Official facing corruption charge gets plum post

THERE ARE different sets of rule for the officials working in the Health Department. While one officer facing corruption charges gets an insignificant post, the other corrupt officer gets plum posting.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 01:10 IST

THERE ARE different sets of rule for the officials working in the Health Department. While one officer facing corruption charges gets an insignificant post, the other corrupt officer gets plum posting.

Director, Central Medical Store Department (CMSD), Dr Arjun Kumar, who was facing corruption charges over purchase of drugs and equipment, was shifted as director Opec Hospital, Kailey, in Basti district.

The State Government had already ordered inquiry into purchase of instruments by CMSD. The government had suffered heavy loss as instruments were purchased at higher rate than in the open market. Even sub-standard drugs were purchased from various companies and dispatched to government hospitals across the State.

Former director, Communicable Diseases department, Dr RR Bharti, who was waiting for posting after returning from leave, was appointed director, Medical Health. Earlier, Dr Bharti was additional director in Malaria department.

It is to be noted that gross irregularities were committed in the purchase of insecticides including malathian, paratherium and DDT in the financial year 2003-04 and again in 2004-05 by the Malaria department. Then Dr Bharti was posted in the Malaria department. The insecticides were to be used for fogging and spraying in the mosquito infested districts of Gorakhpur, Basti, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Deoria, Siddharthnagar etc.

Without laboratory test of samples, the additional director cleared payment to the companies. Later when samples were tested in the laboratory, it was found that the companies had supplied sub-standard insecticides.

Thousand of children died when Japanese Encephalitis broke out in the districts of East UP. After the killing spree of the Japanese Encephalitis subsided, the State government had ordered an inquiry into the multi crore insecticide scam.

Those who were expecting that Dr Bharti will be punished for his misdeeds, were in for surprise when he was appointed director, Medical Health, a sensitive wing of the Health Directorate.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 01:10 IST