SVO ‘under pressure’ to spare Minister’s coterie in NRHM scam 9500 ASHA kits purchased @ ` 931 each in 2010, @ ` 1878 in 2011

Excelsior Special Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 12: Enjoying the patronage of a Cabinet Minister, an inter-state drug mafia has been looting the UPA Government’s flagship programme in health sector, National Rural Health Mission, in Jammu & Kashmir even as the authorities claim to have put in place a “fool-proof” auditing and monitoring system for the ` 1,000 Crore ambitious project. State Vigilance Organisation (SVO) has completed investigation into the Drug Kits supply scam and established the involvement of Jammu and Pune-based pharmaceutical agents but, reportedly under pressure to spare the Minister’s coterie, it has not filed challan in the anti-corruption court in Jammu.According to highly placed sources in the State Government, SVO learned about large scale irregularities and embezzlements in NRHM funds over a year ago and launched a preliminary inquiry. Allegations made in a host of complaints were found true and subsequently case FIR No: 19 of 2011 under Sections 52, 51(c) Prevention of Corruption Act and 120-B Ranbir Penal Code was filed by Vigilance Organisation Jammu on 16-9-2011. It was substantiated with technical and documentary evidences that a coterie of agents, dealing in pharmaceutical business and having its network spread from Srinagar and Jammu to New Delhi and Pune, had been plundering NRHM funds with the patronage of certain politicians, including a Minister