Accusing the Delhi Government of being involved in a "huge scam" in procurement of medical equipment for the Commonwealth Games, the BJP on Tuesday said that the Comptroller and Auditor General has detected irregularities responsible for loss of crores of rupees to the exchequer.
According to an "internal" CAG report, the state government flouted "all laid down norms" in procurement of equipment and bought them much above market rates, even as beds and equipment at some designated hospitals were supplied only after the event got over, said BJP leader Vijender Gupta.
Quoting from the report, Gupta said 64 beds had to be arranged in separate wards for the Games before September 3, 2010 in some hospitals, which were not supplied before the event and false work completion certificates were issued by the authorities. These beds were arranged only after November, 2010.
Criticising the government for lack of efficiency, the interim report, Gupta claimed, mentioned that the concerned authorities could only spend Rs 15.44 crore for enhancing health services out of a total allocation of Rs 41.53 crore. The report said although the tender process for procurement of items was to be started in November, 2009, the process began only in May, 2010 leaving little time for the authorities to go for an open procedure and resulting in serious irregularities and lapses in the procedure.
Holding the chief minister responsible for the "scam", Gupta demanded her immediate resignation and action against the concerned minister and officials.
The report also mentioned that 68 ice making machines were bought from a firm called M/s Dolcha India at inflated rates causing a loss of Rs 22.64 lakh, claimed Gupta.
The BJP leader alleged that equipment was procured without verifying the actual requirement and a comparison of quantity so assessed with quantity actually procured revealed "huge deviation from assessed quantity ranging from nine percent to 300%".
Giving an example of "unfruitful expenditure", Gupta said a CT scan machine costing Rs 3.06 crore was not installed till December.
"All these findings vindicated our earlier claim that there was a huge scam in the entire exercise of improving health facilities ahead of the CWG by the Delhi Government," Gupta said. Gupta alleged that medical instruments worth Rs 3.90 crore were purchased only to "earn commission" as they were not at all required for the Games.