With the absence of government funds that remained parked illegally with Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti, an health care centre in Sabour block continued to remain without antibiotics, a woman doctor and an ultrasound machine for years, more than 150 farmers displaced because of Pirpaiti power plant, continue to wait for compensation. Several bylanes and drains also await construction and repair works. As per Indian Express report, officials suspect that given the scale of the Rs 700-crore scam, many other such district schemes may well be stuck.
As per an investigation by the paper, about Rs 275 crore was shifted from Land Acquisition Department, while the Mukhyamantri Nagar Vikas Yojana and Health Department also deposited Rs 10.26 crore and Rs 10.75 crore with Srijan respectively. Srijan, as a registered society was not permitted to work as as a bank or accept such high-value deposits. The scam had come into light when when a Land Acquisition Department cheque of Rs 270-crore was presented at Bank of Baroda had bounced back on August 4. Soon after, Bhagalpur District Magistrate Adarsh Titarmare had conducted probe and found that the government account did not have funds, after which Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sent an Economic Offences Unit team to the district.
Till now, nine FIRs have been filed in the case and as many as 18 18 people have been arrested. One of them died due to an illness on Monday. Raids were conducted by the Bhagalpur police on Sunday evening in premises of five associates of Srijan founder secretary Manorama Devi, the paper said. The PHC is located barely 500 metres from the Srijan office at Sabour block town . As Dr Ajay Kumar Singh examines his patients at the out-patient department, the physician says he can only prescribe from among 10-odd medicines to his patients, mainly vitamin tablets, paracetamol, ointments, cough syrup, ear or eye drops. Even as PHC has antibiotics for children, same are unavailable for adults, because of which asks several patients to buy them from the open market.
“We always suspected the outfit. But why blame Srijan when government officials connived with it? When protectors turn looters, what can be done?,” the paper quoted Rajesh Mandal, a patient as saying. Another person, Munna Singh, who is due Rs 70 lakh for his land, said thet the department had been delaying payment on some pretext or the other. “They claimed there was no money. Now, after the Srijan scam expose, we know why. We need the money and will not allow construction at the power plant site till all farmers get compensation,” he told the Indian Express.