Corruption hits NRHM credibility in Jharkhand

"Ex-Jharkhand health secy arrested in NRHM scam"(Indian Express)
Sinha and two other senior officials of the department — Sinha’s now suspended predecessor Pradeep Kumar and then Director, NRHM, Dr Vijay Shankar Naraian Singh—allegedly siphoned off crores of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) funds meant for providing better medicare to rural people in Jharkhand between 2008 and 2009, according to an FIR registered in 2009.
The Union Health Ministry’s Purchase Preference Policy of 2008 had authorised states to purchase medicines and equipment for NRHM from PSUs. But the accused bought drugs and equipment worth more than Rs 130 crore from 19 private companies and allegedly earned kickbacks, the FIR says.
Doctors prescribing high end prescription medicines instead of basic generic preparations in government setups is a very well known fact but now this new scam in Jharkhand has surfaced a painful fact that even the procurement of medicine at state level can be flawed and that greedy bureaucrats dont leave any chance to siphon off taxpayers' money one or the other way.

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