Special Report by Inderjeet Adhikari
In the case of embezzlement of 16.11 lakhs of ration card making fees in the District Food and Supplies Department, the notices issued by the DFSC to the departmental officers have gone null.The officers and employees who were given notice to deposit the embezzlement amount in the government treasury, have not deposited the amount on their behalf. While the notice was given time till 5 October. This is a sample of how much the embezzlement has increased. Actually, it has been informed by the department in the RTI that the amount was collected from the consumers in lieu of making yellow, pink and green ration cards, It was not deposited in the government treasury. Prem Jain, a resident of Bhima Colony, sought information in the RTI regarding the mess of the Food and Supplies Department. It was informed in the RTI by the department that in lieu of making yellow-pink and green ration cards, an amount of 29 lakh 76 thousand 480 was recovered from the consumers. It was also told in writing that out of the said amount, only Rs 13 lakh 65 thousand 85 has been deposited and Rs 16 lakh 11 thousand 395 is not deposited in the government treasury. The matter is as clear and clear as the glass is given by the departmental officers themselves in the RTI with clear information and confession. In this case, District Food and Supplies Controller Surendra Saini had given notice to the concerned AFSO and other officers and employees to deposit the recovery amount from the consumers. The deadline in the notice on their behalf was set to 5 October. It is said that the amount embezzled so far
Amount will be deposited soon: DFSC
District Food and Supplies Controller Surendra Saini said that a notice has been issued to the concerned authorities for not depositing the recovery amount from the consumers. The amount will be deposited on their behalf soon. He told that the amount deposited within the time limit can be told only by looking at the challan. It is amazing that even after four working days after the deadline of October 5, DFAC is not known how much amount has been deposited?
Administration becomes a mute spectator
In the government that claims corruption-free governance, despite the expose of over 16 lakh embezzlement cases, no action proves how long the embezzlers have their hands and whose protection is they? Surprisingly, in the case of embezzlement of millions, the district administration also seems to remain a mute spectator. Officials of the Food and Supplies Department have been demanding recovery from consumers for the last two years. In the RTI itself, the officials are admitting that no amount of more than 16 lakh has been deposited on their behalf. Even after the matter was revealed in January -2020, neither the corrupt officials were taken action nor the steps were taken to recover the embezzlement amount? What the hell is this all about?
Why relief for embezzlers?
In cases of embezzlement in government departments, criminal cases are filed in the police at the departmental level. Embezzlement amounts are recovered from embezzlers and they are also dismissed from their jobs. But even after the case of embezzlement of lakhs in the Food and Supplies Department, laxity is being done. A game of giving notice is being played. What is the reason that the embezzlers are being shown the way to save and escape? After all, what is the reason that criminal cases are not being registered in the police against embezzlers? After all, whose gesture is waiting? Under whose pressure is embezzlement given such relief? Do the department officials have to clarify this?