Bihar’s Principal Secretary Health said action has been initiated against officials concerned. (File)

Patna:

Bihar’s principal health secretary Pratyay Amrit on Saturday said that “serious discrepancies” in COVID-19 test data has been found in Jamui’s Barhat and Sikandra. He also said action has been initiated against officials concerned.

Pratyay Amrit, Principal Secretary Health in Bihar, said: “We have found serious discrepancies in COVID test data in Jamui’s Barhat and Sikandra.”

“We have been able to trace persons but they gave their phone numbers as ten zeroes,” he added.

After RJD MP Manoj Jha asked for a high-level inquiry into fudging of COVID-19 testing data in Bihar, state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said the state administration is looking into the matter and action will be taken against people found guilty.

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“I just came to know about the matter after somebody raised it in Rajya Sabha. I had a word with the Principal Secretary of the state about it, and he said the matter has been investigated. A total of 22 districts have already been looked into. This was seen at one location and action is being taken,” Mr Kumar said.

“However, I review the data on testing every day. The daily figures show we have tested heavily. I will look into the details of the matter tomorrow and if somebody is found guilty, action will be taken against the person. The Principal Secretary said he will review all the districts today and give me the report by tomorrow,” the Chief Minister said.

RJD MP in Rajya Sabha cited a leading English daily and said the COVID-19 testing data is being fudged in Bihar and demanded a high-level inquiry into the matter. He said that according to state records the testing figures in Bihar increased at a very fast pace.

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