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Modi calls for probe into drug scam

Senor BJP leader and former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Tuesday demanded a CBI probe into the alleged purchase of sub-standard medicine by Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL).

Modi said the medicines that failed quality tests were supplied by the BMSICL to government hospitals in Bihar. The BMSICL was established last year as part of second-generation health reforms to remove bottlenecks in purchase and supply of drugs.

“The MBSICL purchased the sub-standard medicines from six blacklisted companies this January and supplied those to government hospitals. It is to be noted that the incident occurred when former chief minister Nitish Kumar was holding the additional charge of the health department. Medicines worth Rs 100 crore were purchased. The shocking part was the medicines were supplied to hospitals at very high rates,” Modi alleged.

He said the Centre provides money to the state under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Modi said: “As a part of a cover-up operation, the Jitan Ram Manjhi-led government has set up more committees into the episode.”

It has been seven months since an inquiry committee was set up but till now no concrete report has come. The government is trying to cover up the whole incident because Nitish held the health department at that time. The government should recommend a CBI probe and if there is any problem with it, an investigation should be conducted by an independent agency,” said Modi.

Modi also questioned the credentials of the committee. “Sanjay Kumar, the 1998 batch central secretariat officer, who hails from Nalanda, has served as a personal assistant to former chief minister Nitish Kumar. It clearly shows that the government wants to save someone. It is being done to cover up the scam and protect the person responsible,” alleged Modi. Sanjay, joint secretary, health, is also the chairperson of the technical evaluation committee.

The BJP leader added that the government should not take it as a prestige issue and should not have any objection to recommend a CBI probe.


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