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CAG detects anomalies in H&FW department
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 15 (NPN):
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Published on 16 Mar. 2009 1:05 AM IST
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Several anomalies have been detected in the state Health and Family Welfare department by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for the year ended March 31, 2008, which was presented to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly on March 13 by state Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. Under the titled suspected misappropriation and diversion of funds, the CAG report disclosed that the Principal Director, Health and Family welfare department diverted Rs.1.09 crore meant for procurement of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani , Siddha and Homeoptahy (AYUSH) medicines towards procurement of allopathic medicine. Further, equipments worth Rs.93.61 lakhs shown as issued to Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima, Civil Hospital, Dimapur and Homeopathic Treatment centre/ dispensary, Dimapur was not received by them. The report said the scrutiny in July 2007 of records of the Principal Director Health and Family welfare department revealed that the Ministry of Health and Family welfare (MHFW) department of AYUSH had sanctioned Rs.5 crore in December 2005 as provisional grants-in-aid for setting up 50 Homeopathy Specialty Clinics in Nagaland. The Government of India also released Rs.50 lakh in March 2006 for supply of Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Unani and Naturopathy medicines to 200 AYUSH sub-centres in Nagaland. The report also revealed that the department drew the entire amount in July 2006 and paid Rs.3.50 crore to the local suppliers for supply of medicines, equipment and nursing sundries. The remaining amount of Rs.2 crore was utilized for training and contingent charges. A scrutiny y of supplier’s bill, etc revealed that out of Rs.3.50 crore, Rs.1.09 core was diverted towards procurement of allopathic medicines. “This diversion of scheme funds of Rs.1.09 crore adversely affected the scheme objective of setting up Homeopathy Specialty Clinics and popularizing Indian System of Medicine and Homeopathy in the state. The report stated that the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MFHW) introduced a centrally sponsored scheme in 2003-03 for promoting development of health care facilities in AYUSH in order to make AYUSH systems available to the public at large and also to bridge the gap between AYUSH and modern medicines. The report also disclosed that the Scrutiny of records of the Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare in July 2007 revealed that the MHFW, department of AUYSH sanctioned an amount of Rs.2 90 crore in March 2005 for setting up of Ayurvedic wings in eight Allopathic Hospitals and one Ayurvedic Specialty Clinics in Nagaland. The department drew Rs.1. 96 crore in August 2005 and paid Rs 1.72 crore to local suppliers for procurement of Ayurvedic medicines and equipment. The material was shown as received (Date of receipt not recorded in stock register) and issued to various hospital /CHS/ PHS. Out of this equipment worth Rs. 93. 61 lakhs was shown as issued to Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima, Civil Hospital, Dimapur and Homeopathic Treatment centre/ dispensary, Dimapur. Cross verification of records in these hospitals / dispensaries, however, revealed that the material shown as issued by the Directorate had not been received by them. “Thus, non receipt of equipment by these hospitals/dispensaries rendered the expenditure of Rs. 93. 61 lakh, doubtful. Further, the possibility of fraud/embezzlement cannot be ruled out,” the CAG report stated and disclosed that the matter was reported to the government/department in June 2008, and that the replies had not received till November 2008.

 
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