In a major blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much publicised stand on corruption, a Parliamentary Standing Committee has slammed the Union Health Ministry for being utterly non-serious in tackling corruption.
In a report tabled in Lok Sabha last week, the committee on Health and Family Welfare said that it had asked the ministry to ensure “expeditious investigations into all the corruption cases at AIIMS.”
The committee, which consists of 31 members has 13 BJP MPs. It asked the union health ministry headed by JP Nadda to submit a status report within three months.
JP Nadda was widely criticised for allegedly playing a crucial role in getting the Magsaysay Award winner IAS officer, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, from the post of Chief Vigilance Officer at AIIMS after he initiated investigations into several cases of corruptions.
Soon after Nadda allegedly succeeded in the removal of Chaturvedi, he was promoted to become Union Health Minister in place of Dr Harshvardhan.
According to Indian Express, the committee criticised the central government’s decision to do away with the CVO’s post in AIIMS.
It said, “despite unraveling of corruption cases at AIIMS at regular intervals, the Ministry has done away with the regular Chief Vigilance Officer’s post at AIIMS and the role of anti-graft officer of AIIMS has been assigned to a Joint Secretary and CVO in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Evidently, the Ministry appears to be non-serious in tackling corruption in AIIMS.”
“The Committee strongly deprecates the non-serious approach of the Ministry towards tackling such a large number of cases of corruption at AIIMS and recommends that it should quickly move towards appointing a regular Chief Vigilance Officer of unblemished credentials at AIIM.”
This latest criticism is already beginning to draw flak for Modi government. Taking a dig at the prime minister, eminent Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that Modi had said ‘na khaaonga aur na khaane dunga’ but he never said doosron ko nahi khaane dunga.’