The Uttar Pradesh government has halted more than 15,000 appointments of health personnel, including doctors, under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) following a slew of complaints of irregularities.
State Health Minister Ahmad Hasan froze the appointments following complaints of anomalies in appointments and allegations of irregularities against Chief Medical Officers (CMO) in various districts, media reports said.
The government now wants to scrutinise the whole recruitment process and will not issue any appointment letters will be issued to candidates who have made the cut so far -- till the scrutiny is complete.
The move comes after a minister in Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's government had to resign following allegations of trying to abduct the CMO of Gonda district in an attempt to force him to appoint contractual doctors of his choice.
Gonda CMO S P Singh had said that when he told Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Vinod Kumar Singh, a member of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's cabinet, that the NRHM appointment process was computerised, he tried to kidnap him and his clerks as well.
While the bid failed as the CMO supposedly managed to flee and contacted the authorities for help, the minister, known locally as Pandit Singh, has said that no such kidnapping took place.
The minister said he was resigning on moral grounds as the Akhilesh Yadav government in the state wanted to conduct an inquiry into the case and demanded a probe into the CMO´s role.
A massive corruption scam in NRHM had rocked the previous Mayawati government in the state and three CMOs linked to the scam have lost their lives.