News desk/ arunachal24x7.com
Former Uttar Pradesh chief Minister Mayawati has been questioned by the CBI for her alleged involvement in the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam after the agency claimed to have got “new evidence” against her. Mayawati was questioned here by the CBI on Monday to unearth larger conspiracy in the scam, official sources said. The CBI has registered 74 FIRs and filed 48 chargesheets in the NRHM scam.
During her examination by the CBI officials, Mayawati is alleged to have evaded answers on crucial questions and even feigned ignorance on some of the decisions taken during her tenure as the Chief Minister. The quizzing of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief was done as the probe agency has claimed to have got new evidence against her on bifurcation of the Health and Family Welfare Department and creation of 100 posts of District Project Officers who were allegedly instrumental in alleged corruption in the implementation of NRHM schemes, they said. Mayawati was the Chief Minister of the state when the Department of Health and Family Welfare was bifurcated
CBI alleges that the bifurcation of department was done so that the NRHM funds could be placed directly under the charge of the Department of Family Welfare which was under Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha– already charge sheeted by the agency
CBI sources claimed to have found evidence of alleged corrupt practises in the implementation of NRHM schemes in the state involving the officials of medical and health department in general and the Chief Medical officers (CMOs) and DPOs in particular. Between 2005-06 and 2011, the Centre gave Rs 11,080 crore to Uttar Pradesh for the implementation of NRHM schemes out of which Rs 9,133 crore was released for utilisation. The state had spent Rs 8,658 crore of the funds released by the Centre.