How funds of ` 700 Cr NRHM are plundered in J&K-(III) All firms’ tenders filled up by same person Identical rates quoted by four CPSEs Manufacturing-specific price preference benefit applied also to ‘marketing’ activity of firms

Excelsior Special Correspondent

JAMMU, Mar 14: Funds to the tune of ` 4.37 Crore were separately released and transferred electronically to Director of Health Services Jammu (DHJ) and Director of Health Services Kashmir (DHK) for purchase of the drug kits for thousands of health institutions and ASHA workers in Jammu and Kashmir, in 2010-11. While as the process progressed ‘smoothly’ in Jammu, hiccups came up in Srinagar. Head of the Srinagar-based Purchase Committee and then Principal of Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr Shahida Mir, refused to be part of the NRHM loot-and-scoot. Vide his letter No: DHSK/Kits/2010-11/1775-77 dated 12-01-2010, Dr Amin Wani asked the Purchase Committee in Srinagar to assess and approve the rates for the supplies. After a meeting, Srinagar-based Purchase Committee communicated its decision to DHK through its Member-Secretary, vide No: PS/AIJ/MCS/1847-48 dated 25-01-2011. It reads: “It was unanimously decided that in view of the guidelines referred to in the letter from Govt of India, Mission Director National Rural Health Mission can purchase the drugs as per rules”