BJP raises storm on non-payment of compensation to uterus scam victims
Patna,(BiharTimes): The Bharatiya Janata Party members on Tuesday created ruckus in the Legislative Council over non-payment of compensation to victims of the uterus scam.
Incidentally, the BJP was an alliance partner of the Janata Dal (United) at the time the scam was unearthed in 2012. During the eight and a half years there were a couple of health ministers who belonged to the BJP.
The saffron party MLCs flayed the state government for arbitrarily reducing compensation amount fixed by the Bihar Human Rights Commission.
The legislators raised storm when art, culture and youth affairs minister Shiv Chandra Ram, was replying on behalf of health minister, Tej Pratap Yadav. The question was put up by BJP MLCs Rajnish Kumar and Ramchandra Bharti.
Earlier, the opposition members raised the issue of absence of Tej Pratap from the House.
The members asked how the state government could reduce compensation amount fixed by the Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) from Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 50,000.
According to the leader of the opposition in the House Sushil Kumar Modi if the state government was not satisfied with the BHRC’s directives, it could have appealed against it.
SuMo said not a single rupee had been paid to affected people, even as the minister said 12 FIRs had been registered.
The minister, on his part, said that the state government has taken steps to recover money from the doctors.
It must be recalled that doctors, private hospitals, government officials and insurance companies had connived to mislead Below Poverty Line (BPL) women about their health and unnecessarily remove their uterus to claim insurance under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana. Some of those who were operated were even unmarried women.
The Yojana focuses on reducing BPL families’ health expenses and provide easy access to medical services.