NCP's Abha Pande exposes Nagpur Municipal Corporation's COVID-19 funds scam

Accusing Nagpur Municipal Corporation of carrying out financial irregularties, Nationalist Congress Party's state general secretary has alleged that the civic body procured medical equipments and other logistics for the treatment of covid-19 patients through financial scam.

As per a report, Abha Pande obtained documents which show that the Nagpur civic body paid over Rs 11,990 each for an infrared thermometer from one firm while it procured similar equipment for Rs 1,680 per piece. She alleged, "NMC purchased pulse oximeters for Rs 5,000, Rs 1445 , Rs 1.792, Rs 2,400 each though it could get each for Rs 595 only."

Civic chief Radhakrishnan B said a detailed inquiry will be carried out in the allegations levelled by Abha Pande.

While addressing a press conference, the NCP state general secretary claimed to have expose financial irregularities in the NMC's health department while spending money received under state disaster fund relief and National Health mission.

“The civic body procured PPE kits at Rs840 apiece, whereas private hospitals in the city procured the same for Rs500, ”Pande said and added that each time the civic body purchased PPE kits, the rates were different. Citing an example, Pande claimed that for one bill of PPE kits, payments were made from both SDRF (Rs98,000) and NHM funds (Rs57.48 lakh).

Further she said, three pharmasists in NMC's store department failed to provide details about whom they had supplied the thermometers and pulse oximeters, she said.

The NMC also misused the terms and conditions of the funds alllotted by the government. “Instead of spending money on Covid-19 management, the civic body spent it on purchasing anti-rabies injections, show the documents,” said Pande.

Miss Pande has also blaimed civic body chief for neglecting such mishappenings and has also submitted a memorandum to him demanding an inquiry in the matter.

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