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Youth Congress exposes graft in scheme for expecting moms in Rajasthan

 

As reported in timesofindia.com on 04 Dec 2011

Youth Congress exposes graft in scheme for expecting moms in Rajasthan - The Times of India

 

NEW DELHI: After unearthing massive irregularities in the implementation of Janani Suraksha Yojana in Mayawati's UP, Youth Congress (YC) has turned RTI inwards and exposed embarrassing details: corruption in financial aid for expecting mothers in Rajasthan health minister's constituency.

 

Janani Suraksha Yojana is a Central scheme to provide healthcare for womenfolk, with Rs 1, 700 aid for each expecting mother.

 

But YC has found that the scheme is riddled with irregularities in Rajasthan. To make matters worse, evidence has come from state's health minister Durru Mian's constituency in Alwar. It may only add to pressure on chief minister Ashok Gehlot reeling under charges of poor governance.

 

Jitendra Singh, Union minister of state for home and also associated with YC, said the chief medical officer will hold camps to recover money from nurses and midwives, who shortchanged unsuspecting women. He told TOI, "There is failure in implementation of schemes and we will take steps to set it right."

 

The Rajasthan initiative forms part of YC bid to use RTI to expose gaps in the implementation of welfare schemes. Congress heir apparent Rahul Gandhi hit the headlines by seeking information about Janani Suraksha Yojana in UP and has now made the RTI details the evidence of corruption under Mayawati, telling crowds that "many women have delivered more than 20 times in one year in UP".

 

However, corruption in Alwar is different. Verification of beneficiaries in dozen panchayats found that auxiliary-nurse-midwives had either not paid full money to pregnant women or not paid them Rs 400 for transport or taken back Rs 1,000 out of Rs 1700 paid. The beneficiaries revealed these details without realizing they had been tricked. Sources said the Janani Suraksha Yojana in Rajasthan is not in the pink of health if implementation in Mian's constituency is evidence.

 

The administration will hold camps at block level to recover money from nurses in public view, a humiliation aimed to act as deterrent. An official said dismissal of errant nurses would have been shortsighted since there is an acute shortage of nurses in state. YC may also demand that all the information about welfare schemes in the state be posted on the website to discourage corruption.

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