NHM Scam In Bihar: 65-Year-Old Received Govt Dole For 8 Deliveries In 13 Months

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Muzzafarpur:  Shanti Devi (65) has been receiving a government dole of Rs 1,400 after every eight deliveries in the last 13 months under the Rashtriya Gram Swasthya Yojna (National Health Mission) as shown in official records.

However, the misappropriation of funds detected that she had not delivered any child in the said time frame, smells like a scam brewing.

In fact, the elderly woman, who stays in the Mushari block of Muzaffarpur, is not even aware of the fact that she has been paid Rs 1,400 eight times between July 2019 and August 2020, according to an ANI report. Every time the amount was credited, someone withdrew it from her account the very next day. Shanti Devi’s family has informed the bank about the discrepancies.

Civil Surgeon Dr SP Singh, however, assured that suitable action would be taken against the guilty. “We will get to the bottom of the matter after proper investigation and ensure the culprits are brought to book,” Singh reportedly said.

“A four-member committee has been formed to investigate the matter. No guilty will be spared in this case,” Bihar’s Health Minister Mangal Pandey was quoted as saying.

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