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India In Bihar, Women Give 'birth' To 5 Children In 2 Months

Jan 1, 2010
PATNA: A woman, as everyone knows, usually gives birth to a baby after nine months of pregnancy, but in Bihar 298 women claim to have delivered two to five children in a span of 60 days - at least that's what records of incentives amount given to new mothers under a government scheme show.

A woman gets around Rs.1,000 when she gives birth under the government's Janani Suraksha Yojana but a total of Rs.6.6 lakh was paid as incentive to 298 women who claimed to have delivered two to five children within 60 days under the scheme, says a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) that exposes corruption in the state.

These irregularities were found in the year 2008-09 in the districts of Bhagalpur, East Champaran, Gopalganj, Kishanganj and Nalanda, according to the CAG report 2009 tabled in the monsoon session of the state assembly that concluded last week.

"The concerned officials paid incentives under the Janani Suraksha Yojana to these women two to five times in 60 days," the report says.

Unfortunately, thousands of genuine lactating mothers were denied the incentive due to them. The CAG report says that of 470,307 new mothers, 97,146 were not provided cash incentives under the Janani Suraksha Yojana for want of funds. Also, payment of Rs.25.19 crore to 1.8 lakh beneficiaries were made after a delay ranging between eight and 732 days.

Opposition leaders criticised the state government for the corruption in the implementation of the Janani Suraksha Yojana in the state.

"All this is happening in Bihar when Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is claiming good governance. This is just a trailer of the unbelievable corruption in implementation of welfare schemes," Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) state president Abdul Bari Siddiqui said.

Said Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) youth leader Gopal Sharma: "High corruption during Nitish Kumar's four-and-a-half year rule has eaten into welfare schemes like in the case of Janani Suraksha Yojana exposed by the CAG report."

Rajneesh Madhok

Mai Harinder Kaur

Oct 6, 2006
British Columbia, Canada
Well, why not? Why should high government officials profit from the corruption in India and not the ordinary citizen?

Of course, I am being a bit sarcastic because that means the women who really do have babies are denied the benefits. Still, I wonder how government officials can condemn these women when they do the same thing themselves, only on a much larger scale.
Jan 1, 2010
Dear Mai Harinder Kaurji,
In India there are so may anti-corruption societies, portals and the activists. In every nook and corner you will find Anti-corruption activist. Some of the activists are running their small and medium-sized businesses with the help of this network. As when the case is being highlighted it takes not months but years to prove and in the meantime the deal is being struck and the case is being hot-potched and no body takes the responsibility about the ill-functioning.
Central Bureau of Investigation has three divisions.

  • The Anti-corruption Division,
  • Special Crimes Division.
  • The Economic Offences Division.

These above mentioned units have the power to investigate cases of alleged corruption in all branches.
Mai Harinder Kaurji,
Your observation that when every body is tool in corruption in India then Why not the Public? The corruption that has been spread to the high officials are not traceable but to the lower level and to the public those are become victim and being penalized. Yes of course the headline is being looked as sarcastic. The Govt officials those had distributed the aids to the women would have not got the aid so easily. If we investigate the matter the role of the officials and the ministers will not be denied. No scam is possible with the indulgence of bureaucrats.

Rajneesh madhok

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