Jammu: In a startling revelation, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has exposed Rs 1.06 crore health scam in the two hospitals of Jammu & Kashmir.

As per the CAG reports, irregularities to the tune of Rs 1.06 crore has been reported while scrutinizing the records of SMHS Hospital in Srinagar and district hospital in Pulwama between April 2007 and March 2010 and January 9, 2010 and September 14, 2010 respectively.

As per the records, SMHS hospital had collected a total of Rs 4.73 crore during April 2007 to December 2009 through several medical services including OPD, medical tests and vehicle parking. But irregularities to the tune of Rs 70.60 lakh were found during the audit by the CAG after which a committee was set up to probe the matter. It is believed that the cashier of the hospital was allegedly involved in this scam.

During the probe, the committee found that a whopping amount of Rs 1.03 crore were found missing from the hospital treasury. So far, Rs 54.10 lakh has been recovered from the accused cashier involved in the irregularities. The cashier has been suspended and the case has been transferred to the Vigilance Department.

While auditing the financial records of the district hospital in Pulwama between January 9, 2010 and September 14, 2010, the CAG revealed irregularities of Rs 3. 17 lakh out of the total revenue of Rs 18.06 lakh. The CAG report also decried the concerned officers turning blind eye to the irregularities in the hospitals.  

JPN/Bureau