From : Health Systems Research India Initiative (HSRII)
*In Bihar, women give 'birth' to 5 children in 2 months *
IANS, Jul 26, 2010, 01.39pm IST
PATNA: A woman, as everyone knows, usually gives birth to a baby
nine months of pregnancy, but in Bihar 298 women claim to have
to five children in a span of 60 days - at least that's what records of
incentives amount given to new mothers under a government scheme show.
A woman gets around Rs.1,000 when she gives birth under the
Janani Suraksha Yojana but a total of Rs.6.6 lakh was paid as incentive
298 women who claimed to have delivered two to five children within 60
under the scheme, says a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
that exposes corruption in the state.
These irregularities were found in the year 2008-09 in the districts
Bhagalpur, East Champaran, Gopalganj, Kishanganj and Nalanda, according
the CAG report 2009 tabled in the monsoon session of the state assembly
concluded last week.
"The concerned officials paid incentives under the Janani Suraksha
these women two to five times in 60 days," the report says.
Unfortunately, thousands of genuine lactating mothers were denied the
incentive due to them. The CAG report says that of 470,307 new mothers,
97,146 were not provided cash incentives under the Janani Suraksha
for want of funds. Also, payment of Rs.25.19 crore to 1.8 lakh
were made after a delay ranging between eight and 732 days.
Opposition leaders criticised the state government for the
corruption in the
implementation of the Janani Suraksha Yojana in the state.
"All this is happening in Bihar when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is
good governance. This is just a trailer of the unbelievable corruption
implementation of welfare schemes," Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state
president Abdul Bari Siddiqui said.
Said Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) youth leader Gopal Sharma:
"High corruption during Nitish Kumar's four-and-a-half year rule has
into welfare schemes like in the case of Janani Suraksha Yojana exposed
the CAG report"