The Mamata Banerjee led administration in West Bengal has ordered a probe into the allegations of corruption in buying of medical tools to struggle Covid-19 pandemic within the state.
A 3-member committee headed by the state house secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay will look into the allegations and submit a report back to the chief secretary.
“The state well being division has bought a number of gadgets prior to now few months to struggle the pandemic. Greater than Rs 2,000 crore have been spent. The allegations relate to corruption on this expenditure,” mentioned a senior official of the state authorities.
Often it’s the West Bengal Medical Companies Company Restricted which purchases medicines and medical tools in bulk. However the authorities had shaped a committee for procuring tools and medicines for Covid-19 to eschew delay.
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“A number of the allegations are severe, together with buying gadgets from some specific companies bypassing guidelines. In some circumstances, the standard of the merchandise can be alleged to be inferior. The allegations reached the chief minister just a few days in the past following which she enquired about it. Thereafter a committee was shaped to look into the allegations,” mentioned the official.
The ruling Trinamool Congress has been on the again foot following two latest allegations of corruption—one involving reduction distribution to Amphan-hit folks and second involving the general public distribution system. CM Mamata Banerjee has needed to intervene in each the circumstances to comprise the harm.
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The necessity for medical tools and kits have been felt in giant numbers because the authorities introduced free therapy for Covid-19 in authorities hospitals.
“The state authorities has ordered almost three million PPEs, round 3.7 million N95 masks and round 4 million gloves amongst others. Big quantity of expenditure is concerned,” mentioned a senior authorities official.