The details of World Bank assistance for health sector programmes to different states during the period 1997-2003 was given out be the health ministry on Friday. This information was given by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
With regard to alleged kickbacks to former Orissa Health Minister and other officials, it is stated that the Detailed Information Report of the World Bank indicated that a firm has admitted paying INR 500,000 (USD 11,000) to the Orissa State Minister of Health and other ministry officials to facilitate the payment of INR 2.5 million (USD 55,500) in non-Bank-funded invoices. The Government of India has taken up this matter with the State Government and the Government of Orissa has entrusted this matter for investigation to its Vigilance Department, which has ordered a full-fledged vigilance inquiry on 24.1.2008 to look into all the irregularities pointed out in the World Bank report.
AdvertisementWorld Bank assisted Health Systems Development Projects in different States during the period 1997-2003
|Project Name||Year of Approval||Year of completion||Net Commitment amount (in US $ million)|
|Single/Multi state projects|
|UP Health Systems Development Project||April-00||Dec.-06||79.9|
|Orissa Health Systems Development Project||June-98||March-06||82.1|
|Maharashtra Health Systems||1998||2005||134|
|Population IX (Rajasthan, Assam, Karnataka)||1994||2001||88.6|
|AP 1st Referral II Health Systems||1994||2002||133|
|State Health Systems II (West Bengal, Karnataka , Punjab)||1996||2004||350|
|Population VIII (Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata)||1992||2002||79|