Patna: Politicians created an uproar in the Bihar assembly today over the alleged misappropriation of funds by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) involved in an HIV-AIDS eradication programme, prompting the speaker to order a probe by a House panel into their functioning.
The matter was raised through a short notice question from ruling BJP member Bhola Singh, who said the state’s AIDS Control Society had received $5 million over the past five years from national and international organisations, a large portion of which was alloted to NGOs.
Despite this, barring a few hoardings and seminars in towns and cities, no HIV-AIDS awareness programmes were undertaken by them in rural areas, he alleged.
Replying to the question, Health and Family Welfare Minister Chandramohan Rai said Bihar received a little over Rs4.23 crore from NACO, the apex body spearheading the AIDS control drive in the country, between 2001 and 2006.
Rai claimed that medicines and HIV diagnostic kits were available in all state-run medical college hospitals and referral hospitals. Mobile camps too were being organised in rural areas to create awareness about the disease.
As the MLAs demanded the setting up of a House committee to probe the functioning of the NGOs, Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said the government had no objection if the chair felt there was a need for an inquiry by such a panel.
Following this, the speaker said a legislative forum was already in place in the House and a team will be constituted to go into all aspects of the execution of the AIDS control programme to address the concerns of members.