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Updated: April 28, 2011 02:02 IST

Rahul visits NRHM office in U.P.

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Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi leaves after a visit to the NRHM office in Lucknow on Wednesday.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi leaves after a visit to the NRHM office in Lucknow on Wednesday.

A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati brought the implementation of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) directly under the administrative control of the Chief Secretary, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi sent a strong political message when he walked into the NRHM office here on Wednesday and later visited the residence of the slain Chief Medical Officer (Family Welfare), B.P. Singh, in Gomti Nagar.

Dr. Singh's murder on April 2 and that of another CMO, V.K. Arya, last year have been linked to alleged financial bungling in the implementation of the NRHM in the State.

What caused consternation in government circles here was an application under the Right to Information Act filed by the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Rita Bahuguna Joshi about the misutilisation of Central funds allocated under the NRHM in the presence of Mr. Gandhi.

The RTI application has been addressed to the Public Information Officer, Ministry of Medical, Health and Family Welfare, government of Uttar Pradesh.

Unscheduled visit

Mr. Gandhi, who stopped at the NRHM office while returning from Rae Bareli, was accompanied by Ms. Bahuguna. His unscheduled visit took the government and the Lucknow administration by surprise.

In an informal chat with journalists, the Congress general secretary and Amethi MP expressed concern over the misutilisation of Central funds in Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Gandhi said that with the RTI application filed by the UPCC president, an attempt had been made to know the actual position regarding the utilisation of Central funds.

10 queries

The RTI application contains 10 queries, including data on the allocation for all items under the NRHM from 2005-06 to 2009-10; district-wise and component-wise information on the total amount released under NRHM from 2005-06 to 2009-10 and the total amount of expenditure incurred from 2005-06 to 2009-10. Information has also been sought on district-wise expenditure under the Janni Suraksha Yojana in the last five financial years — 2005-06 to 2009-10 — and the release and expenditure on drug procurement under the Rural Health Scheme from 2005-06 to 2009-10.

Information sought about the implementation of Janni Suraksha Yojana under NRHM formed the core of the RTI application.

Untied grants

Release and expenditures on untied grants to village health and sanitation committees from 2005-06 to 2009-10 and guidelines for the use of Rugna Kalyan Samiti corpus funds are among the other queries in the Congress application.

From the NRHM office, the Congress general secretary paid to a visit to Dr. B.P. Singh's residence and offered his condolences to the bereaved family before leaving for Delhi.
Salary exploitation -NRHM Staff nurse Rajasthan payment is Rs7500/ - but other states have payment of Rs19000/- in Delhi, haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan government is making money of it let us calculate the same 17098 NRHM STAFF, for 4 years, Rs19000 Other state salary - Rs7500 Raj. Salary = Rs 11500 government saving, so RS 11500 X 4 Yrs (48 months) = Rs 552000 X 17098 Staff = Rs 9438096000, so Rajasthan government has eaten Rs943.80 crore, so much money from poor GNM/ANM & Ayush, oth. Please note it is difficult to maintain living with such kind of poor salary, which is worst than an office peon salary, How government is exploiting such literate NURSES u can see!

from:  GEETA
Posted on: May 14, 2011 at 19:58 IST

RPSC FRAUD OF RAJASTHAN GOVERNMENT - They are organizing RPSC, to recruit new NURSES, on the other hand taking staff under NRHM in very low salary but now the question why need RPSC when already temporary STAFF is there under NRHM BANNER, WHY NOT MAKE THEM PERMANENT, it is because can make more money by bribe, 2010 RPSC way paper leaked for RPSC and case Is going on in court on Rajasthan Government, Government want to recruit them in spite of paper leak , that means government in involved in this paper leakage , SHAME on Rajasthan government .

Posted on: May 14, 2011 at 19:57 IST

I agree with the comments of Mr Sanjay this type of information sought for by politician will certainly dilute the real value of RTI Act.Ultimately the common man will have to struggle for getting any information through RTI Act .Even presently no information is supplied by the concerned authority showing so many lame excuses.

from:  CL Dayani, Kota Rajasthan
Posted on: Apr 28, 2011 at 18:23 IST

What's the point RG want to prove? More of a media photo-op and less of substance like all of his previous antics. If he was sincere enough, he could have used somebody else to get the same information. Now it will just lead to mere politics over this RTI and nothing more.
Moreover, I sincerely hope that politicians don't make RTI as a new weapon to score brownie points over political opponents. Such a scenario will make the situation worst for common man and politicians will not hesitate to dilute RTI provisions in future.

from:  Sanjay
Posted on: Apr 28, 2011 at 13:22 IST
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