The murder of Vinod Kumar Arya, chief medical officer of Uttar Pradesh’s family welfare department, on Wednesday has exposed the state government’s inability to protect senior technocrats from the contractor mafia.
Arya was shot dead while on a morning walk. Police suspect government contractors — people who implement development schemes on behalf of the government — killed him.
Over the past decade, contractors are said to have killed at least 20 senior engineers managing development funds and three senior doctors handling medical funds.
After a series of such murders in 2002, the state constituted two inquiry committees to look into the politician-contractor nexus. Both panels recommended that the contract system should be scrapped. But that is yet to happen.
After the murder of two engineers in the past two years, the Uttar Pradesh Engineers Association (UPEA) demanded more security for its members as well as a CBI inquiry.
With crores being pumped into family welfare recently, the Provincial Medical Services Association (PMSA) also demanded security for doctors. PMSA chief UN Rai said security personnel have been deployed at government hospitals.