New Delhi: The revelations made by the Union Government team reviewing the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) projects in Uttar Pradesh has left the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) state government which is already under flak for the alleged Deputy CMO Dr Y S Sachan, in a piquant position. Albeit this is not for the first time that health related projects in UP have landed in the thick of controversy.

Previously, the murder of two Chief Medical Officers followed by the alleged assassination of Dr Sachan within the jail premises have accounted for much humiliation for the state government.

Going through the finance records of the NRHM projects, the investigating team unearthed a string of irregularities which  took place right under the nose of senior BSP leaders. It was found that the State and Health authorities had turned a blind eye to the gross violation of rules and regulations in context twith the advance payments to agencies for projects which are yet to be completed.

The investigating team in its report stated that advance payments to the tune of Rs 250 crore were made to the agencies, out of which Rs 67.50 crore are yet to be utilised.

The Uttar Pradesh Small Industries Corporation (UPSIC) Kanpur tops the list of agencies which are yet to make use of the allotted sum. An advance payment of Rs 39.63 crore was made to UPSIC for 11 contracts related to the supply clean drinking water in hospitals. However, it could utilise only Rs 19.32 crore in two contracts whereas the rest of the amount lay unutilized for nine months.

Similarly, Uttar Pradesh Electronics Corporation Limited received Rs 5.16 crore as advance, but it has expedited projects worth Rs 4.32 crore.