The investigation into the “fake medical bills scam” pertaining to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund expedited by the Telangana government. The Chief Minister’s Office has submitted the list of 9,200 CMRF to CID to investigate the case in direction of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.
Over a month, the disbursal of CMRF cheques has been completely stopped, affecting the poor and needy who making continuous trips to the Secretariat to claim the amounts.
In city nearly 25 hospitals and districts are said to have resorted to irregularities by submitting fake bills. The CID has formed six teams to investigate the scam.
The CMO preliminary investigation had revealed that almost 35 per cent of the medical bills submitted to claim CMRF funds were fake and the case needed to be investigated further informed by CID officials.
The informed the CMO that the hospitals, in nexus with some brokers, operated like a mafia and tried to siphon CMRF funds in three ways: by claiming bills in the name of patients without treating anyone; by claiming bills in the name of some other patient while treatment was given to someone else; and by claiming bills much higher than the expenditure actually incurred for treatment.
By this month ending, the report is likely to submit a report to the government. The TS govt is planning to initiate stringent action against the guilty, besides invoking the Revenue Recovery Act to recover the swindled amount