Jammu: Vigilance Organization registered a formal case against two directors, three Assistants Commissioner Development, four District Panchayat Officers of Rural Development Department(RDD), Branch Manager National Co-operative Consumers Federation of India Limited, Jammu (NCCF) and others.
In a statement that reads that a case was registered on the basis of allegations regarding purchase, installation of flex hoardings by officers of RDD from blue eyed persons which has resulted in huge loss to state exchequer.
It said that Joint Surprise Checks (JSCs) conducted by vigilance organization in Rajouri, Poonch andReasi districts revealed that directors RDD placed supply orders with selective firms without observing codal formalities worth crores of rupees and without receipt of proper indents from sub-ordinate formations of RDD of the districts. The said directors of RDD under a well-knit and pre-designed conspiracy hatched with their subordinate officers facilitated by branch manager, NCCF, Jammu and others purchased various items prominently flex hoardings, file covers, job cards, wheel barrows and dust bins without ascertaining the rate reasonability meant for these districts.
The statement further said that it also came on surface that ACDs and DPOs have also purchased some of the items pre-dominantly from same set of firms in similar fashion without observance of codal formalities.
“This has resulted in huge loss to state exchequer worth crores of rupees. Thus the said public servants by abuse of their official positions have purchased the said items illegally and defeating the purpose enshrined in the welfare schemes meant for poor and needy people under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act ( MGNREGA),” the statement said.
Vigilance organization registered a case under relevant sections of law and also conducted simultaneous raids with the help of local police, magistrates at the residences of some officers and at the offices of NCCF and M/S Hashmie Enterprises at Jammu.