Health Ministry Releases The Names Of World Bank Assisted Health Programme

by Dr. Sunil Shroff on  March 16, 2008 at 4:35 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Health Ministry Releases The Names Of  World Bank Assisted Health Programme
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.

World 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
TOTAL 946.6

Source: PIB

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