New Delhi: Leaving the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government panting for some air, the revelations made by the Union Government team reviewing the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) projects in Uttar Pradesh has unearthed corruption worth crores in the implementation of schemes.

Last year, Rs 1,000 crore contract was given to four agencies for minor developments in the state. The State government did not resort to open tender nor bothered to keep a check on the construction work in progress.

On the other hand, the Director of Health and Family Welfare department of the state took the onus for allocating contracts amounting to Rs 965 crore. Out of this, Rs 566 crore was given to UP Processing and Construction Co-operative Federation Ltd (PACFED) and contract of Rs 301crore was allocated to UP Projects and Corporation Ltd (UPCL). Construction and Designs Services (CDM) was given contact of Rs 53 crore while contract of Rs 45 crore was allotted to UP Labour and Construction Corporative Association.

The government allocated the contracts to the government agencies without any transparency and open tender.

A few examples highlight the irregularities in the contract allotment.

July 13, 2010: The state government allotted few construction contracts to PACFED.

August 12, 2010: Changing the decision, the UP government handed over the contracts given to PACFED to UPCL stating vague reasons.

August 19, 2010: Within a week, the state government issued Rs 87.16 crore in lieu of the allotted contracts to UPCL.

October 13 2010: While reversing the decision once again, the state government allotted the same contract to PACFED.  

JPN/Bureau