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HC orders authorities to expedite probe into Rs 40cr PDS scam
8/23/2017 10:11:32 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Aug 23: The State High Court today ordered authorities to expedite probe into Rs 40 crore scam in public distribution system of food grains.
Hearing a petition, a single bench of Justice M K Hanjura directed the authorities to look into the complaint filed by a transport company Haji Goods Carrier and conclude the inquiry "with zeal and zest."
The whopping money is alleged to have been siphoned off by the officials of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs in league with Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC).
Vice Chairman of the JKSRTC has constituted a committee of five members to conduct enquiry into the case of mismanagement of handling and transportation of food-grains which has allegedly resulted in misappropriation of funds and siphoning of food-grains worth Rs 40.29 crores.
The traffic manager (Load) of the Corporation in this regard also informed to the head of the Corporation that still there are 99 trips performed by transport company M/s Ladakh Road Lines which have not been cleared and are under verification.
The inquiry order also admitted that officers of the Corporation (JKSRTC) misled the Chairman of the Corporation by way of hiding factual position of the case which indicates that Corporation is also involved in the mismanagement and siphoning of funds.
The five member team of enquiry comprising Financial advisor and CAO (JKSRTC) as its chairman, General Manager (Load) as its member, General Manager (Administration), as its member, DAO-SRTC as its member and Traffic Manager (City services) as its member have been asked to report along with the recommendations within a period of seven days positively in this regard.
Meanwhile, the court observed that petitioner-company has not brought it to the fore, in any manner that the award of contract by the JKSRTC to the respondent- Ladakh Road Lines was contrary to public interest or that it was unreasonable or discriminatory except for the fact that Central Vigilance Organization (CVO) has indicted the road transport corporation and his complaint has not been proceeded.
Report of Crime Branch also reveals that the SRTC gave contract to one M/S Ladakh Road Lines for one month in 2008 and later extended it for whole year 2008-2009 without any tendering process and without fixing commission of the SRTC. The Crime Branch report further says that the Corporation extended the contract to the firm for one more year (2009-2010) without issuing tenders. The contractor was given the payment for 2009-2010 without executing the agreement, it is further alleged.
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