21/09/2015 10:22 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

This Nurse In Assam Faked 85 Pregnancies In Six Months

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In this photograph taken on July 29, 2015, Indian nurses walk in a corridor at Osmania General Hospital (OGH) in Hyderabad. The hospital, which was completed in 1919 was designed by British architect Vincent Esch for Mir Osman Ali Khan and is an example of the blending of Indian and European architecture popular in the early twentieth century now faces demolition by the Telangana government which has prompted debate on social media among many including Bollywood personalities and international authors. AFP PHOTO/NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)

A nurse at a government hospital in Assam has been caught faking 85 pregnancies — in a span of six months. Lily Begam Laskar allegedly faked these pregnancies to take advantage of a government scheme that awards women Rs 500 for choosing to deliver at a health centre. The scheme is aimed to promote safer childbirth.

Laskar reported herself as the mother in 85 such deliveries in rural Karimganj district, earning Rs 40,000. Authorities finally caught up with her fraud after they received an anonymous tip-off.

"What we found was absolutely incredible," Sarfaraz Haque, a senior government official told NDTV. "What also helped her was that she was also in charge of payments so it was not that easy to detect."

She was suspended last week, following which she reportedly told journalists that there is a "lot of pressure" on nurses and that she was forced to commit the fraud because of poor salary.

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