Finance Dept to probe irregularities in COVID-time medication purchases

Kozhikode: The State Well being Division has beneficial the Finance Division to probe the allegations of multi-crore monetary irregularities in buying COVID-time emergency medicines by the Kerala Medical Providers Company (KMSCL).

The KMCSL director has gone on two weeks’ depart quickly after the Well being Division beneficial a complete rejig of the company. The revamp of the officers, together with IAS officers, will likely be carried out with the chief minister’s approval.

Critical allegations have been made towards the KMSCL because the pandemic’s first wave. It has been alleged that the officers positioned orders at will for emergency medicines with out floating tenders or inviting quotations.

Medicines and medical tools price Rs 1,600 had been thus bought and most of them are remaining unused. Funds had been launched by invoking the related sections of the Catastrophe Administration Act.

It was additionally discovered a number of information associated to the COVID-time purchases had been deleted from the company’s pc community. IT specialists, nevertheless, recovered about 6,000 information, which will likely be scrutinised by the Finance Division.

The company’s dealings haven’t been audited ever because the earlier authorities took cost. It has been alleged that the relations of an official, who taken care of the funds, had been the auditors. The official had earlier confronted motion.

In the meantime, the managing director occurring depart forward of the Finance Division probe has been seen with suspicion. The official, reportedly, took depart in reference to the Pongal competition.