Srinagar: State Vigilance Organization(SVO) has booked four senior officials of Soil Conservation department for withdrawing public money for works which have either been done by villagers on their own or are non-existent in Dardopora area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
A spokesman of the SVO here said that a case FIR (No. 25/2014) u/s 5(1)(c) ( d) r/w 5(2) P.C Act and section 120-B RPC has been filed against Ghulam Mohiudin Shah, Ghulam Mohiuddin Lone, Ghulam Mohiudin Khan and Abdul Qayoom Shah, all officials of Social Conservation Department Kupwara.
The four officials were booked following a verification conducted into the allegations that officers and officials of Rural Development Department Block (RDD) Kralpora under a well knit conspiracy with some contractors had drawn payments on account of some works on Tulwari Dardpora road and on Tulwari Irrigation Canal which have either been executed by villagers on self help basis or are nonexistent.
The investigation, spokesman said, revealed that RDD Block Kralpora in the financial year 2006-2007 has executed the work for construction of protection bund near land of Khaliq Mir at Talwari under BADP Scheme at an allotted cost of Rs.4.90 lakhs through Manzoor Ahmad Malik of Rawalpora. The bill has been paid for the construction of R/wall in stone masonry dry in cement mortar with DPC at top for an amount of Rs. 4.90 lacs through CC-III & final bill by RDD Kupwara.
“Verification conducted has also revealed that in financial year 2011-2012 RDD had approved an amount of Rs.3.00 lacs for the improvement of Tulwari Khul at Rawalpora under MGNREGA. The work could not be executed by RDD Kralpora because of the fact that the same work has been executed by Soil Conservation Department by way of jacketing the protection bunds with plain cement concrete of three inch thick without seeking the NOC from RDD Department. It has further revealed that Soil Conservation Department has also shown the expenditure of Rs.5.593 lacs booked on account of improvement of same Khul at same spots for the period 2009-2010, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012,” the spokesman said further.
These works were put to spot inspection conducted by Engineering Wing of VOK which revealed that an amount of Rs.2.47 lacs has been illegally and fraudulently released and paid to the executing agency by the Soil Conservation Department for the construction of works which had already been executed and paid by RDD Kupwara in the year 2006-07, the spokesman said.
Acting in this manner, he said, the officers and officials of Soil Conservation Department Kupwara hatched a criminal conspiracy with one another under a pre-conceived plan and in furtherance of the conspiracy, illegally and fraudulently misappropriated an amount of Rs. 2,47,993.