At least 32 primary school teachers have taken away an estimated Rs 63 lakh from the Government exchequer, under the Reimbursement Cost of Medicine (RCM) Scheme in Kendrapara district, by submitting forged medical records.

According to the Government provision, employees with critical illness are extended financial assistance under RCM.

The teachers, working under the schools and mass education department, have been found guilty of perpetrating acts of omission and commission to reap benefits of the scheme by producing forged documents in support of their sickness, officials said.

An inquiry has found prima facie evidence of availing of RCM benefits by way of dishonest practice and doctors of Government-run hospitals and drugs and chemist shop owners had also played a role in it, officials said.

“Acting on allegations, the matter was inquired into.

The inquiry revealed corroborative evidence of false and fake claim by 32 primary school teachers,” Kendrapara Sub Collector Pratap Chandra Mishra said.

A doctor officiating in sub divisional hospital at Pattamundai certified about their sickness and prescribed medicines for the purpose, he said.

All the beneficiaries furnished prescriptions from the said doctor and purchased bills from a chemist shop in Pattamundai.

(This article was published on April 7, 2013)
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