|Another multi-crore scam surfaces in Tripura|
AGARTALA, Oct 18 – Close on the heels of the multi-crore rupee scam at Bishalgarh Rural Development Block, one more multi crore rupee scam has come to light in the office of Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Unakoti district, triggering a tremor in the administration.
Sensing the impending trouble, one staff of CMO Office – Nirmal Chandra Das has already been axed while four others were served show cause notice by the CMO himself.
Congress MLA Birajit Sinha, who brought the scam to light, has filed an FIR against four persons including Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Alok Diwan for their alleged involvement in misappropriation of NRHM fund amounting to Rs 30 crore, which is bigger than the Bishalgarh scam.
According to RTI inputs, the CMO, Unakoti district has spent Rs 32.34 crore from 2006 -07 FY to 2013-14 FY. Of this amount no adjustment was given to the authority against Rs 26 crore. Interestingly, the CMO office has spent Rs 6 crore without any sanction memo.
Congress leaders and workers led by MLA Birjit Sinha met CMO Dr Alok Diwan on Friday and sought reply on the alleged misappropriation of NRHM fund as indicated by audit report. According to the audit report around Rs 30 crore has been embezzled in the past eight years.
As the CMO admitted that no adjustment of Rs 24 crore was mentioned in the report due to unspecific reasons, the delegation of District Congress launched an agitation inside the CMO office demanding CBI probe into the scam. As tension ran high, police arrived and brought the situation under control.
Later, Sinha lodged an FIR against four persons including Dr Diwan with Kailasahar Police Station and demanded arrest of all accused persons within 24 hours. But, Senior Deputy Magistrate JV Doati gave assurance to take action against the four accused persons within next seven days.