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Govt suffers around Rs 40 Cr losses ration scandal culprits roaming free
9/25/2019 10:14:00 PM
Asif Iqbal Naik
Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 25: Even after the lapse of several months and continuous loot of public ration meant for the poor people of Kishtwar District, the authorities at the helm of the affairs in Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD) fail to initiate the action against over a dozen employees including former Assistant Directors, TSOs, Storekeepers and other regular employees of the department who were involved in various ration scandals beside embezzlement in procurement of Kerosene Oil which was sold in black market, particularly the transporters who make its use in vehicles to cover the high cost of Diesel.
As per the details available with "Early Times", around one dozen mega ration scandals has been reported from Padder, Marwah, Dachhan, Galhar Nagsini, Kishtwar, Sarthal, filler Thakrie, falling under the jurisdiction of Assistant Director CAPD Kishtwar while there are also reports of ration scandals in Drabshala and Bhunzwah areas of Kishtwar District that falls under the jurisdiction of Assistant Director CAPD Doda.
Even though thousands of quintals of ration meant for the distribution among the poor people has been embezzled by the TSOs, Storekeepers with active support of senior officials of the department, nothing concrete was done to recover the embezzled ration which runs in several Crores and if sources are to be believed, Kishtwar District witnessed ration scandals that cost around Rs.40 Crore to government exchequers as same involves carriage charges worth several crores.
After "Early Times" highlighted the various ration scandals in last nearly two years, the government as well as the administration orders various probes, but nothing was done to recover the embezzled ration as the officials involves in these scandals continue to roam free while some officials even manage postings of their own choice.
The sources told the "Early Times" that the officials of the CAPD, particularly storekeepers even fail to deposit the remittance amount in the government treasury as a result of which the government exchequer suffered heavy losses added that even several complaints were filed against the mass scale embezzlements in the department with the Anti Corruption Bureau, but nothing was done at their end too.
In one such complaint, DC Kishtwar initiated probe against former TSO and storekeeper Kishtwar and the initial probe conducted by the department found the allegations as genuine as a result of which they said TSO was suspended, but even after four months the department failed to recover even a single penny from the TSO as well as the storekeeper involved in this high profile scandal.
It is pertinent to mention that "Early Times" also highlighted that how the government amount worth several crores collected on account of sale of government ration in Padder Sub Division of Kishtwar District has not been deposited in the government treasury during the year 4/2014 to ending 2017 and thus the amount which is in several crores has been embezzled by the officials of the department at the helm of the affairs.
The government of Jammu and Kashmir supplied the ration to the people on subsidized rates at various centers across the state including Kishtwar District and accordingly the former Assistant Director CAPD release the ration for food store Gulabgarh, Sale Depot Gulabgarh, Atholi, Kijayae, Kidroo, Sohal, Kabban, Ungaie, Ishtyari, Tun, Palali, Ligri, Massu and Machail for sale to consumers.
As per the set procedure, after selling the ration to the consumers at these sale depots, the incharge of each sale depot is suppose to deposit the amount collected from the sale of the ration into the government treasury against the proper receipt, but according to the sources, bearing few employees of the CAPD department posted on these sale depots, majority of the employees did not deposited the said amount in government treasury and if insiders are to be believed, the amount runs into several crores.
Similarly TSO Drabshala sold the government ration to dealers in black as a result of which the people were deprived from the ration. The department though replaced the storekeepers, but took no action to recover the embezzled ration which clearly points direct fingers at the involvement of senior officials of the department who are shielding these corrupt officials in one or other way.
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