The Haryana government has ordered a vigilance inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the utilisation of funds to the tune of about Rs 5,000 crore by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) Haryana in the past 10 years.
An official spokesperson said chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday gave a nod to the recommendations for the vigilance probe by health minister Anil Vij who had conducted a raid at the NRHM headquarters in Sector 2, Panchkula, on May 14 and detected the alleged irregularities.
The health department officials, however, had disputed the allegations leveled by Vij and informed the state government that the total funds received by NRHM in the past 10 years were far short of Rs 5,000 crore, hence no scope of any scam to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore.
However, according to the spokesperson, Khattar has given a nod all the aspects that Vij pointed out to be looked into.
Vij had, subsequent to his raid, held that the annual budget of NHRM was around Rs 500 crore per annum and around `5,000 crore had been spent in the past 10 years, but that despite huge expenditures, the health index of Haryana had not improved.
Vij had also alleged that medicines worth crores of rupees had been purchased without getting them tested from independent agencies. He further alleged that rolled bandages supplied by one Durga Surgical were found to be sub-standard and the company failed to replace the bandages despite repeated reminders and that in spite of the company having been blacklisted, officials continued to purchase medicine from it.
Vij had also pointed out that dental chairs were also procured from a company that had been blacklisted in other states. The health minister also said the NHRM was over-staffed.
Chief of the vigilance bureau S N Vashisht told HT that he had not yet received any orders from the chief minister for the said inquiry.