Criminal rip-off

Even earlier than Punjab might unravel the registration of pretend building employees to pocket Rs 3,000, which was being distributed amongst distressed employees final month, irregularities have marred the Ayushman Bharat Sehat Bima Yojana for a similar set of employees involving Rs 750 every. The cheats — middlemen, labour and well being officers et al — appear to have discovered novel methods to outsmart the system of linking the Aadhaar card of a beneficiary with the fund switch to his/her checking account. It was touted as a foolproof defend in opposition to such misdeeds. Incidentally, it additionally led to the publicity of the fraud.

The Covid disaster has change into a fertile floor for scamsters as they openly dig into schemes envisaged to cope with the well being emergency and its rising financial penalties. The fishy actions which have the unmistakable stamp of the complicity of officers/politicians and middlemen go away an insufferable stink. For, they reek of a legal rip-off of these in most want of sincere offers throughout a public well being calamity: sufferers, healthcare employees and thousands and thousands of poor employees reeling beneath the crippling monetary blow wrecked by the lockdown. Unmoved by the plight of the sick or the poverty-stricken, the charlatans don’t appear to go away any alternative of earning profits that this time of grave adversity has thrown their manner. The substandard PPE kits of Punjab, the overpriced hand sanitisers and face masks rip-off of Himachal Pradesh that took the scalp of the state BJP chief, or the acquisition of dysfunctional ventilators, all go away a whiff of illegitimate profiteering and underhand offers.

Even as residents, moved by the plight of the Covid-hit, have been generously donating in direction of initiatives similar to PM Cares, it’s a pity that authorities funds are being usurped by some unscrupulous few. The swindlers should be dropped at guide and given exemplary punishment on the earliest. Quick dispensation of justice is the important thing to each respectable individual duly benefiting from authorities schemes and to checking additional malpractices.

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