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Anomalies in edn, health deptts Kiphire
Published on 13 Apr. 2010 1:58 AM IST
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Numerous anomalies have been detected in the education and health departments under Kiphire district, the findings for which were based on an RTI reply from Kiphire.
These findings were discussed during Social Auditing/Public Hearing under RTI held on April 10 at Hopongkyu Hall, Kiphire Town conducted by YouthNet in partnership with the G.Bs Union of Kiphire district. According to a statement from YouthNet program officer, RTI, Lydia Yeptho the camp was held for two days when the joint team traveled to the neighboring villages to cross check the authenticity of the information collected.
YouthNet said that under the education department an RTI reply received from the DIS Kiphire on Midday Meal Scheme (MDMS) was cross checked with 14 schools. It was revealed that the DIS record claimed that GPS Kiphire village received 3313 kgs of rice in 2008, whereas, the school authority said that they received only 960 Kgs. The YouthNet said a clear case of forgery was also unearthed when all the teachers disclaimed signatures appended as recipients or even if there were similarities, they denied having received such huge quantity on any occasion when they appended their signatures.
Further, the YouthNet said Singrep school with 164 students received only 750 kgs of rice (out of 3690 kgs of rice as per DIS report), but no other cooking items (i.e. magi, nutrela, potato, dal, tin fish, etc.) were received in 2008. Similar discrepancies were detected in all the verified schools, it added.
According to the YoutNet, the DIS Kiphire who came to attend the proceedings of the public auditing also alleged many Village Education Committees (VECs), members who collect the food materials, later sell it in Kiphire town itself and leave “empty handed” after pocketing money. It said apart from some schools like Singrep GPS, many schools did not maintain proper registers of records for MDMS.
It was found that GPS Yangphi fed the children only once in a year, the YouthNet said.
In the health sector, the district hospital Kiphire with the available infrastructure was comparatively better off in providing health services to the citizens in and around Kiphire town. On interaction with the officials and public leaders, the YouthNet said, came to light that the hospital did not have up to date investigating instruments. The operation theater was unsafe and below minimum required standard, to which the newly posted Medical Surgeon (MS) assured to look into at the earliest. YouthNet said the hospital was almost full with patients when the joint team visited it. Youth Net also said in some of the health centers in Amahator village and Singrep village where the joint team visited , it was found out that except grade IV staffs none of the nurses and attendants attended to the patients. The health center at Amahator wore a deserted look with no staff or patients and locked from outside.
It also said that none of the officials from the CMO office were present to answer queries on programs under NRHM and sub centers.
The YouthNet said brief information on RD (Rural Development) and Power (Electricity) Department’s RGGVY scheme beneficiaries of Kiphire district were also provided to the public.
It said that the public leaders and GBs led by the Chief Ang (King) of Kiphire district decided not to be silent spectators but become pro-active in checking corruption in all the departments concerning Kiphire. The G.Bs Union Kiphire District decided to probe into the counter allegations and approach the appropriate forum for initiating enquiry and disciplinary proceedings against the erring officials, the YouthNet said.
It said the social auditing/public hearing was attended by more than 100 public with members of USLB and AST as special observers besides other government officials.

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