Ajay Kumar, | Last Modified - Aug 25, 2012, 09:02 PM IST
Patna: Huge scam of removal of uterus under the name of National Health Insurance Scheme has been unearthed in Bihar.
According to latest reports, Samastipur district administration has sent a report to state government claiming that there are more than 1300 suspicious cases registered so far in this connection. Also, report claimed that 489 operations have been performed without any requirement.
Under the scheme, smart cards have been issued to more than 73 lakh people of BPL (Below Poverty Line) category of Samastipur. Moreover, several cases have been reported from Chapra and Madhubani as well.
According to a report by DM of Samastipur, in total 8000 operations have been performed so far from previous year till date. When it came under suspicion then government ordered for investigation and 2600 patients were examined again out of which 1300 cases were found suspicious. Notably, this scheme is administered by Labour Resource Department.
There was no need of operation: DM of Samastipur
Kundan Kumar, DM of Samastipur, while talking to Bhaskar.com revealed that they have found many discrepancies during investigation as many females were operated however there was no need of any such operation.
"We have sent our report to government and notices have been issued to accused agencies as well," he added.
Labour resources minister refutes allegations
Bihar Labour Resources Minister Janardhan Singh Sigriwal, however, rejected the charges and said there were no irregularities in uterus removal of women in the state.
What is National Health Insurance Scheme?
In 2008, the central government launched the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) insurance scheme for the women belonging to BPL families suffering from infections.
Under the scheme, the beneficiary has to pay a registration fee of Rs 30, and the beneficiary is covered for Rs 30,000 and can take medical treatment in the approved hospitals.
Under RSBY scheme, state govt ties up with insurance companies and latter list private nursing homes, clinics, etc for treatment of BPL families' members. BPL families don't have to pay any money for their treatment under the scheme.
This scheme was floated so that females who have reached the stage of menopause can stay away from fatal disease like cancer.