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Cashier suspended, involvement of many other officials suspected
Rs 28 lakh GPF scam surfaces in G&M Deptt
8/7/2020 11:45:46 PM


JAMMU, Aug 7: In a startling revelation, General Provident Fund (GPF) scam of Rs 28 lakh belonging to various employees has reportedly surfaced in the Geology and Mining (G&M) Department, wherein a cashier was suspended while many others who are suspected to be involved in the scam are yet to be made accountable.
Astonishingly, the role of concerned DDO and some officials of treasury have also come under scanner but the Director G&M Department has been showing reluctance and laxity in taking action against other officials despite the fact that the scam was not possible without DDO and other officials in the department. Sources told Early Times that some employees of Geology and Mining Department owing to personal reasons had applied for GPF withdrawal however even after clearance from treasury and all other formalities the amount was not credited to their accounts.
The fraud came into light when one employee received a message that Rs 17 lakh has been withdrawn from his GPF account. He immediately contacted his cashier and told him that he has not received any money.
In response, the cashier started making lame excuses and continued to make him fool for three months. Similarly other employees who have applied for GPF withdrawal, found the amount deducted from their GPF account but not credited into their accounts, sources said.
“The total amount is said to be about Rs 28 lakhs which was withdrawn with nexus of DDO, cashier, treasury and concerned bank from official account through self cheques which are used by DDO and cashier,” they said.
They further said that the department woke up from deep slumber, when aggrieved employees filed a complaint in this regard, and Director immediately suspended the cashier however surprisingly the DDO who has the whole responsibility was only attached which created suspicion and initiated departmental inquiry. “FIR against the cashier and DDO and others who are found involved in the scam should be lodged and cases should also be given to ACB,” they said.
Director G&M Department, Vikas Sharma, when contacted, said that the cashier has been suspended and an inquiry has been initiated against the DDO.
When Early Times informed about this scam to Secretary G&M, Dr MK Dwivedi, he said that further action will be taken after findings of enquiry and if need arises will hand over the matter to the Crime Branch.
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