Lucknow: In a shocking revelation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing into the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam of Uttar Pradesh said that disbursement to the tune of Rs 54 lakhs was made to a Non- Government Organisation (NGO) without any work order.

The money transaction was made on the recommendation made by one of the Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) of the ruling dispensation in the state and the other government officials supported the move.

According to sources, one of the NGOs working in the slum areas of Lucknow city for pregnant women used its political clout to acquire the NRHM funds. The president of the NGO, Anju Tiwari, laid stress on the higher authorities to grab share of NRHM. Consequently, the then Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Vinod Arya, was forced to give contract to Anju’s NGO.

On the recommendation made by the MLC OP Tripathi, the Joint Secretary of Family Welfare Department forwarded the reference. More so, the Principal Secretary and other senior officials laid thrust to involve NGO in the NRHM project.

Interestingly, before the creation of CMO Family Welfare post, the pressure was mounted on the then Urban CMO Dr AK Shukla. He showed no interest in making payment to Anju’s organization. However, at the time when funds were allocated to the NGO following pressure from senior officials, Shukla was held accountable for the deal.

Sources say, during the CBI investigation Anju Tiwari informed that MLC’s son was her friend.

JPN/Bureau