Monday, July 26, 2010

In Bihar, women give 'birth' to 5 kids in 2 months

In Bihar, women give `birth` to 5 kids in 2 months

A woman, as everyone knows, usually gives birth to a baby after nine months of pregnancy, but in Bihar 298 women claim to have delivered two 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.

Noted author Aroon Kumar said," this is absolutely shocking that people are misusing the programmes of government to earn money. This is eye -opener for the Bihar government.It must take action against all those who are responsible for looting the money."

A woman gets around Rs1,000 when she gives birth under the government`s Janani Suraksha Yojana but a total of Rs6.6 lakh was paid as incentive to 298 women who claimed to have delivered two to five children within 60 days under the scheme, says a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that exposes corruption in the state.

"The concerned officials paid incentives under the Janani Suraksha Yojana to 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 470,307new mothers, 97,146 were not provided cash incentives under the Janani Suraksha Yojana for want of funds.

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 claiming good governance. This is just a trailer of the unbelievable corruption in implementation of welfare schemes," Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Abdul Bari Siddiqui said.


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