Bihar NHRM Scam: A 65 year old gives birth to 8 children in 13 months as per govt records

A 65-year-old woman in Bihar delivered eight children in the last 13 months and consequently receiving Rs 1,400 after every delivery according to the government’s record.

The misappropriation of funds under the Rashtriya Gram Swasthya Yojna (National Rural Health Mission) was detected. After when it was found that surprisingly 65-year-old Shanti Devi of Muzaffarpur had actually not delivered any child as told and yet receiving money.

“Shanti Devi has not delivered any child in the last 20 years. Her youngest son is 20 years old,” one of her close reported a vernacular daily.

An elderly who stays in the Mushari block of Muzaffarpur and she was not even aware of the fact.

She has been paid Rs 1,400  eight times between July 2019 and August 2020.  Every time the amount was credited, someone withdrew it from her account the very next day. Shanti Devi’s family has informed the bank about the discrepancies.

Dr Upendra Choudhary, in-charge of the Public Health Centre (PHC) said, “since the concerned clerk was on leave, he won’t be able to shed much light on it.”

Civil Surgeon Dr. SP Singh assured that suitable action would be taken against the guilty. Singh said, “We will get to the bottom of the matter after proper investigation and ensure the culprits are brought to book.”

On Thursday, Bihar’s Health Minister Mangal Pandey said, “A four-member committee has been formed to investigate the matter. No guilty will be spared in this case.”