Crime Branch initiates probe into Blood Bank fraud at Bandipora hospital

Crime Branch initiates probe into Blood Bank fraud at Bandipora hospital
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BANDIPORA: The Crime Branch has initiated a probe against health officials at District Hospital Bandipora allegedly involved in the Blood Bank fraud which first came to light in 2017 and has asked for all related documents and information at the earliest.
After the scam involving misuse of blood bank funds was highlighted by the media in 2017, the Director Health and the district administration had initiated an investigation into the matter, but now Crime Branch Srinagar has taken over and vide letter no. CBK/MAM/PV-66/2018-1173, dated 11-07-2018, initiated a probe and asked for all related documents from Chief Medical Officer Bandipora.
In 2010, the then MLC Naeem Akhter had released Rs 10 lakh ​from his Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the establishment of a blood bank in Bandipora Hospital, but according to the reports, the funds released for its establishment were misused, right from the process of tendering to the purchase of equipment, by the health officials in the Hospital.
Despite the Crime Branch probe, officials transferred from the district after the investigations into the blood bank’s funds are trying to get back to the posting of their choice with recommendations from officers at the Chief Medical Officer’s office.
In one letter, dated 14-07-2018, a Head Pharmacist from Bandipora transferred to Tangmarg, Baramulla, has sought transfer back to Hajin Block in Bandipora which is endorsed by the CMO and recommended for the same in application no. CMO/Estt/2018/1212, dated 16-07-2018.
It reads, “Submitted in original to Director Health Services Kashmir with the request that one post of the Head Pharmacist lying vacant in Block Hajin, it is strongly recommended that he may be adjusted in available vacancy at Block Hajin due to ill health of his mother and the applicant is at the verge of retirement.”
In the probe initiated by the Crime Branch, the following information has been sought from the CMO in a letter which reads, “Crime Branch Srinagar is probing the above-mentioned PV wherein it has been alleged that an amount of 10 lacs out of CDF grants of H’onble MLC Mr Nayeem Akhter was released and placed at the disposal of the Chief Medical Officer Bandipora, but were misused.
“In this regard the Crime Branch has sought documents and information asking whether if any amount has been granted to CMO Bandipora for purchase and establishment of blood bank at District Hospital Bandipora or otherwise. If so, details of CDF and attested copies of orders/relevant documents thereof may kindly be provided.
“How much amount was allotted for establishing and purchasing the blood bank machinery at District Hospital Bandipora, place of establishment of blood bank, details of machinery and other items purchased with the authentic attested copies of vouchers, attested copy of tenders and quotations with full information and details of amount released with full particulars and transitions.”
The Crime Branch has asked for the above-mentioned information at the earliest.