The UP government has served a chargesheet on three officers including director general (health) SP Ram on alleged irregularities in a National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scheme.
NRHM director Mohammed Mustafa will investigate the case, in which director (family welfare) Usha Narayan and joint director (family welfare) Rajiv Banswal also have been chargesheeted.
When contacted, Ram said he was yet to receive a copy of the chargesheet. The probe is likely to be completed within a week. The NRHM case is also pending in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court.
Ram, who retired on Sunday, was served notice on Saturday. Sources said director general (family welfare) Ramji Lal will take charge of the health department too.
The chargesheet was served on the three for reported irregularities in awarding tenders to the UP Small Industries Corporation (UPSIC). A health and family welfare department officer said the state government had constituted seven committees to enquire into the NRHM scam.
The then health and family welfare secretary, Mirtunjay Narayan, who had been asked to inquire into the irregularities, has submitted his report to the state government.
In his report Narayan held Ram, Usha Narayan and Banswal prima facie responsible for the irregularities. It has been mentioned in the chargesheet that though Ram did not have the powers to float a tender for items worth more than Rs 10 lakh, he did so. The executive committee of the NRHM did not approve the purchase of several items.
It was also found that the rates of items quoted by the UPSIC in its financial bid matched the ones set by the government, which gave rise to the suspicion that the rates were revealed to the company.