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MC Doda swindles lakhs in auction
State exchequer loses over Rs 75 cr
7/17/2018 11:30:21 PM
Early Times Report
Doda, July 17: Municipal Committee Doda has been exposed through an RTI reply which reveals that only 50 % of the auction money has been recovered from several bidders in several cases. A loss of more than Rs 75 lakhs has been estimated through this unholy practice during last 5 years. Aggrieved persons have appealed to the State Vigilance Organsiation (SVO) to file a formal FIR and arrest the involved officers especially the incumbent Executive Officer and some of his predecessors.
Details available with Early Times reveal that while auctioning various business units / shops in Doda town , Municipal Committee Doda has not recovered 40 to 50 % of the bid money. In many cases even less than 30 % of the bid amount has been realized from the so called bidders. In addition to it many blue eyed people who were allotted the shops through so called bidding have sublet their shops to some other persons in yet another scam.
As per information available with Early Times, one Ajaz Iqbal Bhat was allotted a shop in Doda few years back and he had to pay bid amount of Rs 8.10 lakhs but he only paid Rs 4.5 lakhs, similarly one Chanderjit had to pay Rs 8 lakh, but he paid Rs 4 lakh only, one Buaditta paid Rs 4 lakhs out of Rs 8 lakhs, Hamidullah Suharwardy paid Rs 50 thousand only out of Rs 8 lakhs and one Hussain Ahmad who had to pay Rs 25 lakhs paid mere 12.65 lakhs as bid money. The pending bid money is yet to be realized as many officers have taken huge bribes from these bidders.
Documents available with Early Times reveal that MC Doda is auctioning it's properties like shops from the last so many years through bid system. The bidding amount starts from lakhs and the bidders deposit only 40% or 50% of the bid amount and the rest of money is never deposited by most of the bidders. The reason is most of the bidders have political backing and they bribe the Municipal Committee officers.
Sources say that more than 70 lakhs have not been deposited in Govt treasury and this needs to be investigated. In addition to it in many cases bid money was paid in cash which some locals allege that is a black money. This has been authenticated in the RTI reply as well.
Many shops are said to have been allotted to Government employees as well by MC Doda. " It is our humble request to the Governor N N Vohra and Chief Vigilance Commissioner P L Gupta to look into the matter. We also appeal Government to relax the bidding rules so that unemployed youth can purchase shops for their livelihood " said a local resident and an aggrieved person.
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