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Major discrepancies in utilization of funds at SDH Magam, no action by higher authorities

Last Updated on November 16, 2021 at 10:44 am

A major discrepancy has come to fore after the audit of Sub District Hospital (SDH), Magam in district Budgam. Major disparities related to procurement and utilization of funds has come forward.

The inspection on accounts of Block Medical Officer (BMO), Magam was conducted from April 2015 to September 2020. The audit report highlights that procurement has been carried out without having any policy framework in place and the supply orders have been placed for purchases based on expired rate contracts and without inviting tenders.

The report also showed that there have been major purchases of drugs, medical equipment, surgical and suture items, without seeking a non-availability certificate from the J&K Medical Supplies Corporation Ltd.

Purchases worth more than 23 lakh rupees have been made even as the report underlined that rules have been “flouted” which is a great “irregularity” and needs justification.

The audit stated that the physical verification of stores/stock of Block Medical Officer Magam has not been conducted by the authorities since 2016.

The Block Office has, as per the report, also spent over Rs 7 lakh on printing of OPD/IPD forms, revenue receipt books, GR Books, ECG/USG papers out of Hospital Development Fund (HDF) without obtaining NOC from the Govt Press.

Higher ups have been informed about the audit report but no action has been taken so far.

The audit report has also pointed out the open market purchases that have been done by the Block Office without the invitation of tenders to the tune of over Rs 6 lakh.

Director of Health Services, Kashmir (DHSK) Dr Mushtaq Ahmad Rather said that he has not been able to see the report while stating that DHSK has already begun to carry out an internal audit across Kashmir starting from Ganderbal. “To carry that out, a committee has already been constituted,” he said.