Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has reportedly approved only Rs 50,000 to be paid to each of the 703 women whose uterus was removed ‘unnecessarily’ by doctors to claim their health insurance money in 2012.
The 703 women include a 20 years old, 103 in the age group of 20-30 years and 288 between 30 to 40 years old, reports ToI.
The state government has also decided to recover the compensation money from the doctors who unnecessarily performed the operations.
Bihar Human Rights Commission (BHRC) had in April this year directed the state government to pay Rs 2.5 lakh each to the victims in the age group of 20-40 years and Rs 1.5 lakh each to the others as compensation.
The state government has also written to the Medical Council of India (MCI) to cancel the registration of the accused doctors. A similar recommendation was made to the MCI by BHRC in April. However, the MCI is yet to respond.
Following probes by DMs (district magistrates) into the scam, FIRs were lodged against 13 doctors and 33 hospitals. However, none of the accused was arrested as they either secured bail or were shown in police files as “absconding”.