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Posted at: Jul 24, 2019, 8:00 AM; last updated: Jul 24, 2019, 8:00 AM (IST)

6 suspended for ESI fraud in city

Funds given to pregnant women embezzled
6 suspended for ESI fraud in city
One of the ESI hospitals in Ludhiana. File photo

Manav Mander
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, July 23

Six staffers of Employees State Insurance hospitals have been suspended after embezzlement of Rs 10 lakh in the funds given to pregnant women during maternity leave was detected. A few factory owners have also come under the scanner and an FRI is being lodged against them. 

The matter came to light after an audit was done at the local ESI hospital at Bharat Nagar Chowk, its branch offices on Gill Road, Giaspura, Rahon Road and Focal Point. The report has been sent to the head office in New Delhi. 

The fraud has its roots in other cities as well and was first detected at the regional office located in Faridabad where embezzlement worth cores was detected. The ESIC headquarters had asked for a report from the regional centres. Two teams were formed in Ludhiana for carrying out a special audit.

“A special audit of three years was done at Ludhiana-based ESI hospital and its branch offices and an embezzlement of Rs 10 lakh was detected. The names of six employees and a few factory owners have surfaced. A total of 107 cases were there, of which 22 cases have been found fraudulent,” said PK Narula, Director of ESI. He added that all six employees had been suspended and an FIR was being lodged against the factory owners.

Rs 10 lakh embezzled in 22 cases

“A special audit of three years was done at Ludhiana-based ESI hospital and its branch offices and an embezzlement of Rs 10 lakh was detected. The names of six employees and a few factory owners have surfaced. A total of 107 cases were there, of which 22 cases have been found fraudulent,” said PK Narula, Director of ESI.

The modus operandi

The ESI employees and factory owners have the power to make corrections online related to the name of beneficiaries. Those making corrections have to collect the proof from beneficiaries for the same. These employees and factory owners tampered with the names of the beneficiaries to fraudulently issue funds in others’ names.

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