New Delhi: The Jharkhand state government is facing heat over the financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 20 crore in the Ranchi Institute of Neuro- Psychiatry and Allied Sciences (RINPAS). Taking a serious note of the issue, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a second notice to the state Chief Secretary and has summoned him on November 21.

RINPAS is the only trauma centre which caters to need of the mentally challenged people from Jharkhand and its adjoining states of Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha.

An amount worth Rs 20 crore approved for RINPAS has allegedly been credited to another account. During its investigation, the Commission found that a huge amount approved for RINPAS is still in the possession of the state government. The amount had been sanctioned to the hospital for the treatment of patients from Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha. 

The Commission found that acting on the instructions of Health Secretary, the Director of the hospital had transferred more than of Rs 20 crore to the state government.

In 2009, the Commission had asked the state Chief Secretary to sanction Rs 6.47 crore and Rs 2.90 crore under different heads. However, the state government did not initiate any step in this context. In wake of the laid back attitude of state authorities, the Commission issued the first notice to the government on July 12.

As per the notice, the Chief Secretary was expected to appear before the Commission on September 19. However, the notice was ignored by the Chief Secretary.

Annoyed over the issue, the Commission on the same day issued a second notice and summoned the Chief Secretary to appear on November 21.

As per the Supreme Court’s order, the NHRC from past many years has been monitoring many trauma centres including RINPAS. 

JPN/Bureau