Special Report by Inderjeet Adhikari
Embezzlement of more than 16 lakhs, Then also relaxation given to accused
The case of embezzlement of ration card making fees in the District Food and Supplies Department was revealed only in January -2020. But even after a long period of eight months, decisive action has not been taken by the department. Eight months ago, the amount of embezzlement was low, which went on increasing month after month and the same is still going on. It was revealed in RTI that in lieu of making yellow-pink and green ration cards, an amount of 29 lakh 76 thousand 480 was recovered from the consumers, but only 13 lakh 65 thousand 85 rupees were deposited in the government treasury. In this way, an amount of 16 lakh 11 thousand 395 rupees was embezzled.
According to sources, in the beginning of this year it was revealed that the PR centers of the department, on which the work of making ration cards is being done, is not being collected from the consumers and deposited in the government treasury. In this regard, notice was also issued to the concerned officer in February, 2020 and instructed to deposit the recovered amount. But neither the accused officer deposited the money nor the departmental officers brought action in the case of rigging at other PR centers. As a result, over 16 lakh embezzlement occurred in the district. Even after answering in RTI, this trend has not stopped. That is, departmental officers remain silent in the whole matter. Even now the department is providing relief to the embezzlers of government money, criminal cases are not being registered against them in the police.
Notice issued to a dozen officers
Notices have been issued to a dozen officers on behalf of the department, charging the fees recovered in lieu of issuing ration cards. There are 12 PR center incharge and four AFSO level officers. It is worth mentioning that the district has PR centers at Sirsa-1, Sirsa-2, Mallekaan, Chopta, Ding, Suchan, Odhan, Kalanwali, Jivannagar, Raniyan, Ellenabad and Dabwali, where ration cards are made. The district food and supplies controller has been issued notice to the subordinate authorities for the outstanding amount. Even after the notice, there is no information from anyone to deposit the money in the government treasury.
Complaint reached the SDM too
The investigation of the complaint of rigging of the Food and Supplies Department also reached SDM Jayveer Yadav. The statements of the parties in the case were also recorded. The hearing has been completed for about 8 months. Facts have been put forward in favor of the allegations from the complainant Prem Jain, but the final decision of the investigation is yet to come. The complainant demanded a criminal case to be filed against the accused of embezzlement.
Case was filed against accused of embezzlement
Strict cognizance was taken by the district administration against the accused of embezzlement of lakhs of rupees at SDM office Sirsa. The embezzlement amount was also recovered from the accused Pawan, Vipin and others and a case was also registered against them. Along with this, he was also dismissed from his job. But in case of embezzlement of lakhs of rupees in the Food and Supplies Department, action is being taken at a tortuous pace, which is the subject of investigation as to why such laxity is being taken. Due to the laxity, which was less than eight months ago, the amount of embezzlement has exceeded 1.6 million. Still no stand has been taken to recover the embezzlement amount.