Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tensions high in UP corridors as 4th babu died under mysterious circumstances

UTTAR Pradesh’s political battleground became murkier on Monday when Sunil Kumar Verma, a UP Jal Nigam engineer accused in the NRHM scam, allegedly committed suicide leading political biggies to pass contradictory comments.
This is the fourth mysterious death in connection to the National Rural Health Mission scam, pegged at Rs 5,700 crore by Comptroller and Auditor General. Earlier, two chief medical officers, Vinod Arya and BP Singh, were murdered in October 2010 and April 2011 respectively. Deputy CMO YS Sachan was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside the jail in June 2011.
The CBI which is now investigating the multi-crore scam, had raided Sunil Verma’s residence earlier this month. Verma was accused in a case related to alleged irregularities in upgradation of 134 hospitals under the scheme.
The CBI also searched residences of a number of health department bureaucrats and controversial political leader and former UP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha. According to reports, three kilograms of gold and cash of over Rs 1 crore were recovered in search at the residence of PK Jain, former General Manager of Construction and Design Services, a unit of Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam.
UP chief minister Ms Mayawati, now campaigning hard for next month’s poll, has claimed that Central government officials and not UP officials are the “real culprits” of the scam. Meanwhile, CBI has reportedly sought details of all people visiting Delhi’s UP Bhawan in the last five years, as it is suspected that most “deals” were struck not at Lucknow but in UP Bhawan located in New Delhi’s Chanakyapuri area.

Action and Appointments
a) Subramanyam Vijay Kumar, a 1976 batch Haryana cadre IAS, presently secretary, department of land resources under ministry of rural development has been appointed as OSD in the department of rural development in the rank and pay of secretary with immediate effect. The competent authority has approved the creation of a post of OSD in the rank and pay of secretary in the department of rural development for a period up to January 30, 2012 with the direction to the department of rural development to obtain ex-post-facto approval of the Cabinet.
Subramanyam Vijay Kumar will become the rural development secretary in place of BK Sinha on his retirement on January 31, 2012.
b) Ms Anita Chaudhary, a 1976 batch Haryana cadre IAS, has been appointed as secretary in the department of land resources under the ministry of rural development.
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