substantial loss to the government exchequer and undue gain to the private parties.

 

            The fourth case relates to alleged irregularities in contracts awarded by the then CMOs of districts Meerut, Baharaich, Ballia, Gorakhpur, Siddharth Nagar and Kanpur. The contracts were awarded to two private firms mainly based at Meerut at exorbitant rates causing substantial loss to the government exchequer and undue gain to the private parties.

 

            Searches are being carried out 30 places across UP in cities Lucknow, Varanasi, Meerut, Behraich and Balia.

 

            In compliance to the order dated 15.11.2011 of Hon'ble High Court of Judicature at Allahabad, Lucknow Bench in Writ Petitions No. 3611(MB) of 2011(PIL), 3301(MB) of 2011 (PIL) and No. 2647 (MB) of 2011 (PIL) to enquire in the matter of execution and implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), CBI has earlier registered a Preliminary Enquiry on 19.11.2011.

 

            During the said preliminary enquiry, it was revealed that the Mission Directorate (NRHM), Government of Uttar Pradesh had received huge amounts of funds running into several thousand crores of rupees during the period from 2005-06 to 2010-11 towards expenditure under various heads of the scheme like Mission Flexipool, Immunization, Reproductive Child Health (RCH), National Blindness Control Programme etc. along with allocation of funds for civil construction and upgradation of various hospitals in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The funds under the said scheme were channelled to the respective District Health Societies of all the districts in Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and were utilized by the respective CMOs/ CMO( Family Welfare). The enquiry carried out so far has indicated that the drugs/equipments supplied by these firms were at exorbitant rates and even of sub-standard quality.

 

            Further investigation is in progress.

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