Salary of health employees ‘swindled’ in Budgam, probe on to unearth scam

Salary of health employees ‘swindled’ in Budgam, probe on to unearth scam
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BUDGAM: Alleged embezzlement of funds by withdrawing salaries of the employees posted at Block Medical Office in central Kashmir’s Budgam has raised hue and cry in the health department in central district Budgam.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that some employees posted with the Block Medical Office (BMO) Budgam have accused the top officials of illegally withdrawing their salaries and not crediting it into their respective accounts.
“More than Rs 50 lakhs (meant for the salary of the employees) were withdrawn from the state exchequer but the amount was not credited to their accounts. Instead they (employees) were informed that salaries couldn’t be withdrawn due to non-availability of the budget,” they alleged.
He added that the staff is without salary for the past two months as officials have embezzled the amount. “It is not a small amount and it can’t be embezzled without the consent of top officials. It is the responsibility of higher authorities who are authorized to approve the salary before being withdrawn by the employees, to keep an eye,” said an aggrieved employee.
The employees demanded that fair probe should be conducted in order to bring the accused in public.
Chief Medical Officer Budgam G M Dar told Kashmir Reader that he has apprised his seniors about the matter. “The BMO has been attached with the director’s office and the probe is going on,” he said.
He said the investigation would identify the people involved.
Director Health Kashmir Saleem-ur-Rahman told Kashmir Reader that a probe has been ordered into the case of alleged embezzlement of salary at BMO office Budgam.
“I have sent a letter to government and submitted a detailed report about the incident,” he said. “Many things have come to fore during the investigations,” he said.
“A team of vigilance as well as team of crime branch is investigating the matter and we hope this will be taken to logical conclusion,” Rahman said.
He said that the investigation is being carried out scientifically and actively and who so ever found guilty would be dealt with strictly as per law.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the accused Senior Assistant had fraudulently transferred more than Rs 50 lakh into different accounts”.
He refused to pinpoint any official involved in the scam. “Prior to proper investigation, I can’t say anything,” he said.