VO files case against ICDS officers

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Jammu:  A Joint Surprise Check conducted by Vigilance Organization Jammu into the allegations of irregularities for purchase of nutritional/non-nutritional items in the ICDS Project Samba which revealed that District Social Welfare Officer Samba, (as Nodal Officer ICDS Project Samba) has flouted four tenders for purchase of nutritional items for ICDS project Samba before the creation of separate ICDS Mission and 5th tender was flouted by the Programme officer, ICDS Samba and the District Purchase Committee Constituted by the government vide order No.09-SW of 2008 dated and later on revalidated vide government order no.81-SW of 2013 dated 21.03.2013 consisting of District Development Commissioner (Chairman), Chief Medical officer (Member), Assistant Director CA&PD (Member) and Programme officer/Nodal officer (Member Secy) has approved the rates for purchase of different nutritional items for ICDS Project Samba for the year 2014-15.

During the enquiry it has also been found that all the CDPO’s of ICDS Project Samba in connivance with the District Programme officer, ICDS Samba had purchased the non-nutritional items/medicines at their own level for an amount of Rs.56,08,777/- without inviting tenders and without their competence in utter violation of aforementioned government orders which empowered the Purchase committee for purchase of all kinds of nutritional/non nutritional items under ICDS Programme.

The aforesaid acts of omissions and commissions on the part of Vipan Kumari, Programme officer, ICDS Project Samba and CDPO’s Parvesh Sharma, Bharti Sharma, Seema Bharti and Babu Ram, Members of Purchase Committee and others. Accordingly a case FIR No.28/2015 u/s 5(1) (d) r/w section 5(2) PC Act 2006 BK and section 120-B RPC has been registered in P/S VOJ and further investigation was taken up.

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